Ronan Glynn and entire Cabinet restricting movements as Minister for Health seeks Covid-19 test

Dr Ronan Glynn, the acting chief medical officer, is restricting his movements, the Department of Health has confirmed.

Dr Glynn met Ministers on Monday for a briefing on the latest coronavirus developments.

All members of the Cabinet are to restrict their movements after Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly said he felt unwell on Tuesday afternoon.

A spokeswoman said the Minister had contacted his GP and had been referred for a Covid-19 test.

He had attended the full meeting of the Cabinet on Tuesday morning and also had appeared at and addressed the press conference at which the Government outlined its new Covid-19 plan.

All other members of the Cabinet, including Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Tánaiste Leo Varadkar, have been told to restrict their movements as a result and as a precautionary measure.

However, the move was news to at least some Cabinet members. The Minister for Justice Helen McEntee was told while being interviewed on RTÉ radio, while another Cabinet Minister said that the move was “news to me”.

Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan was already self-isolating at home after a member of his household began to feel unwell.

After 5pm, the Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl told the Dáil he had “very serious information”.

He said: “I’ve been told that arising out of events today the Cabinet must self-isolate.

“Therefore the possibility of proceeding with business does not arise and the House stands adjourned, I suspect until Tuesday next or until I’m directed by the Taoiseach to reconvene the House.”

However, later it was announced that the Dáil would sit again at 7.30pm, without any senior Ministers being present. Ministers of State will take questions from the Opposition.