Breath-taking that Taoiseach Still Considering US Visit for St Patrick's DayAontú Leader & Meath West TD Peadar Tóibín has called on the government to lead by example and invite the US President to Ireland next year for St Patrick’s Day as an alternative travelling to DC in a few weeks’ time.
An Teachta Tóibín: “2nd to the Nursing Homes Scandal, International Travel has been the big failure of this and the previous government. From Leo Varadkar refusing to stop the flights from Northern Italy despite the rampant Covid-19 there, to the Cheltenham punters, to Fruit Pickers travelling to Ireland from all over the EU, to the non-mandatory personal locator forms or the mandatory personal locator forms that were ignored in the hundreds of thousands, to promised mandatory self-isolation, to postponing mandatory isolation, the lack of control on International Travel has been a disaster.
70% of people with Covid-19 now have the British Variant. Had our Airports been protected this variant could have been stopped.
“In this context and after all the health and economic destruction that the country has just gone through, the Taoiseach wants to fly off to Washington. People cannot attend a family funeral or travel more than 5km for home. Its incredible that the Taoiseach seeks to travel 5,000 km to the US. Families right across the country are struggling like never before. Many Irish people in the States have not come home for funerals of loved ones in Ireland due to the seriousness of this situation. Yet they may have to watch the Taoiseach go in the opposite direction for a State Visit. Many will feel that the Taoiseach’s trip would provide licence for others to follow his example. The Dáil is sitting about 1/3 of the time due to Covid. Its Bizarre that a government would say ‘oh no we can’t take questions for the Minister for Health today in the Dáil today because of Covid’ but in the same breath say ’but the Taoiseach and his team can fly off to meet hundreds of people in Washington DC. My understanding and from what I am hearing from the states at this time, is that the Democrats don’t want a visit from the Taoiseach this year”.
The Taoiseach must show leadership. He must roll up his sleeves, put himself in the shoes of citizens and lead by example”.
“The relationship between Ireland and the US is critical both in terms of our diaspora and our economy. The Taoiseach could build on the close relationship with a US President, who is already very well disposed to Ireland, remotely for one year. If he seeks to further build on that relationship, the Taoiseach could invite the President of the US to Ireland for St Patrick’s day 2022.