Midlands-northwest MEP Luke Flanagan is among a number of public representatives calling for non-essential businesses and services to be closed immediately, in order to save lives.

In a statement to Midwest News, the Independent MEP said it's hard to believe reports of increasing sales at sports shops over the weekend when people should be urged to stay at home and keep their distance in order to slow down the infection rate and flatten the curve.

At extraordinary times, he says extraordinary measures are key to eventually returning to the ordinary.

Luke Flanagan says the Government needs to establish what is essential to our existence, and what is not.

For essential services, staff must be fully protected with masks, gloves, sanitisers, cashless payments and the rigorous enforcement of social distancing, while non-essential services should be closed immediately.

The statement is also signed by Roscommon-Galway TD Michael Fitzmaurice and Galway West TD Catherine Connolly.

Seperately, the Mayor of Galway City Mike Cubbard has called on Government and health officials to enact a complete lockdown of the country.

Having witnessed crowds gathering in public places and at house parties, he says big decision need to be made.

Councillor Cubbard says we're dealing with the most serious and challenging public health crisis in the history of the State, and he's calling on Government to enact a complete lockdown now to protect the people of Ireland.



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