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'Before the country closed down, the economy was in reasonably good shape.' Stock image: PA

'Before the country closed down, the economy was in reasonably good shape.' Stock image: PA

'Before the country closed down, the economy was in reasonably good shape.' Stock image: PA

The Government and its advisory authorities have acted wisely in bringing forward agreed measures to ease restrictions which were imposed several months ago to curb the spread of Covid-19, decisions which will come as a great relief to the business community and wider public.

The tourism and hospitality sector, in particular, will welcome the development, coming as the country is about to enter the height of the trading season. Now that sector will get an opportunity to minimise the severe impact the lockdown has had and begin to trade its way out of difficulties.

The announcement coincides with admittedly poor, although somewhat better than expected, exchequer returns published last week. So while the country is not yet out of the woods, there is a sense that all is not lost and such positive sentiment is to be welcomed and cherished.