The rollout of a second booster to people aged 12 and over with weakened immune systems has also begun. File photograph: Emily Elconin/The New York Times

The general rollout of a second booster vaccine against Covid-19 to people aged 65 and over will begin from Friday, the Health Service Executive (HSE)(...)

There is some evidence XE might be a slightly more infections strain of coronavirus but no change has been shown in relation to severity of illness. Photograph: iStock

A more transmissible strain of the Omicron Covid-19 variant has been confirmed in Northern Ireland and is likely to be circulating in the State, an im(...)

The Westminster government announced last week that free Covid tests will soon no longer be available for most people in England. Photograph: iStock

There will be no change to arrangements for free mass Covid-19 testing in Northern Ireland until there is clarity on what impact it would have on the (...)

 John Joyce of Foxford, Co Mayo, is terminally ill with cancer and receiving palliative care: “I thought ‘Okay, I’m dead’. I thought I was gone.” Photograph: Keith Heneghan

John Joyce has lived with dying for more than a decade, since he was first diagnosed with cancer. Today, he is quietly helping to train nursing staff (...)

Tests were unavailable in any of the North’s six counties on Wednesday afternoon. File photograph of Belfast city centre: Allan Baxter/Getty

Almost 23,000 people in Northern Ireland tested positive for Covid-19 over the Christmas period. Figures released by the North’s Department of Healt(...)

Northern Ireland’s chief medical officer (CMO) Sir Michael McBride said:’This is a development we have been expecting’. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The first Omicron variant cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Northern Ireland, the Department of Health said on Tuesday. Three Omicron cases ha(...)

Swann urged people to take preventative measures to prevent the virus spreading, including getting vaccinated. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Omicron variant of Covid-19 may already be present in Northern Ireland, the North’s Minister for Health has said. Robin Swann said there were cur(...)

Northern Ireland’s Covid-19 infection and hospital admission rates are so high that two busy hospitals temporarily closed to emergency arrivals this w(...)

Extern  works with at-risk children, provides addiction and homelessness services, and runs Garda youth diversion projects.  Photograph: Alan Betson

A man who sexually abused a vulnerable juvenile in youth work charity Extern two years ago was hired despite a previous conviction for aggravated assa(...)

A further 1,748 people tested positive for Covid-19 in Northern Ireland. File photograph: iStock

The North’s Assembly is to be recalled due to “significant concerns” over pupil absences due to Covid-19. More than 3,500 people aged five to 19 have(...)

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