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People queue for the booster vaccine at Harold’s Cross Medical Centre: Perspective: the booster is a triumph. Case numbers are falling in those lucky groups.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Last Friday, I showed up for my booster appointment at Citywest at 1pm sharp, armed with a big, padded coat, newspaper and some quality wine gums. Mem(...)

Pat Kenny: Protests have been held outside the homes of public figures. Photograph: Brian McEvoy

Broadcaster Pat Kenny and his Newstalk production team were threatened by Covid-19 anti-vaccine campaigners that they would be executed or jailed for (...)

Loopline bridge over the Liffey for trains and dart. Photograph: Bryan O'Brien

Prepare for floods Although estate agents selling desirable period homes in Clontarf or Sandymount may not wish to acknowledge it, one overwhelming f(...)

Architect Mel Reynolds says it is ‘puzzling’ that the State is trying to assemble more land banks for social housing. Photograph: iStock

It is “puzzling” that the State is trying to assemble more land banks for social housing when “they’re clearly not building on what they have at the m(...)

Officials say the levels quoted in official advice followed a public health review of safe ventilation levels. Photograph: iStock

Official guidelines for safe ventilation levels in school are not strong enough and raise the risk of superspreader events, some experts have warned. (...)

The new Mill Street Global Student Accommodation in Dublin which has 400 units averaging €1,000 a month. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Purpose-built student accommodation have proven controversial, with some critics arguing that they are over-concentrated and unaffordable for (...)

Primary schoolchildren will not be required to wear face masks despite calls from some health experts to do so in light of rising Covid-19 case numbers. Photograph: iStock

Primary schoolchildren will not be required to wear face masks despite calls from some health experts to do so in light of rising Covid-19 case number(...)

The Department of Education said it will arrange for the provision to schools of carbon dioxide monitors ‘over the coming months’. Photograph: iStock

Poorly ventilated schools will be provided with air monitors and air cleaners to help reduce the spread of Covid-19 under updated guidance issued by t(...)

‘Bottom line is that outdoor dining is much less risky,” says Professor Kingston Mills. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Experts are divided on the merits of new guidelines designed to implement safe indoor and outdoor dining from next month. The Fáilte Ireland strateg(...)

A vaccinator draws up the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine in Hexham, England. File photograph: Ian Forsyth/Getty Images

The North’s Covid-19 vaccination programme has been extended to people aged between 25 and 29. The Department of Health in Northern Ireland announce(...)

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