‘Covid-19 was not a potential threat. It was an existential threat.’

A new book tells the inside story of the Government handling of the pandemic. This extract recalls the early fear and uncertainty as details unfold(...)

Outgoing Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan. File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

The outgoing Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan is to chair the newly formed Covid Advisory Group (CAG) announced on Friday evening. The 20-person(...)

Cillian De Gascun, director of the National Virus Reference Laboratory, said there are indications that the presence of BA.2 could be rising. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

There has been a “small number” of cases of a sub-lineage of the Omicron variant detected in the State, a public health official has said. However, C(...)

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan with   Prof Philip Nolan,   Rachel Kenna and Dr Ronan Glynn. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

The words coming out of Dr Tony Holohan’s mouth could not have been clearer: do not leak this information at all, and absolutely do not breathe a word(...)

When asked about comments  recently by Dr Cillian De Gascun, a member of Nphet, that he was “hopeful” the schools would reopen in January, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar claimed  school closures have not been discussed by Government.  Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has confirmed that the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (Niac) met on Monday to discuss approving vaccinations for child(...)

Masking children is cheap, easy to implement and should help reduce transmission, but that doesn’t mean it is entirely cost-free. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

When you’re governing through a crisis, the principle of least harm should apply. If you’re faced with a range of unpalatable options, choose the one (...)

The HSE’s chief clinical officer, Dr Colm Henry, has warned there will ‘probably’ be breakthrough infections among people who receive Covid-19 vaccine booster doses. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Further Covid restrictions for the Christmas season, including reduced capacity for pubs and indoor hospitality and limits on the number of households(...)

It is understood the plans envisage no home quarantine for those who arrive with a clear PCR result, except for those with a travel history involving one of seven southern African countries already subject to extra restrictions.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Expanded Covid testing requirements for people arriving into the country are being examined, under draft plans discussed by public health officials&nb(...)

Cape Town International Airport. A number of countries have introduced travel bans and restrictions on passengers from southern African countries in a bid to contain the new variant. Photograph: Nic Bothma/EPA

The Omicron variant and the wider pressures on the health service from the fourth wave of the pandemic will be discussed at a meeting of the leaders (...)

A subvariant of the Delta strain of Covid-19, the more transmissible mutation of the coronavirus now in widespread circulation, is under investigation.

A subvariant of the Delta strain of Covid-19, the more transmissible mutation of the coronavirus now in widespread circulation, is under investigation(...)

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