Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar launched an updated ‘Work Safely Protocol’ to ‘assist employers in reopening safely’.
He confirmed that vaccination will remain voluntary.
Via RTÉ News:
He said the protocol will guide employers on how to manage unvaccinated workers.
Today’s document incorporates the latest public health advice, and contains guidelines on antigen testing, vaccinations and ventilation to assist employers in reopening the economy while keeping workers and customers safe.
Mr Varadkar said they now had a “Government-endorsed” report on antigen testing, and acknowledged that many employers were already using it.
“We expect there may be 10 to 15 per cent of people who will refuse the vaccine and just don’t want it, although, they may change their minds if the ability to travel and attend mass events is linked to it…
“…What we really need for this to work fully is to get about 80 per cent of people vaccinated, that’s where you start to hit herd immunity, where the virus just doesn’t have anywhere to go.”
In a video posted to Facebook Taoiseach Tanaiste leo Varadakar said the Government would introduce:
“Additional measures for the fully vaccinated, more freedoms for those who have been vaccinated.”
“We are developing a digital green certificate vaccine pass, so you’ll be able to prove that you’re fully vaccinated.”
There are huge difficulties with potential discrimination on the basis of vaccine, especially when severe shortages apply. Speculation by Tánaiste on social media is irresponsible. Vaccinated will be offered additional freedoms, says Varadkar https://t.co/s34UBxf4Kb
Further to the Irish Examiner‘s exclusive this morning…
…revealing documents released to Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty (above questioning the Tanaiste last November) show that Mr Varadkar sought to have a hard copy of the GP pay deal between the Government and the irish medical organisation (IMO) waiting for him as he emerged from the Government jet around the same time he was looking for IMO boss Maitiú Ó Tuathail’s home address.
Deputy Doherty said:
“This shows the extreme lengths that he went to in order to leak a confidential document to his friend. Leo Varadkar told the Dáil that he sought this document for his personal use, but these revelations show that he was making arrangements to leak it before he even had it in his possession.”
Violet-Anne Wynne has released a statement stating that the Tanaiste should withdraw and apologise for remarks he made on RTÉ radio earlier today, noting that she is a Protestant, after Leo Varadkar said the party had no Protestant TDs. pic.twitter.com/yD7EMmt4rN
From top: Higher Education Minister Simon Harris has given a statement to gardaí investigating Tánaiste Leo Varadkar’s admission that he leaked a €210m GP contract. Mr Harris provided gardaí with a signed written statement on his knowledge of the events leading up to Mr Varadkar’s decision to send a copy of the contract to the former National Association of General Practitioners (NAGP) Dr Maitiu O Tuathail
“The gardaí have to do their job and investigate that complaint. I would expect nothing else.
“They have not been in contact with me about the matter, but I have, through my solicitors, made contact with them and I have offered to meet with them, answer any questions they may have, and provide a full statement on the matter.
“The facts are no different to those set out by me in the Dáil last November.
“My legal advice is that I have committed no offence. I look forward to the matter being concluded.”
Tánaiste Leo Varadkar
One thing is for certain: the legal advice that @leovaradkar cited in his “defence” was wrong. A first-year law student would verify that. Unfortunately for him ignorance of the law is no defence. https://t.co/CNfFxcdCn6
From top: Tanaiste Leo Varadkar; Lynsey Bennett outside the High Court yesterday
I didn’t think Ireland could sink any lower with this Govt. We can all pretend that what’s going on in this country is normal but we’re only fooling ourselves. When society allows FF/FG get away with these lies we are silently condoning it. We, society, did this #cervicalcheckpic.twitter.com/uEjyKsycwh
The Tánaiste said the Government’s new mandatory requirement of a PCR test is being met with a very high degree of compliance and fines are being issued for those who breach the rules.
He said the three main reasons for opposing mandatory quarantine were that it is “disproportionate”, because positive Covid-19 cases within the State were not quarantined; the EU’s stringent rules on the freedom of movement; and the fact that Ireland cannot control its border, ie with Northern Ireland, in the same way that other island states can…
the emergence of variant strains, many EU countries have adopted more stringent travel policies to meet these new risks. These include combinations of pre-departure testing, quarantine requirements on arrival and post-arrival testing rules.”