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Who's in charge? Government's relationship with Nphet is straining at the seams

Ministers question the role of Tony Holohan and Nphet in the running of the country as the cracks between politics and science widen, write Hugh O'Connell and Maeve Sheehan

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Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar
Photo: Gerry Mooney

Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar Photo: Gerry Mooney

Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar Photo: Gerry Mooney

Last Tuesday in Government Buildings, Leo Varadkar set his phone on the table with the stopwatch app open. The Taoiseach called on his Cabinet ministers in alphabetical order, giving each of them two minutes to outline their views on lifting the unprecedented Covid-19 restrictions.

What followed was the first sign that the cross-government consensus on dealing with the pandemic emergency was over.


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