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An all-Ireland approach to Covid means both sides must learn from past mistakes

Colette Browne


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Gardaí man a Covid-19 checkpoint at the entrance to Dublin Airport's Terminal 1. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Gardaí man a Covid-19 checkpoint at the entrance to Dublin Airport's Terminal 1. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Gardaí man a Covid-19 checkpoint at the entrance to Dublin Airport's Terminal 1. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

There have been repeated calls for an “all-Ireland” approach to covid on this island, but we already have one – both jurisdictions are committed to half-measures that will inevitably prolong the crisis.

What will it take for the governments north and south of the border to work together in a meaningful way? We can remove pandemic from the list of possibilities. We now know that even when faced with a natural disaster, which has claimed more lives than the Troubles and threatens the economic security of everybody living on this island, the preferred response to any suggestion of co-operation is, “no”.


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