Clear and present dangers: The risks the country’s face, and how we should prepare
The government has just published its annual National Risk Assessment – the 2019 edition of which predicted the pandemic. What does this year’s edition hold in store?
The risk to Ireland from a potential pandemic was there in black and white, for anybody willing to look.
Six months before Covid-19 spilled out of China and stained its way across the global map, the Irish government’s annual National Risk Assessment for 2019 outlined “major pandemics” as a key risk facing the country.
The “worst-case scenario” was identified as an influenza mutation, which could cause “death and illness on a significant scale” and “disrupt ...