Dáil debates

Thursday, 21 May 2020

Covid-19 (Health): Statements

 

7:05 pm

Photo of Simon HarrisSimon Harris (Wicklow, Fine Gael)

My priority with Covid-19 is to keep as many people in this country alive as possible. Through the incredible efforts of the Irish people, we have saved an awful lot of lives. My ongoing priority is to manage the virus to a point that we do not see a second wave and that we continue to see the virus suppressed while we try to live alongside it. That will be a difficult and delicate balance. My priority at that point is to begin to safely turn back on non-Covid-19 services. In his role as a Member of this House and as Chairman of the Special Committee on Covid-19 Response, the Deputy will see how challenging that will be. We will have to run our health service in a very different way. There will be opportunities in that but there will be challenges too.

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