School’s out for summer (and probably September and October too)

Somebody should warn the Department of Education: pupil absence rates at Irish schools will be far higher than normal in September. Hordes of kids will be on holidays abroad. The Irish outbound tourism industry is getting ready for a late summer.

Tony Holohan, the chief medical officer (CMO), appeared in front of an Oireachtas committee on Wednesday to answer questions over the apparent refusal of public health authorities to support the use of antigen testing to facilitate commerce, such as international travel. The State is in a minority on this stance in Europe, whereas other countries such as France, Germany and the Netherlands have found uses for them.

The CMO was characteristically steadfast in his refusal to yield to pressure from TDs and Senators to support the use of antigen testing to facilitate travel, so as to save the aviation industry, which currently in Ireland is facing the greatest economic threat in its history.

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