"The end is now truly in sight" - Taoiseach addresses the nation: Key Points

The key points from this evening's address to the nation where the Tasoieach confirmed that Level 5 restrictions will remain in place until at least April 5th.

  • Level 5 to continue April 5th
    • Phased return of in-school education; next Monday junior infants - 2nd class and Leaving Cert to return 
    • On March 15th remainder of primary classes and 5th years
    • The remainder to return after Easter Break
    • March 8th Early Childhood pre-school programming will resume
    • March 29th all other childcare will return 
  • After April 5th 
    • Easing of restrictions on outdoor gatherings will be under consideration 
    • Easing of restrictions on certain sporting activities will be under consideration 
    • The return of construction services will be under consideration 
    • Easing of 5km travel limit will be under consideration 
  • Other announcements
    • Taoiseach says 82% of adults will have had their first dose by the end of June - 1.2 million first doses would be administered by the end of March and 1.1 million doses during April, May and June.
    • The Pandemic Unemployment Payment will remain in place until the end of June.
    • €20 million in new funding has also been agreed today for mental health supports and investment in communities.  


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