D12 – American Psycho Ii Lyrics (feat. B-real)

April 30th, 2020

[Intro: B-Real]
Yeah, homie
I thought we told you, we been f*cking loco
Cypress Hill, D12, bitch!

[Hook: B-Real]
I’m a little bit off the chain, call me insane
But the fact remains that I’m a psycho
Better get it through your brain
When you say my name
Never say it in vain ’cause I’m a psycho

[Verse 1: Swift]
I’m a motherf*cking omen, I bow down to no man
Split a nigga open, killing folks compulsive
A soldier with a motive, scrotum big as boulders
I hold ’em then unload on you, put it on a poster
So everyone can notice who was focused on us poking
They nose in our business, hoping that I don’t come smoke ’em
No one knows my notions or emotions, I’m a vulture
You niggas close to croaking any moment and I know when
I could f*ck the culture up, probably rap
A maniac with anxiety attacks, I don’t wanna chat
Speak when you spoken to
And I don’t have to read a f*cking magazine or quotable
To notice what you hoes will do

[Verse 2: Kuniva]
We all soldiers, we move as a unit, we all roll up
And show up at your residence, light your front door up
Get scared, life ain’t fair
And I’m prepared to blast you just as fast as Dre can say “Hell yeah!”
So watch what you say ’cause it can happen either today or the next minute
I can draw the heater and spray and I’m dead serious
You could be dead period, end of story
I’m on your porch with a gun and your son, sipping a forty
Nobody can hold me, I does it all by my lonely
I stomp your head when you awake, you be looking like Gumby
Aftermath and Shady, bitch, you can read it and weep
You see my poster in the ‘hood for “the G of the Week”

[Hook: B-Real]
I’m a little bit off the chain, call me insane
But the fact remains that I’m a psycho
Better get it through your brain
When you say my name

Never say it in vain ’cause I’m a psycho

[Verse 3: Bizarre]
They found Saddam, but they ain’t gon’ find me
I’ll be under a tree in Buttf*ck, Tennessee
And I don’t know too much about my daddy
Except he spit in my face and f*cked me in my fanny
I ain’t a racist, I just hate whites
Fags and dykes, blacks and transvestites
Thirteen years old and joined a f*cking gang
Hair under my ass cheeks feeling the f*cking pain
Am I insane? Who really knows?
‘Cause any second my temper can f*cking blow
I get colder than December
Black the f*ck out, tomorrow won’t even remember
See Bizarre can show you what violence is all about
And this Dr. Dre beat done brought it the f*ck out
Run in your house and put a gun in your mouth
And blow your brains the f*ck out!

[Verse 4: Eminem]
I probably got a screw loose or two
Or maybe three or four of ’em
Some fell out and hit the floor
All I know is ever since my f*cking head hit the snowbank
I been a little neanderthalish, no thanks to my man D’Angelo Bailey
But I just take it slow daily, my biggest dilemma’s
Trying to figure whether to use the flat head or the Phillips
Or just go to the Home Depot and pick the new power drill up
It’s been two hours and six days and I’m still up
I feel like I’m about to snap any minute
There’s a new Tower Records about to stop and get a fill-up
Pick the new Cypress Hill up
And go find who did that shit to Xzibit
And go fill up a whole liquor bottle with piss
And shatter his f*cking lips with it

[Hook: B-Real]
I’m a little bit off the chain, call me insane
But the fact remains that I’m a psycho
Better get it through your brain
When you say my name
Never say it in vain ’cause I’m a psycho

[Outro: Kuniva]
Karnail Pitts a.k.a. Bugz
Rest in peace, homie

Jay Worthy & Harry Fraud – Can’t Be Stopped Lyrics (feat. Larry June)

April 30th, 2020

[Intro: Jay Worthy]
La música de Harry Fraud
My nigga Larry J
All the way from the Bay
What’s hannin’?

[Verse 1: Jay Worthy]
[?] Cortez like we weirdos (Weirdos)
See, the shoes with the spikes, I don’t wear those (Wear those)
He got painted fingernails like a weirdo (Weirdo)
Spit game, talk shit in her earlobe (Like a pimp)
Dress her up, give her game – how I gear hoes (What it is)
f*ck haters, f*ck opps, I don’t fear those (How it is)
Got God on my side, that’s my real bro
Tell the homie come out, like I’m here, bro (Like I’m here, bro)
Bitch lyin’ on a P, like I guess so (Lyin’ ass)
See, the life of a P is so stressful (So stressful)
They gave the homie fifteen, that’s a stress though (For real)
I had to get out the game, I can’t trust hoes (Nah)
Bitch, I’ve been from the gang, like my Chucks on (Chucks on)
Talk shit ‘bout the gang, you bet bust- on
Bon Bonerie, double-o – James Bond (Double-o)
Bon Bonerie, double-o – James Bond (07)
See, the birds fly to me like a scarecrow (Scarecrow)
In the field all day like a scarecrow (Scarecrow)
Old-school high tops with the Velcro (Straps)
Got a different type of hustle, I don’t sell nun’

[Chorus: (?)]
I need it, I want it, I can’t be stopped (Can’t be stopped, bitch)
She choosin’, she lookin’, she out of pock- (You out of pocket, hoe)

She f*cked up, she know it, I’m finna knock (Finna knock her)
Real P gon’ send her (Send the bitch)
This shit don’t stop (It don’t stop, hoe)

[Verse 2: Larry June]
I liked it a lot, so I bought the whip
I was on foot when I caught the bitch
How you doin’? My name is Larry
I sip orange juice, and I’m steady mashin’
Hey, bitch, hand me that muf*ckin’ car key
I gotta make move
Narks out heavy, so I gotta play it smoove
The bitch asked for money, then I turned to a Jew
Bitch, didn’t I just buy your ass some new shoes?
I take apart the rental car, then put it back together
[?] by Larry, the boy so clever
I’m walkin’ like this, ‘cause the boof kinda heavy
She put it in my hand, when I walked in the ‘telly
All I got is game for a punk rock bitch
Six months in the game, and I got rich
My life is fast, and so is my whips
My life a trip, my diamonds hit

[Chorus: (?)]
I need it, I want it, I can’t be stopped (Can’t be stopped, bitch)
She choosin’, she lookin’, she out of pock- (You out of pocket, hoe)
She f*cked up, she know it, I’m finna knock (Finna knock her)
Real P gon’ send her (Send the bitch)
This shit don’t stop (It don’t stop, hoe)

