Sinn Féin TD Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire tests positive for Covid-19

Ceann Comhairle expected to return to Leinster House this week having recovered from virus

Sinn Féin TD Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire has tested positive for Covid-19 and said he is working from home while self-isolating.

The Cork South Central TD made the announcement on social media this evening.

He said: “Have just tested positive for Covid-19. My symptoms so far are mild and manageable thankfully.

“I had been self-isolating in any event as members of my family had also tested positive and thankfully their symptoms are not particularly severe either - a bit under the weather but not severe.”


Mr Ó Laoghaire, Sinn Féin’s education spokesman, said he will be unable to attend a number of events this week including an engagement between his colleague Eoin Ó Broin and housing and homeless organisations in Cork on Friday.

He said that fellow TD Rose Conway Walsh would cover the Education Committee.

“I will continue to be working as long as the symptoms remain as manageable as they are,” Mr Ó Laoghaire said on Twitter.

“I’ll be working from home covering all the issues and monitoring and being active on them as best as I can whether they relate to education, to my constituency or any other matter indeed.”

Meanwhile,Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl is expected to return to his duties in Leinster House this week after having recovered from Covid-19.

Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn is a Political Correspondent at The Irish Times