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Mattie McGrath

Published 1 year ago 29th June 2021 by Editor

NPHET and Government drop grenade on hospitality sector and young people

The Rural Independents

The government is wobbling like a bowl of jelly, afraid to make decisions contrary to NPHET advice, while making announcements that are as clear as mud!

The Rural Independent group claim that de- laying indoor pub and restaurant dining is like taking another wrecking ball to the economy. Speaking in the Dáil this afternoon (Tuesday 29th June), during Leaders questions, the leader of the Rural Independent Group, Mattie Mc Grath, stated:

“The government decision to postpone the reopening of indoor hospitality, beyond next Monday (July 5th), is another calamity which is holding the country to ransom. It also completely undermines the vaccination programme.” The discrepancy in the NPHET advice is so grossly disproportionate that it reminds us of the figures plucked from the sky by bankers before the government granted a blanket unlimited guarantee.”

“Figures from other countries where indoor dining is permitted, and where the Delta vari- ant is circulating, illustrates that the NPHET advice is way off the mark.”

“Despite the entire NPHET modelling over the past year and a half having been wrong on almost every occasion, the government continue to blindly follow, like a rudderless vessel. It is time for rigorous independent analysis of the NPHET projection models.”

“This dreadful decision means that 200,000 jobs in the hospitality sector are now on the line. It also means that indoor religious sacraments, such as communions and confirmations planned for July, are now banned.”

“In Ireland, we are the only country in Europe or North America to currently have a ban on indoor dining in a pub or restaurant. This is despite similar vaccinated populations and the same threat from the Delta variant.”

“Restrictions in Ireland are utterly out of kilter with the rest of the world. This means our tourism industry is being decimated and may take years to fully recover. The last-minute change to reopen is a real kick in the teeth to everyone. It means the main summer season will be over before reopening occurs.”

“Right across Europe this week, we see football stadiums full of spectators and life returned to near normality. Meanwhile, in Ireland, we see an excessive and completely draconian approach doing grave, irreversible damage to our economy and society.”

“The farcical government position means they are now considering allowing only vaccinated individuals dine indoors. This would mean a two-tier society where unvaccinated younger people would be banned from indoor dining but allowed to serve drinks and meals to other indoor diners. This is completely insane and penalises our young people disproportionately.”

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