NEW Clare TD Violet Anne Wynne has distanced herself from previous comments on vaccination.
Following her election comments she had made on social media about vaccination were unearthed, but following much criticism, Ms Wynne said her views have changed.
“Past comments in respect of the HPV vaccine were old remarks and do not reflect my current views or Sinn Féin policy.
“The points that I made previously in relation to vaccinations were not in line with party policy and predate my election as a TD by a number of years. At the time there were a number of people that raised concerns about vaccines and I was simply relaying those concerns,” she said.
“I want to make it clear that both I and Sinn Féin support the work of the National Immunisation Office in their efforts to ensure we have a first world public health response to infectious diseases. That is underlined by Sinn Féin’s manifesto commitments to roll out a State-wide vaccination education awareness campaign and significantly increase funding for the National Immunisation Office.
“Let me be absolutely clear – vaccines save lives and are a crucial part of modern life and it is only because of them that we now enjoy the greatest life expectancy in human history,” Ms Wynne concluded.