[Outro: Larry June]
Yes, Lord
Bitch, hand me that water

Swaco Tha Illest – Outta This World Pt.1 Lyrics

April 30th, 2020

Mmm I’m outta this world (check, check ,check)
I’m outta this world (check, check, check)

Young weird ass nigga
This rap shit gettin bigger
Bigger than that nigga biggie
I spit hard like a semi
Shoutout to the niggas f*cking with me
Trynna be as big as jimmy
Shoutout to the niggas f*cking with me
Trynna be as big as jimmy
Let people influence what I wrote
Tried to be relateable
But I ain’t even know
That that shit ain’t me
I’m unpopular cause I don’t think
On that wavelength
I’m a alien
Straight from that outer space
Uh yea, the dark just be my hiding place
And I sitting back yea in the shade
Y’all twist stories
Like ricochet
These niggas man they love to hate
I seen my future 9 times
While sitting with niggas from the 9 dime
Yea Man That’s a couple of quarters
I create waves while they testing the waters
Who would’ve ever just thought of?
A grown nigga that can’t tie his shoes
Life move in cycles like a hula hoop
Yea wait, wait
I need a ventilation

All of these moment pressing all on my patience
Aiming for the sky but I’m stuck on pavement
Wait Hold up just keep it ventilated
Yea, My diary of life and it’s steady fading
Young boy trynna get outta the basement
Like aye

(Six, five, four, three, two, one blastoff)

Verse 2:
My lyrics takeoff like it’s missles
Killing these niggas condition is critical
Keep the liq on me like I’m drinking crystal
Wait Im drinking crystal
Nah Its pronounced crys-stal
Humble nigga don’t do bourgeoisie
I come a lil different from Cut cloth
But I ain’t talking bout getting my nuts off
I need the gas with no stem
Came in the game invader no zim
Music universal like crystal gems
Pushed past the pain just to push my pen
Trying so hard not to push past my limit
And keep the same energy had from beginning
Im trynna stay true and just keep it authentic
And not sell my soul to become a gimmick

Mmm I’m outta this world (check, check ,check)
I’m outta this world (check, check, check)

V Don – Get Back Lyrics (feat. Dave East)

April 30th, 2020

I’m just trying to get back
Had some dimes in a sac
They out robbing for that, ain’t no time to react
He can rhyme, he can rap
But the swine on his back
Ride with 9’s on his lap, but his mind on diamonds and plaques
He did time for his strap
He not trying to relapse, he just trying to relax
He just trying to get back
Some niggas robbed him for a watch now he trying to get back
You ever been so far from home you was dying to get back?
I spent time in the trap
No cosigning no rats
I got commas to stack, told my Momma I rap
f*ck what you profit, you whack
My uncle had that MPV, I would hop in the back
He had bottles of crack
If I got it I’ma give back
Wanted the [?] in blue, the Versace in black
Publishing cheques so when I die there ain’t no stopping this cash
I had my Glock in the cab
Paid attention to them niggas that watch when I pass
Listened and heard their stomach growling, they plotting the crash
I pray they try me, strapped in the store I’ma raise the stash
They snatched [L?] for that beam, we could play laser tag
Nobody helped us, couldn’t give a f*ck if you say you mad
I’m just trying to get back

Down to my lost dollar, trying to figure how I could get back
Plastic on them couches, public housing
No time for no nap
Police in my building, I pray I don’t get found with this Mac
He cheated on his bitch too many times
She’s just trying to get back
On a turnpike with 1,000 grams, just trying to get back
White girl driving, trunk filthy
Not lighting no gas
Come up right in front of niggas faces, they’ll line you for that
I’m just trying find me a bag

Taho had [?], swapped it out, we went got in the ‘lac
They could offer me the rest of my life and I’m not going rat
Had to be in the field to find out there’s shooters that’s not going clap
Like I’m going to pump these pills till me and Bully falling back to back
I ain’t got time for the chat, I’m just trying to get back

I had no hope, against the ropes, young Muhammad of rap
Wonder if jail would be the same if your Honour was black
You niggas lying, down South they define it as cap
They hate to see you take a knee, bitch I’m riding with Cap
He lost like 20 in a dice game he trying to get back
But when it come to women, he Frankie Lymon with that
He got designers on speed dial, he ain’t copping from [sacks?]
Know how to get guap in the trap, he got time to get back
Plug fronted, fiends love that he trying to hide his stash
Tried to Osama the ave’
You know, blow it up
Slide off, go hop in the cab
More profit to get you count them extras that’s not in the bag
Rappers talking all this politics shit, they not in the lab
I done got jumped, [?], and I done been stabbed

I’m just trying to get back
Ride with the 9 on his lap, but he got the swine on his back
His mind on diamonds and plaques
Came from the bottom, went back
Don’t too much shopping, he stack
Rest in peace, Bundles
All through the jungle we’re sliding the stack
They f*ck with me, the hood is stuck to me, no way I could detach
I’m just trying to get back
You ain’t gotta go to work no more, told my Momma “relax”
All these rappers claim they got it, trust they are not in the trap
Just smoking in the front with him, his body got found in the back
He nervous and his GPS ain’t working
He trying to get back

Down to my lost dollar, trying to figure how I could get back
Plastic on them couches, public housing
No time for no nap
Police in my building, I pray I don’t get found with this Mac
He cheated on his bitch too many times
She’s just trying to get back
On a turnpike with 1,000 grams, just trying to get back
White girl driving, trunk filthy
Not lighting no gas
Come up right in front of niggas faces, they’ll line you for that
I’m just trying find me a bag

Burn – Last Great Sea Lyrics

April 30th, 2020

We started out late and watched all the others from behind
Through their rise and decline and what bored us in between
We dropped what we had
Or some cases we dragged it along
But in our minds
For us this was the beginning of time
I had one empty hand that never felt true touch on the palm
I left it out uncovered and it got cut open when they found out it’s vulnerability
When I figure out what’s wrong with myself
I can heal the wounds I like to show
You’ve seen them so many times
When I smiled at the wrong times
This sea before me I can pass
I can see past so I go
Writhing in this great sea

Wild to be afloat on the strips ripped from life’s pleasures
The sick treasure of a constant high makes this raft drift
And curve under it’s power
I’m drenched but loving the unknown source of this force
But my course leads straight to it’s mouth
I stand on new ground where nobody knows me
I begin again and it’s new
At first it feels good
And then the sensitivity is gone
I begin to lose faith
And it shows in my walk
I begin to let myself down
This last sea before me
I cannot pass
I can’t see past
I stand awestruck as I’m slowly dragged into it

Convey – The Way Lyrics

April 30th, 2020

Topple all the monuments for men who came before me
Silence all who underestimated and ignored me
All of you are only on the earth to tell my story
Some of you refuse to let me shine
I will send a shockwave and all of you will hear me
I will send an earthquake and all of you will fear me
All of what you thought you knew is now only a theory
And only I can be a guiding light
When the truth is

I can help you hold on
When the lies are a symphony
I’m the only one loud enough
Truth is trickery when all’s said and done
Let me show you the way
Let me show you the way
We’ll break every convention and eradicate the process
All who
Dare to question will be branded as dishonest
Silence all dissension and make good on what we promised
Only I can be a guiding light

Babes – Come Back To Me Lyrics

April 30th, 2020

[Verse 1]
If you ever ever loved me
A tiny tiny bit
I’m so f*cked up I don’t know anymore
Am I wasting my time on you

Come back to me
Come back to me
And I’ll change anything you don’t like baby
Come back to me
Come back to me

[Post Chorus]
Will you come back to me?
Will you come back?

