Newry and Armagh MP Mickey Brady has called for an all-island approach to dealing with the COVID-19 following Saturday's meeting of Ministers from north and south.

The MP said “On Saturday morning Michelle O Neill attended a meeting in Armagh along with other Executive Ministers, the acting Taoiseach and Tanáiste and the Chief Medical Officers.Throughout the meeting, she pressed the need for an all-island approach to tackle COVID19”.

The Newry and Armagh MP continued “Michelle did so not on the basis of politics, but on the basis of advancing the most effective approach to protect all citizens on this island.

"30,000 people cross the border on a daily basis for school, for business purposes and to visit family. Towns and villages straddle the border from one home to the next.

“It is unacceptable, for example, that schools just a couple of miles apart are being giving different directions into how to deal with this worrying situation. This is the practical and confusing complexities around two different approaches. The simple reality is the Coronavirus does not recognise borders”.

Mickey concluded “As political leaders, we must now take decisive action which is also in the best interest of all citizens”.

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