Government faces ‘challenge’ in appointing Covid inquiry members, Varadkar warns

Country’s pandemic probe due to get underway in early 2024

The government has said the inquiry will be a comprehensive evaluation of how Ireland responded to Covid-19. Picture: Getty

The government is facing challenges in appointing independent members to the country’s Covid-19 inquiry, Leo Varadkar has said, as the coalition prepares to sign off on its final terms of reference shortly.

Speaking in the Dáil on Tuesday, the Taoiseach said he hoped the government would examine and then approve the terms for examining Ireland’s response to the pandemic “soon”, but that it would be “quite a challenge” to find members of the review team.