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#Covid19 Information On Health, Employment, Wellbeing, Community & Business Contacts & Supports.

: 03/16/2020 - 10:42

The government has published its 57 page National Covid 19 Action Plan, which is attached to this article, or available for download here

An emergency bill was approved during an incorporeal meeting of Cabinet on March 17th. It was debated in the Dáil and Seanad and signed in to law on March 26th; you can read it here

As and from midnight on March 27th, people are advised to stay in their homes. New public health measures, in effect until April 12th, are:

Community Health

Stay at home in all circumstances, except in the following situations:

  • to travel to and from work where the work is considered an essential service. The full list of essential workers will be published as early as possible tomorrow (Saturday). In the meantime, the government advice for businesses and services which consider themselves essential service, is to remain open, pending publication of the list.
  • to attend medical appointments and collect medicines and other health products for yourself, your family or someone who is vulnerable or cocooning.
  • for vital family reasons including caring for children, elderly or vulnerable people but excluding social family visits
  • to take brief individual physical exercise within your locality, which may include children from your household within 2 kilometres of your home and adhering to strict 2 metre social distancing measures
  • you cannot arrange a gathering with anybody you do not live with
  • Cocooning will be introduced for those over 70 years of age and those who are extremely medically vulnerable to COVID-19

Essential services

  • everyone who can work from home must work from home. This includes essential workers and workers in essential government, utilities or other functions.
  • adult community education centres and local community centres are closed
  • all essential services should ensure safe working conditions are in place
  • specific advice will be available from the Health and Safety Authority

Health considerations

  • all non-essential surgery, health procedures and other non-essential health services are postponed
  • all visits to hospitals, residential healthcare centres, other residential settings are prisons are stopped with specific exemptions on compassionate grounds
  • pharmacists are to be allowed by law to dispense medicines outside the dates spelled out in prescriptions according to their own professional judgement
  • manufacturers will be called on to adapt their manufacturing capacity to produce personal protective equipment (PPE), equipment, masks and other essential products for national market, including hand gels and other essential medicines and products by pharmacies

Transport and Travel

Travel restrictions will be implemented as folloes

  • there will be a nationwide restriction on travel outside of 2 kilometres from your place of residence (except for the restrictions listed above.
  • public transport and passenger travel will be restricted to essential workers
  • travel to Ireland's offshore islands is limited only to residents of those islands
  • local authorities will relax on-street parking laws to meet the travel needs of essential workers
  • the arrival of personal non-national maritime leisure vessels is banned (except to exceptions as 'port in a storm')

Legislation and Regulation

  • the measure above will be reflected in the regulations to be made under the Health (Preservation and Protection and Other Emergency Measures in the Public Interest) Act 2000 and will be enforced by the Garda Síochána.

 

HEALTH

The HSE has issued wide-ranging advice on Covi19:

Symptoms, causes and treatment:Information about the symptoms and causes of coronavirus
Protect yourself and others:How the virus is spread and ways to protect yourself from infection
At-risk groups:Some groups may be more at risk of serious illness if they catch coronavirus
Self-isolation and self-quarantine:Some people will need to do this to help stop COVID-19 spreading
Travel and coronavirus:Information for people returning to Ireland or travelling abroad
Hospital service disruptions:Visitor restrictions are in place and some appointments postponed
Minding your mental health during COVID-19:Things you can do to mind your mental health during COVID-19
Health Protection Surveillance Centre:Advice about COVID-19 for healthcare professionals
Posters and resources:Printable materials for workplaces and communities
 
The Department of Health publishes frequent briefings on Covid 19, all of which are published here

KDOC - Doctors on Call is the out of hours GP service for member practices in Kildare and West Wicklow - 1890 599 362.

The Irish College of General Practitioners has published a list of Kildare GPs, along with their contact details here

WELLBEING

Mental Health Ireland has a range of well-being resources, which you can find here

If you need  mental health support, support, MHI advises that you make contact with your GP.

In addition, it has also puiblished helpline and support group information here

Samaritans, Newbridge, offers a listening service on 116 123

Women's Aid offers services and supports to women and children subjected to domestic abuse. The helpline number is 1800 341 900

AnyMan Ireland offers services and supports to men subjected to domestic abuse., The helpline number is: 01 554 3811.

