The Crowne Plaza Hotel in Santry, the State’s first hotel quarantine centre. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Laws requiring people arriving into Ireland from certain countries to quarantine in designated hotels for up to 14 days are irrational, illogical and (...)

Staff demonstrate a Covid-19 antigen test at the RocDoc testing facility at Dublin Airport. File photograph: Laura Hutton

An expert group convened by the Government has split on the role of rapid antigen testing in suppressing Covid-19 and reopening society. While the fi(...)

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly is under pressure to release the report on antigen testing, with Labour leader Alan Kelly saying it would be ‘beyond a joke’ if it is not published this week. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has received a report on the use of rapid antigen testing in Ireland, promising it will be published “soon”. It (...)

Dr Tony Holohan, chair of NPHET, delives a media briefing in the Department of Health. Photograph:  Crispin Rodwel/The Irish Times

The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) is expected to sign off on a final version of the plan to ease Ireland’s Covid-19 restrictions at a (...)

Leo Varadkar appealed to people in at-risk groups – over 65s, pregnant women, people with chronic diseases and healthcare staff – to get the vaccine, given the rise in cases of the disease since Christmas. File photograph: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Medical staff should have to tell patients if they are not vaccinated against flu because of the health risks involved, Minister for Health Leo Varadk(...)

This winter’s flu season has begun in earnest, with a four-fold increase in the number of patients attending GPs for influenza-like illness. Photograph: Thinkstock

This winter’s flu season has begun in earnest, with a four-fold increase in the number of patients attending GPs for influenza-like illness. The HSE (...)

 Flu activity this winter has been low,  with  33 people  hospitalised  up to Christmas, and one confirmed death. However, flu cases have increased in the New Year. Photograph: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

A flu outbreak largely accounted for over 700 excess deaths among older people last winter, according to a new report. The estimated number of exces(...)

Relative to previous years, flu rates remain low but are expected to increase over the coming weeks and the virus is expected to circulate for the next six to eight weeks. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

High-risk groups should get vaccinated against influenza following a doubling of the number of cases last week, the Health Service Executive has advis(...)

A member of the Environmental HazMat team disinfects the entrance to the residence of a health worker at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital who has contracted Ebola in Dallas, Texas. Photograph: Jaime R Carrero/Reuters

Ireland has a “low risk” of the deadly Ebola virus reaching its shores but it is possible, the head of the Health Protection Surveillance Centre has s(...)

The man’s remains have been sent to Letterkenny General Hospital’s mortuary, which has been sealed off. However, there have been no visiting restrictions at the hospital.

Tests are continuing on a man found dead in Co Donegal who is suspected of having been infected with the Ebola virus while working in west Africa.The(...)

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