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Staff in the Covid emergency department of St Vincent’s Hospital during the Covid-19 pandemic. File photograph: Alan Betson/ The Irish Times

Doctors have warned the Delta variant of Covid-19 and growing case numbers are putting Irish hospital services under further pressure. Emergency med(...)

Castle Leslie, Glaslough, Co Monaghan

A village in Co Monaghan is leading nominations for the Irish Times Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021 competition, three weeks after its launch. Fort(...)

Zainab Boladale: Her job as presenter of RTÉ’s Nationwide programme has taken her far and wide around Ireland.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Irish Times is searching for the Best Place to Live in Ireland, and would like you to nominate your favourite. Click here to nominate the place yo(...)

Nurse Carmel Higgins vaccinates one of the islanders at the Inishbofin health centre. Photograph: Charles McQuillan, Getty

She might be labelled vaccine-hesitant, but there was nothing hesitant about the way Jane avoided being immunised with the AstraZeneca vaccine. “I go(...)

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine being administered. Photograph: Pedro Pardo/AFP via Getty

Deliveries of Covid-19 vaccines for the over-80s are to be reduced again next week due to shipments from manufacturers being smaller than anticipated.(...)

Phials of the Pfizer Covid 19 vaccine at the Helix mass vaccination centre in Dublin. Photograph: Laura Hutton

The decision to administer Covid-19 doses to over-85s in GP surgeries will not impede the rollout of the vaccine, according to the head of the Irish M(...)

Monaghan GP Dr Illona Duffy: ‘We’re more than a month after Christmas and it’s surprising that we’re still seeing so many positives coming in.’ Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

It is mid-afternoon on Monday, and already Dr Illona Duffy’s practice has dealt with 15 new positive cases of Covid-19. “It’s disappointing,” says Dr(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin announces new restrictions being imposed to contrain the spread of Covid-19. Photograph: Julien Behal

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has announced the return of “full scale” Level 5 restrictions for “at least one month” and warned many of the measures t(...)

Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan says the ‘steep rise’ in positivity rates  shows ‘the virus is increasing its foothold out in our communities’. File photograph: Alan Betson

GPs across the country have reported an increase in calls relating to Covid-19 and referrals for tests over recent days. Dublin GP Dr Ray Walley said(...)

The Department of Education has confirmed that there are no plans to extend the school break at Christmas despite calls from a teachers’ union to do so. Photograph: Cesar Manso/AFP

The Department of Education has confirmed that there are no plans to extend the school break at Christmas despite calls from a teachers’ union to do s(...)

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