Dáil debates

Thursday, 21 May 2020

Covid-19 (Health): Statements


5:05 pm

Photo of Alan KellyAlan Kelly (Tipperary, Labour)

I have a number of questions across a range of different topics, as the Minister might appreciate. We all know we got new advice here this week. I will not relay the entire story again but the advice means I have a stopwatch in front of me to measure the length of time I am in the Chamber so I do not go beyond two hours. I broke the rule last week as I was here for questions to the Minister and the Taoiseach. This was new to all of us and we did not know the advice. We thought with a break after two hours, we could come back. When did the Minister first become aware of this rule relating to workplace settings? We cannot have one rule for here and one for somewhere else. The advice is that if one goes beyond two hours in a workplace setting within 24 hours, a close contact is created and this clearly creates risk. When did the Minister first become aware of this?


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