Stephen Collins: Micheál Martin looks safe for the time being

Taoiseach had successful year in office particularly in relation to handling of Covid-19

Micheál Martin now looks far more comfortable in the role of Taoiseach than he did this time last year. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Micheál Martin now looks far more comfortable in the role of Taoiseach than he did this time last year. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

As the Taoiseach and his Ministers head off on their August break it is only fair to say that they have had a reasonably successful first year in office, particularly when it came to dealing with the overriding issue which dwarfed all others – the Covid-19 pandemic.

Judged by the number of hospitalisations and deaths, Ireland has done well by international standards. The Government’s record looks even better when the way it dealt with the complex issues involved is compared with the chaotic handling of the pandemic in the United Kingdom.

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