Matt Cooper: We can’t defer to Nphet as we did to the Church

No one disputes the sincerity or diligence of our public health officials, and the ugly online abuse of individuals is wrong, but we must be allowed to question their decisions

Italy’s Covid-19 Green Pass for post-vaccine travel, but Ireland’s health authorities seem reluctant to roll it out here. PIcture: Getty

Danny McCoy of Ibec, the body which represents employers, is a man who chooses his words carefully. So when he labels the behaviour of the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) on two major issues as “scandalous”, it is worth noting.

One topic which has exercised him and many of his members in particular is the use of antigen testing.

Belatedly, the government has set up an expert group to look at the implementation of ...