The Sinn Féin leader has ridiculed the government’s ability to deliver vaccine programme.
Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly faced an afternoon of intense criticism in the Dáil over vaccination targets.
Minister Donnelly arrived into the Dáil chamber announcing that while last week’s vaccination target was missed due to an under-delivery from AstraZeneca, it would be made up.
He also said people in Cohort 4 on the vaccine list, who are high risk because of underlying conditions, will start getting vaccinated next Monday.
Minister Donnelly’s party colleague Marc MacSharry highly critical of the vaccine supply:
”Now we know Europe have made a balls, quite frankly, of procuring vaccines for our nations. Our supply procurement has been an abject failure.”
Outside the chamber Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald was asked if she had confidence in the Minister:
”I don’t have confidence in this government full stop. I wouldn’t have confidence in many of them to deliver a pint of milk to my front door.”
After coming under fire from a number of TDs, Minister Donnelly hit back at Independent Peter Fitzpatrick:
”To suggest that there are continued failures is nonsense and to suggest that targets are constantly being missed is also nonsense.”