Richard Quinlan, chief ambulance officer for North Leinster,  demonstrating how the test for Covid-19 is performed, on March 10th. Photograph: Alan Betson

What happened to the goal of 15,000 tests a day and other testing questions

The HSE says it could take until the end of next week to get equipment and reagent from Ireland’s pharma companies into the Covid-19 testing system. Photograp: Getty Images

Inability to secure sufficient supplies of reagent has led to reduced testing of samples

The Department of Children and Youth Affairs provides more than €600 million a year for early childcare schemes, much of which is paid to creches by way of schemes like the Early Childhood Care and Education.

‘Certain providers put the interest of their business ahead of staff and parents’ – Siptu

In a statement released to The Irish Times on Tuesday evening, the HSE said testing centres had performed ‘in excess of 2,000 tests across the country’ on Tuesday. Photograph:

Health service hoping to reach goal of 15,000 test results per day by mid-April

Coronavirus testing: the goal is to increase capacity to 15,000 per day. On Sunday, the HSE said capacity was about 5,000 per day.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Stocks expected to be fully replenished by Tuesday while laboratories also lack reagent

Army vehicles with vital Covid-19 medical supplies just in from China leave Dublin Airport with a Garda escort. Photograph: Tom Honan

Document aims to aid difficult decisions on patient priority and resource allocation

The guidelines are  intended to help policymakers, healthcare planners and providers in acute and community settings, as well as assisting clinicians

Advice an aid to staff ‘in thinking through difficult decisions that will need to be made’

Defence Forces vehicles transport personal protective equipment from  Dublin Airport after its arrival from China. Photograph: Tom Honan

Ten more deaths and 200 new cases bring death toll in Republic of Ireland to 46 and case total to 2,615

Siptu called for access to a fund usually dedicated to assisting the establishment of non-profit childcare operations. Photograph: iStock

Potential extra funding for creches still in financial difficulty could come from the Early Learning and Care Sustainability Fund

When the owner of a device with this app installed tests positive for Covid-19, this data may enable the contact tracing process to take place more efficiently and more quickly.

Data protection experts caution design should be compliant with privacy and data processing standards

A patient with Covid-19 wears a transparent plastic helmet filled with oxygen at a hospital in Bergamo, Italy. Photograph: Fabio Bucciarelli/The New York Times

Supplier cites recent Italian law that domestic need take precedence over exports

Children’s Hospital Ireland said the emergency departments of Crumlin and Temple Street remain open, as does the urgent care centre in Connolly, between the hours of 10am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. Photograph: The Irish Times

Move as a result of ‘anticipated demand on acute services, especially adult services’

A Garda at the house on Blackthorn Close, Kells, Co Meath, where two men, one from Navan, and one from Kells died in a house fire this  morning. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Gardaí say two other people who were in the house at the time are uninjured

Katherine Zappone has been told that her ‘proposal will immediately result in the termination of employment for a significant number of staff’. File photograph: The Irish Times

State to underwrite wage bill in exchange for waiving fees charged to hard-pressed parents

Croke Park, one of the testing centres for coronavirus. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

GPs also say reduced testing means estimates of virus’s prevalence will be less accurate

There is uncertainty around those who have been given a testing time and date but have not yet been swabbed. Doctors’ organisations have said they are seeking clarity on this.

Where things were relatively simple, a lot of complexity has been introduced overnight

A  bed in the emergency department at the Mater Private clinic in Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Non-essential elective surgery in private facilities to ‘go to back of queue’ during crisis

The supports, which the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) has told creche owners “are specific” to the sector, are currently being finalised.  Photograph: iStock

Wages of childcare workers topped up beyond the 70 per cent level

Pubs closed in Temple Bar, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

State will pay employers 70-80% of a worker’s salary up to €35,000-€40,000

The aim is  to vary the method of  testing done at each centre, so the system doesn’t become overdependent on one type of kit, which can cause delays.  Photograph: David Hecker/ Getty Images

