Wet trades include bricklaying, floor and wall tiling, painting and decorating, and plastering. The report says all are critical to the functioning of the construction industry. Photograph: Getty Images

‘Wet trades’ critical to construction industry, yet new apprenticeship registrations have plummeted

Demographic needs and policy require that supports are reformed to meet the requirements of citizens in a more effective and cost-efficient manner.

Regulation of residential facilities driving cost increases as number with needs on rise

The report says the HSE has a budget of about €2bn for disability services. However, “evidently the supply of services is not meeting demand”

Report warns that many voluntary organisations are struggling financially, and may not be able to carry on indefinitely

Pharma companies have agreed a six-month extension with Government to the current deal

Government and pharma companies agree space for discussions on longer-term pricing

The Irish Federation of University Teachers (Ifut) said certainty was required urgently on the re-opening process for higher education institutions. File photograph: Getty

Not possible to sustain emergency mode approach for full academic year, says Ifut

The pharma industry believes that about a dozen new drugs, which have gone through a process with the HSE on their clinical worthiness and on price, have been held up. Photograph:  PA Wire

Current agreement due to expire at the end of July after savings of about €600m

Beacon Hospital said that VHI, Irish Life Health and Laya Healthcare had agreed that they would cover the cost of the test.

Subscribers who paid the €250 charge in recent weeks will be re-imbursed

Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys told the Dáil that more than 2,500 pandemic unemployment claims had been closed as a result of checks carried out at ports and airports. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Department plans to review 700,000 welfare claims by end of year

Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Ifut to meet Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris on Wednesday

Dublin airport. The DAA says Dublin and Cork airports are losing €1m  a day between them. Photograph:  Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Shannon Group to warn that Government travel restrictions threaten multi-national investment and will cause job losses

Chief executive of Bank of Ireland Francesca McDonagh: “There are costs associated with the provision of mortgage payment breaks...” Photograph: Laura Hutton

B of I says it is ‘important’ to charge interest during payment breaks over Covid-19 period

HSE auditors said €72,383 had been spent between January 2016 and August 2018 on team development staff activities at Jigsaw, the charity providing mental health services for young people

Auditors say some expenditure could cause reputational damage

HSE officials give a Covid-19 press briefing on July 16th. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Auditors say an anonymous letter made claims of grade drift and pay policy breaches

Schull Community Hospital is a 21-bed facility that provides community, respite, palliative, community and convalescent care services mainly to older persons. Photograph: Getty Images

Schull Community Hospital also not compliant with terms of public service agreement

IHCA president Dr Donal O’Hanlon said one in five permanent consultant posts were currently unfilled in public hospitals. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Doctors say HSE report confirms gravity of recruitment and retention crisis in medicine

Laura Bambrick of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions: Union is seeking a change in the law to give every worker the legal right to request flexible working.  Photograph: Tom Honan

Workers cannot be asked to bear extra costs of remote working, Ictu warns

Schools

Extra teachers, enhanced cleaning regimes and curriculum changes form centrepiece of package

The test would be taken within 24-72 hours prior to travel. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Department of Transport to investigate new screening system for arrivals

Michael McGrath was told the current public service pay deal expires at the end of this year. Photograph: Alan Betson

Department of Public Expenditure issues warning over major infrastructure projects

Bus Éireann said recovery from the financial impact of Covid-19 ‘will take some considerable time’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Bus Éireann losing €700,000 weekly, NBRU tells Oireachtas committee on Covid-19

Previous minister for education Joe McHugh conceded there were ‘legal vulnerabilities’ relating to the predicted grades shift. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Department of Public Expenditure briefing contains warnings on several fronts

‘New normal’ had to include minimum contact, avoiding crowds and avoiding close contact, the HSE’s chief clinical officer said. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Chief clinical officer says behaviour has to include minimum contact, avoiding crowds and avoiding close contact

Acting chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn, HSE chief clinical officer Colm Henry and Prof Philip Nolan at a Covid-19 update press conference at the Department of Health. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

