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‘Cost for antigen tests is too high’ says Laois TD who calls on Health Minister to act

Charlie Flanagan and Stephen Donnelly

Laois TD Charlie Flanagan has called on the Minister for Health to provide free antigen tests to ‘hard pressed families’.

The Fine Gael TD has written to Stephen Donnelly and expressed his concern that some families cannot afford to buy the kits.

The HSE is already sending out antigen tests to close contacts but the Government is not planning on providing them to the general public.

Deputy Flanagan said: “With Covid regulations being relaxed, antigen tests are playing a crucial part in society’s recovery.

“The current cost of antigen tests is too high.

“The state should make antigen tests freely available to hard pressed families and I have written to the Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly calling for antigen test kits to be available free of charge.”

Deputy Flanagan says he has also contacted Minister for Education Norma Foley with a similar request.

He said: “I have also been in touch with Minister for Education, Norma Foley, requesting that supplies of antigen tests be made available to primary and secondary schools in order to assist in the fight against Covid 19.

“Some hard-pressed families are unable to afford the daily supply of antigen tests, which for many is necessary in the context of a return of normal day to day life.”

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.