Acting chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn, Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar and Taoiseach Micheál Martin ahead of the post-Cabinet press briefing.  Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Compliance with social distancing and other measures is waning as the crisis drags on

In one case in the report a vulnerable woman was living with her only son, who was spending the allowance “in the pub”. Photograph: Getty Images

Report by Sage Advocacy says a small minority of recipients of the carer’s allowance are ‘blatantly abusing’ the system

Dr Gabriel Scally is a member of the ‘Zero-Covid Island’ group. File photograph: Crispin Rodwell/The Irish Times

Health experts seek meeting with Oireachtas coronavirus group and call for new measures

 Paramedic holds Covid-19 testing kit. File photograph: Alan Betson

There were 45 new coronavirus cases but no further deaths reported in the State

Lives Lost: John Joseph ‘Sonny’ Egan

Offaly man played football for as long as he could and measured life by the people he met

Lombardy’s death rate from Covid-19 was related to high numbers of hospital admissions. Here, a member of the medical staff comforts a patient at the ASST Papa Giovanni XXIII hospital in Bergamo, on April 3rd. Photograph: Piero Cruciatti/AFP via Getty Images

Large numbers of people in Ireland caught coronavirus in a place they should have felt safe

A  major financial package is intended to help schools reopen ‘as fully as possible’ in the autumn

One-metre distancing rule for students is ‘flexible’, says Department of Education

Religious organisations were reluctant to give access to HSE staff during the crisis as residents were cocooning in accordance with Government regulations. Photograph: Dylan Martinez

Twelve nuns out of 14 tested positive as their care system ‘collapsed’ at pandemic’s height

Six counties have stayed Covid-19 free over the past week despite a slight increase in cases of the disease.

Six further deaths reported and 23 new cases as reproduction rate ‘at or above one’


Martin warns wider reopening in doubt as advice against non-essential travel extended

Dr Ronan Glynn, acting Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health urged people not to risk going into environments that feel unsafe.  Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

A total of 20 counties reported new cases over the past 14 days

Passengers arrive at Dublin Airport. The belief in Government is that it cannot prevent people from going abroad on holiday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Publication of ‘green list’ of safe countries postponed amid fears of virus resurgence

Hiqa found the officially-reported Coivd-19 deaths “likely overestimates” the true burden of excess deaths caused by the virus. Photograph: iStock

Lasting impact on health outcomes may take years to be seen, says Hiqa

Dr Tony  Holohan said he wanted to give his ‘energy, attention and all of my time’ to Emer and to their two teenage children, Clodagh and Ronan. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

NPHET chair wants to spend time with his wife who has entered palliative care

 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

Dr Tony Holohan, the Department of Health’s chief medical officer, is pictured this evening after announcing he is stepping back from his role to care for his wife and spend time with his family. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins.

Public health emergency chief to spend time with wife, now in palliative care, and children

The ECDC   says the incidence of the disease fell  12%  in the second half of June, but most countries are still reporting community transmission.  Photograph: Getty Images

European Centre for Disease Control says some countries are reporting resurgence of the virus or large localised outbreaks

In total, 3,285 hospitalised patients were confirmed with Covid-19 up to June 23rd. Photograph: iStock

More than 250 people picked up disease while receiving treatment for other conditions

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

Ireland’s epidemic began last February, when travellers, especially those returning from Italy, imported the disease into Ireland.  Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Serious concerns over resurgence of Covid-19 lead to change in sentiment

 Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

One more Covid-19-related death and 11 further cases reported in the State on Tuesday

The Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Act 2018 became law in December 2018.

Most terminations - 6,542 - were carried out on early pregancies, less than 12 weeks

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

Simon Harris, Anne Graham, chief executive,  NTA, Leo Varadkar  and  Shane Ross wearing face masks during a press briefing to promote the wearing of masks on public transport. Hotograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Regulation is being drawn up by both the Department of Health and Transport

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

No new Covid-19 related deaths but ‘worrying’ new trends as 24 new cases reported

Dr Peter Boylan has been told he can participate in the meeting remotely via electronic platform. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Former master has campaigned publicly against plan to move hospital to St Vincent’s

Charlotte Oppermann of Om Diva, a vintage clothing shop on Dublin’s South Great George’s Street, which is preparing to reopen. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Recommendation against non-essential travel outside Ireland remains in place

