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Level 5 Response to Covid-19: Statements (Resumed) (23 Oct 2020)

Michael Collins: This is very disturbing. I thank Deputy Carthy for highlighting it. We certainly need answers. This news will be quite disturbing for many people. It is amazing. A neighbour of mine in west Cork, Mr. Pat McCarthy, has been telling me for a while that products we have been rubbing on our hands are highly dangerous. I did not listen to him, but I will certainly listen to him from now on....

Level 5 Response to Covid-19: Statements (Resumed) (23 Oct 2020)

Matt Carthy: The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine kindly made a statement. Will the speech be circulated? It is not on the Department's website. It has not been circulated to Members. The Minister seemed to indicate that concerns around the product in question were first raised by the European Anti-Fraud Office, OLAF, with the Department in September. It would be useful if we had the...

Level 5 Response to Covid-19: Statements (Resumed) (23 Oct 2020)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: That is a very valid point. We will ask for the text of the Minister's speech to be circulated.

Level 5 Response to Covid-19: Statements (Resumed) (23 Oct 2020)

Charlie McConalogue: I welcome the opportunity to update the House on a notice issued by my Department for the hand sanitiser product, Virapro. The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine is the national competent authority for the approval and registration of biocide products, including sanitisers. Biocidal products, including hand sanitisers, may only be marketed and used in Ireland once they are...

Level 5 Response to Covid-19: Statements (Resumed) (23 Oct 2020)

Marian Harkin: I have a few points prepared on the implications of level 5 and the role the State has to play if we expect our citizens and businesses to take the hit and observe the restrictions. Our approach is unbalanced. Today we introduced draconian legislation under which we will impose fines and jail sentences if ordinary citizens do not comply. I did vote for it but begrudgingly. However, the...

Level 5 Response to Covid-19: Statements (Resumed) (23 Oct 2020)

Michael McNamara: I agree with what Deputy Carthy said about the need for the Government to consider proposals that will enable the marts to function. Deputy Fitzmaurice and I are bringing proposals to the Tánaiste, Deputy Varadkar, who said he will consider them. When we raised the matter with the Taoiseach, he said that there could be no special provisions for any interest group and that is what I...

Level 5 Response to Covid-19: Statements (Resumed) (23 Oct 2020)

Mattie McGrath: I am delighted the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Deputy McConalogue, has arrived and the Minister of State, Deputy Rabbitte, is also present. I ask him to respond to the questions about the marts. Damage is being done to farmers and to those who want to sell from an economic point of view, but another angle is that it provides a physical outlet for people to go to. Not...

Level 5 Response to Covid-19: Statements (Resumed) (23 Oct 2020)

Matt Carthy: A Cheann Comhairle, you will recall that earlier today I asked for the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to come to the House and make a statement on the emerging news regarding ViroPro. We have been told the Minister will come to the House during this debate. However, I am disappointed that he has left it to almost the last Government speaking slot, when there is no opportunity...

Level 5 Response to Covid-19: Statements (Resumed) (23 Oct 2020)

Bernard Durkan: I am delighted to have an opportunity to speak on this issue again. I sometimes get confused. Listening to the debate in this House and in other countries that have been similarly affected, one can come to a different conclusion. For instance, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France, Belgium, Denmark and Sweden have all been held up as examples of how to deal successfully with this virus....

Level 5 Response to Covid-19: Statements (Resumed) (23 Oct 2020)

Denis Naughten: I spoke on 14 May last about contact tracing and said at that time that the HSE was playing with figures. I said the system was not working and that members of Dáil Éireann were being fed "organic fertiliser", that is, manure, about what was going on with contact tracing. I went on to say: The Government cannot ask people to continue to make such efforts if the truth about the...

Level 5 Response to Covid-19: Statements (Resumed) (23 Oct 2020)

Chris Andrews: I want to put on the record that the decision last night by the Government to seal the records of the survivors of the mother and baby homes was both sad and shameful. It will go down as one of the most uncaring acts by this Government in the lifetime of this Dáil. History will not look kindly on this Government. With regard to Covid-19, reducing teaching staff while increasing...

Level 5 Response to Covid-19: Statements (Resumed) (23 Oct 2020)

Jim O'Callaghan: It is very useful that we have this opportunity to speak about Covid and the impact it and the restrictions have been having since the country moved to level 5 on Wednesday evening. I also think it is important that we keep a broad understanding of where we are as a country in trying to resolve these issues and measure our approach to the Covid pandemic. It has to be pointed out that...

Level 5 Response to Covid-19: Statements (Resumed) (23 Oct 2020)

Catherine Connolly: I used my discretion to let in the Labour Party because Deputy Ó Ríordáin missed his slot. On reflection, I should have put it to the House to agree it because other Deputies were waiting and had made decisions based on the debate moving quicker. I apologise for this. I have upset a Deputy but it was inadvertent. The next time a Deputy misses a slot and wants to be fitted...

Level 5 Response to Covid-19: Statements (Resumed) (23 Oct 2020)

Paul Murphy: Yes, unless Deputy Boyd Barrett comes back in, which I believe is unlikely. He sends his apologises. He had to go because of the change of the slots. The Government's plan is called Living with Covid. It would be better off renaming it the yo-yo strategy because that is the truth about what it offers to people with its plan. It offers a future of yo-yoing in and out of lockdown until a...

Level 5 Response to Covid-19: Statements (Resumed) (23 Oct 2020)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: I appreciate the opportunity to speak. I will speak to one particular issue. My party colleagues have spoken about the measures introduced today. We have supported the measures, although we do have reservations. I will speak in the main on the issue of hand sanitisers. I know the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine is due to make a statement to the House shortly, during this...

Level 5 Response to Covid-19: Statements (Resumed) (23 Oct 2020)

Richard Boyd Barrett: Deputy Ó Ríordáin was late and has messed up my speaking slot.

Level 5 Response to Covid-19: Statements (Resumed) (23 Oct 2020)

Catherine Connolly: I ask Deputy Boyd Barrett not to use his phone in the Chamber. Let us have a little respect.

Level 5 Response to Covid-19: Statements (Resumed) (23 Oct 2020)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: If the Department knew on Tuesday that this hand sanitiser was not safe and yet children were allowed to go to school on Wednesday and Thursday, that is very serious. There needs to be some accountability for that. We are all learning as we go and doing our best. Schools are doing their absolute best to keep children safe and to remain open under very challenging circumstances. I urge...

Level 5 Response to Covid-19: Statements (Resumed) (23 Oct 2020)

Catherine Connolly: I realise that this issue is very important to the Deputy but it was debated yesterday.

Level 5 Response to Covid-19: Statements (Resumed) (23 Oct 2020)

Jennifer Murnane O'Connor: I thank the Leas-Cheann Comhairle for giving me this time. I am raising the issue because of the seriousness of it and in light of the report in the Irish Examinerof the concerns expressed by the Data Protection Commissioner. I voted for what I thought, and what I was told, was a Bill to preserve information. I did not vote to lock away that information for 30 years and make it...

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