State’s strategy for controlling Covid-19 has put unprecedented pressure on our virus testing system

President Michael D Higgins speaking to Prof Aidan Regan of UCD in 2018. The letter was Prof Regan’s idea. File photograph: Dave Meehan

More than 400 sign open letter calling for bill to be picked up by euro zone not individual states

‘Huawei will donate personal protective equipment to help those working on the frontline, and ICT solutions which could help with video conferencing,’ said David Kenny, deputy chief executive of Huawei Ireland. Photograph:  Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP via Getty Images

Chinese tech company ‘will do everything we can to help’ as part of Covid-19 relief efforts

A laboratory technician works with samples of potential Covid-19,  in the National Virus Reference Laboratory in Dublin. File photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Figures released this week had shown concentrations of cases in people of working age

Security guards are seen at Croke Park in Dublin, which is being used as a testing facility for Covid-19. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Medics say patients should expect to wait up to a week for results amid unprecedented demand

INMO general secretary Phil Ní Sheaghdha: ‘Will we have sufficient numbers, it’s very hard to know.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Union calls for agreement on pay and risks for student nurses combating Covid-19 surge

Members of the profession who spoke to The Irish Times highlighted a lack of personal protective equipment, which they say is especially needed due to the proximity between a dentist and a patient. Photograph: iStock/Getty Images

Many dental practices scale back amid warnings the profession is ‘on the brink of collapse’

Facebook has been forced to restore posts about Covid-19 that were incorrectly removed from its platform. File photograph: Dado Ruvic/Illustration/Reuters

Social network says posts on coronavirus were incorrectly removed from platform

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar addressing media at a Covid-19 press briefing at Government Buildings on Tuesday. Photograph: Steve Humphreys/PA

Number testing positives jumps by over 200 for second day in a row, while another fatality is recorded

Dr Colm Henry, the HSE’s chief clinical officer, and  Dr Tony Holohan, chief medical officer at the Department of Health, at the latest briefing on the Covid-19 virus. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Department of Health projections suggest cases will rise significantly in coming days

The Irish Dental Association has requested an urgent meeting with Minister for Health Simon Harris. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Group seeks urgent meeting with Minister amid fears for vulnerable professionals

The Defence Forces was forced to clarify that it was not going on ‘red alert’ in response to widely-circulated messages that it had done so. Photograph: Getty Images

Taoiseach has urged people not to share dubious WhatsApp messages about virus

A healthcare worker at  Shamrock Rovers’ Tallaght Stadium in Dublin which is being used as a testing centre for Covid-19 (Coronavirus). Photograph: Collins

Rise in cases cannot be stopped’ as restrictions set to be extended beyond March 29th

Dr John Cuddihy, Dr Colm Henry, Dr Tony Holohan and Dr Ronan Glynn arrive for a media briefingat n the Department of Health.Photograph: Crispin Rodwell for the Irish Times

Chief medical officer urges people to reduce social activities as much as possible

The Irish Kidney Association building in Beaumont Hospital, Dublin. Users of the facility will now be accommodated in the Clayton Hotel, Dublin Airport. Photograph: Google Street View

Facility used by kidney transplant patients, dialysis patients and families during stays

Wexford Bus said it is following public health advice issue by the authorities.

Brittany ferries announce changes to schedules in response to rolling coronavirus crisis

A medical staff, wearing a protective outfit, walks on a parking at an infectious hospital in Warsaw. Photograph: Wojtek Radwanski/AFP  via Getty Images

France to shut shops, restaurants; Coveney warns against non-essential journeys to Poland

Fingal County Council, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and Clare County Council are among the local authorities to publicly state they are closing playgrounds.  Photograph: iStock

All Dublin councils close children’s playgrounds amid concerns over spread of Covid-19

Central Bank of Ireland governor Gabriel Makhlouf: the measures announced by the ECB governing council will  allow for the “smooth provision” of credit throughout the disruption to the economy caused by Covid-19.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Requests for debt moratoriums make lenders uneasy due to effect on balance sheets

