The year in review: The Department of Education is our weakest link
As every other player in society swiftly rose to the challenge of beating Covid-19, those leading the schools system dithered dangerously – and are still dithering
The move to close all schools on March 12 was decisive, but it was not the work of the Department of Education. It had no real part in it.
This first serious escalation in the national response to Covid-19, on clear public health advice from the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet,) was a decision made and communicated by Leo Varadkar, as Taoiseach, from the steps of Blair House in Washington.
From that point on, as...
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Susan O’Keeffe: Public wants clarity, not false promises, from government
Stephen Donnelly may be pledging more than he can deliver on vaccines while the new Living with Covid plan is short on detail and has brought more confusion. We deserve better
Paul Johnston: Britain’s priorities for UN Security Council align with Irish interests too
Tackling climate change and Covid-19, and trying to prevent conflicts, are key goals
Nadine O’Regan: Vaccine envy is a terrible thing to taste
It’s hard to look at the swift rollout of coronavirus vaccinations in other countries and not feel at least a pang of envy
Emer McLysaght: Meeting the many manifestations of lockdown madness head on
In these strange days, the only consolation is the knowledge that everybody else has gone a little bit crazy too