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Dr Ronan Glynn has hopeful message for Ireland following troubling weekend

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Dr Ronan Glynn has insisted there is ‘hope and optimism’ in Ireland’s fight against COVID as many have condemned a protest in Dublin over the weekend.Paul Wasicka wearing a suit and tie standing in front of a building© Provided by Extra.ie

On Saturday afternoon, hundreds took to Grafton St in Dublin for what is understood to have been attended by anti-mask, anti-lockdown, and far-right groups.

In resulted in the injuries of multiple members of the Gardai, who were commended for their efforts in controlling the disturbance.Paul Wasicka wearing a suit and tie: Dr Ronan Glynn has insisted there is ‘hope and optimism’ in Ireland’s fight against COVID as many have condemned a protest in Dublin over the weekend. Pic: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie© Provided by Extra.ie Dr Ronan Glynn has insisted there is ‘hope and optimism’ in Ireland’s fight against COVID as many have condemned a protest in Dublin over the weekend. Pic: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

Minister for Justice Helen McEntee praised the work of Gardai over the course of the last 12 months, this weekend marking 12 months since the first COVID case was reported in the Republic of Ireland.

The Fine Gael politician said that she was ‘frustrated and annoyed’ following the protest. She said that people are using lockdown as ‘an excuse’ to organise protests and for ‘bad behaviour’.

Meanwhile Minister for Higher Education wrote on Twitter: ‘Pure thuggery on the streets of Dublin today. It’s not a “protest”. It’s an attack on our national effort.

‘The abuse directed at the Gardai is sickening & shameful. Disgraceful. Thoughts with the Gardai and their families.’a woman wearing a blue shirt: Minister for Justice Helen McEntee praised the work of Gardai over the course of the last 12 months, this weekend marking 12 months since the first COVID case was reported in the Republic of Ireland. Pic: Gareth Chaney/Collins© Provided by Extra.ie Minister for Justice Helen McEntee praised the work of Gardai over the course of the last 12 months, this weekend marking 12 months since the first COVID case was reported in the Republic of Ireland. Pic: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Offering the nation some hope following the troubling weekend, the Deputy Chief Medical Officer said: ‘Since the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Ireland last February, our lives have changed in ways we never thought possible.

‘More than 6,300 people on our island have lost their lives with COVID-19. We remember them, and their families and friends, as well as the many people who remain seriously ill or who are dealing with long-term health issues because of this disease.

The response of colleagues across all parts of our health system has been remarkable. We should be extraordinarily proud, and take great heart, from the dedication and resilience which has been — and continues to be — shown by everyone involved in this response.Paul Wasicka wearing a suit and tie: ‘Since the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Ireland last February, our lives have changed in ways we never thought possible.’ Pic: Colin Keegan/Collins© Provided by Extra.ie ‘Since the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Ireland last February, our lives have changed in ways we never thought possible.’ Pic: Colin Keegan/Collins

Almost all sectors and communities have experienced loss and have been tested in ways unimaginable to us this time last year. This pandemic and the public health response to it has had a profound impact on lives and livelihoods. But it has also demonstrated the best of us as a people, working together and buying in as a collective to what has been necessary to protect one another.’

Dr Glynn reflected on the last year, recalling last spring when the Department of Health took on the challenge of COVID-19 with ‘collective enthusiasm’.

He noted that ‘while that enthusiasm has understandably waned and gone, there are more concrete reasons for hope and optimism now than at any time over the last 12 months’.a man wearing a suit and tie: Dr Glynn reflected on the last year, recalling last spring when the Department of Health took on the challenge of COVID-19 with ‘collective enthusiasm’. Pic: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie© Provided by Extra.ie Dr Glynn reflected on the last year, recalling last spring when the Department of Health took on the challenge of COVID-19 with ‘collective enthusiasm’. Pic: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

Dr Glynn listed those reasons;

  • ‘We have seen week on week reductions in case numbers over the past six weeks and we are on track to have an incidence which is amongst the lowest in Europe.’
  • ‘The number of people in hospital has fallen by 38% over the past fortnight.’
  • ‘We have an educated and informed public and most people continue to do most of the right things most of the time — overcoming disinformation and playing their part in solidarity with one another.’
  • ‘We have a dedicated and committed health workforce who have consistently stepped up to challenges as they have presented.’
  • ‘We have three highly effective vaccines with more on the way, supply is ramping up and we are on course to have given about 80% of adults at least one dose by the end of June.’
  • ‘Vaccines are already having a very positive impact here with cases falling dramatically among healthcare workers and in our nursing homes.’
  • ‘Evidence is mounting quickly that these vaccines, as well as stopping people getting sick, also help to stop people passing the virus onto others.’
  • While new variants have brought uncertainty, the existing vaccines perform well against them and work is already underway to develop booster versions should they be required.’

a man wearing a suit and tie: ‘Yes, we need to be cautious and yes, there will be challenges over the coming months. But together, through science and solidarity, we will get through this and this pandemic will end.’ Pic: Leah Farrell / Rollingnews.ie© Provided by Extra.ie ‘Yes, we need to be cautious and yes, there will be challenges over the coming months. But together, through science and solidarity, we will get through this and this pandemic will end.’ Pic: Leah Farrell / Rollingnews.ie

Dr Glynn continued: ‘We still have a way to go. Our case numbers are still far too high and we must continue to do all we can to suppress this disease over the coming weeks. But if we can do this successfully through March, our focus will begin to turn to what we can do, rather than what we cannot.

‘Yes, we need to be cautious and yes, there will be challenges over the coming months. But together, through science and solidarity, we will get through this and this pandemic will end.’

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