Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 15 September 2021

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health

Update on Covid-19: Discussion

Photo of Cathal CroweCathal Crowe (Clare, Fianna Fail)
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I take it this can work quite well in Dublin, where a teenager can hop on their local Dublin Bus service and make their way to school and home again in the afternoon. It is quite different in a rural county like Clare, however, where the local school bus might be bringing children on a 10 km or 12 km journey each day. Many of them are in the same bubble when they go to the school environment, so it is proving inoperable. I hope that it will remain under urgent review because we have had two chaotic weeks of the school year so far.

My final question to Dr. Glynn relates to international travel. We have had a pretty good six or seven weeks of international travel, I would say, and I say that as someone who is watching this through the aviation lens and the international travel lens. From a public health point of view, has it been as successful as I consider it to be, or can more be done?

Has NPHET spoken with any of its counterparts? I know it often speaks with colleagues across Europe but has it spoken with people in North America? It concerns me that there are still very significant restrictions in terms of Irish people travelling to the United States. I wonder has NPHET any dialogue open with counterparts in the United States in that regard.