Taoiseach: ‘Far too early’ to say what type of Christmas the country is facing

Taoiseach: ‘Far too early’ to say what type of Christmas the country is facing

It is “far too early” to say what type of Christmas the country is facing, according to Taoiseach Micheál Martin. The Taoiseach was speaking at the launch of the government’s ‘Keep Well’ campaign, which aims to support people and communities to mind their physical and mental health over the coming months.

It is “far too early” to say what type of Christmas the country is facing, according to Taoiseach Micheál Martin.

The Taoiseach said that the government is focused on making Level Five restrictions work, and that he planned to wait until the end of November before making any decision on the Christmas period.

“It's far too early to say what type of a Christmas we will be experiencing,” he said.

“I think people want this to work and if we get the numbers really down then we can look to managing it then for the next number of months,” he added.

The Taoiseach was speaking at the launch of the government’s ‘Keep Well’ campaign, which aims to support people and communities to mind their physical and mental health over the coming months.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin, Health Minister Stephen Donnelly, Minster of State for Public Health & Well Being Frankie Feighan along with the CEO of DLR Local Authority, Philomena Poole and Laura Magahy Director of SláinteCare launch the Government’s ‘Keep Well’ Community Resilience Campaign at Government Buildings, Dublin.
Taoiseach Micheál Martin, Health Minister Stephen Donnelly, Minster of State for Public Health & Well Being Frankie Feighan along with the CEO of DLR Local Authority, Philomena Poole and Laura Magahy Director of SláinteCare launch the Government’s ‘Keep Well’ Community Resilience Campaign at Government Buildings, Dublin.

“We're very conscious that the pandemic has an impact on mental health, and the psychology of the pandemic is very, very important,” said Mr Martin.

“That's why we're endeavouring to build resilience because these are not normal times.

“People's lives have been upended,” he added.

The ‘Keep Well’ campaign is aimed at showing people of all ages how to mind their own physical and mental health and wellbeing by adding healthy and helpful habits to daily and weekly routines.

It will provide guidelines, information, and tips on things that will help people keep well through the coming months. All of this will be available on gov.ie/healthyireland Today’s launch included the allocation of funding from Sláintecare to support a number of initiatives through the Healthy Ireland Fund that will be rolled out over the coming months.

Information about local resources and initiatives will also be available through Ireland’s Local Authorities.

The ‘Keep Well’ campaign is focussed on five main themes: Keeping active; staying connected; switching off and being creative; eating well; and minding your mood.

“The adjustment required of us all in the months since this pandemic came into our lives has been difficult for everyone but I am proud of the way we have adapted and come together to protect ourselves and others in the face of the threat posed by Covid-19,” the Taoiseach said.

“The necessary restrictions imposed to protect life, health and our healthcare services have had to continue for longer than many of us may have hoped at the outset and I understand that many of us are now experiencing fatigue.

“The aim of this new campaign is to equip people with ideas and strategies to help us through the winter,” he added.

“This will help strengthen communities and individuals and restore hope that brighter days are coming.”

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