In Dáil Éireann today, I questioned Minister for Health Simon Harris, T.D., on the Government’s response to protecting nursing home residents in the early stages of the ongoing public health crisis.
In Dáil Éireann on Thursday, I spoke about a number of issues including:
• The limited number of ICU beds in the country and how we all have a part to play in keeping COVID-19 case numbers down.
• The potential long-term economic consequences for local businesses and their employees as consumers divert most of their spend towards multinational companies.
• The need for Government to include seasonal workers in the tourism sector in the Covid-19 unemployment payment scheme.
• The importance of holding further Dáil sessions in order for Government to remain answerable to the people of Ireland.
• And the need for our public doctors to be paid the same as consultant doctors from the private hospital network who have brought in to assist with the COVID-19 response.
Speaking in the Dáil yesterday, I called on Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe to extend the scheduled end date for fuel allowance payments to facilitate elderly people and those on lower incomes who are self isolating during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.