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Power being stripped away by Nphet and Ronan Glynn as civil servants take control of Covid-19 crisis

Philip Ryan


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Martin Fraser

The Government's new plan for living with Covid-19 brings with it a significant shift in the decision-making process for introducing restrictions that impact on people's lives.

Power is being stripped slowly away from the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet), headed by acting chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn, and moved towards the country's most senior civil servant.

Department of the Taoiseach secretary general Martin Fraser will chair a newly established Covid-19 Oversight Group. Dr Glynn will be a member of the group, along with HSE chief executive Paul Reid. The remaining members will be made up of "relevant Government Departments", ie more civil servants.