Taniste Leo Varadkar says he will push for a more ambitious reopening this summer

TÁNAISTE Leo Varadkar has said he will push for a “more ambitious” relaxation of public health restrictions and reopening of society this summer, adding that “an abundance of caution should not exceed this”.

In the wake of Ashling Murphy’s murder this week, he also told a private Fine Gael gathering that Justice Minister Helen McEnty would bring out a new strategy on domestic, sexual and gender-based violence in the next few weeks, adding that men needed to accept this. For that violence against women is never justified.

Mr Varadkar told Fine Gael TD, the House of Senators and Councillors, that the past two summers in Ireland have been “one of the toughest sanctions in Europe” and this year should be different.

“I supported those restrictions, as did Fine Gael. In the summer of 2020, we had no vaccine. In the summer of 2021, most of us were not fully vaccinated,” he said online Told in the meeting.

“But that is no longer the case and therefore the summer of 2022 should be different. We will argue for a more ambitious re-opening at Fine Gael, not reckless or risky, but one that is in line with our European peers.

“Ireland is the only country I know of where it was not possible to stand in a pub or go to your workplace for almost two years. We have the toughest and longest restrictions on art, sports, music and nightlife.

“It has been really hard for people who work in those fields and have a passion for culture or sport. We need to restore these individual liberties as quickly as possible, as soon as it is safe to do so, and Not later. It is right to be careful, but an overdose of caution should not exceed that.”

Mr Varadkar said that for any purpose, Ireland has fared better in the fight against COVID-19 than almost any other country in Europe.

“Whether it is deaths per million, case fatality ratio, percentage of people vaccinated or the number of people in hospital today, we have outperformed almost any country in Europe,” he said.

In a comprehensive speech, Mr Varadkar said the Lalit Gail minister will examine ways to reduce inflation in 2022 and 2023, adding that childcare and health care costs need to be brought down as they “both have an outlier”. ” Huh. A European reference”.

“We also need to bring down the cost of education for students and we need to continue to provide tax, welfare and pension packages in every budget that help counter the rising cost of living,” he said. They said.

“The last budget set standards, not limits. It is very much part of Fine Gail’s mission for 2022. Those bread and butter issues we’re the best at. The changes people feel in their pockets happen in a positive way.”

On housing, Mr Varadkar made a strong signal that he would like the central bank to adjust mortgage loan rules, saying he expected it to “consider further” to recognize that there are many potential first-time buyers who are now renting. They can buy a mortgage but cannot afford to raise a deposit due to high rents.

Speaking about the killing of Ashling Murphy in Tullamore this week, Mr Varadkar said Justice Minister Helen McEnty would bring a new strategy on domestic, sexual and gender-based violence in the next few weeks.

He said, “It’s about protecting the victims, it’s about making sure the perpetrators are caught, and how we can come together as a society, make sure we’re not the ones to understand and women.” We oppose any kind of violence against them,” he said.

“For men, we need to understand and teach our boys that violence against women is never justified. It doesn’t matter who she is, where she was, what she was doing and it doesn’t matter.” It doesn’t matter what time of day it is. It’s never right. It’s always wrong.”