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Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan:  “There is no group who should feel the public health advice does not apply to them. It is only if we act together that we can keep ourselves, our loved ones and health and social care facilities safe.”  Photograph: Collins

A further 13 deaths of patients with Covid-19 have been reported by the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet), bringing to 2,608 the total num(...)

 Paramedic with the  National Ambulance Service Stephen O’Neill administering the Moderna vaccine to Eleanor Rossiter-Wallace of GPN Faythe Medical Centre, at the vaccination centre in Phoenix Park in Dublin on Saturday. Photograph: PA

Almost all GPs in the State have now received their first Covid-19 vaccine dose after some 1,800 primary care staff were vaccinated on Saturday. GPs (...)

Dr Fiona Moynihan injects Dr Louise Jackman with the Moderna vaccine. Photograph: Sam Boal / Photocall Ireland

Vaccinators in Co Laois were hoping to get an eleventh dose out of the Moderna vaccine vials as Ireland administered its first doses of the US vaccine(...)

Cars and people queue at the vaccination centre at the St Mary’s Hospital grounds in the Phoenix Park, Dublin, on Saturday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Another year of restrictions related to Covid-19 would be necessary before the number of people vaccinated would be sufficient to protect the public i(...)

Cash seized by gardaí

Over €1 million found in the back of a van during an intelligence-led operation by gardaí was owned by a drugs gang that lost €4 million in cash to th(...)

The drone seized by gardaí outside Portlaoise Prison in Co Laois. Photograph: Garda Press Office

Gardaí have foiled an attempt by a criminal gang to deliver a package of drugs, mobile phones and chargers into Portlaoise Prison using a drone. The (...)

Photos taken after an illegal rave attended by more than 80 people in a house in Co Laois. Photo: Lisa Wilkinson

An Garda Síochána has confirmed it is investigating an illegal rave which caused extensive damage to a rented Co Laois house, over breaches of public (...)

Portlaoise Educate Together National School, which has more than 400 pupils, told parents over the weekend that the school will close and lessons will take place online on Monday and Tuesday of this week. Photograph:  Oli Scarff/AFP

A primary school in Co Laois has closed on advice from public health authorities due to an outbreak of 13 confirmed cases of Covid-19. Portlaoise Edu(...)

One of Gordon Snell’s topical Christmas cards

Is the practice of sending Christmas cards diminishing? My own, output and input, have dropped considerably in the past few years. Digital, text messa(...)

Good news customer service stories

Pricewatch is not unaccustomed to handling complaints from readers about companies of all shapes and sizes. Every single day of the year readers conta(...)

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