The Government’s pathetically cruel, ever- changing restrictions and new lockdown measures are killing the domestic economy and destroying any semblance of a normal Christmas, according to the Rural Independent Group.

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Reacting to this evening’s disjointed government announcement, the Leader of the Rural Independent Group, Deputy Mattie Mc Grath, stated:

“The ignorance of the Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and Green government knows no bounds, as they again launch another devastating blow to the entire hospitality and entertainment sector. This sector, which is the backbone of the domestic economy and employs up to 300,000 people, has once again been treated in a shameful manner by this government.”

“Today’s announcement confirms that this government has completely lost the plot and gone beyond its limits. They are infused with power, are now a danger to the public and are single-handedly destroying our entire tourism and hospitality sector and inflicting collateral damage everywhere.”

“Undoubtedly, it is now becoming clear that this government believes itself to be “above” the citizens. We believe this to be a complete abuse of power.”

“Similarly, it is baffling how government politicians would even consider curfews or think they would make any difference to the disease spreading. Such measures were introduced to disastrous effects in England last autumn.”

“Likewise, the manner in which the government purposefully leaked the NPHET advice about closing restaurants and bars from 5pm was deeply cynical. The outcome of the leak was aimed at showing how the government would reach a seemingly less restrictive approach.”

“However, whether the new closing times for the hospitality sector are 5pm or 8pm is almost irrelevant, as the outcome will be the same. In overall terms, it almost certainly means a full closure.”

“My colleagues and I in the Rural Independent Group have been contacted by hundreds of rural publicans and restaurants owners over the past 24 hours, since the NPHET advise was leaked. The level of stress and anxiety being placed on these people and their employees by the government’s “mind game” tactics are quite disgusting.”

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