4 June 2021 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Michael Fisher

Monaghan Professor Sam McConkey from Killeevan, who is an expert in viruses, has urged caution before any indoor events or hospitality venues are opened up to crowds while the pandemic continues. The RCSI consultant in infectious diseases was speaking in an interview on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland programme on Monday. He was commenting after the scenes of outdoor gatherings of large crowds in Dublin and other cities at the weekend were compared to ‘V-Day’ celebrations by a leading HSE figure.

Following the scenes of widespread street drinking at the weekend, Taoiseach Micheál Martin said a review at the end of June would determine whether a planned lifting of restrictions in July goes ahead. He warned that the progress of recent weeks in advancing the vaccination roll-out and abiding by public health advice needs to be maintained. The warning came as the HSE’s chief clinical officer Dr Colm Henry said the scenes looked like “V-Day, as if the virus had surrendered”.

In response to a controversial tweet from the Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan on Saturday in which he expressed his shock and concern at the scenes in Dublin, crowds around South William Street in Dublin were dispersed by Gardaí on Sunday. Large crowds were seen in Cork, where twelve people were arrested for public order offences. Gardaí also broke up crowds that gathered close to the Spanish Arch and along the Long Walk in Galway…

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