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We've a right to know just what's going on with coronavirus

Eilis O'Hanlon


The State needs to target its information on Covid-19 at those who distrust authority as well as those who do what they're told

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OMERTA: In the middle of a national health crisis, Health Minister Simon Harris is denying us reliable and regular information. So what’s new?

OMERTA: In the middle of a national health crisis, Health Minister Simon Harris is denying us reliable and regular information. So what’s new?

OMERTA: In the middle of a national health crisis, Health Minister Simon Harris is denying us reliable and regular information. So what’s new?

The Health Minister's statement to the Dail last week was 2,720 words long, and it only took 200 of those before he honed in on his target: "People are following social media and at times they can be exposed to myths and misinformation about coronavirus."

This was before he'd uttered a single word about the Government's plans to delay the spread of the virus and to handle the anticipated outbreak. Ticking off social media is hardly the most pressing issue at hand during a pandemic.

Most people just want reliable and regular information. It's the Government which is creating a climate of mistrust by refusing to give it to them, even as Ireland remains in a containment phase, before any likely spike in cases.