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Shine Your Light – April 11th 2020

Shine Your Light – April 11th 2020

At 9pm this evening, we are all invited to shine a light in our homes. This is to honour all the sick, those who have lost their lives, health care workers and all frontline staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Extension to Restrictions

Extension to Restrictions

Today it was announced that the travel, work and social distancing restrictions have been extended for a further three weeks until Tuesday May 5th. These restrictions are all necessary measures to further slow the spread of the virus. Garda enforcement powers will also be extended for this time period. We cannot ...

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New Building in the works for Coláiste Íosagáin

New Building in the works for Coláiste Íosagáin

Great news for the people of Portarlington. A new school in the town is seriously needed and is a matter of priority. “It’s a commitment I made to the people of Portarlington and I intend honouring my word and will use every opportunity to deliver a new secondary school for the town.”   ...

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World Autism Awareness Day 2020

World Autism Awareness Day 2020

Today is World Autism Awareness Day. A day to raise awareness about autism and celebrate those with autism in our communities. We also think of those who may be finding the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions to movement difficult due to changes in routine and disruptions to support and services. We need to continue ...

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Extension to the Fuel Allowance

Extension to the Fuel Allowance

It has been announced today that the Fuel Allowance season is to be extended by four weeks - from Friday April 10th - May 8th, in response to the COVID-19 emergency. The current 28-week season was due to finish on April 10th.

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Support for our Frontline Staff

Support for our Frontline Staff

Wherever you are this evening at 8pm, stop and applaud the HSE frontline staff who deserve all of our support during these very tough times. Give them a big round of applause from your front door, garden, windows, living room or wherever you can to show them how much we appreciate all they are doing.

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COVID-19 Information Booklet

COVID-19 Information Booklet

A new COVID-19 information booklet will be distributed to households across the country by An Post in the next few days. This booklet will outline information about the Coronavirus such as: ✅ How The Government is responding to the Coronavirus. ✅ The symptoms associated with the Coronavirus. ✅ How you can ...

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New testing criteria has been introduced for COVID-19.

New testing criteria has been introduced for COVID-19.

Patients will now need to meet revised criteria to qualify for testing. Patients must now display: A fever and at least one other symptom (like a cough OR shortness of breath) and also must fall into a priority group before being referred for testing. Priority groups include: * Close contacts of confirmed ...

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Announcement from Kildare County Council – Playground closures

Announcement from Kildare County Council – Playground closures

Kildare County Council playgrounds will close from today, 23 March until further notice. This is in line with Government requirements to take appropriate action to slow the spread of COVID-19. This will also reduce non-essential contact and support social distancing measures. All Kildare County Council parks ...

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COVID Pandemic Unemployment Payment

COVID Pandemic Unemployment Payment

This new payment is available to all employees and the self-employed who have lost employment due to a downturn in economic activity caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.  This will be paid for a period of 6 weeks at a flat rate payment of €203 per week for jobseekers.  ...

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Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to mothers all over the world. Unfortunately, a lot of people won’t get to visit their mothers today because of COVID-19. A special thank you to those on the frontline today in the HSE, Irish Defence Forces and Retail Ireland. Thank you for everything you do.