November 29, 2020

Waterford poll-topper nominated to head up new Dáil Covid-19 committee

Waterford poll-topper David Cullinane has been nominated to chair the new Oireachtas Covid-19 committee.

Electing a chairperson will be the first act of the new 19-member committee, which has been set up to scrutinise all the actions taken by Government, State agencies and other authorities in relation to the coronavirus pandemic.

Sinn Féin is the first party to nominate one of its representatives as chair of the Dáil committee. It will now make contact with some other parties and Independents to seek their support for the Waterford TD.

The committee is due to hold its first meeting tomorrow.

Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael have not as yet indicated whether they are putting forward a candidate for the position, or whether they will support a candidate from the smaller parties or an Independent.

Waterford Deputies Mary Butler (FF) and Matt Shanahan are also a part of the 19-person committee.

The workings of the group will focus on issues arising from the Covid-19 pandemic including its effect on mental health care, care homes and how they have been handled, and how they were handled, and what preparations have been made in case of a second surge in the virus among other issues.

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