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Micheal Martin had in Opposition called for greater transparency - but will he now deliver on it, asks Maeve Sheehan

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WE CAN BE HEROES — JUST FOR ONE DAY: Artist Niall O’Loughlin painting a mural to Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan at Devitts Pub on Camden Street, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

WE CAN BE HEROES — JUST FOR ONE DAY: Artist Niall O’Loughlin painting a mural to Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan at Devitts Pub on Camden Street, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

WE CAN BE HEROES — JUST FOR ONE DAY: Artist Niall O’Loughlin painting a mural to Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan at Devitts Pub on Camden Street, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Tomorrow restaurants open their doors, shutters go up on pubs serving meals, and hairdressers will take up scissors in visors and face masks in a dramatically altered socially distant environment. People will be allowed to travel anywhere they want in a country under the leadership of a new Government.

It is an optimistic start for Micheal Martin, the Fianna Fail leader who became Taoiseach yesterday. The optimism may not last. Public health experts are apprehensive about the virus returning. The legacy of expensive contracts and Covid-19 apparatus agreed in anticipation of a hospital surge that never happened carries over from the outgoing government.

What will stay and what should go as the country moves forward are decisions for the new coalition which, like the outgoing one, will be advised on Covid-19 by the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet).