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Why are you so anti what I’m reporting?
Panic buying will cause problems that do not currently exist, says Humphreys

Minister and retailers insist there are sufficient supplies amid coronavirus restrictions

Marie O'Halloran, Conor Pope
Updated: Thu, Mar 12, 2020, 18:44

Minister for Business Heather Humphreys has insisted there is no need for panic buying of supplies as the emergency measures to deal with coronavirus come into effect.

She said people would instead “cause a problem” that currently does not exist if they began stockpiling and there was as yet no need to put restrictions on purchases.

Reports emerged of long queues in supermarkets even as Government Ministers gave a briefing about the measures to delay and minimise the effect of the virus also known as Covid-19.

Ms Humphreys said people would not need items they were stockpiling because there were sufficient stocks in place. “I can assure you of that,” she said.

The Minister had met the retailers and distributors and “they have assured me that there is sufficient [amount] in the supply chain. If people go out and buy products that they don’t need to stockpile them, they’re going to cause a problem.

“So I would say there is no need to do that. There is quite sufficient in the supply chain.”

The Minister was asked if restrictions should be put on the number of products that consumers were buying such as baby formula, and dry foods such as rice and pasta as well as sanitary items such as toilet rolls and soap.

Ms Humphreys said “that’s something I don’t think should be necessary” but she was in constant contact with all retailers “and we will discuss that issue with them”.

Minister for Health Simon Harris said he understood that people were worried and that they wanted to make provisions for themselves and their families.

People should “buy what we need to provide for ourselves and our families and our loved ones” but he said that everyone should consider the “unintended consequences of taking something that somebody else requires”.

Retail groups echoed the Government’s advice, urging people not to share images of empty shelves as it contributed to unnecessary panic buying.

The head of Retail Excellence David Fitzsimons said he had spoken to “all of the major grocery multiples and forecourt operators in Ireland” and offered reassurance that Ireland was “prepared to continue to supply all grocery outlets for the coming months. There is no reason for Irish citizens to have any concern in that regard”.

He said the grocery sector had “never been more prepared having planned for a hard Brexit over the past number of months. Minister Heather Humphreys, Minister of Business and Enterprise, has done a tremendous job in monitoring this matter and please be assured that we have more than adequate contingencies in place”.

He criticised social media images of empty shelves which he said were “simply sensationalising the matter” and said shelves would be “restocked every evening and restocking will continue into the future”.

‘Elevated demand’

Commenting on the implications of Covid-19, Retail Ireland director Arnold Dillon there had been “significant elevated demand for certain non-perishable grocery products, supply chains are functioning as normal and were well placed to respond”.

He did however add that “retail distribution networks are not designed to deal with bulk buying on a widespread basis” and stressed it was “important that consumers behave responsibility and don’t buy more than they need. Retailers are working with their suppliers and monitoring consumer behaviour to avoid any shortages”.

In response to the Government’s escalation of its response, FTA Ireland, the organisation representing Ireland’s logistics sector, also moved quickly to reassure the public that the nation’s supply chain was resilient.

Its general manager Aidan Flynn said the supply was “well equipped to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic. There is no need to stockpile food and other basic items. However, we ask that members of the public now stop stockpiling activity as it will place unnecessary pressure on the supply chain. As a nation, we should deal with this pandemic calmly and remain considerate of others”.

He also called on the Government to implement “a range of emergency measures to protect mobile workers specifically”.

The chief executive of SuperValu parent company Musgrave stressed that the health of staff and customers was the retailer’s top priority.

“We are experiencing high volumes of demand but our advice to the public is that there is no need for panic buying. Panic buying is an inconvenience to other customers, so we would reiterate the call to remain calm. We continue to work to maximise availability and are working with suppliers to keep products flowing through the system.”

Tánaiste Simon Coveney said “the last time we had a similar challenge to this was on the eve of what was potentially going to be a no-deal Brexit”.

