“I don’t wear a mask, no. The whole fucking thing is bollocks. You’re supposed to wear them in Selfridges but you can fucking go down to the pub and be surrounded by every fucking c**t. Oh well, actually, we don’t have the virus in the pubs, but we have it in Selfridges, oh alright.”
A planned discussion on mask-wearing on RTÉ 2FM’s Jennifer Zamparelli Show has been scrapped following criticism on Twitter.
The presenter sounded clearly wounded on the show, as she announced: “Yes, I put out a tweet without thinking about the words I used,” but she added: “The intention of my tweet was very different to what was interpreted. I wanted your reaction on the weekend [protests].”
The presenter said she understood that her using the word “discussion” had “set off anger and hurt” adding “but to be honest it [anti-mask views] really shocked me, it shocked me as someone wearing a face mask since before we had to.”
“It’s very clear people don’t want this conversation to happen,” she said. “Judging from the reaction, we will not be doing this item today.”
Ireland is among the most obedient countries in the world when it comes to muzzling up, according to research by financial comparison website Finder.com.
Singapore (76%), New Zealand (71%) and Australia (58%), had the lowest face mask ownership rates while the United Kingdom ranked number one (97%), followed by South Africa (90%), the Philippines (87%) and Mexico (85%).
Ireland ranked 5th for face mask adoption.
…Susannah Binsted writes:
The global study included a poll of 1,211 Irish adults, revealing 84% – the equivalent of 3,078,085 adults – own a specified face mask.
Cloth face masks are the most popular mask type in Ireland, with 42% of the adult population possessing one, followed by blue surgical masks (32%), homemade masks (11%) and medical grade masks (11%)….
Fianna Fáil’s Charlie McConalogue (top right) with Micheal Martin and former Minister for Agriculture Barry Cowen in 2016; McConalogue is the third person to take on the role of Minister for Agriculture since the Government came to power in June.
Via RTÉ News:
Fianna Fáil’s Charlie McConalogue has been nominated as the new Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine in the Dáil this afternoon. James Browne will succeed Mr McConalogue as Minister of State at the Department of Justice….
McConalogue was born in October 1977 and is from Gleneely in Co Donegal.
From a farming background, he was educated at Carndonagh Community School before going on to study at UCD where he studied Economics, Politics and History.
Mr McConalogue became involved in politics in UCD.
After working in Fianna Fáil’s headquarters for a number of years, as well as working abroad in Australia, he returned home to work on the family farm in Donegal.
In 2009, he ran for political office when he was elected to Donegal County Council. He was elected a TD for Donegal North East in 2011.
Anti-maskers, within close proximity to each other, gather outside RTÉ studios protesting at what they claim is the station’s ongoing ‘one-sided’, ‘government-biased’ and’ ‘fear-mongering’ coverage of the rona.