Donal Byrne who was arrested after he opened his premises in December using rapid antigen Covid-19 tests on customers has welcomed news that the Irish government is using the same kits for hauliers travelling to France. Donal spoke to Midwest Radio in December the same day he opened his pub, but he was later detained for breaching Covid-19 regulations when he opened without serving food on the premises. Instead, he had a nurse on site testing customers. Customers then had to wait 15 minutes for their results in an outdoor area. 

Yesterday healthcare company RocDoc signed a contract with the Department of Transport to provide the same rapid Covid-19 antigen tests for lorry drivers prior to departing on ferry crossings to France.

Donal said " I'm not here to argue about the test, I paid over €3000 for tests to show that it could be done safely and to get our country back open". 

Listen to the full interview here: 

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