[Verse 2
Sinking down to the bottom of the pool

Thinking how you’re so cruel
Lately while my mind drifts away
To things you said we would do
If the dreams we dreamed of were really true
Then we’d have no dreams at all

So come back to me
Come back to me
Come back to me
Come back to me

[Post Chorus]
Will you come back to me?
Will you come back?
Come back, come back, come back…

Rhett Akins – Somebody New Lyrics

April 30th, 2020

Susie said she’d seen you
And you were doing fine
Then Bill butted in and changed
The subject for the umpteenth time
Julie walked up and said hello
Then pretended she didn’t know
But I could tell when the
Tears welled up in her eyes
Somebody knew but they weren’t saying
All of my friends would just look away and
Change the subject when the subject came to you

They’d act like they knew nothin’
But I knew they were hidin’ somethin’
Somebody knew you’d found somebody new
Johnny said last he’d heard
You were movin’ away
Well I think he knew where to
But he wouldn’t say
Molly walked up said
There’s a new girl in town
Would it be okay if she brought her around
That answered what I’d been wonderin’ about all day

Elvenking – Devil’s Carriage Lyrics

April 30th, 2020

On a hill, on the devil?s top
There is a man hiding in the shadows of the night
He?s trying to stop the course of time
The line dividing good from wrong
There is more than meets the eye
In this world full of lies and death
The devil?s carriage is leading all the souls to a place so far away

You can?t deny your innocence!
Your life won?t be forever
You should show your nicest part
You are the one who cries

[Bridge 2:]
You will see
What you have never seen
In the afterlife you know you will forever be
At the fair, in the dragon?s lair
You won?t be safe ?cause the red driver?s waiting there
He will be taking you through a nightmare you have never had before

You can?t deny your innocence!
Your life won?t be forever
You should show your nicest part

You are the one who cries

[Bridge 2:]
You will see
What you have never seen
In the afterlife you know you will forever be

The devil?s carriage ride
It?s a trip to the other side
All it?s said and done
Won?t count a single word
Been taken in the devil?s care
You?ve never been a step downstairs
But you have to know
It?s gonna happen here and now…
It?s your future and watch out
?Cause the devil?s carriage?s running on and on!
At the fair, in the dragon?s lair
You won?t be safe ?cause the red driver?s waiting there
He will be taking you through a nightmare you have never had before
At the sight of this dark fright night
He came and took another soul
Bleding all it?s light
And from the coach the sound of laughter, of laughter

Incubus – Karma, Come Back Lyrics

April 30th, 2020

[Verse 1]
You’re right
To be kind of bitter
That serenade, you could say it was a con
But their light
Is starting to flicker
Final act, take it back like a black swan

I’ve got
Got to do better
Before this karma, karma, karma comes back
Yeah I’ve got
Got to do better
Before this karma, karma, karma comes back
Yeah bring it back

[Verse 2]
I’ll ask
But I know the answer
What the f*ck?
For a buck, who killed the world?
So come back
My shadow dancer

From the dark, Joan of Arc, show us a pearl

You’ve got
Got to do better
Before this karma, karma, karma comes back
Yeah you’ve got
Got to do better
Before this karma, karma, karma comes back
Oh you’ve got
Got to do better
Before this karma, karma, karma comes back!

Swim out
Into the ether
Water’s fine, every time, where we unfurl
But come back
Beautiful creature
With what you found, underground, bring it back, girl…

Irrfan Khan: Slumdog Millionaire and Life of Pi actor dies at 53

April 30th, 2020

ACCLAIMED INDIAN ACTOR Irrfan Khan, whose international movie career included hits such as Slumdog Millionaire, Life of Pi and The Amazing Spider-Man, has died aged 53, his publicist said today.

The Bollywood star, who was diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumour in 2018, was admitted to a Mumbai hospital earlier this week with a colon infection.

“Irrfan was a strong soul, someone who fought till the very end and always inspired everyone who came close to him,” his publicist said in a statement.

Born in the Indian desert state of Rajasthan on 7 January 1967, Khan discovered an early passion for acting and studied at the elite National School of Drama.

But his training in Shakespeare and Chekhov did little to ease his entry into the Hindi film industry, which was largely focused at the time on churning out formulaic song-and-dance blockbusters.

Even as he landed a role in 1988′s “Salaam Bombay” – directed by first-timer Mira Nair – his part was slashed to a cameo.

He sobbed for hours when he found out about the cuts, he told India’s Open magazine.

“It changed something within me. I was prepared for anything after that,” he said.

Television roles followed, along with a handful of bit parts in Bollywood, where producers routinely dismissed him as looking too unconventional to play the lead.

By the time British director Asif Kapadia cast him as a mercenary in The Warrior, he was ready to quit acting, frustrated over the direction of his career.

But, in a sign of the global success that lay in wait, the 2001 film racked up awards and won Khan praise – including in India, where a new generation of directors was eager to experiment with fresh storylines. 

Khan alongside the winning ensemble cast of Slumdog Millionaire for outstanding cast of a motion picture at the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2009.

Source: DPA/PA Images

 ’Roller-coaster ride’ 

His drama school training came in handy when he was cast in Maqbool and Haider – contemporary Hindi adaptations of Macbeth and Hamlet.

But he also charmed audiences in lighter fare such as Piku, featuring Bollywood superstars Amitabh Bachchan and Deepika Padukone, and The Lunchbox, in which he played a lonely accountant in love with a housewife.

He consciously sidestepped traditional Bollywood tropes, focusing on the subtleties of his craft.

This allowed him to carve out a stellar career in Hollywood as well, where he collaborated with Oscar-winning directors such as Danny Boyle and Ang Lee and appeared in the HBO show In Treatment.

