Jack Quann
Jack Quann

10.29 20 Apr 2020


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There has been a call for a new Government ministry to be created as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Dr Thómas Ryan is Associate Professor at the School of Biochemistry and Immunology from Trinity College Dublin.

He says there needs to be a Minister for Testing.

The immunology specialist says this person should also have direct access to the Taoiseach to speed up efficiency.

Dr Ryan told Pat Kenny it needs to be part of the new Government’s plans.

"This is an absolutely extraordinary situation and we need an extraordinary way of implementing it.

"The best roadmap for a country like ours on how to implement this kind of framework was put forward by the Tony Blair Institute for International Governance.

"I'm not a particularly big fan of Tony Blair in any respect, but he has a large degree of experience on how to deal with this - because when he was the prime minister of the UK he led the response to the Foot and Mouth situation.

"Which obviously was not as big an issue as this, but it had large economic implications".

"He has been very clear that in Britain, and I think this applies to Ireland also, you need a Minister for Testing".

"The only way we're going to get this done, effectively, is if we have a minister at senior Cabinet level with direct access to the Taoiseach on a daily basis who has an executive taskforce, who is empowered and autonomous to deliver this kind of testing regime".

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Main image: Staff carry out coronavirus tests at a testing facility in the UK. Picture by: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/PA Images

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