Dermot Bannon laughs off Room to Improve shade - RTE.ie
Dermot Bannon laughed it off when Today host Dáithí Ó Sé told him that he had had met two engineers whose hearts are broken because every client now wants what they have seen on Room to Improve.
Dermot Bannon laughed it off when Today host Dáithí Ó Sé told him that he had had met two engineers whose hearts are broken because every client now wants what they have seen on Room to Improve. The architect is back on RTÉ One on Sunday night with the second episode of Dermot's Incredible Homes - another show that will pile on the heartbreak as he tours properties with the wow factor. Dermot's having a snoop around the Dalkey home that housed Matt Damon earlier this year. After you see this place, you'll understand why he locked down in Ireland. Don't miss #IncredibleHomes, tomorrow night at 9.30pm. pic.twitter.com/mAE10jC3Yv — RTÉ One (@RTEOne) October 24, 2020 "I never thought there'd be a downside to Room to Improve, because I meet loads of people who watch the show and they love it - they get inspired," said Ó Sé on Friday's Today on RTÉ One. "But I met two engineers during the week and they said, 'That Dermot Bannon lad has my heart broken. Every woman in the country watching this fella - and then they [say], 'Well, I saw this one... Dermot Bannon'. And they all want what Dermot Bannon has on the show! "So I never thought there was a downside to your show, but I met two poor craythurs during the week and they were giving out about you - but in a good way." As Bannon laughed, co-host Maura Derrane added: "But you know what, Dermot? There's going to be a really big downside to this new one, because if they're looking for those beautifully limestone-clad houses in Goleen..." A des res in the West Cork village is one of a number of properties close to home that are showcased in the second episode.Restrictions on foreign travel in the Covid-19 emergency meant that Bannon and co couldn't explore further afield for the second show. This Sunday, Dermot gets to look around a beautiful west Cork home that he's been waiting 10 YEARS to see! Be warned… there may be some fangirling.#IncredibleHomespic.twitter.com/CHbwn2Xkvw — RTÉ One (@RTEOne) October 24, 2020 "I went to college in the UK and sometimes your friends would come over for a visit during the summer - the people you were in college with - or maybe over Christmas, and you're really proud of Ireland," he said. "You know the way you showed them all? 'And look at this... And this is my favourite pub'? Making the Irish show is a bit like that, bringing people around to your favourite buildings in Ireland. "I absolutely loved it. It turned out better than I expected. Because I think, if we're to be really honest, if you've got the choice of Japan or Limerick, you'd kind of go, 'Japan', wouldn't you? And I always felt it was going to be a little bit of a compromise, but it wasn't, because we got some great houses. And they're not the obvious ones." Dermot's Incredible Homes, Sunday, RTÉ One, 9:30pm Click here for more television news.
Anna Burns wins 2020 International Dublin Literary Award Books - RTE.ie
The Irish author Anna Burns has won the 2020 International Dublin Literary Award for her novel Milkman, which tells the story of a young woman growing up in Northern Ireland during the Troubles.
The Irish author Anna Burns has won the 2020 International Dublin Literary Award for her novel Milkman, which tells the story of a young woman growing up in Northern Ireland during the Troubles. The award which is worth €100,000 is sponsored by Dublin City Council and is the world's largest prize for a single novel published in English. Anna Burns is the first writer from Northern Ireland and the fourth woman to win the award in its 25-year history. Watch the virtual award ceremony below: We need your consent to load this YouTube contentWe use YouTube to manage extra content that can set cookies on your device and collect data about your activity. Please review their details and accept them to load the content.Manage Preferences Commenting on her win, Burns said; 'What an honour. I'm thrilled to bits and am about to break into my sevens with the excitement of it all! This is an extraordinary honour especially given the fantastic list I find myself on. I thank the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Hazel Chu, and Dublin City Council for being the patron and the host of this generous award. Also I salute them for representing Dublin's position at the cultural heart of worldwide literature.' The 25th Winner of the #DubLitAward [email protected] is delighted to announce #Milkman by Irish author Anna Burns as the 2020 International #DubLitAward, published by @FaberBooks & @GraywolfPress. Warmest congratulations, [email protected]@[email protected]/e3KxFh5vr4 — International DUBLIN Literary Award (@DublinLitAward) October 22, 2020 The International Dublin Literary Award receives nominations from public libraries in cities around the globe. Milkman has won a number of other awards, including the Man Booker prize.
Tom Vaughan-Lawlor accepts Best Actor IFTA from his couch - RTE.ie
Tom Vaughan-Lawlor scooped the Best Actor Award at the Irish Film and Television Awards on Sunday night for his moving performance in acclaimed Dublin movie Rialto.
