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Eamon Ryan says he didn’t seek special treatment from HSE over Covid-19 test

Environment Minister Eamon Ryan has explained that he didn’t seek special treatment from the HSE in relation to getting a second Covid-19 test after testing positive ahead of the COP26 climate summit.

While acknowledging the perception that one rule applies to politicians while another to the public, Ryan said he had simply followed guidance issued to him.

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“I didn’t have any direct involvement in it but my understanding is that the national ambulance service contacted my private secretary”.

“I think the details of the first test had been inconclusive but even in those circumstances you get a positive reading.”

Ryan said that it was his understanding that it was standard to have a second test, particularly when you weren’t asymptomatic nor a close contact and just taking a test for travel purposes.

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Ryan was due to travel to Glasgow to take part in the COP26 climate summit but tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday, however, he took a second test on Saturday and was allowed to resume his plans to travel to the summit.

After getting the second test result, Ryan was told to “go about your business as usual”.

“The only thing I could do was do what I was told by the HSE. If I’d ignored and that and stayed at home there was a risk that would undermine confidence in the system.”

IMAGE – “Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Eamon Ryan” by The Green Party / Comhaontas Glas is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0/Wikimedia Commons

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