Kilkenny TD hoping to head up new Dáil Covid-19 committee
Kilkenny’s Dáil deputy John McGuinness has put his name forward to chair the new Oireachtas Covid-19 committee.
Electing a chairperson will be the first act of the new 19-member committee, which has been set up to scrutinise all the actions taken by Government, State agencies and other authorities in relation to the coronavirus pandemic.
Deputy McGuinness is hoping to get the nod from his Fianna Fáil party to be nominated for the position of chair of the Dáil committee.
The committee is due to hold its first meeting today.
Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael have not as yet indicated whether they are putting forward a candidate for the position, while Sinn Féin yesterday announced they are putting forward Waterford Deputy David Cullinane for the position.
The workings of the group will focus on issues arising from the Covid-19 pandemic including its effect on mental health care, care homes and how they have been handled, and how they were handled, and what preparations have been made in case of a second surge in the virus among other issues.