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.
Marc McSharry (Fianna Fáil) on the scaremongering and outrage from Tony Holohan about young people congregating outdoors and it's lack of proportion to the actual risks or severity of the situation. #Covid19Ireland #reopening #EnoughIsEnough @MarcMacsharryTD pic.twitter.com/L2OcLbMHhn
— JRD (@JRD0000) June 2, 2021
“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.
Drove into Dublin City Centre to collect someone from work at 815 PM. Absolutely shocked at scenes in South Great George’s St, Exchequer St, South William St area. Enormous crowds- like a major open air party. This is what we do not need when we have made so much progress.
— Dr Tony Holohan (@CMOIreland) May 29, 2021
“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.”