Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

15.11 1 May 2021


Share this article


The Health Minister is to meet with the Chief Medical Officer, HSE and Donegal politicians today amid concerns around COVID-19 rates in Donegal.

Donegal has the highest incidence rate of the virus in the country, with the 14-day rate now at 293 per 100,000.

That is more than double the national average of 127.3.

Speaking yesterday, CMO Dr Tony Holohan said authorities in both the Republic and Northern Ireland are concerned about COVID-19 rates in Donegal.

He said a "lot of work" needs to be done in Donegal ahead of restrictions being eased, and the public health advice will need to be "stepped up" if the situation doesn't improve.

Dr Holohan said NPHET doesn't think regional specific restrictions are needed at the moment, but they do "need to see something turn around very quickly" in the county.

He added there were "clear examples of non-compliance across many parts of society" in Donegal.

Health Minister Stephen Donnelly this afternoon confirmed he's meeting with officials to see what 'additional supports' can be deployed in Donegal.

Sinn Féin TD for Donegal, Padraig McLoughlin, has suggested more supports are needed.

He said the county needs more than one mass vaccination centre and one testing site.

Earlier, Donegal man Pat McArt - a former editor of the Derry Journal and current columnist with the Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland edition) - spoke to Newstalk Breakfast with Susan Keogh.

He said: "It's frightening... in Donegal, our rate is ten times that of Kerry, and five times that of Sligo, our nearest county.

"There's no way you can get away from those figures - they are dangerously high."

There has been some online criticism of Dr Holohan for singling out Donegal during yesterday's NPHET briefing.

However, Mr McArt said the CMO's warnings were a necessary "wake-up call".

Main image: File photo. Photo by Amy Beth Bennett/Sun Sentinel/TNS/Sipa USA

Share this article


Read more about

Covid-19 Donegal

Most Popular

Live: Title

Now playing

00:00:00 / 00:00:00
Added to queue
Removed from queue

On Air

Share

Share


Up next

Episode title
Show
Duration

You currently have no podcasts in your queue.

Go to podcasts

On Air

The Hard Shoulder

The Hard Shoulder

16:00-19:00

Share

Up next

OFF THE BALL

OFF THE BALL

19:00-22:00

Share

THE TOM DUNNE SHOW

THE TOM DUNNE SHOW

22:00-00:00

Share

BEST OF NEWSTALK

BEST OF NEWSTALK

00:00-06:00

Share

BREAKFAST BRIEFING

BREAKFAST BRIEFING

06:00-06:30

Share

BREAKFAST BUSINESS

BREAKFAST BUSINESS

06:30-07:00

Share

NEWSTALK BREAKFAST

NEWSTALK BREAKFAST

07:00-09:00

Share

THE PAT KENNY SHOW

THE PAT KENNY SHOW

09:00-12:00

Share

LUNCHTIME LIVE

LUNCHTIME LIVE

12:00-14:00

Share

MONCRIEFF

MONCRIEFF

14:00-16:00

Share

THE HARD SHOULDER

THE HARD SHOULDER

16:00-19:00

Share

00:00:00 / 00:00:00

Share on