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Mary Lou McDonald slams Varadkar's 'attack' on Nphet as 'dangerous'

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald. PHOTO: GARETH CHANEY/COLLINS

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald. PHOTO: GARETH CHANEY/COLLINS

Eoin Murphy

Mary Lou McDonald has slammed Tánaiste Leo Varadkar's comments about the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) as "dangerous."

The Sinn Féin leader said Mr Varadkar's scathing "attack" on chief medical officer Tony Holohan and his staff was "over the top."

Speaking on RTÉ's Claire Byrne Live show on Monday night, the Tánaiste said that he felt Nphet's recommendation to move to country into level five "came out of the blue" on Sunday.

He said the group had proposed a short, sharp one-month "circuit break" and insisted that the proposals were "not properly thought through."

This morning, Ms McDonald took to the national airwaves to scold the former Taoiseach for what she deemed as "dangerous remarks."

She told Newstalk Breakfast: "When Nphet say they're have a concern about health, they're bang on the money. For the Government to answer that back is wrong. Very, very wrong and dangerous, in my view."

She said that the Tánaiste "berated Nphet in a very public way," and that his comments were "over the top."

"For me this is more evidence of the fact that we have a chaotic Government, and we have a Government that seems incapable of operating in an appropriate fashion," she said.

"I don't think that it is necessary or helpful for senior members of Government - for the Tánaiste or anybody else - to come out and almost gratuitously attack Nphet."

However, Ms McDonald admitted that she did not think the country "was prepared or ready for a move to level five."

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