It is widely accepted that while lockdowns and varying levels of restrictions are a blunt instrument, they are the main weapon currently available against the coronavirus, at least until a vaccine is found.
THE torturous Brexit process has placed great strain on relations between the British and Irish governments but there are clear signs that Dublin and London want to develop constructive ways of working together after the UK leaves the European Union.
Derek Hussey has a long history of public service, starting his involvement in local government more than three decades ago and going on to sit in both the Northern Ireland Assembly and more recently the Derry City and Strabane District Council.
One of the most crucial roles of government during this pandemic has been ensuring that businesses forced to close or whose trade has been badly hit as a result of the pandemic, are given financial support to help them get through this unprecedented crisis.
Schools are currently on holiday, the traditional mid-term break extended by a week as part of the circuit-breaker restrictions aimed at driving down the alarmingly high level of infection in Northern Ireland.
While there is some debate about the content and scale of the government’s anti-coronavirus restrictions, there is general agreement that the success of the regulations depends on how closely we adhere to them.
While the executive did manage to agree a list of restrictions last week, albeit with some compromises, Arlene Foster has said that the DUP would have opted for different measures if the party had been left to its own devices.