Táinaiste Leo Varadkar has admitted that his lockdown “curtailed people’s freedom,” and told his political colleagues that he is surprised at how extreme his own lockdown has ended up being.

Speaking in the Dáil last week, Varadkar spoke about the “extraordinary” laws passed regarding covid-19.

“We have passed some extraordinary laws in this House and signed into law some extraordinary regulations I never thought we would because of the pandemic,” he said.

“We have curtailed people’s freedom in a way I never thought we would in the past year or so and we have given the Garda powers to do things I never thought we would give it the power to do.”

However, the Táinaiste proceeded to justify this on the basis of the pandemic, adding that it was his goal to remove the laws as quickly as possible.

“This is an unprecedented situation,” he said.

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