Wash your Hands! Window art on Dublin’s Dame Street. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Government issues travel warning as borders across the world start to shut to tackle pandemic

Joan O’Sullivan, Swords creche owner, who has had to shut her business following the closure of all schools and childcare facilities. Photograph:  Crispin Rodwell / The Irish Times

Concern for childcare operators if Covid-19 emergency measures extended

There is no plan to deploy troops to support the gardaí on the streets, although such a scenario cannot ultimately be ruled out, says Vice-Admiral Mark Mellet. Photograph: Alan Betson

Platoons of 30 to be available to back up HSE at each barracks around Republic

Minister for Communications Richard Bruton: the scheme will  focus initially on climate change and adult/media literacy issues. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

BAI will run up to three open funding rounds annually for ‘innovative programming’

Minister for Health Simon Harris was warned that CF patients are already extremely vulnerable to infection. Photograph: PA

Mixing CF and Covid-19 patients ‘potentially disastrous’, Cystic Fibrosis Ireland says

A  medical worker at a drive-through  clinic to check for coronavirus infections in Seoul, South Korea. Photograph: EPA

Everything you need to know about getting checked for the condition

Dermot Desmond was contacted by the Sinn Féin TD for Dublin Mid-West after his article on the housing crisis was published in The Irish Times on Saturday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Pair had ‘constructive exchange’ around billionaire financier’s Irish Times article

The Six Nations fixture was due to take place at the Stade de France in Paris on Saturday. Photograph: iStock

Warning of possible difficulties claiming from airlines or accommodation providers

Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran   in flood water in Athlone, Co  Westmeath. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Traditional political cures for flooding may not be effective in the years ahead

The Irish Haemophilia Society (IHS) confirmed on Thursday morning that the person received gene therapy as part of a clinical trial. Photograph: iStock

Development hailed as ‘momentous occasion for the haemophilia community in Ireland’

The direct provision centre, which will provide independent living facilities for up to 100 people, will be located at the site of the former Rosslare Port Lodge Hotel (above).  File photograph: Google Street View

Independent living facility to be located at former Rosslare Port Lodge Hotel site

President Michael D. Higgins speaks to interview John Bowman during an event to makr 250 years of the College Historical Society of Trinity College Dublin, more commonly known as The Hist.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Michael D. Higgins says spaces for debate needed to combat growth of populism

Google, which has 8,000 employees in Dublin, is also testing its wider preparedness by initiating a company-wide work from home day on Tuesday.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Some of firm’s irish-based employees asked to self-isolate as a precautionary measure

The Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Trio was arrested following discovery of heroin and cocaine in Dublin operation

Gardaí at the Bridewell station in Cork are investigating the alleged assault of a man in the city. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Gardaí investigate following an incident at a licensed premises on Paul Street

Budget reforms mean AbbVie faces paying tax on its €57.2bn acquisition of Dublin-domiciled Allergan. File photograph: PA Wire

Firm’s lawyers contacted Department of Finance several times after reforms in budget

A woman wearing a protective face mask in Milan, Italy. Photograph: Mourad Balti Touati/EPA

Pharmaceutical company Gilead is working on a drug that is in human trial stage

“The finding is ESB Networks had knowledge of the leaks, they knew about them, they knew the extent of them, they didn’t do the screening process when the leak occurred or in the months afterwards”

EPA says ESB Networks failed to identify 48 leaks to local authorities, and also failed to screen for damage to the environment

The State should clearly outline its plan to sell down its remaining stake in the Irish banking system, the chief executive of the National Treasury Management Agency has urged. Photograph:  Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty Images

Agency says money should be used to pay down Ireland’s outsized debt burden

Sherry Perrault: “There is a perception people come into government from the private sector, or leave government and go into the private sector and use their influence, network or connections to further a private interest.”

