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

While people on the temporary wage subsidy scheme can apply for a loan, when they are approved draw down would not commence until the applicants’ unsupported income post TWSS has returned.

Department of Housing sends circular to local authorities on Rebuilding Ireland loan

Gardaí found customers consuming alcohol in a small number of pubs where there was no evidence of food also being consumed and no evidence of receipts to show that food had been sold. File image: The Irish Times.

Garda to send files on potential breaches of rules at 26 licensed premises to DPP

A concerned relative contacted the HSE claiming that infection controls were not being followed at Clonakilty Community Hospital.

Covid and non-Covid residents with dementia shared room at Clonakilty care facility

Tara Winthrop Private Clinic, in Swords, Co Dublin, was one of the first nursing homes in Ireland to experience a Covid-19 outbreak. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

New emails reveal depth of Covid crisis at two homes during outbreaks in March and April

Clonakilty Community Hospital: Last year, it had 43 residents with dementia out of 103. It was among more than 400 facilities that had to battle coronavirus. Photograph: Daragh Mac Sweeney/Provision

HSE could not isolate residents and control coronavirus at Clonakilty hospital

The former Irish Nationwide building on Grand Parade in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

KPMG estimates virus pandemic will add up to €14 million to cost of liquidation

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

Mary Bartley Meehan lost both her husband, pictured left, Ultan Meehan, and her son Adrian Bartley, pictured right, within 10 weeks of each other. They shared a room in Kilbrew Nursing Home in Ashbourne. Photograph: Alan Betson

Investigation demanded into Meath nursing home over treatment of 79-year-old resident

 Kilbrew Nursing Home in Ashbourne, Co Meath.  Photograph: Alan Betson

‘Deeply disappointing’ Harris did not set up independent investigation – support group

People out and about in Dublin city centre on Sunday. Photograph: Collins

NPHET records 18 new confirmed cases bringing total in Republic to 25,527

Video footage circulating on social media showed a large crowd socialising and drinking on Dame Lane. Photograph: iStock

Crowds gathering in Dublin city centre ‘ugly image’ for the capital, say vintners

The bulk of the money raised for the party came from the annual fundraising diner held by Friends of Sinn Féin at the Sheraton Hotel in Manhattan last November.

Party’s US arm received part loan repayment of $3,500 from 1916 commemorations firm

 Dr Tony Holohan after he announced that he was stepping down from his role as Chief Medical Officer to care for his wife. Photograph: Collins

State’s chief medic steps back from frontline of pandemic to care for his terminally ill wife

The 313-year-old Marsh’s Library took to social media to stress that  the Chinese state had provided no funding to an exhibition of Chinese texts and maps. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Historic Dublin library tweeted about exhibition’s funding after being questioned by a visitor

 Prof Philip Nolan, chair of the Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, speaks on Thursday. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Health expert says the reproduction number for the disease has increased here

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly: “We need to get this right. Caution is a good thing in our approach.”

Minister warns against international holidays as Covid-19 situation remains volatile

The number of daily flights in and out of Dublin Airport doubled to 200 yesterday from earlier this week as Ryanair resumed 40% of its flight schedule. File photograph: The Irish Times

Fáilte Ireland boss to tell Dáil committee virus ‘dwarfs all previous crises’ for his sector

Liz Canavan, assistant general secretary at the Department of the Taoiseach: ‘Some people have holidays booked and are wondering what to do. We are acutely aware of this and we would ask you to bear with us.’  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Figures show decline in number of self-isolation check-up calls answered by passengers

Public health officials have been doubling down on their opposition to any relaxation of overseas travel restrictions. Photograph: iStock

Ireland ‘out of step’ with rest of Europe on overseas travel, says Ryanair

A passenger in the departures area of Terminal 1 at Dublin Airport. Photograph: Alan Betson

Authorities unlikely to tell airlines to cancel flights or ban foreign travel

Genetic sequencing could identify whether infections were similar and help trace the virus to a geographical area

Close analysis of cases could help with tracing in potential second wave

Customers waiting in line outside the Regent Barbers shop in Dublin on Monday. Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Getty

In Northern Ireland one-metre rule deemed sufficient since Monday

Ann Derwin moves to Beijing at a critical time in relations between the countries when the supply of personal protective equipment from Chinese manufacturers is essential to the State’s fight against Covid-19 and as China becomes a more important trading partner and destination for exports. Above, a shipment of PPE arrives from China to Dublin Airport. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

Non-career diplomat Ann Derwin moved to the Department of Foreign Affairs in 2017