In an interview with AFP in 2015, Khan said Western audiences “appreciate the elements and layers you bring to the character”.

But he added: “The informality and personal connections in Bollywood are nice. Things are too compartmentalised in Hollywood, and the system can be rigid.”

The father-of-two acted in almost 100 films, winning awards and the admiration of his peers for his nuanced performances.

During the press promotions for their film Inferno in 2016, Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks reportedly described Khan as “the coolest guy in the room”.

But his life took a tragic turn in 2018, when he was diagnosed with cancer. The news devastated his fans and India’s film community.

Khan took a sabbatical to seek treatment in London – accompanied by his family – before returning to play a middle-aged father in Angrezi Medium, a follow-up to the 2017 hit Hindi Medium.

He suffered a relapse in the months leading up to the film’s release, however, forcing him back to Britain.

In an interview with the Mumbai Mirror newspaper in March 2020, he described life after the diagnosis as “a roller-coaster ride, a memorable one”.

“Happy moments were underlined because of the inherent uncertainty. We cried a little and laughed a lot,” he said.

– © AFP 2020 

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Who sits on the National Public Health Emergency Team and what do they do?

April 30th, 2020

THE DEPARTMENT OF Health has published the full governance structure of the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) after concerns were raised around transparency and accountability. 

NPHET, chaired by Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan, was convened at the end of January this year to coordinate the country’s response to Covid-19. 

Members of that team are now front and centre, guiding the government in its actions and driving the public messaging around Covid-19. 

Questions were raised last week by Labour leader Alan Kelly and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin around NPHET’s transparency and accountability given its input into Government decisions around restrictions and public health measures. 

Let’s take a look at who sits on NPHET and its various subgroups, and what each group’s function is. 


According to the Department of Health, NPHET for Covid-19 was established on 27 January.

It takes its lead from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and is tasked with overseeing and providing “expert advice, guidance, support and direction for the overall national response” on both a regional and national level.

There have been previous NPHETs established in Ireland in response to public health threats such as swine flu. 

Membership, as previously reported by TheJournal.ie, comprises of representatives from across the health and social care service including the Department of Health (DOH), Health Service Executive (HSE), Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC), Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) and Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA).

According to the Department of Health, NPHET’s Terms of Reference include overseeing and providing direction, directing the collection and analysis of required data, directing communications at local, regional and national level and evaluating the readiness of Ireland’s health service to manage Covid-19. 

Evaluating the health service’s capacity is done with a view to standing NPHET down eventually. That decision will be made by Dr Holohan in consultation with other members. 

NPHET currently meets twice per week and, according to the Department, actions, decisions and recommendations are made by consensus of all members. 

In terms of communication and transparency, NPHET’s recommendations are sent by letter to Minister for Health Simon Harris and to the HSE CEO Paul Reid after each meeting. 

It was raised earlier this week that NPHET’s meeting minutes had not been published since 11 April. 

In response to concerns raised around transparency, Dr Holohan said earlier this week that the delay in publishing minutes was down to a “workload issue”.

According to the Department, NPHET’s Secretariat “work diligently to finalise the minutes of the meetings as quickly as possible after the meetings, bearing in mind the pace of the current pandemic public health crisis.”

Here’s a full list of who sits on NPHET:

  • Dr Tony Holohan (Chair) Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health (DOH
  • Prof Colm Bergin – Consultant Infectious Diseases, St. James’s Hospital and Professor of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin
  • Mr Paul Bolger – Director, Resources Division, DOH
  • Dr Eibhlin Connolly – Deputy Chief Medical Officer, DOH
  • Ms Tracey Conroy  – A/Sec, Acute Hospitals Division, DOH
  • Dr John Cuddihy  – Interim Director, Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC)
  • Dr Cillian de Gascun –  Director, National Virus Reference Laboratory (NVRL), UCD, Consultant Virologist
  • Mr Colm Desmond – A/Sec, Corporate Legislation, Mental Health, Drugs Policy and Food Safety Division, DOH
  • Dr Lorraine Doherty – National Clinical Director for Health Protection, HPSC, HSE
  • Dr Mary Favier – President Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP)
  • Dr Ronan Glynn  – Deputy Chief Medical Officer, DOH
  • Mr Fergal Goodman – A/Sec, Primary Care Division, DOH
  • Dr Colm Henry – Chief Clinical Officer, HSE
  • Dr Kevin Kelleher – Asst. National Director, Public Health, HSE
  • Ms Marita Kinsella – Director, National Patient Safety Office, DOH
  • Mr David Leach – Deputy National Director of Communications, HSE
  • Dr Kathleen Mac Lellan – A/Sec, Social Care Division, DOH
  • Dr Jeanette Mc Callion – Medical Assessor, Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA)
  • Mr Tom McGuinness – Asst. National Director, Office of Emergency Planning, HSE
  • Dr Siobhán Ní Bhrian – Lead for Integrated Care, HSE Prof Philip Nolan President, National University of Ireland, Maynooth
  • Ms Kate O’Flaherty  – Head of Health and Wellbeing, DOH
  • Dr Darina O’Flanagan – Special Advisor to the NPHET, DOH
  • Dr Siobhan O’Sullivan – Chief Bioethics Officer, DOH
  • Dr Michael Power – National Clinical Lead, Critical Care Programme, HSE Consultant in Anaesthetics / Intensive Care Medicine, Beaumont Hospital
  • Mr Phelim Quinn – Chief Executive Officer, HIQA
  • Dr Máirín Ryan – Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Health Technology Assessment, HIQA
  • Dr Alan Smith – Deputy Chief Medical Officer, DOH
  • Dr Breda Smyth  – Director of Public Health Medicine, HSE
  • Mr David Walsh – National Director, Community Operations, HSE
  • Ms Deirdre Watters – Head of Communications, DOH
  • Mr Liam Woods – National Director, Acute Operations, HSE 


In addition to NPHET, which currently has 32 members from across the health sector, there are a number of sub-groups working alongside it. 

This includes the Expert Advisory Group (EAG) to NPHET, chaired by Dr Cillian de Gascun, director of the National Virus Reference Laboratory at UCD, who provides an update every Tuesday on lab testing numbers and capacity.

There are 27 members of the EAG, the function of which is to monitor and review evidence as well as “identify gaps, and update and provide clear, evidence-based expert advice on preparedness and response,” according to the Department. 

There’s also the EAG Research Subgroup chaired by Professor Colm Bergin, Consultant Infectious Diseases, St. James’s Hospital and Professor of Medicine at Trinity College Dublin.

