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“We need two more weeks of rest to weaken the virus” – Taoiseach

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By Michelle Crean

 

In a live address to the nation this evening (Friday) Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has announced that most restrictions will remain until May 18 – with a few slight changes:

 

  • Exercise limit extended to 5km

 

  • Five stage reopening plan with the fifth stage starting on August 10

 

  • Over 70s can leave home from Tuesday - public health advice is 5km for a walk or drive - but avoid all contact with others

 

  • Schools and colleges to go back in September for the new term

 

  • From May 18 certain businesses can open, sports activities allowed in small groups, and gatherings of small family/friends will also be OK

 

 

It has been a difficult balancing act for the Government in terms of the economy, the social and mental health impacts, as there’s a fear that if restrictions are lifted too fast cases will soar. This evening the Dept. of health announced that there are currently a total of 20,833 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland and 1,265* COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland, including 34 today.

 

“We need two more weeks of tight restrictions to weaken the virus further, so it doesn’t have the strength to come back,” he said, stating the economy “has been battered” and “society put to the ultimate test”.

 

“We have a plan to reopen the country in a slow staged phased way – five stages, three weeks apart starting on May 18, with the fifth phase on August 10.”

 

He added that 70 percent of people diagnosed with COVID-19 have recovered, and that if the public hadn’t worked so hard it could have potentially been much worse.

“I yearn for the day that it stops. Thanks to you we are making a difference in the fight against COVID-19. It is working so let’s finish what we started,” Mr Varadkar said.

He finished by saying that tomorrow morning (Saturday) Cabinet will meet to discuss when businesses can restart again.

“We will do everything possible to get enterprises back up and running. Tonight there is hope. In the weeks ahead that hope will drive us forward.”

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Insurance for building contractors

What kind of insurance does a building contractor need? Commercial vehicles and machinery First and foremost, if a building contractor has commercial vehicles then road risk cover is a requirement by law. As with all other motor insurance products, the cover options would be comprehensive, third party fire and theft, or third party only. Commercial […]

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What kind of insurance does a building contractor need?

Commercial vehicles and machinery

First and foremost, if a building contractor has commercial vehicles then road risk cover is a requirement by law. As with all other motor insurance products, the cover options would be comprehensive, third party fire and theft, or third party only. Commercial fleet polices can cover many vehicles under one policy.
The value of the vehicle is important to review each year, as are the drivers.
Commercial vehicle policies usually give “open driving 25 to 70-years-old” but sometimes naming the drivers who will use the vehicle is a better option and can save you money.
You may need road risk and associated covers for driving plant and machinery such as teleporters, tractors and the like.

Employers, Public and Products Liability Insurance

Employers Liability Insurance covers your legal liability in the event that you are negligent and required to pay compensation for bodily injuries to an employee in the course of their employment. Employee numbers and annual wages will need to be disclosed accurately and annually.
Public Liability Insurance covers your legal liability in the event that you are negligent and required to pay compensation for bodily injuries or damage to third party property in the course of your business activities.
Your annual turnover will need to be disclosed and reviewed annually. Many main contractors and State bodies may require the tradesperson to have a minimum of €6.5 million limit of indemnity.
Products Liability Insurance covers your legal liability for injuries and property damage in connection with goods sold or supplied.

Other covers needed may include “Tools in Transit” cover which can be arranged in conjunction with your commercial vehicle policy and “Engineering Inspection Cover” may be required on plant and machinery. A “Contract Works Policy” protects the building works in progress against fire. Some insurers can include “Personal Accident” cover on a combined liability policy.

You should seek out the expert advice of a professional insurance broker to review your insurance needs. At Healy Insurances, we can review your business requirements, offer expert advice and save you money on your premiums.

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Yellow rainfall warning issued for Kerry

A status Yellow rainfall warning has been issued for the county from 12noon today (Monday) until the early hours of tomorrow morning. Thunderstorms and heavy showers will develop today over the western half of the country, moving eastwards this evening where they will continue tonight. Localised downpours will lead to spot flooding and hazardous driving […]

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A status Yellow rainfall warning has been issued for the county from 12noon today (Monday) until the early hours of tomorrow morning.

Thunderstorms and heavy showers will develop today over the western half of the country, moving eastwards this evening where they will continue tonight. Localised downpours will lead to spot flooding and hazardous driving conditions.

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