Testing times for Taoiseach

Under pressure over concerns about a fraying Covid-tracing strategy, an outbreak in a Galway nursing home and a patchy lockdown, Micheál Martin is pinning his hopes on a new speedy ‘antigen’ test

Aiden Corkery

Political Correspondent @aiden_corkery
25th October, 2020
Testing times for Taoiseach
Taoiseach Micheál Martin addressing the nation last week with Tánaiste Leo Varadkar and Minister for Climate Action, Communication Networks and Transport Eamon Ryan Picture:Julien Behal

The retail representatives on last Wednesday’s Zoom call with Leo Varadkar were confused and more than a little put out.

Having invested heavily in making their premises as safe as possible over the previous six months, they felt they had a very good story to tell in terms of how few of their staff and customers had contracted Covid-19.

Despite these efforts, a decision had been made on Monday that all non-essential shops...

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