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Taoiseach tested for Covid-19 following meeting with French president

The Taoiseach attended a meeting in Brussels last week with Emmanuel Macron, who tested positive on Thursday.

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Taoiseach Micheal Martin has been tested for Covid-19 following contact with French President Emmanuel at a meeting in Brussels Macron(Niall Carson/PA)

Taoiseach Micheal Martin has been tested for Covid-19 following contact with French President Emmanuel at a meeting in Brussels Macron(Niall Carson/PA)

Taoiseach Micheal Martin has been tested for Covid-19 following contact with French President Emmanuel at a meeting in Brussels Macron(Niall Carson/PA)

The Taoiseach has been tested for Covid-19 following contact with French President Emmanuel Macron, who has contracted the virus.

Micheal Martin attended a meeting with President Macron at the European Council in Brussels on Thursday and Friday last week.

The Taoiseach was tested on his return from Brussels and has now undergone a second, rapid test following confirmation of Mr Macron’s diagnosis.

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French President Emmanuel Macron confirmed on Thursday that he has contracted Covid-19 (Justin Tallis/PA)

French President Emmanuel Macron confirmed on Thursday that he has contracted Covid-19 (Justin Tallis/PA)

French President Emmanuel Macron confirmed on Thursday that he has contracted Covid-19 (Justin Tallis/PA)

Mr Martin also attended a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday this week after arriving back from the European Council meeting.

His spokesman said they would wait for the results of Thursday’s test before deciding if other government ministers will be tested.

The spokesman said: “Following news of the positive test of President Macron, the Taoiseach has been limiting his contacts as a precaution.

“He has been re-tested and will have the results on this later today.”

Finance Minster Paschal Donohoe was also in Brussels last week.

His spokesman said he was tested before leaving Ireland and again on his return and “has restricted his movements in accordance with the healthcare advice given”.

A press conference due to be attended by Mr Donohoe on Thursday afternoon has been postponed pending the outcome of the Taoiseach’s test results.

Mr Donohoe did not attend this week’s Cabinet meeting but participated remotely.

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Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe restricted his movements after returning from Brussels last week (Julien Behal/PA)

Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe restricted his movements after returning from Brussels last week (Julien Behal/PA)

Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe restricted his movements after returning from Brussels last week (Julien Behal/PA)

The Taoiseach has undergone a PCR test, which is the standard test used by the Government. His spokesman said the results will be known in a matter of hours.

France’s presidential Elysee Palace confirmed on Thursday that President Macron had contracted Covid-19.

In a statement it said Mr Macron was tested “as soon as the first symptoms appeared”.

The president is to isolate for seven days, in accordance with French health guidelines.

“He will continue to work and take care of his activities at a distance,” the statement added.

President Macron met several EU leaders over the course of the European Council summit in Brussels last week.

It included a bilateral meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

German media have reported that Mrs Merkel tested negative for Covid-19 following the summit.

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