The Irish Hospital Consultants Association (IHCA) blamed the waiting list on the fact that one in five permanent hospital consultant posts have not been filled. Photograph: Getty Images

A record number of 883,727 patients are now on some form of National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF) waiting list, according to new figures. At the e(...)

Minister for Tourism Catherine Martin is to present to Government a tourism advisory group’s report  aimed at getting the State ready to restart the tourism sector. It also recommends the removal of restrictions on UK visitors, thus effectively also allowing residents of the Republic to travel freely to Britain. Photograph :Gareth Chaney/Collins

Irish residents could be allowed to travel to Britain on holiday without restrictions within weeks as part of plans to open a travel bubble between Ir(...)

Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill. At Thursday’s meeting, Ministers were told data around the virus ‘continues to have a generally positive direction of travel’. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Ministers in Northern Ireland agreed a number of further relaxations of Covid-19 rules on Thursday. Issues around international travel and travel wit(...)

 Members of the Defence Forces escort two buses to The Red Cow Covid mandatory quarantine hotel last week. Currently, there are 976 people in mandatory hotel quarantine. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

The Government is expected to consider plans next week for the revision of mandatory hotel quarantine arrangements as well as moves to ease restrictio(...)

Elizabeth McCrave, from Dundalk outside Our Lady of Lourdes hospital in Drogheda with her daughter Dearbhla (13) who has been there for more than nine weeks with severe anorexia. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill

A 13-year-old girl with severe anorexia, who has been refusing to eat for days at a time since last year, has been in a general hospital for more than(...)

Outgoing Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster (left) and Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill  at the launch of the PGA Europro Tour event at Clandeboye Golf Club near Bangor, Co Down on Wednesday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The North’s Executive is to discuss further easing of the Covid-19 restrictions when it meets later on Thursday. The outgoing First Minister Arlene F(...)

As of Monday, 1.8 million doses have been administered, with more than 35 per cent of the adult population having received at least their first dose.

A further eight Covid-19 related deaths and 448 new cases of the virus have been reported by the National Public Health Emergency Team on Wednesday ev(...)

Ministers and the three party leaders favour rolling out the use of antigen tests to help with the reopening of many sectors of commercial and social life. Photograph: Getty

Significant differences have emerged between Ministers and public health officials over the use of antigen testing during the reopening of business an(...)

Prof Karina Butler, Chair of National Immunisation Advisory Committee. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Vaccination, argues one well-placed source, is always vital – however, “it’s not essential to the political life of the country”. Covid-19 has turned(...)

Lauretta Maroni, duty manager at Lidl, Aungier Street , Dublin with a Rapid SARS CoV-2 Antigen Test Card. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Government’s messaging on the role of antigen testing for Covid-19 is a study in muddled communications. Antigen tests are less sensitive than t(...)

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