THE GOVERNMENT has issued an appeal to the public not to panic buy and stockpile items amid coronavirus fears.
Leo Varadkar made the announcement yesterday that the country would go into lockdown as of yesterday evening, with schools, colleges and childcare services all shut down temporarily.
The government were however quick to stress that supply chains would not be affected, urging the public to buy what they need but not to resort to stockpiling.
Health Minister Simon Harris insisted that Irish citizens "are better than that",
"The reason this is presumably happening is that people in our country are worried, and they want to make provision for themselves, for their family and particularly perhaps for their older and vulnerable relatives."
He added that stockpiling "could have unintended consequences" of taking products that others may require.
"Irish people wouldn't want this ... we're better than that," he said.
Business Minister Heather Humphreys echoed Harris' words, stressing that there’s plenty of stock available.
"I met with the retailer and they have assured me that here is sufficient supply chains," she said.
"If people go out and buy products they don’t need to stockpile they’re going to cause a problem.
"So i would say there’s no need to do that."
When asked if any limits would be placed on the purchase of certain products, Mr Harris replied: "That's something I don't think should be necessary but nevertheless I will be talking to them [retailers] later on.
"I'm in constant contact with all of the retailers and we will discuss that issue with them."
Tánaiste Simon Coveney said there had been concern before a possible no-deal Brexit that medicines would have to be stockpiled.
"We were reassuring people that the supply chains were strong, and that they did not need to do that. That is the position now as well."
He said: "The food industry and the retail industry has given reassurance and that they have supply chains that are robust, that can continue to supply shops and shelves.
"Consumers should realise that actually their actions could contribute to the problem here, as opposed to there being a fundamental problem in supply chain which there isn't."