 People enjoy the beach during a sunny day in Beirut, Lebanon. Photograph: Nabil Mounzer/EPA

Ministers urge caution on loosening restrictions amid fears of second Covid-19 wave

Face coverings will be mandatory on public transport from Monday.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Travel throughout the State will be permitted with face coverings mandatory on public transport

The National Maternity Hospital in Holles Street. The hospital’s relocation project has been beset by controversy, in particular relating to concerns over ethos. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Constitution and articles of new company approved by Charities Regulator and Revenue

Staff  at Dundrum Town Centre in Dublin wear protective masks and screens as the centre reopens. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Challenge of keeping coronavirus suppressed to rise hugely as restrictions end

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

Three more deaths from Covid-19 and 11 new cases confirmed in the State

The trial will examine the efficacy and safety of a number of anti-viral, anti-malarial and anti-inflammatory drugs that have been put forward as potential treatments for Covid-19.

More than 5,000 patients recruited to date across 35 countries to evaluate potential new treatments for virus

At University Hospital Galway, research has found a fall of about one-third in the number of stents and similar interventions carried out in all hospitals during the lockdown. File photograph: Getty

Patients presenting with severe cardiac damage not seen in 40 years, say specialists

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’

Public health officials have repeatedly ruled out any regionalised approach to restrictions. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Kerry, Donegal and Sligo record no new Covid-19 cases in four weeks

Report’s co-author, Dr Helen McAvoy,  said the frequency of sunburn was concerning and showed a need for focused action and research on skin cancer prevention. Photograph: iStock

Report shows nearly 90% of young Irish people experience sunburn in their lives

Almost 1,000 of the Republic’s Covid-19 deaths have been linked to outbreaks in nursing homes. Photograph:  John Stillwell/PA

HSE fails to tell Covid-19 committee if tests conducted as route of infection sought

In total, there are 2,700 people on the urgent colonoscopy waiting list.

Irish Cancer Society calls for action as 1,300 people waiting longer than 28 days target

Nphet has  reported another 14 cases of the virus, bringing the total number of cases in the Republic  to 25,334. File Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Total of 1,709 people with disease have died, Department of Health says

Extra beds in hospitals have been promised as part of health plans in  the new programme for government. Photograph: iStock

Health: Increase in home-care hours and cut in patient charges included in plan

Chief Medical Officer  Dr Tony Holohan said Ireland has one of the lowest rates of excess mortality so far this year compared to last year. Photograph: Colin Keegan/ Collins Dublin

One third of population wearing face-coverings as protection against spreading Covid-19

More than 5,000 people in Dublin and Sligo are to be invited to give blood samples  as part of the first study aiming to determine the prevalence of Covid-19 in the population.

Initial results expected in late August to measure prevalence of virus in population

Dr Peter Boylan alleges neither the National Maternity Hospital’s deputy chairman nor the board has engaged with the ‘substantive issues’ he has raised. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Former master Peter Boylan has written to board seeking objection put on agenda

Shoppers queue to enter a re-opened Zara store on Dublin’s Grafton Street in central Dublin, Ireland on June 8th. File photo: Paul Faith/Getty

Man died after 27 days on a ventilator, CUH doctors say

The increase has prompted the HPSC to resume counting outbreaks in private houses as a separate category. File photograph: Alan Betson

Heath official warn of move of virus to household settings as overall cases drop

 Shoppers in Belfast after all shopping centres and retailers were given the green light to reopen in a significant relaxation of coronavirus lockdown restrictions in Northern Ireland. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Northern Ireland records no deaths for fifth time in eight days

Peter Boylan alleges Nicky Kearns has ‘seriously mishandled the project to date, in particular by your failure to advocate successfully for the hospital’s independence’. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Dr Peter Boylan criticises ‘shambles’ of plans to move to St Vincent’s under Nicky Kearns

 Minister for Education Joe McHugh: Depriving children of full-time education in September would possibly have a very negative impact on their development.  Photograph:  Leon Farrell/PA

Teachers’ unions concerned at full-time return via ‘class bubble’ instead of social distancing

