Meath West Aontú TD, Peadar Tóibín has slammed the lack of Dáil sittings in a video released this week.
He blasted “Shockingly the Dáil has only sat for 6 days in the whole of April in the middle of a national crisis”. He went onto say that Ireland has the “longest and most severe lockdown in all of Europe and possibly the world”.
Aontú is relieved that the government listened to them in terms of “accelerating the lifting of restrictions”. Intercounty travel looks to be lifting on the 10th of May, as well as personal services such as hairdressers set to be reopened, people can meet in a group of 6 outdoors and religious services are set to resume.
However, the party is
disappointed that there was no mention of Cancer services. Previously Deputy Tóibín tried to challenge the Taoiseach in relation to Cancer services. He stated that “480 people will get cancer today. Tragically 24 people are likely to die today. Late diagnosis, late treatment will lead to radically more advanced cancers coming into the system, leading to greater levels of morbidity and death”. The Taoiseach told him to “get bloody well realistic” and that there was a global pandemic.