Fintan O’Toole: Shocking news, Irish people may be sanest in Europe

The low level of anti-vaccine sentiment is a very good sign for our democracy

The EU country with the highest level of acceptance of the need to be vaccinated is Ireland. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The EU country with the highest level of acceptance of the need to be vaccinated is Ireland. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Ireland is running low on loopers. If we don’t watch out, we could emerge from the pandemic with our reputation for wildness completely shredded. We are in danger of being exposed as the sanest people in Europe.

Vaccines go into the arm, but also into the brain. They are a kind of probe sent into the national consciousness. In Ireland’s case, the probe has discovered exciting evidence of intelligent life.

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