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

Graffiti on the  Luke Kelly sculpture on Sheriff Street in Dublin. Photograph: Anthony Flynn

Councillor says spending on graffiti removal is unsustainable and statue may be moved

  President Michael D Higgins in front of a memorial where, in April this year, he laid a wreath for all workers who died through exposure to the Covid-19 virus.  Photograph: Maxwell’s

President urges rethink of housing, healthcare and precarious work on Late Late Show

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary: Chief medical officer Tony Holohan and Minister for Health Simon Harris will be crushed under a “stampede” of Irish families rushing to go on foreign holidays.  Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

Michael O’Leary criticises handling of reopening and says ‘thousands’ booking flights

Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan outlined the latest figures at a briefing at the  Department of Health. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Further six deaths reported from Covid-19 along with 39 new cases

It was “not possible” to say how many of the 4,500 childcare providers would be in a position to re-open at the end of June, Minister for Children Katherine Zappone  said.  Photograph: iStock

Children will be grouped into ‘pods’ of between six and 12 when sector reopens

The Minister is expected to bring a memo to cabinet on Friday on certain measures relating to reopening of childcare. File photograph: Edmond Terakopian/PA Wire

Minister writes to providers giving detail about planned ‘play-pods’ for June 29th restart

HSE chief executive  Paul Reid is pictured at a media briefing  on Covid-19 in UCD on Thursday morning. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.

Paul Reid says target of testing and tracing 90% of cases within three days missed

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

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

The Irish Farmers Association (IFA) has warned about the dangers of filming stunts involving farm equipment and machinery. Image: TikTok.

IFA president ‘disgusted’ at social media clips featuring tractors, diggers and quad bikes

Gardaí are investigating a shooting in Clonee last night.

Victim aged in his twenties was shot on Main Street in Clonee at around 10.25pm

Max Schrems is Austrian lawyer and data privacy activist. File photograph: Getty

There is a pressing need for the regulator to act quickly and effectively to dispel criticism

Austrian privacy campaigner Max Schrems has claimed there was ‘co-operation’ between Facebook and the Irish Data Protection Commissioner on the fim’s approach to strict European data-protection laws. Photograph: Getty Images

Campaigner claims watchdog met Facebook regularly before introduction of GDPR rules

It is not the first time Bono has sought to influence public policy in the state. File photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Singer had phone call with Minister for Finance earlier this year

If wrongdoing has been identified in the Twitter case and the decision is supported by other supervisory authorities, a fine and a corrective measure will follow. File photograph: by Glenn Chapman/AFP

Decision could pave the way for first fines against ‘big tech’ firm by Irish watchdog

 Labour Party Leader Alan Kelly: “We cannot have a George Orwell situation where some are more equal than others”

Labour leader Alan Kelly says it as ‘frankly bonkers’ politicians were unaware of advice about Oireachtas meetings of more than tw(...)

Dublin’s Georges Street during the Covid-19 Coronavirus pandemic. Photograph: Collins

A further 12 people have died from virus and 76 new cases have been detected

The Covid Alliance imported the raw materials for lysis buffer into the country last month as reagent shortages held back the State’s testing programme

Group of multinationals in Ireland has worked with academics in the pharma sector

University Hospital Limerick. Image: Google street view

Watchdog report criticises University of Limerick and South Southwest hospital groups

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

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone said the wearing of facemasks for the under-6s was unlikely to contribute to infection control and  could also involve a degree of coercion. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

A ‘pod’ system of small playgroups and regular hand-washing is envisaged but not facemasks

Private hospitals may pull out of the agreement which has seen the State take over their facilities during the Covid-19 crisis.

Hospitals may seek other arrangements as HSE not sending enough patients

Blackrock Clinic in May 2020. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Critical questions are being asked about the future of Irish healthcare as the State’s takeover of private operators nears its con(...)

