Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers

The Dail will vote later on extending the government's emergency Covid powers until November.

The measures, which include the mandate to wear facemasks and a ban on large gatherings, were due to expire in June.

A provision in the bill will also allow for a further three month extension if deemed necessary.

Opposition parties and civil liberty groups have voiced their frustration at the extension.

Minister of State for Higher Education, Niall Collins, says it's important: