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We have the opportunity to build a fairer society for our future generations

Caoimhe Archibald


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'Those industries most at risk from the effects of the public health lockdown, namely hospitality, accommodation and tourism, are those where the greatest share of young people work.'

'Those industries most at risk from the effects of the public health lockdown, namely hospitality, accommodation and tourism, are those where the greatest share of young people work.'

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'Those industries most at risk from the effects of the public health lockdown, namely hospitality, accommodation and tourism, are those where the greatest share of young people work.'

The lockdown public health response to the Covid-19 emergency has no doubt saved countless lives as we all try to deal with this unprecedented pandemic.

However, the unfortunate side-effect of this necessary and urgent action to protect lives is a brewing economic crisis. Though the shape and scale of the ensuing economic downturn is yet to fully reveal itself, a consensus is emerging that it will dwarf the impact of the 2008 global financial crisis.

The spectre of 2008 still looms large in all of our memories. Its legacy can be seen everywhere in our economy, not least in the effects of the brutal Tory austerity imposed on deprived communities in its aftermath.