A walk-in test centre in Dublin. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

More than 30% of eligible population have received one dose, as 12.5% fully vaccinated

A Covid 19 antigen test. File photograph : Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

Scientific opinion divided on reliability of home Covid-19 tests

Kevin Skelly, Ivan Ryam and Joseph Coyle  tend to  Pushkin  at the opening day of the 2019 Dublin Horse Show in the RDS. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

RDS says there is too much uncertainty around to plan ahead for the event

The letter has requested maternity hospitals fill out a form stating they are in compliance with new guidelines on visiting hospital settings which were released by the HSE on April 30th. File photograph: iStock

Hospitals reminded that bans on attending scans and births are not national policy

A total of 26 extra acute oncology nurses have been recruited to reduce the need for cancer patients to attend emergency departments. File photograph: Getty

Referrals to hospital higher than at any point in last two years in wake of Covid-19 effect

HSE chief executive Paul Reid at Dr Steevens’ Hospital for the weekly HSE operational update on the response to Covid-19. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

No outbreaks in nursing homes last week with all sickness indicators down, says Reid

Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan said: ‘The choices we make now are vital to minimise the incidence of Covid-19 throughout May and June. Prioritise being outside and avoid crowds.’ Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Ministers consider ‘summer stimulus’ package as rollout of one-shot vaccine begins

A plaque in the lower yard of Kilmainham Gaol listing the names of the Invincibles, the five assassins who were hanged for the murders of the chief secretary to Ireland Lord Frederick Cavendish and the permanent under-secretary Thomas Henry Burke on May 6th, 1882.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Phoenix Park assassins were executed and buried in yard of Kilmainham Gaol

A Priest and a group of English officers gather around Napoleon’s coffin of after his death on the island of St Helena, in May, 1821. Photograph: General Photographic Agency/Hulton Archive/Getty

Dublin surgeon and Galway-born governor acted as friend and foe respectively to the exiled emperor

Dr Audrey Whitty, head of collections, with Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Tánaiste Leo Varadkar discuss the pen used by Michael Collins to sign the Anglo-Irish Treaty in December 1921 at the launch the Decade of Centenaries 2021 Programme, including funding for a major new project, at the National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts and History, Collins Barracks, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Commemorations will remember everybody who died ‘irrespective of uniform’, says Taoiseach

 Taoiseach Micheál Martin, Minister for  Culture Catherine Martin and Tánaiste, Leo Varadkar  launch the Decade of Centenaries 2021 programme at National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Micheál Martin warns against use of history to fuel ‘intolerant nationalism’

Taoiseach Micheál Martin looks at a lemur during a visit to Dublin Zoo. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Huge demand for limited tickets after site reopens for first time since Christmas

People enjoying the sunshine at Bushy Park, Dublin. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Good weather likely to last until Monday with showers expected from Tuesday

The members voted overwhelmingly to replace Article 41.2 of the Constitution which states: “In particular the State recognises that by her life within the home, woman gives to the State a support without which the common good cannot be achieved”. Photograph:iStock

Radical changes would include gender quotas and extra pay for carers

Vaccinators administering Covid 19 Vaccinations of Cohort 4 at the HSE Vaccination Centre in the Aviva Stadium .Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Number of Covid-19 patients in hospital falls to 162, the lowest level since October

The Necrology Wall at Glasnevin Cemetery as it appears now. Photograph: Alan Betson

Vandalism has led to parts being covered and the absence of War of Independence names

Intel recently announced plans to create 1,600 jobs as part of a $7bn (€5.8bn) investment at Leixlip. File photograph: Collins

Additional testing reveals further infections on biggest building site in the country

 The Necrology Wall at Glasnevin Cemetery: The  names of 488 people killed in the Rising    are covered in tarpaulin, held in place by duct tape and rope. Photograph: Alan Betson

Wall to remember dead of the Irish revolution under tarpaulin since being vandalised last year

 The  Tullamore pop up Covid-19 test centre. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

National Ambulance Service to double its capacity from next week to speed up vaccines to the housebound

The car parts were seized in a raid on a business premises in Finglas, Dublin at 9.45am on Thursday. Photograph: An Garda Síochána

Melted down catalytic converters also seized in morning raid

The chipmaker, which recently announced plans to create 1,600 jobs as part of a $7 billion investment, said health authorities have been informed of the outbreak. File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

About 70 cases confirmed at location of new manufacturing facility

The Irish Museum of Modern Art was one of the recipients under a  €1m Government fund. File photograph: George Munday/Design Pics/Perspectives/Getty

