Covid inquiry: a search for truth, not a witch hunt

With Britain in the throes of a stinging review of that country’s response to the pandemic, stakeholders in Ireland are being careful to establish useful, and non-incendiary parameters for the planned inquiry here

Dr Tony Holohan, ex-Nphet; Taoiseach Leo Varadkar; and Tánaiste Micheál Martin. Varadkar says the upcoming Covid enquiry ‘is not going to be about putting anyone on the dock [but] about finding out what we did right and what we did wrong’

“There will obviously be a focus on colour, text messages, thumbs up emojis. But in reality, as a nation, we’ve a lot to be proud of.”

Stephen Donnelly played his cards close to his chest last week when he was asked to explain how Ireland’s Covid-19 review – or inquiry – would be conducted.

For months, the Minister for Health and senior politicians had been vague on the details of what some see as a ...