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Labour leader Alan Kelly says an antigen test kit  costs €5-€10. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

The State is to begin testing new rapid Covid-19 antigen kits in the hope of rolling them out nationwide by the end of the year. It is understood tha(...)

Kilminchy Lodge Nursing Home in Portlaoise has confirmed that three residents infected by Covid-19 have died. Photograph: Niall Carson/ PA

A public inquiry to investigate coronavirus deaths in nursing homes, as recommended by the Oireachtas Special Committee on Covid-19 in its final repor(...)

Kilminchy Lodge Nursing Home in Portlaoise has confirmed that three residents infected by Covid-19 have died. Photograph: PA

A nursing home in Co Laois battling a coronavirus outbreak has said three residents infected by the disease have died and a fourth has been hospitalis(...)

 Vera Finlay (80) at Droimnín Nursing Home in Stradbally, Co Laois. Photograph:  Laura Hutton

“Brutal!” Vera Finlay exclaims when asked how the latest ban on nursing home visits, imposed by the Government with the latest coronavirus Level 3 res(...)

Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan during a media briefing at the Department of Health in Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The State’s public health team has not recommended a move to higher levels of restrictions after it met on Thursday, it has emerged. Two senior sourc(...)

Hiqa is monitoring 133 homes which have reported confirmed cases and 118 homes with suspected cases, up from 22 homes with confirmed cases and 22 with suspected cases a month ago. Photograph: iStock

Nursing home residents who have recently tested positive for coronavirus are “largely well and asymptomatic” but it is “a time of heightened vigilance(...)

 Kilminchy Lodge Nursing Home in Portlaoise, Co Laois confirmed on Tuesday it was dealing with 31 Covid-19 cases. Photograph: Google Street View

The HSE’s early response to nursing homes battling large Covid-19 outbreaks at the peak of the pandemic in April was “reactive and piecemeal”, a senio(...)

Kilminchy Lodge Nursing Home in Co Laois. Photograph: Google Street View

A Co Laois nursing home has confirmed it is dealing with 31 coronavirus cases in one of the biggest outbreaks of the disease in a care facility since (...)

Hiqa said staff and residents at Gainevale House indicated the centre was not always a ‘calm and relaxed or safe atmosphere’ at the centre. Photograph: iStock.

There was a “consistent level of abusive interactions” within a residential care centre for adults with disabilities in Co Westmeath which “impacted s(...)

Draft report finds there is a ‘lack of coherent policy on the care of older people’. Photograph:  Ina Fassbender/AFP via Getty

A public inquiry should be carried out into coronavirus-linked deaths that took place in nursing homes, a confidential draft report by the Oireachtas (...)

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