Freedom day postponed in favour of a step towards normality

The government will not phase out Nphet next month as it ‘proceeds with caution’

19th October, 2021
Freedom day postponed in favour of a step towards normality
The use of vaccination passports will also allow nightclubs to reopen on Friday. Picture: Leah Farrell/

The government knew that the public would not tolerate another delay in lifting the last of the Covid-19 restrictions.

So too did the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) which advised, as Green Party leader Eamon Ryan said, not to pause the re-opening of the economy, but to proceed with caution.

So Taoiseach Micheál Martin announced a continuation of the use of vaccination passports for pubs and restaurants beyond next Friday. The use of these...

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