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Cabinet ministers to discuss options for lifting level five restrictions

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06.34 24 Nov 2020


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Cabinet ministers will meet this morning to discuss the options for the lifting of level five restrictions.

No decision is expected today, but ministers will set out their views on what should be allowed to open from December 1st.

Coalition leaders Micheál Martin, Leo Varadkar and Eamon Ryan met yesterday ahead of this morning's Cabinet meeting.

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The expectation is that Ireland will move to level three with some changes.

Most retail will be allowed to reopen next week.

However, the debate continues around pubs and restaurants and to what extent they'll be able to open.

The Taoiseach made positive noises about moving to level three yesterday, but warned there are events - including those involving alcohol - that can be super-spreaders of the virus.

Cabinet is expected to meet again on Thursday or Friday to sign off on a plan to exit lockdown, followed by a full announcement on the details of restrictions for December.

The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) is also set to meet a day earlier than usual this week as planning to exit lockdown continues.

Cabinet agenda

Separately, Cabinet is also expected to approve new legislation from Justice Minister Helen McEntee making it an offence to share intimate images of someone without their consent.

The proposed law means someone found guilty could soon face up to seven years in prison.

Cabinet will also hear an update on Brexit as key negotiations continue between the UK and EU.

Ministers are also expected to approve the decision for the Government to oppose a motion of impeachment in Supreme Court Judge Seamus Woulfe.

A number of opposition parties, including the Social Democrats, are also likely to oppose the move from People Before Profit.

Reporting by Sean Defoe and Stephen McNeice
Main image: File photo of Micheál Martin (front), Leo Varadkar (centre) and Eamon Ryan (back). Photo: Julie Behal Photography

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