Leo Varadkar's speech to the nation at 9 o'clock last night has been widely praised for its honestly, realism and as a rallying call to a people for whom the worst is certainly yet to come. Among those to shower praise on the Taoiseach was Eamon Dunphy, who appeared on Virgin Media's Tonight Show, and explained that he and his wife Jane have been in self-isolation since Saturday.
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Being 74 with an underlying medical condition, "emphysema, from smoking!", the former footballer and pundit, and now podcast host, is doing exactly the right and responsible thing, and is an important example to those in similar situations.
Dunphy probably spoke for all of us when he mentioned that perhaps the hardest part of the lockdown might be in staying at home without the comfort of live sport.
"Even though there's no football, and no racing from tomorrow, we'll get through it."
Varadkar's speech suggested a timeline well beyond the original March 29th outlined as a hopeful return date in last Thursday's measures, and described yesterday as a St. Patrick's Day unlike any other".
Eamon Dunphy's podcast, The Stand, will still continue from his isolation, and a new episode was released just this morning where speaks with Brendan O'Neill on how politics will be changed forever by the Covid-19 outbreak.