Why Ireland Has the Most Miserable Lockdown in the Western World

An empty shopping street during lockdown restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic in Dublin, Ireland, January 23, 2021. (Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters)
What the nation’s government is doing to its people in the name of public health is cruel — and apparently ineffective.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE G ary Dempsey was born in Wexford, Ireland, and had a successful career in football (the European sort). He played for Everton and Aberdeen. After retiring from professional sports, he opened a gym, Match Fit Fitness, in Wicklow. With gyms closed in Ireland, he has been offering workouts to followers online as a way of fighting off depression.

On February 19, he unburdened his mind on Twitter about the Irish government’s lockdown policy. “I’m hurtin’ today. . . . I want to ask the Irish government, ‘When do we matter?’” His jeremiad was a viral sensation, and it’s not entirely safe for


The Latest