Stephen Donnelly

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The Cabinet has agreed to a €1,000 tax-free ex gratia payment to frontline health workers in clinical settings, but it will not be afforded to all roles. Photograph: iStock

It is now looking like the beginning of the end rather than the end of the beginning. Omicron has swept through the country like a hurricane. With 2.6(...)

 Minister for Public Expenditure   Michael McGrath, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar and Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly   at Government Buildings, Dublin: the Government has been urged to extend the bonus to other frontline workers. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins Photos

The Government should extend the €1,000 bonus for frontline healthcare workers during the Covid-19 pandemic to frontline retail workers, pharmacists a(...)

There will be a €1,000 bonus for healthcare workers and and extra public holiday. Photograph: iStock

Frontline health workers will get a €1,000 tax-free bonus for their work during the pandemic under plans agreed by Cabinet. Workers in nursing homes (...)

Flowers and messages close to the scene where Ashling Murphy was was attacked and killed on the banks of the Grand Canal at Cappincur, Co Offaly, Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Dáil and Seanad return today from recess for what will be a very different opening day. The appalling death of Ashling Murphy has left a pall ov(...)

With the peak of the Omicron wave now seen as having passed, several Ministers yesterday outlined their strong preference to move away from strict measures. File photograph: Sasko Lavrov

Changes to the infrastructure put in place to battle the pandemic are being examined after Ireland weathered a “tsunami” of Omicron cases, Minister fo(...)

A social distancing marker on the pavement in Dublin. Photograph: Patrick Bolger/Bloomberg

The Minister for Health is hopeful of a “big reduction” in Covid-19 restrictions as expectations mount of a significant shift in how the pandemic is m(...)

Dr Gabrial Scally conducted his scoping inquiry more than three years ago. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

A final review of revisions to the CervicalCheck screening programme has been initiated with recommended actions now 96 per cent complete, the Departm(...)

Upgrade hassle. Photograph: Getty

We all love a phone upgrade, right? Linda Francis from Co Mayo certainly would love one but she has been frustrated by not one but two of the leading (...)

Stephen Donnelly: ‘As of tomorrow, people will be able to directly upload their own positive antigen tests.’ Photograph: Laura Hutton

The Health Service Executive’s online portal for the public to upload their positive antigen tests will go live on Friday but could be the victim of (...)

People who test positive for Covid-19 on an antigen test will no longer be required to seek a confirmatory PCR test under new rules. File photograph: Damien Meyer/AFP via Getty Images

The milder impact of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 on infected people and hospitals has led the Government to relax the rules on isolation and testi(...)

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