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‘Tea and cake’ parties for Covid-19 contact tracers met State’s pandemic rules

HSE inquiry rejects whistle blower’s ‘serious allegations’ of ‘lockdown parties’

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HSE director general Paul Reid and Department of Health secretary general Robert Watt. Photo: Colin Keegan

HSE director general Paul Reid and Department of Health secretary general Robert Watt. Photo: Colin Keegan

Robert Watt, secretary-general of the Department of Health. Picture by Gareth Chaney

Robert Watt, secretary-general of the Department of Health. Picture by Gareth Chaney

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HSE director general Paul Reid and Department of Health secretary general Robert Watt. Photo: Colin Keegan

An investigation into allegations of “parties” at contact tracing centres during Covid-19 lockdown confirmed birthday gatherings and celebration lunches with cakes, free sandwiches and individually wrapped sweets — but no breaches of public health rules.

The Health Service Executive (HSE) launched the inquiry after a whistle blower claimed five “lockdown celebratory parties” at contact tracing centres in Limerick and Cork were “in breach of Covid-19 guidelines and may be illegal”.


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