Tuesday, 9 June 2020

Questions (451, 452, 453, 454, 455)

Pádraig O'Sullivan

Question:

451. Deputy Pádraig O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of suspected Covid–19 cases at a meat plant (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9667/20]

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Pádraig O'Sullivan

Question:

452. Deputy Pádraig O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in meat plant factories nationally; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9668/20]

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Pádraig O'Sullivan

Question:

453. Deputy Pádraig O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of the confirmed cases of Covid-19 at a meat plant (details supplied) which led to hospitalisation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9669/20]

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Pádraig O'Sullivan

Question:

454. Deputy Pádraig O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of confirmed cases of Covid –19 in meat plant factories nationally that led to hospitalisation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9670/20]

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Pádraig O'Sullivan

Question:

455. Deputy Pádraig O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he could not share the specific details of each meat plant and their individual exposure to Covid-19 in Dáil Éireann on 20 May 2020 for legal reasons; if so, if the legal opinion in relation to same will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9671/20]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 451 to 455, inclusive, together.

The information with regard to the numbers of workers tested or positive in meat plants is a matter for the personnel involved, the Food Businesses and the Health Service Executive

A national Outbreak Control team has been established by the HSE to deal with all issues relating to Covid 19 in meat plants. My Department is represented on this committee and it is expected that recommendations, including any in relation to testing, will issue from this group in due course. Any clusters of cases in individual meat plants, in common with clusters in other workplaces, are dealt with by local HSE-led outbreak control teams.