Saturday March 28, 2020

China will shape Covid-19’s impact on Irish economy, says Varadkar

Exchequer returns will show state has ‘head room’ to deal with any slowdown caused by coronavirus, says Taoiseach

Aiden Corkery

Political Correspondent

@aiden_corkery
3rd March, 2020
Leo Varadkar and Health Minister Simon Harris address the media yesterday. The Taoiseach said the government would neither panic nor show complacency. Picture: Rollingnews.ie

The coronavirus’s economic impact on Ireland is likely to depend “as much as what happens in China as what happens here”, the Taoiseach has said.

Leo Varadkar was commenting on predictions of a slowdown in global growth as a result of the outbreak but said he hoped that this would prove to be a “blip”.

Efforts to limit the spread of Covid-19 in Ireland were discussed at today’s cabinet...

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