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‘We want to encourage people to utilise antigen tests more frequently’ – Taoiseach

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said the Government wants to encourage people to utilise antigen tests more frequently as a tool to deal with Covid-19.

The Government is currently looking at subsidising the cost of antigen tests to make them more available and accessible to the people.


However, the Taoiseach said the Government does not intend to provide them at no cost.

“We don’t envisage tests being made free in a general sense,” he said.

Antigen tests were made freely available to the English population from April, though there has been concerns raised about the performance of the test.


Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly will bring a proposal to Cabinet this week, outlining the parameters and costs of subsidising the rapid tests for the Irish public.

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