Dáil debates

Thursday, 15 October 2020

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions


12:20 pm

Photo of Michael McNamaraMichael McNamara (Clare, Independent) | Oireachtas source

If the Government is going to continue to treat a trolley in a corridor as a multiple occupancy room then we will inevitably have an expensive court case of the type to which Deputy O'Donoghue referred to sort out this anomaly because a corridor is not a room. It is that simple.

I want to move on to one other associated area, namely, the latest restrictions which have been announced for not visiting other homes or houses. I have no doubt the majority or a large number of people will adhere to those restrictions. However, others will not. Before this is put on a legislative footing, I ask and urge the Government to look at the potential for unintended consequence. This has the capability to seriously damage contact tracing because people will simply not give the names of the people with whom they have been in contact. That is a big problem in Britain, which has put everything on a legislative footing with penal provisions and if this provision is also put on a legislative footing, we risk damaging the ability to contact trace, which is the key weapon the State has at its disposal.


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