Irish Quandary: Who to Blame When Everyone’s Vaxxed?

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In the Republic of Ireland, however, health officials are running out of people to blame. This has become embarrassingly obvious in County Waterford. As reported in the Irish Times, the nation’s establishment newspaper, two of the three most COVID-infected electoral areas in Ireland are located in the county «with the highest rate of vaccination in the country.» In Waterford, a remarkable 99.7 percent of adults over the age of 18 are fully vaccinated. The Waterford news caught my attention because the first American «Cashills» hail from County Waterford.

My great-great-grandfather came to America in 1847, «Black 47» as they called it, the mid-point of a potato famine that saw more than one million Irish die from starvation or disease and another million flee the country. For all their travails, the Irish were a hardy, freedom-loving people then. With their near lock on what the Irish hear and read, the elites have largely shamed their fellow citizens into acceptance or silence. Unlike America, Ireland has no effective alternative media.

As late as April 2021, Irish citizens were not allowed to travel more than three miles from their homes. Despite the recent surge in cases among the fully vaccinated, Ireland is just now easing the restrictions on wedding and church attendance and outdoor gatherings. The arbitrary evolution of Irish COVID policy over the past 18 months has made it clear that public health officials and government policymakers have no idea what they are doing. If proof were needed, County Waterford provides it.

According to data published on October 21, Waterford City South has the nation’s highest 14-day incidence rate at 1,486 cases per 100,000 and Tramore-Waterford City West has the third highest at 1,122 cases per 100,000. In the seven days preceding October 21, Ireland reported 2,026 new cases. To put that number in perspective, wide-open Florida had 2,262 cases during that same period with a population more than four times greater than the Irish Republic’s. Most major newspapers have reported on the Waterford quandary, but they do so without any serious reflection.

In August 2021, readers of the Irish Times learned that a bench warrant had been issued in London for the arrest of the «prominent Covid skeptic and anti-vaccination campaigner.» Among other offenses, Cahill was charged with holding «a gathering of more than six people in any place». By October 2021, the same month that the Waterford numbers were making a hash out of all official vaccination claims, the Irish Times was trashing the now «former» UCD professor as a «conspiracy theorist» and «one of the main purveyors of anti-vaccination misinformation». As the County Waterford numbers make clear, Irish health officials and policymakers do not know what «misinformation» is.

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Source: Jack Cashill | The American Spectator

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