People awaiting Covid-19 test results have been asked to continue to self isolate. File photograph: Alan Betson/ The Irish Times

HSE says receipt of results may be delayed and those with test appointments booked urged to attend

A High Court ruling will allow a 54-year-old woman pay a mortgage until she is 90

Court permits 54-year-old woman to keep paying mortgage until she is 90

Israeli ambassador Ophir Kariv:  said it was “very surprising and very disappointing” that “totally destructive” attacks on Israel were coming out of Ireland. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Varadkar says Israel’s aggression is ‘unacceptable’ while condemning Hamas for human rights violations

The check-in calls are being extended nationally following the pilot. Photograph: Alan Betson

Calls being made to positive cases to check if they need financial or mental health support

Former US treasury secretary Larry Summers.

Larry Summers says reliance on multinationals ‘cause of concern’ with US tax plans

Housing, employment and mental health among key challenges for young people. File photograph: iStock

Experts believe changes are urgently needed for long-term problems

The latest findings about Clonakilty Community Hospital  were contained in one of 53 inspection reports published by Hiqa that found non-compliance with regulations at 32 care facilities.  Photograph: Getty

Hiqa report raises concerns about Clonakilty facility where 10 residents died last year

Binimole Santhosh,  director of nursing at Esker Lodge Nursing Home in Co Cavan.

Two nursing home staff feel 'helpless' as they witness India's Covid crisis from afar

The HSE mobile walk-in Covid-19 test centre in Balbriggan: the pop-up walk-in test centres, which started in March, show that  easy availability of testing eases people’s concerns. Photograph: Alan Betson

HSE’s testing plan aims to target younger people as average age of infections falls

 Stena Line provided figures showing that passenger numbers were down 86% between January and April compared with the same period in 2019.

Time needed to prepare for resumption of movement, say Stena Line and Irish Ferries

Three vials with different vaccines against Covid-19 by Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca and Moderna. File photograph: Thomas Kienzle/AFP via Getty Images

Two Ministers back US support for patent waiver opposed by pharmaceutical industry

A file image of the Citywest Covid-19 vaccination centre in Dublin. Pavee Point has said the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine is ‘the most pragmatic and practical arrangement’ for the Traveller community. Photograph: PA

Pavee Point says high incidence rate shows urgency of priority vaccination for Travellers

Ombudsman report finds some did not give informed consent to be placed in home long-term

Some 12,692 people closed their PUP accounts and returned to work in the last seven days.  Photograph: Getty Images

Pandemic Unemployment Payment to be paid to more than 385,000 people this week

Reflecting on 2014 and what he might have done differently, Alan Shatter says he is ‘not sure what I could have done to change what happened’. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The former minister will ‘never fully get over’ the circumstances of his departure from cabinet

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen has called for a “swift conclusion” to final negotiations on the certification so that it will be “up and running” by June. Photograph: Olivier Matthys/Getty Images/Bloomberg

European Parliament backs plan for certificate to reopen travel quickly for tourism

Coombe hospital: controversial vaccination of relatives of staff

Fallout from Covid-19 jabs for staff relatives sparks criticism and counter-criticism amid flurry of letters

Tom Fahey, a professor of general practice at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, has written to Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly complaining about the hospital’s treatment of his wife, Prof Deirdre Murphy. Photograph: Alan Betson

Hospital seeking to ‘threaten’ consultant Deirdre Murphy, husband writes to Minister

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, pictured last week, has said that fully vaccinated American tourists will be able to visit the European Union over the coming months without restrictions. Photograph: JOHN THYS / Getty

Any Irish changes for inoculated travelers to be based around self-quarantine rules

People wait to have empty oxygen tanks filled at a shop in Delhi at the weekend: In the city, one person is reportedly dying of Covid-19 every four minutes. Photograph: Atul Loke/New York Times

Ireland to send emergency supplies to help India battle catastrophic second wave

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly: Kantar research suggests there is  merit in concerns around his lack of mentions in his department’s Twitter account in January.   Photograph: Gareth Chaney

Minister for Health mentioned in just 6% of his department tweets, research finds

