An Air Corp AW139 helicopter. The fleet will not be grounded as it not is believed the incident was  due to a ‘significant mechanical defect’. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Irish Air Corps has said it will not ground its fleet of six Agusta Westland AW139 helicopters after the door of one fell off mid-flight on Thursd(...)

Inspectors examine an Air Corps AW 139 army helicopter in 2009 after its door fell off while carrying then minister Martin Cullen  in March 2009. The door was found in the nearby Killarney National Park. Photograph: Don MacMonagle

An investigation is under way after the rear door of an Air Corps helicopter detached and fell more than 250m into the grounds of a Dublin secondary s(...)

Jincy Jerry, assistant director of nursing in infection prevention and control at the Mater: “We knew when the first case hit Ireland we would be the ones taking patients.” Photograph: Tom Honan

In December 2019, Jerry Jincy was called to a meeting at Dublin’s Mater hospital where she learned preparations were to begin immediately for the poss(...)

An INMO spokesman said the organisation had not known nurses returning to the frontline in recent weeks, under the On Call for Ireland drive, were agency workers on short-term contracts. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw / The Irish Times

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) is seeking “urgent clarification” on the employment rights of hundreds of nurses recruited to help i(...)

Midland Regional Hospital emergency department nurse Maria Cintra  at her home in Mullingar. Photograph: Tom O’Hanlon

When Mullingar-based Maria Cintra first heard about the coronavirus preparations being made at Midland Regional Hospital in the Westmeath town she imm(...)

Staff shortages in intensive care units could become an issue in the Republic if cases move into overflow beds. Photograph: Lucas Barioulet/AFP via Getty Images

The most critically ill coronavirus patients may not be treated directly by intensive care unit (ICU) medics due to staff shortages if cases exceed no(...)

The INMO wants the Government to formalise some of the ad hoc child-minding arrangements that have emerged over recent weeks. Photograph: iStock

Significant numbers of healthcare workers will not be able to go to work in the weeks ahead if the Government does not put in place arrangements for c(...)

A number of face shields produced in the I-Form Lab at UCD.

An advanced manufacturing research facility based in University College Dublin (UCD) has designed a face shield for medical staff working on the Covid(...)

The WHO said mask-wearing by asymptomatic people was not recommended as it caused unnecessary cost and “creates a false sense of security”. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

There is no evidence to support the wearing of surgical masks by healthcare workers for close patient encounters and staff meetings, according to new (...)

Sarah Cooper handing over aprons to  Jochen Rieh to for delivery to St James’s Hospital. Photograph: Mervyn  Colton

About 500 motorcyclists have volunteered to collect donations of personal protective equipment (PPE) from businesses in their locality and deliver the(...)

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