Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar speaking to journalists outside the HSE Dublin Covid 19 response hub in Granegorman, Dublin yesterday
More fear porn?
Ahead of the Dáil sitting from noon today when statements will be made on the economy, health and education, The Irish Times,reports on a ‘jaw-dropping’ memo sent to cabinet on the next phase of the pandemic
In a note sent to the Cabinet from the Department of the Taoiseach this week, Ministers were told that while the initial stage was “both swift and unprecedented, and was experienced by everyone together and in a relatively unified spirit”, this may change as the long-term effects come into play.
“This includes unemployment, reduced income, increased debt, closure of businesses, reduced educational opportunities, restrictions on movement and social interactions, and ultimately the loss of loved ones.”
The note, the tone of which was described as “jaw-dropping” by sources, outlined the challenges ahead, such as the difficulty of opening some sections of the economy and not others, reducing income supports and tightening procedures for those entering the country, as well as opportunities.
Save yourselves, etc.