Thursday, 21 May 2020
Covid-19 (Health): Statements
Alan Kelly (Tipperary, Labour)
In regard to all of the other sectors across Ireland, what are they meant to do now? I am speaking about the meat factories, pharmacists and other sectors that exist to serve us and are doing a fantastic job across the country providing food and medicine, etc. If we apply to them the rules being applied here today they will not be able to operate. They are not viable in many cases.
I will ask the question one last time. Why did this advice arrive all of a sudden this week? If NPHET knew this to be the situation for an area like this and an organisation like the Dáil, how come similar advice was not given to all the other sectors? Surely, this advice will have to issue to all sectors across the country. Based on viability and what is happening in here, why has this not happened already?