Is it the beginning of the end of the Covid-19 pandemic?

Inside Politics: Soothing noises from Government as it looks at a post-Covid landscape

The Cabinet has agreed to a €1,000 tax-free ex gratia payment to frontline health workers in clinical settings, but it will not be afforded to all roles. Photograph: iStock

The Cabinet has agreed to a €1,000 tax-free ex gratia payment to frontline health workers in clinical settings, but it will not be afforded to all roles. Photograph: iStock

It is now looking like the beginning of the end rather than the end of the beginning. Omicron has swept through the country like a hurricane. With 2.6 million people boosted and with so many people getting the variant (it could be closer to a million than 500,000), Ireland looks close to achieving that elusive status of “herd immunity”.

All week the noises coming from the Government have been soothing. For once, the latest National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) meeting is not being portrayed as an irresistible force being met by an unmovable object. Ministers are openly talking about a rapid reopening.

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