Diarmaid Ferriter: Plans and Tony Holohan do not mix well

Experience of the last year demonstrates clearly that rigid frameworks count for little

Collision course? According to Government Ministers, the first they heard of Nphet’s modelling projections was on Monday evening.

Collision course? According to Government Ministers, the first they heard of Nphet’s modelling projections was on Monday evening.

Paul Durcan’s 1978 poem about Éamon de Valera confronting youngsters making love outside Áras an Uachtaráin came to mind this week, but with State chief medical officer Tony Holohan now occupying the role of Dev: “I see him now in the heat haze of the day/ Blindly stalking us down/ And, levelling an ancient rifle, he says ‘Stop Making love outside Áras an Uachtaráin’. ”

Replace that last line with “Stop your march towards indoor hospitality” and there you have Tony, levelling a rifle of terrifying projections at the Government and publicans. In keeping with such dramatic imagery, some of the responses from politicians this week smacked of recreational and theatrical outrage; do they really believe there is some path to “fairness” for all amid this pandemic?

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