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(...)

Éamonn D’Arcy (88), who moved into Craddock House Nursing Home to be with his wife, Alice (87), photographed with their daughter, Alice, who was allowed to visit to celebrate her 60th birthday. Photograph: Alan Betson

PJ Cully heartily agrees with the State’s deputy chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn that there should be a “vaccine bonus” for those vaccinated agai(...)

The vast majority of residents and staff in care facilities have been vaccinated, with almost 100,000 people receiving their first dose and 65,000 receiving their second as of last weekend. Photograph: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Nursing homes are pushing for coronavirus-vaccinated residents and visitors to be allowed in-person visits with rapid antigen testing for visits by th(...)

the awful, dehumanising phrase “elderly person with an underlying health condition” gave some people a false sense of security

Covid-19 has been a moving target from the start. Here are some of the early misconceptions that were challenged by emerging new evidence - and someti(...)

There will be a lot of empty chairs at Christmas dinner tables this year. Photograph: iStock

So here it is, merry Christmas. Everybody’s having fun, or some paler, safer, rough approximation of “fun”. Are you waiting for the family to arrive? (...)

The period of relaxed restrictions – which begins on Friday – may be shortened after warnings from the National Public Health Emergency Team and a meeting with  chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan. Photograph: Colin Keegan

The Government is expected to look at reintroducing some restrictions as early as December 28th after warnings from public health experts that infecti(...)

The Government recommended the use of face-masks ‘in busy or crowded outdoor spaces where there is significant congregation.’ Photograph: iStock

There is no benefit to wearing a face-mask outdoors when you can socially distance, according to the HSE’s top Covid-19 infection control expert. Pro(...)

A file photograph of St Columcille’s, Loughlinstown, in south Co Dublin.

A south Dublin hospital is dealing with a significant outbreak of coronavirus after 22 patients tested positive, with a number of staff also self-isol(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was shooed away from the chamber by the Ceann Comhairle while his question and answer session was still in full swing

The co-leader of the Social Democrats was taking a dim view. She addressed Leo Varadkar on his first day back after his Topless Taoiseach Picnic Shame(...)

The courts system is hoping to resume full-day physical hearings  ‘as soon as tomorrow’

The courts system is expected to resume full-day physical hearings shortly after receiving etailed advice earlier this morning on the question of the (...)

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