SEALING BORDER “TOTALLY IMPRACTICAL”, MONAGHAN SENATOR DECLARES

5 February 2021 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Calls for the temporary closure of road links between the Republic and Northern Ireland as a measure to prevent the spread of Covid-19 were described as “totally impractical” by Senator Robbie Gallagher this week. Speaking on the Order of Business in Seanad Éireann on Monday, Senator Gallagher said that while sealing the Border was “a non-runner”, there was scope for enhanced cross-Border co-operation in the area of Covid-19 control.

The Fianna Fáil Senator welcomed the fact that the incidence of Covid-19 was decreasing in the Republic of Ireland. “We have many people to thank for that, from the gallant efforts of our front-line workers to the general public, the vast majority of whom have been adhering to the strict guidelines that have been laid down. We must always ask ourselves how we can do better.

“We had much debate this week about the zero Covid strategy, which NPHET has ruled out as not being practical for this country. We also had some talk about sealing the Border with Northern Ireland.

“For someone who comes from a Border county, the notion of sealing the Border is totally impractical. It is almost 300 miles in length, with almost 300 crossing points. Some 209 of those crossing..

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