Wexford TD James Browne has welcomed the GAA’s request for additional information following the announcement of new public health guidance regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.
Deputy Browne has raised concerns with the Taoiseach’s office on several occasions concerning the restrictions on spectators attending outdoor sporting games.
“I understand the frustration regarding the latest announcement of public health guidance. Our GAA clubs are at the heart of our communities across County Wexford. Countless volunteers have selflessly given up their time to make sure that GAA clubs comply with public health guidance and limit the spread of the virus within the community.
“I have made several calls to the Taoiseach’s office seeking clarification and exemptions for sporting activity where appropriate. Sporting organisations should be given more evidence to support the necessity of complying with these latest restrictions.
“This is a deadly virus. It has not gone away since the initial lockdown last March. It is important that public health serves as our priority as we bid to stop the spike in community transmission of the virus.“
“While I understand that these latest restrictions have been imposed in the hope of avoiding a national lockdown, these same restrictions will have an impact on many County Wexford people who benefit from attending sporting games and this must be acknowledged.”