You cannot waive rules for every sector that says ‘it didn’t happen here,’ says Martin

Government would be ‘hard-pressed to know where it begins’ if it listened to every industry that said it was not responsible for the spread of Covid-19, Taoiseach says

20th October, 2020
You cannot waive rules for every sector that says ‘it didn’t happen here,’ says Martin
Micheál Martin, the Taoiseach, said the key metric for getting out of level 5 would be getting the R-number below one

Micheál Martin had a telling point to make about where Covid-19 was spreading as the country heads towards level 5 restrictions.

There have been complaints from many different sectors – pubs, restaurants, shops and hairdressers – that they have been closed down despite no clear evidence that they are responsible for the spread of Covid-19.

That is completely understandable given the hard work that so many businesses have put in to comply with public...

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