Given the state of our cratered economy, the Government was forced to fashion gateways out of obstacles.
It says much of the crisis that although the stimulus measures announced were bigger in scale than most budgets, they will barely be enough.
The protection of jobs had to be foremost in Government thinking. Normally the impact of a €5bn stimulus plan would be transformative, but there is nothing normal about the shockwaves the pandemic has sent through the economy.
Businesses need a hand up as well as a handout.
Putting direct subsidies in place on a permanent basis will undoubtedly help.
But as John Moran, chairman of SME Recovery Ireland, said: "A legacy of unpaid bills, liquidation sales and boarded-up shop fronts in towns and villages across the country remains a reality, while people dependent on unemployment payments face little hope of finding a new job."
Such is the context in which the recovery plan must be seen. "Being too frugal at this critical stage is a mistake; we must not be penny-wise and pound-foolish," Mr Moran warned.
Relief rather than excitement was always more likely to be attached to the measures, despite the massive transfusion of money.
Taoiseach Micheál Martin said the package was an unprecedented set of measures for unprecedented times. But he acknowledged that nobody should be in any doubt that we will not be returning to pre-Covid normality.
The truth is we do not know what lies ahead.
The three Government parties were attempting to put a financial jigsaw together while still in the dark. The news on Brexit is ever more bleak. A surprise tax cut, with the main rate of Vat cut from 23pc to 21pc, was welcomed.
The help-to-buy scheme has also been expanded by €10,000, and the "staycation subsidy" was also intended to target specific areas of need.
The extension of the pandemic unemployment payment (PUP) until next April - even though rates will be trimmed back from September - will also ease minds in many worried households.
Inevitably Sinn Féin, Labour and opposition parties were underwhelmed and criticised the measures for their conservatism and lack of ambition. Such is the job of those who hold the Government to account.
Clearly the three colours of the coalition are reflected in the package. But as noted by Mr Martin, the virus has unleashed a recession more "rapid and dramatic" than ever before recorded: "We now need to move to a new agenda."
He has pledged to build a sustainable and inclusive recovery. The stimulus will of course be bolstered by wider European support as the EU's own rescue stream begins to flow.
Mercifully, we can also avail of beneficial market conditions to fund borrowing.
No single package was ever going to be enough in itself. Thankfully, recession taught us tough times don't last and toughing them out is our only way through.