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Dr Tony Holohan on whether Irish people can travel abroad this July

By Sarah Finnan

May 13, 2020 at 10:37am

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Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan has weighed in on whether international travel will be possible this summer.

Dr Tony Holohan has responded to questions on whether Irish people will be able to travel abroad this July, saying that he does not envisage it to be feasible.

The comments come after Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary yesterday announced that the airline would be reinstating up to 1,000 flights a day from the start of July - 40 per cent of its regular flight schedule. Saying that the Department of Health is recommending against non-essential international travel, he added:

"I'm not commenting on Ryanair particularly but our position at the moment is we are advising against all non-essential travel, I don't envisage that position will have changed in that time frame."

Discouraging people to book trips away this summer, Dr Holohan says that enforcing social distancing measures on international flights will pose a challenge with the advice remaining that people should not leave Ireland.

In a tweet posted online earlier this week, he encouraged the public to "keep going until the very end".

"All good teams keep going until the very end. They know the risks of easing off when the end is in sight. We've done so well this far - but it's not full time yet! Come on Team Ireland - let's keep the effort up until the final whistle blows."

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