Dáil debates

Thursday, 29 April 2021

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation


12:55 pm

Photo of Willie O'DeaWillie O'Dea (Limerick City, Fianna Fail) | Oireachtas source

I congratulate the Minister, Deputy McEntee.

I heard some of the Tánaiste's responses in which he referred to the division in opinion on the efficacy of rapid testing. Does he agree that there is also an even sharper difference in opinion on the whole notion of a vaccine passport, or an immunity certificate as it is being called? Does he not agree that the introduction of such a system would in effect create a two-tiered society where people who could not take the vaccine for any number of a variety of reasons would be the new underclass and be excluded from significant areas of public life? Does he not agree that this would constitute blatant medical apartheid? In the event of the introduction of such a system, what will be the position on people's right to worship? Are the clergy of any denomination expected to turn away people who want to exercise their right to worship on the basis that they have not been vaccinated?


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