Sunday September 20, 2020

Mushroom management will not build consensus

The government wants the opposition to back its Covid-19 policy, but fiascos like last week’s pub food row won’t help to build trust

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

6th September, 2020
The Labour leader wanted Martin to back his party’s bill to give guaranteed sick pay for meat factory workers who fear they have Covid-19, so they do not have to take a chance on going into work to get paid

Micheál Martin, the Taoiseach, held a meeting last week to try to restore some political consensus in the battle against Covid-19.

It was a private briefing for opposition party leaders and independents in one of the large meeting rooms in Government Buildings.

Mary Lou McDonald, the Sinn Féin leader, Richard Boyd Barrett, the People Before Profit TD and Mattie McGrath, the independent TD, were there in person.

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