Many people who are self-isolating or remote working may find that their physical activity levels drop.

And, in particular, a lack of activity among older or more vulnerable people may leave them at greater risk of developing a respiratory illness.

This is as a lack of activity may mean people's core body temperature drops.

Rob McCabe, of McCabe Physiotherapy, joined Clem Ryan on Kildare Today with advice on staying active in the home.

rob.mp3, by Ciara Plunkett

HOUSING

Rent increases have been frozen for three months, and tenants may not be evicted. You can read the bill here

The pillar banks may offer breaks of up to three months to mortgage payment, on application.

Kildare County Council's rents are based on a system called the 'Differential Rent Scheme'.  This means that rent is based on your ability to pay, so if your income in low, your rent will be low and if your income increases, so will your rent. The income of other members of the household will be added to the rent calculation and there may be deductions for any children in the family. 

It is important to note that if the income of any member of the family changes, you must notify Kildare County Council immediately.  Failure to notify the council may result as a breach of your tenancy agreement.

Please click the link below to download a Rent Assessment Form.  This needs to be completed and returned to the Rent Assessment Section, Kildare County Council at the address below or emailed to rentassessment@kildarecoco.ie

Kildare County Council has made the following changes to its Housing Dept. operations:

  • HAP Walk in Clinic is suspended until further notice.  HAP application forms can be requested by email: hap@kildarecoco.ie or telephone 045 980657. Information is available online and includes a checklist to assist HAP applicants.
  • Application forms for Social Housing, Rent Review (including HAP Tenants), Housing Adaptation, Mobility and Aid for Older Persons Grants, are available online. Copies of all Application Forms are also available at Customer Services.   
  • Housing Maintenance essential repairs and urgent emergencies can be reported by telephoning 045 980 200 and Out of Hours: 1 890 50 03 33

 

ACCESSING SOCIAL WELFARE PAYMENT

An Post has put special arrangements in place for customers in receipt of Social Welfare payments.

Money can now be collected by a friend or relative on behalf of the person it's for.

The alternative collectors will have to be nominated and present valid ID, as well as the recipient's card from the Department of Employment Affairs.

Nomination forms are available in the Post Office and, also, here

Angus Laverty in An Posts Public Affairs Director and joined Clem Ryan on Kildare Today.

angus.mp3, by Ciara Plunkett

CITIZENS INFORMATION SERVICES

All Kildare Citizens Information Services are closed for public drop in until the 30th of March.

However, services have been consolidated in to two offices, which are operating phone and email services:

Maynooth CIC:

Phone: 0761 07 8100

email: maynooth@citinfo.ie

Naas CIC:

Phone: 0761 07 8280

email: naas@citinfo.ie

Joan O'Connor is Development Manager in Kildare for the North Leinster Citizens Information Service.

She joined Clem Ryan on Kildare Today

joanoconnor.mp3, by Ciara Plunkett

SUPPORTS FOR OLDER PEOPLE

 

SeniorLine:

SeniorLine has been the national, confidential listening service for older people, run by trained older volunteers since 1998.  Any caller, concerned about Covid 19, will receive the most up to date guidance as recommended by Government sources. Good health practice is reinforced at all times. This information is updated daily as the situation changes and is available to each of our volunteers at the phones.

Phone:

SeniorLine is a FREEPHONE service and our older callers can call free between 10am and 10pm every day of the year on 1800 804 591

More information: www.thirdageireland.ie/seniorline

 

Alone

ALONE, the organisation that supports older people, has announced the launch of a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Ireland.

Phone: Contact ALONE on 0818 222 024 if you have concerns about your own wellbeing, or the wellbeing of an older person you know.

More information: www.alone.ie.

Friends of the Elderly:

If you would like to receive a Friendly Call from a Friends of the Elderly volunteer, or if you are referring an older person to the service or would like to inquire further about the Friendly Call Service or any of Friends of the Elderly’s services please contact us directly:

Phone: 01-873 1855

Email: info@friendsoftheelderly.ie

More information: www.friendsoftheelderly.ie

 

HOUSING

All private sector rent increases and evictions have been banned for the next three months, following a sitting of the Dáil on March 19th.

