Tipperary TD, Mattie Mc Grath has slammed the government’s Covid-19 actions in a hard-hitting Dáil speech addressing concerns regarding testing and other issues.

“The gloss and the sheen has gone off the spin, and people are asking serious questions,” the Independent TD said, pointing to deficiencies in how the government dealt with nursing homes and with the defence forces.

 

He said that the “moguls in the meat industry” were causing the department to block the expert of beef at a critical time for farmers. “Big business has you in their pockets,” he told the government bench.

He was critical of the media who he said were not asking hard questions of the government. “I challenge RTE and the media for not asking questions here about what’s going on.”

The Tipperary TD said that nursing homes were forgotten about and left pleading for help, and that they were denied supplies of oxygen in the crisis. “They were told to Hell or to Connaught,” he said.

Deputy McGrath added that the treatment of Defence force peacekeepers and their families was “appalling”, and criticised the government for taking 17 days to apply to the UN for leave to bring peacekeepers who had finished their tours home.

In relation to testing, he said that testing for Covid-19 was “a fiasco” and that a woman in his constituency was left waiting 6 weeks for results.

See Deputy McGrath’s full contribution here: