Dr Holohan

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Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan is chairman of the National Public Health Emergency Team. File photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Mandatory Covid-19 vaccination of healthcare workers is being considered by public health officials as a response to high infection levels. The issue(...)

Family feasting, hospitality, and mealtimes are among the characteristics identified as having been recorded in every culture known to history and ethnography. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

In the course of his fascinating 1978 Pulitzer Prize-winning book On Human Nature, the US entomologist and public intellectual Edward O Wilson wrote a(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin held talks with the Romanian president, Klaus Iohannis,  and they agreed in principle to the purchase of a million vaccines. Photograph:   Julien Behal Photography

The Government has contacted all EU member states offering to buy spare Covid-19 vaccines in an effort to rapidly accelerate the rollout plan given th(...)

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 State faces a hospitals emergency after the Government’s relaxation of coronavirus Christmas restrictions

Nobody thought it would be this bad. Had we known then what we know now. There was huge demand to reopen the country. People had been locked in for No(...)

Dr Tony Holohan appears before the Oireachtas transport committee. Image: Oireachtas.ie

There is a “substantial risk associated with international travel” at the moment, chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan has told the Oireachtas transp(...)

Civility and public discourse

A chara, – A very unhelpful and distasteful dimension of the public exchanges on how to deal with Covid-19 is the frequency of criticising or condemni(...)

‘Each sister is walking one hour and 15 minutes at the rate of 17 miles a minute,’ says prioress Sr Lucy (pictured right, with Sr Jacinta, left).  Photograph: Redemptoristine Sisters/Facebook

Members of an enclosed order of nuns are staging their own marathon on Monday by walking the distance of the Olympic event in tribute to Covid-19 fron(...)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys at the Government Press Centre. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland/PA Wire

The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) will be able to shut down workplaces which do not comply with new safety protocols aimed at preventing the sprea(...)

Signs in relation to Covid-19 at the entrance to a nursing home in Dublin. There have been 857 deaths associated with residential care facilities, including 740 nursing home residents – up from 819 and 706 respectively on a day earlier. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The number of coronavirus-related deaths in nursing homes and residential care facilities as a proportion of overall deaths has risen since last week,(...)