Stephen Collins: The cliche Ireland has 'a third world' health service was never remotely true
Continuing national solidarity will be needed for economic recovery in wake of Covid-19
Something else that has been highlighted by the emergency is the quality of our health service and the commitment and bravery of the people who work in it. Photograph: Alan Betson
The broad political consensus in support of the measures to deal with the threat of Covid-19 has shown that our politicians are capable of putting the national interest first in a real emergency. Dealing with the financial fall-out from in the autumn is likely to be another matter.
The country will be able to recover quickly if there is a government in place that is capable of mobilising a national effort. The other side of the coin is that political instability could facilitate a descent into economic chaos as the various interest groups struggle for advantage.