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Viral is a Podcast series following the spread of COVID - 19,  as it continues to affect Ireland and the International World in a growing capacity.  It delves into how a global story on this level, can be fuelled by internet speculation and Viral phenomena, and what effect that has on the factual reporting of the virus? 


Presented by Ian Doyle, each episode will open with a live update from Ireland’s Department of Health speaking to some of the countries leading journalists about the breaking Coronavirus news at home and abroad.


Each episode will also feature a special report on topics such as How Businesses Are Futureproofing Themselves For COVID - 19 and Coronaviruses Impact On Racism In Ireland. Some of the countries most prolific Scientists, Virologists and Health-Care professionals will also be joining the conversation,  as they go deep on the science behind the COVID-19 and how we can best protect ourselves from its proliferation. 


Subscribe now on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you listen to your podcasts to get the most up to date and relevant Coronavirus information. Episodes out Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. 


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Viral: COVID - 1‪9‬ VIRAL

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Viral is a Podcast series following the spread of COVID - 19,  as it continues to affect Ireland and the International World in a growing capacity.  It delves into how a global story on this level, can be fuelled by internet speculation and Viral phenomena, and what effect that has on the factual reporting of the virus? 


Presented by Ian Doyle, each episode will open with a live update from Ireland’s Department of Health speaking to some of the countries leading journalists about the breaking Coronavirus news at home and abroad.


Each episode will also feature a special report on topics such as How Businesses Are Futureproofing Themselves For COVID - 19 and Coronaviruses Impact On Racism In Ireland. Some of the countries most prolific Scientists, Virologists and Health-Care professionals will also be joining the conversation,  as they go deep on the science behind the COVID-19 and how we can best protect ourselves from its proliferation. 


Subscribe now on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you listen to your podcasts to get the most up to date and relevant Coronavirus information. Episodes out Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. 


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Hosted by Ian Doyle

    Localised Lockdowns & Learning From British Pubs

    Localised Lockdowns & Learning From British Pubs

    Taoiseach Micheál Martin addressed the nation on Friday evening after clusters in Kildare Laois and Offaly saw measures put in place to try and prohibit further infection in the regions. The Irish Sun’s Adam Higgins brings all the latest news around what Ireland’s first localised lockdowns mean for the region, as well as whether the working conditions for those working in meat processing plants associated with the lockdowns were a cause for concern.


    Also, in a busy week of COVID related news around Ireland, the government also made a decision on Tuesday to once again pause any further movement into Phase Four of the Roadmap To Reopening. Finn McRedmond, a London based  Irish Times writer, joins host Ian Doyle to discuss what Ireland might be able to learn from how British pubs have been operating during the pandemic. 


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    • 13 min
    Transforming Ireland’s Cities & Our Vulnerable Essential Workers

    Transforming Ireland’s Cities & Our Vulnerable Essential Workers

    Thursday night's press conference from The Department of Health in Dublin was one of the more memorable encounters of recent, as Ireland saw its largest spike in cases for a number of weeks, with worrying clusters developing in various work settings as well as a Direct Provision Center. With all eyes on August 10th, knowing that a further pause of the lockdown roadmap is very much possible, Ireland’s precarious position over the past few weeks continues as uncertainty grows over a second wave growing speed. 


    This week's podcast dives into why some sectors and professions are not only more inclined to catch COVID-19, but also likely to be more vulnerable to the worst outcomes of the virus if infected. Dr Brendan Walsh is a Research Officer for the ESRI and authored a new report looking at how some essential workers are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19. Host Ian Doyle speaks to him about how they were able to use labour force survey data, to see where people living with chronic conditions are most likely to work in Ireland. 


    Also in the podcast, with many Irish cities fast tracking new policies and public infrastructure to “COVID proof” their urban areas, The Irish Independent’s Ralph Riegel discusses how COVID-19 has sped up the transformation of some Irish City Centers by as much as a decade.