Chief medical officer Tony Holohan. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Seven per cent of cases notified over past fortnight associated with travel

Venture into the great outdoors: sitting by the Tolka River in Griffith Park, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Public health advice is to ‘use your judgment’ on how best to follow existing guidance

Victoria State  officials knock on doors in Broadmeadows to check if people have any symptoms of Covid-19 disease and would like a test, in Melbourne, Australia. File photograph: EPA/Daniel Pockett

Private house clusters rising rapidly as restrictions eased

The Special Committee on Covid-19 Response has been told it is ‘inevitable’ that Ireland will experience a resurgence in coronavirus cases as restrictions are relaxed. File photograph: The Irish Times

Death toll in Republic 1,727, total number of known cases of infection 25,405

Paddy Mallon, consultant in Infectious Diseases in St Monicas ward on the Nutley Wing for Covid-19 patients at St Vincents University Hospital. Photograph: Alan Betson

Infectious diseases expert will emphasise rapid testing and contact tracing

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on a Dublin Bus in Dublin city centre on June 15th encouraging passengers to wear face masks on public transport. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Government to open ‘air bridges’ allowing Irish tourists to go on holidays to certain destinations

HSE chief clinical officer Colm Henry said cervical cancer screening will resume next month. File Photograph: Getty

Cervical screening to resume next month, following by breast and bowel cancer services

Pilgrims  walk bare-footed on the island and touch stones with their bare feet and hands and congregate in a small space. Photograph:

Every year more than 5,000 pilgrims travel to Station Island in Co Donegal

Ireland’s childcare sector is characterised by some of the highest fees for parents in Europe, as well as low wages and below-average levels of State investment. File photograph: iStockPhoto

Analysis of European scheme suggests universal system would 'enhance maternal and child wellbeing'

There were higher rates of drinking and smoking among young people whose parents are occasional or regular smokes, reflecting the impact of parental health behaviour on children. File photograph: Johnny Green/ PA Wire

A further 36 per cent of adolescents have poor diets and worst level of physical activity

Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan expressed concern about a return to “pre-Covid social activity” including house parties among 15- to 34-year-olds where there is “fatigue and frustration” with the lockdown. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Two more deaths from Covid-19 and four more cases of the disease confirmed in State

Resident Vera Finlay (left) with staff members Elizabeth Devoy and Sharon Scully in the visitor hub at Droimnin nursing home in Stradbally, Co Laois

Care homes managed by Brookhaven began introducing restrictions in mid-February

Brazil had the highest number of new cases with 54,771 infections, a record for a new daily total for any country, followed by the United States with 36,617 new cases. Above, people wearing protective masks walk past partially opened businesses in downtown Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, at the weekend. Photograph: Dado Galdieri/Bloomberg

Brazil and the United States account for half of the new daily infections from the virus

A man wearing a protective face mask walking past signage advising the use of face coverings. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Data shows clusters in private houses now at 323 from 241 – an increase of 34% in a week

Bono said the band has “always been there to be used to promote all things Irish.” Photograph:  Emmanuel Dunand / AFP

U2 singer: ‘To climb out from under the heel of colonialism to take a seat ... It’s a big deal’

John Bolton’s references to Brexit are detailed in a chapter about the US president’s attendances at summits in Brussels, London and Helsinki in July 2018. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

Former presidential adviser says in tell-all book Brexit was ‘critically important’ to US

Tánaiste Simon Coveney: “Now that we are on the security council, Ireland’s voice internationally will be more relevant and more impactful.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Coveney wants to stay on in foreign affairs brief after ‘all-consuming’ work on Brexit

Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan said   Nphet did not see pubs reopening in the same phase as restaurants from the end of the month. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

State officials investigating new cases related to travel, including from Britain and Sweden

From left; Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and  Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney,   react as it was confirmed that Ireland had secured a seat on the  United Nations Security Council. Photograph: Julien Behal Photography

Ireland is elected for two years to the UN’s most powerful body for first time since 2001

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar received emails warning of staff shortages in nursing homes. Photograph: Julien Behal

Emails show nursing homes and families pleading for help from Leo Varadkar

Ireland has seen a significant number of its total deaths from coronavirus associated with long-term residential care facilities, including nursing homes

Nursing homes in Ballinasloe and Claremorris say they have had no deaths associated with the virus in their facilities

Paul Reid, chief executive of the HSE, believes the elderly care sector will need to change in order to tackle further outbreaks of the virus or other diseases. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland/PA Wire

HSE chief to tell Dáil committee that half of nursing home infection clusters now ‘closed’

Medical and dental workers are among those who rated themselves as being most exposed to Covid-19.

