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The Social Democrats have called for the Dáil to be reconvened next week so the Government can address urgent issues surrounding the escalating Covid-19 crisis.

Catherine Murphy TD, co-leader of the party, said:

Since the Dáil went into recess at the end of July, we seem to have lurched from one crisis to the next, with three counties in lockdown, serious concerns over the fairness of the Leaving Certificate results and now huge new challenges for the economy. Parents and students also need reassurance that schools and colleges can still safely reopen as planned.

“Yesterday’s announcement of new restrictions has raised legitimate questions about the Government’s ability to manage the pandemic in the weeks and months ahead. While the rising number of Covid-19 cases is worrying, the public need more information on the scientific logic underpinning the latest round of measures so they can understand the reasoning behind them.

“Clarity is also needed on how the enforcement measures announced yesterday will have a basis in law and what form any required legislation will take.

“Unless there is a coherent approach by the Government, there will be severe implications for our health service, education system and general economy. It is vital that all the relevant Government ministers come into the Dáil next week and outline their short and medium-term plan for the country as we continue to live with this pandemic.”

August 19, 2020

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