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
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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