The Department of Health’s workload has increased dramatically during the pandemic as its responsibility covers a range of areas from the co-ordination of the public health response to the coronavirus to the management of the mandatory hotel quarantine scheme

Newly-appointed secretary general puts in new chief operations officer at the department

Taoiseach Micheál  Martin is scheduled to testify at the commission in the second half of next month. File photograph: The Irish Times

Martin to be questioned next month on meeting with Department of Finance official

A workman removes the Anglo Irish Bank signage and lettering from its former head office in St Stephen’s Green Dublin in 2011. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Inquiry approaches sixth anniversary as final report into Siteserv deal delayed again

Dealgan House in Dundalk, Co Louth. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Two fully vaccinated Dealgan House staff had tested positive for the virus in recent days

HSE chief executive  Paul Reid at Dr Steevens’ Hospital for the weekly HSE operational update on the response to Covid-19.

HSE chief says the single-dose jab is a ‘key part’ of State’s vaccine rollout programme

The Hiqa inspection of the Dublin 7 care centre found ‘restrictive practices’. File photograph: iStock

Inspector says ‘significant use of restrictive practices’ at Dublin 7 care facility

 There are five pop-up centres in operation: at Tallaght Stadium, at Cumann Naomh Peregrine in Mulhuddart, at Parnells GAA Club in Coolock and at St Catherine’s Community Sports Centre in The Liberties in Dublin and at the HSE primary care centre in Cahir, Co Tipperary.  File photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Tracers reporting rising number of people with more close contacts, says HSE official

Dealgan House in Dundalk, one of the worst hit nursing homes during the first wave of the pandemic. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Contraction of coronavirus after vaccination possible but ‘you would not get very sick’, says health sector source

Coalition sources say following changes to the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine, and the uncertainty around Johnson & Johnson, all options have  to be considered to keep the vaccination programme on track. Photograph: Getty Images

Senior medics say a significant benefit to the vaccination programme would be needed to justify extending the gap

‘Early data shows that the first dose of the two-dose Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines is highly effective.’

Minister for Health is awaiting a recommendation on whether to extend interval

A Covid-19 vaccination card is filled out at a Walgreens in New York. The state became the first in the US  to launch a digital health certificate.  File photograph: Christopher Occhicone/The New York Times

The vaccine record card is for administrative purposes, it is not a legal document

 Department of Health interim secretary general Robert Watt (left, pictured with Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe) said social media was a ‘valuable tool’ for communicating information  but he discouraged managers in the health service from commenting and debating on online platforms. File image: Aidan Crawley/For The Irish Times

‘Political media world is very unforgiving, very irrational,’ senior health official says

The investigation covers Facebook’s EU users caught up in the leak because the DPC is the company’s EU regulator under the one-stop-shop mechanism of the sweeping 2018 GDPR data privacy law. Photograph: AFP via Getty

Investigation will look at how personal data for 530m users became public

Citywest  Vaccination Centre in Dublin: There was general consensus among members of the Covid-19 expert advisory group that mandatory vaccination ‘may not be appropriate as this may act as a deterrent’.   Photograph: Brian Lawless/ PA

Watchdog advises Nphet to take ‘progressive’ steps to encourage vaccine take-up

US health authorities recommended a ‘pause’ in the use of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine ‘out of an abundance of caution’ as they investigate any links between it and blood clots. Photograph: Kamil Krzaczynski/AFP via Getty Images

Acting CMO Dr Ronan Glynn says impact of J&J vaccine delay in Europe ‘too early to say’

The medical body said the six cases are among “a total of 11 cases” of placentitis caused by Covid-19 to have been identified in Ireland since the start of the pandemic. Photograph: iStock

Medical body links coronavirus-related infection of placenta to B117 strain

A healthcare worker administers Covid-19 vaccines at the Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California, which has been partly converted into a vaccination clinic for underserved communities. File photograph: Nina Riggio/Bloomberg

European Commission seeks clarification on ‘completely unexpected’ announcement

The rare risk of blood clots from the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine need to be kept in “perspective”, says Dr Mary Favier, Covid-19 adviser to the Irish College of General Practitioners. Photograph: Alan Betson