People enjoy a coffee on the boardwalk in Dublin as Covid-19 restrictions are eased. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Republic reports three further deaths and 13 more cases as CSO releases regional data

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, at the Department of Health, Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer and  Professor Philip Nolan  at a Covid -19 update press conference at the Department of Health. Photograph: Collins

How people interact in their daily lives will determine if cases fall

People return to Dublin city centre. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The risk is low for now but uncertainty abounds and consensus is wearing thin

 People wearing face masks pass Penneys on Henry Street in Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

All indicators of the disease are stable or declining, public-health officials say

A woman wearing a protective face mask shelters from the rain on Dublin’s O’Connell street. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Face coverings to remain optional indoors as death toll in State rises to 1,703

More than 15m babies are born too early, too sick and too small in the world every year, and 1m of these children die. File photograph: Getty

Trend in maternity hospital marked by healthy living, say researchers

The median number of contacts per diagnosis has risen to close to 3.5 per person, compared with an average of two per person when full restrictions were in place. Photograph: Alan Betson

In one case diagnosed with Covid-19, the individual named 25 contacts

Use of large-scale generic nursing homes will ‘undoubtedly have a deleterious impact’ on people with dementia during a pandemic. Photograph:

Study calls for review of visiting restrictions and support for residents with dementia

In Ireland the Government is stockpiling personal protective equipment  in anticipation of a second wave of Covid-19. File photograph: The Irish Times

Consignment of 900,000 isolation gowns arrived at Shannon in world's largest aircraft

A hairdresser at work this week in New Delhi, India. Hair and beauty salons were due to reopen in Ireland on July 20th but that date is now being brought forward. Photograph: Prakash Singh/AFP via Getty Images

NPHET to meet on Thursday to review the WHO’s updated advice on face coverings

With work on the new national children’s hospital stopped since March 31st because of the Covid-19 crisis, further delays in completing the project, as well as further cost increases, are likely.

Proximity of St James’s hospital to building site among factors delaying work

HSE chief executive Paul Reid with Anne O’Connor, chief operations officer, at the Health Service Executive weekly press briefing in  Dublin. Photograph:  Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Executive hopes to launch contact tracing app this month once it has Government approval

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

Henry Street in Dublin: It is taking 1.3 days to be referred for a testing appointment. The average wait from the time a swab is taken to the lab result is 1.4 days.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

With reproduction number tamed, focus on dealing with flare-ups vital

A protester holds a placard in Cork at the weekend against parties being held in student accommodation.  Photograph: Catherine Clancy

‘Unseen activity’ in ordinary houses is a ‘real concern’ to health officials

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

Minister for Health Simon Harris TD, visiting the National Council for the Blind of Ireland at its Iona Resource Centre, in Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Health Minister contacted GP and self-isolated after displaying symptoms

Minister for Health Simon Harris with kitchen staff Tracy Bailey and Sandra Wynne at the National Council for the Blind of Ireland’s Iona Resource Centre in Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Health officials to discuss reopening of playgrounds and allowing summer camps

The approach taken by the Mater was intended to protect confidentiality and respect the dignity of staff being tested, according to the HSE report. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Anonymising of personal details in lab test results led to reporting delay, HSE report finds

Maria Waters who fundraised to pay   for her   cancer treatment has died. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Tributes paid to Maria Waters who raised money for treatment with a drug that is available free to other patients

Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan   said the restrictions introduced in March still enjoy a high level of compliance from people despite some “public examples of exceptions”. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Three more deaths and 47 new cases of virus reported in the Republic on Wednesday

Nursing Homes Ireland has claimed the lack of testing for patinets transferring from hospitals  contributed to the spread of coronavirus in residential settings.  Photograph:  Erin Schaff/The New York Times

Move is reversal of previous policy that did not require testing for people moved from hospitals

Members of the Irish Defence forces at a Covid-19 testing facility at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Holohan says ‘we’re in a good position’ for second phase of reopening to proceed

 Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health and Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health. Photograph: Colin Keegan/ Collins Dublin

Protest in Dublin attended by thousands posed ‘a risk to life’, Tony Holohan says

Opposition politicians and businesses have been pressing for a relaxation to Ireland’s 2m social-distancing rule. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

New study suggests face coverings may be beneficial, but certainty of evidence is low

