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WATCH: Heated row breaks out between Alan Kelly and the Taoiseach

Tensions were high in the Dáil this afternoon after a row broke out between Labour leader Alan Kelly and Taoiseach Micheál Martin amid unclarity over a health measure announced yesterday.

The health measure in question was the five-day stay at home rule, which applies to anyone who is a close contact of someone at home who has tested positive for Covid-19.

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Upon being announced yesterday, the Labour leader stated that the Taoiseach had clarified to him that teachers would be exempt from this new five-day rule, however, it was later announced yesterday that teachers would not be exempt from the rule in what can only be described as a complete U-turn on the measure.

Kelly insisted that the conversation between himself and Martin had taken place, citing video evidence.

Kelly, whose wife’s profession is a teacher, explained that when he asked Mr. Martin if the five-day rule would apply to teachers; “His reply to me was ‘no, the teachers are exempt”.

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He added, “I know you’re very annoyed about it because you messed up.” Alan then concluded his statement by saying, “If you want to call me a liar, call me a liar.”

Martin claimed that he was never asked about the five-day rule but was instead asked if frontline workers would be prioritised for the booster vaccine “primarily so the school system does not fall over.”

He claimed Alan asked “nothing about household contacts”.

A heated exchange then followed between both politicians. After Martin reiterated what he claimed took place, Kelly responded with “I’ll let the public decide who they believe” while adding that “this is groundhog day”.

IMAGE – VideoParliament Ireland (YouTube)

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