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Labour leader Alan Kelly criticises new Covid-19 measures

The leader of the Labour Party Alan Kelly has criticised the latest Coid-19 measures that have been implemented by the government, describing them as “absolutely bananas” discriminatory and unenforceable.

Kelly took aim at the Taoiseach by stating that he should be in the Dáil taking questions rather than appearing at a press briefing.

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When referring to the measures that affect young people, Kelly told Transport Minister Eamon Ryan, “I think you are going to learn a big political lesson… and you’re going to have to rescind it,”.

He also warned that the new measures will divide families, employees and employers while adding that it’s telling young people to stay at home during the summer and that those who work in hospitality can serve older people who are vaccinated.

He posed the question of “when did government discrimination become the norm in Ireland?”, he reiterated the government slogan “we’re all in this together” which he met with criticism by stating “except when it gets to a stage when those of us who have been vaccinated want to get out and enjoy ourselves this summer.”

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Social Democrats’ health spokesperson Róisín Shorthall also criticised the new government measures and described them as “unworkable, unenforceable” and give rise to legal and ethical issues.

Transport Minister Eamon Ryan stated that the government wants to sit down with stakeholders and discuss different options which provide “better protection” while adding that the plan is something that needs to be devised and developed.

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