‘Is The Emergency Facility In Citywest Still On Stand-By?’


From top: Covid-19 Isolation and Step Down Facility in the Conference Centre at Citywest Hotel Dublin on March 29; Former Attorney General and ex-Minister for Justice Michael McDowell

This morning.

Via Michael McDowell in The Irish Times:

We haven’t really heard as to whether the HSE has increased the availability of intensive care capacity and secured additional supplies of ventilators and personal protective equipment.

Have they trained additional personnel in the meantime?

Is the emergency facility in Citywest still on stand-by?

Are the once-sequestered private hospitals still available on a contingency basis?

In other words, have we radically improved our hospital services so as to counter any second wave of Covid-19 or are our hospitals more or less still in the same position as they were in mid-March?

If not, why not?

Do the recent upticks in community transmissions really represent an existential threat to the HSE’s capacity to deal with the virus?

The fatality rate, the hospitalisation rate and the rate of admission of Covid-19 patients into intensive care do not, as of now, appear to be in crisis.


The pandemic cannot be blithely dismissed as a problem of the “capitalist system” or as a good opportunity to create a utopian different society – it is an economic crisis which challenges the poor, the middle class and the wealthy alike. But people are economically vulnerable as well as being vulnerable to infection.

Michael McDowell: Public will not endure another lockdown (Irish Times)


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11 thoughts on “‘Is The Emergency Facility In Citywest Still On Stand-By?’

  1. frank

    Good man Michael. Bang on the money.
    Also, something else to think about.
    What kind of experience / form / operational practice does National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) have in handling said ‘Emergency’?
    Over 80% of deaths are persons over 65.
    Over 50% of deaths with Covid19 occurred in nursing homes.

    They simply did not look after the most vulnerable. The people who should have been taken care of first and foremost. And if they couldn’t get that right why on earth do you think they’re getting anything right???
    NPHET need to go back to wherever they came

  2. Just Sayin

    “While it may well be the case that the Swedish approach resulted in an initially higher fatality rate than other countries, is it still the case that on a day-to-day basis Swedes are now suffering an egregiously higher community transmission rate compared with other comparable countries? Is there any discussion of a belated general lock-down in Sweden now?”

    Why the poopa-doopa-doot is the Irish Times asking us such questions?
    Shouldn’t they employ journalists to do some research then report the answers back to us, (rather than asking us to do their job).

    Short answer, Sweden got it right and they are doing well now without masks and lockdown threats.

    Initially they failed to protect their vulnerable / elderly just like we did, but because they have a higher percentage vulnerable their numbers look worse than ours.

    Lockdown or no lockdown had nothing to do with it there or anywhere else for that matter.




    1. Micko

      Totally Scottser

      It’s the only way to be sure.

      I also suggest burning the corpses.

      Ye know… for safety!

  3. Micko

    Interestingly, I noticed the weekend that our local Covid testing centre was closed on Sunday.
    The one out on Stockholm lane at the back of the old airport rd.

    And if they all are closed on Sunday, would this lead to the big spike we saw on Tuesday / yesterday?

    Feeling sick on a Fri / Sat? No test on Sunday.

    Get tested on Monday = big spike on Tuesday…

        1. Cian

          No, I don’t think so.

          But equally on a Monday they don’t say “there were only 20 new cases today – but that was because most testing centers were closed yesterday.”

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