Cathal Mac Coille: High profile non-compliance leads to the same from others

The handling of the RTÉ social distancing controversy was flawed but, even then, the national broadcaster made things worse for itself

Dr Tony Holohan, chief medical officer: concerned about national blame culture. Photo: RollingNews

Most of us are irritated by people who don’t comply with public health guidelines, for reasons that are often well-justified. Our annoyance is even more intense if the rule-breakers are well-known people who do important jobs.

Most of us are doing what we’re told to do. For many the price is high, financially, physically or emotionally. Seeing two women standing outside the window of a Dublin nursing home, their faces and hands pressed to the ...