Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan: According to Trinity College, the post of professor of public health strategy and leadership was ‘created with Dr Holohan in mind’. Photograph: Julien Behal

The Taoiseach has told the Dáil that he had “no hand, act or part” in the secondment of chief medical officer (CMO) Dr Tony Holohan to a professorship(...)

The late shift medical staff at St Vincent’s hospital, Dublin,  don PPE in the clean zone on the Covid side of the Emergency Department in April 2020. Photograph: Alan Betson

In the days after Christmas, as Omicron cases surged, a senior official said it felt like putting one’s hand on the door, trying to tell if there was (...)

A recent survey found 80 per cent of people felt a lower level of social connectedness as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Photograph: iStock

Fatigue and frustration are two of the strongest emotions people are feeling as we approach the second Christmas of the Covid-19 pandemic. The surveys(...)

Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan warned that the ‘force of infection’ was ‘simply too high’ across the population. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan says it will be “a challenge” to get Covid-19 case numbers down from their current high levels to as low as pos(...)

Partners can access inpatient areas during normal visiting hours of 8am to 9pm from November 1st, according to updated guidance from the HSE. Photograph: iStock

All maternity services can provide access for partners of patients from November 1st, the HSE said on Friday. Partners can access inpatient areas dur(...)

A syringe is filled with a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine. Photograph: Jim Wilson/The New York Times

There is no shortage of Covid-19 vaccines to provide additional doses and booster campaigns for the immunocompromised and vulnerable, the HSE lead for(...)

Stewards near Croke Park testing centre. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Testing for Covid-19 would be radically scaled back under plans being considered by the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet), as harm associa(...)

‘The success of the vaccination programme requires a fundamental re-evaluation of the approach to testing for Sars-CoV-2,’ writes Prof Cormican. Photograph: Francesca Volpi/Bloomberg

From the very early days of the pandemic, Ireland’s experience of Covid-19 has gone hand-in-hand with testing. Concerns over whether we could test qu(...)

HSE chief Paul Reid. File photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

HSE chief Paul Reid has urged people who are not fully vaccinated against Covid-19 to take up the offer of vaccines, warning that high infection level(...)

Sean Bresnan: he recalls standing on the tarmac at Dublin airport “with a tear in my eye”. Photograph:  Tom Honan

A year ago this week Sean Bresnan found himself on Google Translate, looking up how to say “happy Saint Patrick’s Day” in Chinese. Head of procurement(...)

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