Dan O’Brien: Covid-19 has brought out the inner catastrophist in our national psyche

It could be argued that our cohesive society – the very same quality that has inspired excellent vaccination rates – has left us overzealous and unrealistic in our response to the virus

24th October, 2021
Dan O’Brien: Covid-19 has brought out the inner catastrophist in our national psyche
‘At almost every juncture, government decisions have prioritised caution about the virus over caution about the many downsides that come with restrictions. Picture: Artur Widak

The response of both the Irish government and Irish society to the pandemic has been unusual if not extreme compared to other countries. So why is this?

Firstly, some may need convincing that we have reacted differently here compared to most other places, so what follows are just some examples of the country’s arguably overzealous response to Covid-19.

Over the past 19 months, the Irish government has resorted to one of the longest...

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