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

29th April, 2021
Michael Brennan: ‘Hope is returning’ but government faces difficult summer if plan does not work
The Taoiseach said that the strategy was to have a phased reopening and that the latest easing of restrictions augurs well for hospitality into the summer. Picture: Rollingnews.ie

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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