Comprised of 11 members, its role is to hone in on priority research topics, explore potential collaborative possibilities to advance Covid-19 research and to monitor and to monitor and track development at a European level. 


Then there’s the Acute Hospital Preparedness Subgroup of NPHET, chaired by Tracey Conroy, Assistant Secretary, Acute Hospitals Policy Division at the Department of Health.

It was established on 3 March and its 12 members are tasked with oversight and ensuring the preparedness of the acute hospital system to deal with a significant increase in hospital admissions due to Covid-19. 

Another subgroup of NPHET is the Behavioural Change Subgroup which was established on 18 March and is made up of nine members.

Chaired by Kate O’Flaherty, Head of Health and Wellbeing at the Department of Health, this group is charged with providing advice and researching population behaviours and drivers. 

It advises the Communications Group on how best to communicate public health advice like washing hands, respiratory hygiene and social distancing. 

Next up, the Guidance and Evidence Synthesis Subgroup of NPHET, chaired by Dr Máirín Ryan, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Health Technology Assessment at HIQA. 

This subgroup is made up of 18 members and its role is to report to NPHET on the public health and clinical guidance relating to Covid-19, currently in development and to be developed in Ireland.

Modelling Group 

To an extent, there’s some crossover on who sits on which subgroup and the heads of each subgroup also sit on NPHET. 

For instance, Professor Philip Nolan, president of the National University of Ireland in Maynooth, who also heads up the Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group.

This group comprises 25 members from across universities, HSE, Department of Health and HIQA. 

This group’s function is to capture how Covid-19 has spread throughout the Irish population and to develop the capacity to enable real-time modelling of Covid-19 in Ireland which in turn will inform NPHET’s decision-making. 

The group itself is made up of three subgroups; Epidemiology Modelling, Demand/Supply Modelling and Geospatial Mapping Modelling. 

In addition to this Modelling Group, there a further five subgroups. 

These include the Health Legislation Subgroup of NPHET (19 members), the Medicines Criticality Assessment Group (27 members), Medical Devices Criticality Assessment Group (13 members), Pandemic Ethics Advisory Group (9 members), Vulnerable People Subgroup (30 members), Health Sector Workforce Subgroup (20 members). 

As can be seen, Ireland’s response to Covid-19 is a considerable, multidisciplinary operation. 

As well as the above-mentioned groups there’s also the Special Cabinet Committee at Government, the Crisis Communications Group and the HSE National Crisis Management Team feeding into NPHET’s response and acting on its recommendations. 

To see the full details of functions and membership of each Covid-19 group, click here

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Boris Johnson’s fiancee Carrie Symonds gives birth to baby boy

April 30th, 2020

BORIS JOHNSON’S FIANCÉE Carrie Symonds has given birth to a baby boy, the couple has announced.

A spokeswoman for the Prime Minister and his partner said both mother and baby are “doing very well” after the birth in a London hospital on Wednesday morning.

The spokeswoman said:

“The Prime Minister and Ms Symonds are thrilled to announce the birth of a healthy baby boy at a London hospital earlier this morning. Both mother and baby are doing very well.

“The PM and Ms Symonds would like to thank the fantastic NHS maternity team.”

Johnson (55) and Symonds (32) announced in March that they were expecting a baby in “early summer”, and that they had become engaged at the end of last year.

So thrilled for Boris and Carrie. Wonderful to have a moment of unalloyed joy!

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The news of the birth comes just weeks after the PM was discharged from intensive care where he had been battling coronavirus. Symonds also suffered symptoms of the disease.

Johnson has previously suggested he intends to take paternity leave, although it is not known if this remains the case given the coronavirus crisis.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said the birth was “wonderful news” as he congratulated the couple on Twitter.

Acting Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey said: “Many congratulations to the PM and Carrie Symonds on the birth of their son!”

Chancellor Rishi Sunak said it was “great to hear Downing Street is getting a new resident”.

And the PM’s father, Stanley Johnson, told the PA news agency he was “absolutely delighted” and “thrilled” by the birth of his grandson.

Johnson and Symonds made history as the first unmarried couple to officially live together in Downing Street when they moved in last year.

The new arrival is the third baby born to a serving prime minister in recent history.

Tony Blair’s wife Cherie gave birth to son Leo in May 2000, three years after her husband’s first election victory, and David Cameron and wife Samantha welcomed daughter Florence in 2010.

The last babies born to prime ministers before Leo and Florence arrived more than 150 years ago.

The baby is Symonds’ first child, while Johnson is known to have fathered five.

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FF and FG tell the Greens they want to ‘tease out’ how 7% emissions reduction might be achieved

April 30th, 2020

FIANNA FAIL AND Fine Gael has responded to the Green Party’s 17 questions stating that they are open to teasing out through talks how a 7% a year emissions reduction can be achieved. 

In a response to the policy framework document, last week the Green Party called for a number of commitments before it would enter into government formation talks. 

The party sought answers to a number of questions, such as will the next government commit to ending the issue of exploration licences for offshore gas exploration and cease the construction of new fossil fuel infrastructure, particularly LNG import terminals.

Responding to Green Party leader Eamon Ryan, the letter from Leo Varadkar and Micheál Martin stated that they wanted “to understand and tease out with you through talks, the specific actions that would have to be taken to achieve at least an average 7% a year reduction”.

Ryan has said such a reduction would be a red line issue for them entering government.

“We all need to understand the impact it would have on employment, poverty, agricultural practice, public transport, regional development and on the different sections of society,” stated the letter, adding that considerable work would have to be done to outline where and when further carbon reductions could or should come from given the economic situation and the need to “significantly reboot and revive the economy”.

“No party will want to introduce changes that will jeopardise employment or increase levels of poverty or have a negative impact on rural and regional development,” wrote Varadkar and Martin.

“We believe that within the first 100 days we should bring forward and enact a new Climate Bill that will enhance and strengthen the Climate Change Advisory Council,” they said.

On offshore gas exploration, Martin and Varadkar said both parties are open to a similar policy ban to onshore exploration for offshore gas exploration. The Greens called for the ceasing of LNG terminal construction also.

The Shannon Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminal has come under the spotlight in recent months after criticism of the project intensified over its proposed use of fracked gas. The proposed energy project in Kerry made headlines after pop icon Cher became the latest celebrity to call on the government not to back it.

“Both of our parties accept that as we move towards carbon neutrality, it does not make sense to build new large-scale fossil fuel infrastructure such as liquid natural gas import terminals,” said the letter. It adds that while additional security of gas supply could be beneficial, there is a secure supply at present from the Corrib Gas Field and the United Kingdom.

