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Taoiseach must give clear advice about Dublin and whether it is at Level 2 or 3

15 September 2020

Statement by Alan Kelly TD
Party Leader and Spokesperson on Health and Disability Services
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Labour Leader Alan Kelly T.D has called on the Taoiseach to give clear advice as to whether Dublin is at Level 2 or 3 of the Government’s medium-term plan for living with Covid.

Speaking at Leader’s Questions, Deputy Kelly said:

“There is an inherent contraction in what was published today. This is not a five point plan, this is a five and a half point plan. We need clarity, we cannot have a situation where we have Dublin at 2 and a bit, that they get a yellow card, it’s almost Orwellian in the sense that it says that some people are more equal than others. The virus does not distinguish between Dublin or Kildare.

“I am encouraging you by tonight to give full clarity on whether Dublin is at Level 2 or Level 3 on the roadmap. We in the Labour Party support the five-point plan, but we don’t support the 5.5 plan. We need clear advice once and for all about where Dublin is at, is it at 2 or 3.

“By choosing to implement this five and a half point plan, the Government are setting a precedence, if a situation arises in Louth or some other county, if they reach a certain threshold in a few weeks’ time and have to go to Level 3 they’ll turn around and ask why they cannot have the same rule as Dublin.

“I was struck by the Taoiseach’s complete inability to clarify whether the five levels wouldn’t be modified again or whether there was any specific NPHET advice that the Government disregarded. The Taoiseach needs to clarify by tonight whether Dublin is at Level 2 or Level 3 of the Covid plan or whether this is a five or a five-and-a-half-point plan?