One option available is to space out the doses between vaccines still being administered

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly said   aid that communications from the department during a pandemic were ‘important’. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Minister says it is ‘reasonable’ to look at department’s communications in pandemic

The Holiday Inn Express hotel at Dublin Airport, which is one of  the hotels being used for mandatory quarantine. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

Irish-Brazilian citizen questions potential risks to guests from lack of cleaning in rooms

The  master of the Coombe hospital has been asked to resign over the decision to vaccinate family members of staff ahead of priority groups in January.   Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Prof Michael O’Connell ‘no longer commands respect of colleagues’, consultant says

Dr Lorraine Nolan, chief executive of the Health Products Regulatory Authority,  estimates the risk of the unusual blood clot on the brain, which is possibly linked to the vaccine, at one in 200,000.  Photograph:  Stephen Collins/ Collins Photo

Dr Lorraine Nolan says benefits far outweigh risks despite first reported blood clot case

Defence Forces personnel on Friday afternoon at the  Holiday Inn Express Dublin Airport,  one of the hotels being used for mandatory quarantine. Photograph:  Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Concern over system’s capacity to deal with extending mandatory hotel quarantine list

Inspectors carried out a ‘risk inspection’ over three days at the Co Clare home in response to the Covid-19 outbreak, which noted the absence of a person in charge.

Watchdog inspectors found no one in charge at Clare facility during Covid-19 outbreak

Deputy chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn: Ireland is ‘weeks away from having the population vaccinated and [we] do not want to go backwards’. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

Plans to expand quarantine list next week as first Irish case of ‘rare’ blood clot investigated

State medicines watchdog, the Health Products Regulatory Authority, confirmed it had received “a case of interest associated with the AstraZeneca vaccine, which describes CVST, an unusual clot in the brain.” The clot was detected in a person who had received the jab. Photograph: Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images

Post-vaccination blood clot reported in 40-year-old Dublin woman

HSE vaccination centre in the Aviva Stadium: Ministers and senior officials insist  the programme is “ramping up” and  200,000 people a week will receive shots in the second half of this month. Photograph: Alan Betson

Donnelly and Glynn set to consider vaccine in context of other EU countries’ restrictions

Mater Hospital chairman David Begg said that his age and underlying health conditions put him in a very vulnerable category. Photograph: Frank Miller

Former trade union leader David Begg says role requires him to go into Dublin hospital

A wider review by Saolta and Letterkenny University Hospital found that of 133 women diagnosed with endometrial cancer between 2010 and 2019, a total of 38 women had to wait longer than 100 days from initial referral to diagnosis. Image: Google Street View

Hiqa to follow-up at Letterkenny hospital after care found to be ‘unsatisfactory’

Defence Forces chief of staff Vice-Admiral Mark Mellett at McKee Barracks in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Defence Forces chief of staff Vice-Admiral Mark Mellett on a year of fighting Covid-19

The Coombe board described the vaccination of family members, including the two in the family home of a consultant, as ‘mistakes’. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Medical Council to review findings of report into vaccine controversy at Dublin hospital

Members of the public line up to get tested at the pop-up Covid-19 test centre in Crumlin, Dublin, on Friday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Potential ‘super-spreading’ by undetected cases greatest concern, de Gascun says

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly  is still pushing for the mandatory hotel quarantine list to cover more countries.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Tensions in Government plague future of week-old mandatory hotel quarantine system

Mary O’Rourke, former Fianna Fáil government minister, at her home in Athlone after getting her second Covid-19 vaccination. Photograph: Alan Betson

Former FF minister initially thought April 1st second jab appointment was ‘a big fat joke’

The Coombe: a former master of the hospital, Prof Chris Fitzpatrick, has called on Prof O’Connell to resign ‘in the interest of the hospital and in the public interest’. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

Former master urges Dublin hospital chief to step down for undermining vaccine rollout

The Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital, Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Dublin maternity hospital publishes lawyer’s report on vaccination of staff relatives

