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Pregnant women or pubs? There’s no doubt where this Government’s priorities lie

Holly Cairns


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Called to the bar: Jimmy Nooks enjoys a pint in Slattery's Bar on Capel Street, Dublin, yesterday as pubs and restaurants reopened fully across Ireland. Photo: Damien Eagers/PA

Called to the bar: Jimmy Nooks enjoys a pint in Slattery's Bar on Capel Street, Dublin, yesterday as pubs and restaurants reopened fully across Ireland. Photo: Damien Eagers/PA

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Good health: Yvonne Meppelink (left) and Sacha Wassenaar, visiting from the Netherlands, enjoy a drink in the Temple Bar, Dublin, yesterday as indoor dining in pubs and restaurants reopened across Ireland. Photo: Damien Eagers/PA

Good health: Yvonne Meppelink (left) and Sacha Wassenaar, visiting from the Netherlands, enjoy a drink in the Temple Bar, Dublin, yesterday as indoor dining in pubs and restaurants reopened across Ireland. Photo: Damien Eagers/PA

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Called to the bar: Jimmy Nooks enjoys a pint in Slattery's Bar on Capel Street, Dublin, yesterday as pubs and restaurants reopened fully across Ireland. Photo: Damien Eagers/PA

People gathered inside pubs and restaurants yesterday to enjoy a pint, a meal and a chat. Yet today in maternity hospitals all over the country, women will miscarry alone; attend important scans and appointments alone; even give birth alone.

When Nphet advised the Government that indoor dining could not proceed as planned on July 5, and vaccine passports were required to fully reopen hospitality, a new strategy was hurriedly developed. Ministers held continuous high-level meetings with various stakeholders, required staff in the attorney-general’s office to work late nights and weekends and rapidly published new legislation and convoluted regulations to get doors open.


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