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Vac off Limerick pub owner says 'anti-vax f***s' will not be allowed in without vaccine cert after October 22

"We at Whelan's Bar will be keeping up the vaccine only going forward, so for all ye anti-vax f***s that think ye are getting in on the 22nd of October go and f**k yourselves"

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Forget about a pint in Whelans of Limerick without a cert (FILE PHOTO)

Forget about a pint in Whelans of Limerick without a cert (FILE PHOTO)

Forget about a pint in Whelans of Limerick without a cert (FILE PHOTO)

A Limerick pub owner’s defiant insistence on demanding vaccine passes to enter his bar past the October 22 deadline when such a stipulation is lifted has generated a robust exchange of views online. 

Gearóid Whelan, of Whelan's Bar on Maiden Street in Newcastle West, took to Twitter to lay out his position ahead of the latest stage of reopening later this month when most of the current Covid-19 restrictions are eased.

"We at Whelan's Bar will be keeping up the vaccine only going forward, so for all ye anti-vax f***s that think ye are getting in on the 22nd of October go and f**k yourselves," he said in a tweet.

He then added: "And I know my language isn't appropriate but it's the only language them idiots seem to understand, so for all the normal followers I have just ignore it, the anti-vax crowd can," alongside the middle finger emoji.

Mr Whelan has made his stand despite the fact that the country remains on track for the Government to lift all remaining legal Covid-19 restrictions on October 22.

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has recently said restrictions on the hospitality industry will be lifted and people can go back to ordering and drinking at the bar from this date.

It will also mark the end of the use of the Covid-19 vaccine passes for entry into bars and restaurants although it will remain for international travel.

As a result, Mr Whelan’s declaration to insist on the vaccine pass past this date has angered many on social media.

“Can you explain your logic?,” one person asked. “How does that even make sense? How does that protect anyone?”

Mr Whelan replied: “Protects our customers, staff and families.”

Another took him to task, by addressing him, “Dear Gearoid, After 22nd Oct, YOU will have NO lawful basis to ask for vaccination status. We shall be making a complaint to the data commissioner on 23 Oct should your policy not he rescinded on this date. I look forward to the fine she imposes.”

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“PS you are a despicable idiot,” they add.

“Have you discussed this with your lawyer, insurance company and the data commissioner? Talk about opening yourself up,” another asks.

However, others appear to understand Mr Whelan’s position if not entirely agreeing with him.

“Well given that we don't have lawyers here…” one person replied.

“Management reserves the right to refuse admission to their premises, that is their right. If they don't want unvaccinated people they're under no obligation to serve them. End of. Isn't freedom great.”

As the debate raged on Twitter, Mr Whelan did not appear ruffled and instead appeared to have the last word as he added in a later tweet: “Oh, I love upsettin' the CRAZIES.”

The next and final stage of the reopening will see the majority of restrictions lifted and replaced by guidance and advice.

Nightclubs, which have been closed for almost 20 months will reopen their doors and the legal requirement for social distancing will be lifted.

The cap on numbers allowed to attend weddings and funerals will also be lifted.

The Chief Medical Officer has recently issued an update on the latest situation with Covid-19 in Ireland ahead of the easing of restrictions in three weeks' time.

Dr Tony Holohan said that while there have been "encouraging indicators" recently, we still need to be vigilant as we enter the colder winter months.

The top public health official urged people to avail of the Covid vaccine if they have not yet done so.

"As we move into the time of year where the weather isn't going to be as good and being out and about all of the time is a bit more difficult, it’s important that we continue to be mindful of the public health advice," he said.

"Vaccination remains our best means of protection against #Covid-19.

“There are still some people who haven’t yet taken up the opportunity of vaccination, or who have delayed receiving a second dose for various reasons.

"I strongly encourage anyone who is in this position to ensure they get fully vaccinated as soon as possible in order to best protect themselves and those around them."

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