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Martina Devlin: 'Brexit, housing, health - there are choppy waters ahead for Ireland and we must trim our sails, ready to take advantage when we have favourable wind'

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'If we cannot house our citizens and give them timely healthcare we are failing them socially. Clearly, progress is unacceptably slow.' Stock photo

'If we cannot house our citizens and give them timely healthcare we are failing them socially. Clearly, progress is unacceptably slow.' Stock photo

'If we cannot house our citizens and give them timely healthcare we are failing them socially. Clearly, progress is unacceptably slow.' Stock photo

As any sailor will confirm, there isn't one among us with the power to change the wind's direction. But we can trim our sails to take advantage of the way in which the breeze is blowing, or make preparations during still periods to be ready for favourable gusts.

It's important to remember this as 2018 gives way to 2019, a year set to have a momentous impact on our dealings with Britain - painstakingly fostered good relations unravelling as Brexit tugs at the complex tapestry that binds our two islands. More squalls must be expected, further stretches of choppy water remain to be negotiated.


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