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Dáil Will Vote Today On Controversial Extension Of Emergency Covid Powers.

File image: Garda checkpoint during Level 5 restrictions on the N7 at Blackchurch/RollingNews

The measures are due to expire in June.

The Dail will vote later on extending the government's emergency Covid powers until November.

The measures, which include the wearing of facemasks and holding large gatherings, were due to expire in June.

A provision in the bill will also allow for a further three month extension if deemed necessary.

Opposition parties and civil liberty groups have voiced their frustration at the extension.

Minister of State for Higher Education, Niall Collins, says it's important:

Opposition parties say that's too long an extension for the "draconian" emergency powers.

Our Political Correspondent Seán Defoe reports:

Social Democrats co-leader, Kildare North TD, Catherine Murphy says public freedom needs to be taken into account:

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