Jack Quann
Jack Quann

09.36 14 May 2020


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A financial analyst says Irish businesses should re-open, regardless of the coronavirus pandemic.

Karl Deeter of the Irish Mortgage Brokers says while flattening the curve of the virus, the economy has also been flattened.

He also compared the current lockdown restrictions to the abortion referendum of 2018, citing people's right to bodily autonomy.

He told Pat Kenny: "Everyone wants to flatten the curve, but I just don't want to see us flatten the economy at the same time - and that's exactly what we've done.

"There's three broad reasons for why I think we should be getting back to work sooner.

"There's philosophical reasons and rights reasonings, there's the collateral damage that's being done where people will die because of lockdown, and then there's a lot of statistics to support the point that I'm going to make.

"The philosophical point is that you have three basic rights in life: your life, that of being free and the ability to pursue happiness as you see it.

"And two of those have [been] taken away - and they're not inconvenient rights, they're absolute in a free, democratic society."

"I have bodily autonomy: If I want to take a risk and it's my life at stake I believe that in part that's my right.

"My body, my choice - we had a referendum on this last year".

Pat disputed that, saying the risk was then put on anyone that that person comes into contact with.

But Mr Deeter claimed: "If you feel that way then you can lock yourself down, in the same way that for instance in the abortion referendum that was a question.

"People said 'well what about the rights of the foetus', that's what the pro-lifers said again and again.

"And we saw that the individuals rights to their bodily autonomy actually trumped that every time.

"And that's why people rightfully came to the correct conclusion.

"If you're worried Pat then you should cocoon, you should take all the chances you want or don't take those chances.

"But you're seeing businesses that close after being built up after 20 years.

"The people who suffer the consequence of that - flatten the curve, flatten the economy - and there's going to be a second round number of deaths which could be even bigger", he claimed.

Professor Sam McConkey is head of international health and tropical medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

He said he agrees that people should get back to work.

However he disagrees with "divisiveness and the arguments that will break our social unity and our social cohesion."

"If we're going to survive as a country successfully out of this, we need to stick tougher and be in it together - as New Zealand have.

"I would point him to [Prime Minister] Jacinda Ardern, who has had New Zealanders back to rugby and back to work quite quickly by leading the country in a unified way".

"Karl mentioned his feelings - I feel that we have to be fairly analytical and based on evidence as much as possible".

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Main image: Karl Deeter is seen in 2014. Picture by: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

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