Tom Vaughan-Lawlor scooped the Best Actor Award at the Irish Film and Television Awards on Sunday night for his moving performance in acclaimed Dublin movie Rialto. Vaughan-Lawlor plays Colm a father of two who has worked all his life on the Dublin docks. The recent death of his alcoholic father and a takeover at his place of work leads Colm to question everything that anchors him in the world. "I want to thank you for giving me one of the best gifts I've ever received as an actor." Adapted by Mark O'Halloran from his own play Trade, Rialto's exploration of what lies beneath is summed up in its line: "If we told people what was really in our heads - if we admitted it to ourselves, even - what would happen, do you think?" Vaughan-Lawlor accepted the Best Actor in Film award during a virtual ceremony on Sunday night which was broadcast on Virgin Media One. Tom Vaughan-Lawlor in Rialto Appearing on his couch alongside his wife and children the Love/Hate star gave a moving speech - punctuated by some lovely cameos from his son's feet and his daughters’ typing skills! He said: "Thank you to IFTAfor all the work they've done for the industry during the Lockdown. I'm very proud to be a member. "We all know how special Mr O’Halloran is, and him entrusting this part with me was a huge honour and… My daughter is hitting the keys sorry….I want to thank you for giving me one of the best gifts I've ever received as an actor." Speaking previously to RTÉ Entertainment Vaughan-Lawlor said: "I'd known Mark O'Halloran's work before, and so kind of from the first scene I was like, 'This is astonishing'. You can often tell how good a script is even within the first few pages, or how good the potential for something can be. We need your consent to load this YouTube contentWe use YouTube to manage extra content that can set cookies on your device and collect data about your activity. Please review their details and accept them to load the content.Manage Preferences "I literally from the first couple of pages was like, 'I have to do this'. You don't get a chance every day to be in every scene of a film, and for the film to be through that person's perspective and distilled through that person's experience. "So I was just kind of knocked out by the script. I had worked with Peter Mackie Burns, the director, on his first feature, Daphne, and I'd worked with Mark before so it was a no-brainer." Click here to read our review of Rialto Click here to see a full list of IFTA 2020 winners
Covid-19: Five further deaths, 617 additional cases - RTE.ie
There have been five Covid-19-related deaths and 617 new cases of the disease notified to the Department of Health in the past 24 hours.
There have been five Covid-19-related deaths and 617 new cases of the disease notified to the Department of Health in the past 24 hours. This brings the cumulative number of cases here to 40,703 while the death toll stands at 1,821. This includes the denotification of one previously confirmed death. The latest figures show there are 31 patients being treated for Covid-19 in intensive care units. It compares to a figure of 25 this morning. Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said: "The profile of the disease continues to deteriorate. There have been an additional 32 hospitalisations and eight ICU admissions in the past 24 hours. "We are continuing to see a high number of daily cases. "It is vital that we interrupt the transmission of the virus now. "NPHET (National Public Health Emergency Team) continues to monitor the situation. However, it is early, individual action that is needed to suppress the virus. "Please follow public health advice and do your part to make an impact on the disease." Of the cases notified today, 123 are in Dublin, 107 in Cork, 42 in Meath, 36 in Kerry, 35 in Galway and the remaining 274 cases are located across 21 counties. 310 are men, 307 are women and 73% are under 45 years of age. A third are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case, while 72 cases have been identified as community transmission. The latest figures come as the Cabinet Covid-19 sub-committee considers the question of graduated fines to enforce pandemic-related regulations. Earlier today, the highest ever daily number of new positive coronavirus cases was recorded in Northern Ireland. The rise of 1,080 cases brings the overall total number of cases there to 18,190. There were no further deaths, with the toll remaining at 587. Stormont Health Minister Robin Swann said the situation was "grave and getting more so, on a daily if not hourly basis". Speaking to RTÉ's News at One, First Minister Arlene Foster said it was "critically important" that financial supports are available for those who will be adversely affected if additional Covid-19 restrictions are put in place in Northern Ireland. The World Health Organization also reported a record one-day increase in global coronavirus cases with the total rising by 338,779 in the past 24 hours. Meanwhile, chair of the Special Committee on Covid-19 Michael McNamara has said questions remain unanswered on whether "adequate steps were taken" to protect residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities during the Covid-19 pandemic. Mr McNamara said a public inquiry is required "urgently" into what happened at nursing homes during the early stages of the Covid-19 response. The final report from the Oireachtas Special Committee on Covid-19 also recommended that the Joint Committee on Agriculture and Marine and the Committee on Health pursue a range of issues that have arisen with the spread of the virus in the meat industry. It said Covid-19 compliance officers should be appointed in all meat plants and advised that the role of Department of Agriculture veterinary inspectors in meat plants be examined. Also today, a GP in Co Clare said her practice does not have enough flu vaccines to meet demand. Speaking on RTÉ's Today with Claire Byrne, Dr Maire Finn said there was huge public buy-in for the first time, which she described as "wonderful", but warned: "We are not able to meet demand." Waiting lists rise again There has been a small increase in overall hospital waiting lists, which now stand at over 829,300 patients, new figures show. This represents a rise of around 1,860 patients last month, compared to August. The number of people waiting to be seen at an outpatient clinic at the end of September was 612,083 compared with 610,996 the previous month. The figures for September were published this evening by the National Treatment Purchase Fund. Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson David Cullinane expressed worry at the growth in waiting lists and the potential of a further surge in Covid-19 cases stopping elective care. "The massive growth in waiting lists over the last number of months is highly concerning," he said. "Despite the best efforts of our healthcare workers operating at full capacity, waiting lists and waiting times are up again this month. "As the medical experts and ICU management made clear on Prime Time last night, capacity in critical care units is dangerously low. Overflow surge capacity is there, but it is not safely staffed." Prof Alan Irvine, president of the Irish Hospital Consultants Association, said 74,599 people had been added to the waiting lists since the beginning of the year. In a statement, he said: "To address this growing patient backlog, we must immediately fill the 500 vacant hospital consultant posts. Ireland has the lowest number of consultants per capita in the OECD and 40% below the EU average. "With 1,000 health care professionals now also absent from our hospitals due to Covid-19, these shortages have only been amplified." Prof Irvine said that "urgent action and leadership" is needed by decision makers.
Covid-19: 10 more deaths, 613 further cases - RTE.ie
The Department of Health has been notified of 10 more deaths and 613 further cases of Covid-19.
The Department of Health has been notified of 10 more deaths and 613 further cases of Covid-19. Eight of the 10 deaths reported today occurred prior to September 2020. The total death toll now stands at 1,810, as one death was also denotified. Today's figures bring the total number of cases in Ireland to 37,668. As of this morning, there were 118 confirmed cases in hospitals and 20 in intensive care. Of today's cases, 315 are men and 294 are women. 68% are under 45 years of age, and 30% are associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case. 58 cases have been identified as community transmission. Of today's cases, 224 are in Dublin, 58 in Donegal, 46 in Cork, 44 in Kildare, 31 in Limerick, 28 in Laois, 21 in Kerry, 19 in Galway, 17 in Clare, 13 in Meath, 12 in Louth, 12 in Monaghan, 9 in Offaly, 9 in Tipperary, 9 in Wicklow, 8 in Cavan, 8 in Wexford, 7 in Carlow, 7 in Sligo, 7 in Roscommon, 6 in Mayo, 5 in Kilkenny, 5 in Westmeath, with the remaining 7 cases in three counties. Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn said: "The numbers being reported today and over the past week represent a significant escalation in the profile of Covid-19 in Ireland. "For those aged 70+ and those who are medically vulnerable to Covid-19, it is strongly recommended that you should limit the number of people you meet to a very small core group of family members, carers or friends, for short periods of time, while remaining physically distant. "We need to work together once again to make a significant impact on the number of cases in the community, and ultimately to reduce the number of people getting sick, being admitted to hospital and critical care, while protecting non-Covid healthcare services. I urge people in every county to follow the public health advice to stop the further spread of Covid-19," he added. The #COVID19 cases remain very high. Thankfully those in hospital have come down slightly. Now at 113 people, with ICU numbers steady at 21. Let's hope they all make a good recovery. We will get through this. Have a nice weekend and #[email protected] — Paul Reid (@paulreiddublin) October 3, 2020 Meanwhile, more than 900 family outbreaks of Covid-19 were reported in September. In recent days, public health advice to limit social interactions to between just two households at any one time was extended nationwide, as health officials here say the national situation is a serious concern. The figure is published by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre and takes account of cases reported up until midnight on 30 September. 924 family outbreaks of the virus occurred last month, compared to 530 family outbreaks in August. This is a significant increase from 127 family outbreaks in July, 126 in June, and just 94 in May, when restrictions were in place. Meanwhile, Ireland's 14-day incidence rate of Covid-19 has increased to 100.9. This is the number of cases of the virus per 100,000 of the population. The figure is measured from the number of new cases of the virus reported between 18 September and midnight on Thursday, 1 October. This compares with a national rate of 32.7 a month ago, the rate recorded in the 14 days up to 3 September. The latest data shows that Donegal continues to have the highest 14-day incidence rate, at 233.1, followed by fellow border county Monaghan, at 172.2. Dublin has a rate of 168.2, while Roscommon and Longford are both above the national rate at 134.8 and 119.9 respectively. Health Service Executive CEO Paul Reid has said there are 113 people with the virus in our hospitals, with 21 patients receiving treatment in ICU. Figures last night from the HSE showed there are 234 critical care beds currently occupied, and there are 39 adult critical care beds available nationwide.
