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Emergency economic measures could become mainstream

Brendan Keenan


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Ghost town: O’Connell Street in Dublin is nothing like the busy hub it was
just weeks ago. Photo: Photo: INPHO/ Lorcan Doherty

Ghost town: O’Connell Street in Dublin is nothing like the busy hub it was just weeks ago. Photo: Photo: INPHO/ Lorcan Doherty

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Ghost town: O’Connell Street in Dublin is nothing like the busy hub it was just weeks ago. Photo: Photo: INPHO/ Lorcan Doherty

Not the least of our current difficulties is that, just when we desperately need answers, no accurate answers are available.

This is particularly true of the coronavirus, where its character and behaviour can be assessed only as it develops because it has no precedent.

The same is true of the economy. There are no convincing answers on the impact of the extraordinary measures introduced by governments because nothing like this has happened before.