Martin speaks on restrictions amid news 422 artworks to be added to national collection

Kilkenny-born Professor Martin Tobin giving  evidence in the trial. Video still: Reuters

Kilkenny-born Prof Martin Tobin gave evidence in George Floyd trial

A screengrab from a video by student Michael Gilna shows Sam the Trinity fox with her new cubs

Lockdown ‘celebrity’ inspired one of Ireland’s best known poets

Donall O’Keeffe, chief executive of the Licensed Vintners Association (LVA), and Noel Anderson, LVA chairman, at a photocall to mark 400 days since pubs shut their doors due to the pandemic. Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography

LVA marks 400 days of pub closure, and says it has been a ‘huge mental torture’ for staff

Techniques normally used in forensic criminal investigations have revealed surprising details about prehistoric Irish people. Photograph: RTÉ/Screenshot

Hunter gatherer population inhabited Ireland before being replaced by early farmers

Reacting to the recent scenes of violence in the North which involved children as young as 12, President Michael D  Higgins said deprivation in their lives should have been addressed. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Teaching children separately based on religion is ‘abandoning them to parcels of hate’

A view of an ancient tomb discovered on the Dingle Peninsula.

Possible human bone fragments are also uncovered at site in Co Kerry

Enjoying the weather along the Grand Canal in Portabello, Dublin.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill /

Nphet briefing told outdoor gatherings have had a positive impact on the instances of infection

Paul Reid said there had been ‘really positive engagement’ among the public for the portal which went live on Thursday morning. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Health service boss confident that 80% of adults will be vaccinated by the end of June

Nico Bühler, his wife Justine and their 3-month-old daughter Lucille  travelled back from Strasbourg. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Slight uptake in Dublin airport passenger numbers but figures still down 95% ahead of quarantine changes

Paddy Cahill’s brother Conor cycled his coffin to Glasnevin Cemetery in a bicycle-drawn hearse. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Paddy Cahill made films about cycling and Dublin’s architectural legacy

Contra mundum: The Irish Times’s editorial of April 12th, 1951, on Noel Browne and the Mother and Child scheme

‘The Roman Catholic Church would seem to be the effective Government of this country’

 Prince Philip of Greece at the public school of Gordonstoun, Elgin in Scotland December 1st, 1939. File photograph: PA Wire

The Duke of Edinburgh was forced to flee his birthplace in Greece with his family as a baby

Walkers in Fairview Park, Dublin. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

After a cold start to the week, high pressure will bring warm, sunny conditions

Prof Linda Doyle

Simon Harris congratulates new Provost – ‘a glass ceiling has been shattered’

The case will return before the president of the High Court. File photograph: Chris Maddaloni/Collins

Fully vaccinated Israeli woman claims she is being unlawfully detained

Shay Healy has died at the age of 78.  File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Songwriter who wrote What’s Another Year sung by Johnny Logan has died aged 78

Two walk-in centres will open in Dublin, one will open in Limerick and another in Waterford. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Four new walk-in test centres open as HSE aims to identify asymptomatic cases

The rollout of the vaccine programme has significantly reduced the number of older people being infected with Covid-19. Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Getty

CSO statistics show vaccine rollout is leading to decline in all measures of the disease

To date Covid-19 walk-in test centres have tested 25,413 people at 14 centres nationwide. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Four new walk-in test centres to open on Saturday in Dublin, Limerick and Waterford

Schools remain a ‘low-risk environment’ and children can safely return to the classroom, the chair of the Nphet epidemiological modelling advisory group has said. File photograph: Alan Betson

Increase in number of Covid-19 infections related to more testing of close contacts

People who have finished their quarantine period departing the Crowne Plaza hotel in Santry, Dublin, on Thursday. Photograph: Alan Betson

Positivity rate of 2.4% from 413 swabs in first two weeks of mandatory hotel quarantine

The HSE has sought expressions of interest from pharmacies interested in offering vaccinations. Photograph: iStock

Health service approaching next phase of rollout with ‘great confidence’, HSE chief says

Cornelia Stuart is to investigate how vaccinations were administered at the Beacon and the oversights involved. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Cornelia Stuart will scrutinise clinic’s allocation of Covid-19 drug to private school

Annie Lynch (79), who was the first person to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine in Ireland. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

HSE hails ‘big collapse’ in infections and death in the elderly

Since March 31st, contact tracers investigating confirmed cases have been going back seven days instead of two days.  File photograph: Alan Betson

