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Use of Naval Ships Looked by HSE to Scale up Covid-19 Testing Across Country (Includes Port of Galway)

18th March 2020
AFLOAT adds the LÉ William Butler Yeats is seen in the early hours of this morning approaching the Port of Galway where it docked as part of Óglaigh na Éireann efforts to generate more capacity for the HSE. The deployment by the Naval Service follows that of a sister of the OPV90/P60 class LÉ Samuel Beckett which on Sunday arrived in Dublin Port to also assist in fighting Covid-19. AFLOAT adds the LÉ William Butler Yeats is seen in the early hours of this morning approaching the Port of Galway where it docked as part of Óglaigh na Éireann efforts to generate more capacity for the HSE. The deployment by the Naval Service follows that of a sister of the OPV90/P60 class LÉ Samuel Beckett which on Sunday arrived in Dublin Port to also assist in fighting Covid-19. Photo: Óglaigh na hÉireann / Defence forces-twitter

In efforts by the HSE which is continuing to expand on its Covid-19 testing capabilities, tens of thousands of people calling to seek a test for the virus.

At a HSE briefing (yesterday, 17 March), officials urged people not to call the emergency line 112/999, warning that over the weekend people were “clogging up” the service.

“This is a real concern for us,” HSE CEO Paul Reid said.

For much more the Journal.ie reports that also referred in its story that officials pointed out that members of the Irish Navy have “considerable experience” with this kind of work in the Mediterranean and would be well equipped to handle it.

Afloat adds the Naval Service LÉ William Butler Yeats (as above) last night arrived at the Port of Galway where it docked as part of Óglaighnahéireann’s efforts to generate more capacity for the HSE.

The deployment follows that of sister of the OPV90/P60 class LÉ Samuel Beckett berthed in Dublin Port to also assist in fighting Covid-19. This is the second such ship (so far) that Afloat is aware involved in such critical operations.

Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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