LIMERICK City North needs a walk-in Covid test centre such as the centre in Rathkeale according to Labour Councillor Conor Sheehan.
Cllr Sheehan was speaking after the Labour Leader Alan Kelly raised the issue at Taoiseach’s Questions at his request following the revelation that Limerick City North has a 14 day average of 126.8 cases per 100’000 higher than Louth, Waterford, Leitrim and Donegal.
Cllr Sheehan said: “I asked Deputy Kelly to raise this in the Dail because there is a need for a walk in test centre on the Northside perhaps in the vicinity of Thomond Park with a beefed up testing and tracing targeting the area.
“I have been in constant contact over the last few days with community leaders in the area and they have told me there is also a need for enhanced communication specifically targeting communities on the Northside in relation to Covid.
“I am disappointed that the Taoiseach did not address the question directly in his reply to Deputy Kelly. A walk-in testing centre is needed due to the high incidence of Covid-19 on the Northside of Limerick.
“These are some of the most vulnerable communities and while the Covid incidence has fallen in Limerick overall it is still far too high on the Northside and this needs to be addressed.” he added.