Tony O’Brien: It’s time for other ministers to step up and help Donnelly

Even in a normal year, the Department of Health would be under strain – and this is the polar opposite of a normal year

7th February, 2021
Tony O’Brien: It’s time for other ministers to step up and help Donnelly
The Department of Health and its minister have never been under more pressure than they are now leading the battle against Covid. Pic. RollingNews

For 11 months now, this country has been at war with the pandemic. Actions have been taken, and emergency powers used that we would not normally expect to see outside of wartime situations.

In warfare, the term strategy, which originates from the ancient Greek strategos – the title given to the most senior military commander – embodies the basic notion of marshalling all the forces at your disposal to achieve your most important objectives. Strategy, in...

Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!

Exclusive offers:

All Digital Access + eReader



Unlimited Access for 1 Month, €19.99 Monthly thereafter

Get basic

*New subscribers only

You can cancel any time.



€149 For the 1st Year

Unlimited Access for 1 Year

You can cancel any time.




90 Day Pass

You can cancel any time.

2 Yearly



Unlimited Access for 2 Years

You can cancel any time.

Team Pass

Get a Business Account for you and your team

Related Stories

Government should begin delayed dosing programme this week, O‘Neill says

Tony O’Brien: Our quarantine approach seems designed with failure in mind

Exemption to hotel quarantine sought for ‘essential’ engineers by business groups

Danielle Barron on Covid-19: Celebrations across the water - are we nearly there yet?