One in every 10 cases of coronavirus was contracted in clusters in private dwellings

A draft report recommends the Department of Health ‘urgently review clinical oversight and governance arrangements for private nursing homes’. Photograph: Regis Duvignau/Reuters

Covid-19 group’s draft report seeks governance shake-up for private nursing homes

HSE chief executive Paul Reid there would be a greater emphasis on telemedicine and remote consultations in the future. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

New plan says Covid-19 restrictions mean lower volumes of patients can be seen

HSE chief executive  Paul Reid is pictured at a media briefing at the  the Royal College of Physicians on Kildare Street in Dublin on Wednesday.  Photograph: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland.

One further death and 17 new cases confirmed in the State

Dr Kevin Kelleher, assistant national director of the HSE said on Tuesday that healthcare workers ‘have such a work commitment that they come in regardless, sometimes, of their own health status’.

Practice is ‘in the Irish healthcare worker’s psyche’, says HSE assistant national director

Siobhán Murphy who contracted Covid-19, told the  committee that she was  unprepared for the psychological impact of contracting and living with the virus.

Siobhán Murphy says she was off work for 12 weeks and physically crippled with fatigue

Siptu said the decision of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform not to permit employers pay their staff as per their roster if they were put on Covid-19 related leave “resulted in significant financial disadvantage being incurred”. File photograph: Getty

Culture of staff working when ill contributed to larger outbreaks, says IMO as State’s chief medic warns workplaces are ‘new front(...)

IMO said that in addition to stockpiling, the State should diversify suppliers and “create incentives to encourage local manufacturing of PPE”.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Irish Medical Organisation calls for State to stockpile PPE in event of second wave

The main sectors where employees are returning to work are accommodation and food services; wholesale and retail trade;  construction and the motor trade. Photograph: Getty Images

Some 313,800 are claiming pandemic payment, down from a high of almost 600,000

‘We have temporarily closed the site as advised by the HSE.’ File photograph: The Irish Times

Work at site in capital closes after 20 workers test positive for coronavirus

Thousands of staff in State-funded organisations providing health and social services are seeking pay restoration. File photograph: Cate McCurry/PA Wire

Securing pay and pension justice in sector is ‘very much unfinished business’ says Siptu

 A pharmacists’ group has warned that its members may not be in a position to meet the challenge of a second wave of Covid-19 infections. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Pharmacists say they have been ‘ignored’ by Government and call for support package

The Low Pay Commission had been scheduled to provide by Tuesday a recommendation to the Government on any increase to the national minimum wage. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Report now likely to go to Government in September

The HSE is seeking a contractual arrangement with the private sector in relation to the provision of CT and MRI for GP referral. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz

Some 1.4m flu vaccine doses for adults secured but no universal scheme planned

About 450 cancers and 1,600 pre-cancers have so far gone undetected during the pause in screenings due to Covid-19, according to the Irish Cancer Society. Photograph: Getty

Irish Medical Organisation calls for provision of 5,000 additional hospital beds

Investigations are being carried out after a fault was found in a passenger train operating Dublin-Belfast and Dublin-Cork services. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Fault found in locomotive used on Dublin-Cork and Dublin-Belfast train services

 Responsibility  for the  quarantine period  arising from non-essential travel overseas is a matter for each employee, according to the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. Photograph: Alan Betson

Department of Public Expenditure issues new guidance to State employers

Mask-wearing mannequins in the window of Monaghans on Anne Street South in Dublin this week. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Vintners describe delay as ‘hammer blow’ as health officials warn of rise in infections

People on the corner of Dame Lane and Dame Court in Dublin during a  recent weekend.  It is thought some recent clusters of coronavirus have been linked to congregated settings. Photograph: Barry Whyte/Newstalk Radio/PA

Public health team fear virus may accelerate if extra congregated settings are available

Under the initiative, bus operators could receive grant aid up to €500,000, receive a direct-award public contract for a service or a combination of both.

