Post-Lockdown: Open your Business with Confidence

In the context of the current crisis, many business owners will have sacrificed their life’s work and their livelihoods in the hope of saving lives. However, more and more evidence is now emerging that damage to our health, the economy and society caused by lockdowns is totally disproportionate to the risk posed by COVID19.

What this means, in effect, is that business people who believe they are doing the right thing by closing their businesses, are unwittingly participating in a strategy which is in fact costing more lives than it was intended to save. In addition, the social and economic fabric of our society is being decimated and may never recover.

This webinar aims to equip you, the business owners, with information which will assist you, as you look to reopen and stay open, and give you confidence that this will in fact save both lives and livelihoods.

It will also equip you with the information needed to lobby your local representatives or relevant ministers regarding this matter.

We invite you to join our esteemed panel of experts from the fields of science, medicine, data analysis and law.

On this webinar you will:

  • Get a clear picture of the data surrounding cases, hospitalisations and deaths, as well as the impact of lockdown on these figures.
  • Hear about how the virus can be effectively managed in the community, and therefore reduce the seasonal strain on hospital services.
  • Get an understanding of the term ‘case’ and the limitations of the PCR test as a diagnostic tool for COVID19.
  • Become well informed about the impact of the recent Statutory Instruments on your constitutional rights and those of your customers.

LIVE Webinar

This webinar was delivered live on zoom on Thursday 26th of November. Participants were able to ask questions directly to the panelists during Q&A.
We will transcribe the questions that were answered in writing and do our best to get the unanswered questions covered and published on this page.

Donations towards the work of HFI would be gratefully accepted.

The Panel

MR GERARD MARTIN BYRNEBarrister at Law (Junior Counsel)

Martin is a barrister-at-law currently practising in the Superior Courts, Dublin, Ireland. He specialises in Professional Negligence Litigation, Data Protection Law (GDPR), Insurance Law and Personal Injuries, Chancery, Receivership and Property Litigation, Commercial Litigation, and Human Rights Law.

Having gained over 20 years' management and engineering experience in the manufacturing industry, he decided to become a lawyer in 2011. In 2012, he entered a 4-year LLB (Hons) degree course in Maynooth University and graduated with first class honours in September 2016. On graduation, Maynooth University presented Martin with an award for outstanding academic achievement.

PROFESSOR DOLORES CAHILLProfessor of Translational Sciences

Prof. Dr Dolores Cahill is a world-wide renowned expert in high-throughput proteomics technology development and automation, high content protein arrays and their biomedical applications, including in biomarker discovery and diagnostics.
She is a world leading scientist and academic renowned for her work in Bio-Medicine. Dolores has been a member of the Advisory Science Council to the Irish government and a member of the International Science Advisory Board. 
She has been Granted & licensed Patents in Europe, USA & worldwide with applications in improving the early accurate diagnosis of disease (auto immune diseases & cancer). 
With more than 20 years expertise in high-throughput protein & antibody array, proteomics technology development, automation & biomedical applications in biomarker discovery, diagnostics & personalised medicine.
She currently holds a position as full professor at University College Dublin, School of Medicine.

DR PAT MORRISSEYGeneral Practitioner

Pat Morrissey , 46 year old GP practicing medicine in his own clinic for 17 years in Adare in Co. Limerick. Happily married with three teenage boys.
Former Chairman of Shannondoc: Out of Hours Co-operative where he led change in the company structure to reduce burnout on member doctors while keeping and maintaining standards of patient care and access.
Campaigner for nuclear energy and working with energy professionals to establish Ireland's first nuclear power company. He is not afraid of big complex problems.
Barefoot runner, motorcyclist and hang glider pilot who understands risk and reward. Doing his best to understand the world and make a positive contribution before his time is up.


Ivor completed a Biochemical Engineering degree in 1990. He has since spent 30 years in corporate technical leadership positions. His career specialty has been leading large worldwide teams in complex problem-solving activity.
Since 2012 Ivor has been intensively researching the root causes of modern chronic disease. A particular focus has been on cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. He shares his research insights at public speaking engagements around the world, revealing the key nutritional and lifestyle interventions which will deliver excellent health and personal productivity. He has recently presented at the British Association of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (BACPR) and also at the Irish National Institute of Preventative Cardiology (NIPC) annual conferences. 
Ivor is currently the Chief Program Officer for Irish Heart Disease Awareness: 

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