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Heritage: The Corrib gas field lies off the coast of Co Mayo

Heritage: The Corrib gas field lies off the coast of Co Mayo

Heritage: The Corrib gas field lies off the coast of Co Mayo

Our vulnerability as a country in an uncertain world has been laid bare for all to see. Covid-19 has shown how quickly life as we know it can be changed utterly. The tragic legacy of Covid-19, the harsh reality of Brexit, as well as the international tussle between Russia, Saudi Arabia and the United States over energy, each represent a challenge to our ability to recover.

It is time to reflect and where necessary amend our medium and long-term strategies, back-up plans and contingencies. As the Russian-Saudi relationship swung radically from co-operation to competition, it is worth remembering that global political power plays are no longer far-off war games; they will eventually land on individual doorsteps.

Imagine how different the landscape would be if the next crisis were deepened by power cuts, blackouts and brown-outs. Homes, businesses and in a health crisis even our hospitals struggling to have the power to carry out daily routines.