Masked shoppers  in Naas, Co Kildare on Tuesday  as the county emerged from  lockdown. A surge in Covid-19 infections at four meat factories had  contributed to the lockdowns in Kildare, Laois and Offaly. Photograph:  Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

All but one of the coronavirus-related health and safety inspections carried out at meat plants during the month of August were unannounced, breaking (...)

Nine unannounced inspections of meat plants have been carried out by the HSA since the start of the Covid-19 outbreak here.  File photograph: Bloomberg

Nine unannounced inspections of meat plants have been carried out by the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) since lockdown measures were first eased in(...)

Carroll’s Cuisine meat plant in Tullamore, Co Offaly, has had a number of positive Covid-19 tests. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) should conduct random and unannounced inspections of all meat processing facilities and they should use their ex(...)

There had been 'huge challenges' in managing meat plant outbreaks because of language difficulties and large numbers of workers living in shared accommodation

The State’s workplace safety watchdog has inspected 13 of the 20 meat processing plants that have been affected by outbreaks of coronavirus amongst wo(...)

Cost increases of such a scale could add hundreds of millions of euro to the current estimates for the new children’s hospital which currently are more than € 1.7 billion. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The cost of building complex projects such as the National Children’s Hospital could increase by up to 40 per cent as a result of new safety measures (...)

The HSA will confirm to the Oireachtas committee that it is assigning 67 field inspectors out of its 109-strong inspectorate to check on workplace safety under the Covid-19 Return to Work Safely protocol

The Health and Safety Authority may not be able to carry out surprise inspections due to restrictions to protect against Covid-19, its chief executive(...)

 Rosderra Irish Meats plant in Roscrea, Co Tipperary, where, according to Sinn Féin TD Brian Stanley, by April 30th 140 workers out of 350 were out sick and 120 had tested positive. Photograph:  Diarmuid Greene

“He is very, very lucky to be alive,” she says of her husband. The Offaly woman Mary and her husband John (not their real names) do not want to be pub(...)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys at the Government Press Centre. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland/PA Wire

The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) will be able to shut down workplaces which do not comply with new safety protocols aimed at preventing the sprea(...)

Robert Bradshaw photographed with his wife Mary.  Photograph: courtesy of the Bradshaw Family

When Robert Bradshaw slipped off a wall on a Co Cork building site in 2014, it would be seven months before he made it home from hospital. Even today,(...)

Minister of State Pat Breen said an ageing population requires supportive actions in order to enable people “to make an active contribution to society and working life”. Photograph: iStock

The Government needs to ensure there is access for everyone to “life-long learning and upskilling” in order to meet the challenges of digitalisation, (...)

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