Covid-19: Government scrambles to get message back on track as public patience starts to run out

Ministers found themselves on the back foot last week as they struggled to keep up with Covid developments and Nphet’s public announcements

Taoiseach Micheál Martin announces new Covid restrictions at Government Buildings last Friday. Picture:

Ministers knew they were up against it when they sat down to discuss the latest letter from Dr Tony Holohan, the chief medical officer, last week.

The cabinet meeting on Friday had come after a series of communications blunders which had only darkened the mood of a public that was already, as one minister put it, “fed up”.

The overnight announcement of masks for older primary school children, the missed deadline for introducing antigen and ...