Seanad debates

Friday, 7 May 2021

European Digital Green Certificate: Statements


10:30 am

Photo of Michael McDowellMichael McDowell (Independent) | Oireachtas source

By the way, I did not object to that Bill but I could see there were major problems with it, including no means of enforcement at all, and ridiculous scenes in the courts since then have confirmed everything I suspected of it.

The reason Ireland has been most vulnerable is because our health system is most vulnerable. The reason it is most vulnerable is that we have, uniquely in Europe, the lowest level in any developed country of intensive care facilities to deal with a pandemic of this kind. That situation has existed for the past nine years. Report after report has pointed this out, and the health hierarchy in Ireland, and I include all of them in this - the chief medical officers and the lot of them - should have done something earlier about that. It is a blame game to say that now, perhaps, but we do not know that there will not be another pandemic. We do not know that there will-----


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