A man sits outside an empty pub in Dublin’s city centre, where many shops and businesses are closed. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Infectious diseases expert Professor Sam McConkey has warned that Dublin could need to go to Level 4 or even Level 5 as cases continue to rise. Prof (...)

There is growing concern about the number of flights arriving in Ireland from the US, where the pandemic is accelerating. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Some high-profile figures and US tourists who violated quarantine rules should be jailed to send out a clear message that the State is serious about e(...)

Testing  it is being applied to those with symptoms consistent with the virus given that community transmission is likely to be increasing. Photograph: Alan Betson

Scaled-up testing for coronavirus across the country from this week is expected to confirm a large increase in cases. The measure is critical at thi(...)

 Flu outbreaks occur almost every year during the cold season

Influenza, or to use its more common appellation “the flu”, has been with us for a long time. One of the earliest reports of a flu-like illness comes (...)