More than 60% of community transmission cases were recorded in Dublin

 People arriving   at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Santry, the State’s first hotel quarantine centre. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

No deaths from Covid-19 among the over-65s recorded in a week

The number of new cases recorded in the week to April 6th was down 9 per cent on the previous seven days and down by 92 per cent compared with the peak of the pandemic. File photograph: iStock

National incidence rate at 5,001 per 100,000 people, though figure is likely to be greater

The report says Ireland is the only country where women are not over-represented in the minimum wage category, with a 50:50 split in terms of gender

New report finds Ireland has the highest percentage of highly educated minimum wage employees

The Road Safety Authority  says hail showers are ‘unpredictable’ and can turn a safe stretch of road into a ‘carpet of hailstones’ very quickly. Photograph: iStock

Temperatures to fall as low as minus 3 bringing hazards for motorists

Augustine Hill is a joint development by CIÉ, which owns the land, Edward Capital  and Summix Capital

Original Augustine Hill project consisted of 378 apartments and a six-screen cinema

The Cambridge crew, with Caoimhe Dempsey at centre fourth from left, celebrate after winning the 75th Women’s Boat Race. Photograph: Neil Hall/PA

Rower’s mother and grandmother were prominent sportswomen representing Ireland

Prof Mike Weed from the University of Canterbury, who studied 27,000 Covid-19 cases, says outdoor gatherings are safe if accompanied by proper risk management. File photograph: iStock

Just 262 cases traced to outdoor activities since pandemic began, official figures reveal

Members of the public line up to get tested at the pop-up Covid-19 test centre in Crumlin, Dublin, on Friday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Members of the public wait their turn in Crumlin to be tested ahead of the Easter holidays

Dr Ronan Glynn: ‘We must ask that, once again, we work together to prevent a further wave of infection’. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Coronavirus remains a ‘very dangerous, very transmissible virus’, says Glynn

HSE chief executive  Paul Reid said people were ‘generally waiting their turn’ for the vaccine and ‘where there are breaches we treat them seriously’. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

HSE amends vaccine appointments system after hundreds of double-bookings

The Haunting Soldier sculpture, which stood in St Stephen’s Green in Dublin in November 2018 to mark the centenary of the armistice. File photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Sabina Purcell brought sculpture from UK to mark first World War armistice centenary

Met Éireann forecaster Matthew Martin: ‘It’s the type of weather you would expect in mid-winter. It will feel bitterly cold.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

White Easter to come as ‘shock to the system’ after spring sunshine, but won’t last long

Offices of de Blacam and Meagher Architects on St Catherine's Lane in Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Co-founder of de Blacam and Meagher Architects was ‘invaluable to our culture’

Bob Geldof said the youth of Belfast “bring by your very presence the absurdity of fighting one another”. File image: One Young World Summit

City chosen to host One Young World Summit of youth leaders in 2023

Galway Post Office at Eglinton Street: A property developer will refurbish the post office, create a civic space and will be free to use the rest for retail and commercial units.  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

An Post is seeking to lease site to developer for mixed use including civic space

A spokeswoman for the Beacon had no comment on Tuesday when asked about the claim of HSE permission. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

HSE says it ‘certainly did not approve’ of move to give surplus doses to school staff

Joe Sheridan, owner of Walsh’s Bar in Dunmore, Co Galway: “The pub and its ancillary services will be running in parallel with each other.” Photograph: AFP

Seventh-generation publican Joe Sheridan believes multi-function local bars can thrive

Dublin continues to be the county with the highest proportion of population staying local. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Fines worth over €1.6m have been issued for breaches of rules on non-essential travel

Fr PJ Hughes celebrates Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Mullahoran, Cavan, on Sunday morning in breach of Covid-19 rules. Photograph: Lorraine Teevan

Mass ban is ‘sectarianism’ and anti-Catholic Church, Fr PJ Hughes of Mullahoran says

GRA welcomes decision to allow members avail of surplus vaccines. File photograph: iStock

Minister of Education calls for teachers to be vaccinated at ‘earliest possible opportunity’

The Crowne Plaza Hotel in Santry where travellers are staying as part of mandatory hotel quarantine regime. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Three people leave Crowne Plaza Hotel just a day after arriving at Dublin Airport

Michelle O’Dowd and her three children, Muireann (14), Saoirse (10) and Cadhla, in their old room in quarantine in the Crowne Plaza Hotel near Dublin Airport.

