People in west Belfast queue for Covid-19 vaccines after 500 people were promised free tickets to Féile an Phobail’s music night in exchange for being jabbed. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

A leading doctor in Northern Ireland has been left “frightened” by threats of “summary street justice” after he urged younger people to get vaccinate(...)

The SSE Arena in Belfast at which mass vaccination has been wound down. Photograph: David Young/PA

An “Ulster thranness” is to blame for the North becoming an outlier in Covid-19 vaccination uptake, a leading GP has warned. Dr Tom Black, chairman o(...)

The Government has decided to make vaccines available to those aged between 12 and 15. Photograph: Andre Coelho/EPA

Are we vaccinating children now? Well, specifically, the Government has decided to make vaccines available to those aged between 12 and 15 – everyone(...)

Martin Fraser has been secretary general at the Department of the Taoiseach for a decade. Photograph: GIS

Ireland has very few civil servants that have become household names, even fleetingly. Robert Watt’s recent pay hike on becoming secretary general of(...)

Smyth acknowledged there was a problem with how long people were waiting for their calls to be answered. Photograph: Collins

An online portal for people to make queries relating to their Digital Covid Certificate (DCC) has been opened by the Department of Health. The porta(...)

The main change in planned Government expenditure is due to an increased provision for investment in housing. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

The Government’s summer economic statement reflected a political compromise, changing the planned stance of fiscal policy over the course of this Dáil(...)

A social distancing sign in the Stormont Estate in Belfast. The North’s department of health has reported 1,471 new positive cases of Covid-19. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Fans of Spanish football side Villarreal travelling to the North for a Uefa Super Cup clash with Chelsea will not have to self-isolate even if they ar(...)

Amid high demand on the helpline the Department of Health has promised to bring in additional online forms and automation for people with queries about certificates. File photograph: Getty

Extra online options for people with queries about Digital Covid Certificates for travel are to be made available in the coming weeks as the helpline (...)

Northern Ireland’s largest vaccination centre at the Odyssey SSE Arena. As the seven regional centres close for first doses, pharmacies are expanding their programme. File photograph: Getty

Mass Covid-19 vaccination centres in Northern Ireland will no longer administer first shots after Saturday as the programme winds down. Northern Irel(...)

Evidence is emerging of the “suffering and the long-term effects on mental health” of not being able to grieve properly because of Covid-19 curbs.

The mental health effects of Covid-19 restrictions on palliative care, end of life supports and funerals need to be reviewed retrospectively, a report(...)

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