Coronavirus 14 April 2020 Ireland's early lockdown has saved lives, and highlighted the UK's failings Sign UpGet the New Statesman's Morning Call email. Sign-up While the UK government pursued "herd immunity" and tens of thousands flocked to the Cheltenham races, the Irish government was cancelling the St Patrick’s Day parade and closing most pubs. On the New Statesman today, journalist Caelainn Hogan – author of Republic of Shame and writer for the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, Harper’s and the Washington Post – chronicles the Irish response to the coronavirus, and contrasts it with the UK government's. Ultimately, Ireland has outperformed the UK during the pandemic, and its early lockdown has saved lives, she argues. Read the full piece here. › Our Covid-19 response ignores society’s most isolated and vulnerable Subscribe For more great writing from our award-winning journalists subscribe for just £1 per month!