Family-of-five fail in appeal against 12-day stay after spending 45 minutes in Dubai

Gardaí have said high-visibility patrols at public amenities, parks and beauty spots will continue across the country this weekend. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Nphet member Dr Mary Horgan urges public to ‘think before they travel’ over Easter

Peter Lalor was always on hand to lend a listening ear.

The Dublin man could fill a room with the warmth of his personality, his son recalls

A bus from Dublin Airport  arriving at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Santry where arrivals are undergoing mandatory hotel quarantine. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Passengers arriving from Covid-19 high-risk countries have to book 12-day hotel stay

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney. Photograph: Alan Betson

Simon Coveney says unionists will shun any assembly with unity as foregone conclusion

Extended periods of contact tracing have been called for since the beginning of the pandemic. File photograph: Getty

Extension to be offered only to those who are infected through community transmission

One in 10 people visited another household for social reasons in mid-March, according to the Department of Health. File photograph: The Irish Times

Three further deaths and 606 more cases confirmed in the State

During Covid-19, over a third of one parent families had to cut back on heating or had fallen behind on bills, and 25 per cent had cut back on food due to the additional financial pressures associated with school closures. Photograph:iStock

People already on low incomes have been worst affected, survey finds

Liz Canavan, Assistant Secretary to the Department of An Taoiseach said the rise in cases is being driven by house visits. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

School outbreaks treble in a week, as hospital and nursing home numbers fall

UCD academic Professor Dolores Cahill , pictured at a demonstration in November 2020.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Anti-lockdown activist had made unsubstantiated claims at St Patrick’s Day rally

Neither President Higgins nor his wife wished to ‘jump the queue’ for the vaccine shot. File photograph: Getty

Couple ‘grateful’ to be able to get medication and will receive second dose in month’s time

Dublin continues to be the county with the highest percentage of the population staying local, reflecting its urbanised nature and access to services compared to other counties. Photograph: Patrick Bolger/Bloomberg

Some 65.7% of people stayed within 10km of their homes in week up to March 12th

The man (20s) was detained at Bridewell Garda Station  under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Suspect threatened staff and fled scene with sum of cash, Garda spokeswoman says

Marcus Stewart and Sue Wrafter with their daughter Sofia (2). The couple caught Covid-19 early in the pandemic and have been suffering bouts of extreme fatigue due to  long Covid since. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Women the primary sufferers of a condition for which there is no known cure yet

Lives Lost: Fr Tom Cunningham from Omagh, Co Tyrone, 1929-2021

Tyrone priest spent more than a decade in Nigeria after he was ordained in 1955

There has been a further increase in the number of cases involving variants of concern, according the Nphet

No further deaths, as 582 more cases of coronavirus reported in the State

 Anti-lockdown protesters  in Herbert Park, Dublin on St Patrick’s Day. Photograph:  Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

Gatherings were smaller than expected after Garda mounted major security operation

People in Herbert Park on Wednesday afternoon where an event billed as Le Cheile Day – ‘mental health day’ – was being held. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Policing operation started on Wednesday morning and demonstrations passed off peacefully

Many virtual events will be broadcast on the St Patrick’s Festival website. Photograph: iStock

About 670 sites in 66 countries will take part in the largest Global Greening event

CSO data suggests no extra movement of people during Covid-19 restrictions Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Number of trips outside 10kms remain at similar levels to last week

Some 84 per cent of hospital consultants reported that the pandemic has had an adverse effect on their workload. Photograph: iStock

About 64% said pandemic has had adverse effect on their mental health – study

Paul Moynihan, with his son Jack Francis, outside his pub in Donard, Co Wicklow: “It was just a dark hole, with no light at the end of it.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Bar owners struggle to stay positive amid Covid’s economic and psychological challenges

Family and relatives at George Nkencho funeral at Sacred Heart Church, Huntstown, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

People asked to be patient and ‘let the law do its work’ as inquiry into death continues

A prison officer removes sheeting covering the remains of the volunteers  at Mountjoy Prison during a State ceremony in 2001. They were reinterred in Glasnevin Cemetery. Photograph: Eric Luke

‘I shouldn’t have written to you at all only it is the eve of our execution’ - Barney Ryan (20)

Dr Gabriel Scally has said there is still ‘plenty of virus circulating’ in Ireland. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell/The Irish Times

Scally says ‘amazing amount of travel’ still happening as daily case rate remains over 500

US president Joe Biden will hold a virtual meeting on March 17th to mark St Patrick’s Day with  Taoiseach Micheál Martin.  Photograph: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

Taoiseach to thank US president ‘for the US’s support for the Good Friday Agreement’

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