The Taiwanese community in Ireland has continued its series of donations to Irish care homes with donations this week to the Castlemanor Nursing Home, Oak View Nursing Home and College View Nursing Homes in Cavan.
Since March the Taiwanese community in Ireland has donated nearly 20,000 pieces of PPE to long-term care facilities in this country.
The donation consisted of gowns, googles, medical gloves, medical masks, and infrared forehead thermometers, which can accurately measure a person’s temperature in less than 1 second.
There was a small ceremony to mark the donation, which was attended by Pierre Yang, Taiwan’s Representative in Ireland; Deputy Brendan Smith, of Fianna Fail; Senator Diarmuid Wilson, also of Fianna Fail; Dr Angel Cheng, chairman of the Taiwan Ireland Association and co-founder of Scieneering Consulting Ltd; and Mary Wright, Director of Nursing at Castlemanor Nursing Home.
Director Wright said that the donation “touched her heart” and expressed her “highest thanks to the Taiwanese community.”
Deputy Smith and Senator Wilson also thanked the Taiwanese community in Ireland, saying that Ireland could learn from Taiwan’s effective containing of COVID-19, and that both hoped Ireland and Taiwan would strengthen their ties moving forward.
Representative Yang praised the Irish response to COVID-19, but said that the time had now come to think about what can be done to ensure Irish social life can return to normal., including the potential of building a “efficient and sustainable virus inspection mechanism”.
Ireland does not currently formally recognize Taiwan as a country and the Speaker of the Dail has previously written to TDs telling them not to visit Taiwan for fear of offending “our Chinese friends.” Maurice Manning, the former head of the Irish Human Rights Commission, earlier this year said that Ireland “adopts the harshest anti-Taiwan policy of any EU country, for fear of causing the slightest annoyance to China.”
You can read more about the Taiwanese donations to Ireland HERE.