Aontu’s Peter Whelan.


Around 2,457 people who have been caught up in Covid19 outbreaks in various residential institutions and nursing homes have died, new figures have revealed.

And Aontú rep, Peter Whelan, has told Meath Live his party are seeking an independent enquiry into the governments handling of the crisis in the sector.

He said, “ We in Aontú will this week, bring forward a bill which seeks to force the government to launch a full scale independent public investigation into the government’s handling of the pandemic in nursing homes. The families of those who died in residential care deserve answers and closure”.

The fatalities include both residents and staff as the virus took hold in settings where people lived in close proximity.

Up to the middle of this month 21,936 people in residential institutions and nursing homes were infected with the virus in outbreaks.

The extent of the grip of the virus beyond nursing homes is revealed in a parliamentary response to the Aontú leader Peadar Toibin.

The settings include private and HSE run nursing homes, centres for old people, disability centres, mental health facilities, children and women’s refuge centres, hospices, respite centres and convents.

Doctor Lois O’Connor, interim director of the health protection surveillance centre(HPSC)  said the figures did not include sporadic cases of the virus in these settings.