All NPHET minutes to be published tomorrow 1 month ago

All NPHET minutes to be published tomorrow

All minutes will be published after tomorrow's meeting.

All minutes of meetings held of the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) will be published tomorrow, Dr Tony Holohan confirmed this evening.

There had been a backlog formed relating to minutes, with the most recently published being that of a meeting held on 8 May. This delay has been attributed to a workload issue, Dr Holohan has said on numerous occasions.

The lack of minutes has been raised in the Dáil on numerous occasions, including a number of points by Labour leader Alan Kelly, and Solidarity-People Before Profit's Richard Boyd-Barrett this afternoon.

NPHET have tended to meet on a twice-weekly basis, with certain weeks requiring more and others less. There was one meeting of the group last week, due to a number of members appearing before the Oireachtas Special Committee on Covid-19 response, while it was deemed necessary for one meeting as well this week.

Speaking at the daily Department of Health Covid-19 briefing this evening, Chief Medical Officer and the Chair of NPHET Dr Holohan confirmed that they would be brought up to date tomorrow; "We have a NPHET meeting tomorrow, and we have some minutes to clear, and once we're in a situation where the NPHET, and that has to be the process, clears and approves them, we'll then be in a position to publish those, and that will bring us up to date."

At the briefing this evening, it was reported that 17 more people have died from Covid-19 in the Republic of Ireland, while there were 73 new cases of the virus confirmed.