Minister Ciaran Cannon has sent out a message of solidarity to Irish citizens and communities across the world and says every action is being taken to protect citizens abroad.
The East Galway TD said that the government is doing everything it can to protect Irish citizens who are overseas during this crisis, and he outlined a number of things that citizens and community organisations can do to play their part in helping the diaspora.
“At this time of grave concern around the world, I wish to assure people in Galway with loved ones abroad that the Government is taking decisive actions to do everything possible to protect its citizens from the spread of the Covid-19 virus,” said Minister Cannon.
“The actions will require sacrifices and courage by our citizens, acting in solidarity for the common good.
“I am also deeply aware of the solidarity we owe to our many citizens who live around the world, who may face similar challenges.”
The Galway TD is urging people to read the health advice which the Health Service Executive has published [here] as part of their efforts to protect their own health and the health of loved ones.
“Clearly, this advice should be read in conjunction with the local health protection measures in place by the authorities in your host country,” he said.
“Ensuring the safety of our citizens around the world is a fundamental duty for my Department. We are working intensively right now to help many Irish citizens affected by the global spread of this disease.
“We are updating continuously our advice and guidance to Irish citizens, with specific reference to the threat posed to our citizens by the Covid-19 virus.
“If you are thinking of travelling or are concerned about the situation in your host community, please consult this advice as a matter of urgency.
“While many of our diplomatic missions are also affected by changes necessary to protect the safety and the health of their staff, our network of missions remains available to our citizens in need.“
Minister Cannon added: “Finally, I urge you to make contact with family and friends in Ireland. This is a global challenge. Across Ireland, many families will be worried about their loved ones who live abroad.
“This is a time for strengthening our connections. In his recent speech, the Taoiseach gave advice to the Irish people on both the threat we face, but also the need for solidarity across society and around the world.
“We are all in this together, no matter where we are and by working together, we will overcome this”.