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A woman face timing a friend walks past a sign reading 'Eat yer rent' in Dublin, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues. Photo: REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

A woman face timing a friend walks past a sign reading 'Eat yer rent' in Dublin, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues. Photo: REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

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A woman face timing a friend walks past a sign reading 'Eat yer rent' in Dublin, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues. Photo: REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

Governments need to speak with one voice, especially at a time when we are all feeling smaller than the moment. So news of a rift in Cabinet about the lifting - or at least allowing "some give" - in the lockdown, is regrettable.

The rigid controls are taking a toll, but the pandemic an even greater one.

Avoiding a one step forward, two steps back scenario by removing the curbs too quickly has to be a priority.