Up to €500,000 will be awarded to companies hit by Covid-19

The HSE submission, made in recent days, said as of June 27th, healthcare workers accounted for 8,260 of the 25,874 Covid -19 cases reported, or 31.9 per cent. Photograph: Alan Betson

Diagnoses of patients with symptoms were not made promptly at times

“The need for social distancing and self-isolation has strained familial relationships and fractured the protective routines of many lives.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Mental Health Ireland finds pandemic has damaged wellbeing and quality of life

Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys on Monday brought proposals to the Cabinet which would attribute PRSI contributions to people who have lost employment due to the public health crisis. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Government to protect social insurance benefits of those who lost jobs due to Covid-19

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said he was ‘angry’ over the work stoppage. ‘I would say people need to get back on site and start building the children’s hospital because the children of this country need it.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Contractor BAM Ireland agrees to restart following stand-off over Covid-19 costs

The spread of Covid-19 to nursing homes has partially been attributed to residents contracting the virus while hospitalised, and then infecting other residents after returning to their care facilities.  Photograph: Getty Images

Representative group tell minister extra measures such as on-site therapies needed

Taoiseach Micheál Martin: “This is a very dangerous virus, it can damage people’s health for a very long time in some instances. It’s not something to be taken lightly.”  Photograph: Alan Betson

Drivers say they expect gardaí to police measure which takes effect from Monday

The agreement between the Government and the Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association  has resulted in savings of about €600 million.

Four-year-old accord on supply and pricing of medicines is set to expire at end of July

Construction at the national children’s hospital site at St James Hospital, Dublin. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Construction on €1.7bn site yet to resume as Bam Ireland claims restrictions make delays inevitable

Rosderra Irish Meats plant in Roscrea, Co Tipperary, where, according to Sinn Féin TD Brian Stanley had 140 workers were out sick and 120 had tested positive in April. Photograph: Diarmuid Greene

Ictu tells Dáil committee trade union concerns about safety in sector went ignored

People Before Profit’s Bríd Smith: will be examining the record of the Dáil to determine if other TDs have similarly criticised the judiciary.

People Before Profit TD attacked ‘democracy itself’, former minister for justice claims

The company said its commercial Expressway operation had 8,000 seats available daily, compared to 16,000 before Covid-19 restrictions were put in place. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Demand is exceeding Covid-19 capacity on some services

Paul Reid, chief executive officer of the HSE, Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly and Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health at  the launch of the Covid Tracker App. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister hails number of downloads in less than two days as a huge achievement

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly at the launch of the Covid tracker app in Dublin on Tuesday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Figure represents 23% of State’s population over 16 years with smartphones

The largest health insurers, VHI, Laya and Irish Life Health, have all indicated  they are in talks with private hospitals over the charges. Photograph: Getty Images

Mater Private group claims insurers have generated large savings on claims when private hospitals were under State control

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly launches the HSE’s new Covid-19 tracker app. Photograph:Gareth Chaney/Collins Photos  

Minister for Health says app is not a ‘silver bullet’ but an important new tool in the fight against Covid-19

Alan Mongey, president of the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals, said his organisation would like to see a full return of all students to school in late August-September, “provided it is safe, practical and possible to do so for students, all school staff and school leaders”. Photograph: PA

Covid-19 Oireachtas committee told special schools face challenges restarting

Different private hospitals have levied different charges for Covid-19 tests, and some have not put in place any at all. Photograph: Getty Images

Patients criticise some private hospitals for charging for Covid test

Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys:  said last week had seen the highest number of people returning to work since the Covid-19 crisis began in March. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Humphreys says last week saw largest number of people returning to work since crisis began

Sunday was the fifth day of no reported daily deaths in Ireland since the wave of infections peaked in mid-April. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Target of 15,000 tests not met – highest daily tests topped 11,504 in April

  Paul Kehoe (right), the former  minister with responsibility for defence, said last month that some initial preliminary work had commenced on the review of pay structures. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw /The Irish Times

