Empty words from North and South as pandemic pursues its own devastating all-island strategy

The coronavirus crisis should prompt us to deal with the chronic lack of cooperation between health services on this island. Instead, it has sparked a few Zoom calls

8th November, 2020
Empty words from North and South as pandemic pursues its own devastating all-island strategy
Arlene Foster: Northern Ireland’s First Minister accused Leo Varadkar of not cooperating with Stormont on a response to the coronavirus. Picture: PA

From the earliest days of the Covid-19 pandemic, the absence of an all-island strategic approach to its management has been identified as a major obstacle to dealing with it effectively.

It has been asserted ad nauseam that “this virus doesn’t respect borders” and that “the disease does not discriminate”.

Despite the broad acceptance that thinking in terms of narrow political allegiances or identities would only prolong this crisis, and...

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