Level 5: Harris says people a bit overwhelmed but there is hope

By Fergal O'Brien RTÉ news

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris has said living in Level 5 restrictions at this time of year is "much tougher" than the situation in March.

Speaking to RTÉ 2fm's Breakfast with Doireann and Eoghan, Minister Harris said: "People are feeling a bit overwhelmed at this stage. We've been here before."

"But it is not quite the same as in March. We've kept the schools open. You can exercise up to 5km from your house. You can exercise with a friend outside," he said.

"We're doing this to try and have some degree of normality around Christmas."

He added: "It has been very tough on young people. If you thi