Analysis: Stakes have rarely been higher as Ireland enters lockdown again

Despite the Taoiseach’s message of resilience, the country is facing one of the most crucial periods since it gained independence

Aiden Corkery

Political Correspondent @aiden_corkery
19th October, 2020
Analysis: Stakes have rarely been higher as Ireland enters lockdown again
Level 5 restrictions in place for the next six weeks will have a devastating effect on retail, and many other sectors. Picture: Rollingnews.ie

Lockdown is back — but with extra carrots and sticks included.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has confirmed that the country is moving to a level 5 lockdown while announcing key changes that should offer hope to some aspects of society but threatening punishment for those who don’t comply.

In a key step to avoid social isolation, adults living alone will be able to create a “social bubble” that will allow them to mix...

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