Secondary teachers feel less exposed to coronavirus disease than primary teachers

Photograph: John Thys/AFP via Getty Images

On April 12th there were 45 confirmed Covid-19 deaths and 13 probable ones

Photograph: Getty

Where are the dangers, and how can a new wave be turned into a ripple, not a tsunami?

 Tánaiste Simon Coveney has contacted 72 foreign ministers in the run-up to the UN Security Council seat vote. Photograph:   Nick Bradshaw

Campaigning by Ireland, Canada and Norway will run right up to Wednesday’s ballot

The wife of the Irish businessman who is barred from  leaving China   met with Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney but says she has had no further feedback since the initial meeting. Photograph:     Pavel Golovkin/AP

Wife of Dublin businessman urges Government to intervene amid fears for his health

Russian ambassador to Ireland, Yury Filatov, said it would be ‘mortally and absolutely unacceptable’ to under-count Covid-19 deaths. File image: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Diplomat rejects claims by the European Commission that Russia was spreading false information

Sage Advocacy, a support group for vulnerable adults, has written to Mr Harris requesting an investigation. File photograph:

Elderly advocacy group says case shows no oversight of clinical care in nursing homes

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

People on Grafton Street in Dublin on Sunday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Health Minister warns progress against virus still fragile but says ‘today is great day for country’

Some 280 complaints about nursing homes were made to the State’s health service watchdog during the first two months of the pandemic. File photograph: Getty Images

Concerns over infection controls, staff and poor communication loom large

‘Substantial meal’ is needed to be served for pubs to serve drinks. Photograph: iStock

Growing pressure from hospitality industry to reduce social distancing to 1m

The average amount of time it took State officials to take a swab and obtain a test result over the past seven days fell to 1.3 days. Photograph: Francesca Volpi/Bloomberg

HSE figures show 124 people with coronavirus in hospital, down from 182 a week ago

Coronavirus has caused disputes over access to children in family law cases. Photograph: Alan Betson

Family law cases reveal ‘unanticipated impact’ of pandemic on access with children

St Mary’s Centre (Telford) on Merrion Road said the home, which has 35 residents, has remained free of Covid-19.

St Mary’s Centre on Merrion Road says Covid-19 has had no bearing on decision

There had been 'huge challenges' in managing meat plant outbreaks because of language difficulties and large numbers of workers living in shared accommodation

Health and Safety Authority expects to check all 20 outbreak plants by end of next week

Visits to care homes will be limited to daytime visits of less than 30 minutes, and each visitor will only be allowed a maximum of one visit per week. Children under 16 will not be permitted to visit

New guidelines will set tight restrictions on phased reopening of care homes to visits

A resident in Cork protesting last weekend against house parties in the area. Photograph: Catherine Clancy

Be aware, the next wave of reopening does not come into effect until Monday

A memo for the Cabinet meeting says the temporary wage subsidy scheme and the unemployment payment will remain in place until the end of August. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Government expected to move to phase two of easing lockdown restrictions

Minister for Health Simon Harris: ‘The task will be harder as we start to open it up again.’ Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

NPHET recommends further easing of lockdown from Monday

The National Public Health Emergency Team met today and is recommending that some larger retailers be allowed open next week as long as they have entrances onto the street. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

‘Air bridges’ proposed to facilitate overseas travel as further easing of lockdown is recommended

The HSE said it was ‘continually gathering data on Covid-19 outbreaks, cases and deaths, including in nursing homes and other residential care settings’ through the computerised infectious disease reporting system. File photograph:

Homes say virus deaths were wrongly assigned to them or dispute number of deaths

Positives from the pandemic: Máire Gilmartin of St Vincent's University Hospital in PPE; a climate protest near the Dáil; and traffic on the M50 in west Dublin. Photographs: Alan Betson

The crisis poses huge threats but also shows us ways forward in health, housing, work and lifestyle

Pupils  in  class, in Lyons, after   French schools reopened. The Irish authorities are examining the experiences of other European countries before drawing up their own plans.   Photograph: Jeff Pachoud/AFP via Getty Images

Primary and secondary schools to restart at end of August, Varadkar confirms

Nursing homes and residential care facilities have borne the brunt of the pandemic, accounting for 1,032 or almost 63 per cent of the 1,645 deaths from the disease in the State. Photograph: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Hiqa alerted HSE to 212 ‘at-risk’ residential facilities, records sent to committee show

As an essential industry producing food, meat plants were not closed during the pandemic. Photograph: Getty Images

Authority claims ‘high level of compliance’ is part of the return-to-work safety protocol in meat plants

It is “quite unpredictable” why the virus was “particularly virulent in one particular facility versus another.” Photograph: iStock

Data shows mortality rate in some homes as proportion of occupancy above 40 per cent

The Tara Winthrop Private Clinic, Swords has seen 29 deaths from Covid-19, according to the HSE.

