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Brian Beardsley died from Covid-19 in late December just before all restrictions were lifted.

This week the number of Covid-19-related deaths in Ireland passed 7,000. However, the lifting of restrictions and the fact that deaths are reported o(...)

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly said he was ‘acutely aware of the pressure which the current demand for Covid care is putting on the healthcare system’. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins Photos

On Thursday morning, as the laws underpinning nearly two years of sweeping coronavirus restrictions were about to fall by the wayside, there were near(...)

The new study provides the first peer-reviewed estimates of excess deaths due to the pandemic for 191 countries. Photograph: Patrick Bolger/Bloomberg

Ireland recorded one of the lowest rates of excess deaths in the world during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a major new study. In Europe, only (...)

Christ Church Sandymount council have been ordered to recant following the appointment of Steven Smyrl, who is in a same-sex marriage, to the council. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

All main churches struggle with the issue of homosexuality. It is a reason why they are becoming more marginalised in societies where debate on gay ri(...)

Dr Gerald Barry suggests  a variant with the “severity of Delta and the immune evasion of Omicron” might be a worst case scenario but  the Government should be preparing for it.

Covid-19 will still be around for the whole of 2022 but anti-viral drugs and better planning could lessen its impact, experts have said. The world en(...)

Prof Sam McConkey: ‘Command and control, and sanction from on high, is not the Presbyterian way.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The threat of dismissal facing a Presbyterian minister in Dublin and the disciplining of a parish council has been criticised by one of the State’s be(...)

Omicron variant now accounts for 13 per cent of Covid cases in the Republic. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan has warned the public to take precautions from today if planning to spend Christmas with loved ones who are vuln(...)

Roy Stanley and husband Steven Smyrl with protesters before a meeting  of the Dublin and Munster Presbytery, Gardiner Street, Dublin, in 2019. Photograph: Tom Honan

The proposed disciplining by the Presbyterian Church of Rev Katherine Meyer and the council at Christ Church in Sandymount, Dublin, has been described(...)

Lunchtime Live’s guest host Clare McKenna  confesses to doubts about getting her children vaccinated, while fretting about raising the subject

Won’t somebody please think of the parents? Whatever emotions children might have as Storm Barra shuts schools in much of the country, Clare McKenna, (...)

Dr Catherine Motherway: ‘We know what worked the last time and we do need an abrupt halt. We need the tap turned off.’

An intensive care consultant has said measures similar to those taken during previous Covid-19 surges are needed in order to prevent the hospital syst(...)

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