The Blackrock Clinic is being used by the State during the Covid-19 pandemic. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Case studies: ‘I don’t want to go to a new doctor and explain the last 20 years of my care’

 Defence Forces chief of staff Vice-Admiral Mark Mellett and HSE chief executive Paul Reid with Defence Forces cadets who are being trained for contact tracing at Dr Steevens’ Hospital. Photograph: Alan Betson

As surely as this disease ripped through nursing homes, it is also tearing through Irish society

A new plan for Covid-19 testing is to be published on Thursday committing to a 72-hour turnaround time for the the completion of test and contact tracing, as well as the long-promised target of 100,000 tests per week. Photograph: Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images

Chief executive Paul Reid acknowledges service ‘needs to improve’ turnaround times

The closure of creches, as part of one of the first raft of measures introduced to slow the spread of Covid-19, affected more than 200,000 children and their parents. Photograph: Frank Perry/AFP/GettyImages

Confidential document prepared as frontline workers scheme is scrapped

The HSE testing arrangements will contain  key performance indicators, including the number of tests per week, the turnaround time for results and targets for contact tracing

FF health spokesman Stephen Donnelly says median turnaround for test results is currently five days, far short of three-day target

Experts have said in recent days the entire testing and contact tracing continuum has to be completed within three days.. Photograph: Francesca Volpi/Bloomberg

Everything you need to know about Ireland’s current test and trace system

Dr Cillian De Gascun, chair of the Coronavirus Expert Advisory Group: ‘We know we need to get better, but it’s a huge improvement on where we were.’ Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Data entry errors, missing contact details and incompatible systems among issues

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

A further 24 Covid-19 deaths and 107 cases reported in the State

There is significant capacity for testing for coronavirus in Ireland, said the president of the ICGP. Photograph: Bing Guan/Bloomberg/File

Dr Mary Favier reports ‘definite improvement’ in time it takes to receive results

HSE chief executive Paul Reid: cost of testing and tracing will be ‘at a scale that nobody could have foreseen’. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland/PA

PPE, testing and contact tracing will cost well over €1bn for the year, says Paul Reid

Representative organisations have reported subdued levels of interest in the scheme amid fears over the impact on insurance. Photograph: iStock

‘Insurance would be too prohibitive. Nobody has come back to us saying they would be able to take it on’

A man cycles past a sign near Broadway Market in London. Photograph: Kirsty O’Connor/PA Wire

Number of cases increases by 236 as rate of growth in holds steady

An operator wearing a protective face mask works in a call centre for contact tracing, in Brussels, Belgium. File photograph: Lauria Dieffembacq/Belga/AFP via Getty Images

With a virus that spreads at pace, experts are concerned at delays in the proces

Unions warned that if remote working becomes the norm for an extended period, public-sector employers would be expected to provide adequate supports. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

‘Very gradual staggered return’ to office environment expected for department after August

Handshakes will be banned. Temperature testing will be carried out in line with public health advice. Workers will not be allowed to share pens, bottles, or cups. Photograph: Alex Welsh/New York Times

Measures drawn up by Government, unions and employers to be monitored by HSA

The TCD research found that certain behaviours by people can help the effectiveness of the Bluetooth function. File photograph: Getty

Government urged to test extensively as accuracy of Bluetooth tech called into question

Healthcare staff will have to pay €90 per week for childcare to facilitate them going to work. File image.

Exclusion applies to providers of childcare under scheme for front-line workers

Data from Irish responses  show trust in the Garda is very high, at 7.2, compared to a European average of 6.2. Photograph: Collins

Eurofound statistics show high level of trust in Garda, health system, government, media

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has said the  Covid-19 wage  payments are set to be reduced in the weeks ahead. Photograph:  Photocall Ireland/PA Wire

Paschal Donohoe has indicated that the wage supports cannot continue indefinitely

Sally Maaz was born with a congenital heart defect

Sally Maaz was admitted to Covid-19 ward although parents claim she tested negative

Department of Health chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan. The National Public Health Emergency Team has broadened the criteria for those seeking a coronavirus test. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell/The Irish Times.

