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Simon Hamilton has bemoaned the absence of indicative dates in the document

Simon Hamilton has bemoaned the absence of indicative dates in the document

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Simon Hamilton has bemoaned the absence of indicative dates in the document

The Executive has published its long-awaited Pathway Out of Restrictions plan and the phrase 'once bitten, twice shy' springs immediately to mind.

Even before the document was released yesterday afternoon, health service sources were warning that officials and the Executive were wary of lifting restrictions too quickly, citing the devastation wreaked on hospitals as a result of Christmas as the reason for a slow and steady approach. And that is exactly what our politicians have opted for.

Stressing the need for caution at the Assembly yesterday, deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill said: "We will all benefit from getting this right." The plan has, however, already come in for criticism. The chief executive of the Belfast Chamber, Simon Hamilton, has bemoaned the absence of indicative dates in the document, while the DUP's Paul Givan has hit out at the phased return for schools.


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