Calls In Clare For Real Ambition For Change As Restrictions Begin To Ease

Clare’s Sinn Fein TD insists the country needs to come out of the COVID-19 pandemic with a real ambition to change things for the better in all areas of society and the economy.

It follows the confirmation of a two phase re-opening of the economy through May and June.

It comes as the Taoiseach has suggested severe cases of COVID will become a more important factor in deciding on what restrictions to impose on society.


NPHET says there’s a low to moderate risk posed by easing a wave of restrictions on May 10th.

Intercounty travel will resume, while retail returns and more social visits are allowed in gardens and houses for vaccinated people.

The hospitality sector will re-open in June starting with hotels and guesthouses before moving to pubs and restaurants with outdoor dining facilities.

There has been some concern that the re-opening is happening too quickly, but Clare’s Fianna Fáil TD Cathal Crowe doesn’t think that’s the case.

He says while covid is still prevalent, the progress made in tackling the virus means it’s only right that society should re-open.

The government is expecting the number of new cases of COVID to rise over the coming month as restrictions ease.

But rather than just the case numbers, Taoiseach Micheál Martin said other factors will be considered when deciding on the easing of restrictions.

Clare’s Sinn Fein TD insists the country needs to come out of the crisis caused by the virus with an ambition to change both society and the economy for the better.

Violet Anne Wynne says the pandemic has been nothing short of a “nightmare” for many people who have been locked up for months and that the easing of restrictions can’t “happen soon enough”.

The Kilrush-based TD says planning needs to get underway now in a number of areas so that the economy can re-build.

Current pandemic supports, including the wage subsidy scheme, are due to cease at the end of June.

However, businesses in Clare are calling for supports to be continued beyond that.

Ennis Chamber President Darragh McAllister says employers will need assistance for a number of months after they can begin trading again.