Monday October 26, 2020

‘You would need an army, probably bigger than our army’ to keep up with contact tracing — Leo Varadkar

Tánaiste tells Dáil tracers are trying to get in touch with the contacts of 1,000 people testing positive for Covid-19 each day, many of whom have at least six or seven close contacts

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

15th October, 2020
Leo Varadkar signalled that the next round of planned cuts to the PUP – in April – might not go ahead. Picture:

There were no complaints in the Dáil about the cabinet’s decision to impose additional Covid-19 restrictions on three border counties.

At Leaders’ Questions, Pearse Doherty, the Sinn Féin finance spokesman, said that the public health advice had to be followed in his home county of Donegal, which is now under level 4 restrictions along with Cavan and Monaghan.

Leo Varakdar, the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, said that he...

Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!

Exclusive offers:

All Digital Access + eReader



Unlimited Access for 1 Month

Then €19.99 a month after the offer period.

Get basic
*New subscribers only
You can cancel any time.



€149 For the 1st Year

Unlimited Access for 1 Year

You can cancel any time.




90 Day Pass

You can cancel any time.

2 Yearly



Unlimited Access for 2 Years

This product does not auto-renew

Team Pass

Get a Business Account for you and your team

Share this post

Related Stories

In a new history of Fine Gael, the Tánaiste says his rotation back to the job of taoiseach will come shortly after the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the state and asserts that Fine Gael was the ‘party that founded the state’

Michael Brennan | 1 day ago

The Department of Finance has until mid-December to outline its position after receiving details of the European Commission’s appeal of the ruling

Ian Guider | 1 day ago

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 | 1 day ago