Sipo sought greater powers to monitor staff flows between public and private sectors

Dr Tony Holohan says entry screening, as it is carried out in some jurisdictions, is not done in Ireland and  ‘would be a waste of resources’.  Photograph: Dave Meehan

Chief medical officer made comment after report two Irish people on cruise ship not screened on return

Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty with Eoin Ó Broin (left) speaking to media at Leinster House on Wednesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Pearse Doherty: What is important is Réada Cronin apology and that remarks were withdrawn'

The warning was on Tuesday issued for all of Connacht, as well as Longford, Donegal, Clare and Kerry. Photograph: Haydn West/PA

Met Éireann issues status yellow rainfall warning for nine counties

Photograph: iStock

Rate of people aged 25-29 living at home up 11.2 points to 47.2% in decade to 2017

The fraudulent letters stated that if the survivor sent their bank details, Caranua would lodge a sum of money into their bank account.

Letters impersonating the responsible State agency seek bank details of those affected

Election Posters for Sinn Féin and   Fianna Fail. Candidates in Fingal have been granted a bit more time to remove their posters. Photograph: Alan Betson

Candidates who break rules for putting up posters face €150 fine per poster

Hugo MacNeill: worked on the Aer Lingus initial public offering and on one of the two Eircom IPOs. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Banker is campaigning for a seat on the Trinity College Dublin panel of the Seanad

Nama has more than 1,300 social housing units leased out to  councils and housing groups known as approved housing bodies. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Rent increases are set to affect councils and approved housing bodies but not tenants

Supreme Court judge John McMenamin. File photograph: Collins

John McMenamin expresses concern over high number of lay litigants coming before courts

Labour leader Brendan Howlin (centre) is pictured  with senators  Ivana Bacik and Kevin Humphreys as the party’s executive board  met to set the rules for the contest to decide who will succeed him. Photograph: Damien Eagers/The Irish Times.

Party leader does not believe another general election will be needed to form a government

A proliferation of Local and European Election candidate posters. File Photograph: Alan Betson /The Irish Times

Candidates will have to pay €150 per poster under Irish littering laws

The commission was established following claims that up to 800 babies may have been interred in an unmarked mass grave in the Bons Secours Mother and Baby home in Tuam, County Galway.

Report is now due to be completed by June 26th, outgoing Minister for Children says

In a statement, the NTPF said it will maintain focus on ‘improving waiting times for inpatient and day case treatment, while also significantly increasing its focus on outpatients’. File photograph: Alan Betson

Almost 103,000 people have been waiting more than 18 months for a slot

While some Ministers – including Katherine Zappone (above), Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran and Regina Doherty – lost their seats, they are not entitled to higher payments than their TD colleagues. Photograph: Damien Eagers/The Irish Times

The 45 politicians who failed to win seats are entitled to a range of payments depending on length of service

A Green Reit site at Molesworth Street in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Henderson Park was hit with tax bill on €1.34bn purchase of Green Reit

The extent to which biometric data is captured and processed as part of the public services card programme has proved to be a contentious part of the long-running debate on the card.

Concerns among data-protection experts over database of facial recognition images

 Salome Mbugua: “She is a mother and is trying to provide for her family [and] be productive. It’s a denial of rights that should not be accepted at all,” she said.   Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

WRC rules permit must be issued and awards woman € 5,000 in compensation

Sinn Féin’s finance spokesman Pearse Doherty reaffirmed his party’s commitment to a radical shakeup of business and tax policy on Tuesday. Photograph: Tom Honan

Housing stocks recover on Tuesday as overall index rises despite jitters over Sinn Féin rise

Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty speaks to the media alongside Sinn Féin’s , Matt Carthy,Eoin Ó Broin and Louise O’ReillyPhotographed: Tom Honan for The Irish Times.

