The race is on to find a safe, effective vaccine against Covid-19 which would allow for an exit from lockdown restrictions, quarantines and social distancing. Producing a vaccine is a mammoth task by any standards, but manufacturing a safe, effective inoculation in a matter of months for a virus against which no one has immunity, is unprecedented.
As we celebrate Pride Month, it is important to honour the pioneering achievements of early LGBT+ activists in Ireland. During the late 1970s and early 80s, a dark period marred by poverty, unemployment and the criminalisation of same-sex activity in Ireland, members of the LBGT+ community carried out several acts of resistance and defiance which would forever alter the social and political fabric of our nation.
Direct provision will be ended within the lifetime of the next government, under a commitment outlined in the draft deal between Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Greens. However, remaining restrictions on the right to work suggest that the battle isn’t over yet.