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Coronavirus is smart - unlike, unfortunately, some people who are in positions of power

Martina Devlin



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Saga: Dara Calleary (left) stepped down as Agriculture Minister, while Taoiseach Micheál Martin was less than clear in his message. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Saga: Dara Calleary (left) stepped down as Agriculture Minister, while Taoiseach Micheál Martin was less than clear in his message. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Saga: Dara Calleary (left) stepped down as Agriculture Minister, while Taoiseach Micheál Martin was less than clear in his message. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Sooner or later life shows its claws, says Russian writer Chekhov in his short story Gooseberries. We have just seen a demonstration of that. Containing the spread of Covid-19 remains a work in progress, actively thwarted by a toxic fusion of disarray and rule-flouting from our political class.

The nine-day wonder that the Coalition happened at all has passed. And now a tone-deaf administration is taking shape. Its messaging is muddled, some of its senior people appear bewildered, its thrust is reactive instead of proactive.


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