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

All members of the Cabinet are to restrict their movements 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 restrict their movements as a result and as a precautionary measure.

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 Ceann Comhairle Sean O Fearghail told the Dáil he had “very serious information”.

He said: “I’ve been told that arising out of events today the Cabinet must self-isolate.

“Therefore the possibility of proceeding with business does not arise and the House stands adjourned, I suspect until Tuesday next or until I’m directed by the Taoiseach to reconvene the House.”

However, later it was announced that the Dáil would sit again at 7.30pm.