Nature can be brutal in reminding us more things exist without our knowledge than with it. The class of 2020, however brilliantly they were prepared, could never have known what lay in store for them as they entered the home straits of their school days, and the pandemic struck.
Reports that the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen was irritated that it took a week for Ireland to nominate two candidates to succeed Phil Hogan as European Commissioner may be overblown somewhat. However, the process did look uncertain as the Government took soundings throughout the week.
As September lands on the calendar and the evenings shorten, some Irish people may feel they have little enough to look forward to. Usually at this time of year, we had the early autumn garnish of All-Ireland finals, the throngs of town and country at the National Ploughing Championship, and other groups flocking to watch the return of rugby.
Today we report that there has been a seven per cent increase in the prescription of medication to assist people with stress, anxiety and depression since the outbreak of Covid-19 and the subsequent lockdown, which is now being tentatively and somewhat shambolically lifted. Behind the statistic must surely lie a multitude of distress. These are stories which those who attended the Oireachtas Golf Society dinner in Clifden, Co Galway, would do well to consider and for the Government never to lose sight of.
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