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Boris Johnson remains holed up in his Downing Street flat, self-isolating after a family member tested positive for coronavirus. But his allies trailed his strategy for survival over the weekend, with the central objective identified as persuading MPs to postpone a decision on his fate until after local elections in May. Photograph: EPA

Conservative MPs return to Westminster on Monday after a weekend listening to the views of constituents and party activists about what they should do (...)

In a speech to the Fabian Society conference, Labour leader Keir Starmer accused the Conservatives of running the NHS into the ground. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Labour leader Keir Starmer has ramped up the pressure on Boris Johnson as the British prime minister fights to save his job, arguing that it is in the(...)

Boris Johnson appeared to be unassailable in October. Now the Tories are looking towards their next leader

Last weekend, Boris Johnson was relishing his latest escape after he misled his ethics adviser, Christopher Geidt, over the lavish refurbishment (...)

Regular blood doners Ruth Noble  and Chris McDonald  donating blood at the Irish Blood Transfusion Service D’Olier Street clinic in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

A drop in blood donations since Christmas may mean supplies will soon need to be imported into the State. This is just one of the issues the pandemi(...)

Go to cao.ie by January 20th to make a course application.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

1. January 2022: Register with cao.ie If you are interested in getting a place at an Irish university, institute of technology (IT), teacher-trainin(...)

A national discussion on mandatory vaccination is needed, Professor of Immunovirology at University College Cork, Liam Fanning, has said. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

A national discussion on mandatory vaccination is needed, Prof of Immunovirology at University College Cork, Liam Fanning, has said. “The idea needs (...)

Travel within the EU will only be available to those who have had their most recent shot of vaccine within the last nine months. Photograph: iStock

Who is getting an updated Covid cert? Currently, the 2.2 million people who have received a booster shot. How will I get it? The certs are being sent(...)

 A Serbian tennis fan waves a flag as he awaits the arrival of  Novak Djokovic in Melbourne. Photograph: William West/AFP/via Getty Images

This weekend, Novak Djokovic should have been warming up for yet another Grand Slam. But instead the world No 1 tennis champion – and noted vaccine s(...)

Labour deputy leader Angela Rayner: she is still talked up by the Conservative-supporting press but her star has dimmed in recent weeks as Starmer has tightened his grip on the party. Photograph: UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/PA Wire

With his party enjoying a small but consistent lead in the polls and less internal unrest than usual, Labour leader Keir Starmer hoped for a strong st(...)

About one in three women will have trouble doing pelvic floor exercises properly. Photograph: iStock

It is Health Season in The Irish Times. In print and online, we will be offering encouragement and inspiration to help us all improve our ph(...)

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