By Sean Moriarty

Nearly one week on and local councillor Donal Grady is standing by his calls for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to handle the vaccine rollout in this country.

According to BBC News: “More than 14 million people have now received a first dose in the UK. More than 530,000 of those have received a second dose. This progress means the UK continues to be among the countries with the highest vaccination rates globally.”

In the Republic of Ireland, as of midnight on Monday, the latest date for collated figures, there have been 280,581 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland: 182,193 people have received their first dose and 98,388 people have received their second dose.

At last Monday’s Kerry County Council meeting in Tralee the long-serving Killarney councillor said: “We could do with Boris Johnson for six months,” in reference to his ability to get the vaccines out in far greater numbers than his Irish counterparts.

Speaking to the Killarney Advertiser yesterday (Thursday) Cllr Grady said: “He may not have got everything right but showed the Irish and EU Governments how it is done when it comes to the vaccine rollout. The EU left us whistling and I don’t see any of our elected MEPs roaring about this.”