Coronavirus (COVID-19) update 

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus. The HSE has confirmed that a patient with COVID-19 is currently being treated in Northern Ireland. The patient had returned from Northern Italy and had arrived in Ireland at Dublin Airport.

The risk of catching the virus in Ireland is still low, and the HSE advises that people can go about their normal activities. You can get information about what to do if you become ill or have contact with a person who is confirmed with the virus on the HSE website.

If you are planning a trip abroad and have changed your mind due to the risk posed by COVID-19, or your holiday or flight has been cancelled due to the outbreak, you can read advice from the European Consumer Centre.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has advice on travel abroad to affected regions.

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland has advice for people who work with food.

The Department of Education and Skills has updated information for schools.

Information about coronavirus

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new respiratory illness. It has not previously been seen in humans.

To date, there has been no confirmed case of coronavirus in Ireland and the risk of getting coronavirus in Ireland is low.

You do not need to follow any advice on coronavirus unless you have:

  • Visited mainland China recently (this does not include Hong Kong or Macau)
  • Been in contact with a person who has coronavirus
  • Visited a healthcare facility where patients with coronavirus were treated

You cannot get coronavirus from packages or food that has come from China or elsewhere.

You can get the latest advice and information on coronavirus from the HSE website.

Voting in the general election

There is a general election in Ireland on Saturday 8 February 2020.

Polling stations are open from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm.

Your polling station (where you go to cast your vote) is on your polling card, which you should have received by post.

If you did not get a polling card, you can find your polling station on your local authority’s website.

You do not need your polling card to vote. However, you do need to bring identification.

Find out more in our document on Voting in a general election.

Brexit updates on

On 31 January 2020 at 11 pm the UK exited the EU. From that date, the UK is no longer a member of the European Union and is considered a third country. However, during the agreed transition period (until 31 December 2020), British citizens and their families have the same right to live, work, claim benefits, and access healthcare in the EU as they had before. British and Irish citizens have the additional protection of the Common Travel Area between Britain and Ireland which will continue after the UK leaves the EU.

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