Kildare County Council is moving to reassure its over 3,500 social housing tenants, and the thousands of households in Kildare in receipt of HAP.

Ihe council says it " is aware that many tenants may be affected by the recent employment losses and changes to working conditions adversely impacting household incomes. Differential rents are calculated on the basis of household income, consequently if your primary income has now reduced so too will your rent. "

However, rents will have to be reassessed, which means tenants will have to submit a Rent Review Form; these can be downloaded here: http://kildare.ie/countycouncil/housing/HousingRents/

It can be submitted, by email, to rentassessment@kildarecoco.ie or sent in by post to KCC's Housing Department, Rents Section, at Aras Cill Dara, Devoy Park, Naas. People can also call 045-98075 for help.

 

REVENUE

Revenue will refund employers who continue paying staff they lay off 203 euro per week.

Companies who keep staff on the payroll but can't offer full wages, can instead pay the 203 euro, which is equal to the Covid-19 support payment.

The department says it will help maintain a link between employers and their staff and make a return to work more seamless.

Among the other measures announced by Revenue include postponing stamp duty on credit cards to July, and deferring Local Property Tax payments to May.

In addition, a range of measures have been announced to assist SMEs

Joe Howley is Collector General at the Revenue Commissioners, and has been speaking to Clem Ryan on Kildare Today.

joehowley.mp3, by Ciara Plunkett

EMPLOYEES

There are several supports now in place for people whose employment has been affected by Covid 19.

These are available for people whose employers can't continue to pay them during a COVID-19 (Coronavirus) related absence or temporary lay-off from work:

Gov.ie and Welfare.ie have published advice and documentation:

A booklet on Short Term Working is attached to this article

And, people can access more information on employment rights through the Workplace Relations Commission here

EMPLOYERS, with thanks to Chambers Ireland

County Kildare Chamber of Commerce is offering advice and support to its members, and all information is here

COMMUNITY BASED HELP

Communities in Kildare are rallying around to support people in self isolation, or who are medically vulnerable.

County-Wide:

Thousands of people across Ireland, hundreds of Kildare people among them, have signed up to localsupport,ie

The website shows people willing to help those in self-isolation, their location, and contact details.

It was founded and created by Helen O'Rahilly

Kildare GAA is working with the HSE to explore options to promote and coordinate the provision of local community volunteer support.

The HSE anticipate that their Community Services will experience an unprecedented surge in demand in the coming weeks, and capacity will be stretched within our communities in Kildare.

cormac.mp3, by Ciara Plunkett

Castledermot

And a new group,  Castledermot Self Isolation Help during Covid19, has also been established.

People in the area can message the page, or contact 085 839 3441 for help or assistance.

Caragh

For Caragh residents, support is available. Volunteers have offered to support for those vulnerable & self-isolating.

Centra, in Caragh village, have offered to pack groceries for order.

Cookes of Caragh are preparing to start a takeaway menu & volunteers are available to deliver, or collect items, such as prescriptions.

If needed, contact Cllr. Rob Power for more information: 085 727 9307.

Maynooth:

A new group has been formed in Maynooth to help members of the community that are in self isolation or vulnerable. The group called Maynooth Home Support is an initiative by Naoise Ó Cearúil and Anne Birchall.
 
The group has amassed over 100 volunteers to date and the support of many local businesses such as the Glenroyal Hotel and Taxy.
 
The initiate has buy in from local pharmacies and supermarkets. Volunteers will pick up prescriptions and/or groceries and drop them at the front of people's homes. The group is abiding by all HSE instructions in regards to hand hygiene, sanitisation and social distancing. 
 
We would appreciate it if you could spread the word and the poster attached so people are aware of supports available to them.
 
People can call Naoise on (086) 728 0050 or Anne on (085) 158 2660 or email maynoothcommunityhelp@gmail.com
 

Naas

Naas Ball

The Naas Ball Facebook page is hosting the creation of a network to enable people in self isolation to maintain social contact, to obtain groceries, medications and other necessities.

