By Sean Moriarty

Cllr Donal Grady has hit out against Government officials who refused to turn Fitzgerald Stadium into a COVID-19 test centre at the start of the pandemic.

The long-serving councillor believes this was an opportunity missed as the test centre could now be used as a drive through vaccination clinic for the Killarney district. On Tuesday, Taoiseach Micheál Martin said 135,000 people would be vaccinated by the end of February – and that it could take up to five years to vaccinate the entire country.

“This won’t do at all,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “Eight months ago I asked for Fitzgerald Stadium to be used as a drive through test centre for the whole of South Kerry. We would now have a facility in place for vaccinations.”

He also called for the Government to examine ways that would allow student nurses to become vaccine administrators but added that there needs to be clarity on the legality of such a move.