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We need an all-island zero-Covid strategy to save lives... and it's not too late to start

Alan Shatter


Over 1,100 more people have died from coronavirus, north and south, than were killed during the Troubles, writes Alan Shatter

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Pandemic priorities: A Covid patient being treated in hospital

Pandemic priorities: A Covid patient being treated in hospital

Pandemic priorities: A Covid patient being treated in hospital

Over a 30-year period, between 1968 and 1998, an estimated 3,600 people on the island of Ireland lost their lives in the murder and mayhem that took place. More than 30,000 people suffered injuries, many horrific.

Resolving the conflict was rightly a major priority throughout that period for all Irish governments. It was also the priority of democratically elected politicians across the political divide in Northern Ireland who opposed violence.

It was a greater priority for some UK Prime Ministers and governments than others, and the issue was more competently addressed by some Taoisigh and Prime Ministers than others.


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