More information is here:

And, people can also call 087  753 4817

Vista Pharmacy

Vista Pharamacy, Naas, is offering a free prescription delivery service to all Co. Kildare residents.

Contact the pharmacy by phone: 045 881 146

Fax: 045 881 147    

Email: vista@allcarepharmacy.ie

GARDA STATIONS

Athy: 059863421

Castledermot: (059) 9144112

Celbridge: (01) 6012370

Clane: (045) 868262

Derrinturn: (046) 9553002

Kilcock: (01) 6757390

Naas: 045884300

Newbridge: 045431212

Leixlip: 01 666 78 00

 

KILDARE COUNTY COUNCIL

Áras Chill Dara, Devoy Park, Naas, Co Kildare. W91 X77F -
Tel: (045) 980200
Website: www.kildarecountycouncil.ie Email: customercare@kildarecoco.ie

Out of Hours Contact: 1890 50 03 33

All of KCC's online services are accessible here:

Chief Executive, Head of Finance and Director of Services

Chief Executive

Peter Carey

Head of Finance, IS and Motor Tax

Acting Head of Finance Fiona Millane

Director Of Services - Water Services and Environment

Joe Boland

Director Of Services - Housing & Corporate Services

Annette Aspell

Director Of Services - Economic, Community & Cultural Development (incl. HR)

Sonya Kavanagh

Director Of Services - Planning & Strategic Development

Eoghan Ryan

Director of Services - Roads, Transportation and Public Safety

Tadgh McDonnell

 

Corporate Services

Corporate Services

(045) 980206

Customer Care Unit

(045) 980206

FOI

(045) 980228

Higher Education Grants

(045) 980202

Press Department

(045) 980206

Register of Electors

(045) 980201

Planning

Planning Administration

(045) 980845

Development Contributions

(045) 980843

Unauthorised Development

(045) 980839

Building and Development Control

(045) 980842

Roads and Transportation

Roads and Transportation

(045) 980421

Parking Fines

(045) 980422

Kildare Regional Design Office

(045) 898199

Municipal District Offices

Athy Municipal District

(045) 980203

Celbridge/Leixlip Municipal District

(01) 6286236

Newbridge/Kildare Municipal District

(045) 437556/557

Maynooth Municipal District

(01) 6286236

Naas Municipal District

(045) 980425

Machinery Yard, Newbridge

(045) 431400

Finance/Accounts

Commercial and Water Rates

(045) 980656

Housing Loans

 (045) 980652

Rents

(045) 980654

Payments/Accounts Payable

(045) 980651

Wages/Salaries/Pension

(045) 980655

 

Housing

Housing Administration

(045) 980705

Environment Services

Environment Administration

(045) 980588

Dog Warden, Portersize, Ballitore

(059) 8623388

Veterinary Services

(045) 980205

Free Litter Hotline

1800 243 143

Integretated Waste Management Facility

Silliot Hill, Kilcullen *
* operated by Oxigen Environmental

(045) 482229

 

Athy Civic Amenity Centre

Gallows Hill, Athy *
* operated by Oxigen Environmental

(059) 8640657

Water Services

Waterworks Office, Newbridge

(045) 431364

Rural Water (well grants/group schemes)

(045) 980361

Libraries

Headquarters, Riverbank, Newbridge

.(045) 431109

Athy Community Library.

(059) 8631144

Ballitore Community Library

(059) 8623344

Castledermot Community Library

(059) 9144483

Celbridge Community Library

(01) 6272207

Clane Community Library.

(045) 892716

Clocha Rince Community Library

(046) 9553428

Kilcock Community Library

(01) 6284403

Kilcullen Community Library

(045) 482193

Kildare Community Library

(045) 520235

Kildare Collections and Research Services

(045) 448351

Kildare Family History Research

(045) 448350

Leixlip Community Library

(01) 6060050

Maynooth Community Library

(01) 6285530

Mobile Library Service

(045) 448304

Monasterevin Community Library

(045) 529239

Naas Community Library

(045) 879111

Newbridge Community Library

(045) 448353

Rathangan Community Library

(045) 528078

Arts Centre

Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge

(045) 448327

Booking Office

(045) 448333

Leisure Services

Leisure Services

(045) 980203

Athy Swimming Pool *

(059) 8641522

Naas Swimming Pool *

(045) 881655

Newbridge Sports Centre.

