The electrifying behind-the-scenes account of a year that brought Ireland to the brink and back.
In 2020 Ireland was launched into a state of turmoil, with the Government scrambling to handle the arrival of a virus that would see the already strained healthcare system buckle under the weight of the responsibility foisted upon it. The National Public Health Emergency Team was sent into overdrive, while thousands became unemployed as businesses around the country closed their doors.
Woven from a wealth of original research and dozens of interviews with ministers, politicians, public health experts, essential workers, and ordinary people on whom the crisis exacted a personal toll, this is the incendiary untold story of Ireland’s response to the most significant public health emergency of the past century.
Ranging from the halls of Government Buildings, where a new Cabinet riven by personal acrimony found itself beset by a series of unprecedented crises, to the frontlines of the containment effort itself, where medical practitioners and the communities they serve were pushed to breaking point, A State of Emergency is a landmark work of investigative journalism and the defining account of an extraordinary time in Irish history.
As the News Correspondent with Virgin Media News, Richard Chambers is one of Ireland’s most recognisable and respected broadcast journalists, whose coverage of the pandemic has earned widespread acclaim. Prior to joining Virgin Media in 2018, he spent five years as a reporter with Newstalk FM. A State of Emergency is his first book.