Justin Trudeau, Canada’s prime minister, receives a dose of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine in a pharmacy in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Photograph: Adrian Wyld/CP/Bloomberg

Last week, images circulated internationally of Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau at a pharmacy in Ottawa, sleeve rolled up, vaccine syringe stuc(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure Michael McGrath: ‘Crucially, these pay adjustments are progressive with those on lower incomes receiving proportionally greater pay increases.’

Trade unions are expected to commence talks with the Government on on a further pay deal for public service staff by the early summer of next year. A(...)

The proposed deal provides for a 1 per cent pay rise in October 2021 and a further 1 per cent rise in October 2022 for Government employees. File photograph: iStock

The proposed new public service pay agreement has been decisively supported by nurses but overwhelmingly rejected by doctors. The vote by nurses to (...)

General secretary of the INTO John Boyle. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

The prospect of the proposed new public service pay agreement being ratified has received a boost after members of two of the largest unions in the St(...)

The HSE acknowledges updated guidance on the situations where FFP2 masks should be used will lead to an “ongoing and significant increase in demand for the medium term”. Photograph:  Nicolas Tucat/AFP via Getty Images

The Health Service Executive says it has sufficient supplies of medical-grade face masks to protect against Covid-19 despite a more than 10-fold incre(...)

GP Mary Behan administering the Moderna vaccine to GP Ellaheebuksh Muhammud Fardeen at a mass vaccination centre in Dublin on  January 16th. Photograph: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland/PA Wire

“It wasn’t a promise,” the Minister for Health told Claire Byrne on RTÉ last Wednesday. “It was heavily caveated,” he argued, when pushed about earlie(...)

The US will also ban entry to most non-US citizens who have recently been in South Africa in response to the new Covid-19 strain there. File photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty

The administration of US president Joe Biden is to continue restrictions on travel to the US from Ireland, the UK, Brazil and 26 countries in Europe t(...)

A health worker prepares a dose of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. File photograph: Tibor Rosta/MTI via AP

The rollout of vaccines will be “inevitably disappointing and frustrating” to many healthcare staff who have to wait, the HSE has admitted. Addressi(...)

 Dr Tony Holohan at a Covid-19 media briefing  at the Department of Health. File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Ireland is beginning to flatten the curve again “through the solidarity shown by families and communities across the country”, Chief Medical Officer D(...)

Phil Ní Sheaghdha, INMO general secretary, has called on the HSE to introduce urgent upgrades to safety measures for hospital staff including a national requirement that high-standard FFP2 masks be used in all healthcare settings. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Upgraded safety standards are urgently needed in Irish hospitals where Covid-19 infection rates are “out of control” and “directly harming frontline s(...)

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