Independent TD for Donegal, Thomas Pringle, and Independent Senator Eileen Flynn said it is time for the Government to take decisive steps against the spread of Covid-19 because what they’re doing doesn’t seem to be working.
Deputy Pringle and Senator Flynn said as the country faces into increased restrictions, the Government must also reinstate the protections for individuals and businesses that were introduced at the start of the coronavirus crisis, such as the Pandemic Unemployment Payment and a halt on evictions.
Deputy Pringle said: “Clearly what they’re doing now isn’t working, and it appears to be time to try something different. The only option of difference at the moment is the zero-Covid policy.
“It’s been two weeks and too many mixed messages from Government since NPHET suggested the country be placed on Level 5 restrictions nationwide for four weeks. We would be halfway through that period now, if the Government had accepted those recommendations at the time.
“Instead, we find ourselves on the receiving end of a series of changing localised and national restrictions, with a new version expected this afternoon. People and businesses are struggling and deserve a straight answer, as well as the protections they need to get through this,” he said.
Senator Flynn repeated the call she and Deputy Pringle made in recent weeks for an all-Ireland health strategy to fight the spread of the coronavirus.
Senator Flynn said: “This is a public health crisis and the Government must listen to public health advice. The border counties have been particularly hard hit recently and it is very clear that the virus does not recognise borders.
“This is also a crisis for individuals and businesses trying to keep their heads above water during this difficult time, and they need supports from the Government as they follow the restrictions.
“When the Government does announce its next plans for coming restrictions, that announcement must be accompanied by an announcement of the supports it will provide people and local businesses.”