On the housing front, the crisis also made the seemingly impossible possible - the Government found 600 new beds for the homeless last week and on March 27 emergency legislation was signed into law with measures such as a three-month rent freeze and ban on evictions.
Bríd Smith, a People before Profit TD, remarked that the Government had undergone a "Damascene conversion", having opposed a previous bill on the matter on the grounds that it was unconstitutional. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said that due to the Covid-19 crisis, "the common good" described in the Constitution "overrides property rights", but that a rent freeze in normal circumstances "would make things worse".
He cited examples of rent freezes being counter-productive in other jurisdictions like San Francisco because "landlords just sold up".
The near-cessation of tourism has prompted more Dublin landlords to switch from Airbnb into longer-term lettings, increasing supply on the rental market - with a 64pc increase in Dublin rental properties listed on Daft.ie. While the trend was welcomed by tenants, economist Ronan Lyons believes an extra 500 homes are not sufficient on their own to drive down rents in a market that typically needs 1,000 additional homes a week.
"It's a help to 500 households who wouldn't otherwise have a place to live because the properties wouldn't have gone on the market, but it's just half a week's worth of supply," Lyons said. "There is a shortage of between 50,000 and 100,000 homes due to the lack of construction over the last 10 years."
The cause of a decline in rental prices will instead be the hundreds of thousands of job losses and fewer people moving to Dublin to take up jobs, he said. "It's too early to say by how much rents will fall. It wouldn't be surprising if there was a similar decline to last time round, when there were falls of between 25pc and 30pc in 2008, 2009 and 2010."
Lyons says the demise of Airbnb's grip on the capital is less worthy of discussion than last week's closure of construction sites. The only building work that will continue is on infrastructure critical to tackling the coronavirus.
"For however long the crisis lasts, there is no construction of the 20,000 to 25,000 badly needed units required for this year," he said.
The halt on construction also applies to offices, which are poised to be reimagined as the country undergoes the biggest remote working experiment in its history.
Some of the dispersed workers getting to grips with meetings via Zoom and Microsoft Teams will want to continue working from home - at least one or two days a week - if they don't have the distraction of home-schooling children. This would negate the need for a commute, reducing traffic congestion in the process.
Marie Hunt, head of research at CBRE Ireland, estimates the shutdown of construction sites could push out the delivery of some office projects by at least three months and the crisis is prompting some companies to delay decision-making on leasing office space.
Demand for offices will recover, Hunt expects, because workers enjoy the social interaction of an office. "This pandemic will educate more companies on how to operate remotely but I don't think it means everyone will suddenly want to work from home," she said. "But you will see more people doing so one or two days a week, so companies will need to think about how much office space they really need. Will they really need a desk for each person?"