The letter states that there is a need to have a shared understanding of what is meant by new fossil fuel infrastructure, what type scale does this relate to, and whether this proposed ban would apply to State infrastructure or to private sector infrastructure as well.

Ending Direct Provision

Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael has also committed to a comprehensive deep retrofit scheme as part of a programme for government. It has also committed to working towards ending the Direct Provision system.

“This will take time, but both of our parties are committed to achieving the standards set out in the McMahon Report such as own-door and self-catering accommodation and we need to be conscious of other priorities within the housing sector also. We can discuss this further when we meet,” stated the letter.

On transport, the letter from the party leaders stated that their parties are committed t increasing the number of daily journeys by foot and bicycle, as well as investing more in public transport.

We do commit to increasing capital expenditure in walking and cycling areas and we want to discuss the best way that this should be done taking into consideration the pipeline and quality of projects.

We can commit to ensuring that in terms of new transport infrastructure, a 2:1 ratio of expenditure for public transport to roads is achieved.

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are also willing to discuss Universal Basis Income as part of the Programme for Government talks. They also commit to reviewing the State’s response to the COVID-19 Emergency to learn lessons for the future in the framework document.

Outlining how some of the framework document’s promises might be achieved, Martin and Varadkar state in the letter that the document “is a starting point for discussion not an end point. 

“Nobody knows with any reasonable degree of accuracy how long the COVID-19 Emergency will last, how slow, or fast the recovery will be or what form of Brexit will take place in 2021,” states the letter, but goes on to state a number of ways Ireland intends to pay, such as by borrowing. 

In conclusion, the letter to Ryan states:

At a time of genuine crisis, we welcome the fact that the Green Party is giving serious consideration to taking part in Programme for Government talks.

We believe that working together we could implement many transformative policy changes across many areas. As mentioned earlier direct discussion between our parties would allow us to tease out any issues arising from the recent letters and the Framework document and hopefully enable us to move to Programme for Government talks.

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Mile-wide asteroid set to pass within 3.9m miles of Earth today

April 30th, 2020

AN ASTEROID MORE than a mile wide is set to make a pass by Earth today, although scientists insist it poses no danger.

Known as (52768) 1998 OR2, the asteroid will come to about 3.9 million miles away – 16 times further than the distance to the Moon – when it makes its closest approach.

The Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico has been tracking the 1.2 mile-wide space rock as it edges nearer, after Nasa first spotted it in 1998.

Scientists have joked that the latest image of the asteroid look like it is wearing a mask due to dust and debris passing around it.

“The small-scale topographic features such as hills and ridges on one end of asteroid 1998 OR2 are fascinating scientifically,” said Dr Anne Virkki, head of Planetary Radar at the observatory.

“But since we are all thinking about Covid-19 these features make it look like 1998 OR2 remembered to wear a mask.”

Source: PA Graphics

The asteroid is classed as a PHO (potentially hazardous object) because it is bigger than 140 metres and will come within five million miles of Earth’s orbit, but no known PHO poses an immediate danger to the planet.

Nevertheless, scientists continue to keep an eye on the asteroid to see how it will move beyond 2020.

“The radar measurements allow us to know more precisely where the asteroid will be in the future, including its future close approaches to Earth,” explained Flaviane Venditti, a research scientist at the observatory.

“In 2079, asteroid 1998 OR2 will pass Earth about 3.5 times closer than it will this year, so it is important to know its orbit precisely.”

The team started observations on April 13 and will continue to collect data until April 23, when the asteroid will no longer be visible from the facility.

“Although this asteroid is not projected to impact Earth, it is important to understand the characteristics of these types of objects to improve impact-risk mitigation technologies,” Dr Virkki added.

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Man (30s) arrested in connection with two burglaries and a robbery in Limerick city

April 30th, 2020

A MAN IN his 30s has been arrested in connection with two burglaries and a robbery in Limerick city. 

On Monday, a man reported to gardaí that he was walking on Davis Street in the city when he was approached by a man who asked him for some change.

“A scuffle began resulting in the injured party being thrown to the ground. He received cuts and bruises and did not require medical attention,” a garda spokesperson said. 

It’s understood that the suspect took a small amount of cash from the man and ran from the scene.

The injured party reported the incident to gardaí at Roxboro Road who were able to identify a possible suspect from CCTV of the area. 

The suspect in question was already in garda custody at Henry Street Garda Station having been arrested on suspicion of committing burglaries at houses on High Street and Tara Court in February and April of this year.

He is due to appear before Limerick City District Court later today. 

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Taoiseach says ICU numbers still too high for restrictions to be lifted

April 30th, 2020

TAOISEACH LEO VARADKAR has said the number of patients in ICU with Covid-19 is not low enough to ease restrictions on 5 May. 

Speaking to reporters this morning, the Taoiseach also said he plans to make public the plan on how Ireland will reopen in the coming days. 

“I hope to be in a position to share that with the Irish public in the next couple of days, certainly over the weekend.

“What that plan will do is set out the different steps, a step-wise plan if you like, as to how we can reopen the country, and reopen our society based on different intervals.”

The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) will meet on Friday, Varadkar said, to consider when “we should start that process of reopening the country and reopening the economy”. 

“In doing so we really have to look at things like the number of patients who are in ICU with Covid-19. The number of new cases, the number of deaths, and I don’t think I’d be out of school by saying that those numbers just aren’t good enough yet.

“Maybe it’ll change significantly by Friday. But, as things stand, I don’t think we’re there yet.

“There is still a lot of patients, over 100 patients in ICU with Covid-19,” he said, adding that while yesterday had the lowest increase in new coronavirus cases that had been seen in a long time, the number of new cases is still a substantial number. 

229 new cases were confirmed at a briefing last night, as were an additional 59 deaths. 

Varadkar said he understood that people are”enormously frustrated”.

“I think when the restrictions were put in place and the lock down happened people understood why it was necessary. They responded to really well. We even saw people volunteering to close their businesses and close their shops and restaurants before they were asked to do so.

“I am immensely grateful to the Irish public and immensely grateful to the Irish business community … but everyone appreciates in government this has gone on for a long time,” said the Taoiseach.

He acknowledged that people are starting to see other countries opening up and they’re wondering why Ireland is not lifting its restrictions. He said we have to bear in mind that Ireland is behind a number of countries when it comes to the pandemic. 

He said the government will only be comfortable in making the decision to begin to reopen society and the economy when it’s happy that the medical data shows it is safe to so.