Some Independents say they are willing to enter government

Pauline Tully

Cavan-Monaghan – Elected 2nd count

Micheál Martin of Fianna Fáil reacts to being elected to the 33rd Dáil on Sunday. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Fianna Fáil has ‘no business looking at the formation of a government’, says John Paul Feeley

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross  lost  his seat in  Dublin Rathdown.   Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Shane Ross is the highest-profile casualty, but Michael Lowry comfortably returned

Voters arrive at a polling station in Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Comparing exit poll with long-term average support suggests certain trends for ‘change’ parties

Dessie Ellis and Aengus Ó Snodaigh at the RDS count centre. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Poll topper joined supporters in singing Come Out Ye Black and Tans at RDS

Pauline Tully casting her vote with her sons at Bruskey National School in Cavan in Cavan/Monaghan. Photograph: Lorraine Teevan

Pauline Tully, who is running in Cavan-Monaghan, says footage looks as if it was imposed

Sinn Féin’s Matt Carthy has topped the poll in Cavan-Monaghan, ahead of Minister for Business Heather Humphreys. Photograph: Jack Horgan-Jones

Heather Humphreys fails to bring in running mate despite expansion of constituency to five seats

The 300-bedroom Marlin Hotel on Bow Lane East in Dublin 2 is one of several large new establishments being constructed in the centre of the city. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Development over next three to five years will almost double city’s current capacity

Amazon Choice is a badge that indicates highly-rated, well-priced products available to dispatch immediately, according to the company. Photograph: Bloomberg/File says customers are being incentivised by sellers to leave five-star reviews

Eric Eoin Marques at the Four Courts, Dublin for a High Court hearing in 2013.

Eric Eoin Marques, extradited from Ireland, hosted 'insidious criminal communities’

A passenger of the Diamond Princess cruise ship stands on a cabins’ balcony at the Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, Japan, 07 February 2020. Photograph: Franck Robichon/EPA

3,700 people on board undera two-week quarantine since arriving back at Yokohama

Goodbody argues rent freezes would not address the fundamental problem in the Irish market – lack of supply. Photograph: iStock

Labour and Sinn Féin both advocate three-year rent stall as part of housing policy

Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald takes part in the final TV leaders’ debate at the RTÉ studios in Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/AFP via Getty Images

Mary Lou McDonald made series of claims about measure in RTÉ leaders’ debate

Denser housing with good access to urban centres is considered better than housing estates on the outskirts of towns. Photograph: Getty Images

The party promises to build 100,000 homes for €6.5 billion – can it be done?

Tinder says it will not provide the messages the complainant was sent by other users, nor any other data related to other Tinder users. Photograph:  Chesnot/Getty

App says ‘deeply private’ parts of exchanges withheld in subject rights requests

Though rents continue to climb in urban centres, the rate of increase when 2019 is compared to the previous year has ‘moderated significantly,’ according to and Trinity College Dublin economist Ronan Lyons

Incremental decrease driven by falling rents outside five main cities

The Data Protection Commissioner  says it has  received ‘a number of complaints’ from  consumer organisations across the EU regarding how Google  processes  data. Photograph: Getty

Move follows consumer complaints over how search giant Google processes location data

The Minister for Housing published new rules on short-term lettings at the end of 2018, which came into force last July. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Is Fianna Fáil correct to claim Fine Gael is failing to provide resources to enforce laws?

A meme posted on Fine Gael’s Twitter account on Saturday. Yeah we’re lost too.

Ben Gilroy ready to run through walls while Verona Murphy’s posters look awful familiar

Passengers wear protective face masks as they arrive from Shenzhen to Hong Kong at Lo Wu MTR station, hours before the closing of the Lo Wu border crossing in Hong Kong, on Monday. Photograph: Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty

Total number of confirmed cases in country increases to 20,438

Just €10.5 million in cigarettes and tobacco products  seized by Revenue in 2019. File photograph: Yasser Al-Zayyat/AFP/Getty Images

Revenue says smugglers using ‘inventive and complex methods’ to bring in cigarettes

 A flight attendant of Cambodian Lanmei Airlines demonstrates safety procedures in the airplane while wearing a face mask during a flight from Cambodia to Guangzhou, China. Photograph: Alex Plavevski/EPA

Head of WHO emergency team has ‘every confidence’ in Irish response preparations

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