Taoiseach Visits UCD Heroes Testing for COVID-19

Leo Varadkar and Simon Harris visited the UCD National Virus Reference Laboratory on Wednesday 18 March to personally thank the team for their tireless efforts in the drive to slow the spread of COVID-19. The Laboratory is one of Ireland’s key testing hubs for the virus, and the Taoiseach and Minister for Health acknowledged the staff’s outstanding response to the call to ‘test, test, test’ issued by the World Health Organization.

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As testing for COVID-19 is ramped up around the country, the Taoiseach and Minister thanked Dr Cillian De Gascun and his team for their hard work, and took the opportunity to learn more about the testing procedure and the measures in place to meet the current, unprecedented demand for the Laboratory’s services.

“Thanks for all your hard work!” the Taoiseach tweeted after the visit. Minister Harris added: “@CillianDeGascun and his team have been heroes in a time of crisis. An opportunity to say thank you but also to learn more.”