Speaking to BBC Radio Ulster on Monday, Northern Ireland’s Minister for Health Robin Swann said he was disappointed his Republic of Ireland counterpart Stephen Donnelly had “encouraged our officials to meet” rather than taking part himself.
There was “still concern about travel from the Republic of Ireland into Northern Ireland” Swann said, as reported by the Irish Times. He had asked for a meeting with Donnelly to discuss this and “to see what we could do jointly with regard to messaging.”
However, he said that “unfortunately I have been unable to secure that meeting with Stephen Donnelly yet, it was over a fortnight ago, now he has encouraged our officials to meet – they do anyway, they meet regularly at chief medical officer level and our public health authority level.”
Swann added this was “disappointing, I reported it back to the executive and they expressed their disappointment as well that that was the reaction we received.” A spokesman for Donnelly said the minister “has ongoing engagement with Minister Swann, and responded to his most recent letter saying that there should be continued further engagement at official level ahead of a ministerial meeting.” (Paula Kenny | EURACTIV.com)