Michael Brennan: ‘Hope is returning’ but government faces difficult summer if plan does not work
The next two months will be a defining period for the government. If the reopening plan works, it will give the coalition the chance to focus on fixing the economy and reforming the health service
The government has been trying to reassure people that its new reopening plan does not mark a radical departure from its previous guiding principle of an “abundance of caution”.
Micheál Martin, the Taoiseach, and Leo Varadkar, the Tánaiste, have pointed to the vaccination programme as a key reason for why the pace of reopening is faster than was expected.
And their other rationale is that all the various decisions,...
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