Tony O’Brien: High-speed reopening gives no time to evaluate its impact

The government’s reopening plan comes with the knowledge that the vaccine programme here needs to be substantially completed if its gains are to mean anything

2nd May, 2021
Tony O’Brien: High-speed reopening gives no time to evaluate its impact
Micheál Martin’s announcement on Thursday was partly due to a recognition that the strict lockdown had already lost the public’s support some weeks ago

Last Thursday, the government found itself in the unusual position of being able to announce much more good news than it had dared anticipate or even leak and it did so based on public health and Nphet advice. Ireland is now reopening.

It was a far cry from the open tensions of last October’s public squabbling or the ill-advised, politically irresistible, and excessively high risk “meaningful Christmas” decision, one that did not accord with public...

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