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We started so well… here’s what went wrong for Ireland’s team spirit in lockdown

Stella O'Malley


It’s time for Government to start treating the public with the respect we deserve

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Eamon Ryan, Leo Varadkar and Micheál Martin

Eamon Ryan, Leo Varadkar and Micheál Martin

Eamon Ryan, Leo Varadkar and Micheál Martin

We started off so well last March, Leo gave his state of the nation address, quoted Seamus Heaney and generally made us feel that all hands were on deck and we were ready to work together to beat this wretched virus.

In fairness, our country was in an unfortunate position as we were right in the middle of leadership negotiations in the aftermath of the general election when the Covid crisis struck and so there is little surprise that our Government lost its way somewhat during the summer. Not only that, nobody expected this crisis would go on for quite so long and few of us expected it to hit us so hard. And yet, the extraordinary lack of leadership that is now evident is difficult to justify.

For good leadership to work, the leaders need to be visible, communication must be clear and everybody needs to feel a sense of purpose. Sadly, our leaders have faltered and we’re now in the position where nobody knows what’s happening, the communication is random and the public feel resentful. There are clear principles of good leadership during a crisis, this is not new territory and history shows us how good and bad leaders operate. Good leaders present credible information in a clear manner, use appropriate communication channels to show what needs to be done and remain visible and available during a crisis.


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