Dáil debates

Thursday, 25 November 2021

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation


1:00 pm

Photo of Imelda MunsterImelda Munster (Louth, Sinn Fein) | Oireachtas source

I wish to raise the same issue about pop-up test centres. Last night, I asked the Minister, Deputy Stephen Donnelly, if he would make a commitment to contact the HSE in Louth in relation to it providing a pop-up test centre for Drogheda and he said he would respond in his closing statement, but he did not. As the Tánaiste will probably know, Louth has the highest case numbers in the country and Drogheda has been particularly hard hit with one in 40 people testing positive in the last fortnight. I contacted the HSE at the start of the week looking for a simple pop-up PCR test centre and it has not responded yet, despite the fact that case numbers are going through the roof.

The surge was predicted and it is now here, but the infrastructure is not in place to deal with it. Case numbers are rising in Drogheda, where they are the highest in the country. Will the Government commit to providing a simple pop-up test centre to allow for the PCR tests to be done? No PCR tests were available yesterday and there are none available today or tomorrow.


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