Jennifer O’Connell: We are world experts at anomalies, fudges and blind eyes

Rule number one: don’t talk about the anomalies or you might have to address them

‘With no legal remedy for the affected homeowners, a political solution to the mica crisis will be found – which is only right, because this was a systems failure.’ File photograph: The Irish Times

‘With no legal remedy for the affected homeowners, a political solution to the mica crisis will be found – which is only right, because this was a systems failure.’ File photograph: The Irish Times

Listening to all the disquiet about the anomalies in the Covid reopening plan, anyone would think this was new and unfamiliar territory for us. In reality, we’re world experts at anomalies, fudges, unhappy compromises, acts of hypocrisy and blind eyes. Long before there was a plan called Living with Covid, we abided by an unofficial constitution entitled Living with Anomalies.

Rule number one: don’t talk about the anomalies or you might have to address them. Rule number two: never carry a can that can be kicked down the road.

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