Of the 10 settings which saw the highest number of deaths, only one is a HSE-run facility

The number of visitors to Ireland have dropped during the Covid-19 pandemic by more than 99 per cent. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

People arriving must say where they will stay or face a €2,500 fine and six months in prison

St Mary’s Hospital, Phoenix Park: The only HSE-run facility among the 10 settings with  the most nursing home deaths. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

HSE statistics offer insight into 1,030 deaths across 167 residential facilities

Over half of all Covid-19 deaths in Ireland to date have been recorded in long term residential care settings. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty

Department of Health study shows over 70s in care more prone to getting disease than peers in general population

Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan held a meeting with the Cabinet on Tuesday afternoon where the issue was raised by a number of ministers. File photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Two-metre social distancing rule needed to suppress Covid-19 spread, says Holohan

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

A still from a video uploaded to social media at the weekend of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and his partner Matt Barrett meeting two friends in the Phoenix Park in Dublin

People were urged last week not to have picnics. This week’s advice is: ‘use your head’

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

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Leo Varadkar: ‘Significant milestone today... This is a day of hope. We will prevail’

 Social distancing sign in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Official advice says two but others say one, though the risk of spreading the virus rises

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

HSE chief executive Paul Reid speaking at a media briefing on Sunday in St Laurence’s Church, Grangegorman, Dublin. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland/PA Wire

HSE chief says reducing physical distancing to one metre would create extra capacity

Hiqa CEO Phelim Quinn. Not routine for Hiqa to inspect  standard of infection contol on every inspection. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Health watchdog queried on ‘unacceptable’ non-compliance prior to Covid-19 pandemic

Some 24 residents have died from an outbreak of Covid-19 in the 150-bed St Mary’s nursing home,  which has a separate 48-bed step down hospital. Photograph: Eric Luke

St Mary’s Hospital has been one of the worst hit nursing homes in the country

By the peak of the coronavirus crisis in the first half of April, nursing homes were experiencing difficulties accessing sufficient PPE. Photograph:  Alan Betson

Hiqa chief inspector sought ‘priority’ supply for homes from HSE chief on April 8th

Employees at meat plants work in prolonged close proximity to other workers, increasing the risk of transmitting the virus. Photograph: Bloomberg

The prolonged, close proximity of workers increases the risk of spreading the virus

University of Limerick Hospital Group and the South Southwest Hospital Group face 'significant' infection control risks if there is a further surge. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Watchdog warns Limerick and South Southwest groups face ‘significant’ risks

Friends and neighbours of the late Frank McDonald gather outside their homes on Grove Park Avenue in Dublin earlier this month as his funeral cortege passed  down the street wherehe lived for  60 years. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Irish Hospice Foundation calls for ‘a national response’ to end of life care after pandemic

 Dealgan House Nursing Home: 22 residents have died with coronavirus  since April 1st at the nursing home in Dundalk, Co Louth. Photograph: Padraig O’Reilly

Dealgan House had to rely on a volunteer, the grand-daughter of resident, to staff phones

 Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan appearing before the special Covid-19 committee at Leinster House in Dublin on Tuesday. Photograph:  Oireachtas TV/PA Wire

Move follows Dr Tony Holohan’s description of the practice as ‘a breach of confidentiality’

“This is not a one, two or even a three-day storm, after which we move to the recovery phase. The acute phase of this crisis will definitely be measured in months, and most probably in years, rather than days.” Photograph: Getty Images

Secretary general of Department of Health set to tell Dáil committee that the social and economic costs of Covid-19 have been ‘hug(...)

The HSA will confirm to the Oireachtas committee that it is assigning 67 field inspectors out of its 109-strong inspectorate to check on workplace safety under the Covid-19 Return to Work Safely protocol

HSA chief says determining whether a virus death is related to workplace is ‘very tricky’

Newlands Home and Garden Centre, Newlands Cross, Dublin, where among the many to reopen as part of first phase of the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions on Monday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The first phase of lifting Covid-19 restrictions has started with limited changes

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