GP Dr Darach Brennan at Johnstown Medical Centre, Waterford.  Brennan says the threat of Covid-19 ‘became very real, very quickly’ following two high-profile cases in Waterford. Photograph:  Patrick Browne

There have been blips, but Waterford still has the lowest cumulative incidence of the virus, and just 1% of all cases. Does it hold lessons for the(...)

Paddy Tully (centre flat cap) keeps an eye on the prices at the mart in Granard, Co Longford. Photograph: Lorraine Teevan

It is at sleepy crossroads such as Ballinalee that Leo Varadkar faces some of his toughest challenges. Situated between Granard and Longford town, th(...)