Share of applications from Northern Ireland and Britain holds steady at 70%

In total, 412 different nursing homes or community long-stay units recorded outbreaks of the virus. Photograph: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Figures show 11 nursing homes were hit with several outbreaks during a single wave

Thousands of people attended walk-in Covid-19 vaccination centres across the country on Saturday, with a high uptake for vaccines seen among older teenagers. Photograph: Collins

Nphet expected to provide fresh advice to Government on easing of remaining restrictions

Veteran war correspondent John Simpson: Fiction is a very convenient way of just being able to lift off the carapace of straightforward, decent reporting and express what you are thinking.

Veteran BBC journalist says writing novels is ‘very liberating’ in way journalism can’t be

Britain is now considered ‘a third country’ by the EU since Brexit and EU rules ban any chilled meat imports such as sausages, chicken nuggets, pies and mince that are not frozen from these countries. Photograph: iStock

Tensions rose after Brexit and Northern Ireland protocol led to ban on chilled meat imports

Lorries queue at the port of Rosslare Harbour in January , 2021. File photograph: Paul Faith/AFP via Getty Images

Limited direct EU ferry sailings and higher costs push exporters through Britain again

Tourists on  Skellig Michael: the island has opened to visitors for the first time since the autumn of 2019

Monastic tourist attraction off Co Kerry coast hosts first daytripping visitors since 2019

Freight movement figures for the first six months of Brexit show that the vast majority of trucks transited without checks or delays. File photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

More than 186,500 freight vehicle movements at Dublin and Rosslare ports since Brexit

Dublin Airport:  airports have carried out preparations for the operation of the EU digital Covid certificate. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Labs and pharmacies will verify Covid-19 tests for EU digital cert, travel industry told

David Coghlan of Coghlan’s Bakery in Naas, Co Kildare, has sourced alternative supplies from Andrews in Belfast. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

British flour exports to the Republic slide by 25% since January in wake of EU departure

A decision is expected to be announced after a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, which has been moved forward amid repeated calls for clarity from hospitality groups. File photograph: iStock

Unease in Cabinet that increase in Delta variant could jeopardise any revised date

Prof Paul Moynagh says the AstraZeneca and J&J vaccines should be offered to younger people, at least with the first dose and then a second dose of Pfizer or Moderna for ‘the strongest immune response’. File photograph: Alan Betson

Immunology professor says Government should not delay reopening indoor dining

 Dr Tony Holohan: he estimated last week that the more transmissible Delta variant accounted for 20%  of cases reported in the previous seven days

Public health director says new PCR test will allow ‘more actions’ to prevent spread

Some 97 per cent of the consignments were processed by inspectors at Dublin Port.  In most cases where consignments were rejected, the product was destroyed. Photograph: Alan Betson

Some 24,481 consignments of animal food, plants and live animals processed this year

The ban on spectators at horse racing was lifted on Saturday with a limited number allowed at the Curragh for  the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Festival. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/PA Wire

Ireland ‘should not have been so lax on travel from the UK’, says public health expert

Heidi Steffen of Iona Health Food Shop in Holywood, Co Down: ‘Now every item [from Britain] needs a customs declaration.’ Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Early economic figures show emerging shift from east-west to north-south dealings

Experts believe that if adequate supplies of vaccines of Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are available then they are preferable to the AstraZeneca one, pictured above.

Preference among some scientists is to stick with mRNA vaccines if they are available

A Covid-19 test centre outside Tullamore, Co Offaly. Photograph: Collins

Offaly posts highest rate in country, but still unclear whether Delta variant to blame

The Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) said there was a delay of at least three months in starting an investigation into an allegation of abuse at Community Residential Service Limerick Group H

Health service regulator finds non-compliance with regulations in 17 care homes

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said that it was ‘very welcome’ that agreement on the fund was reached ‘so swiftly’ with the European Parliament.

