Reports by Henry McKean
Reports by Henry McKean
"I spent €567 in Penneys!" Penneys reopens
Penneys reopened many of their stores across Ireland today and like that old 1980s advert, it felt like Christmas. The shopping hustle and bustle was back in the capital, as thousands of people queued up to buy new underwear and loungewear. Some even crossed county lines to get into the fast fashion flagship store on Mary Street Dublin. Henry McKean was there to soak up the social distance PPE atmosphere.
"No meatballs" Queuing 1KM to get into IKEA #Phase2
You can forget all your troubles and go downtown, and that’s what many of you did today.
Thousands of shops reopened across Ireland for the first time in 3 months.
Henry McKean visited Ikea in Ballymun where huge queues of people gathered outside, and to nearby Finglas village which was very busy.
"I'm delighted I can travel the county but my mam lives in Kildare & I live in Dublin." #Phase2
The Government has announced Phase 2 which included a few surprises, we can now travel the whole county we live in. On street retail shops can open from Monday (except Penny's who say they are not ready) 6 people can meet up and 15 people for sport, over 70s can have visitors and funerals can now have 25 loved ones attending, up from 10.
Henry McKean met people on the street and asked them about the last 3 months and the relief the lockdown is now easing.
"They are attacking teens with hammers." Mountain Bike youth Northside Dublin Violence
In the last week a 16 year old boy received serious head injuries after being attacked in Seagrange Park Baldoyle and an off duty Garda and his son were attacked in Portmarnock.
Henry McKean has visited the Northside Dublin area to investigate.
Could being just one metre apart save many businesses?
Soon we could be standing that much closer to each other if the government reduces the two metre social distancing rule to just one metre.
Restaurants, pubs and businesses are lobbying hard for the two metre rule to be reduced to one metre.
To discuss further we are joined by Henry McKean who has been out and about for us on the streets.
"I'm devastated #Eurovision is not happening" Ireland's highs & lows #Covid19
Eurovision is cancelled because of Covid 19, but the show must go on, Marty Whelan has a special Marty's Magical Eurovision Moments, Saturday at 6.55pm on RTÉ One followed by a show from Rotterdam but there will be no winner and no voting. Henry McKean looks into the archives and brings us his Eurovision highlights, he has been speaking two metres apart and via whatsapp to super fans and experts and Ireland's entry, Lesley Troy who won't get to perform her song "Story of my Life" and Ireland's 1993 Eurovision winner Niamh Kavanagh.