(045) 433663

* Athy and Naas Swimming Pools are operated independently by
Kildare Sports and Leisure Facilities Ltd.

Fire Service – Emergencies 999 OR 112

Central Fire Station, Newbridge

(045) 431370

 

Motor Tax

045) 980591

Community and Culture

(045) 980538

County Arts Service

(045) 448328

Kildare Community Network

045) 980483

Civil Defence

(045) 454841

 

Emails

Access

accessofficer@kildarecoco.ie

Building Control

plandept@kildarecoco.ie

Civil Defence

civildefence@kildarecoco.ie

Community & Enterprise

dce@kildarecoco.ie

Commercial & Water Rates

Water&Rates@kildarecoco.ie

Customer Care Unit

customercare@kildarecoco.ie

Environment

environ@kildarecoco.ie

FOI

foi@kildarecoco.ie

HEGs

heg@kildarecoco.ie

Housing

housingadmin@kildarecoco.ie

IT

webteam@kildarecoco.ie

Kildare Community Network

webmaster@kildare.ie

Motor Tax

motortax@kildarecoco.ie

Planning Admin

plandept@kildarecoco.ie

Planning Drawing Office

plandept@kildarecoco.ie

Press Office

press@kildarecoco.ie

Public Lighting Faults

publiclights@kildarecoco.ie

Recruitment/Jobs

jobs@kildarecoco.ie

Register of Electors/Franchise

regelectors@kildarecoco.ie

Roads and Transportation

roads@kildarecoco.ie

Traffic Light Faults

trafficlights@kildarecoco.ie

Veterinary Services

vetservices@kildarecoco.ie

 

Telephone No.'s

Mobile No.

Location

AES

1850 650 655

 

 

Age Action Ireland - Brigid Butler

(045) 988437

    087 2236558                  

Located on level 5

Citizen Information, Naas

(045) 879489

 

 

Community Welfare Officer

1800 383 800

 

 

Community Welfare Officer

(045) 864096

 

 

Company Registration Office

1890 220 226

(01) 8045201

 

County Kildare Childcare Committee

(045) 861307

 

 

Courthouse Naas

(045) 980120/980100

 

 

Dept of Defence, Curragh

(045) 445000

 

 

Driving Test Centre, Ballina

(045) 78289

 

 

Environmental Health Office (Food)

(045) 873267

 

 

FAS Newbridge

(045) 431372

 

 

FAS Kill

(045) 877181

 

 

Health & Safety Authority

(01) 6147000

 

 

HSE

(045) 876001

 

 

Irish Organisation of Market & Street Traders

(01) 8302271

 

 

Irish Refugee Council

(01) 8730042

 

 

Irish Wheelchair Association

(045) 861346

 

 

ISPCA - Kildare Area - STewart King

 

087 2517381

 

Kildare Community Parntership

(045) 895450

 

 

Kildare Revenue Unit

1890 444 425

 

 

Land Registry

(01) 6707500

 

 

Local Enterprise Office

(045) 980838

 

 

Naas Couriers

(045) 875166

 

 

Naas Gardai

(045) 897333

 

 

Naas Hospital

(045) 849500

 

 

NCT

1890 200 670

 

 

Ordnance Survey

 (01) 8025349

 

 

Osbornes Solicitors

 (045) 899485

 

 

Oxigen

 (045) 866838

 

 

Passport Services

 1890 426 888

 

 

Private Residential Tenancy Board

 (01) 8882960

 

 

Registrar (Births, Deaths & Marriages

(045) 887660

 

 

Road Safety Authority

 (091) 872600

 

 

SEI

1850 927 000

 

 

Taxi Regulator

 1890 927 977

 

 

Vehicle Licensing Shannon

(061) 365000

 

 

VEC

(045) 988000

 

 

All of KCC's online services are accessible here:

 

 

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