COVID-19: Irish Senator Jerry Buttimer Resigns Following Backlash For Attending A Dinner Which Violates Guidelines

A Fine Gael Senator, Jerry Buttimer has resigned his role as Leas Cathaoirleach of the Seanad as a result of the backlash following the Oireachtas Golf Society dinner in Galway. Jerry Buttimer becomes the second politician to resign a senior role in the wake of the event, after Dara Calleary resigned as Agriculture Minister this morning.  Buttimer is of the 80 attendees at the event in a hotel in Clifden on Wednesday night. Attendees were strongly criticised given the public health guidelines against large abd informal gatherings to help prevent the…

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Covid 19: Irish Minister, Dara Calleary Resigns Following Attendance Of Event & Violations

The Minister for Agriculture in the Republic of Ireland, Dara Calleary has resigned from the cabinet after attending an event in Clifden, Co Galway, with 80 other people on Wednesday night. Taoiseach Micheál Martin has accepted Mr Calleary’s resignation. In a statement, the Taoiseach said that Mr Calleary’s attendance at the event was “wrong and an error of judgement on his part”. “people all over the country have made very difficult, personal sacrifices in their family lives and in their businesses to comply with Covid regulations. “This event should not…

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El-Rufai Extends Lockdown By 30 Days In Kaduna State

KADUNA UPDATE: KDSG extends quarantine by 30 days. Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai has extended the quarantine orders being enforced in the state for another 30 days. The governor’s decision follows a recommendation to that effect by the State Standing Committee on Covid-19, which is chaired by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Hadiza Balarabe. This is effective from today, 26th April 2020.   With Covid-19 cases rising rapidly in neighbouring states and the FCT, and with strong evidence of interstate travel being a major means of spreading the virus, the Standing…

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Arakunrin Akeredolu Blows Hot As Police Officer Who Tested Positive For COVID-19 In Lagos Gains Entry Into Ondo State; Security-Beef Up Required

According to statement shared on the verified account of H.E Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu, the Executive Governor of Ondo State on Saturday 25 April 2020, a new case of COVID-19 have been discovered in Ondo State. The patient, a policeman who was initially tested positive prior arrival to the state defiled security restrictions to return to Ondo State from Lagos. See details of H.E’s statement below: “Earlier today, I got news of another positive case of #COVID19 admitted to our facility in Akure. The case of this individual who is a…

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IRISH EVACUEES FROM NIGERIA ARRIVED HOME TODAY AS STRANDED NIGERIANS IN IRELAND PREPARE TO BE AIRLIFTED

At about 5am Irish time on Tuesday 7 April 2020 an Ethiopian Airline touched down Dublin to drop off some Irish citizens who were evacuated from Lagos, Nigeria. One of the evacuees, Folakemi Ogunnowo who spoke to TellAfrica correspondent on arrival expressed how joyful it was to be back home after the stress she had been through having missed the initial return flight which  was cancelled based on travel restrictions inherent from the pandemic COVID-19. Folakemi among 7 other evacuees expressed their sincere gratitude to the entire Irish Diplomatic Mission…

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