Staying In Tonight?

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Course you are.

On Open For Business’…..

…Karina Ryan writes:

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar* sat down with Richard Curran (above left) and Ella McSweeney (centre) for tonight’s Open for Business In the wide ranging interview, he speaks about schools reopening and how he believes that that they won’t be the first thing to be closed down if there’s an upsurge of Covid-19 in the Winter period….

Where’s that studio (above), anyone?

*Any excuse.

Open for Business at  7pm on RTÉ One.

16 thoughts on “Staying In Tonight?

  1. GiggidyGoo

    Michilin Martin can’t be high on the interviewers list of go-to leaders. False-smiley Varadkar gets the gig time after time.
    The next election will be interesting as FF try to distinguish themselves from FG. Get ready for:

    ‘It was for the good of the country’
    ‘Brexit’
    ‘Covid-19’
    ‘No – we won’t go into government with FG’

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      1. George

        Why would he want a snap election? He gets to undermine Michael Martin while he struggles to deal with the awkward period of Covid 19 and then takes over as Taoiseach again after its all over. Covid 19 has worked out perfectly for him.

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  2. f_lawless

    “he believes that that they won’t be the first thing to be closed down if there’s an upsurge of Covid-19 in the Winter period”

    Indicative of the dangerous groupthink that’s apparently taken hold of the government. It doesn’t seem to matter that there’s now already been a number of large-scale published studies showing that lockdowns had no significant effect on the spread of the virus in countries across Europe and beyond.

    We don’t even need to first evaluate if the drastic decision to put Kildare, Laois and Offaly back into lockdown has the intended effect. We don’t need to see if the continued trend in close to zero deaths and hospitalisations continues despite “new cases”. Oh no, we’ve nailed ourselves to the lockdown policy mast back in March and considering a change of course now. is unthinkable To do so could risk an ’emperor has no clothes’ moment for the government. Full steam ahead.

    A “surge” might be as little as double-figure cases based on tests that can’t distinguish between an active infection and viral debris. Seems inevitable this is set to continue. Which group will be blamed next time? Young people again? Pub goers?

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    1. George

      Except that the evidence shows they do work which shouldn’t be a surprise as the virus spreads person to person.

      “With a tighter lockdown, mobility decreased enough to bring down transmission promptly below the level needed to sustain the epidemic.”
      https://www.thelancet.com/journals/eclinm/article/PIIS2589-5370(20)30201-7/fulltext

      “Our results show that lockdown is effective in reducing the number of new cases in the countries that implement it, compared with those countries that do not. This is especially true around 10 days after the implementation of the policy. Its efficacy continues to grow up to 20 days after implementation.”
      https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s40258-020-00596-3

      “We find that a lockdown would have reduced the number of infections in Sweden by approximately 14,000 and the number of deaths by about 1,200.”
      https://voxeu.org/article/effectiveness-lockdowns-learning-swedish-experience

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  3. SOQ

    Dear Leo-

    Please explain why the national fatality rate for 2020 so far is over 1700 lower than for the same period in 2018?

    Yours,

    Louth in lock down.

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