The Dáil is set to be recalled early. This comes after the recent Oireachtas Golf Society dinner, where more than 80 people attended a function at a hotel room in honour of late Fianna Fáil MEP Mark Killelea Junior. This function broke existing COVID-19 public health advice, with reports of no social distancing or masks. The room was divided into two with a partition, though it wasn’t fully closed off and up to 10 people were sat to a table. This function played host to many TDs and Senators the day after new COVID-19 guidelines were enacted. The Dáil is now looking likely to be recalled early, following an email sent to Irish journalists this evening.
The email contents are embargoed until 00:01, 23rd August 2020. The email states the following.
The Taoiseach, the Tánaiste, and Minister Eamonn Ryan have agreed that the Dáil should be recalled following the reopening of schools. The Taoiseach will make this request to the Ceann Comhairle on Monday.
The Dáil was previously set to be recalled on the 15th of September, 2020. It is now likely to be recalled two weeks earlier than expected.