Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Business, Enterprise & Innovation Robert Troy has said that an earlier re-opening window for hairdressing services under strict guidelines must be examined by the government.

Deputy Troy said: “Many people are anxious about having to wait another three months to get a haircut from a professional. Every village and town up and down the country have a number of hairdresser’s businesses, which provide an essential service to citizens.

“Following the publication of the Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business, salons and barbers will have to stay closed until July 20th, with the distinct possibility that some of these businesses permanently closing.

“I have tabled parliamentary questions on this issue and am calling on Minister Humphreys to urgently review the government decision taken and for the hairdresser sector to reopen sooner than envisaged in the plan published under appropriate safety measures.

“Given that countries such as Denmark, France, Spain and Germany are permitting their hairdressers to reopen under strict guidelines this month, why can’t Ireland follow suit?

“Another unintended consequence of hairdressers remaining closed until July is the probable emergence of black-market activity, which will unlikely be carried out under safety guidelines,” concluded Deputy Troy.