Varadkar panic: Irish deputy admits being in EU WON'T HELP as devastating crisis looms
Lockdown restrictions are being eased across the world and governments are starting to face up to the economic impact of the pandemic. Mr Varadkar warned of a “coming economic crisis” that could be “very divisive” for the country. And he admitting Ireland was now wresting with a dilemma over international travel.
Mr Varadkar, who has been relegated from taoiseach (prime minister of Ireland) to tanaiste (deputy prime minister) following the creation of a new government, said: “The worry now is international travel. "Even though we’re part of the European Union we’re also an island, we’re not part of the Schengen area and we have border controls at our ports and airports.
He continued: "We’re a connected country. We want people to be able to travel again for business and holidays. "But one real risk for us is that the virus could come back into the country from America, Britain, France other places where it isn’t under control the way it is here.” Speaking during a virtual event hosted by the Washington-based Atlantic Council, Mr Varadkar said Ireland had been hard hit by COVID-19 but had now got the number of new cases to below ten on most days. But a looming economic crisis created by the pandemic is causing serious concern for the new government Dublin.
Mr Varadkar said: “For us the economic situation is very worrying. “If you include subsidised employment and government schemes and so on, we’re well over 20 percent unemployment now. "We had full employment ...
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