The Minister for Health, Simon Harris, supports a ban on unvaccinated children attending school. Last week, a newspaper poll found that seven in ten adults agreed. Globally, vaccine hesitancy is spreading. There have been measles outbreaks worldwide. People here are worried. A general election is in the offing. Ministers will need policy announcements that are easy to explain and ready-made popular.
We have prided ourselves on our resistance to populism in Ireland. We haven’t seen...
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