Peoples Lives have been Turned Upside Down in the past 18 months, Garda Checkpoints, when going Shopping, even Stopped while out Walking, Sadly Ireland has no Solid Leader, Martin has Failed, not his Fault entirely, He just has not got the Skills to Communicate? Then we have the Internal Splits in FF, it sadly is going to be a long Dreary Summer.Hopefully we wont have a Heavy Handed Police Force, because People can only take so Much???

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The lockdown lunatic fringe must be beaten back by true leadership

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As the sun beats down and the country fills with the smells of high summer, forbidding signs of winter flit across the sky.Micheal Martin wearing a suit and tie© Provided by Extra.ie

These were supposed to be the weeks and months of reclaimed freedom, the reward for the privations endured by millions since March of last year.

Instead, with the longest day of the year not long passed, ghastly spectres creep from the shadows. In the aftermath of a fresh roll of grim predictions from NPHET, old fears stir again.a man wearing a suit and tie: In the aftermath of a fresh roll of grim predictions from NPHET, old fears stir again. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin© Provided by Extra.ie In the aftermath of a fresh roll of grim predictions from NPHET, old fears stir again. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

The prospect of pubs and restaurants opening for indoor business this summer is in question. Murmurs of concern have started around the return to classrooms in September.

And the wretched memory that darkens the national consciousness rests uneasy, as the word lockdown returns to conversation.

This was not the plan, but once again a strategy for living with Covid fails to survive first contact with this dreadful virus.

Representatives of restaurateurs and publicans across the country are only the latest to plead with the Government to find a way for Ireland to function alongside the reality of this disease.

That search could prove to be a forlorn one.

The extent to which this week’s setback has injured national morale is not a surprise, but it’s shocking nonetheless.

The anger and helplessness that has been triggered by the decision to delay the return of indoor socialising has found predictable outlets, with the demonising of NPHET officials, and the Chief Medical Officer in particular, an especially distasteful manifestation of frustrations.a man wearing a suit and tie: The demonising of NPHET officials, and the Chief Medical Officer in particular, has been an especially distasteful manifestation of frustrations Photo: RollingNews.ie© Provided by Extra.ie The demonising of NPHET officials, and the Chief Medical Officer in particular, has been an especially distasteful manifestation of frustrations Photo: RollingNews.ie

Heretofore, criticism of Dr Tony Holohan was confined to the extreme fringes, but now more moderate voices cast wild slurs about agendas and a lust for power. It is telling, though, that Opposition TDs did not dispute the advice offered by Holohan and his colleagues following meetings with the CMO.

That public health officials are attracting the ire of some members of the public betrays a recurring feature of Ireland’s frustrated attempts to try and live with Covid: the failure to communicate.

The virulence of the Delta variant is evident in a 10% increase in infection numbers in Europe over the last week, and in the significant outbreaks associated with crowds attending matches in the European Championships.

Yet a bizarre, conflicted, twintrack strategy is now being pursued. On the one hand, ministers trumpet the return of crowds to sporting events and other outdoor gatherings, with predictions of up to 40,000 attending the All-Ireland finals next month – and this at a time when scientists and medics are now saying that allowing any fans into matches at the Euros was a bad idea.a man wearing a suit and tie: Heretofore, criticism of Dr Tony Holohan was confined to the extreme fringes, but now more moderate voices cast wild slurs about agendas and a lust for power. Pic: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie© Provided by Extra.ie Heretofore, criticism of Dr Tony Holohan was confined to the extreme fringes, but now more moderate voices cast wild slurs about agendas and a lust for power. Pic: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

So while the dream of throngs of supporters congregating in happy, free-spending delirium is entertained by this administration, it is keeping restaurants and pubs shuttered, with no guarantee they will be open this side of the autumn.

It’s as if the accusation that they are in thrall to NPHET encourages the Government to make favourable noises about freedom, while terror of contradicting expert advice and repeating the calamitous mistakes of last Christmas condemns them to a perpetually reactive state.

This failure of leadership ends with Micheál Martin, and until it is addressed, these emotional lurches from optimism to despair will go on. Each fresh tumble from hope to disillusion bruises spirits a little more. Despondency spreads like mould, and horror at the thought of the return of severe restrictions bubbles away.Micheal Martin wearing a suit and tie: This failure of leadership ends with Micheál Martin, and until it is addressed, these emotional lurches from optimism to despair will go on. Pic: Gareth Chaney / Collins Photos Dublin© Provided by Extra.ie This failure of leadership ends with Micheál Martin, and until it is addressed, these emotional lurches from optimism to despair will go on. Pic: Gareth Chaney / Collins Photos Dublin

Lockdown was supposed to be a word chained up in our past. Anxiety about schools was meant to be dispelled.

The reality of our circumstances needs to be addressed, plainly and soberly. Reasons for hope must be nurtured.

And the leadership void simply has to be filled.

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