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Unionist politician criticised for querying cross-border travel for Covid tests

Jan 11, 2022 15:01 By News Northern Sound
Unionist politician criticised for querying cross-border travel for Covid tests Unionist politician criticised for querying cross-border travel for Covid tests
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It comes after reports of people in the region travelling to Northern Ireland to avail of either free antigen tests, or PCR tests.

A Unionist politician has been criticised for querying what measures are being put in place to stop people travelling across the border to access Covid tests.

TUV Leader and MLA for North Antrim, Jim Allister is asking Stormont's Health Minister Robin Swann to explain what "precautions" were in place to "prevent citizens of the Republic of Ireland" from getting testing kits or using Northern facilities.

The Unionist politician particularly wanted to know how prevalent such actions are in border areas.

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It comes after reports of people in the region travelling to Northern Ireland to avail of either free antigen tests, or PCR tests.

UUP Leader Doug Beattie said the comments were "unfortunately divisive", while Alliance Leader and Justice Minister Naomi Long described it as "petty, bitter and mean-spirited drivel".

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