Cork Labour call for Dáil to be reconvened

Cork Labour call for Dáil to be reconvened
Labour Party Cllr. John Maher and local representative Ciara Kennedy and Peter Horgan have said the Dáil should be recalled.Pic Darragh Kane

THE Labour Party in Cork city has said the Dáil should already have been reconvened to help restore public confidence following the Oireachtas golf society debacle.

The party is calling for an earlier return of the Dáil as schools are getting ready to reopen this week amid some confusion about Covid-19 guidelines.

Labour Councillor John Maher and local area representatives Ciara Kennedy and Peter Horgan have added their voices to the calls for the Dáil to return.

“Our country is living through an unprecedented national crisis, with widespread confusion as a result of the unclear and contradictory messages issued on the new restrictions around Covid-19. The public are also rightly angry about the Oireachtas golf society debacle, and the flagrant breach of public health rules displayed by those in attendance,” Mr Maher said.

“Schools are due to reopen in days under incredibly difficult circumstances for teachers, support staff, SNAs, parents and pupils. For this reason alone our TDs should be back at work so issues can be identified and highlighted,” he added.

Ms Kennedy stressed the concerns surrounding school transport, and the process surrounding the Leaving Cert results, as well as the issues of Covid-19 spread in meat plants.

Meanwhile, Mr Horgan said that with so many issues to resolve there should be no delay in the Dáil’s return.

“There is a serious crisis of confidence in the institutions of the State and the Government’s ability to handle this pandemic.”

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