Bertelsmann Stiftung (ed.)

Barry Colfer, John O'Brennan

Ireland Report

Sustainable Governance in the Context of the COVID-19 Crisis

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Date of publication
1. edition
71 pages, PDF


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The Irish government introduced coronavirus-related restrictions relatively early on 12 March 2020, the day after the WHO declared a global pandemic. This entailed the closure of schools, limitations on economic and social activity, and the interdiction of large gatherings. Throughout the pandemic, Ireland has cooperated at the EU level, and has kept in sync with policy advice coming from the likes of the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the WHO. This stands in stark contrast with its nearest neighbor, the United Kingdom, where more limited restrictions were introduced only from 23 March 2020.

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