Paschal Donohoe welcomes swift agreement on allocation from €5.34bn fund

Locals say James Joseph Daly is often seen on the side of the road chatting on his mobile phone. Photograph: Street View

Locals surprised at the size of tax debt for a car dealer without a vehicle showroom

Staff demonstrate a Covid-19 antigen test earlier this year at the RocDoc testing facility at Dublin Airport. File photograph: Laura Hutton

HSE working group warns rapid tests miss ‘significant proportion’ of infected people

Cllr Noeleen Reilly (Independent), said the redevelopment plan that could lead to as many as 2,200 new homes near Finglas village (above) was an “excellent” proposal with “huge opportunities” for the village, “which has been dying on its knees for many years”. File photograph: Google Street View

Dublin City Councillors support plan for 100-acre Finglas site by 43 votes to 17

The National Park Service called on anyone travelling in ‘backcountry’ in the park since last Tuesday to come forward if they have any information about Mr McLaughlin. Image: Twitter/Grand Teton National Park

Cian McLaughlin (27) believed to have gone hiking in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

 A traveller at Heathrow Airport in London, Britain. Travellers to the State from Britain are facing changes to self-quarantine rules. Phtotograph:  Andy Rain/EPA

Unvaccinated passengers travelling from the region set to face longer minimum isolation

KRB president Ciaran Scally pushed for a stretch of roadway in Oakland to be named after  former Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams, above,  in 1999.  File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Knights of the Red Branch gave SF’s US arm €66,000 grant to promote Irish unification

Former hunger striker Laurence McKeown at the grave of Dr David Ross, at Kirkinriola Cemetery. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Doctor who oversaw the care of republican prisoners during the Troubles later died by suicide

The Sean Ross Abbey in Roscrea, Co Tipperary, which was Mother and Baby home operated by the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary from 1930 to 1970. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Ministers to consider new proposal to examine testimonies ‘through a human rights lens’

Historian Catherine Corless called on the Government to tell the commission: ‘You didn’t do the right job; we have to do something with this report.’ File image: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

Survivor say evidence was misrepresented and call for accountability of commission

Private nursing homes have raised ‘very serious concerns’  with  Nphet about the withdrawal of State funding for Covid-19 infection controls. Photograph: AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti

Private nursing homes raise ‘very serious concerns’ with Holohan about end of scheme

A Fine Gael spokesperson said on Thursday evening that all polling from 2016 onwards had been carried out by research companies and independent contractors. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Polling firms express concern about how they are seen by the public after revelations about parties

Hiqa’s  annual report does not cover the third wave, the most severe of the 15-month pandemic, when nursing homes suffered devastating outbreaks of the disease. Photograph: iStock

Hiqa says number of unexpected deaths more than doubled to 1,833 during 2020

Andrew McGinley with his three children, Conor (aged 9), Darragh (7) and Carla (3) McGinley. Their bodies were found in the family home in Newcastle, Co Dublin in January 2020. Photograph: Supplied by Andrew McGinley through the Garda

Dubliner wants wife’s treatment before she killed their three children investigated

Scientists have argued that limiting people who have been previously infected by Covid-19 to a single dose of the vaccine could free up doses

Longer immunity period would increase number of under-50s who only need one dose of vaccine, Hiqa says

Anne O’Connor, HSE chief operations officer, said the pace of the recovery work being carried out following the attack has been “extraordinary” but there was still “an awful long way to go.” Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Chief operations officer says just 30,000 of health service’s 80,000 IT devices cleaned so far

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar: ‘I have to emphasise that the only sustainable solutions are joint solutions, not unilateral action that would bring us nowhere.’ Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Tánaiste warns against any unilateral action that would damage Irish Sea trade deal

The first scientist-confirmed Irish case of a person being infected twice by Covid-19 has been reported

Concern for semi-vaccinated over more infectious Indian variant as restrictions lifted

This was the first face-to-face in-person discussion between Simon  Coveney and Wang Yi about Richard O’Halloran. Photograph: Tom Honan

Exit ban on Richard O’Halloran raised during weekend visit by Minister to China

INM’s chairman at the time, Leslie Buckley, who stood down in 2018, claimed that the purpose of the data search was for a cost-cutting exercise within the business. File Photograph: The Irish Times

Confidential information identifying journalistic sources may have been accessed

Prof O’Neill said that despite the cases in the UK, the “trend is good” and that younger people who may be infected are less vulnerable to severe disease caused by the Indian variant. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Immunology professor sees reopening as ‘sensible’ but ‘close eye’ needed on more infectious strain

Pupils during playtime at Scoil Cholmáin in Muighinis near   Carna, Co Galway. Photograph: Joe O Shaughnessy

Principal hopes remote working as a result of Covid might encourage families to relocate

