Five Breaches

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From top: David McCullagh and Miriam O’Callaghan flank Phil Collins at her retirement party in RTÉ

This afternoon.

That RTÉ gathering…

…RTÉ’s Health and Safety Review has found that five breaches occurred; three breaches of COVID-19 public health advice, one breach of the Plan for Living with COVID-19 Level 5 restrictions and a breach in RTÉ’s internal COVID-19 Protocols;

Via RTÉ:

Some people did not maintain social distancing during the gathering.

Where the two meters social distance was breached, some people were not wearing face coverings.

There was a breach of the requirement to avoid crowded places.

There was a breach of the Plan for Living with COVID-19 as there should not have been any indoor gathering which does not form part of RTÉ’s delivery of an essential service.

There was a breach of internal RTÉ COVID-19 Protocols for visitors to our site.

RTÉ Director General, Dee Forbes said: “These breaches should not have occurred and, as Director General, I am sorry that this happened. What makes this all the more disappointing is that this incident is not representative of the way our staff conduct their work in general, which is to be absolutely diligent in relation to public health guidelines and COVID-19 protocols.”

From the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, as an essential service, RTÉ has been pro-active in prioritising the health and safety of our employees and contractors,as well as those necessarily visiting our sites to contribute to our programmes, while also delivering vital news, information and entertainment to the public.

Dee Forbes added:”A close look at any of our productions over these past months, across our television, radio and online services, highlights our commitment to ensuring everyone who visits RTÉ is in a safe environment. However, on this occasion we fell short of our own standards. It is essential that we all learn from this and that none of us is complacent about the risks of COVID-19. We all have a role to play in protecting ourselves and others.”
In this context, RTÉ’s Health and Safety Review makes five main recommendations:

1. All present at the gathering to retake RTÉ’s COVID-19 induction training;
2. Implementation of a communications plan to reinforce RTÉ’s COVID-19 protocols;
3. Discussion of findings and lessons learned with RTÉ’s COVID-19 representatives;
4. Review of RTÉ’s visitor access and protocols;
5. Ongoing review of RTÉ’s COVID-19 protocols.

That’ll learn them.

Full review here.

RTÉ review finds breaches of Covid-19 restrictions at retirement gathering (RTÉ)

13 thoughts on “Five Breaches

  1. SOQ

    1.All present at the gathering to retake RTÉ’s COVID-19 induction training;
    2. Implementation of a communications plan to reinforce RTÉ’s COVID-19 protocols;
    3. Discussion of findings and lessons learned with RTÉ’s COVID-19 representatives;
    4. Review of RTÉ’s visitor access and protocols;
    5. Ongoing review of RTÉ’s COVID-19 protocols.

    All paid for by those in attendance- JOKING- are you MAD ???

  2. Bitnboxy

    Mad. I feel sorry for the lady who retired. The madness of these headlines might very well see me batting my eyelids at SOQ yet. Lolers.

    1. SOQ

      If you are male, >40, -veneer teeth free and himself likes the cut of your gib on GROWLr – let’s hook?

      1. Bitnboxy

        @SOQ. I’m too young for veneers but too taken and old-fashioned for hooking! But I totally support your’s and everyone else’s right to hook. Love it. Lol.

        I’m with you on the veneers. Well, maybe if subtly done – nothing as dire as a busted grill – but are veneers ever subtle?

  3. Janet, dreams of an alternate universe

    It’s the birthday of linguist and writer Noam Chomsky who has been described as the world’s “top public intellectual,” born in Philadelphia (1928). His books include Manufacturing Consent (1988) and, most recently, Climate Crisis and the Global Green New Deal: The Political Economy of Saving the Planet (2020). He said, “We shouldn’t be looking for heroes; we should be looking for good ideas.”

    This information is here on this thread ironically.

    1. Andrew

      Chomsky wrote this in 1967 five years AFTER the great Chinese famine that saw a death toll of 30 million people:

      “China is an important example of a new society in which very interesting and positive things happened at the local level, in which a good deal of the collectivization and communization was really based on mass participation and took place after a level of understanding had been reached in the peasantry that led to this next step.”

  4. Lilly

    Phil looks well for one who has reached retirement age. Working at RTE obviously agreed with her. Not like a few places I know where retirees are sent on their merry way looking like hallowed husks.

  5. GiggidyGoo

    Brilliant. It will be the lead story, lasting 15 minutes, on the Nine O’Clock news. Multiple reports, telling us the same thing…….

    Newsreader
    OBU reporter freezing his goolies off
    In-Studio expert
    Interview with Holohan (with signing)
    Interview with Stephen Donnelly
    Duel screen celebrities
    Picture, but no interview with, D4bs

    Followed by a Prime Time special.

    ROOOOOOOOFFFFFFFLLLLL

  6. Hector Rameriz

    I’m surprised Dee didn’t make a statement on how if they had/have the proper funding none of this would have happened…

  7. Fanacht

    Coercion is from Communist Brainwashing Techniques.

    Isolation – Social distancing, massive job loss.

    Monopolization of Perception – Restrict movement. Dominate all Media, Censorship. Induced Debility and exhaustion – Not permitted to socialize.

    Threats & Intimidation – threaten to close business, levy fines. Create containment camps.

    Occasional indulgences – Allow re-opening of some stores, businesses. Let restaurants open but at a certain capacity.

    Demonstrate omnipotence – Shut down entire economies across the world. Develop total surveillance.

    Humiliation & Degradation – Make people stand between lines. Make people stand outside and wait on lines.

    Enforcing trivial demands – Family members must stand apart. Masks in home and even when having sex.

    It’s psychological torture, it’s mental torture and at the end we see that the question doesn’t have an easy answer. In fact some might conclude that yes, the responses to this Coronavirus in many regions of the world do in fact amount to torture.

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