Sinn Féin Mayo TD, Rose Conway-Walsh - following her questioning of experts in the Covid-19 Committee this week - said: "Keeping Covid-19 out of nursing homes has to be a priority for Government. Control measures are essential and preventing transmission to patients is paramount."
She went on to say: "Staff in nursing homes are again testing positive for Covid-19 and I wanted the views from medical professionals as to how we can avoid a second wave in these care homes. What can we do to protect elderly vulnerable residents from dying?
"Professor Sam McConkey of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, said this week: 'We've got to, in my view, keep the community rates down because if they get up even as high as they are now in Ireland, they will inevitably spread into nursing homes, causing outbreaks'.
"Nursing homes must get all the resources and clinical guidance they need. Residents and their families must have full confidence in the measures undertaken. Transparency and ongoing communication is vital to maintain this confidence", concluded Deputy Conway-Walsh.