Finn McRedmond: Experience of pandemic in Dublin and London worlds apart

Both countries diverged when it came to adopting policies on Covid

Cinemagoers queuing in London to see the new James Bond film No Time To Die. The atmosphere in both cities is markedly different. Photograph: Jeremie Souteyrat/the New York Times)

Cinemagoers queuing in London to see the new James Bond film No Time To Die. The atmosphere in both cities is markedly different. Photograph: Jeremie Souteyrat/the New York Times)

I have spent almost the entirety of the pandemic in London. And though the vertiginous changes in Irish and UK Covid policy over the past 18 months are easy to track through the news, a recent trip back to Dublin offered a fresh perspective.

The atmosphere on the streets is markedly different. And the day-to-day experience of life amid a pandemic worlds apart.

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