Taoiseach and Tánaiste defend decision to lift restrictions before Christmas

Martin says ‘perfect storm’ of Christmas socialising and the UK variant prompted surge

Both Taoiseach Micheal Martin and Tánaiste Leo Varadkar defended the Government’s decisions in separate radio interviews. Photographs: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Both Taoiseach Micheal Martin and Tánaiste Leo Varadkar defended the Government’s decisions in separate radio interviews. Photographs: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Government leaders have defended the decision to lift Covid restrictions before Christmas, as new cases continue to put the Irish hospital system under significant pressure.

Both Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Tánaiste Leo Varadkar defended the Government’s decisions in separate radio interviews, with Mr Martin saying that it was “unfair” to suggest that the Government should be ashamed of their response to the pandemic while Mr Varadkar said that it was “too simplistic . . . to say that if one thing had been done differently, everything would be fine.”

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