LIMERICK City’s Dáil Eireann representatives have said our “collective response” to the COVID-19 coronavirus will help in reducing the impact of the virus.
“We will save lives if we follow the advice of health professionals and practice social distancing,” the TDs said in a joint statement this week.
TDs Maurice Quinlivan, Sinn Féin, Willie O’Dea, Fianna Fáil, Kieran O’Donnell, Fine Gael, and Brian Leddin, Green Party said, “This means staying apart from people: avoiding social contact where possible, and where unavoidable, keeping 2 metres or just over 6 feet apart.”
The group of sitting TDs urged the public to wash their hands regularly for 20 seconds, and urged everyone to slow the spread of the virus to help Ireland’s health professionals.
“Our health professionals are prepared to work around the clock. We need to assist them by slowing the spread of the virus.
“Despite the measures taken by us all in Limerick to date – the COVID-19 crisis will get worse before it gets better. Our response as a community will determine the impact.”
The statement noted the politicians had been contacted by people in Limerick’s communities over the past number of weeks “concerned and worried for yourselves and for your loved ones”.
“We have a duty of care towards the most vulnerable in our community,” the statement reads, adding, “This could be one of the most difficult crises that Limerick has ever seen. If we work together we can and will get through it.”
“We commend the nurses, doctors, ambulance service members and all the staff working in our health service who are dealing with an unprecedented challenge. Thank you for your selfless service at this extraordinary time,” it concluded.