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Newstalk's Ciara Kelly has made controversial comments

Newstalk's Ciara Kelly has made controversial comments

Newstalk's Ciara Kelly has made controversial comments

Newstalk presenter Ciara Kelly said she doesn’t feel there is “any justification” for people to remain locked down once the vulnerable are vaccinated.

Speaking on her show Breakfast Show with co-host Shane Coleman, Kelly said she doesn’t believe it would be necessary to go into another nationwide lockdown in January if certain people are vaccinated beforehand.

“If we do start to roll out this vaccine - and we are expected to come January - I don't think there's any justification for us remaining closed or any form of lockdown as such, once the vulnerable have been vaccinated,” she said.

“I do not think we need to wait until every member of Irish society has been vaccinated, she said.”

The Newstalk presenter explained she believes that the vaccine could end the need for restrictions.

“Because if we’ve protected the vulnerable - those people who become very ill, and sick, and perhaps might die unfortunately if they got Covid - I don’t think there’s a reason for us to stay in lockdown,” she said.

Kelly went on to add that she does not believe public opinion will be in favour of strict Covid rules in March if the vaccine has already been successfully rolled out for the vulnerable.

“I don't think you'll hold people beyond March,” she said.

“Because I think when we see everyday on our news zero deaths, zero deaths, zero deaths… I don’t think you’re going to see people saying ‘do you know what, I’m not going to see my pals anymore, I’m not going to see my loved ones anymore, I’m not going to dry across the county border to see my girlfriend or boyfriend’.”

On a final note, Kelly said that: “It is only the threat of serious ill health and death that justifies the kind of behaviours we’ve seen and the kind of restrictions we’ve been living under. And if that’s been removed let us back out there for god’s sake.”

Vaccinations have already begun in the UK, with 90 year old Margaret Keenan from Fermanagh becoming the first woman in the world to receive a non-trial vaccine. The UK is planning to rollout the vaccine to the elderly and other vulnerable people first.

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