Members of the National Ambulance Service and the HSE setting up a Mobile Walk In Covid 19 Test Centre in Tullamore for members of the public. The centre is one of five opening aimed at catching asymptomatic cases of the virus in a broader sweep of the population. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Five walk-in Covid-19 testing centres aimed at picking up asymptomatic cases in areas with high rates of the disease opened on Thursday. Four of the(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said  a lot of ‘easy narratives’ about vaccination supply and distribution were out there but the challenge remained a significant one.  File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has told his parliamentary party there is no “magic tree” when it comes to vaccinating the population of the State quickly. (...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said he is committed to open engagement with all sectors of society. File photograph: The Irish Times

The Government is to seek to strengthen existing social dialogue arrangements with trade unions, employers and other groups, Taoiseach Micheál Martin (...)

The NBRU said it was asking the Government to provide additional funding to meet the cost of providing additional “compensatory” time off for staff. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Transport workers in the State-owned CIÉ group of companies are seeking 10 additional days of annual leave next year in recognition of their contribu(...)

Members of the public braving the bad weather on a quiet South Anne Street, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A further 68 deaths of Covid-19 patients have been reported by the National Public Health Emergency Team. This brings to 3,752 the total number of dea(...)

Michael McGrath said there was a reality that the State had faced challenges in filling leadership posts in the health service. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

The Taoiseach verbally told the Cabinet that an enhanced pay package was to be provided to the next Department of Health secretary general but did not(...)

Michael Gove welcomed the EU having ‘stepped back’ from triggering  Article 16.  File photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

British politicians have expressed confidence that the European Union will not block vaccines entering the UK, after the two sides agreed to a “reset”(...)

The overall vaccination programme will continue this week with an anticipated delivery of 32,760 doses of Pfizer/BioNTech’s vaccine along with 6,000 doses from Moderna. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The vaccination of people aged over 70 is expected to begin as planned in mid-February despite the reduction in the expected supply of the new AstraZe(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin wants European languages to be taught across all primary schools in light of Brexit. Photograpg:  Julien Behal Photography

Taoiseach Micheál Martin wants European languages to be taught across all primary schools in light of Brexit. He also said Covid-19 pandemic has unde(...)

Dr Fiona Moynihan injects Dr Louise Jackman, GP with Grand Canal Hanover Medical Practice, with the Moderna vaccine against Covid-19 at a vaccination centre in Dublin on January 16th. Photograph: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland/PA Wire

Cabinet has approved a €91 million plan to bring family doctors and pharmacists into the State’s vaccination programme. The plan was presented t(...)

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