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£400m Covid circuit breaker's most visible achievement in Northern Ireland was to alienate business

Claire McNeilly


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Belfast's deserted Oxford Street from the air on Monday March 30th. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.

Belfast's deserted Oxford Street from the air on Monday March 30th. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.

Belfast's deserted Oxford Street from the air on Monday March 30th. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.

Eamonn Holmes perhaps summed it up best when he recently asked on Twitter: "Are we in lockdown or not?"

He added: "If we are there's little evidence of it out there in terms of traffic, supermarkets, schools and people mingling... business as usual it seems except for businesses!"

The Belfast-born TV presenter is no stranger to posting controversial statements online, but this time he had few dissenters.


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