Indoor dining law passed in Dáil, Donnelly rejects discrimination claims

Minister defends indoor dining legislation as Opposition and FG TDs express concern

People will soon be able to eat indoors as Government last night passed legislation allowing indoor dining for the vaccinated.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

People will soon be able to eat indoors as Government last night passed legislation allowing indoor dining for the vaccinated. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

The Government has defended its indoor dining legislation against allegations of discrimination, saying the European Union already differentiates between the vaccinated and unvaccinated in international travel.

The Health Amendment No 2 Bill was passed by 74 votes to 68 after a manual vote. Four Government TDs were formally unaccounted for - Fine Gael’s Michael Ring, John Paul Phelan and Alan Dillon and Fianna Fail TD Marc MacSharry. Willie O’Dea was ill and at home. Mr Dillon later confirmed he was paired and is on paternity leave. Mr MacSharry said he had told the whip earlier that he would not be present.Independent TD Michael Lowry supported the Government. All other parties and Independents voted against the legislation.

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