Northern Ireland’s Prime Minister Arlene Foster has said she will not apologize for the executive’s pandemic decision following an 11 – hour vote. Restrictions still apply for one week.
They responded to questions in the legislature by suggesting that traditional unionist voice leader Jim Alistair might not work for power-sharing.
“I do not apologize for trying to get to a balanced and proportionate place. I think people want us to get there too.”
She said it was a very difficult and torturous week.
Ms Foster said the ministers’ balanced and proportionate decisions recognized the need for livelihoods for the people.
“Otherwise they will fall into poverty and health consequences.”
Of the 14 deaths related to Kovid reported in northern India, 10 have occurred in the last 24 hours. This brings the death toll to 869.
Of the Covid-19 cases, 331 new cases have been reported. The total number of cases was 47,162. Number of latest daily cases after October 1st.
The Prime Minister also addressed the use of cross-community veto DUP in executive discussions last week.
The party used a peace process designed to ensure that one community could not overpower another to thwart Health Minister Robin Swann’s proposal to extend the hospitality circuit break by two weeks.
Ms. Foster told the legislature that this was one of several protections sought to reach a consensus, but admitted that it was a perfectly sharp instrument.
“It simply came to our notice then [it] The notion that this requirement applies only to unionist or nationalist issues is completely false, contrary to Northern Ireland law. “
They alleged that they wanted to blame some people but said they could decide without resorting to future decisions.
Northern Ireland’s chief science official said further corona virus controls before Christmas would not be recommended.
Professor Ian Young said a four-week circuit break in the north had slowed the spread of the virus but now the decline was slowing.
He said it is more likely that more restrictions will be demanded before Christmas.
Prof. Dr. Young is also the Chief Medical Officer of Northern Ireland. Michael McBride also provides evidence that the corona virus was passed on to the Stonemont executive.
He said it was a very difficult decision for the ministers.
“Significant impacts and long-term damage to the executive economy, along with significant impacts on society, should affect mental health,” he said.
“I’m sure the executive will take our advice very seriously. I know they will come to a decision and if we think it’s necessary, the Chief Medical Officer or I will not hesitate to come back with more advice.”
The executive took four days last week to approve future restrictions.
A majority of ministers supported a proposal to extend the four-week circuit break lockdown by one more week and gradually restart hospitality businesses.
Swann said he reluctantly voted for a compromise deal because the ministers were out of date and that not signing the agreement would lead to all restrictions on hosting by default on Friday night.