Cork TD demands explanation over suspension of Covid-19 testing at meat plants 

Cork TD demands explanation over suspension of Covid-19 testing at meat plants 

A Cork TD has demanded an urgent explanation from the Government about the reported suspension of serial Covid-19 testing at meat plants. Picture: Getty Image

A Cork TD has demanded an urgent explanation from the Government about the reported suspension of serial Covid-19 testing at meat plants.

Labour Agriculture spokesperson, Seán Sherlock said that it “beggars belief that testing is now being stopped at meat factories after all we’ve gone through.” 

It is reported that testing has been temporarily suspended at meat plants because of increased capacity needed to deal with people with symptoms.

Deputy Sherlock said the Government needs to give an urgent explanation on why testing at meat factories has been stopped, and that extra capacity should be put in place as quickly as possible.

“If there is not enough capacity then we should ensure it is quickly put in place.

“Throughout the pandemic, we’ve seen time and again that cases in these settings can arise quickly and rapidly infect other workers and spread into the community.

“We need an urgent explanation from the Government on why this was done, and not announced publicly," he said. 

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Agriculture Matt Carthy TD has this evening also demanded immediate answers from the Government on the reported decision to suspend Covid-19 testing at food processing plants describing it as “reckless, inexplicable, and poses a danger in the extreme to our communities.”

Deputy Carthy said his colleague and local Sinn Féin TD for Tipperary, Martin Browne, had received confirmation from the HSE that a decision was taken on Tuesday nationally "to postpone Covid testing at food processing plants because of the increased capacity needed at the moment to deal with people with symptoms."

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