Since the origins of Covid-19, Ireland as well as many other countries have been subject to strict restrictions and lockdowns.
To date, Ireland has entered three major Level 5 lockdowns which were imposed by the government to prevent the spread of Covid-19. These restrictions and lockdowns have brought their pros and cons.
The two worst affected sectors during this pandemic have been the airline industry and the hospitality industry. As of May 17th, Ryanair reported a full-year loss of €815 million as non-essential international travel was halted. Aer Lingus CEO Lynne Embleton has reported an estimated loss of €1 billion.
The indoor hospitality sector has also been badly affected in part by the pandemic but also by government indecisiveness. Indoor hospitality was due to reopen on the 5th of July but the sector has now been left uncertain of an exact reopening date.
In regards to the vaccine rollout, Ireland is in a great position with over 50% of the adult population now fully vaccinated with over 70% of the population receiving at least one vaccine dose.
Although the figures fall short of the government’s prediction by about 20%, which were predominantly affected by inconsistent vaccine deliveries, the Irish government has remained on track in regards to the vaccine rollout.
But although the vaccine rollout is working well, we still need to ask if the Irish government could have done a better job during this pandemic and better yet, ask if the Irish government has done a good job in general in regards to handling the Covid-19 pandemic.