March 9, 2021

LATEST: No further deaths but 61 new cases of virus, Dáil recalled amid public backlash over ‘golfgate’

There has been no further coronavirus related deaths but 61 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed this evening.

It means the overall death toll as a result of the virus remains at 1,777. There are now 27,969 cases of Covid-19 across the country.

No new infections were recorded in Waterford, according to the latest daily briefing from the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET).

The latest cases come as the Government today confirmed it will recall the Dáil early, after the reopening of schools.

The Dáil was not scheduled to sit again until September 15.

However, in a joint statement from Taoiseach Micheál Martin of Fianna Fáil, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar of Fine Gael and Eamon Ryan of the Green Party, the party leaders said they had now agreed the Dáil should be recalled “following the reopening of schools”.

The Government had come under mounting pressure to restart the Dáil following the political storm over the Oireachtas Golf Society dinner in Clifden on Wednesday night which was attended by 81 people, including high ranking politicians and a Supreme Court judge, in breach of Covid-19 regulations.

Shane Doran

Shane Doran is founder and Co-Managing Editor of News Now Media, incorporating, and He is a former newspaper editor who has held senior executive roles across five national newspaper titles, both broadsheet and tabloid. He was News Editor and Executive Editor of the Irish Independent for more than seven years and spent a number of years in South Africa where he worked as editor of The Daily Voice newspaper. Shane has held senior editorial position with The Sunday Independent, The Herald and The Irish Daily Star and has served as Executive Editor (Group) of Independent News & Media (INM), Ireland’s largest newspaper group.

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