'Space bubbles' fend off Covid-19 at NYC restaurant - RTE.ie
A French restaurant in Manhattan's Upper West Side has set up a series of plastic 'Space Bubbles' to protect customers from the spread of Covid-19, and shelter diners from cold and rain.
A French restaurant in Manhattan's Upper West Side has set up 15 plastic 'Space Bubbles’ to protect customers from the spread of Covid-19, and shelter diners from cold and rain. Cafe Du Soleil owner, Alain Chevreux, who bought the outlet 15 years ago, found the bubbles on the internet in July, when he was trying to figure out how to stay in business when the weather shifts to cold, together with the changing seasons. Each bubble costs $400, but Mr Chevreux says they are well worth the investment. "These bubbles can sit up to six people," he said. "Families love it. Kids love it. Friends who want to get together love it. As a matter of fact, it was raining couple of weeks ago, midweek, pouring, raining. Everybody that was inside those bubbles were having a blast." Just like all other restaurants in the city, Cafe Du Soleil took a hit from the coronavirus lockdown. Outdoor dining became its saving grace. Restaurants will be able able to reopen for indoor dining at 25% capacity on Wednesday, but Mr Chevreux says it is not enough for his restaurant to survive. Last Friday, New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio made outdoor dining permanent and "year-round", in the city. Mr Chevreux said he is not sure how long into the winter he can use the bubbles. "When the weather gets very cold, you can have as many bubbles as you have, but I'm not sure it's gonna do the trick," he said.
Limerick TD calls for clarity on county figures - RTE.ie
Fine Gael TD for Limerick Kieran O'Donnell has said he has been in touch with the Taoiseach's office and with Health Minister Stephan Donnelly to correct what he says are the inconsistencies about the Covid-19 incidence figures in Limerick, and in particular …
Fine Gael TD for Limerick Kieran O'Donnell has said he has been in touch with the Taoiseach's office and with Health Minister Stephan Donnelly to correct what he says are the inconsistencies about the Covid-19 incidence figures in Limerick, and in particular in Limerick city. Deputy O'Donnell says that all the indications are that the figures in Limerick over the past 2 weeks are going down. He said the most up to date data from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre shows the figures over the past 14 days shows that the rate in Limerick per 100,000 has dropped from 69.3, at one stage second only to Dublin, to 35.9. Deputy O'Donnell said Limerick city in particular has been name-checked as an area that may face further restrictions. He said the Taoiseach said today that Limerick, along with Waterford, Cork, and Galway urban areas in particular are areas of concern as figures are rising in these areas. He said "the figures in Limerick are on the decline, and I have this evening asked the Taoiseach's office to address this inconsistency. "The rate of Covid infection in Limerick, but particularly in Limerick city areas, is coming down. "Active infection testing, contact tracing, along with a behaviour change by people in the city after a warning from Dr. Ronan Glynn about rising cases, I believe has resulted in citizens of Limerick getting the virus spread under control, and these figures need to be acknowledged by the Taoiseach’s office."
Swedish expert backs controlled Covid-19 spread - RTE.ie
A Swedish expert will today tell the Oireachtas Special Committee on Covid-19 Response that controlled spread of the coronavirus should be allowed among people aged under 60.
A Swedish expert will today tell the Oireachtas Special Committee on Covid-19 Response that controlled spread of the coronavirus should be allowed among people aged under 60. In his opening statement, Dr Johan Giesecke, former chief epidemiologist in Sweden, will say Ireland should concentrate on the old and frail with frequent testing of staff and residents in care homes. He will tell politicians that we should wait at least a year to start comparing countries' Covid-19 strategies. Dr Giesecke will also warn that the epidemic is only at the beginning. He will advise not to build our strategy on the imminent advent of a vaccine because we might have to wait for it and it may not be very effective in those who need it most. Dr Giesecke will say intensive contact tracing and testing of contacts will be needed. He will tell the committee that Covid-19 has surprised people many times and may again. The committee is today examining strategic options for using the Government plan to eliminate community transmission of the coronavirus in Ireland. Latest coronavirus storiesLatest politics stories Lockdowns 'not inevitable' Meanwhile, the chairman of the Covid-19 committee has said that giving people choices rather than forcing lockdowns needs to be looked at as a more successful way to respond to the virus in the longer term. Michael McNamara has said that measuring the success of a lockdown is difficult and it must be asked whether the aim of a lockdown is to temporarily suppress the virus or is done for another reason. Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, Mr McNamara said that two counties - Offaly and Kildare - may face further restrictions after already having an additional three weeks of restrictions, which begs the question as to the success of the original measures taken. Lockdowns are not inevitable, he said, adding that we need to consider is it possible to shield the vulnerable from the virus while allowing society to move and to operate more normally. He said the committee would hear the views of other countries including Sweden today and said this is important so as not to risk being insular in our response to the virus. Mr McNamara said clearly there is a large concern that the spread of the virus is resulting in hospitalisations. There are no easy answers, he said, but added that the messaging around gathering and limiting movements, for young people especially, could be more nuanced. He said some members of the committee want to ask more questions around the success of the testing programme.
