By GAZETTE TEAM
WE are facing our second Easter in the grip of the coronavirus pandemic, but with some slight easing of restrictions and increased vaccination there is an end in sight.
The capital’s first citizen, Dublin Lord Mayor Hazel Chu, sends an Easter message of hope to Dublin Gazette readers – along with several other politicians…
Hazel Chu: I think it’s fair to say not many people imagined last Easter that one year on we would still be dealing with Covid-19, yet here we are. The difference this time though is that we have a vaccine, and there is light at the end of the tunnel. So this Easter my message to all Dubliners is to hang on just a bit longer and we will get through this together. The hour has gone forward, Spring has sprung, and as first citizen I would officially like to give the Lord Mayor’s permission to everyone in Dublin to eat as many Easter eggs as you want this year.
Tanaiste Leo Varadkar: Easter is always a special time of year, not least because of its place in our nation’s history – the Easter Rising, becoming a Republic and the Good Friday Agreement, but also for many of us, a very special moment in the Christian calendar as it marks the resurrection of Jesus and humankind’s triumph over death. It is also traditionally a time of relaxation and celebration, spent with family and friends. Unfortunately those family gatherings won’t be possible this year. However, there is now hope on the horizon. We have vaccines. They work and we are ramping them up. By the end of next month most adults will have had their first vaccine. We are on the road out of this pandemic, let’s all hold firm and get through the next few months together.
Sinn Fein president Mary Lou McDonald: Easter is a special time of year. For Irish Republicans, we remember the sacrifices of the men and women of the Easter Rising who struggled for Irish independence. In these difficult times, we must do so remotely – but we honour their bravery, selflessness and determination nonetheless. Their heroism remains an inspiration for us all. Easter is – in normal times – a time to spend with family and friends, and I know we all look forward to when that will be possible again. We remember those loved ones and friends who have lost their lives to Covid-19. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anamacha. The efforts of our frontline workers throughout the Covid-19 pandemic is something that we should also mark this Easter. For over a year now, our healthcare workers have done their bit to keep us all safe. Their heroism and their efforts are an example to us all to do what we can to help each other and to look our for one another.
Ní neart go cur le chéile – there is no strength without unity.
Mayor of Fingal David Healy: As a community we are coming into the second Easter of the pandemic. Spring is flowering in our hedgerows and gardens and after a long often isolated winter, we hae the hope offered by the ramping up of the vaccine programme. On behalf of the council and all the people of Fingal, I want to thank all of those who have made sacrifices in the last year, including community organisations and volunteers, front-line workers and everyone who has had their daily life turned upside down. Thank you all for continuing to comply with the pandemic restrictions as we protect each other from the virus. I wish everyone a happy and blessed Easter.
Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien: This Easter, hope is on the horizon. We are expecting vaccine supply to increase substantially over the coming months. Between now and the end of April we are on course to receive one million doses, likewise in May and June. We will use as many locations, hours of the day and days of the week required to ensure we administer vaccines as fast as we receive them. Everyone is fed up, we understand that, but please remain vigilant this Easter, please continue to follow the public health advice carefully and please continue to protect each other.
Wishing everyone a very happy Easter. Cásca sona daoibh go léir
Minister Josepha Madigan: I would like to wish everyone a very happy Easter. I hope you get the opportunity to have a rest, spend time outdoors, and reconnect with people in a safe way. While it has been an incredibly challenging 12 months for everyone, there is hope on the horizons as more and more people are vaccinated. I want to thank everyone sincerely for their efforts in tackling the virus. Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireann na daoine.