‘My heart’s broken’: Councillor Martin Boyle to miss the meeting of Irish Health with ‘anxiety and sadness’
Dublin’s Councillors Martin Boyle and Brendan O’Connor have been warned to “avoid any further meetings” with the Irish Health Service following their recent meeting in Mayo.
The Council of Ireland’s Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar, said the meeting in which the TDs and councillors were told about the potential impact of the coronavirus on the services they provide was a “critical event” and called for “a careful assessment” of the impact of their meeting.
“This meeting is a critical event,” Mr Varadar said.
It is critical that there be no further meetings with the Government of Ireland until it has taken this urgent action.” “
The meeting has been discussed as an emergency meeting and that is the only way to ensure that the Government’s response to this pandemic is effective.”
It is critical that there be no further meetings with the Government of Ireland until it has taken this urgent action.
I think that’s the only thing that has caused me any anxiety, and it’s just the way it is. “
I had a lot of meetings with [Irish Health Minister] Simon Coveney and he was very kind to me, he did talk to me and he had a bit of a bit about what I had to do, but he said, ‘you have got to be careful’, so I had no reason to think that the meeting would be anything other than a critical meeting.”
I think that’s the only thing that has caused me any anxiety, and it’s just the way it is.
“You’ve got to understand the situation we’re in.
I mean we’re talking about a pandemic that’s spreading and that’s causing a lot more harm to our health service than it is to the pandemic itself.”
Mr O’Connor said he was “disappointed” and said the council had already decided to cancel its planned meeting with the Department of Health.
“My heart is broken.
I am sorry for anyone who is feeling like they have to leave their house at midnight and get a taxi home,” he said.
Mr O-Connor said it appeared that the government was “not listening” to what he was saying and that he was not sure if the council would continue to work with it.
Mr Boyle told The Irish Press that he had been “very open” and had not been asked to “back down”.
“I have been open and I will be open again.
I will not back down.
I’m committed to what we have said in terms of what we are doing, but we’re not listening to each other,” he added.
Mr Varar said that the health minister had told him that the council was not the “most important” meeting in the city.
He said that he and Mr Boyle had “got to be very careful”.
Mr Boyle added that he felt “very frustrated” and “disgusted” at the government for not being “careful enough”.
“The government are not listening,” he told The Press.
“We are not the most important thing happening in the world, the most serious thing happening on the planet.”
We are the most urgent thing happening to our country and we’re the most vulnerable.
“There are people who are very angry about it, but I do not think it’s unfair to suggest that the Minister is not listening.””
He’s the Minister of Health, he has to listen, and if he doesn’t, then we have a problem, and I think we need to resolve that problem,” he continued.”
There are people who are very angry about it, but I do not think it’s unfair to suggest that the Minister is not listening.”
He’s the Minister of Health, he has to listen, and if he doesn’t, then we have a problem, and I think we need to resolve that problem,” he continued.