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 Tánaiste Leo Varadkar: he insists he has not broken the law, and defended his actions by saying he  circulated the contract to encourage NAGP members to agree to it.  Photograph: Alan Betson

“What I’m saying is it’s not going to arise,” said Tánaiste Leo Varadkar on the prospect of charges being brought against him on the back of the Garda(...)

Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People Mary Butler: ‘The majority of the 46 units with residents over 65 years have now received the first dose of the vaccine.’ Photograph: Oireachtas TV/PA Wire

Twenty-eight people have died from Covid-19 while resident in a mental health facility, the Dáil has been told. Paying tribute to those who had died (...)

 The HSE said on Thursday   there were 142 nursing home Covid-19 outbreaks and it was monitoring 103 closely as many residents await the  rollout of vaccines. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Bloomberg

Clarity is being urgently sought from State health officials on whether nursing home residents not infected by Covid-19 in significant outbreaks can (...)

A staff member at Mary’s Hospital in the Phoenix Park raised concerns over access to personal protective equipment  early in the pandemic in a protected disclosure on May 6th. Photograph: Eric Luke

An investigator examining a whistleblower’s concerns about Covid-19 protections at a HSE-run nursing home in Dublin has been asked to examine whether (...)

Fergus O’Dowd: ‘We all knew what had to be done but what didn’t happen here’. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill

A Fine Gael TD and nursing home campaigner has claimed there is “something rotten” at the heart of the Hiqa inspection system because of what he said (...)

‘In the long term, a reform of established models of care for older people in Ireland is required,’ Hiqa chief Phelim Quinn said. Photograph: iStock

An immediate review of the oversight of nursing homes and extra powers for the regulator are required as Covid-19 continues to impact on the sector, a(...)

The HSE, said the service does not take the issue of missed tests lightly “and we make every effort to find people who are not answering phones”. Photograph: iStock

More than 1,300 test appointments were missed by confirmed contacts of people infected with Covid-19, an Oireachtas committee has heard. The Health S(...)

Minister for Transport Shane  Ross told the Dáil the public transport system ‘is a critical part of the plan for re-opening of the economy’.

The Government will provide additional funding to ensure public transport services continue despite the drop in fare income, Minister for Transport Sh(...)

Taxi at the scene of shooting, Bridge of Peace, Drogheda. Photograph: Ciara Wilkinson

A taxi driver injured in a shooting in Drogheda, Co Louth on Monday evening is understood to have been struck twice in the back. The man, understood(...)

The Coca-Cola plant in Drogheda, Co Louth, where 65 staff have been told they are losing their jobs.  Photograph: Ciara Wilkinson

Some 65 staff employed at Coca-Cola in Drogheda, Co Louth, have been told they were losing their jobs following a global review by the company of its (...)

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