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'restore freedoms' Fianna Fail MEP calls for 'complete review' of all Covid restrictions

He said it is necessary for the country to get back on its feet as more people become fully vaccinated.

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MEP Billy Kelleher Picture: Gerry Mooney

MEP Billy Kelleher Picture: Gerry Mooney

MEP Billy Kelleher Picture: Gerry Mooney

Irish MEP Billy Kelleher has called for Covid-19 regulations to be revised and simplified.

The Cork politician said that restrictions should be eased in light of the successful rollout of Ireland’s vaccination programme.

“We can be proud as a nation about how we, as a society, have embraced the chance to receive a vaccine,” he said.

“With this opportunity, however, must come additional freedoms.

“For nearly 18 months, we have been living under a myriad of different plans and sets of guidelines, both advisory and legally binding.

“It's high time that these regulations are reviewed in their entirety in light of the reality on the ground.”

Mr Kelleher added that it is necessary for the country to get back on its feet as more people become fully vaccinated.

“The HSE has said that it expects full vaccination to be completed by the end of August, and at this point, we need a new, revised and simplified set of rules that reflects the progress that has been made.

"Of course, we need to aware of the challenges that come with the Delta variant, but the people of Ireland must feel the bonus that comes from exceeding all expectations when it comes to vaccination uptake.

He continued: “The people of Ireland, especially our young people, have endured an awful lot.

“Particular sectors - such as the music and late-night hospitality industries, as well as the arts - need to know about what happens next and crucially when.

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“It's time the Irish people, especially our young people, got to live their lives again now that we have protected our most vulnerable citizens.”

His comments come as an additional 5,000 people received vaccines at walk-in centres across this country this weekend.

HSE boss Paul Reid said that more than 89pc of Ireland’s adult population have received at least one dose and more than 77pc are fully vaccinated.

He tweeted: “Our walk in vaccination centres continue today. So far this weekend another 5,000 people have availed of them to receive their first vaccination. Now over 89% of adults are partially vaccinated and over 77% fully. We're getting there. @HSELive”

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