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    • 18 min
    How The Pandemic Is Affecting Children & The Government Stimulus Package

    How The Pandemic Is Affecting Children & The Government Stimulus Package

    Episode 37 of Viral: COVID-19 looks at the effects the pandemic has had on children and young people as well as the ins and outs of the July stimulus package published the Irish government this week, which includes €7 billion worth of economic incentives for businesses and workers. Paul O'Donoghue fromThe Times, Ireland Edition joins host Ian Doyle for a thorough run-through of everything you need to know about how the package will affect Ireland over the next 9 months. 


    Emer Smyth who is a Research Professor at the Economic and Social Research Institute joins later in the podcast to discuss a report published by the ESRI and The Department of Children and Youth Affairs looking into the effects of the pandemic restrictions on children and young people. Many of the results highlighted just how difficult these past few months have been, particularly for those in disadvantaged or vulnerable living surroundings.


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    • 17 min
    Revisiting Lockdown & Pandemic Ethics

    Revisiting Lockdown & Pandemic Ethics

    On Wednesday evening Taoiseach Micheál Martin announced the government's decision to stall its current position on the Irish roadmap out of lockdown until August 10th at earliest. The decision did not come as much of a surprise, as in recent days Ireland has seen a worrying trend of increased cases and clusters form around the country. From the outset of the roadmap it was made clear that it was a “living document”, and now the possibility of regressing towards a more confined society is becoming more of a potential each day. 


    The initial weeks of Ireland’s full lockdown go down in history. It is something that was unprecedented in everyone's own lifetime, but now having had the experience first time around, there are many things that could have been carried out differently. Today’s episode addresses just this, as host Ian Doyle looks at the ethics of lockdown with Dr Andrea Mulligan, Assistant Professor of Law at Trinity College Dublin. Andrea wrote an article focused on the community's role during a pandemic, and she discusses some of the paradoxes between health officials acting fast, having a genuine two way dialogue with the public health advice.


    Later in the podcast Professor Ivan Perry, Head of Epidemiology and Public Health at University College Cork discusses what it means to be a zero COVID island, and why Ireland’s current strategy might leave us feeling the worst of both worlds. 


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    • 17 min
    Ireland’s Complex Relationship With The UK During COVID-19

    Ireland’s Complex Relationship With The UK During COVID-19

    Episode 35  of Viral:COVID-19 looks deep into what Ireland’s physical and political relationship with the United Kingdom means for our own autonomy and decision making when it comes to COVID-19 policy making. 


    For a number of weeks speculation has mounted on when a “green list” of countries would be published, not requiring passengers to quarantine when arriving home from international travel, but on Tuesday the Irish Government announced an extension of their Covid-19 advice on overseas travel until July 20th at the earliest. 


    Naomi O’Leary, The Irish Times Europe Correspondent and host of The Irish Passport Podcast  looks at “How Ireland’s travel policy is curbed by Britain” in part one of the epsiode, as she discusses the complex nature of our relationship with our nearest neighbours and why clear leadership is imperative to resolve this during the COVID crisis and beyond. 


    Later in the podcast host Ian Doyle is joined by Dr Jack  Lambert - Consultant in Infectious Diseases and Genitourinary Medicine at the Matter University Hospital, who believes that the newly formed Irish Government need to look at wider measures that will help the public and economy progress with their previous routines, including potentially fewer restrictions on foreign travel. 


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    • 17 min
    A New Approach To School

    A New Approach To School

    Nearly four months since their initial closure, Schools around the country received confirmation and guidance this week on how they will reopen come September, as new Education Minister Norma Burke released a framework on the logistics battle facing teachers, principles and classrooms in the months ahead. Today on the podcast host Ian Doyle speaks to Deirdre O'Connor, Assistant General Secretary of INTO, who details the challenges and difficulties that the sector face in the coming months. 


    The second half of the podcast looks at the power of community, as Deirdre Garvey CEO of The Wheel talks about the outreach programme they helped coordinate with Irish Rural Link responding to meet the needs of over 134,000 cocooners across the island. She also warns about the impact of the pandemic on peoples’ mental health and wellbeing across the country, which she believes will be felt for some time to come.


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    • 19 min

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