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Resident Joe Gilligan, of Craddock House Nursing Home in Naas, who took part in the PenPal Ireland initiative. Photograph: Aishling Conway

Nursing home resident Winnie Jeaney says she became “depressed” during the initial lockdown earlier this year but that having a pen pal has been a gre(...)

The reduction in close contacts will help ease pressure on the State’s contact tracing operation. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

In an early sign that public Covid-19 restrictions may be working, the HSE has seen a sharp drop in the average number of close contacts of individual(...)

 Martin McVicar of CombiLift: demand from many customers in the 80 countries where it sells forklifts is growing in some cases.  Photograph: Peter Murtagh

The triggering of Level 5 restrictions this week as the State battles to cope with Covid-19 has forced many businesses to shut their doors once more a(...)

Student Ella Butler during class at St Mary’s College in Naas, Co Kildare. It is using ‘satellite’ classes by splitting large classes into smaller ones. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Teachers learn early on in their career that plans, even the best laid ones, are at the mercy of the children they teach. The success of a lesson ult(...)

More than 50 cases of Covid-19 have been detected among the workforce at the Arrow Group-owned Irish Dog Foods plant in Naas, Co Kildare. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Meat-processing group Arrow, which had one of its plants shut down this month due to a Covid-19 outbreak among staff, saw pretax profits slump 39 per (...)

The Kildare Chilling Company Meat Plant on the outskirts of Kildare Town, where there has been a significant outbreak of Covid-19 among employees. Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

Three of the four meat plants in the midlands where significant clusters of Covid-19 were found among the workforces have decided not to reopen tomorr(...)

The O’Brien Fine Foods factory in Timahoe, Co Kildare. Normal operations will  not resume before August 18th, until the 14-day incubation period for coronavirus has passed. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

More than a 1,000 jobs will be lost just in Co Kildare alone, causing “an economic meltdown”, following the Government’s decision to impose restrictio(...)

The judge said women should be “as entitled as men not only to say no to sexual propositions but to leave those to whom they were apparently committed and move on to seek happiness elsewhere without that being trapped in a situation where violence could even partially excuse homicide”.

A significant new test set by the Supreme Court for those pursuing provocation as a partial defence to murder includes ruling out provocation on the (...)

It is “quite unpredictable” why the virus was “particularly virulent in one particular facility versus another.” Photograph: iStock

It is “quite unpredictable” why Covid-19 is “particularly virulent in one particular facility versus another,” a senior HSE adviser for older persons (...)

Aviva moved to stop investors in the funds withdrawing money for up to six months at the end of January after dealing with a sharp rise  in people looking to take their money out of the portfolios

Rent collection in Aviva’s Irish commercial property funds, which are heavily invested in retail buildings, has been running at as low as 60 per cent (...)

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