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Summer hopes Tanaiste Leo Varadkar says there's a good chance of 'home holidays' and he will spend staycation in Sligo

I love travel, I love going abroad, I love my sun holiday, I love the beach, I love the warm sea, I’d be the first on that plane if I thought it was safe to do so, but unfortunately it’s not”

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Tanaiste Leo Varadkar (Niall Carson/PA)

Tanaiste Leo Varadkar (Niall Carson/PA)

Tanaiste Leo Varadkar (Niall Carson/PA)

An optimistic Leo Varadkar has revealed that he has already booked his summer holiday at home in Ireland as he expects the effects of the vaccination programme to turn things around in time for the warmer months.

Speaking on 2FM Breakfast with Doireann & Eoghan, the Tánaiste said that he will be taking a staycation break in Sligo as believes there is a “a very good chance we will be able to have home holidays a bit like we did last summer”.

"I have booked my home holiday for August,” he said.

“I had hoped to go to a beach somewhere, well, it will be a beach in Sligo but I had hoped to get somewhere sunny and warm.

"I think because of the vaccine and because of the change in the weather and because of what everyone is doing to get the virus down, you know, I think there is a very good chance that this summer we will be able to have home holidays a bit like we did last summer you know.”

He added: "I think we will be able to have beers outdoors with friends this summer and get around the country.

However, he did advise people if, “you are going to book make sure that it is cancellable” as “you just never know because this virus has torn up our plans so many times”.

Earlier this week the Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said it was “not realistic” to expect the coming summer to be characterised by people flying to other parts of the world on holiday.

“I don’t think we’re heading for a summer where millions of people from this part of the world can head to the beaches, other than the beaches in their own localities,” the CMO added.

In response, Mr Varadkar had said: “I do anticipate this summer that it will be possible for people to holiday within Ireland, to be able to go Kerry, Mayo, Waterford or wherever they want to go, or even Dublin, if they wish. So I think that will be possible this summer.”

“I think a home holiday in the way people had them last year will be possible this summer. Obviously international travel will be very difficult, much more difficult than it was last summer, unfortunately.”

He added: “I love travel, I love going abroad, I love my sun holiday, I love the beach, I love the warm sea, I’d be the first on that plane if I thought it was safe to do so, but unfortunately it’s not.”

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Mr Varadkar also said this morning that because of developments in the last couple of days, “we will have to change the order of who gets which vaccine when”.

“But, we will still have the same number of vaccines in total. So that target of getting 70-80 per cent of adults vaccinated by September that is still do-able. We still think that will be achieved.”

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