There have been a large number of calls for the Taoiseach Micheal Martin and the Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly to stand down immediately should Ireland be faced with having to go into yet another lockdown later in 2021.
Given the fact that the world appears to be getting a grasp on how to properly tackle the worldwide pandemic yet Ireland’s leading government figures appear to not have a clue what they’re doing and are only spreading mixed messages to the public.
If and when we actually do get out of lockdown, the country needs to come to terms that there is a virus out there but that we can and must live with it in society rather than be dictated to by it and the government of the day.
If, and that’s not even a big if, Ireland goes back into lockdown by the Autumn, then the Taoiseach and Minister for Health should resign over their incompetency with dealing with this pandemic. No doubt that in years to come, an inquiry into the government’s handling or mishandling of pandemic will take place.
But for now, let’s look at some facts that mightn’t sit well with Micheal Martin, Leo Varadkar, Eamon Ryan, Stephen Donnelly of Simon Harris.
Doctors and nurses have been traumatised from what they have had to experience as shown in RTE primetime documentary and are not getting the just support from the government.
Ports, including the border to Northern Ireland were never considered to be closed temporarily to get a hold on the spread of the virus.
Mandatory hotel quarantine for all returning to Ireland are still yet to be implemented and will not be until at least one year on from the outbreak of the pandemic.
Many visitors to Ireland haven’t answered phone calls from HSE before now to find out about tracing or checking on them after travelling to Ireland to ensure they isolate.
The Irish public can’t travel more than 5km yet 2,000 Brazilians entered Ireland during a 28 day period this year. How can the government justify this?
The vast majority of the media have been terrible and have not held government to account. No hard questions have ever been aimed at the Taoiseach, Minister for Health or head of NPHET.
Make no mistake on this over the past year. Opposition leaders, including Labour and Sinn Fein have not been an effective opposition in any way. They’ve been a complete disgrace. They have not held government to account and have waited almost a year to demand mandatory quarantine.
Irish people can’t hold and meet loved ones, open up businesses, travel outside 5K. Over 4000 are dead many of them died alone but the government doesn’t want to obstruct travellers rights into the country.
Irish people are not getting proper access to healthcare treatment or not getting checked for fatal illnesses such as cancer over mishandling of pandemic.
Gardai were not given proper powers to deal with this. They claim that fines were too low and the powers of arrest are non existent. Gardai are saying that mask wearing and unnecessary journeys were not enforced for much of the pandemic.
Gardai were allegedly told at checkpoints at Dublin airport that travellers were taking the fine into account as part of holiday expenses which eventually pushed Martin to increase the fine to €2,000.
As it stands, there is no guarantee vaccine will end pandemic. The Taoiseach and Minister for Health should resign if we return to lockdown. If more new variants enter the country and render the vaccine ineffective they should also resign. Many believe that Covid victims’ families should be compensated where government negligence was at fault.
The way Ireland has “locked down” has been a complete failure so far. Ireland has now had three lockdowns. Micheal Martin and Stephen Donnelly must consider their positions and their party must force them to consider their positions if Ireland goes back into lockdown for a fourth time.
Tell us your thoughts in the Facebook post and share this with your friends.