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Helen McEntee  pictured before going on maternity leave. Photograph: Tom Honan

Helen McEntee has become the first serving Cabinet Minister to give birth while in office. Ms McEntee temporarily stepped aside on Tuesday as Ministe(...)

 Seán McManus Allen (13) with his mother, Martha McManus. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Thirteen-year-old Seán McManus Allen, who is deafblind after being born with a rare syndrome, loves to list off populations and capitals of various co(...)

The National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) has approved the use of  the Johnson and Johnson (Janssen)  vaccine and relaxed its restrictions on the AstraZeneca shot. Photograph: EPA

The State’s Covid-19 vaccination programme received a double boost last night when the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) gave the go-ahe(...)

 Minister of State at the Department of Health, Anne Rabbitte, says she dord not agree with ‘tying people down’. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Government is coming under pressure from within its own ranks to relax rules on intercounty travel. Two Ministers of State told The Irish Times t(...)

Fine Gael TD Michael Creed said it was ‘entirely unacceptable’  that the most senior official in the Department of Health  contacted RTÉ about the programme. File photograph: Tom Honan

A former government minister has accused secretary general of the Department of Health Robert Watt of a “gross abuse of position” in attempting to “ga(...)

Shane Corr,   senior civil servant at the Department of Health, says he has seen dossiers containing sensitive information on children and their families who were involved in legal actions against the State.  Photograph: RTÉ

The Department of Health must publish the independent review into its practice of compiling dossiers on children with autism without their consent as (...)

Anne Rabbitte said a more transparent method of managing such legal cases needs to be developed. File photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

A Government Minister has said the Department of Health policy of creating and keeping dossiers of sensitive information on children with autism invol(...)

1.1 million doses of vaccine from three pharma companies would be received by the end of March and a fourth company Janssen would begin supplying vaccines in April, Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly says. Photograph: iStock/Getty

Four in every five adults in the State will be offered one or two Covid-19 vaccination doses by the end of June if pharmaceutical companies adhere to (...)

All schools are expected to reopen fully after Easter despite increase in Covid-19 cases among younger children, Minister for Education Norma Foley says. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill

All schools are expected to reopen fully after Easter despite an increase in Covid-19 cases among younger children, Minister for Education Norma Foley(...)

 Robert Troy: he says  he “fully believes” numbers at funerals should be increased. Photograph:  Dara Mac Dónaill

A number of Ministers of State have said there should be increased flexibility around the number permitted at funerals following criticism of current (...)

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