Leo Varadkar says further restrictions could be introduced in border counties 6 days ago

Leo Varadkar says further restrictions could be introduced in border counties

Sinn Féin leader Mary Loud McDonald also said changes in border counties should be considered.

Public health restrictions along border counties in Ireland could change, depending on the decisions made today by the Stormont Assembly, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has said.

Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland on Wednesday morning, Varadkar said the government will look at the outcome from today and hear from NPHET before any decisions are made.

Northern Ireland is set to impose tighter restrictions for four weeks with restaurants, pubs and schools closing, although schools will shut for just two weeks.

Other restrictions on sporting activities and more are expected to be agreed at a sitting of the Stormont Assembly on Wednesday morning.

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald said the situation in Northern Ireland is "grave, worrying and dangerous".

Speaking earlier on Morning Ireland, she indicated that restrictions along the border counties, including closing schools, need to be considered.

McDonald said she was wary of stepping on the toes of the executive in the north but was hopeful a consensus could be reached today.

"There is no doubt looking at the very aggressive level of transmission of the virus right across the north that additional measures have to be taken," she said.

"I hope that we will and on a consensus with all of our colleagues bearing in mind it's a five party executive in the north but I hope the work will be concluded today."

She added that it was with a "heavy heart" that she agreed with the closures of schools in the north and said students had been "very much discommoded and disadvantaged" by not being at school for long periods of time.