Ian Guider: State’s refusal to plan for the worst is baffling

Any properly functioning state ought to be good at contingency planning, forecasting and preparation – but this one falls short again and again

Another casualty of the widespread housing crisis: students queueing to view a three-bed property in Dublin. Picture: Conor Finn

Just how has the country ended up in a position where the lights may not stay on this winter? This is the question that Dermot McCarthy, a former top civil servant, has been charged with answering by Taoiseach Micheál Martin, on the back of claims that the government has been blindsided by the threat to the energy network.

McCarthy’s review adds to the list of other ongoing reviews which are focused on the system of ...