Tánaiste Leo Varadkar: ‘The Cabinet signed off on temporary appointment of Robert Watt as interim secretary general. He is there on his existing salary.’ Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

The Government’s decision to sanction a pay rise of €90,000 per year for the post of secretary general of the Department of Health will no doubt lead (...)

A further 63 deaths linked to Covid-19 were reported on Wednesday

There are now 287 Covid-19 patients in intensive care across the country, according to Liam Woods, director of acute services at the Health Service Ex(...)

Robert Watt, the longtime secretary general at teh Department of Public Expenditure, was appointed last week as interim secretary general of the Department of Health pending a forthcoming open competition. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The appointment by the Government on an interim basis of Department of Public Expenditure secretary general Robert Watt as the top official in the Dep(...)

The European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC) has rebuffed criticisms by Irish public health officials of its stance on international air travel. Ho(...)

 Catherine Martin is understood to have raised the issue of Department of Health pay rise at Cabinet. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Minister for Culture Catherine Martin raised the €90,000-plus salary increase for the next head of the Department of Health at the cabinet meeting tod(...)

A healthcare worker prepares a dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca shot in the UK. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Bloomberg/File

Pharmacists are “likely” to be involved in the rollout of Covid-19 vaccines once the Oxford-AstraZeneca shot is approved for use, an industry group ha(...)

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