IGS and COVID-19. Media Coverage.

IGS Responds to COVID-19 Issues and Challenges

Archive of articles, opinions, and interviews with members of the IGS community.

Please note. Some media outlets' content is timebound so links may expire.

May 2020

17 May 2020

Joint Press Release from the Irish Gerontological Society and ALONE

ALONE and the Irish Gerontological Society are calling on the incoming Government to take action to provide long term support services for older people, both during and after the Coronavirus crisis.

The organisations have stated that the COVID-19 pandemic has further highlighted healthcare and support gaps experienced by older people which must be urgently addressed. Both organisations are calling on the incoming Government to implement long term changes for older people, including acute and psychosocial supports, to support older people with both physical and mental health.

ALONE and Irish Gerontological Society call on Government to take action and provide long term change for older people

12 May 2020

Interview: Cork's 96fm

Prof. Rose Anne Kenny discusses vitamin D and its association with COVID-19 severity and the importance of looking after our health at this time.  The interview begins at 45 minutes in.


APRIL 2020

27th April 2020

IGS President Dr. Diarmuid O'Shea on @kfmradio this morning. Diarmuid outlines lots of practical advice on how older people can stay hopeful, positive and active during the COVID-19 crisis.  Interview begins at 23' 35".


24th April 2020

Media Release 

On behalf of members of the Irish Gerontological Society (IGS), Dr. Diarmuid O’Shea, is campaigning for everyone to be mindful of their language and avoid the ‘euphemizing of age’ as we talk about this large, diverse, heterogeneous social group.

20th April 2020

Interview Radio Kerry. Kerry Today with Jerry O'Sullivan

Dr Diarmuid O’Shea, praises over 70s who are cocooning during the pandemic. He discusses the different lifestyles people in this age category lead and how to cope on a day-to-day basis with the reality of COVID-19.


19th April 2020

Tadhg Daly, Chief Executive of Nursing Homes Ireland, the HSE's CEO Paul Reid and Dr. Diarmuid O'Shea, Consultant in Geriatric Medicine at St. Vincent's Hospital in Dublin and also President of the Irish Gerontological Society join the programme to discuss what is and should be done to prevent further outbreaks of the virus in nursing homes.


17th April 2020

Minister Harris on nursing homes:


16th April 2020

Dr. Colm Henry on RTE Prime Time 


16th April 2020

Nursing homes discussion on RTE Drivetime

Barry Lenihan, Drivetime reporter, Stephen Donnelly, Fianna Fáil, and Dr. Rose Anne Kenny, Professor of Geriatric Medicine in Trinity and St. James, discusses Covid-19 in nursing homes.

Listen: https://www.rte.ie/radio1/drivetime/programmes/2020/0416/1131980-drivetime-thursday-16-april-2020/

Dr. Emer Ahern Interview Morning Ireland Tuesday 15 April 2020

6th April 2020.

A message of support to colleagues, especially those working in nursing home or long term care sectors, from Jonathon O'Keeffe, Hon.Treasurer of the Irish Gerontological Society. RANP, RNP Community Medicine for Older Person's Service. Adj Lecturer UCD. >>Link

6th  April 2020

Radio Interview. KFM Radio Kildare.  Dr. Diarmuid O’Shea. Interview begins at 5:25 into recording.  >>Link

3rd April 2020

Media Commentary. Irish Examiner. Dr. Diarmuid O'Shea. "This pandemic will pass, and when it does pass we must remember that we will all have changed".  >>Link

3rd April 2020

Radio Interview. RTE 1 Drivetime. Dr. Siobhán Kennelly 
Consideration, Compassion and Kindness for our patients and each other in COVID-19 times by Dr. Diarmuid O'Shea. >>Link

1st April 2020

Article. Principles in the  COVID-World. by Dr. Diarmuid O'Shea, President IGS >>Link

1st April 2020

Media Interview. Business Post. Dr. Diarmuid O'Shea. "In the midst of this unifying spirit, society must be careful not to stigmatise, marginalise or disadvantage any group – particularly older people. We must be mindful that, like every age group in society, older people are a heterogeneous group." >>Link