Track Or Treat



Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly

This morning.

Via RTÉ:

Stephen Donnelly said this [Level 5] is a “pre-emptive strike” and while the hospital services are OK, if we do not move now these services will suffer.

The exit from Level 5 in December could be “region by region” depending on a range of factors, he said.


The Minister for Health said it was incorrect to say that contact tracing had fallen down, adding that in the last six weeks contact tracing teams have made 400% more calls than previously.

He said that for a short period last weekend there was a one-off situation where demand outstripped supply and a one-off operational decision was made to reset the system.


Moving to Level 5 a ‘pre-emptive strike’ – Donnelly (RTÉ)


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13 thoughts on “Track Or Treat

  1. Micko


    We’ve been at over 100 cases a day since August.

    When did 100 cases a day become the new yardstick to measure success?

    Also, “ the last six weeks contact tracing teams have made 400% more calls than previously.”

    400% more? So, they’ve known there was a surge in contact tracing for the last 6 weeks. And the system still failed.

    But now it’s fixed overnight.

    Lies on top of lies

    1. Cú Chulainn

      Is he in fact the worst Minister for Health.. ever ? He has some serious challengers for that title, but in all fairness to Stephen, it looks like where others have taken months and years to reveal their total incompetence, he has just swooped in on day 1 in full ‘I haven’t a bogs notion what I’m supposed to be doing, but doesn’t my beard look good’ incompetent mode.. and, he’s too stupid to even realise how stupid and useless he is..

  2. Andrew

    Still no sign of Paul Reid. He’s a politician in administrators clothing.Disappears quite frequently.

  3. Eoin

    They can stick their ‘contact tracing’ and ‘pre-emptive strikes’ and ‘circuit breakers’ where the sun don’t shine.

  4. Otis Blue

    Any mention of Donnelly now just calls to mind Colm McCarthy’s assessment of Pat Neary quoted in Michael Lewis’ Vanity Fair article on the financial crisis in 2008.

    “Now the Irish people finally caught a glimpse of the guy meant to be safeguarding them: the crazy uncle had been sprung from the family cellar. Here he was, on their televisions, insisting that the Irish banks were “resilient” and “more than adequately capitalized” … when everyone in Ireland could see, in the vacant skyscrapers and empty housing developments around them, evidence of bank loans that were not merely bad but insane. “What happened was that everyone in Ireland had the idea that somewhere in Ireland there was a little wise old man who was in charge of the money, and this was the first time they’d ever seen this little man,” says McCarthy. “And then they saw him and said, Who the fuck was that??? Is that the fucking guy who is in charge of the money??? That’s when everyone panicked.”

  5. GiggidyGoo

    Yes, Michael ‘Afternoon Tea’ D – is has affected some a lot more than others.

    As for Donnelly. Radio program with his back to the in-room camera says a lot. Both he and Micheal Martin don’t command any respect if the HSE would prefer to alert a newspaper before the health minister and taoiseach. Then again, maybe Colander Varadkar was alerted, and leaked it to the press. Old Trinity mates?

  6. Kate

    Just watched Leaders questions…..chilling , sombre TD Fitzpatrick savages HSE…. a nursing home in his constituency has over 18 patients and 17 staff sick with covif….one death, 2 hospitalized , NO staff available for HSE/HIQA & owner in floods of tears.
    Here we go again……?

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