A local Sinn Fein councillor has rejected claims by the Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan, over ‘non-compliance’ levels in Donegal.
Yesterday, the CMO said there were ‘clear examples’ of breaches across many parts of society in Donegal compared to the rest of the country.
However, Cllr Gary Doherty said ‘hand on heart’ he doesn’t see high levels of non-compliance here.
“I’m an elected representative in Donegal, I talk to people in Donegal seven days a week, and hand on heart I don’t see high levels of non-compliance in the County,” he said.
“Maybe I’m wrong, but my opinion is that the vast, vast majority of people in Donegal have been doing everything they possibly can to stop the spread of Covid and get out of this bloody lockdown.”
The Lifford-Stranorlar representative added that people in Donegal have been under lockdown for longer than any county in Ireland.
“They know we’re different. We’re surrounded by neighbouring areas which have far higher rates of vaccination and which are now opening up. In Strabane this week people aged 30-40 got vaccinated. In Lifford, we’ve just started vaccinating those aged 60-70,” he said.
“So, why don’t NPHET and the government start to come up with solutions to solve the problems we have in Donegal? Why does a County as large as Donegal not have more vaccination centres? Why did our first walk-in test centre only open last week,
a full four weeks after the first one was opened in Dublin and Tullamore?”
Cllr Doherty concluded that, if the problems are different in Donegal, then we need different solutions to solve them.