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The challenge of the great unknowns in the pandemic and the political mood

Dan O'Brien


The new Government faces even greater difficulties than the last one to inherit such a dire scenario back in 2011

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The new Government also faces a more challenging political environment than its 2011 predecessor. Photo: Julian Behal

The new Government also faces a more challenging political environment than its 2011 predecessor. Photo: Julian Behal

The new Government also faces a more challenging political environment than its 2011 predecessor. Photo: Julian Behal

'Dublin's way or Frankfurt's way'. These were the fighting words of the man who was about to become Tanaiste - Eamon Gilmore - in the depths of the last economic fiasco in early 2011. The man who is now Tanaiste, Leo Varadkar, said around the same time while he was still in opposition that not another 'red cent' of taxpayers' money would go to propping up companies, in that case banks.

The Fine Gael-Labour government which took the reins of power almost a decade ago presided over the turning around of the economy within two years. One suspects that if those now settling into new ministerial positions were given a two-year time-frame for recovery, they would bite the offerer's arm off.


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