Ronan Glynn and entire Cabinet restricting movements as Minister for Health tested for Covid

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly is awaiting the results of a test for Covid-19.

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.

Earlier, it emerged that all members of the Cabinet are to restrict their movements after Mr Donnelly said he felt unwell on Tuesday afternoon.

A spokeswoman said the Minister had contacted his GP and was referred for a Covid-19 test. Sources said it was hoped the result would be received on Tuesday night.

Mr Donnelly had attended the full meeting of the Cabinet on Tuesday morning and had also 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 development 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 received some “very serious information”.

Mr Ó Fearghaíl 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, it was later announced that the Dáil would sit again on Tuesday night, without any senior Ministers being present and Ministers of State taking questions from the Opposition.