He said that “at that point in time there was a real concern that people would stockpile in terms of medicines. And 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.


“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 and 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.”
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Why are you so anti what I’m reporting?
You weren't reporting 5 minutes ago you were giving it the big bollocks about Brexit.

Actually, here is a couple of zero fucks.
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Who's panic downloading games on Steam and panic torrenting series to binge watch? And what did you go for?

I panic bought Rimworld, which might keep me going for a few days, along with panic watching streams of it to help me figure it out.
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Only issues in my local Tesco are pasta and paracetamol.You can pretty much get everything else.
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DrSnow wrote:
Why are you so anti what I’m reporting?
You weren't reporting 5 minutes ago you were giving it the big bollocks about Brexit.

Actually, here is a couple of zero fucks.
Read above. I was reporting the way it is. Not just that article.
Really don’t know why it concerns you anyway.
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BlackMac wrote:Only issues in my local Tesco are pasta and paracetamol.You can pretty much get everything else.
Strangely enough there seems to be a lot of pasta sauce left. Good luck with all that dry pasta, folks.
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BBC 2 wrote:
Sandstorm wrote:
bimboman wrote:
Sandstorm wrote:
Duff Paddy wrote:Be careful with paracetamol lads easy to overdose on it causes a lot of problems
Nope, it’s basically harmless. Ibruprofen on the other hand will rot your gut with prolonged use. It’s nasty.

I think he means in one go.
You can eat 25 paracetamol now and you won’t overdose. It’s designed to not allow that to happen to you. It’s useless as a suicide drug
What happens if you eat a 24 pack of bogroll?
Self cleansing dump...
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Dolmio stir-in sold out in the local supermarket.
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Gavin Duffy wrote:Dolmio stir-in sold out in the local supermarket.
All restocked today in my Supermarket. Everything there. Potato’s all gone though. I guess they’ll be restocked though.
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YOYO wrote:No need to panic Irishers. As was reported in our media yesterday our supermarkets and shops are being restocked several times a day so no need to panic buy. Example, today I went to shop at my local supermarket and of course the bog roll selves were empty. I asked one of the shelve stackers would there be more supplies, he said two more rounds were due in today and to come back at 1pm for bog roll supplies. Sure enough bog roll was restocked and I bought what I needed. Granted the shelves were almost empty again by the time I got there.

Edit: a positive outcome from the UK’s brexiting Europe means our supply chains networks have diversified more than ever (throughout Europe/World) and less from the UK) so food / goods stocks will be plentiful.
We have our own bog roll manufacturers, one of which, according to the below article, is now running 2 shifts a day, 7 days a week producing 50,000 rolls an hour.

That's a fúck load of bog roll.

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/ ... -1.4202511
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*early swarm alarm*
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DrSnow wrote:*early swarm alarm*
Keep safe DrSnow.
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Again, what is with buying up all the bog roll? There is a load of idiots out there now with over 6 months supply of the stuff. We have currently 7 rolls in the house. That will be enough for another week, then we will go and buy another 9 pack of the stuff.
As someone else mentioned, humanity is f**ked. Maybe our time is up. Trump, the shinners, now idiots hoarding bog roll. Virus might wipe us out, let the planet rebuild, start again in a few thousand years. I'm liking that idea
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No one is going to starve.

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YOYO wrote:
Anonymous. wrote:
DrSnow wrote:
a positive outcome from the UK’s brexiting Europe means our supply chains networks have diversified more than ever and food / goods stocks will be plentiful.
That's one way of looking at it.

The other is that you live on an Island and Europe may not be making any food for a while and it may be unable to get it to you.

The UK, of course, it just a bigger Island.
Not sure what these new supply chains are Yoyo is talking about. UK supply chains to Ireland are still up and running.
I mean as prep for Brexit, while only 11% of imports to Ireland came from the UK, we broadened our supply chain networks to be have even less dependency on importing from the UK. Come the end of 2020 it’s going be cheaper for us to import from other EU countries.
I must admit it's your country and I've never had any interest in this subject and only looked for a minute in response to your post


Exports
This means the total amount of goods sold from Ireland to the UK in May 2019 was about 11% of total exports from Ireland that month.

