This is Disgusting, literally Pissing down on the People of Ireland, and now it seems the FF Backbenchers Support this Scandal; Wink and Nod for the FF Vaccine, this Party will never Change. People are Dying, yet FF Brag who gets Priority Vaccine Jab, Would the People start Marching?

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Vaccines for the boys: Fianna Fail TDs brag about influencing vaccination queue as some on frontline go without

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Vaccines for the boys: Fianna Fail TDs brag about influencing vaccination queue as some on frontline go withoutMicheal Martin holding a laptop© Provided by Extra.ie

A number of Fianna Fáil TDs – including a Cabinet minister – claim to have influenced who is first in line to receive the Covid-19 vaccine.

Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien and backbench TD Jackie Cahill have blatantly boasted about their impact on securing scarce supplies.

Asked by the Irish Daily Mail yesterday if it was appropriate for politicians to interfere in the roll-out, Mr Cahill said: ‘That’s the nature of politics, the squeaky hinge gets the most oil.’

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________________________________________________________________a man wearing a suit and tie: Fianna Fail Minister Darragh O’Brien© Provided by Extra.ie Fianna Fail Minister Darragh O’Brien

Mr O’Brien was defiant , declaring: ‘I personally contacted the HSE, the Department of Health and Minister for Health to ensure remaining vaccinations for Dublin Fire Brigade are undertaken.’

He added: ‘I’m informed that this will happen next week.’ However, this political interference comes as other frontline workers, who do not have a minister lobbying for them, will have to wait potentially three to four weeks before being vaccinated.

And it seems to fly in the face of the Government’s Covid-19 vaccination plan, as tensions rise over queue-jumping claims and frontline workers being pushed back.a man wearing a suit and tie smiling at the camera: Pic: Gareth Chaney/Collins© Provided by Extra.ie Pic: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Mr O’Brien intervened after around 150 Dublin Fire Brigade paramedics had their vaccinations cancelled last week, with the HSE citing a ‘supply issue’.

However, doctors and nurses around the country also had their appointments cancelled as stock was redirected to nursing homes.

Frontline medical staff at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda were told a week ago that their scheduled vaccinations would not go ahead because ‘any and all available vaccines nationally are being prioritised for nursing homes’.a large brick building with grass and trees: Pic: RollingNews.ie© Provided by Extra.ie Pic: RollingNews.ie

In a message to an advanced paramedic with the Dublin Fire Brigade at the weekend, Minister O’Brien said the vaccinations were taking place this week as a result of his intervention.

When contacted, he defended his intervention, which included writing directly to HSE Chief Executive Paul Reid, saying it was appropriate because Dublin Fire Brigade falls under his department’s remit.

‘I’m the minister with responsibility for these frontline workers. They were due to get the vaccine already, some of their colleagues have already, and there was a breakdown that caused that to stop last Thursday.a man wearing a suit and tie: Fianna Fail’s Darragh O’Brien Pic: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie© Provided by Extra.ie Fianna Fail’s Darragh O’Brien Pic: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

‘I made representations to the HSE and Minister for Health and I’ve been advised that the programme will restart this week coming,’ he said.

He said he had acted ‘rightly and properly through the appropriate channels’. And he added: ‘What you don’t seem to understand… sorry you’re actually trying to twist this… they are frontline workers who are in the programme already… that’s exactly what happened and rightly so. No one is jumping the queue on anyone at all, they’re actually in the queue already, there was a breakdown with the supply chain on Thursday.

‘It was brought to my attention by the Dublin Fire Brigade. I’ve acted upon that by making representations directly to the HSE and Minister for Health.’a man wearing a suit and tie: Pic: Gareth Chaney/Collins© Provided by Extra.ie Pic: Gareth Chaney/Collins

His party colleague, Dublin North-West TD Paul McAuliffe, told staff on social media to ‘keep in contact’ if they have issues accessing the vaccine this week.

Mr McAuliffe said: ‘At the end of the day, Government makes decisions and, as per any other element of course, there will be representations made. But overall, I would agree with the approach to follow the guidance from the HSE and the NIAC.’

And TD for Tipperary Mr Cahill claimed, on Friday, to have secured 40 vaccines for Nenagh Hospital, where staff last week sent an angry video message to the Government after being overlooked for vaccines.Micheal Martin wearing a suit and tie: Taoiseach Micheal Martin at Government Buildings in Dublin. Pic: Julien Behal Photography© Provided by Extra.ie Taoiseach Micheal Martin at Government Buildings in Dublin. Pic: Julien Behal Photography

Mr Cahill posted a ‘Nenagh Hospital vaccination update’ on his social media feed, hours after the video was posted.

‘The Taoiseach has informed me that an initial delivery of vaccinations will be sent to Nenagh Hospital tomorrow morning for front-facing staff, following representation I made to him on this matter,’ he wrote.

‘I have been back in contact with the Taoiseach’s Chief of Staff late this evening, to state that a full delivery is needed as a matter of priority and I have requested certainty on a date for this.’Micheal Martin wearing a suit and tie© Provided by Extra.ie

Asked about his conversation with the Taoiseach, Mr Cahill said Micheál Martin told him to ‘join the queue’ but that ‘he assured me that he’d make representations that they would get them as soon as possible’.

A spokesman for the Taoiseach said he sought an update from the HSE on the matter but did not directly interfere. Labour Party leader Alan Kelly said the roll-out of the vaccination needs to be ‘transparent’ and people need to see that it is ‘equitable and fair’.

He said: ‘I have no issue with a TD or public representative making a representation, where they see unfairness or where they see vaccines not getting to the right people, as seen by workers in Nenagh, Letterkenny or Drogheda. However, this vaccine roll-out cannot be based on political needs, favours or connections,’ he said.Alan Kelly wearing glasses and smiling at the camera: Labour leader Alan Kelly Pic: Gareth Chaney/Collins© Provided by Extra.ie Labour leader Alan Kelly Pic: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said it was ‘completely normal for a public representative to advocate on behalf of their constituents, on any issue’.

‘However, the decisions being made are following the NIAC [National Immunisation Advisory Committee] prioritisation,’ he said.The new Microsoft Edge
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Mr Donnelly had made a sudden shift in the roll-out programme, on January 8, by ‘accelerating’ the delivery to nursing homes. This is due to be completed next Sunday, with the minister utilising ‘buffer’ or reserve stock to do so.

This led to supplies being redirected from hospitals to nursing homes, meaning healthcare workers with vaccine appointments postponed with no new date fixed. The minister said his shift was made following ‘reassurances’ in relation to supply of the vaccine.

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