“The last thing we want to do, and it may be inevitable, and unavoidable, but the last thing we want to do is to open the country too quickly, and then have to go backwards again,” he said, stating that has happened in Japan and Singapore.

“We really want to do this right. It’s not a perfect science. There’s no rule book or guidebook for all of this. But I’d rather be in a position where we make the decision on the first phase, the phase of reopening at the right time, and not end up having to reverse it,” he said, stating that whatever “morale frustration” is evident now, it would be “ten  times greater if we have to go back”.

The Taoiseach disagreed that the failure to ramp up testing has hindered Ireland’s hopes of reopening sooner. 

The Irish Times reports today that according to Dr Cillian de Gascun, director of the National Virus Reference Laboratory at UCD, the inability to meet the target of providing 100,000 tests a week “feeds into” the stance of officials in relation to the lifting of restrictions.

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In an interview with TheJournal.ie, Sinn Fein’s Mary Lou McDonald said that testing failures had delayed matters. 

When asked about this, the Taoiseach said:

“No, that’s totally incorrect… In terms of testing, we’ve done 150,000 tests already on a per head basis… Why are we not reopening at this stage? Because of the high number of people and I see who have Covid-19 and the fact that the number of deaths being reported every day is still very high.”

The Taoiseach was also asked about yesterday’s Cabinet meeting, where there were differing views from ministers on the approach to reopening the country.

“Anytime you get 15 or 20 people in the room and ask them for their views on something, you’re going to have different views,” he said.

If he was hearing the same views from his ministers, the Taoiseach said, he would be worried as it would be a “sign of group-think or that they’re somewhat afraid to express their opinions”.

“So what I did yesterday was something very simple, very straightforward. I asked each of them to give me two or three minutes of what their individual views were on how to open the country or reopen the economy, and there was a diversity of views, that’s what I want, that’s what I expect,” he said, adding that he is meeting with other party leaders today and expects to hear something similar.

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Varadkar: ‘Wearing a face mask will not be compulsory if introduced’

April 30th, 2020

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THE TAOISEACH HAS said the wearing of face masks in public will not be compulsory if it is introduced.

The use of masks in public is being considered as part of efforts to tackle coronavirus in Ireland, Leo Varadkar said this morning. 

His comments come after Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan said the National Public Health Emergency Team ( NPHET) would be considering the matter on Friday.

The Scottish government has issued guidance for people to shield their faces in places such as shops and on public transport. The Executive in Northern Ireland is due to consider a similar proposal.

“On the issue of face coverings – I’m not going to say masks because we want to make sure masks are preserved for healthcare staff – the issue of getting people to wear face coverings is under consideration at the moment.

“We are seeing what is happening in other countries. The science is equivocal – some people will say it is a good idea and some will say it is a bad idea.

“It is not one of those straightforward decisions where science tells you what the right thing to do is.

“I think we will be in a position to offer revised advice to the Irish public later in the week. Because the science is so uncertain on it, it is not something that we would make compulsory but something we would make advisory.”

Holohan told yesterday’s Covid-19 briefing that there would be a need to protect supplies of healthcare grade masks if that policy was to be implemented.

“If we were to introduce such a measure, we would have to be very clear that we want to protect healthcare grade masks of all kinds for use in healthcare settings or for use by people who have been recommended to wear masks by their doctors, that does happen for some people,” he said.

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Keegan: County players will have ‘tough decisions’ to make on risking health when GAA returns

April 30th, 2020

ZOOM CALLS, DIY around the house and training on his own – Lee Keegan’s current routine will sound familiar to many.

Rather than gearing up for the start of the Connacht championship in a couple of weeks’ time, the Mayo squad have largely been left to their own devices as the GAA world plays a waiting game.

They’re still logging their running sessions, while Keegan is operating out of a homemade gym to keep himself ticking over on the strength and conditioning side of things.

Even if the championship resumes later in the year, or in 2021 as president John Horan suggested on Monday could happen, Keegan says county players will have to make individual choices as to whether they’re willing to return to play.

If the virus continues to linger without a vaccine, some players may see it as an unnecessary risk to return to the field.

“It’s very specific to what’s going on in their own life – some guys might have new-borns on the way, some of their family members might be sick that they are looking after,” says Keegan.

“Of course, there are going to be really tough decisions around individuals. Again, that’s going to be one of the biggest questions the GAA are going to come out with, are players comfortable enough going back and, I don’t want to say their life, by putting their health at risk to play this game. 

“The other side as well is that if people are working they have to think of their day to day job, what’s the risk they are going to bring back to their workplace or their home life as well?

“So there are so many different questions to be answered. For myself I don’t know personally, to be honest, I obviously have to think of my own home life and stuff like that.

“I suppose until I get to meet my family and stuff like that I can really even think about football at the moment. I’m obviously trying to think of everything from my job, obviously being newlywed and stuff like that – trying to build a house.

“I suppose I have a few projects that are keeping me ticking over, but I don’t know, it’s going to have to be a question that is going be put to players – are they comfortable?

“The majority might say no, majority might say yes, I don’t know, I suppose it’s very much an individual decision.”

He’s impressed by how Mayo boss James Horan has managed the situation so far.  

“I think James (Horan) is very sensible in terms of there’s no point talking football until we have a clearer picture of where we’re going or what we’re looking at,” he says.

“James I think is excellent in terms of knowing this is a really important time to spend with our loved ones or the ones we’re living with or can actually see within the radius.

Keegan in full flight against Monaghan in the league.

Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

 ”So, I mean, of course we keep in contact as mates and as a group a little bit, but it’s not really football-related. It’s more just touching base to see how guys are and what they’re up to and how they’re getting on with their lives.

“In terms of actual set-up calls, we’re not actually doing a lot, to be honest. We hold ourselves accountable in terms of the training we’re doing. It’s all prescribed for us and scheduled for us each day. But, in terms of the actual group, we’re not doing that much together at all.”

Last weekend was about the height of the interaction he’s had with the squad since the social distancing measures were introduced.

“We’re still having a bit of craic I suppose through Zoom quizzes. There’s a bit of competitiveness there as well. I think a few of us might have fallen out after the weekend because there’s a few debatable cheaters in the quiz group.

“Obviously it’s great to touch base from that point of view. Definitely from that physical aspect of being in the changing room and having those conversations and a bit of fun with the guys and spending guys with them throughout the whole year, that’s the hardest challenge that’s faced a lot of us so far.”

Keegan admits he’s surprised at how quickly football has fallen down his list of priorities, given how much he’s invested in the game over the past decade.

His day job is with Steris, a company that sterilise pharmaceutical and medical products. He’s deemed as an essential worker and they’re kept busy at the moment sterilising masks and gloves for the HSE.

