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That frustrations exist is a good thing. If there were some difficult conversations in finalising the plan, then that was all for the better...

Jody Corcoran


Tensions are inevitable as the Government and its advisers plan the route to reopening, writes Jody Corcoran

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Simon Coveney. Picture: Doug O'Connor

Simon Coveney. Picture: Doug O'Connor

Simon Coveney. Picture: Doug O'Connor

It was reported in this newspaper last week that certain tensions have developed between Nphet, the National Public Health Emergency Team headed by the Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan and members of the Cabinet. That such frustrations exist is a good thing.

The tensions may have arisen more out of the manner in which Cabinet is managed these days than necessarily towards Dr Holohan and his team of experts. The Taoiseach, finance minister and health minister are fully in the loop; other ministers are much less involved and informed. That several of the Cabinet are no longer TDs does not help the situation either. In such circumstances, tensions can arise. In fact, it would be extraordinary if they did not.

Going into the lockdown, it was essential for the Cabinet to take the experts' advice without hesitation. Coming out of lockdown, it is important for Nphet to listen to the politicians.