The bigger challenge facing the HSE is opening up firewalls within the IT system. File photograph: Getty

Cyberattack like ‘a missile dropped’ into health service with the impact unknown

The analysis found that the probability of an outbreak occurring in a nursing home increased with rising community incidence. File photograph: iStock

Report from health watchdog and HSE surveillance centre notes hazard of congregated settings

The case study by public health doctors in the midlands shows how onward transmission can spread the virus into different settings from close contacts. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Doctor fears close contacts will think Covid tracing are hoax calls linked to cyberattack

Eveline Sheeran, general manager at Talbot Lodge nursing home in Malahide, Co Dublin: ‘You had people knowingly coming into a situation where they were putting themselves at risk and they did that for the love of the residents’. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Nursing home group recalls unprecedented ‘scale of the sickness’ of the third wave

A free pop-up walk-in testing centre is to be provided from 12pm-7pm, on the grounds of St Joseph’s Hospital, Mulgrave Street for five days initially from this Wednesday. File photograph: Alan Betson

Contact tracers find growing number of cases in county linked to social gatherings

Where nationally fatal road traffic accidents account for 2 per cent of all collisions in which personal injuries are recorded, the proportion jumps to 8 per cent on the Limerick-Cork road. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Route upgrade not expected to be complete until 2027 with €850m earmarked for project

Andrew McGinley with his children Conor, Darragh and Carla. His wife, Deirdre Morley, was last week found not guilty by reason of insanity for the murder of their children. Photograph supplied by Mr McGinley via An Garda Síochána

Willingness to bring new mental health legislation before Oireachtas welcomed

 A Ryanair flight from Athens to Vilnius  with Belarus opposition activist and blogger Roman Protasevich onboard was diverted to land in Minsk after an alleged bomb threat.

Belarus’s ‘unprecedented actions’ to detain activist spark widespread concern

Garda sources expect the gang will follow through on its threat, possibly by drip-feeding the release of information. File photograph: Getty

Plans to counter leak drawn up with Garda, data protection chief and social media firms

A busy Grafton Street on Sunday as shops reopen. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

‘Very significant’ decision on reopening of badly hit sectors to be made on Friday

The number of people who intend to get vaccinated or who have already received a vaccine has risen to 88 per cent of people surveyed. Photograph: iStock

Number of those who will refuse jab declines three points since start of year to 4 per cent

State chief medical officer Tony Holohan has described the Indian variant as the ‘black cloud on the horizon’. File photograph: Getty

Mutations can ‘exploit fact that we are only partially protected in July’, says Prof Philip Nolan

A Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS (flight number FR4978) is parked on Minsk International Airport’s apron in Minsk. Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

Plane from Athens to Vilnius was escorted to Minsk airport by a fighter aircraft

Aer Lingus first officer Alice Farrell. Photograph: Alan Betson

Hundreds of Irish pilots on minimal or no pay have been forced to look for low-paid jobs

The Minister said the Department of Health was ‘considering the role of advocacy and the role of family members’ in mental health services. File photograph: Getty

Minister to seek Cabinet approval on wider role for advocates in patient psychiatric care

Two-thirds of the 45 children at the creche in question were deemed to be close contacts of the infected staff member. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

HSE says the affected north Co Dublin childcare facility was an ‘isolated case’

Taoiseach Micheál Martin appeared on Thursday before the commission - chaired by High Court judge Brian Cregan - to discuss his 2015 private meeting with then senior Department of Finance official Neil Ryan. File photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Micheál Martin appeared before commission to discuss 2015 private meeting with then senior Department of Finance official

“Costs of €5,000 to €10,000 can swing the difference between building a house and not building a house – the margins are that fine.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Builders warn increased pandemic-related costs must be passed on to buyers

The Casino development in Malahide, Co Dublin. Photograph: The Casino

State agency reaches deal in principle with serial block-buyer of apartments to rent

Former minister for finance Michael Noonan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Former minister for finance asked about department’s relationship with State bank

‘The cybercrime economy is now worth more globally than the illicit drugs trade.’ Image: iStock

Resourcing cybersecurity properly ‘as necessary as paying your health insurance’

Mark Redmond, chief executive of the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland said  he did not believe cyber attack had undermined the country’s reputation abroad. File Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Ireland’s reputation has not been undermined by HSE cyber attack, says US chamber

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

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