The HSE is also exploring whether a system of self-swabbing and self-testing for antigens can be rolled out in educational facilities – from crèches right up to third level – in order to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Self-testing for antigens to be explored in creches and schools

People enjoy the warm weather in Seapoint, Dublin, as the Taoiseach says: ‘We are on the final stretch of this terrible journey.’  Photograph: Niall Carson/ PA

Trinity immunologist disagrees with Government moving away from occupation-based approach

Airline passengers arrive at  the Crowne Plaza Dublin Airport in Santry to begin their period of quarantine.  Photograph: Donall Farmer/ Getty

Advisory group recommends adding a further 43 countries to the high-risk list

The Government is permitting an extension of the 5km restriction to a county-wide or 20km-limit

High Covid-19 numbers and a slow vaccine rollout is stopping Government doing more

File photograph showing passengers arriveing at a quarantine hotel.

Government advised to add US, France, Germany and Italy to hotel quarantine

Micheál Martin speaking outside Government buildings. Photograph: RTÉ

‘We are on the final stretch of this terrible journey’, Micheál Martin insists as he announces phased changes to Covid-19 lockdown

Every adult in the State is to have been offered a vaccine by the end of September, said the Minister for Health. File photograph: Getty

Projected benefits of vaccination against virus several weeks away, says HSE official

The Crowne Plaza is the hotel being used for quarantine near Dublin Airport. File photograph: Collins

Government sticking with plan not to station personnel at cornoavirus isolation hotel

Reinfection by Covid-19 is ‘rare’, said the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. File photograph: Getty

ECDC and Nature reports say medicines help reduce infectiousness of inoculated people

The Government is expected to announce plans for the restrictions following a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Health officials tell Government nowhere near enough protection at a population level in order to substantially relax restrictions

Lucas Bogucheski in his Dublin hotel room

Lucas Bogucheski was among first into State’s Covid-19 mandatory hotel quarantine

A Covid test being carried out at the National Aquatic Centre, Blanchardstown. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Blanchardstown walk-in testing centre results not surprising, says HSE official

A member of the Defence Forces directs passengers arriving at Dublin Airport  to a mandatory 12-day hotel quarantine. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Gardaí have powers to enforce quarantine but are not at hotels to stop people leaving

The Crowne Plaza Hotel in Santry where travellers are staying as part of mandatory hotel quarantine regime. Photograph: Gareth ChaneyCollins

Chief of Staff Mark Mellett says military ‘very sensitive’ to its part in mandatory scheme

Members of the National Ambulance Service working at a walk-in Covid-19 test centre on the grounds of Grangegorman Primary Care Centre in Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Pop-up test centres aim to detect asymptomatic cases in areas with high rates of Covid

Preliminary figures from the first day of Covid-19 testing of symptom-free people at the HSE’s five walk-in centres showed a positivity rate of between 1%   and 2%  on more than 1,700 swabs taken.  Photograph:   Getty Images

Minister: ‘Absolutely no defence’ after Bray fee-paying school teachers get jabs from private Beacon Hospital

By next Saturday, the State’s third Covid lockdown will have lasted longer than the first two combined. File photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Experts say State must balance restrictions with rewards to maintain public buy-in

Hundreds of thousands of additional contacts between people in the period to early March has coincided with the stalling in the downward trend in Covid-19 cases, new research shows. Image: iStock.

ESRI study also finds growing number of people willing to receive vaccine

A member of the public arriving at the walk-in test centre in Grangegorman,  Dublin. Photograph:   Brian Lawless/PA Wire

‘If I get the all-clear I will be reassured. I would be worried I would be asymptomatic’

Only one staff member was assigned to cleaning duties at the home during the outbreak at St Augustine’s Community Nursing Unit in Ballina. Photograph: Google Street View

Hiqa found safety of residents at Ballina home was ‘significantly compromised’

 Taoiseach Micheál Martin has raised concerns about a 42% week-on-week increase in the numbers referred for Covid-19 testing. File photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Government expresses optimism easing of EU-UK row will fast-track delivery of more vaccines

