Audiences have hailed last night's RTE Investigates episode as "essential viewing", praising it for highlighting the huge impact that Covid-19 has had on people across Ireland.
RTE Investigates: Inside Ireland's COVID Battle aired on RTE on Monday night, giving viewers an insight into the daily struggle faced by frontline staff in tackling the impact of a global pandemic.
Gathering the footage over the course of a month, the RTE team spent 30 days filming in St James' Hospital in Dublin - rolling cameras for up to 12 hours a day. Capturing the realities of what life is like behind the scenes, viewers have described it as very powerful.
Reacting to the latest episode online, many have said that it should be mandatory viewing with one writing:
"Everyone needs to watch #RTEInvestigates. Wear a mask, take responsibility and don't travel abroad for a holiday this summer. This documentary is the stark and moving reminder that we need to continue to mind each other."
#RTEInvestigates Inside Ireland's Covid battle should be mandatory viewing for anyone unwilling to follow the current guidelines. The agony of those who could not be with their loved ones; the impact on healthcare staff. Sobering viewing
— Dr Martina Crehan (@m_crehan) June 29, 2020
Everyone needs to watch #RTEInvestigates Wear a mask, take responsibility and don't travel abroad for a holiday this summer. This documentary is the stark and moving reminder that we need to continue to mind each other.
— Ciara Murray (@teapotladyciara) June 30, 2020
T1 #RTEInvestigates Showed an incredible insight into what Covid-19 has been like for patients, their families and the incredible healthcare teams who look after them and support them.
The depth of compassion, care, respect, dignity, love on such a personal level coupled with https://t.co/524Ayvs7PG
— Elaine Birkett 🌻 (@birkett_elaine) June 30, 2020
#RTEInvestigates was an extremely difficult watch, we're not through this and need to do our part. I hope healthcare workers get all the support they need after this is over
— Rupert (@ruppy92) June 30, 2020
On behalf of #rteinvestigates thank you to everyone in @stjamesdublin for allowing us behind the scenes to document this strange time in Irish history, also for your patience and generosity when giving your time & expertise over the past few months. Go raibh mile maith agaibh. pic.twitter.com/JE4iLPxZlp
— Paul Maguire (@paulmmaguire) June 29, 2020
New Taoiseach Micheal Martin reiterated the above, praising the country's frontline staff for their tireless work.
"Tonight’s #RTEInvestigates was a stark reminder, as restrictions are relaxed, of the indiscriminate cruelty of Covid-19 and the threat it represents. The courage, dedication and sensitivity of the team at @stjamesdublin, like @HSELivestaff across the country, is an inspiration."
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