Martin Denies Being at Odds With Leo Over Travel Green List

L. to R. Taoiseach Micheal Martin and Tanaiste Leo Varadkar

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has denied that he’s at odds with Leo Varadkar over the publication of the travel green list.

Yesterday the Tánaiste said there shouldn’t be a list if the government advice is to remain at home.

Yet that’s exactly what the cabinet agreed in publishing the 15 countries and territories where people can return from without having to restrict movements.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said the controversy around the green list needs to be put in context:

”There’s been alot of hype about the travel… there’s been a lot of concern about it. I acknowledge the concern. But we need to keep in it perspective. 91% drop in travel coming out of Dublin airport in the first 12 days of July, between this year and last year. And so then, the issue as I said yesterday is how do we live with covid for the next 12 to 15 months in the absence of a vaccine?”

Earlier today the government revealed the handful of countries that people can travel from to Ireland without the need to quarantine for two weeks.

Travellers arriving from San Marino, Gibraltar, Monaco, Latvia, Slovakia, Greenland, Greece, Lithuania, Cyprus, Slovakia, Estonia, Hungary, Malta, Finland, Norway and Italy will now be able to travel freely to Ireland without any coronavirus restrictions.