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Fianna Fail TD has ‘no confidence’ in Taoiseach’s handling of COVID-19

21/04/2021

Fianna Fail TD Marc MacSharry has publicly said he does not have confidence in Taoiseach Micheal Martin’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The rebel TD has been criticising the leadership of his party for some time and has said he doesn’t agree in the approach taken to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.

When asked on The Pat Kenny Show if he has confidence in Micheal Martin’s leadership of the crisis, the Sligo TD said: ‘No, I don’t.’

Fianna Fail dissident Marc MacSharry (left) has publicly said he does not have confidence in Taoiseach Micheal Martin’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.. Pic: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

‘I’ve made that clear since last March in recommendations and suggestions in what I believe needs to be done.’

‘I haven’t had confidence in the entire Government approach to COVID management – they’ve abdicated their responsibility.’

Deputy MacSharry said the Government – which he is a part of – has wasted the last three lockdowns by not building up test and trace capacity.

‘I believe we’ve wasted three lockdowns without building those capacities,’ he said.

The rebel TD has been criticising the leadership of his party for some time and has said he doesn’t agree with the approach taken to tackle the coronavirus pandemic. Pic: Julien Behal Photography / RollingNews.ie

‘We haven’t sought to build capacity, we haven’t sought to track & trace to the extent that it works. We haven’t seen to introduce guidelines that will see wet pubs or gyms reopen.’

‘We have had one strategy which is based on hope, vaccination and lockdown. That’s not a strategy – and in that context, no: I don’t have confidence.’

‘The WHO speak of lockdowns as a temporary measure – to build capacities… to detect, isolate and trade. We’ve used it as our sole strategy, and there’s huge collateral damage from that – psychologically, economically and socially,’ added Mr MacSharry.

Back in September last year, Mr MacSharry called on the Government to alter the then public health guidelines for pubs and restaurants, likening the regulations to the regime of the ‘Stasi’ police state in East Germany.

The rebel TD has heavily criticised his own leader at their weekly parliamentary party meetings and even told the Taoiseach to stop taking part in press conferences with Leo Varadkar as the Fine Gael leader was ‘running rings around us’.  Pic: RollingNews.ie

The rebel TD has heavily criticised his own leader at their weekly parliamentary party meetings and even told the Taoiseach to stop taking part in press conferences with Leo Varadkar as the Fine Gael leader was ‘running rings around us’.

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