Mask A Stupid Question


This morning.

Collins Avenue, Dublin.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Health Simon Harris with staff members  at the ‘COVID-19 Community Assessment Hub’ in Dublin City University.

Mr Varadkar said:

“On the issue of face coverings and I’m going to say face coverings instead of face masks because we want to make sure that face masks are preserved and protected for our healthcare staff and those who need us the most, but the issue of advising people to wear face coverings is under consideration at the moment.

“We are seeing what’s happening in other countries, certainly, but the science on this is equivocal. Some people will say it’s a good idea. Some people say it doesn’t make a difference. Some people say it’s a bad idea. So it’s not one of those straightforward decisions where the science tells you it’s the right thing to do or the wrong thing to do.”


Public may be advised to wear face coverings, says Varadkar (irish Times)

Leon Farrell /Photocall Ireland

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25 thoughts on “Mask A Stupid Question

  1. AssPants

    Not a face mask, gloves or any personal protection attire for the members of government……….

    and there is uproar in the media over a US member of goverment for the same lack of PPE.

    1. Cian

      As some doctor said about masks: “the science on this is equivocal. Some people will say it’s a good idea. Some people say it doesn’t make a difference. Some people say it’s a bad idea.”

  2. paul

    more poor social distancing from Paul Reid… then they’re all at it. It’s really not that hard, I mean, we all did maths in school right? We’ve all seen a ruler before. If someone is standing too close, tell them, don’t put yourself at risk out of politeness.

  3. GiggidyGoo

    Photo shoot. The Boy Harris blames his ‘boo boo’ on overwork, and yet here he is out for a photo shoot.
    And what’s with the hands over the willie areas – is it a requirement for photo shoots?

          1. scottser

            on the contrary, i would say they have more balls than the three to their immediate right.

  4. Finnster

    Perhaps they know something us proles don’t ;) ;).

    What’s discussed in Biderberg must stay with Bilderberg.

    And no, I don’t care if you think that’s far fetched.

  5. Dr.Fart

    he has a face mask on yesterday in his “doing the rounds” photoshoot.. sorry, impromptu photo taken by a little girl, with an incredibly good camera phone and who mustve been an 8ft tall little girl.

    anyway, asides that, there is debate about the effectiveness of face masks, but there is NO HARM IN WEARING ONE, and erring on the side of caution. Why add risk? Let them debate, wear a mask in the meantime, it can only be positive, there won’t be a negative outcome to wearing them. This fly-by-night ex-doctor, Taoiseach for life, is really rattling me during all this. He is handling it very badly, and seeing people online applaud him is misguided and dilusional.

    1. A Person

      Hey Fart are you back? Was my reference to multiple profiles a result of this? As I asked your “colleague / name sake” yesterday, can you please provide an alternative. Go on answer a question! Or just be a moany fool? Go on, I dare you.

      1. Dr.Fart

        i’ve absolutely no idea what you’re talking about, person. But ask me whatever you like and I’ll answer now.

  6. f_lawless

    That stance in photo 2 is gas. Michael Collins would never stood like that. Eamon de Valera would never have stood like that. Stand up straight for jaysis sake – take a stance the nation can believe in! ;)

  7. Frank

    Let’s forget for a moment all of the other problematic elements of this disaster and focus on the wearing of masks.

    Its 60 days since the first case of corona virus was reported in the north Dublin school (scoil catriona). For 60 days the dept of health has dithered on the wearing of masks. Should we. Shouldn’t we. Other places are. Other places aren’t. Some experts say yes. Some experts say no.

    No decision can be made. They cannot make up their minds. Or rather – they cannot make up their OWN MINDS. A definitive answer must come from somewhere else because they are terrified of being held to account. This I find deeply worrying. If a decision as small as the wearing of masks cant be made how on earth can bigger problems be reduced.


    What of that child in scoil Catriona? Wouldn’t it be a good news story to say they’re grand. What of all the others that tested positive for covid19 and are now ok. Where are those stats and rather than a sketchy death toll why not have a recovery story.

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