A member of the South African Police Service detains a suspected looter outside a warehouse storing alcohol in Durban. Photograph: Guillem Sartorio/AFP via Getty Images

The British & Irish Lions’ victory over the Springboks on Saturday has coincided with a much-needed upturn in fortunes for a beleaguered South Afr(...)

 Louis Rees-Zammit, draped  with  Lions Mascot BIL,  and Ali Price at Wondrboom National Airport, Pretoria, for their flight to Cape Town. The squad are now based in the Western Cape for the next couple of weeks.  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The British & Irish Lions arrived in Cape Town on Sunday ahead of a winter storm that battered the province within 24 hours, but the disruptive we(...)

Britain’s government is investigating how footage of Matt Hancock kissing and embracing an aide found its way into the media. Photograph: Niklas Halle’nI/AFP via Getty Images

The British government is investigating the leak of CCTV footage of Matt Hancock kissing an aide in his office, which led to his resignation as health(...)

The HSE expects to administer up to 280,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccine a week. Photograph: Matt Mackey/Press Eye

Those aged 30-39 will be asked to register for their Covid-19 vaccination next week, despite supply shortages which have continued to hamper the progr(...)

Robert Watt, Secretary General of the Department of Health, set up a team in the department to examine the issues raised by the programme, which was supported by three independent barristers.  File photograph: Collins Photos

There is “no evidence” the Department of Health was “secretly compiling dossiers” on children with autism or “prying” on families who were involved in(...)

The European Medicines Agency says unusual blood clots in the brain are a rare side effect of the AstraZeneca vaccine, but benefits of the jab greatly outweigh the risks – especially in older people. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/Pool/AFP via Getty

The Republic became the latest country to restrict the use of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine amid concern over blood clots. The Department of Health(...)

The controversy over the screening programme was sparked by Limerick woman Vicky Phelan settling a High Court action in April 2018 over the reading of her smear test. Photograph: Collins

The CervicalCheck Tribunal has received its first claims, with a number of other cases set to be transferred from the High Court. The tribunal was es(...)

Northern Ireland’s largest Covid-19 vaccination centre at the Odyssey SSE Arena. File photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty

Northern Ireland’s Covid-19 vaccination programme is to be expanded to all those aged between 40 and 44. People in that age bracket will be able to b(...)

Milk chocolate Easter eggs may be more common, but  dark chocolate has more health benefits. Photograph: iStock

Greetings fellow chocoholics. Are you still revelling in the hit after enjoying an Easter egg over the weekend? Please join me for a look at the healt(...)

Deputy chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

A further 14 deaths of Covid-19 patients were reported by the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) on Tuesday. This brings to 4,333 the total(...)

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