EBA says payment breaks will be phased out as planned - RTE.ie
The European Banking Authority has confirmed that mortgage and loan payment breaks, offered to borrowers earlier this year, will be phased out from the end of this month as planned.
The European Banking Authority has confirmed that mortgage and loan payment breaks, offered to borrowers earlier this year, will be phased out from the end of this month as planned. The EBA said it had made the decisions following close monitoring of developments resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic. "These guidelines, which were published in the early phases of the Covid-19 pandemic, have provided the necessary flexibility as well as certainty on the regulatory framework, in light of significant number of actions taken by banks to support their customers as exceptional lock-down measures were put in place," it said. "The continued ability for banks to provide lending is of key importance and the EBA will keep monitoring the situation as needed," the EBA said. The main lenders here all put in place the option of three-month payment breaks in the spring as the country entered a phase of severe restrictions aimed at preventing the spread of coronavirus. That was then extended for another three months. The EBA introduced guidelines on April 2 to ensure banks maintained a comparable approach across Europe so they could offer breaks without them becoming automatically classified as meeting the definition of forbearance or defaulted. However, the banks have stated that the scheme will not be extended further, despite calls from some sectors of the economy for a further three months leniency to be shown in order to protect businesses and jobs. Instead, banks have said they will engage with customers on a case by case basis to figure out how they can best meet their commitments into the future. "The payment moratoria have been an effective tool to address short-term liquidity challenges caused by the Covid-19 pandemic," the EBA said in a statement with the vast majority of banks in the EU taking part. "Moreover, depending on the duration of the payment extensions, which in Europe has been on average between six and 12 months, payment moratoria will continue producing their effects for a while," it said. "However, the EBA does not consider adequate at this state the further extension of such an exceptional measure. It is opportune to return to the practice that any rescheduling of loans should follow a case-by-case approach," it added. The EBA said the guidelines will continue to apply to payment breaks granted prior to September 30, and this will prevent a cliff edge risk of having to "reclassify existing loans abruptly at a later stage." Data from the Central Bank shows that by September 4, active payment breaks accounted for 8.6% of the loan book of the financial system, made up of 6.1% of all mortgages, 4.2% of consumer loans and 14.5% of SME and corporate loans. According to analysts at stockbroker Goodbody the fourth quarter is likely to be a "hectic" one in the restructuring units of the banks. "It also follows comments from the Central Bank Governor last week that we are now moving more into a world where lenders may need to restructure debts and it is becoming less likely lenders can simply postpone those decisions as to which businesses/customers are viable and which are not," wrote Eamonn Hughes and Barry Egan in a research note.
Covid-19 cases in Donegal are random - HSE specialist - RTE.ie
A HSE specialist in public health medicine in the northwest has said that the cases of Covid-19 in Co Donegal are random, and that there is no concern about any particular location or workplace.
A HSE specialist in public health medicine in the northwest has said that the cases of Covid-19 in Co Donegal are random, and that there is no concern about any particular location or workplace. Dr Anthony Breslin also said that there is no issue with schools in the county. Yesterday, acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn said there were increasing concerns at trends in a number of counties including Donegal, Waterford and Louth. Dr Breslin today said that the cases in Donegal are throughout the county. He said a small increase was expected as society began to open up again but it appears that people have let their guard down in relation to the guidelines on things like hand hygiene and social distancing. Dr Breslin said health officials are hearing stories about parties, not just among young people but among adults, who are attending christening parties, anniversaries and retirement. He said there are big numbers attending these events, with no social distancing involved. "That's where we are getting the cases," he said. Dr Breslin appealed to people again to adhere to all the guidelines, stating that we do not want people to get sick and we certainly do not want to move to level 3.