The pandemic has ‘highlighted pre-existing weaknesses’ in cancer services, a radiation oncologist warned. Photograph: iStock

Cancer doctors call for ‘catch-up’ strategy to deal with missed diagnoses of the past year

Covid-19: just 7 per cent of the population has been fully vaccinated against coronavirus disease. Source photograph: Getty

The ‘vaccine bonus’ for people who’ve received both Covid-19 jabs remains limited

Five new ‘walk-in’ Covid-19 test centres are to open in Dublin and Tullamore tomorrow

Centres will target mild or symptom-free cases in hotspots in Dublin and Tullamore

Former minister for education Gemma Hussey at her home in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Former minister (82) looking forward to a ‘nice glass of wine’ and ‘great old chat’ with pals

US infectious diseases expert, Dr Anthony Fauci, holds up the scroll he received from the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI) as he was conferred with his Honorary Fellowship

US infectious diseases expert urges caution over ‘plateau’ in cases, at Dublin online event

Carmel Smith with her husband Ray (centre) and son James at Orwell Private nursing home in Rathgar, Dublin, on Monday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Families enjoy first in-person visits for months as Covid-19 restrictions are relaxed

The Republic has been on its third lockdown since just after Christmas.

Hiqa study reveals sharp reduction in severe illness from the virus in Republic

The Crowne Plaza Hotel  is among the hotels run by Tifco. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Arrivals from 33 countries must quarantine for two weeks in designated hotels from Tuesday

The one-way flow has left EU member states fuming, heaping severe pressure on EU Commission president Ursula von der Leyen, who is threatening an export ban on vaccine-producing countries who do not reciprocate.   Photograph: Thierry Monasse/Bloomberg

The bloc should have been more cutthroat in the global commercial fight for Covid-19 jabs

Lives Lost: Donal Fitzgerald, 1949-2021

Limerick man took great pride in his family and home county’s sporting achievements

A vial containing the Covid-19 vaccine by AstraZeneca. File photograph: Thomas Kienzle/AFP via Getty Images

‘I would be vaccinated with AstraZeneca tomorrow’ EMA’s Emer Cooke says

Ireland temporarily suspended the use of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine last weekend. Photograph: Luong Thai Linh/EPA

Denmark moved first but many others have suspended the vaccine over safety concerns

A  medical worker with the AstraZeneca vaccine in Kiev, Ukraine, on Tuesday. Photograph: Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

Resumption of administering of vaccines to high-risk people to not occur until next week

 Taoiseach Micheál Martin speaking with US president Joe Biden via video link on St Patrick’s Day. Photograph:  Julien Behal Photography/PA Wire

Martin tells US members of Congress protocol ‘only way’ to solve North’s complexities

Department of Health statistics on Covid-19 vaccine deliveries show that the AstraZeneca jab comprised 206,400 doses of the 758,490 delivered to the middle of March since vaccinations began.

New figures show State has received 206,400 doses of the AstraZeneca jab so far

 Dr Gabriel Scally urged the public for St Patrick’s Day: ‘Stick with people you live with and enjoy the outdoors, but not with large groups and not with people you don’t live with.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Pause of AstraZeneca rollout shows checks are working, says Scally

The AstraZeneca-Oxford Covid-19 vaccine. Photograph: Joel Saget/AFP via Getty

Government to await outcome of EMA investigation before deciding on future use of vaccine

The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, as it also known, is one of four vaccines authorised for use against Covid-19 in the State. Photograph: The Irish Times

Temporary suspension of jab in Ireland follows similar move in Norway, Denmark and Iceland

Lives Lost: Thomas (Hugh) O’Boyle 1927-2021

Married to Rita for 64 years, the Skerries man had a life-long love of ships and planes

Families of residents complain that not all care homes have been facilitating window visits. File photograph: Getty

HSE advice on nursing home visits sets out clear counsel and also relaxation of rules

 Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly, defending the time it is taking for mandatory hotel quarantine to begin,  says it has to be done in the right way. Photograph: Leah Farrell /

State officials put finishing touches to Covid-19 mandatory hotel quarantine system

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