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Limerick’s vaccination centre is… in Clare!?

After 37 locations for Ireland’s Covid-19 vaccination centres were announced, the proposed location of the Covid-19 vaccination centre for Limerick has been strongly criticised.


Jennifer McShane
15th Feb 2021

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Limerick’s vaccination centre is… in Clare!?

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has confirmed the centre will be located at the Radission Blu Hotel which is actually located in County Clare.

Immediately there was a surge of annoyance on social media, pointing out, never mind that County Clare therefore, got two proposed vaccination centres and Limerick got none, but that the location of the Radission Hotel was also not easy to get to if you’re without a car, as it is not served well by public transport.

Deputy Richard O’Donoghue also said having it in County Clare made no sense and is “an insult” to people living in Limerick. “They couldn’t have picked a worse location,” he told the Limerick Leader. “It will take a person from Abbeyfeale an hour to get there and even longer from Kilbehenny. They would be faster going to centres in Tipperary and Kerry.”

Facebook users also criticised the move. “That’s 5 miles from the city centre, on a motorway with no local bus route. How is this supposed to be accessible to people?? Have they learned nothing from putting the testing centres out of reach of those without the privilege of a car that they’re doing the same now with the vaccination?,” user Jen Ní said.

So far, the Department of Health has not commented on the proposed centre location.