Elaine Byrne: This is a remarkable window of opportunity, but will anybody seize it?

Our collective experience of existential threat and lockdown provides a remarkable opportunity to drive significant societal change

19th April, 2020
Elaine Byrne: This is a remarkable window of opportunity, but will anybody seize it?
Roosevelt‘s New Deal transformed Las Vegas. Post-pandemic Ireland may have a desire for deep-rooted change. Picture: Getty

The American response to the 1930s Great Depression was to build a city in the middle of a desert. The British government created the British National Health Service (NHS) in the aftermath of World War II. So what will Ireland build, create and establish as a consequence of Covid-19?

History has shown that in times of adversity, opportunities are forged. There is a psychology to it. The shared suffering and stagnation under lockdown has the...

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