Politics in 2022: Covid, climate and commemoration challenges in store for the coalition

As we look ahead to the brand new year, we see a possible ending of the emergency phase of the pandemic, centenary sensitivities coming to the fore, and tensions being raised by inflation and elections in the North

Daniel Murray

Political Correspondent @danieltmurray
2nd January, 2022
Politics in 2022: Covid, climate and commemoration challenges in store for the coalition
Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Tánaiste Leo Vardkar will be at the centre of an odd leadership merry-go-round this year. Picture: Julien Behal Photography

One year ago, Ireland stood at the exit of a traumatic 2020 and in the doorway of a more hopeful 2021, with the arrival of Covid-19 vaccines promising an end to the pandemic.

Instead, 2021 turned out to be a hard political lesson in the unpredictability of pandemics, as Covid-19 proved itself capable of resurging to dangerous levels, even as vaccine rates in the adult population eventually exceeded 90 per cent.

As we peer ahead into 2022, with a...

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