Steve Slusarski pedals Stephen McManus, founder The Bike Hub on Dun Laoghaire Pier. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Many people told us about kind healthcare workers, carers, supermarket staff, cafe owners and community volunteers who made their days better We(...)

Image of a black foetus by Chidiebere Ibe: A recent study of medical illustrations showed that only 4.5 per cent depicted non-white skin

Just before Christmas, a series of images by student and medical illustrator Chidiebere Ibe went viral on social media. Ibe is a skilled artist, but w(...)

People who test positive for Covid-19 on an antigen test will no longer be required to seek a confirmatory PCR test under new rules. File photograph: Damien Meyer/AFP via Getty Images

The milder impact of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 on infected people and hospitals has led the Government to relax the rules on isolation and testi(...)

Saying Don’t Look Up flagged in the third act, or that Meryl Streep’s portrayal of US president Janie Orlean (pictured) is over the top, is beside the point. Photograph: Niko Tavernise/Netflix

Have you seen the new Netflix movie Don’t Look Up? Given that it has broken all viewing records on the streaming service, racking up over 150 million (...)

While some people will have had Covid-19 twice, others, especially children, have been asymptomatic and are not counted in the figures or have been unable recently to access a PCR test. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in the State has now surpassed the unwanted milestone of 1 million cases. The latest figures from the Health P(...)

 Aladdin at  The National Stadium. Rob Murphy as panto Dame Buffy and Alan Hughes as Sammy Sausages.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

The cast and crew of the pantomime Aladdin had no choice but to cancel it because of the rising Covid-19 numbers, Alan Hughes has said. Mr Hughes, t(...)

Queue at Citywest: Nationwide efforts to protect against Omicron were stepped up over the weekend as the Covid-19 vaccine booster programme opened to people in their 40s.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government should prepare a “plan B” of tighter restrictions before Christmas to prevent hospitals being overrun amid fears about the impact of th(...)

Booster injection queue outside Park’s Pharmacy on Dorset Street Lower: Even if a small percentage of a larger number of infected people become severely ill, that will result in large numbers of severely ill people requiring hospital or critical care. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

On Friday, the Government announced an 8pm curfew for pubs, restaurants and other indoor settings to reduce social mixing in order to suppress the fas(...)

Schools expect ‘huge absenteeism’ rates this week due to fears among parents over rising numbers of Covid-19 cases and proximity to the Christmas holidays. Photograph: iStock

Schools expect “huge absenteeism” rates this week due to fears among parents over rising numbers of Covid-19 cases and proximity to the Christmas holi(...)

Primary and secondary schools are due to open for three days next week before the Christmas break. Photograph: iStock

There are no plans to close schools early ahead of the Christmas break, according to the Department of Education. Some health experts and school prin(...)

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