More Detail Needed from Taoiseach in relation to Covid-19 Inquiry


Wicklow Sinn Féin TD John Brady has stated that the families of the twelve former residents of care homes in Wicklow who died of Covid-19 don’t need any more generalisations, they need details. He called on Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to provide families who lost loved ones to Covid-19 following their transfer from St. Brigid’s Nursing Home in Crooksling, with certainty and specifics in relation to a public inquiry. Brady claimed that the Taoiseach’s comments this week amounted to a political kite flying exercise, and the raising of people’s hopes, following a broad statement from Leo Varadkar where he spoke of the potential for a future inquiry.

Brady said:

“The families of the twelve former residents of St. Brigid’s Nursing Home in Crooksling, who died of Covid-19 deserve more detail.

I have repeatedly called for a public inquiry and make that call again today.

The treatment of our elderly citizens in nursing homes during the Covid-19 crisis was nothing short of a political disgrace.

I believe that it is in the public interest that there be a public enquiry.

What happened to the former residents of St Brigid’s Nursing Home in Crooksling needs to be specifically looked at as part of a public enquiry.

Twelve former residents of the Nursing Home died. We need to see answers.

The only way that lessons can be learnt from what happened in nursing homes during the pandemic is through a full public inquiry.

There appears to be a suggestion that while the proposed inquiry would address things like the procurement of PPE, it might also look at issues like PUP payments and I’m not sure if it’s sufficiently all-encompassing and wide-ranging enough that the families will get the specific answers that they require.

We don’t need any more generalisations, what we need from Leo Varadkar now is specifics – when will it happen and what will the scope of the inquiry be.”

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