Senior Govt Minister Says Onus On Individuals To Prevent Clare From Going To Level 4

A senior Government Minister says the onus is on every individual to ensure Covid restrictions aren’t ramped up to level four in Clare.

A nationwide ban on visits to homes comes into effect from midnight tonight, while three border counties are moving up to the next level of restrictions from tonight, amid concern over rising cases of covid-19.


Last night saw the highest number of Covid in a single day in Ireland since the beginning of the pandemic, with 1,095 cases confirmed nationally.

22 of those were here in Clare, a figure which is lower than that reported over many recent days.

As a result of the recent trends, cabinet signed off on new restrictions which mean Donegal, Cavan and Monaghan are to move to Level 4 restrictions.

After those three counties, Clare has the highest COVID rate of anywhere else in the country.

Today, Social Protection Minister Heather Humphreys told Clare FM’s Morning Focus that it is not inevitable that Clare would also be moved up to Level 4, but she’s urging people to heed public advice.

Also from midnight, visits to homes or gardens are banned except in limited circumstances, and on compassionate grounds.

Health Minister says we need to do everything we can to avoid another lockdown.

Minister Stephen Donnelly is urging people to go that extra mile in adhering to restrictions.

Meanwhile, 238 people with Covid-19 were being treated in Irish hospitals this morning, 9 of those at University Hospital Limerick

30 people, including 2 at Dooradoyle are being treated in ICUs.

There are only 36 free critical care beds across the country.