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Conservative Party co-chairman Oliver Dowden: ‘I would say to people, keep calm and carry on with your Christmas plans.’ Photograph: EPA/Vickie Flores

British government scientists have warned that the Omicron variant could lead to a large wave of infections as new coronavirus cases topped 50,000 for(...)

Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson applauds the choir as he attends the switch on of the Christmas tree lights outside 10 Downing Street in London on December 1, 2021. Photograph:  Justin Tallis/AFP via Getty Images

Labour leader Keir Starmer has accused Boris Johnson of “taking the British public for fools” after the prime minister failed three times to deny that(...)

 Heathrow airport: Following the discovery of a new Covid-19 variant, whose mutations suggest greater transmissibility than previous virus strains, the UK has imposed new restrictions on travellers. Photograph: Hollie Adams/Getty

A woman who arrived back into Ireland from South Africa earlier this week and has now developed symptoms of Covid-19 says she has not yet been able to(...)

Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson meets Israeli president Isaac Herzog: Mr Johnson gave a rambling speech to the Confederation of British Industry on Monday.  Photograph:  Justin Tallis

Boris Johnson has faced his second backbench revolt this week after 18 Conservative MPs voted against the government by calling for independent assess(...)

Lorna Ross, chief innovation officer at VHI Health & Wellbeing, Stephen Creaner, executive director at Enterprise Ireland, Robert Troy, Minister of State for Trade Promotion, and  Deirdre Glenn, director of life sciences at Enterprise Ireland, at the  Med in Ireland international conference. Photograph: Maxwells

More than 400 senior leaders from the global healthcare industry participated in Enterprise Ireland’s Med in Ireland conference on November 3rd and 4t(...)

McDonald said the conversation about a united Ireland should start with the health services in both jurisdictions which are subjects of review. Photograph: Alan Betson

A united Ireland needs a national health service which is free at the point of access, Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has suggested. Ms McDonald(...)

Despite our collective ordeals, thankfully, much in Dublin had remained the same. Photograph; Getty

It felt like nothing in the world had changed. “Which pubs would you recommend for a pint of Guinness in Temple Bar?” asked the loudest of the excited(...)

The UK study supported other evidence about the effectiveness of the HPV vaccine in protecting against cervical cancer. File photograph: Getty

Director of public health at the National Immunisation Office Lucy Jessop has called on women who deferred their CervicalCheck examination because of (...)

British prime minister Boris Johnson watches as Nitza Sarner (88) receives a Pfizer booster vaccination during a visit to the Covid-19 vaccine centre at the Little Venice Sports Centre in west London on Friday. Photograph: Matt Dunham/PA Wire

The UK government has ruled out an immediate move to its coronavirus Plan B, as an expert advising on jabs warned that the vaccination programme will (...)

British prime minister Boris Johnson  at St Patrick’s Church of Ireland cathedral in Armagh. ‘The numbers of infections are high, but we are within the parameters of what the predictions were. We are sticking with our plan.’ Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye

Daily coronavirus cases in Britain have risen above 50,000 for the first time since July, but Boris Johnson said he will not bring back compulsory fac(...)

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