5km limit

  • "The 5km travel restriction is bordering on the ridiculous" - that's according to Mayo Senator Lisa Chambers.

    She was one of a number of Oireachtas members who called at last night's Fianna Fail parliamentary party meeting for the lifting of the 5km restriction from 5th April .

    There were also calls for non-team sports such as golf and tennis to be allowed re-commence, and for public attendances to be allowed at Masses.

    Taoiseach Micheal Martin acknowledged people are "fed up" but said the country's progress remains "fragile".

    The Taoiseach said a comprehensive statement will be made next week on the level of Covid-19 restrictions that will apply for the period ahead.

    Meanwhile, the Higher Education Minister says some Covid restrictions will ease next month but it won't be much.

    Simon Harris has suggested the 5 kilometre rule will change, as he says it's driving people 'absolutely bonkers'.

  • Rural TDs in Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael are revolting against the 5km travel limit - insisting it must be lifted on April 5th.

    They expressed frustration at the lockdown measure during parliamentary party meetings last night.

    Speaking to the Fianna Fail party, the Taoiseach Micheal Martin acknowledged people are "fed up" but said the country's progress remains "fragile".

    A decision on whether to ease the lockdown is expected next week.

    It comes as a further 683 new Covid-19 cases and 18 deaths were confirmed last night.

    This includes 24 new cases in Galway, 11 in Mayo and less than 5 in Roscommon, Sligo and Leitrim.

    However, UCC virus expert, Professor Gerry Killeen, doesn't believe easing restrictions right now is the correct call....