MacSharry: Criticism of summer crowds is due to “paranoia & scaremongering”

Fianna Fáil TD Marc MacSharry has said that “paranoia and scaremongering” is behind criticism of the crowds gathering in the city, and slammed Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan.

Speaking in the Dáil on Wednesday, MacSharry harshly criticised the attitude that society was recovering economically from the covid-19 lockdown.

“I support any announcement of funds with regard to our recovery but we are talking as if the recovery has begun and society is open,” he said.

“It certainly is not open. We have a level of paranoia and scaremongering that is not consistent with either the numbers in hospital or the daily numbers.”

The Deputy proceeded to criticise Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan for his “outrage” at groups of people congregating outdoors in town.

“Over the course of the weekend the CMO tweeted his outrage at seeing people out doing what we told them to do, which is to have an outdoor summer. We can have a takeaway pint or a Coca-Cola, but we cannot congregate on the canal because the gardaí are going to come along and throw it out. Where do we expect people to go?

“As we speak, over in St. Stephen’s Green we are fencing off the bandstands because the last thing we want is people to congregate there. We cannot have it both ways. This is replicated all over the country, for example, at the Spanish Arch. Where I live in Strandhill, there are so many bollards on the seafront that had the Nazis done it in France on D-Day, God knows what the outcome of the war would have been.

“We need alignment. There is no evidence to suggest that congregation in recent weeks, not just last weekend, has led to a spike in numbers. Let us give people the summer they deserve and then we might have the beginning of a recovery.”

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