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Darragh McManus on radio: Spread of Coronavirus makes us forget we ever had an election


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People wearing masks take pictures at Duomo square, as a coronavirus outbreak continues to grow in northern Italy, in Milan, Italy, February 26, 2020. REUTERS/Yara Nardi

People wearing masks take pictures at Duomo square, as a coronavirus outbreak continues to grow in northern Italy, in Milan, Italy, February 26, 2020. REUTERS/Yara Nardi

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People wearing masks take pictures at Duomo square, as a coronavirus outbreak continues to grow in northern Italy, in Milan, Italy, February 26, 2020. REUTERS/Yara Nardi

The process of forming a government is rumbling on so slowly that I'd almost forgotten we had an election. The mind can only retain interest for so long in a situation of stasis.

Corona virus - now officially labelled Covid-19 - has replaced the election in headlines and the public consciousness. The disease hadn't hit Ireland as of Thursday, but as heard on Liveline (Radio 1, Mon-Fri 1.45pm), some Irish people had been affected.

Holidaymakers in Tenerife were shocked to get a note under their door, telling them the hotel had a confirmed case. A man called George told Joe Duffy: "We're in our rooms, waiting on a doctor coming to check on us. I don't know what the outcome will be."