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The Irish Times' unrivalled foreign affairs coverage, now brought to you in weekly podcast form. Hosted by Chris Dooley with regular contributors Patrick Smyth, Denis Staunton, Lara Marlowe, Suzanne Lynch, Derek Scally, Tom Hennigan, Clifford Coonan and Ruadhan Mac Cormaic.

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The Irish Times' unrivalled foreign affairs coverage, now brought to you in weekly podcast form. Hosted by Chris Dooley with regular contributors Patrick Smyth, Denis Staunton, Lara Marlowe, Suzanne Lynch, Derek Scally, Tom Hennigan, Clifford Coonan and Ruadhan Mac Cormaic.

    The effect of lockdowns and the return of mobility: what the data tells us

    The effect of lockdowns and the return of mobility: what the data tells us

    Barry Smyth is a data scientist. Early on in the outbreak, he was among the first to realise the importance of looking closely at the number of excess deaths in the population, as revealed by website Rip.ie, to track the true toll of the virus. Since then, he has written about the nature of lockdown measures imposed across Europe, as revealed through data.  Which countries are strictest, and what happens to the virus when people start moving about again? Barry talks to Deirdre Veldon about what the data reveals.

    Barry Smyth holds the Digital Chair of Computer Science in University College Dublin and is a Director of the Insight Centre for Data Analytics.

    • 18 min
    Why did it take so long for a nursing home plan to be put in place?

    Why did it take so long for a nursing home plan to be put in place?

    Coronavirus has presented a huge challenge for our health services, especially in our nursing homes. The devastating death toll in these settings has come under the spotlight this week for the Dáil's Covid-19 committee. On Tuesday, the committee heard from Tadgh Daly, the head of Nursing Homes Ireland who claimed the sector was left “abandoned and isolated”. Hundreds of pages of newly released documentation, reveal a timeline of correspondence which suggests it took more than a month for a specific plan for nursing homes to be put in place. Jennifer Bray is political reporter with The Irish Times and has been looking into these exchanges between Nursing Homes Ireland and Key State Organisations. In this episode, we also hear from Health Editor Paul Cullen who reflects on the state response to the issues raised by nursing homes.

    • 22 min
    How to be ready for an uncertain future - with author Margaret Heffernan

    How to be ready for an uncertain future - with author Margaret Heffernan

    Businesswoman and author Margaret Heffernan writes about leadership and strategic thinking. Her latest book Uncharted: How to Map the Future is about the pitfalls of forecasting. In it she argues that societies and businesses should develop a better kind of readiness that doesn't rely on the false sense of security such forecasts bring. Published in February, the book eerily foretold the current crisis, using historic pandemics as an example of how difficult it is to predict the outcome of complex events.

    • 34 min
    "Local lockdowns needed to keep virus at bay" - Dr David Nabarro

    "Local lockdowns needed to keep virus at bay" - Dr David Nabarro

    Yesterday we reached a significant milestone in our fight against coronavirus. For the first time since the 21st March, there were no new deaths from Covid-19 in Ireland. But how can we keep this figure down as the country continues to emerge from lockdown? In today’s episode, we hear from Dr David Nabarro, a professor of global health at Imperial college London and the World Health Organisation’s special envoy for Covid-19. Dr Nabarro spoke to Deirdre Veldon about the need for localised lockdowns to maintain control over the virus when new peaks emerge and why an effective vaccine could be over two and a half years away.

    • 28 min
    The Impact of Covid-19 on the young with psychotherapist John Sharry

    The Impact of Covid-19 on the young with psychotherapist John Sharry

    Among the people most affected by this crisis are children and especially teenagers. Lockdown has put an abrupt stop to their education and their social lives. In today's podcast Deirdre Veldon speaks to psychotherapist and Irish Times columnist John Sharry about the developmental impacts the lockdown will have on young people and how parents can prepare for the weeks and months ahead.

    • 21 min
    Rethinking nursing homes and the lives of our elderly after Covid-19

    Rethinking nursing homes and the lives of our elderly after Covid-19

    Is it time to dispense with nursing homes? The death toll from Covid-19 in these institutions is bringing the arguments for and against them into focus. Today we talk to two experts about what a different future might look like and the challenges getting there. 
    Professor Gerard Quinn is a legal academic who contributed to the drafting of the United Nations Convention on the treatment of persons with disabilities, and is now working on a similar convention on the treatment of the elderly. 

    Professor Des O'Neill is director of the Centre for Ageing, Neuroscience and the Humanities at Trinity College and a doctor specialising in geriatric care.

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
65 Ratings

65 Ratings

Cairbre O'Donnell ,

One of my regular podcasts.

One of my old reliable podcasts. I look forwards to Tuesday evenings and the dog walk. Keep it up lads/ladies.

It’s on ‘auto add play next’ that’s how good I think it is.

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I enjoy this refreshingly measured and sober account of the news of the day. That’s not to say it’s boring; some good-humoured joshing and a few playful exchanges. Great anchor and quality reportage/analysis. Thanks to the Irish Times for this podcast and its facts-based, unsensational reporting in an age of shrill voices and hysterical internet memes.

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