Acting chief medical officer Dr  Ronan Glynn: ‘From what has been published online about this variant you’d be forgiven for thinking the world was coming to an end.’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The first cases of a variant of Covid-19 first identified in India have been found in Ireland. Three cases of the B1617 variant have been identified (...)

P1 includes a key mutation, called E484K, which may help the virus evade antibodies, part of the immune system.

Ireland has almost as many cases of P1, one of the most worrying Covid-19 variants of concern, as the UK, despite a much smaller population. Nine cas(...)

Mandatory quarantine: Dublin Airport Crowne Plaza is the first hotel being used under the scheme. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

We have a mandatory quarantine system in place now, don’t we? Yes. The booking system is now open, with the quarantine hotels themselves ope(...)

The National Virus Reference Laboratory was last year paid €11.95 million for its central role in the testing regime, HSE figures show. Photograph: iStock

Enfer, the Tipperary diagnostics company controlled by businessman Louis Ronan, was last year paid €122.4 million to process Covid-19 tests. New figu(...)

Ischgl is a swish and popular ski resort in southern Austria – and a perfect petri dish for the spread of the new coronavirus. Photograph: Getty Images

February 29th, 2020 The first confirmed case of coronavirus in Ireland. The National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) confirms it is a “male in t(...)

  A Covid patient is transferred   along the hospital corridors with medical staff  at St Vincent’s hospital in March 2020. One year one, the virus has caused some 4,000 deaths and infected more than 200,000 in the Republic. Photograph: Alan Betson

One year on from the first detected case of Covid-19 in the repubLIc, Three lockdowns and three waves of disease Have changed Irish society beyond (...)

Dr Cillian de Gascun  said that the case emphasised the importance of public health measures. Photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

International travellers from a further 13 countries will face mandatory hotel quarantine once the legislation and arrangements for the strict new Cov(...)

tens of thousands of energetic, committed and talented teenagers for whom school sport, at all levels, was a source of enjoyment and structure and ambition, suddenly vanished due to Covid restrictions. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Ireland’s school playing fields are empty. Their gyms are silent and shuttered. Since the first schools closure was announced almost a year ago, there(...)

The Department of Defence launched a scheme last April to bring back retired staff in a bid to bolster an ever-shrinking force beset by pay and morale issues. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Department of Defence has been accused of “abject failure” in its handling of Defence Forces recruitment after new figures show a year-old campaig(...)

Dr Cillian De Gascun is a member of Nphet and director of the national virus laboratory. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Dr Cillian de Gascun is a movie buff. The banner picture on his Twitter handle is the billboard advertisement for Amity Island in Jaws, where a graffi(...)

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