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In a time of high crisis, will parties on left learn to do the right thing?

Jody Corcoran


Voters will punish those politicians who fail to do their duty to a nation in need, writes Jody Corcoran

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Nowhere to hide: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, HSE chief executive Paul Reid and Health Minister Simon Harris in the conference centre at the Citywest Hotel in Dublin as preparations get under way for a Covid-19 isolation and step-down facility. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Nowhere to hide: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, HSE chief executive Paul Reid and Health Minister Simon Harris in the conference centre at the Citywest Hotel in Dublin as preparations get under way for a Covid-19 isolation and step-down facility. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Nowhere to hide: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, HSE chief executive Paul Reid and Health Minister Simon Harris in the conference centre at the Citywest Hotel in Dublin as preparations get under way for a Covid-19 isolation and step-down facility. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

The unanswerable question is what politics will be like after coronavirus. Will it return to the usual fare, or will the trauma of the death of our mostly oldest and wisest generation leave its mark on the national psyche?

And will that mark dictate that those politicians in, or about to step into, the breach now, be rewarded in time or punished when the final bill comes to be settled?

And will that final bill come at a cost as severe as the years of austerity after the national humiliation of 2008?