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An almost empty arrivals hall in Terminal 2 of Dublin airport over Christmas. More than 50,000 people flew into the country over the holiday period. Photograph: PA

Some 1,500 recent arrivals from Brazil in the past two weeks have been asked to contact a GP, get a coronavirus test and restrict their movements by t(...)

More than 2,000 student nurses and midwives will see their clinical training placements in public hospitals suspended for two weeks from Monday by the Department of Health due to the impact of the pandemic on staffing levels. File photograph: Getty

Suspending hospital training for student nurses to free up nursing tutors for frontline work “is the right thing to do”, given the pressures facing th(...)

Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan:  “There is no group who should feel the public health advice does not apply to them. It is only if we act together that we can keep ourselves, our loved ones and health and social care facilities safe.”  Photograph: Collins

A further 13 deaths of patients with Covid-19 have been reported by the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet), bringing to 2,608 the total num(...)

The ending of  current placement arrangements for student nurses is a bid to free up senior and experienced nurses, who currently oversee  training, and to allow them to return to front-line duties. File photograph: iStock

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) has said further clarity is needed on the decision to suspend placements for student nurses. More (...)

Cars and people queue at the vaccination centre at the St Mary’s Hospital grounds in the Phoenix Park, Dublin, on Saturday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Another year of restrictions related to Covid-19 would be necessary before the number of people vaccinated would be sufficient to protect the public i(...)

A cycle of IVF usually costs between €6,000 and €10,000 depending on which treatment is required and which clinic you are using. Photograph: iStock

In 2019, the government committed to publicly funding infertility services, including IVF. Lynn Enright asks if it will happen this year and speaks(...)

Robert Watt is moving from Merrion Street to Baggot Street to take up his new job as secretary general of the Department of Health. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Monopoly money is not just for Christmas, you know. So here are some sums. Cross the road outside Government Buildings on Merrion Street and turn lef(...)

A woman is vaccinated in the new Covid-19 vaccination centre in Slagelse, Denmark. Photograph: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP via Getty

HSE chief executive Paul Reid is an avid soccer fan. On Thursday he said Irish people may feel like the country is 5-1 down in the Covid-19 battle but(...)

International standards dictate that every child in such a unit should have 16 sq m of space, but in the Rotunda there is just 5 sq m available. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Government has been warned of an “urgent and serious need” to address overcrowding in the neo-natal unit of the busiest maternity hospital in Euro(...)

A pharmacist holding   a phial of the undiluted Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for Covid-19. Photograph: Jean-Francois Monier/AFP/Getty

The HSE is extending the interval between the first and second doses of the Covid-19 vaccine from 21 to 28 days in a move that will spread the benefit(...)

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