June 15, 2021

‘We have a duty of care towards our vulnerable’ – Waterford TDs come together to urge people to stay apart

Waterford’s four TDs have united to issue a joint statement to urge people to do more to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

It comes after thousands of people flocked to Tramore and other local beaches yesterday despite repeated warnings of the need to maintain social distancing to combat the spread of Covid-19.

In the joint statement, David Cullinane (Sinn Féin), Mary Butler (Fianna Fáil), Matt Shanahan (Independent) and Marc Ó Cathasaigh (Green Party) said our “collective response” to the crisis will help reduce the impact of the virus.

“We will save lives if we follow the advice of health professionals and practice social distancing,” they said.

“This means staying apart from people: avoiding social contact where possible, and where unavoidable, keeping two metres or just over six feet apart.”

The TDs emphasised the importance of social distancing after a weekend in which the sunshine drew large crowds to local outdoor areas such as Tramore, Clonea and the Comeragh Mountains, flying in the face of the advice and recommendations of health officials.

The Waterford deputies urged the public to wash their hands regularly for 20 seconds and to do everything they can to slow the spread of the virus to help Ireland’s health professionals.

“Our health professionals are prepared to work around the clock. We need to assist them by slowing the spread of the virus,” the statement added.

“Despite the measures taken by us all in Waterford to date – the COVID-19 crisis will get worse before it gets better. Our response as a community will determine the impact.”

The TDs said everyone has “a duty of care towards the most vulnerable in our community”.

They added: “This could be one of the most difficult crises that Waterford has ever seen. If we work together we can and will get through it.

“We commend the nurses, doctors, paramedics, home care workers, carers and all frontline workers working in our health service who are dealing with an unprecedented challenge. Thank you for your selfless service at this extraordinary time,” the statement concluded.

Shane Doran

Shane Doran is founder and Co-Managing Editor of News Now Media, incorporating KilkennyNow.ie, WaterfordNow.ie and WicklowNow.ie. He is a former newspaper editor who has held senior executive roles across five national newspaper titles, both broadsheet and tabloid. He was News Editor and Executive Editor of the Irish Independent for more than seven years and spent a number of years in South Africa where he worked as editor of The Daily Voice newspaper. Shane has held senior editorial position with The Sunday Independent, The Herald and The Irish Daily Star and has served as Executive Editor (Group) of Independent News & Media (INM), Ireland’s largest newspaper group.

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