Statement by Alan Kelly TD

16 November 2021

Labour Party Leader Alan Kelly said:

“At promised legislation today in the Dáil I raised concerns about frontline workers, in particular teachers and SNAs and the need for booster shots for them.

“After Questions in the Dáil I walked across the Dail and engaged directly with the Taoiseach on their behalf. I don’t believe teachers should be discriminated against or treated differently so I raised concerns about the impact the proposed 5 day rule for household contacts of confirmed cases would have on schools.

“The Taoiseach clearly told me teachers were exempt from this rule.

“I did not misconstruct what he said. Far from it.

“It’s obvious that as a result of my colleague and our Education Spokesperson Aodhan O’Riordain bringing this to public attention that the government reversed position rapidly.

“It says so much about the incoherence of this government that policy changes by the hour, and at some stages they don’t know what uturn they are even reversing.”

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