Wednesday May 27, 2020

Comment: Tough decisions on health and economy cannot be put off any longer

As Covid-19 is not going away, governments are facing the starkest of choices: must we accept that people will die in order to bring economies back to life?

27th April, 2020
A woman walks past a closed restaurant in Dublin. The government has to balance protecting people’s lives from Covid-19 with protecting them from hunger, debt and stress, writes Susan O‘Keeffe. Picture:

The great Covid-19 trade-off is coming down the track. Faster than we would like and certainly faster than politicians want. It’s the moment, globally, when the horrible reality of publicly sacrificing citizens’ health and life on the altar of the economy becomes the pivot of all debate and conversation.

Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe already lit the fuse on the debate here when he suggested last week that Covid-19 payments may need to...

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