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'Someone is going to infect their granny, who is going to die': Pat Kenny on post-lockdown lawlessness

It's been a busy few months for Pat Kenny working in lockdown - and he's not impressed by everything he has seen as it eases, he tells Sarah Caden

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HOME THOUGHTS: Pat Kenny at Bulloch Harbour in Dalkey. ‘This is not the worst place in the world to cocoon,’ he says.  Photo: Steve Humphreys

HOME THOUGHTS: Pat Kenny at Bulloch Harbour in Dalkey. ‘This is not the worst place in the world to cocoon,’ he says. Photo: Steve Humphreys

HOME THOUGHTS: Pat Kenny at Bulloch Harbour in Dalkey. ‘This is not the worst place in the world to cocoon,’ he says. Photo: Steve Humphreys

'Someone in the next while is going to infect their granny, who is going to die," says Pat Kenny, of the evidence that young Irish people are socialising contrary to Covid restrictions and seeing a spike of infections in their ranks. "That's the truth of it. And how will that kid feel for the rest of his or her life that they've killed their granny? It's as simple as that."

Kenny is not without sympathy for the young people. He knows well what they have been through in recent months, as he has been cocooning at home in Dalkey with his wife Kathy and their daughters Kristina (26) and Nicole (22). The scientist in him is to the fore in these Covid times, however.

Facts and rules trump emotional responses to this emergency and while he beams with admiration when discussing the likes of Professor Luke O'Neill, his fury is unfiltered when he ponders irresponsible behaviour post lockdown.