John Fitzgerald

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While the Covid-19 lockdown may reduce this year’s emissions by over 5 per cent, as the economy re-opens there will be an inevitable rebound, and much of these gains reversed

The current crisis will see the state spending an exceptional €30 billion or more protecting our health and economy. As a result, there will be much m(...)

Staff may have to wear protective gear when working in stores when they begin to re-open

Temperature checks for staff and customers, mandatory staff Covid-19 testing, and no price promotions to prevent “surge consumption” are among measure(...)

A protest in Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon against conscription in 1918. The issue of home rule or independence dominated the concerns of that time, not the grave risk to public health. Photograph: Photo12/UIG/Getty Images

In popular history, the period covered by our decade of commemorations is dominated by the first World War, the struggle for independence and the Civi(...)

For Italy and Greece,  both heavily dependent on tourism, the recovery is likely to be more difficult than for Germany or Ireland. Photograph: Getty Images

Until Mario Draghi’s pledge in July 2012 to do “whatever it takes” to prevent a collapse of the euro zone, the response of the European Central Bank ((...)

The public understands that, in the light of the Covid-19 economic shutdown, many manifesto commitments are currently undeliverable

Since the early 1990s, coalition arrangements have been underpinned by detailed programmes for government that form a melange of the items that appear(...)

Merrion Square in Dublin stands empty due to Covid-19 lockdown measures. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

As a result of the last decade’s financial crisis, the Irish government borrowed €120 billion between 2007 and 2014, €75 billion for day-to-day servic(...)

By shifting to renewable energy, the world demand for fossil fuels is likely to fall between 2030 and 2050. Photograph: Eric Taylor/Bloomberg

Huge increases in oil prices in 1973, and again in 1979, sent shock waves through the European economy of that time. While the scale of the economic d(...)

The State can borrow to try and ensure that by the end of 2021 most individuals and companies will be back on their feet. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

As the nation comes to grips with the scale of the Covid-19 epidemic and its accelerating spread, we have begun to realise that our daily lives will b(...)

A couple wear surgical masks while shopping  on  Grafton Street, Dublin. The longer the health crisis continues the bigger the economic impact. Photograph: Paul Faith / AFP via Getty Images

The problems are piling up for the next government. As if housing, health, corporation tax, and Brexit were not enough, coronavirus is now dominating (...)

Jennifer Jewell: “I see hope and value in a self-sustaining cycle of living with plants, loving plants, learning plants, growing plants, knowing plants, interpreting plants.”  Photograph:  John Whittlesey

  We all have our heroes and it’s not surprising so many of mine belong in one way or another to the world of plants. They include gardeners, de(...)

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