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Dr Holohan accepted the invitation from the committee following expert testimony last week that antigen testing is effective in picking up people who are a risk to others. File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

A further 431 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in the State, according to the Department of Health. There are 58 people in hospital and 22 peopl(...)

Pilots’ group Restore Irish Aviation demonstrating outside Leinster House at the weekend, days after Aer Lingus announced the closure of its Shannon base with the potential loss of 126 jobs

Thousands of aviation workers face permanent unemployment if Government “procrastination” on reopening travel does not end, pilots will warn on Monday(...)

Aer Lingus first officer Alice Farrell. Photograph: Alan Betson

Alice Farrell, an Aer Lingus first officer, a co-pilot, has flown just twice this year: from Dublin to Chicago on New Year’s Day and, on May 6th, from(...)

Fans sit on a perimiter wall at Austin Stack Park, Tralee during last weekend’s Division 1 South football  league match between Kerry and Galway. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The GAA are conscious of the potential conflict of information regarding match attendances in the coming weeks. With the Northern Ireland Executive c(...)

Canada became the first country in the world at the start of May to approve the Pfizer vaccine for 12 years and up and was followed by the United States a week later. Photograph: iStock

Children and teenagers have been spared the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic, in medical terms at least, even though it has affected them in many other (...)

A Covid-19 antigen test at the RocDoc testing facility at Dublin Airport which has been established for hauliers bound for France via Dublin Port. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Why is everyone talking about antigen testing? It started with Lidl selling rapid-test kits off the shelf. That prompted alarm bells among public heal(...)

Member states would have ‘a lot of flexibility’  in how they use the certificates according to their own border rules, Tánaiste Leo  Varadkar said. Photograph: Leah Farrell/

Digital passes allowing Irish people to travel freely within the European Union may be available from the end of July, according to Tánaiste Leo Varad(...)

Ministers and the three party leaders favour rolling out the use of antigen tests to help with the reopening of many sectors of commercial and social life. Photograph: Getty

Significant differences have emerged between Ministers and public health officials over the use of antigen testing during the reopening of business an(...)

Lauretta Maroni, duty manager at Lidl, Aungier Street , Dublin with a Rapid SARS CoV-2 Antigen Test Card. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Government’s messaging on the role of antigen testing for Covid-19 is a study in muddled communications. Antigen tests are less sensitive than t(...)

A Covid 19 antigen test. File photograph : Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

According to the antigen tests which went on sale this week in Lidl, it is 98.72 per cent accurate for detecting if somebody has Covid-19. This is a (...)

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