As we move closer to the mid-point of the year, we can look back on the period since 1st January with mixed emotions. On New Year’s night we were looking forward to a brand-new year with some optimism, and we all hoped that the year ahead could not be as difficult as the one just past. Those hopes were dealt a severe blow as we were forced to endure a prolonged period of Level 5 restrictions from the beginning of the year, but throughout the period of lockdown there was a greater sense of normality than during last year’s more stringent lockdown periods. The vaccination programme was being rolled out across the world, albeit at varying speeds, but at least they were being rolled out. We also saw a number of countries gradually relaxing restrictions, and here in Ireland, the COB-related health statistics were moving in the right direction.
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