Dáil debates

Thursday, 21 May 2020

Covid-19 (Health): Statements

 

6:45 pm

Richard O'Donoghue (Limerick County, Independent)

A company in west Limerick has made great inroads into producing a complete process for temperature monitoring of staff. This company operates to ISO and ICE standards and Food and Drug Administration, FDA, guidelines. It has tested the process in many situations and it is now at the highest standard. The issue for the company is that it is competing with other companies that have brought in equipment from countries such as China. These do not have the same approval as Irish companies and using their methods does not have back-up for temperature screening. This is not a level playing field and is not reliable. We have been told that this virus originated in China and now we promote businesses from China to come here to supply temperature monitoring equipment. We have companies in Ireland, including in Limerick, that produce this equipment to the highest standards, including the HSE standard. We should be looking here before any equipment is brought in from China. China has given us enough. It is time that we looked after our own companies to fix the problem.

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