Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has stated that living with Covid-19 and being fully aware of it is part of the Government’s ‘Be Winter Ready’ campaign.
As Chair of the Taskforce on Emergency planning, Coveney said the current situation is uncertain and of concern.
He added that the restrictions that were introduced yesterday were aimed at avoiding more restrictions on people.
In regards to earlier closing times for nightclubs and late bars, Coveney said that they pose a risk factor and that it’s not the job of the Government to make popular decisions.
Although he couldn’t rule out if further restrictions would take place, Coveney said that the last thing the Government would wish was for further severe restrictions in the build-up to Christmas.
The winter plan also places an emphasis on farm safety with Coveney stating that he was “acutely aware” that 23 people lost their lives on farms across the country last year.
Party colleague Minister of State Martin Heydon said winter storms can have severe impacts on farms and that it’s essential that farmers carry out maintenance work now in preparation for bad weather.
Minister of State and the Department for Transport Hildegarde Naughton said that the Government’s key priority during severe weather such as snow and ice is to keep the roads open.
She added that 206,000 tonnes of salt is available with additional stock also available if required.
IMAGE – “Simon Carbery Coveney” (CC BY 2.0) by EU2017EE