24th March 2020

Dear All

The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) is leading our public health response to COVID-19 and a National Action Plan was published on 16th March, setting out a whole-of-society response and mobilisation of resources across Government and society to fight the spread of the virus.  This Community Response Action Plan supports the National Action Plan and is focussed on our initial response in supporting a community response to COVID-19.

We have produced a Communications Pack for community and voluntary groups and members of the public and we would appreciate if you distribute this information across your networks, to members of your group, neighbours, friends and recipients of your service.  This pack contains: 

1. Department of Rural and Community Development - COVID-19 Government Action Plan to Support the Community Response. CLICK HERE

2. Information leaflet “You, Your Community and COVID-19” – We would ask that you distribute this across your communities, to individuals and in particular, those that do not have access or knowledge of digital platforms.  Maybe include them as part of a meals on wheels drop. CLICK HERE

3. How can I volunteer? CLICK HERE

4. Sensible volunteering – Do’s and Don’ts CLICK HERE 

5. Advice for local community groups – how can we get volunteers? CLICK HERE

6. Advice for vulnerable people who need supports CLICK HERE

7. How to guard against fraud and generate trust CLICK HERE

We remind you that the HSE website is the key source for health advice: www.hse.ie/coronavirus. It also includes posters and other resources that can be used in your community.

Our email helpdesk facility is available to assist you with advice or queries and is open 7 days a week –  C&This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We thank you for your assistance in spreading these important messages.

Kind regards

The Department of Rural and Community Development

This new payment will be 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. The payment has a simple one–page application form and will be paid for a period of 6 weeks at a flat rate payment of €203 per week for jobseekers.

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The Government has announced a special new COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment. This new emergency payment will be 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 includes people who have been put on part-time or casual work.

https://whatsnew.citizensinformation.ie

18, March, 2020

Dear Charity Trustee,

As a public body, the Charities Regulator is committed to working with other public bodies and central government to ensure that the public are supported during this challenging time. Please see a message below from Deputy Commissioner John Twomey regarding the commitment by An Garda Síochána to provide increased support and community engagement across the country during these challenging times.

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In light of the extraordinary circumstances of the current COVID-19 developments and the announcement made earlier today by the Taoiseach, the International Protection Office wishes to advise that the following arrangements will apply with immediate effect:- 

  • all substantive interviews scheduled for Friday 13 March and up to and including  29 March 2020  have been cancelled. We will be in contact in due course with new interview dates.
  • Temporary Residence Certificate (TRC) Renewal Appointments and call-backs are being suspended up to and including 29th March.   Applicants whose TRC is due for renewal between now and the 29th March will have a new card automatically issued to them to cover them for the period. 

Applicants who are impacted by these arrangements are requested not to visit the International Protection Office until further notice.  

In addition the International Protection Office will provide a limited service to new applicants only from Friday 13th March.  

These measures are considered necessary to help limit the spread of COVID-19 and support the national measures, including requirements on social distancing,  announced by the Taoiseach earlier today.  

Further updates will be provided in due course.

12 March 2020.

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