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Taiwanese community donates PPE to Irish nursing homes

Taiwan Ireland Association donates PPE to Casla Home Care, witnessed by Representative Yang and ex-Senator Ó Céidigh

The Taiwanese community in Ireland has donated a substantial amount of PPE to Irish nursing homes and other long-term care facilities after a fundraising campaign carried out by the Taiwan Ireland Association.

Nursing homes now account for roughly 60 percent of virus-related deaths in Ireland and there have been growing concerns about shortages of PPE and staff in these facilities.

The community has so far donated 500 surgical masks, 12,500 pairs of medical gloves, 400 goggles, and 300 protective gowns.

Pierre Yang, Taiwan’s representative in Ireland, said that they saw that Irish nursing homes were “facing severe challenges”, and, “lacking resources.” He explained that, due to Taiwan’s “unusual situation”, referring to the refusal of many countries to recognize the existence Taiwan as a country for fears of angering the Communist Party of China, Taiwan is “particularly sensitive to needs of marginal institutions and groups. We like to help them. We will continue to do that.”

Ireland does not currently 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.”

 

On behalf of the Casla Home Care, Ms. Emer Ni Cheidigh thanks Dr. Angel Cheng, chairperson of the Taiwan Ireland Association, for the generous donation

 

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