Entire Cabinet restricting movements as Minister for Health seeks Covid-19 test

The entire Cabinet has been told to ‘self-isolate’, according to the Ceann Comhairle, and the Dáil has been shut down after Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly said he felt unwell this afternoon.

Mr Donnelly was advised to seek medical advice and take a test for Covid-19.

He had attended the full meeting of the Cabinet on Tuesday morning and also had appeared at and addressed the press conference at which the Government outlined its new Covid-19 plan.

All other members of the Cabinet, including Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Tánaiste Leo Varadkar, have been told to self-isolate as a result and as a precautionary measure, the Dáil has been shut down until next Tuesday.

However, the move was news to at least some Cabinet members. The Minister for Justice Helen McEntee was told while being interviewed on RTÉ radio, while another Cabinet minister said that the move was “news to me”.

Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan was already isolating at home after a member of his household began to feel unwell.

The Dail has been adjourned until next Tuesday after it emerged that the entire Cabinet has gone into self isolation.

Ceann Comhairle Sean O Fearghail told the House there had been a serious development.

He had been informed that “the Cabinet is now self isolating”.

Mr O Fearghail said “as there is no possibility of transacting business the House stands adjourned”.

He said it would most likely be adjourned until next Tuesday and a notification was later posted that the Dail would resume next Tuesday.

The Ceann Comhairle and a number of TDs had been waiting in the Chamber for Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly who was due to take health questions.