Dr Fiona Moynihan  at a vaccination centre in Dublin: GPs and pharmacists will administer the Covid-19 vaccine to about 1.5 million people. Photograph: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland/PA Wire

About 480,000 people over 70 will receive the Covid-19 vaccine from their general practitioner, under plans given to the Cabinet. The Government on T(...)

Ambulances outside the  Emergency Department at St Vincent’s University Hospital in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

The number of deaths from Covid-19 is expected to surge and could rise to beyond 100 per day in the weeks ahead, far higher than the peak figures expe(...)

Decision to defer industrial action ‘based purely on ethical considerations and our commitment to do the right thing at a time of grave crisis,’ said IMO Public Health Committee chairwoman. File photograph: Andrew Lichtenstein/EPA

Public health specialists have deferred a series of planned strikes which were scheduled for later this month due to the deteriorating situation regar(...)

GPs are responsible for referring  people with Covid-19 symptoms for testing. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) is currently in discussions with the Health Service Executive (HSE) around how the Covid-19 testing referral syst(...)

Nurse May Parsons administers the Pfizer/BioNtech Covid-19 vaccine to Margaret Keenan at University Hospital in Coventry, central England, on December 8th. Photograph: Jacob King/Getty

The Government’s Covid vaccine taskforce was expected to issue its plan on the rollout of the vaccines to the Government this weekend. It is expected(...)

“I was slightly blushing behind my mask at some of the compliments,” declared Eamon Ryan on Wednesday after his speech to the Upper House on climate c(...)

Dr Diarmuid Quinlan, medical director of the Irish College of General Practitioners, said loneliness was a challenge before Covid-19 and has become ‘much worse’ because of the pandemic.

A GP and coroner in Co Donegal has said there is “a terrible problem” of suicide among young people in Ireland. Dr Denis McCauley, who is chair of t(...)

Public health specialists have been campaigning for some time for public health to become a consultant-led service. File photograph: Getty Images/iStock

In an interview last Sunday the Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly suggested more progress had been made in the last five months to deal with the gr(...)

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly said it was disappointing that a strike could happen during a pandemic

Public health specialists, who are playing a key role in dealing with the pandemic, are to hold three days of strikes in January in a dispute over pay(...)

 Storage freezers where vials of Covid-19 vaccine are to be stored at Pfizer’s facility in Portage, Michigan, USA. Photograph: Pfizer Handout/EPA

The resumption of normal life, even with a vaccine for Covid-19, will “still take some time”, a high-ranking Government official has said. Liz Canav(...)

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