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WATCH: McGrath says vaccine passes are “medical apartheid”

Mattie McGrath TD has said that vaccine passports will create a “medical apartheid” and turn families against each other in a blistering Dáil speech this week.

Speaking during the Order of Business on Tuesday, the Independent Tipperary TD had strong words for the government on the lack of debate regarding the certs.

“I want a full comprehensive debate in this House before we rise for the summer on the whole issue of the vaccine passports and the medical apartheid this Government now wants to implement and force on publicans,” he said.

“[It] will pit families against each other as to who has a vaccine and who has not. This is outrageous and we are not even going to have a debate on it.”

The Deputy also slammed Health Minister Stephen Donnelly’s emergency powers, and the lack of debate on the issue.

“The Minister, Deputy Donnelly, can now sign whatever statutory instruments he wants to. We must have a full debate in this House as we are responsible to the people regarding this medical apartheid which is going to be implemented by this Government.

“It is a shocking situation and is happening without any debate or discourse in this House,” he concluded.

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