Analysis: Martin promises freedom, but not until June

Travel within county to be allowed from April 12 but few other changes this month as Taoiseach urges public to stick with restrictions for now

Taoiseach Micheál Martin addressing the nation on the latest changes to Covid-19 restrictions. Photo: Julian Behal/

Micheál Martin made delayed gratification a key theme of his announcement of the latest Covid-19 restrictions.

Nobody was expecting the Taoiseach to make many changes to the current restrictions and he made it clear from early on that “moving sensibly and safely” would be the guiding principle. Indeed, there will be no major changes until April 12, after the Easter holidays, to reduce the risk of increases cases that could threaten the return of all ...