The Taoiseach Micheál Martin said the lapse in the past week - where infection numbers crept up again - was worrying and might have been stoked by news around a new vaccine as well as restriction fatigue being experienced by the public.  File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said he wants Ireland to exit Level 5 of Covid-19 restrictions on December 1st. This Christmas, however, will be a v(...)

Northern Ireland Minister or Health Robin Swann with chief nursing officer Charlotte McArdle at the opening of a Nightingale hospital in Whiteabbey, Belfast. Photograph: Michael Cooper/PA Wire

Northern Executive Ministers on Thursday night reached consensus on new Covid-19 restrictions that will extend the current ones past the first week in(...)

Mia Greally (1) with motherJodi Carroll-Greally enjoying the turning on of Christmas lights in Dublin on Tuesday night. Photograph Nick Bradshaw / The Irish Times

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said the Government will make a decision on exiting lockdown next week, and that there will be a Dáil debate on the issue(...)

Dr Gerald Barry said the successful vaccination of older and vulnerable cohorts of society would have major impact. Photograph:  Joel Saget/AFP via Getty

There was initially no GP representative on a new body tasked with planning for widespread coronavirus vaccination, even though they are likely to pla(...)

The Government is to reinstate annual leave for healthcare staff who had to use their holidays to mind children when schools and crèches were closed earlier this year due to Covid-19 restrictions. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

The Government is to reinstate annual leave for healthcare staff who had to use their holidays to mind children when schools and crèches were closed e(...)

Medical Scientists voted to take industrial action if early progress was not made on a long-standing pay dispute. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Government has indicated that it will not engage in talks on pay at this stage with medical laboratory scientists, who include personnel involved (...)

The overall 7-day Covid figure for Northern Ireland is 198 cases per 100,000 of population

The North’s chief medical officer has said that people must stop “beating” themselves up over the “tough” choices and trade-offs that Covid-19 is forc(...)

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly. He said he wanted to see “implementation of integrated structural reforms to modernise and future-proof our health service”.  Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has signalled he wants to see significant improvement in services, the introduction of reforms and greater effic(...)

Public health specialists, who have played a key role in dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic, have started balloting for strike action over pay. Image: iStock.

Industry Correspondent Any proposals for upgraded contracts with higher salaries for public health specialists will have be considered in the context(...)

Geraldine Feeney is a former Fianna Fáil senator. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Dáil is set to vote without a debate on Tuesday on the appointment of former lobbyist Geraldine Feeney as a member of the Standards in Public Offi(...)

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