The National Maternity Hospital in Holles Street: It has been trying to find a new home for decades. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

One former NMH master distrusts religious on women’s reproductive healthcare

Fears are growing within the NMH that the Government could withdraw its support from its move to St Vincent’s. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Move to St Vincent’s site at risk as scrutiny of religious order persists, NMH master warns

People enjoy the good weather at Brittas Bay beach, Co Wicklow, on bank holiday Monday. Gardaí have turned away non-locals who tried to visit. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Public hospitals not ‘fit for purpose’ to handle surge in cases, Dáil committee to hear

Hand sanitiser and a notice encouraging social distancing at Howth Golf Club in Dublin. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP

Cavan continues to have highest incidence of Covid-19, followed by Dublin and Monaghan

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

We learned that Hiqa has yet to inspect a single nursing home with coronavirus cases

No mention of nursing homes at the first 11 meetings of NPHET

Just five postmortems have been carried out on Covid-19-positive patients, The Irish Times reported earlier this month. The overall number of postmortems carried out in the first four months of the year was substantially down. File photograph: Getty

Staff at substantial risk so autopsies should be restricted to mortuaries in Dublin and Cork

 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

Dr Tony Holohan said seven children were being investigated for a Kawasaki disease-like presentation.

Tony Holohan says Health Service Executive will be raising awareness of issue

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

Ministers discuss stringent measures including 14-day stay at ‘designated facility’

Occupancy levels should be kept at under 75 per cent ‘if whole hospital capacity facilitates’, according to elective surgery pathway for the pandemic.  Photograph:  Getty Images

New rules designed to minimise infection risks from Covid-19 in hospitals set out

NPHET members Dr Tony Holohan, Dr Ronan Glynn and Dr Siobhán Ní Bhriain at the Covid-19 press conference on Friday. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Further 11 patients with Covid-19 die in Republic bringing death toll to 1,592

Ireland has one of the highest proportion of care home deaths among all fatalities from Covid-19, a new report indicates. File photograph: The Irish Times

Some 62% of Covid-19 deaths in Ireland relate to care homes, report says

The National Public Health Emergency Team has said it does not see schools returning before September.  File photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire.

Minister says massive logistical work required to reopen schools in September

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

Dr Ronan Glynn, deputy chief medical officer, Department of Health: “As things currently stand, we don’t envisage schools coming back before September.” Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Two prisoners and 14 asylum seekers have been hospitalised as virus hits vulnerable groups

Dr Ronan Glynn, deputy chief medical Officer, Department of Health, said anyone attending a meeting and treated as a close contact, where a positive test was recorded,  would have to self-isolate for 14 days. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Deputy CMO says he is unaware of advice used by Oireachtas and now judiciary to limit sittings

Minister for Health Simon Harris, pictured earlier this month, has ruled out sixth-class primary school returning to the classroom before going on to second level. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Parents’ group calls for primary schools to be partially reopened in mid-June if safe to do so

The National Public Health Emergency Team’s scheduled meeting for Tuesday had to be cancelled because of the committee hearing. File photograph: The Irish Times

Many questions go unanswered due to time limits, but politicians on best behaviour

The Coombe: The unemployed and homemakers are less likely to plan pregnancy and take folic acid,  researchers from UCD and the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital find. Photograph: Alan Betson

Research challenges ideas around best scenario for desired foetal development

People wear a face masks at Leeds station, UK. Photorgraph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Scientific expert group raised concerns over effectiveness, preferring medical masks

Minister for Health Simon Harris  was warned by chief medical officer Tony Holohan that as the number of local cases of the disease falls and restrictions are eased, the relative importance of importing cases from overseas increases. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

NPHET wrote to Minister for Health recommending strict restrictions on visitors

Pedestrians and cyclists in Dublin city centre. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP via Getty

We need to reduce cases caused by community transmission, which account for 60%

Michael O’Hanlon and  Liam Cahill   at Howth Golf Club in Dublin on Monday, as golf courses reopen and Ireland cautiously begins to lift it’s coronavirus lockdown. Photograph:  Paul Faith/AFP via Getty Images

‘Ever-present danger’ of further Covid-19 cases as Ireland partially lifts restrictions

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

Loss of smell is likely to be added to the list of symptoms, health officials indicate

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