Number of military personnel has fallen by about 300 since initiative launched a year ago

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions in a letter to Minister for Enterprise and Employment Leo Varadkar said the Government should appeal the ruling of the High Court. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Union urges Government to appeal High Court ruling on employment legislation

Clare Guinan (centre) and her daughters Megan and Lauren who moved into Bartra Healthcare’s Loughshinny Nursing Home four weeks ago to help protect the residents against Covid-19. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell/The Irish Times

‘It was so difficult to see families standing at the windows, looking at their loved ones’

Minister for Education Norma Foley: ‘We are moving towards the  safe reopening of schools, with an accommodation for everyone in the entire school community.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

Government says level to which schools will be able to reopen as normal remains uncertain

Public health guidance published on Wednesday says schools should reopen with physical distancing of at least 1m between students in most cases. Photograph: Getty Images

ASTI says students may end up with ‘blended’ learning due to physical distancing rules

Students wearing face masks attend class at the Lopez de Mendoza Institute in Spain. New public health guidance published today says schools should reopen with physical distancing of at least one metre between students in most cases. Photograph: Cesar Manso/AFP

Guidance calls for physical distancing of one metre between students in most cases

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Public sector pay increases to proceed as review warns of €25bn hit to public purse

“Saving and investing in SMEs is an investment to save jobs. It should be used to modernise our SMEs and create new well-paid 21st century jobs in our indigenous sector. That is the only way to pull us out of the recession.” File photograph: Getty

Firms would not take up support as loans at 5-6% interest, lobby group chair asserts

Taoiseach Micheál Martin, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar and Minister for Climate Action Eamon Ryan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Parliamentary Budget Office expresses concern over plan for more pandemic funding

RTE director general Dee Forbes said income from licence fees had sharply declined, and funding from commercial sources had also been hit. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Abbey Theatre warns of ‘full-blown crisis’ facing Irish theatre sector

The newly-appointed Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys. File photograph: Julien Behal/PA.

New figures show 405,000 people having their pay supported by wage subsidy scheme

The TUI online conference was told what members in all sectors had delivered during the Covid-19 pandemic may have been unprecedented. File photograph: Getty

TUI chief advises vigilance on ‘collapsing the wage structure and the working conditions’

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with Minister for Health Simon Harris at a  press briefing in Dublin Castle on Thursday. Photograph: Julien Behal

Public patients to no longer be admitted to private hospitals under current pandemic deal

Connect officials would meet members in each workplace over the coming weeks to discuss the ruling. Photograph: iStock

Union warns employers against cuts to pay or conditions in light of High Court ruling

 Tuesday’s ruling concerned a sectoral employment order in the electrical industry. Photograph: iStock

Move follows High Court finding that parts of industrial relations law is unconstitutional

Paschal Donohoe: he  said he wanted “serious and constructive” engagement before the end of the 13-week operation of the scheme. Photograph: Getty Images

Minister expressed fears initiative could lead to State facing uncapped expenditure

The High Court on Tuesday struck down a law providing for certain minimum pay and entitlements for electricians. File photograph: Getty Images

Trade unions respond to judgment striking down law on minimum pay for electricians

Phil Ní Sheaghdha, general secretary of the INMO, said many nurses and midwives would be out of pocket or with little or no remaining annual leave as a result of childcare difficulties during the pandemic. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Union says many nurses and midwives are paying higher than normal childcare rates

The Department of Health said the  Minister, Simon Harris, wanted to have specific arrangements put in place to oversee the volume and type of patients seen in the private hospitals and the costs involved. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Department minutes say HSE wrote to Government ahead of Cabinet decision to end deal

The HSE effectively took over the operation of nearly 20 private hospitals amid concerns the public system would be overwhelmed with Covid-19 patients.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

HSE chief Paul Reid warned of likely ‘unforeseen consequences’ of three-month deal