Imports
Ireland bought €1.5 billion worth of goods from Great Britain in May 2019. This represents 22% of Ireland’s total imports of goods for that month


Including the amount of imports (€123 million) from Northern Ireland in that month, the total figure for the UK accounts for around 23% of Ireland’s total goods imports.
https://www.thejournal.ie/amount-irelan ... 8-Jul2019/
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rageagainstthemachine wrote:Again, what is with buying up all the bog roll? There is a load of idiots out there now with over 6 months supply of the stuff. We have currently 7 rolls in the house. That will be enough for another week, then we will go and buy another 9 pack of the stuff.
As someone else mentioned, humanity is f**ked. Maybe our time is up. Trump, the shinners, now idiots hoarding bog roll. Virus might wipe us out, let the planet rebuild, start again in a few thousand years. I'm liking that idea
Just panic spread through social media. That video of the women fighting in the supermarket in Australia was all it took.
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camroc1 wrote:
YOYO wrote:No need to panic Irishers. As was reported in our media yesterday our supermarkets and shops are being restocked several times a day so no need to panic buy. Example, today I went to shop at my local supermarket and of course the bog roll selves were empty. I asked one of the shelve stackers would there be more supplies, he said two more rounds were due in today and to come back at 1pm for bog roll supplies. Sure enough bog roll was restocked and I bought what I needed. Granted the shelves were almost empty again by the time I got there.

Edit: a positive outcome from the UK’s brexiting Europe means our supply chains networks have diversified more than ever (throughout Europe/World) and less from the UK) so food / goods stocks will be plentiful.
We have our own bog roll manufacturers, one of which, according to the below article, is now running 2 shifts a day, 7 days a week producing 50,000 rolls an hour.

That's a fúck load of bog roll.

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/ ... -1.4202511
Well, someone is talking shite!

According to Dr Rebecca Harding of data firm Coriolis Technologies, the UK is a major exporter of toilet roll and would be able to keep supply destined for other countries if they risk running out.

The UK exported $129m (£103m) of toilet roll in 2019 and exports more than it imports.

“As the world’s 11th-largest exporter of toilet roll, at least if our supply routes shut down, we will be able to keep calm, stop exporting, and carry on,” Dr Harding said.

Ireland accounted for $90.4m or 70pc of all UK toilet roll exports in 2019 and is dependent on the UK for 80pc of all toilet roll. Dr Harding said the Irish reliance on the UK for toilet roll is evidence of the importance of borderless trade on the island of Ireland.

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Ireland accounted for $90.4m or 70pc of all UK toilet roll exports in 2019 and is dependent on the UK for 80pc of all toilet roll. Dr Harding said the Irish reliance on the UK for toilet roll is evidence of the importance of borderless trade on the island of Ireland.
Half hearted lol
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DrSnow wrote:
BlackMac wrote:Only issues in my local Tesco are pasta and paracetamol.You can pretty much get everything else.
Strangely enough there seems to be a lot of pasta sauce left. Good luck with all that dry pasta, folks.
They can whip up a nice bog roll and paracetamol sauce to go with it.

I did the weekly shopping at Sainsbury's this morning and got everything I needed, but was rewarded with a Nectar points booster encouraging me to buy loads of pasta...