Analysis of sample shows 50 per cent needing ICU had chronic heart disease

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone. She  is set to announce details of the scheme on Thursday

It is expected multiple children will be covered by the same fee

“We are certainly concerned that with the economy facing a difficult period there may be an even further increase in the level of uninsured driving.”  Photograph; Getty Images

New figures show the number of uninsured vehicles on Irish roads last year increased by just under 14,000 to 165,000

On Tuesday night, an Airbnb spokeswoman said she had ‘nothing further to share’ about how the news of layoffs would impact employees based in Ireland. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

Some 1,900 Airbnb employees worldwide will be affected, CEO wrote in email to staff

Aer Lingus said it had conducted a review of the route. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Move comes after pictures emerged of almost full flight with no apparent social distancing

A spokesman for Meat Industry Ireland said  beef processing throughput was down about 20%  on equivalent weeks last year, and 30%  compared to early March 2020

Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed has said he is aware of six clusters at plants

The scene has been preserved pending a full technical examination and the State pathologist has been informed.

Gardaí arrest one male near scene of fatal incident in Enniscorthy

A medical staff member collecting a sample at a  school  in China. Photograph: AFP/Getty

System for testing was overwhelmed in March

Dr Tony Holohan, Dr Siobhán Kennelly, and Prof Philip Nolan at a press conference at the Department of Health on Thursday. Photograph: Collins

Number of patients on wards and ICU ‘significantly higher’ than at end of March

Chief Medical Officer    Dr Tony Holohan, at the Department of Health at a Covid -19 update press conference at the Department of Health. Photograph: Colin Keegan/ Collins Dublin

‘Case hasn’t arisen yet to give us a reasonable belief that now is the time to lift restrictions’

Some 85 nurses and 120 healthcare assistants had been deployed as of last Friday, according to data released by the HSE to Fianna Fáil. File photograph: Getty

Delays over contract negotiations stall reassignment of home-help personnel to sector

Employees reassigned to alternative duties will continue to be paid their normal basic salary and fixed allowances. Photograph: Frank Miller

Department acknowledges ‘limitations’ of schemes as unions say it ‘falls far short’

Patients now need to have just one of three symptoms – fever, cough or shortness of breath – and be part of a priority group to be eligible for coronavirus testing, such as working in the healthcare sector, or having a condition that may make them more vulnerable. File photograph: Francesca Volpi/Bloomberg

Representative group welcomes widening of criteria but says HSE must ensure capacity

Prof Karina Butler, a consultant paediatrician and infectious disease expert at Children’s Health Ireland: incidence of Covid-19 developing into a serious condition in children is extremely low. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

HSE follows UK’s lead and warns of Kawasaki-like inflammatory symptom disease

The Skylon Hotel plans to reopen on May5th, the day the current restrictions on travel and business operations are set to expire. Photograph: iStock

Hotel will have ‘strict guidelines’ in place to ensure health and safety of guests and staff

A Swiss app developed for proximity tracing: In Ireland a contract-tracing app will reportedly gather the phone number, age, gender and symptoms of people who believe they have the virus, and some location data. Photograph: EPA/Laurent Gillieron

HSE to launch pilot version of app but concerns grow over personal data storage

Gardaí stop and question people at a checkpoint on O’Connell Street in Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

More data needed to assess if Garda powers ‘are being exercised proportionately’

A file image of St Mary’s Hospital in Dublin’s Phoenix Park. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Simon Harris sympathises with staff at St Mary’s Hospital in Phoenix Park during ‘traumatic’ time

As of Thursday evening, 57% of cases were females and 43% male, with an average age of 49. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

May 5th not ‘big bang moment’ on restrictions ending, says Minister for Health Simon Harris

HSE chairman Ciarán Devane wrote to Minister for Health Simon Harris, above, in recent days, it is understood. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland/PA Wire

Worries expressed about capacity and lack of consultation over 100,000 weekly tests

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

Latest figures include 185 probable deaths as number of confirmed cases passes 18,000

Irish parents pay among the highest fees in the OECD, while wages in the sector remain comparatively low. Photograph: Edmond Terakopian/ PA Wire

