The Irish Examiner has mistakenly put a meat factory outbreak in Laois
A national newspaper has mistakenly claimed that a Covid-19 outbreak has taken place in Laois.
An online story in the Irish examiner says that the meat factory is in Timahoe, Laois, instead of its actual location 76km away of Timahoe in Kildare.
Laois people are faced with restrictions despite having no outbreaks in meat factories in the county.
There is only one meat plant in Laois, the Meadow Meats beef abbatoir in Rathdowney which has not had any reported cases.
Hopes remain that Laois may be taken out of the zone early if cases continue to level off here.
The replies have been swift on social media to ask them to correct the story.
Laois Tourism has informed the paper that our Timahoe does however have a very fine round tower.
Can you please correct your headline, O Brief Fine Foods in Timahoe is not in county Laois. Timahoe Laois has a stunning round tower but no meat factories. @TimahoeHeritage— Laois Tourism (@tourism_laois) August 12, 2020
Someone else has kindly shown them a map.
The Timahoe where OBriens Fine food is in KILDARE . 80km from Timahoe in Laois ♂️. It’s not hard. pic.twitter.com/kHFT939U3X— Brett Igoe (@brettruganalyst) August 11, 2020
Theres no meat factory in Laois, jesus, get your facts right ♂️— Charlie Fitzpatrick (@DavFitzpatrick) August 11, 2020
Former Laois senator and journalist John Whelan tweeted this.
Will someone explain to the media this meat plant is in Timahoe Co Kildare @CharlieFlanagan @pippa_hackett @SeanFlemingTD @ciaranmullooly @LaoisToday @LaoisNews @LSNationalist @HSELive #LOKdown #COVID19 #nixon @hpscireland @fionnansheahan @oconnellhugh @VivAcumen @FergalBowers pic.twitter.com/3A5f4BPTMM— John Whelan (@SenJohnWhelan) August 11, 2020