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(...)

Disagreement over the usefulness of antigen testing erupted last week, when chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan said Nphet was ‘genuinely concerned’ about the use of  kits in uncontrolled circumstances by retailers. Photograph: Laura Hutton

A representative for small businesses has accused public health officials of being “glib, flippant and scientifically ignorant” over their critic(...)

By Friday, 1,799,190 doses of Covid-19 vaccine had been administered: 1,305,178 first doses and 494,012 second doses.  File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A further two deaths of Covid-19 patients have been reported by the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet). This brings to 4,921 the total numb(...)

The Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine is a single-shot jab. File photograph: David Zalubowski/ AP Photo

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said the use of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) jab for under-50s would ensure “maximum utilisation” of all vaccines (...)

 People arriving  at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Santry, the State’s first hotel quarantine centre. File photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Passengers arriving from Armenia, Aruba, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Curaçao, Italy, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, North Macedonia and Ukraine are no (...)

Thousands of shoppers wait for Primark to open for the first time since the latest lockdown on April 30th in Belfast. Photographg: Charles McQuillan/Getty

No further deaths relating to Covid-19 have been reported in the past 24 hours in Northern Ireland, the North’s Department of Health has said. Additi(...)

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly Donnelly said he is committed to a ‘root and branch review’ of the Dental Treatment Services Scheme (DTSS). Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has said he is “concerned” with the reduction in the number of dentists participating in the dental treatment sch(...)

The plan to relocate the maternity hospital to the campus of St Vincent’s University Hospital in south Dublin has been beset by delays for several years

The long-planned development of a new national maternity hospital in south Dublin has hit a fresh hurdle as a row has broken out between senior Minist(...)

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