Measures would bring down cost of childcare for parents – Early Childhood Ireland

Chief medical officer Dr  Tony Holohan: “It’s really important that people don’t anticipate . . . what’s going to happen on May 5th.” Photograph:  Colin Keegan, Collins

Chief medical officer says despite public frustration good work may easily be undone

Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan said the 936 new cases had to be seen in the context of ‘an ambitious programme of testing in nursing homes and residential facilities’. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Tony Holohan warns against complacency, pointing increased seismilogical activity

A medial worker holds a swab sample of a test  for coronavirus. Photograph: Francesca Volpi/Bloomberg

Nursing Homes Ireland says redeployment urgent as many staff absent due to Covid-19

The refugees, who were sent to the former Skellig Star Hotel in Caherciveen from different locations around the country, were initially welcomed by locals. Photograph: Google Maps

Mood changes in Kerry as four cases of Covid-19 diagnosed after arrival of 100 refugees

While little is known about the precise detail of how the app would work, it is likely it will use Bluetooth to identify other nearby phones. Photograph: iStock

Digital Rights Ireland calls for transparency on how contact tracing app would work

Travelodge, which has since hosted more international protection applicants, did not respond to a request for comment.

Group had lived for many months at the Travelodge where the guest had fallen ill

St Mary’s Hospital in Phoenix Park, which provides residential care to 198 older people. File image: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

GP resigns from Medical Council after criticising State’s handling of nursing home outbreaks

Leo Varadkar: announced  last Friday that Ireland’s coronavirus lockdown measures rolled out last month will be extended until  May 5th.  Photograph: Irish Government/AFP/via Getty Images

Human rights body issues letter to party leaders ahead of government formation talks

Dr Ailís O’Carroll, an immunologist and virologist who had been working in Australia, said she answered that ‘on call for Ireland thing’ and is in quarantine at home. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw / The Irish Times

Approach to large gatherings, travel and work will all change, says Dr Ailis O’Carroll

Creche owners will be able to access a third of their programme support payment by April 17th to assist with cash-flow issues. Photograph: Frank Perry/AFP/Getty

Logistical issues mean payments will not now be made until April 24th

 Singapore’s  contact-tracing smarthphone app called TraceTogether was used a  preventive measure against the coronavirus. Photograph: Getty

App will see people contacted if data suggests they are in contact with person with Covid-19

Covid-19 testing and contact tracing needs to be much better to control infection rates. Photograph: Lindsey Wasson

Eventual return to any type of normality will be hindered by stalled tests and results

At a briefing for the leaders of the main political parties on Thursday, politicians were told that 52,835 Covid-19 tests had completed laboratory analysis. Photograph: Francesca Volpi/Bloomberg

Lack of clarity on 51,120 appointments for swabbing ‘offered’, Sinn Féin says

Nursing homes now account for a third of the clusters of infection across the country. File photograph: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Over half of clusters in the east, Health Protection Surveillance Centre figures show

The Irish Hospital Consultants’ Association (IHCA) has said doctors are being dispatched to work at Cavan General Hospital after it was reported that 70 doctors and nurses working there have become infected with Covid-19. File Photograph: Alan Betson /The Irish Times

Latest figures put number of clusters or outbreaks in hospitals at 48

St Vincent’s hospital in Dublin. Photograph: The Irish Times

‘Ongoing availability of masks cannot be guaranteed,’ workers told in memo

Contact tracing is a cornerstone of Ireland’s response to controlling the rise of Covid-19. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Technical issues delayed the rollout of tracing at one of the country’s nine centres

Créches and other childcare operations which operate on a part-time basis and usually cease operations over Easter will not receive their usual state subsidy funding.

Early Childhood Ireland (ECI) seeking urgent update on proposed wage subsidy scheme

 Prof Martin Cormican  displaying some of the PPE equipment sourced from China last weekend. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

‘We took the legs off them and used them as sleeves, because a lot of the sleeves on the garments are too short’

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: RollingNews.ie

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

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