Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said he checked the information with the Health Protection Surveillance Centre.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has denied claims that Irish healthcare workers have the highest global rate of infection in terms of the coronavirus pandemic.(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said the alternatives to forming a government if the programme for government is rejected were not appealing. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Taoiseach Leo Vardkar said the country “needs a majority government” as it faces into what could be a very difficult recession due to the coronavirus (...)

Phil Ní Sheaghdha, general secretary of the INMO, said many nurses and midwives would be out of pocket or with little or no remaining annual leave as a result of childcare difficulties during the pandemic. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Most nurses and midwives with childcare needs are using up annual leave to care for their children, a survey carried out by their trade union has foun(...)

General secretary of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) Phil Ní Sheaghdha addressed the Oireachtas Covid-19 committee. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Ireland has the highest rate of infection from coronavirus of all health workers globally, the Oireachtas Covid-19 committee has been told. General s(...)

The INMO raised the issue directly with Simon Harris at a meeting on Tuesday, where he confirmed that in his and the Department of Health’s view, there is no threat to service at Cavan General Hospital MLU. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Irish Nurses and Midwives’ Organisation (INMO) has welcomed the Minister for Health Simon Harris’ “unequivocal” support for the midwife-led matern(...)

INMO general secretary Phil Ní Sheaghdha. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Nurses have demanded the establishment of a rapid, independent inquiry into the high levels of coronavirus infection among healthcare workers. The Ir(...)

 The Government must now go back to the drawing board on childcare, the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) has said. Photograph: Edmond Terakopian/ PA Wire

The Government must now go back to the drawing board on childcare, the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) has said. A scheme to offer chil(...)

Ireland will face ‘even more severe’ staffing pressures, the INMO has warned

Ireland will face “even more severe” staffing pressures in the health service if the number of nursing and midwifery undergraduate places are not incr(...)

 INMO general secretary Phil Ní Sheaghdha: “Not only are there now greater demands on nurses and midwives, but sources of new staff are likely drying up.” Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Nurse staffing levels in the health service are facing a “cliff edge” in the weeks and months ahead with a potential shortfall of more than 1,500 pers(...)

Nora Vallejo, a midwife, standing outside the red zone, in which women with Covid-19 are cared for.

Nora Vallejo has been a midwife for almost 27 years, but she said working during the coronavirus pandemic can sometimes feel like going “against all o(...)

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