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 More than 50,000 people are on the outpatient waiting list for the Mater hospital in Dublin. File photograph: Alan Betson

At least 100,000 children are on a public waiting list for health appointments or procedures, new figures show. There are 82,264 children on the outp(...)

HSE CEO Paul Reid described the fact that there were no Covid patients in St James’ Hospital in Dublin on Thursday, compared to a peak of 130 cases in January,  as ‘remarkable’. File photograph: The Irish Times

Fifteen new self-referral centres for testing people for Covid-19 are to be opened by the Health Service Executive. Members of the public will be able(...)

Dr Tony Holohan after having received an Honorary Fellowship from RCSI on Thursday.

Ireland is on track to have one of the highest uptakes in the world for Covid-19 vaccines, according to State chief medical officer Tony Holohan. Kee(...)

The HSE is looking at starting an information campaign around the benefits of the vaccine for pregnant women. Photograph: Mark Schiefelbein/AP

Just one in five pregnant women offered the Covid-19 vaccine in some of the State’s maternity hospitals have taken up the offer, according to the Heal(...)

State chief medical officer Tony Holohan has described the Indian variant as the ‘black cloud on the horizon’. File photograph: Getty

Ireland runs the risk of a spike in variant cases this summer if it moves too quickly to increase indoor social mixing in July or allows the importati(...)

 Taoiseach Micheál Martin: insists funding has been “significantly increased” for the National Cyber Security Centre this year. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Government has been forced to defend the level of spending on the cybersecurity agency leading the response to the ransomware attacks on the healt(...)

 Members of the Defence Forces await passengers in order to enforce Covid-19 mandatory quarantine measures, at Dublin Airport. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Mandatory hotel quarantine will remain in place for unvaccinated people coming into the State from high-risk places throughout the summer, despite Gov(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin: “We’re very clear we will not be paying any ransom.” Photograph: Daragh McSweeney

Thousands of procedures, appointments and scans scheduled for patients next week have been cancelled as a result of the biggest cybercrime attack seen(...)

Minister for Tourism Catherine Martin is to present to Government a tourism advisory group’s report  aimed at getting the State ready to restart the tourism sector. It also recommends the removal of restrictions on UK visitors, thus effectively also allowing residents of the Republic to travel freely to Britain. Photograph :Gareth Chaney/Collins

Irish residents could be allowed to travel to Britain on holiday without restrictions within weeks as part of plans to open a travel bubble between Ir(...)

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(...)

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