• A national helpline has  been launched today for elderly people who have concerns about the coronavirus outbreak.

    ALONE - the organisation that supports older people - is operating the helpline in association with the Department of Health and the HSE.


    The helpline number is 0818 222 024,  and is open from 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday.


  • Roscommon County Council is launching a new helpline this afternoon, to advise people on where they can access supports and assistance in their local community during the Covid-19 crisis.

    The helpline number is 1800 200 727.

    An interactive map listing the supports available in each town and village is also available on the council's website.

    The Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council, Councillor Paschal Fitzmaurice says people from any part of Co Roscommon can ring the helpline number and they will be directed to a community group or agency that can assist with their particular issue.



  • Mayo County Council has launched a new helpline today, to assist people in accessing non-emergency supports and advice during the Covid-19 emergency.

    The confidential phoneline service is being established by the new Covid-19 Mayo County Council Community Response Forum, which includes over a dozen agencies and organisations.

    The main aim of the helpline is to ensure that vulnerable members of the community across Co mayo or those living alone can access deliveries of groceries, medicine and fuel.

    The helpline number is 094 - 9064660 and is open from 8am to 8pm.

  • A National Fodder Helpline has been set up by Teagasc to help farmers through the current fodder crisis.

    It says they can phone or text 087 7971377 to speak to a Teagasc person for assistance over the weekend.

    It says silage supplies must be stretched over the next three weeks, and normal daily silage feeding can be reduced in half by limiting the silage offered.

    Fodder Clinics have been held in most of Teagasc's 50 offices around the country over the last few days.

  • A new telephone helpline has been opened today, to assist farmers with their queries in relation to Covid-19 restrictions.

    Agriculture Minister Michael Creed has put in place a dedicated helpline for farmers to seek advice so they can continue to fulfill their essential role in maintaining the food supply chain.

    The helpline number is 076 - 106 4468 and will be open Monday to Fridays during office hours.