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All schools and colleges to close over coronavirus fears in Ireland

by LLB Reporter
12th Mar 20 12:03 pm

The Irish prime minister has announced that all schools, colleges and other public facilities are to close in the Republic of Ireland.

Leo Varadkar made a live statement to the nation from Washington DC, where he is due to meet President Donald Trump, he said the emergency measures will take place from 18:00 on Thursday until the 29 March.

Gatherings of more than 100 people indoors and gatherings of more than 500 outside should be cancelled.

Varadkar said, “I know that some of this is coming as a real shock and it is going to involve big changes in the way we live our lives and I know I’m asking people to make enormous sacrifices but we’re doing it for each other.

“Our economy will suffer but it will bounce back.

“Lost time in school or college will be recovered and in time our lives will go back to normal.

“Ireland is a great nation, we’re great people, we’ve experienced hardship and struggle before, we’ve overcome many trials in the past.”

The Irish deputy prime minister, Simon Coveney said the closures ” will disrupt everyday activity – everyday activity that makes us who we are.”

Coveney added, “The actions we are announcing today are absolutely necessary and justified.

“We are asking people to continue to work. Those who go to their places of work should limit their contacts, particularly face-to-face meetings.

“We do need to respond with calm, with unity, with discipline and resolve. These are the right measures at the right time based on the best public health advice.”

Irish health minister Simon Harris said on Thursday, that all museums, galleries and tourist sites will also be closed, he urged older people to reduce their social contacts outside the home.

This breaking news story is being updated…

 

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