Eoghan McDermott has been replaced by Stephen Mullan as narrator on the popular reality TV show. This comes following his departure from RTÉ 2fm and as host of Junior Eurovision. Sophie Monk returns as host with comedian Stephen Mullan taking over from Eoghan McDermott. Love Island Australia is an ITV production for Channel 9, it will air later in the year in Ireland on Virgin Media TWO.
Nearly 100,000 people across the Island Of Ireland contracted COVID-19 in August 2021. The Republic saw a 73% increase in the number of cases from the previous month, and well of ahead of the 2,916 figure of August 2020. Northern Ireland saw its worst month since the pandemic began reaching 44,615 cases for the month, an increase of 48% from July. In total there have been 556,368 COVID cases since the pandemic began in 2020. In total 4.5 million people have been fully vaccinated, with 740,957 getting their second jab in August, the republic saw 1.2m second doses administered with the north delivering 119,653 in August.
RTÉ2 after seeing its best audience share of the last 3 years has seen its share increase again in July as the Euros came to an end and the Olympics began. The channel had 12.18% share of the audience in July 2021. The final of the Euros between England and Italy had an average of 941,300, this compares to 898,100 in 2016 when the final was broadcast on both RTÉ2 and TV3 (now Virgin Media one). In June 2016 RTÉ\'s coverage of the Euro final had 782,100 while TV3\'s had 116,000 viewers. RTÉ2 will hope to retain its summer time audience in August with continued coverage of the GAA championships and the Olympic Games. Overall RTÉ held 30% of the audience, while Virgin Media Television had 18%.
Nearly 60,000 people across the Island Of Ireland contracted COVID-19 in July. The Republic saw as 179% increase in the number of cases from June, and well of ahead of the 635 figure in July 2020. Northern Ireland saw its worst month since the pandemic began reaching just over 30,000 cases for the month, January saw just under 30,000. In total there have been 460,330 COVID cases since the pandemic began in 2020. 5,581,690 Vaccine doses have been administered with a total of 3,595,971 people considered to be fully vaccinated across Ireland. \r\n
RTÉ2 has seen its best audience share in the last 3 years, it last hit double digits during the world cup 2018. The channel had 11.85% share of the audience in June 2021, this was helped by the Euros 2020. In 2016 the games were split between RTÉ and TV3. The most watch programme was England V Scotland on June 18th with 547,700 viewers. Virgin Media one\'s Love Island\'s had 277,000 on June 30th. In June 2016 RTÉ2 had an audience share of 11.67%, while TV3 (now Virgin Media one) had 9.23%. RTÉ2 will hope to retain its June\'s audience share with continued coverage of the Euros, GAA championships and the Olympic Games in July. Overall RTÉ held 30% of the audience, while Virgin Media Television had 17%.
Ivana Bacik has become The Labour Party\'s 7th sitting member of the Dail, having been elected to the Dail tonight (09/07/2021) in a By Election in Dublin Bay South. She top the poll of 1st preference votes with 30% support, far exceeding her party\'s performance in recent polls which put them between 3% and 6% support. Government party Fine Gael were in second place with 26% support, while opposition party Sinn Fein had just 16% of the vote. While The Green Party lost its footing in this constituency it still did far better than the Fianna Fail party, which only managed a 5% of the vote. Trinity College Dublin will now have a by-election to vote in a new member of the Seanad.