A reply

Graham, Christopher D. and Nolan, Ann (2021) A reply. Irish Studies in International Affairs, 32 (2). pp. 275-277. ISSN 2009-0072 (https://doi.org/10.3318/ISIA.2021.32B.25)

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We appreciate Professor Ivan Perry's thoughtful and insightful reading of our work, and associated reflections on policy for public health. Perry sets out the central question, as he sees it: '[W]hat are the core features of the socio-political landscape on the island of Ireland and in the UK that have contributed to this calamitous failure to mount an effective and well-coordinated response to this public health emergency…'? Finding his answer in the failure of a neoliberal political culture to adequately fund an effective public health infrastructure in either the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland or the republic of Ireland is a conclusion that few working in the sphere of public health would dispute.