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FG Senator: Kids like masks, “It’s parents that are the problem”

A Fine Gael Senator has said that most children “probably enjoy” wearing masks, and that “in many cases it’s their parents that are the problem.”

The comments were made this week in the Seanad by Senator Seán Kyne during a discussion on the Covid-19 situation nationally.

“With the exception of those who have special health requirements, I heard a commentator compare masks in school to a form of child abuse,” he said.

“That is absolutely ridiculous and scandalous, and is an insult to anyone who has unfortunately suffered a form of child abuse.”

He said instead that “masks are an inconvenience, they’re a bit of a pain. That’s it. That’s all they are, as I said, unless you have a medical condition.”

“Most children have no issue [with masks],” the Senator said.

“They’ll see them as what grown-ups do, wear and have, and they probably enjoy it.”

He added: “In many cases, it’s their parents that are the problem.”

This week, parents and teachers who object to the government’s new mask mandate for primary schools protested outside the Dáíl.

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