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About 20% of meat plant workers in the Republic have contracted Covid-19, with three outbreaks in recent weeks.  Photograph: Getty Images

The detection of the Brazilian variant of Covid-19 is a “real concern” for meat plant workers, who fear it could be more widespread than official fig(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin outlines the new restrictions that have been imposed on the residents of Kildare, Laois and Offaly in response to a sharp increase in Covid-19 cases in the midlands. Photograph: Julien Behal

Residents of Kildare, Laois and Offaly face limits on their movement for at least two weeks as part of a series of new restrictions in these areas in (...)

Aer Lingus chief executive Sean Doyle has said that he cannot  rule out compulsory job losses. Photograph: Alan Betson

Thousands of people are backing a petition launched by Aer Lingus workers who fear for their jobs, calling on the Government to aid the airline. Peop(...)

Fianna Fáil TD Marc MacSharry alleged State employees were opportunistic in using the crisis ‘to do nothing’. File photograph: The Irish Times

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said he does not agree with party colleague Marc MacSharry’s comments accusing public servants of using the Covid-19 cris(...)

Unions at Shannon Airport are seeking immediate talks following the announcement by the company that it intends to cut pay by 20% until April 2023

Workers have rejected plans by Shannon Airport to seek voluntary redundancies from its 230 staff and cut pay by 20 per cent until 2023. Unions at the(...)

Department of Health secretary general Jim Breslin (left)  and  chief medical officer Dr  Tony Holohan, arriving at Leinster House before the Oireachtas Covid-19 Committee sitting. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said he could not give a commitment on when the 14-day quarantining requirement would be lifted on passengers ar(...)

There are some 600 confirmed cases of Covid-19 at meat processing plants. Photograph: Bloomberg

The HSE is planning to set up a testing centre in Mallow in north Cork for family members of those working at Kepak in Watergrasshill who have tested (...)

The Early Years Alliance said it is calling for a ‘sustainable solution to the worsening childcare crisis’.  File photograph: Getty

Hundreds of childcare facilities are due to close on Wednesday, February 5th as providers, educators and parents plan to protest in Dublin. The Earl(...)

Given the lateness of the deferral of the strike, there still could be some disruptions in hospitals and healthcare facilties.

A planned strike by 10,000 health support staff due to take place on Thursdayhas been deferred. The move follows the intervention of the Workplace Re(...)

Hospital managers are warning of the potentially ‘crippling’ impact of the strike on hospital services

A planned strike by hospital support staff on Thursday will have a significant impact on services, the Health Service Executive (HSE) has warned. Hos(...)

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