Written for Trinity College Dublin's Covid-19 Law and Human Right's Observatory. A link to the article on their website is available here. Updated 14 September 2020
What is a ‘Lockdown’?
Over the past year, governments worldwide have used ‘lockdown’ strategies to suppress transmission of Covid-19. But this has meant different things in different countries. Some authoritarian regimes have imposed tough restrictions on public movement, with penal sanctions attached. But in Ireland - as in most Western democracies - ‘lockdown’ has involved a combination of ‘soft’ guidelines without sanctions for breach; and ‘hard’ rules carrying the force of criminal law.
Speaking today on the Seanad Order of Business in advance of the debate on the Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (Covid-19) Bill 2020, Senator Ivana Bacik expressed condolences to the families of all those bereaved as a result of the coronavirus, and to all those affected by it through illness or loss of income.
The Presidents of all of Ireland’s Universities and Institutes of Technology have today (Monday March 16th) issued a plea to every student to fully follow set guidelines on social distancing to protect themselves from infection and to slow down the spread of Covid 19 in order to protect others.
The Presidents have issued a joint letter which is being emailed to up to 250,000 students today to recognise the seriousness of the public health challenge and to act responsibly in the weeks and months ahead.
Thank you for the great ongoing support. I am emailing to update you on the Seanad campaign. Ballot papers have now been sent out by registered post to the approx. 64,000 voters on the Dublin University/Trinity register and must be returned by 11am on Tuesday 31st March – exactly three weeks from today!
I am emailing to update you on the 2020 Seanad elections for Dublin University. I submitted my nomination papers in advance of the closing date (14th February 2020), and wish to thank all of those who kindly proposed and nominated me, and those who have offered me support. If you would like to be listed as a supporter on my website, I would really appreciate that – please do let me know.