Saturday November 28, 2020

Colin Murphy: Covid-19 crisis sparks a disturbing sense of déjà vu

Comment: Our government’s missteps during the current pandemic mirror those made during the financial emergency a decade ago

22nd November, 2020
Taoiseach Micheál Martin announcing a move to level-5 restrictions last month

This time ten years ago, Ireland was grappling with the second surge of a very different kind of contagion. As we mark the tenth anniversary of the EU/IMF bailout this coming Saturday, it sometimes seems like there is an eerie synchronicity between that crisis and this.

The rapid onset of the Covid-19 pandemic last March exposed European unpreparedness. Cohesion collapsed as countries scrambled to devise their own solutions in much the same way...

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