In the Dail, Fianna Fail Health minister Stephen Donnelly interrupted independent TD Verona Murphy whilst she was speaking out against the government extending their “emergency covid powers” until 9th February 2022.
During the debate, Deputy Murphy blamed “members of the Government of using “discriminatory and sinister” language towards unvaccinated people” reports Beat FM.
Deputy Murphy told the Dail “Let me be very clear – I am not anti-vax,” and stated that the vaccine data she was using came from a recent Lancet study which had concluded that “fully vaccinated individuals with breakthrough infections have peak viral loads similar to unvaccinated cases”.
Minister Stephen Donnelly interrupted Ms Murphy “Deputy that information is false and its really important that members of parliament do not spread anti-vax information like this in the chamber.”
Later, Deputy Verona Murphy said “”What disturbs me about the Minister [for Health]’s intervention yesterday, it’s a very dangerous narrative they’re trying to develop, whereby an opposing view immediately gets branded as anti-vax, that you’re basically right-wing.
“I think that’s a very dangerous position to be putting reasonable TDs, such as Catherine Connolly and Michael McNamara in, who are voicing their opposition based on a democratic process,”
“The Covid cert tells you you’re vaccinated, but we now know you can still spread the virus. The antigen test would be so much more effective at the point in time in which you do it,” she added.
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