My father tells me that Salisbury Waitrose was cleaned out of Gaviscon for some reason, ffs.
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My local sainsbury's have run out of bags. It's amusing to watch the shoppers without bags try and cope, it's also very sad.
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Looks like the Irish will be f**ked if the they are on the bog with the trots
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Ulsters Red Hand wrote:Not expected to find any but tried 6 shops this afternoon, three high street chains, a local pharmacy and two co-op type shops. No hand sanitiser in any

Speaks volumes of society imo - me first etc

My thoughts, too. It's made me wonder if the first few weeks/months of The War were like this? Or were people more sensible?
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I panic bought 4 cans of tomato soup today
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Anonymous. wrote:Looks like the Irish will be f**ked if the they are on the bog with the trots
We've plenty of moss and grass :thumbup:
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Anonymous. wrote:Looks like the Irish will be f**ked if the they are on the bog with the trots
No, our stores are replenished regularly each day. Different way of life here. Meanwhile you folks don’t each have carrier bags for shoppers.
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YOYO wrote:
Anonymous. wrote:Looks like the Irish will be f**ked if the they are on the bog with the trots
No, our stores are replenished regularly each day. Different way of life here. Meanwhile you folks don’t each have carrier bags for shoppers.

You must have missed the bit where you get 80% of your toilet rolls from the UK?
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DrSnow wrote:
YOYO wrote:
Anonymous. wrote:Looks like the Irish will be f**ked if the they are on the bog with the trots
No, our stores are replenished regularly each day. Different way of life here. Meanwhile you folks don’t each have carrier bags for shoppers.

You must have missed the bit where you get 80% of your toilet rolls from the UK?
:lol:

Edit: you are our toilet paper birches then.
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DrSnow wrote:
YOYO wrote:
Anonymous. wrote:Looks like the Irish will be f**ked if the they are on the bog with the trots
No, our stores are replenished regularly each day. Different way of life here. Meanwhile you folks don’t each have carrier bags for shoppers.

You must have missed the bit where you get 80% of your toilet rolls from the UK?
Ireland is very dependent on the UK.
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YOYO wrote:
DrSnow wrote:
YOYO wrote:
Anonymous. wrote:Looks like the Irish will be f**ked if the they are on the bog with the trots
No, our stores are replenished regularly each day. Different way of life here. Meanwhile you folks don’t each have carrier bags for shoppers.

You must have missed the bit where you get 80% of your toilet rolls from the UK?
:lol:

Edit: you are our toilet paper birches then.
Happy bog trotting
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Well thankfully my nearest supermarket is replenishing it supplies including bog roll 3 times a day during these exceptional times. I have enough bog roll to last at least 2 months.
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YOYO wrote:Well thankfully my nearest supermarket is replenishing it supplies including bog roll 3 times a day during these exceptional times. I have enough bog roll to last at least 2 months.
Next.

It's a well known fact that supermarkets have a magic ability to replenish, 3 times a day, forever.
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DrSnow wrote:
YOYO wrote:Well thankfully my nearest supermarket is replenishing it supplies including bog roll 3 times a day during these exceptional times. I have enough bog roll to last at least 2 months.
Next.

It's a well known fact that supermarkets have a magic ability to replenish, 3 times a day, forever.
You missed the key words. Try again.
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Abra-ca-dabra?
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YOYO wrote:Well thankfully my nearest supermarket is replenishing it supplies including bog roll 3 times a day during these exceptional times. I have enough bog roll to last at least 2 months.
Next.
For a man that’s probably 4 rolls. For a woman, more like 40.
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I said key words DAC. Holy mother divine give me strength.
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DrSnow wrote:My local sainsbury's have run out of bags. It's amusing to watch the shoppers without bags try and cope, it's also very sad.
Are you still using plastic bags over there
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Gavin Duffy wrote:Dolmio stir-in sold out in the local supermarket.
Who in their right mind uses pre made pasta sauces. You genuinely make me sick.
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Duff Paddy wrote:
DrSnow wrote:My local sainsbury's have run out of bags. It's amusing to watch the shoppers without bags try and cope, it's also very sad.
Are you still using plastic bags over there
Things have got bad with the toilet roll situation
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As my staple diet is Chappatis and currys, we brought an extra bag of Flour and some rice.
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