“I suppose the first couple of weeks I was training with the thought we’d be back in the summer nearly, but as the weeks went on everything kind of came into perspective. It actually fell pretty fast, to be honest.

“You have to think of everything in your own life. What is more important? We are amateur players at the end of it, obviously, my job at the moment is important, my loved ones at home are important, bits like that.

“It’s definitely been a huge culture change for myself personally, and it’s the same for every inter-county player, we are in such a bubble from the time we start pre-season until the time we finish up and even going into club it’s all football, football, football.

“Now we don’t have that, I think the biggest challenge is just to try to fill that gap. I’m trying to do bits and pieces around the house, I’m by no means a good DIY guy but I’m trying different things just to fill up a few gaps here and there.

“Even just you get excited by doing your shopping. It’s mad, like. I found it kind of hard after the first couple of weeks but when you look at your pecking order in terms of what’s more important then it definitely fell down pretty quickly.” 

Lee Keegan was speaking at the launch of Sports Physio Ireland’s new Online Athletic Development Programme for GAA players and teams. The programme is an educational platform to teach players how to improve their speed, strength and conditioning and injury management techniques.

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The Westport man, who turned 30 last October, has undergone surgery on both hips, his ankle and shoulder since the end of 2017.

He is viewing this break as the ideal opportunity to get on top of his injuries, though he’s unsure if it will help him prolong his career.

“The break for some guys might be just to recharge their batteries and take stock of what’s going on. I think it’s no harm. My hips are grand, I had shoulder and ankle surgery after that as well.

“To be honest, little bits to clean up but they’re things that happen during sport so I can get on with that.

“It’s given me time to work on my body, stretching, flexibility, that bit of maintenance that I maybe neglected over the last few years.

“Sometimes when you’re like me you think you’re a bit indestructible during championship, that you don’t need to do things with your body, but the older you get the more you need to look after yourself to be able to perform at the highest level.

“That’s something myself maybe I neglected, I didn’t do the little bits and pieces at home and now I’ve got my bit of down time I’ve definitely taken on that bit more during this time which we have had to reflect on what we’re doing.

“I find it tedious enough but I know the importance of actually doing it and I see the benefits of it as well in that when I’m out doing my running I feel a lot looser than if I hadn’t done it. 

“I’m subconsciously thinking about the niggles I may have had if I hadn’t stretched or done that bit of maintenance work I needed to do. It’s all a learning curve. As the years have gone on I’ve learned a lot about my body and what it needs and in terms of what position I play as well. It is greatly important, what I’m doing and why I’m doing it as well.”

He hasn’t quite hit same the heights over the past couple of seasons as he did during his Footballer of the Year winning campaign in 2016 and another stunning year in 2017.

Much of that can be put down to those injuries he’s endured and perhaps being rushed back for the championship a little undercooked. But Keegan says his positioning comes into it as well.

He broke onto the scene as a high-scoring wing-back, but has evolved into more of a man-marking defender in recent years.

“I suppose between little bits of injuries, they may have stopped me getting there (to where I wanted to be) I still feel I’m at a high enough level but not maybe at the high I was at in the 2017 final or things like that.

“The game has changed for me as well in the last couple of years between more detailed man-marking jobs, rather than that free role where I could attack all I wanted.

“I suppose I was probably seen as an attacking half back for so long, whereas now it’s more man-marking stuff. People might not see me doing anything but for me, that’s me doing my job as best as I can as well.

“I think of myself as an all-action player really, when I played in the half back line, I’d go up and maybe score a point whereas now, it’s a more detailed role where you’re not going to be able to do what you did before.

“It’s something where you’re trying to learn, in training and so on. I don’t mean under-par by the level I was at, maybe it’s just I was a lot more involved in terms of the fluid moves, patterns of play and things like that. Now I’m trying to contain myself a little bit more, I mightn’t see as much action.

“I may not be seen doing things that I was doing a few years ago. Which of course I’d love to be doing, I want to be up doing the glamour stuff but sometimes, the glamour stuff is what the team needs and I’m happy to do that. It’s maybe a sign of my age!”

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Covid-19: Over €650 million now given to businesses to keep people employed

April 30th, 2020

THE GOVERNMENT has now paid out over €650 million to companies across the country under the temporary wage subsidy scheme.

The scheme is being run for an initial 12-week period from 26 March and involves the government supporting up to 85% of a worker’s salary to help a company keep them on the payroll during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Speaking at Government Buildings this morning, assistant secretary at the Department of the Taoiseach Liz Canavan said that over 50,400 employers are now availing of the scheme.

“The cumulative value of payments made to employers under the scheme is €652 million, almost 400,000 employees have now received at least one payment under the scheme,” Canavan said.

This does not include additional employees who may receive a subsidy as a result of payments generated today. Today, Revenue has generated further payments to employers under the scheme of €52.2 million, these payments will be in the bank accounts of the majority of employers tomorrow.

A subsidy of 85% is payable for employees whose net weekly income does not exceed €412. 

A subsidy of 70% is payable by the State for those whose net weekly pay was previously no more than €500 but less than €586, with a cap of €410.

Social distancing

Canavan also provided an update on the State’s monitoring of people’s adherence to social distancing measures, saying that “the majority of people are complying with legislation”.

The official added that gardaí have only been using emergency powers for enforcement “as a last resort”. 

Enforcement powers under new regulations introduced during this crisis, have been used at 76 occasions between the 8 April, and the 25 April. All of these matters are referred to Director of Public Prosecutions for an independent decision on prosecution and a number have already appeared before the courts. An Garda Síochána continue to use other relevant criminal legislative powers on that’s more appropriate.

Canavan also said that Dublin Bus has provided the government with an update on passenger numbers. These figures showed 57,858 journeys on Monday and 57,700 on Tuesday. 

“Tuesday’s figure represents a 3.5% increase on the three-week average of 55,800. It’s important to note that strict social distancing provisions are in place on double numbers,” Canavan said.

Hospital attendance

The official also made anotehr plea to people not to avoid hospitals or GPs if they are in need of medical attention. 

“We have seen an increase in the number of people attending appointments. But again, I want to reiterate that it’s vital to still attend the hospitals, as you’re being directed, and to call emergency services in the event of incidents such as a heart attack or stroke.The HSE have a reg have a regularly updated list on the website of every hospital, and any disruptions or changes they have had to make to normal operations in light of Covid-19, such as visitor restrictions and outpatient appointments, unless you’ve been told otherwise normal services for patients are still available in hospitals.”

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