RTÉ can sometimes get a lot of stick over it's programming with many viewers complaining about where their licence fee is going.
However, every now and then it produces a piece of television so good that it's worth the licence fee alone. The first part of last night's documentary series Keeping Ireland Alive: the health service in a day, was one of those programmes.
The series was filmed over 24 hours, on 31 May 2016 when 75 cameras recorded what was happening in hospitals, clinics and mobile health units throughout the country. The programme enthralled viewers and many were compelled to take to Twitter to praise both the filmmakers as well as the health service professionals and patients that featured.
Minister for Health Simon Harris was one of the first to praise the documentary for giving the public an insight into the work of the HSE's frontline staff.
#KeepingIrelandAlive - a brilliant insight into the amazing work of our frontline staff in the health service & inspirational patients
— Simon Harris TD (@SimonHarrisTD) August 29, 2016
I accept my bias but #KeepingIrelandAlive is a perfect example of why we need properly funded public service broadcasting
— Will Leahy (@willleahy) August 29, 2016
— Susan Keogh (@susankeoghnews) August 29, 2016
Great to see #KeepingIrelandAlive on the screen. Enjoyed being part of it. Hope people enjoy - if that's the word!!
— Ross Whitaker (@rosswhitakertv) August 29, 2016
Annette on #KeepingIrelandAlive is amazing and has given me a kick up the arse! 'Enjoy the good moments, and there are lots of them'.
— Saoirse Smith (@smithsaoirse) August 29, 2016
This programme #KeepingIrelandAlive is wonderful & heartbreaking all rolled into one!!
— Alan Cawley (@alancaw) August 29, 2016
Often good to remind ourselves that much of the health service does what it says on the tin. #KeepingIrelandAlive
— Sinead Ryan (@sinead_ryan) August 29, 2016
— CIARA CONWAY (@ciaramconway) August 30, 2016
The impact of #KeepingIrelandAlive is still with me today.
— Joe Carroll (@Carrolljoseph) August 30, 2016
#KeepingIrelandAlive prog makers thanked all they 'intruded' upon. We salute you for going there. Powerful storytelling
— TERESA MANNION (@TeresaMannion) August 29, 2016
Were you watching last night?