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The National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) has approved the use of  the Johnson and Johnson (Janssen)  vaccine and relaxed its restrictions on the AstraZeneca shot. Photograph: EPA

The State’s Covid-19 vaccination programme received a double boost last night when the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) gave the go-ahe(...)

 Minister of State at the Department of Health, Anne Rabbitte, says she dord not agree with ‘tying people down’. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Government is coming under pressure from within its own ranks to relax rules on intercounty travel. Two Ministers of State told The Irish Times t(...)

The range of apprenticeships is set to broaden to include dozens of new roles. Photograph: iStock

The number of apprentices is set to double to 10,000 a year under a new five-year Government plan aimed at boosting “earn and learn” options for schoo(...)

Micheál Martin acknowledged the public are ’fed up’ with restrictions. File photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has told his parliamentary party he acknowledges people are “fed up”but warned that progress against Covid is “fragile”, flag(...)

HSE chief clinical officer Dr Colm Henry said  ‘there is a lot of illness out there . . .  and it is much higher than it was in early December’. File photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Two more deaths linked to Covid-19 and 769 new cases of the virus have been reported by the National Public Health Emergency Team on Sunday. It is th(...)

Public services will be given targets to take on apprentices as part of new strategy to boost the number of school leavers choosing alternatives to third level under plans being developed by Minister for Further and  Higher Education Simon Harris. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Government departments, local authorities and State agencies will be given targets to take on apprentices as part of new strategy to boost the number (...)

Minister for Further Education Simon Harris said he would publish a 10-year strategy next month aimed at improving adult literacy, numeracy and digital skills. Photograph: Laura Hutton

One in eight adults in Ireland lacks basic reading skills and one in five struggles with numbers, according to Minister for Further Education Simon Ha(...)

The Dáil was told that those vaccinated by the provider were ‘young people, 20s, 30s, 40s possibly’.

A childcare provider had all staff vaccinated in advance of their place in the rollout plan it has been claimed. Labour Party leader Alan Kelly said(...)

The number of technological universities may grow from two to five by this time next year, according to Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris. Photograph:  Crispin Rodwell

The number of technological universities may grow from two to five by this time next year, according to Government Ministers. A technological univers(...)

The programmes are designed to develop team leaders and supervisory management capability. Photograph: iStock

Workers in the Covid-19-hit hospitality and tourism industries are being encouraged to use the shut-down of the sector as a time to take up new traini(...)

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