Monday, March 23, 2020

Waterford’s Dáil Eireann representatives have released a “collective response” to the COVID-19 coronavirus, which they hope will help in reducing the impact of the virus.

“We will save lives if we follow the advice of health professionals and practice social distancing,” the TDs said in a joint statement this week.

TDs David Cullinane, Sinn Féin, Mary Butler, Fianna Fáil, Matt Shanahan, Independent, and Marc Ó Cathasaigh, Green Party said, “This means staying apart from people: avoiding social contact where possible, and where unavoidable, keeping 2 metres or just over 6 feet apart.”

The TDs emphasised the importance of social distancing after a weekend where the sunshine brought large crowds to local outdoor areas such as Tramore, Clonea and the Comeragh Mountains, flouting the recommendations of health officials.

The group of sitting TDs urged the public to wash their hands regularly for 20 seconds, and urged everyone to slow the spread of the virus to help Ireland’s health professionals.

“Our health professionals are prepared to work around the clock. We need to assist them by slowing the spread of the virus.

“Despite the measures taken by us all in Waterford to date – the COVID-19 crisis will get worse before it gets better. Our response as a community will determine the impact.”

The statement noted the politicians had been contacted by people in Waterford’s communities over the past number of weeks “concerned and worried for yourselves and for your loved ones”.

“We have a duty of care towards the most vulnerable in our community,” the statement reads, adding, “This could be one of the most difficult crises that Waterford has ever seen. If we work together we can and will get through it.”

“We commend the nurses, doctors, paramedics, home care workers, carers and all frontline workers working in our health service who are dealing with an unprecedented challenge. Thank you for your selfless service at this extraordinary time,” it concluded.

David Cullinane, Marc O’Cathasaigh, Mary Butler and Matt Shanahan

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