Tuesday August 4, 2020

The Last Post: Steps in the right direction out of lockdown, but short of the full deal

The faster easing of Covid-19 restrictions represents a conservative compromise that will please many and disappoint others

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Michael Rock, owner of Rock Irish diamonds on Grafton Street with staff member Brenda Glynn, getting ready for reopening on Monday Picture: Photocall

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar either strung us along craftily or else he was forced by a combination of public opinion, sustained business lobbying and internal government dissent to agree to a speedier relaxation of lockdown restrictions than he really wanted.

We may never know the truth of that particular one, but let’s assume it is the first and that Varadkar played us for two main reasons. The first was to try to maintain responsible collective behaviour...

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