Councillor with public health background says social distancing has to be adhered to

A Sligo county councillor whose professional training is in public health says his phone never stopped ringing over the weekend with calls and messages of concern over people gathering in groups.

He spoke of gardai having to be called to remove people from a derelict property while some beaches were crowded with queues forming at vehicles selling ice cream and fish/chips.

Cllr Thomas Walsh, who has a master’s degree in public health, says people really need to realise we are now dealing with a matter of life and death.

And Cllr Walsh says every person must take personal responsibility in ensuring they maintain social distancing, staying two-metres away from other people.

He says this has to be taken seriously.