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New Agri Minister And Increased Covid-19 Powers For Gardai Expected As Dail Resumes

We could find out today who will be the new Agriculture Minister, as the Dail resumes following the summer break.

The Government's expected to announce the new minister following the resignation of Dara Calleary over Golfgate. The Irish Farmers Association says after the recent turnover of agriculture ministers, at a time when the sector's grappling with the issues of Brexit, CAP and Covid-19, whoever's appointed must recognise the needs of farmers.

Also on the agenda is a Bill that will give Gardai additional powers to enforce Covid 19 regulations in bars and restaurants serving alcohol.
It comes amid concerns some premises aren't following the rules.
The Act would provide for three types of closure order and also for a number of criminal offences in relation to breaches.
It also establishes new grounds for objection to renewal of licences.


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