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Government knows economy faces divisive summer of discontent

Richard Curran


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Manufacturing businesses could be among the first to go back to work once lockdown measures are gradually eased in the coming weeks

Manufacturing businesses could be among the first to go back to work once lockdown measures are gradually eased in the coming weeks

Manufacturing businesses could be among the first to go back to work once lockdown measures are gradually eased in the coming weeks

'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.