Sean Defoe
Sean Defoe

21.59 21 Apr 2021


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The Taoiseach Micheál Martin has told his party barbers and hairdressers will be given priority for re-opening next month.

He said they have suffered during the pandemic and will be examined alongside 'click and collect' services, retail, construction and religious services.

Mr Martin also ruled out international travel returning before June, and said it will not be considered by the Cabinet next week.

"At this point in time we do need to get the virus down, we are concerned about variants.

"The European Union is looking at a green cert idea - but in the first instance, it's to get inter-operability between all the member states from a technical perspective", he said.

Earlier, Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said people should not be booking holidays abroad for this summer - but a 'gradual change' to the current approach to international travel is likely over the summer months.

He said he believed staycations would be allowed and prove popular this year, but international travel would not return as fast.

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar, meanwhile, told his parliamentary party he believes the June vaccine target can be met.

He warned vaccine apathy and supply issues could impact it, and it is important to get 80% of the population fully vaccinated before the winter.

There was also sharp criticism of Health Minister Stephen Donnelly at the Fine Gael meeting.

Former Minister Michael Ring launched a scathing attack on Mr Donnelly, over perceived public mistakes on quarantine and the vaccine rollout.

He also told the meeting there must be something in the water in Wicklow, as the minister cannot stay away from a microphone.

Sources present said there were a lot of nodding heads from Fine Gael TDs during the criticism of Minister Donnelly.

Main image by jacqueline macou from Pixabay

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