Health Minister Stephen Donnelly will face questions in the Dáil tonight about his handling of NPHET's level 5 recommendation.

It's after it emerged the Minister was briefed by the Chief Medical Officer about his views ahead of NPHET's meeting on Sunday.

The talk of Leinster House today has been who knew what, and when.

Opposition TDs have questioned Minister Donnelly's version of events, and whether he was aware a level 5 recommendation was coming from early on Sunday morning.

The Minister, and Tánaiste Leo Varadkar, deny that's the case.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has stood over the actions of Stephen Donnelly on Sunday.

The government has stressed the most important thing here is fighting the virus.

The Health Minister will face questions on the issue in the Dáil tonight.

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