Jim Breslin, secretary general of the Department of Health, said ‘very significant changes’ were needed in how we care for our most vulnerable older people. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Jim Breslin tells Oireachtas committee new cases in care homes steadily decreasing

The scarring effects of long-term unemployment in the 1980s and early 1990s were especially difficult to tackle. Photograph: Aidan Crawley The secretary general of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform Robert Watt warned there would be 200,000 more people without jobs than at the beginning of this year. File Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Department of Public Expenditure and Reform head warns of significant deficit

The secretary general of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform Robert Watt is expected to warn that ‘a delayed recovery in the economy, for example, could see a deficit of up to €30bn this year’. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Oireachtas Covid-19 committee to hear Government could face €30bn deficit this year

The Department of Social Protection said a further 2,400 employees are returning to accommodation and food service activities. File photograph: Getty

Over 26,000 people to return to work, according to Department of Social Protection

The National Bus and Rail Union says capacity restrictions mean up to 35 million passenger journeys a year cannot be accommodated. Photograph: Eric Luke

NBRU calls for a night time commission to facilitate socially distanced 24-hour society

Hiqa’s Mary Dunnion: “The lack of direct relationship of the HSE with the private sector has highlighted a challenge to effectively project the specific needs of nursing homes during the Covid-19 outbreak.” Photograph: Tom Honan

Staffing levels and nursing skills ‘not commensurate’ with Covid-19 care needs

People walk past reopened shops and businesses on O’Connell Street, Dublin, on Monday as  lockdown measures are eased. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP via Getty Images

Oireachtas committee told current system needs overhaul to be fit for purpose

INMO general secretary Phil Ní Sheaghdha. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Something is going wrong on the front lines, says INMO’s Phil Ní Sheaghdha

Paul Reid, HSE chief executive: The HSE pointed to large numbers of day cases being treated and argued hospitals were getting busier. The private consultants contended that the private hospitals were on average two-thirds empty. Photograph: Photocalll Ireland/PA

Analysis: State will take control of facilities again if future pandemic surge appears imminent

Staff at the Blackrock Clinic. The temporary State takeover of private hospitals has been criticised over costs. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Deal came under fire over its cost and the lack of use of much private hospital capacity

Patricia King, general secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Trade union says there can be ‘no going back’ to economic and social situation prior to crisis

Tadhg Daly of Nursing Homes Ireland warned about ‘cataclysmic consequences’ because of delays in testing for staff and residents. Photograph: Oireachtas TV/PA Wire

Some nursing homes say they had to use painter’s overalls due to lack of PPE

 Hiqa chief executive Phelim Quinn and chief inspector of social services Mary Dunnion arriving at Leinster House on Tuesday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Watchdog says it provided list of facilities it suspected would struggle with Covid-19

Many private consultants have maintained that they have been effectively shut out of private hospitals and that this has affected care for their patients.

HSE says two private consultants have said they intend to resign from State contract

Nursing homes have borne the brunt of the coronavirus pandemic in Ireland, accounting for 54 per cent of the 1,606 deaths from the virus in the State. File photograph: iStock/Getty Images

Hiqa to raise concerns about care oversight shortcomings for some of State’s most vulnerable citizens

Construction workers  make their way to a site  in Dublin city centre as they returned to work last week. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP via Getty Images

Figures show 35,600 people who were receiving the benefit are now returning to work

People on Henry Street in Dublin’s city centre on Thursday as restrictions put in place as a result of the coronavirus pandemic have been eased. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

WHO says best distance to keep from people to avoid inhaling droplets is two metres

Simon Harris: the expert panel will report back to the Minister for Health  by the end of June on how the Government responded to the pandemic in nursing homes. Photograph:  Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Siptu wants nursing home workers represented on Minister’s new expert panel

 Grafton Street on Saturday, May 23rd: If cases and deaths continue to fall, some aspects of the July 20th opening could be brought forward to June 29th. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA

Easing plans for late July might be brought forward amid growing calls from business

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