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Statement from Minister Ryan

Following his initial positive test result for Covid-19 yesterday (Saturday), the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan T.D., received notification from the HSE that a second test was recommended. This result of this test showed that Covid-19 was not detected. The public health advice in this instance is that the case is de-notified, close contacts are informed and the person can continue about their business. Minister Ryan now plans to travel to Glasgow for COP26 tomorrow (Monday).


Minister Ryan has not been symptomatic at any point. He underwent the initial test as a precautionary measure as recommended by the organisers of COP26. On receipt of the initial result he followed all HSE protocols, including self-isolation and informing close contacts.


Minister Ryan has updated the Taoiseach, Tánaiste and the Secretary to the Government with this information.







COP26 is the 26th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It is currently taking place in Glasgow, Scotland, and runs from 31 October to 12 November 2021.


Following the Paris Agreement (COP21), at COP26 the Parties submit updated and more ambitious Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). NDCs embody efforts by each country to reduce national emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change. COP26 will establish whether UN Parties are individually and collectively on track to reach the objective of the Paris Agreement – to limit global temperature rise to below 2°C and to strive towards 1.5°C. 





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