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Midlands TD Requesting Sunset Clause On Emergency Covid-19 Legislation

He says the forceful laws should be repealed as soon as the crisis ends.

A midlands TD is requesting the government inserts an end date clause into the emergency legislation on Covid 19.

The Dáil will sit for the third time later to pass the drastic new laws.

They include allowing the government to detain people who have the virus and refuse to self isolate and allowing the government to shut down mass gatherings.

It also gives a legal footing to the enhanced welfare supports for people who's jobs have been hit. 

The measures are meant to stay in place until May 9th - but can be extended by the government.

Independent Denis Naughten is among the opposition TDs and civil liberties groups that have called for a very clear end point or sunset clause to be set down in the legislation, given its restrictive nature.

Only around 50 of the 160 TDs will attend the Dáil today to limit the spread of the virus and social distancing will apply in the Dáil chamber. 

11 TDs each will be allowed from Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin - with smaller numbers for the other parties and groups of independents. 

Yesterday, Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil met to discuss policy, though the conversation largely focused on Covid-19.

They are due to meet again today and tomorrow - although neither side expects much progress given the scale of the coronavirus outbreak.

Fine Gael will hold its parliamentary party meeting by teleconference when the Taoiseach is expected to update the party

Roscommon-Galway deputy Denis Naughten believes the forceful laws should be repealed as soon as the crisis is over:

Counties could be put on lockdown under the new emergency legislation, according to Deputy Naughten.

He's worried about the broad and draconian nature of the measures:

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