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Hiqa carried out inspections of care homes during the Covid-19 pandemic. File photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Staff at a Donegal nursing home did not have appropriate support or supervision during a severe Covid-19 outbreak which infected 33 of its 41 resident(...)

the awful, dehumanising phrase “elderly person with an underlying health condition” gave some people a false sense of security

Covid-19 has been a moving target from the start. Here are some of the early misconceptions that were challenged by emerging new evidence - and someti(...)

Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman at the publication of the White Paper on direction provision at the Department of Health in Dublin on Friday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The expertise of the Housing Agency will be “crucial” in developing a new accommodation system for asylum seekers to replace direct provision, the Min(...)

Over 20 per cent of children in care in the region had not been contacted or seen by the social worker as required. Photograph: iStock

Fostering services in Cork are “in crisis”, Tusla social workers have warned, with a severe lack of foster carers seeing at-risk children being left i(...)

More than half of the 3,948 deaths from Covid-19 have been nursing home residents.  Photograph: RollingNews.ie

Healthcare regulations are “outdated” and are no longer robust enough to protect nursing home residents in the event of another Covid-19 wave, the Sta(...)

The vaccine programme in nursing homes and other congregated settings for people over the age of 70 is ‘almost complete’, according to the HSE. File photograph: Getty

The pace of Ireland’s Covid-19 vaccine rollout is set to increase next week with the first doses administered to over-85s in the community and the fir(...)

Changes to close-contact testing of people may see their restriction period shortened if they are not showing symptoms

Changes to close-contact testing means individuals who have had contact with Covid-19 cases may have their 14-day restriction period shortened if they(...)

There are 15 groups in the queue for vaccinations, with State health vaccinators about to move to the third priority group – people aged 70 and older – from the start of next week. Photograph: Getty Images

Almost 800 people outside the top two priority groups of nursing home residents and staff and frontline healthcare workers currently being inoculated (...)

Covid-19 pandemic has hit many religious congregations very hard. Photograph: iStock

The Health Service Executive (HSE) has said it does not know how many clergy live in congregated settings, which are to be targeted next week for Covi(...)

Hiqa published 22 reports following inspections of disability centres

A resident of a Galway disability centre who was known to be at high risk of absconding jumped from an upstairs bedroom window and fell to the ground,(...)

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