An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar spoke by phone this afternoon with European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen.

Good evening. I want to talk to you again about the Coronavirus. I can confirm that it is safe to proceed with Phase 1 of our plan to ease the COVID-19 restrictions on Monday.

The Government has today (Friday) announced that we are on course to move to Phase 1 of the Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business from Monday May 18th.

The Government today agreed details of the new €250m Restart Grant, which will give direct grant aid to micro and small businesses to help them with the costs associated with reopening and reemploying workers following COVID-19 closures.

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar today (Thursday 14 May), met with representatives of the Catholic Church

He met with the CEOs of AIB, Bank of Ireland, Ulster Bank, Permanent TSB and KBC, along with the Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure, Paschal Donohoe, and the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys.

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, today announced new, emergency measures to support essential health workers who are having difficulty meeting their childcare needs. This forms part of Phase 1 of the Government’s Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business.

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar today took part in the EU-Western Balkans Summit by video conference.

Impact of Covid 19, as set out in the Stability Programme Update, reflected in Exchequer fig as tax revenues fall and expenditure increases.

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar has announced that Ireland has today pledged €18 million as part of global efforts to defeat the coronavirus.