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Will we have to ration energy - and how would we do it?
The current energy crisis shows little sign of easing, and the worst may be to come. Some have warned that, with Russian gas supplies in doubt, Europe could face energy rationing this coming winter. Jack Horgan-Jones looked into the issue and he tells Conor Pope how likely it is to happen here in Ireland and what plans there are to deal with it if it does.
How concerned should we be about the summer Covid surge?
Just three months on from the last pandemic wave which swept across the country, Ireland is once again experiencing a surge in Covid cases. But was it expected this time round and how long will it last? Conor Pope speaks to virologist Dr Gerald Barry to find out.
Could a tsunami hit Ireland?
Nearly 300 years ago an earthquake off the coast of Portugal caused a tsunami which hit Ireland’s coast. Records show that the Lisbon tsunami, as it was known, damaged Galway’s Spanish Arch, caused a large body of water to pour into Kinsale harbour and made an island out of Aughinish in northern Clare.Last Saturday, locals in West Cork momentarily feared that history could be repeating itself, when unusual tidal activity saw water levels in some harbours drop dramatically.So,what happened on Ireland’s southwest coast last weekend? We hear from eyewitness, charter boat operator David Edwards.Sorcha Pollak also talks to oceanographer at Maynooth University, Dr Gerard McCarthy, about what caused the freak tides at Courtmacsherry and Union Hall last weekend, the likelihood of a big tsunami hitting Ireland and how prepared we would be for one.Links: Deep Maps Cork article on the Lisbon Tsunami: http://www.deepmapscork.ie/past-to-present/climate/1755-lisbon-earthquake-tsunami-west-cork-coast/Dr McCarthy's Twitter thread explaining the unusual tidal activity in Cork: https://twitter.com/ger_the_sea/status/1538660304699150337Watch David Edwards' footage from Courtmacsherry: https://www.irishtimes.com/ireland/2022/06/20/freak-west-cork-tides-not-caused-by-marine-earthquake-experts-say/