'Far more divisive' is how the memo to Cabinet described the next phase of the coronavirus crisis. Sadly, that divisiveness is predicated on good economic news coming for some but not for others.
The communication to Cabinet was a standard memo aimed at bringing all Government ministers up to date with the state of play, as well as informing analysis or discussion of what might lie ahead.
But there was nothing bland about it. The divisive elements of the next six to 18 months are stark and many of them relate to the economy, households and Exchequer finances.
The current lockdown will come to a gradual end in the weeks ahead. Some businesses will be allowed to reopen sooner than others. Manufacturing, where social distancing can be maintained, will be among the first.
Professional services too, where a mix of office and working from home can be achieved, as long as customers are buying what the professionals have to offer.
In manufacturing, it could include key exporting sectors like IT, pharmaceuticals and medical devices.
Aside from implementing social distancing measures in these sectors, the other great challenge will be having order books.
Thankfully, each of these sectors should be in a good position to bounce back reasonably well. Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe said he believes the economy can create 115,000 new jobs next year, which would help get the rate of unemployment down from a likely high of 22pc to just under 10pc.
Beyond that, the figures don't really stack up. There will be several industries and sectors, vital to our previous economic well-being, which will not be coming back to previous employment levels any time soon.
These include jobs in food export, where products sold for the restaurant and food service market will continue to be affected in foreign markets.
They also include tourism and hospitality, where serious questions remain around the levels of international travel in the medium term.
The divisive nature of what may lie ahead could see neighbours who worked in two different sectors ending up in radically different circumstances, depending on the nature of their jobs. One neighbour will return to work on full pay, probably with some social distancing measures, while his/her neighbour will be unemployed, grappling with debts and facing gradually reduced Covid-19 welfare payments.
This reality was hinted at by Donohoe when he flagged that he would have to taper off the €350-per-week unemployment payment for Covid-19 job losses.
The payment was initially introduced for a period of 12 weeks. This can be extended but not indefinitely.
Big question marks will begin to surface around the affordability of this level of payment for the State into the future.
There are already reports of some concern in the Department of Finance around how sustainable the current supports are into the medium term.
An opening up of the economy will be gradual for some, and possibly not worth it for others. Small businesses are crying out for some kind of compensation scheme to help get through the crisis.
State-guaranteed loans have been given out in the US and in France for small business. In the US, they went through $350bn (€324bn) worth in just two weeks. Another $500bn has been approved by Congress.
The Government is working on some kind of scheme for Ireland. However, if this crisis is going to drag on until a vaccine is found, some small firms in certain sectors may simply not be viable into the future.
The Government will want to help, but how will it negotiate the incredibly difficult waters of distinguishing between businesses that can be saved and those that cannot? The word 'divisive' comes to mind again.
In the weeks ahead, we will learn more about the businesses that have signed up for the State's wage subsidy scheme. Some of them will be owned by extremely wealthy multi-millionaires. Questions will be asked about whether they could have done more. Divisive is one way of describing it.
Without serious State assistance, there will be defaults by small businesses in particular, whether it is on rent, trade creditors, their mortgages or whatever.
Even if the banks are willing to lend more money to help firms with liquidity issues, they will have to be prepared for a situation whereby not all of it will be paid back. This increases the risks for banks themselves.
Where in Ireland are the businesses best equipped to come through this crisis located? IT is in Dublin. Pharma is in Cork. Medical devices are in different locations but Galway comes to mind.
The west coast is heavily dependent on tourism. Border counties are heavily dependent on the food industry. Things are not looking good across the water in the UK, the biggest buyer of our food products.
Regional disparities, which were already there but improved somewhat during recent boom years, could well become more pronounced. The word divisive comes to mind again.
We are heading for more than a summer of discontent, and the Government knows it.
On Glanbia guidance, your guess is as good as mine
'Volatile' is how Glanbia described the pattern of trading since the end of its first quarter, when it reported to the market with a trading update during the week.
The Kilkenny-based food and ingredients group was able to reassure the market with a very strong performance in the first three months of the year.
Revenues rose by more than 20pc on the back of strong demand across nutrition and performance nutrition.
However, chief executive Siobhán Talbot wasn't prepared to say very much at all about how things have been going since then - or are likely to go in the months ahead.
Previous guidance was withdrawn and beyond that, you are on your own when it comes to analysing what lies ahead.
One would assume that revenues have taken a right drop but volatility implies up and down. It turns out that some bulk buying of products ahead of lockdown took place towards the end of March, only for volumes to fall back again in the following couple of weeks.
It isn't easy for anybody to second-guess how this will go for large food companies, but surely the executive teams in these businesses have a better idea than saying, 'it was great in the first quarter, and after that, we just don't know'.
Davy Stockbrokers had to take a rough stab at the figures for some kind of guidance.
It went with a drop in earnings from 86.8c down to 80c. This would imply a €20m fall and 7.8pc drop.
Glanbia emphasised how well its production and supply chain were working. But it is far from alone in backing off giving any meaningful guidance on what is going on inside the business in terms of sales, pricing, demand, future orders and anticipated trading.
Executives in many PLCs can't exactly come out with wild guesses and they don't want to give any hostages to fortune or be shown to be wrong later on.
Glanbia shares went up a little on the back of the steady Q1 performance and the 'your guess is as good as mine' outlook on what happens next.
Sunday Indo Business