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We're all in this together? Ditch the cliché and appeal to people's self-interest instead

Dan O'Brien



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Battle: Civil Defence volunteer Alana Hancheroff from Dún Laoghaire who volunteers her time in the fight against Covid-19. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Battle: Civil Defence volunteer Alana Hancheroff from Dún Laoghaire who volunteers her time in the fight against Covid-19. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Battle: Civil Defence volunteer Alana Hancheroff from Dún Laoghaire who volunteers her time in the fight against Covid-19. Photo: Gerry Mooney

There is enormous uncertainty around how the Government will and should respond to the many challenges the Covid-19 pandemic poses to society. Much of this is inevitable. We are living through a protracted emergency of a kind nobody alive has lived through.

In recent days, there has been growing criticism of government decisions aimed at slowing the spread of the virus, how those decisions are arrived at, and how they are communicated. This has been in part because the overall strategy of the Government is unclear.


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