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No cure for collective irresponsibility... Maybe society would heed a Stormont Executive that demonstrated unity of purpose

Alex Kane


'Extraordinary' DUP leader was not fronting press conference at such important moment

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First Minister Arlene Foster, Health Minister Robin Swann and deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill pictured at a press conference in Parliament Buildings, Stormont

First Minister Arlene Foster, Health Minister Robin Swann and deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill pictured at a press conference in Parliament Buildings, Stormont

First Minister Arlene Foster, Health Minister Robin Swann and deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill pictured at a press conference in Parliament Buildings, Stormont

The announcement on Thursday evening was both stark and startling: a warning that Northern Ireland would face the most draconian restrictions of the entire pandemic crisis.

There will be a night-time curfew for at least one week; and I'm pretty sure that once it has been trialled it will, if deemed to have played a part in reducing the R number, be used again.

As ever, there was a lack of clarity, consistency and certainty (the three things that businesses in particular need most), meaning the airwaves pounded to the sound of people asking a variation of: "What does this mean; how long will it really last; is there a financial package; is it worth our while trying to open."


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