Covid-19: Nearly there but far to go on the road out of restrictions

Inside Politics: Taoiseach’s latest address to the nation ditched the poetry in favour of more workable prose

Taoiseach Micheál Martin addresses the nation from Government Buildings in Dublin. Photograph: Julien Behal Photography/PA Wire

Taoiseach Micheál Martin addresses the nation from Government Buildings in Dublin. Photograph: Julien Behal Photography/PA Wire

Any mountaineer who has climbed Everest will tell you the hardest part is the last 100 metres. You can see the summit right ahead of you. You are nearly there. But you are in the death zone, gasping for breath, stumbling slowly to your destination.

That’s where we are now. Nearly there but far away. Depending on your particular interest, April 5th has become April 12th or April 26th or May something. If you are involved in the hospitality or arts or cinema sector, reopening remains at some undefined point in the future.

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