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'Shared interest for Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael must be saving lives and revitalising economy.' Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

'Shared interest for Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael must be saving lives and revitalising economy.' Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

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'Shared interest for Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael must be saving lives and revitalising economy.' Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Opportunities to take power don't come around so often that they can be missed in the best of times. In the worst of times, it is ever more critical they be seized.

Pandemics invert things. The remarkable has lost its lustre and what used to be regarded as normal is now wistfully thought of as richly exotic.

This was the ether in which we saw bitter, historic rivalries disappear.