Thursday, 21 May 2020
Outbreaks of Covid-19 in Meat Processing Plants: Statements
I am totally disappointed that the Minister has not accepted what happened in Castletownbere. The fact was that a Spanish-registered vessel left Spain when people on board had the coronavirus, and then it stopped in Castletownbere. I have never said they cannot come into Castletownbere or any other port in Ireland; I asked what measures we have in place to protect the people of Castletownbere and its surrounds, or the people in any port in this country. That is what I asked continuously. On 19 March, I mentioned it here, and I asked the question again today. I will not have any Minister or anyone else tell me I cannot raise an issue like this. I will continue to do so. The Minister has a duty to explain what measures we have in place. If he cannot, he obviously has none in place.