He believes the societal and financial impact would be too great.
A midlands Fianna Fáil TD does not believe the cabinet should enforce a nationwide level five covid-19 lockdown.
The National Public Health Emergency Team has issued the recommendation in light of rising cases.
There's a lot of political pushback from ministers to the idea of moving the whole country to level five, not least because of the social and economic reasons but also because they believe that people might not come with them.
Laois-Offaly deputy Barry Cowen thinks the public should be given another chance to stick to the current rules fully:
If we’re brutally honest, as a people we could better adhere to existing restrictions as they stand. Let’s collectively put that right rather than going nuclear just yet.— Barry Cowen (@CowenBarry) October 4, 2020