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Sinn Fein TD Imelda Munster  was told the Office of Government Procurement  does not collect data on tenders awarded, projects completed on time and  whether they were completed at expected costs. Photograph: Cyril Byrn

Public money was spent in an “absolute scamble” for supplies as Covid-19 hit Ireland last year, the Public Accounts Committee has been told. The com(...)

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar:  “Any time I got those offers I passed them on to the agency. I certainly would not have got involved in discussions over money.”   Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The decision by the Health Service Executive to award a €14 million ventilators contract to a company previously only known for organising Middle East(...)

Infectious diseases consultant Professor Sam McConkey warned, however, that a test being used ‘here and there’ is no guarantee ‘that it actually works well’. Photograph: iStock

A pilot project for a new Covid-19 test that provides results in 15 minutes is underway in Co Roscommon. The test involves a nasal swab with a blood (...)