Micheál told Tubridy last night to expect a deal in early June. Then the parties have to consult their socially-distanced members. The Greens might have a leadership contest (ironic if Éamon is the only leader to face a leadership challenge!). The earliest we can have an elected government is 16 June but a lot can go wrong in the next few weeks. Then the new Taoiseach has to appoint 11 Senators. I expect scheduled August sittings of the Oireachtas, a first in our history.
We all laughed at that pub in Donegal delivering pints in clingfilm until the Gardai stepped in.
Turns out the Gardai have no power to stop it.
Pubs throughout the Republic will now be able to operate during the Covid-19 lockdown, subject to certain restrictions, because of a “lack of clarity” in the liquor licensing laws.
As long as drinks, including poured pints, are paid for on a licensed premises they can be delivered to customers.
What this really means is that we don’t have laws designed for this pandemic and we can’t pass laws because there’s no Seanad. Our lawmakers haven’t even elected a government.
If the Gardai can’t stop pubs delivering pints, how can they enforce 14 days house arrest for every visitor to our shores? One-third of visitors didn’t even bother filling in the form so that can be made obligatory but that’s just paper.
The list will get longer as we try to ease this lockdown. What law prevents a homewares store from opening when Woodies and B&Q are open? Golfers over 5 km. ?