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A coronavirus  billboard at the Beacon Hospital, Sandyford, Dublin. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

The chief executive of the HSE Paul Reid has criticised the private Beacon Hospital in south Dublin for not signing up to an agreement to provide addi(...)

Sunrise over Bull Island, Dublin. The Covid-19 pandemic has taught many to stop putting things off and grab opportunity when it comes. Photograph: iStock

While 2020 upended many of our plans, it also spurred some people on to make a change in their lives. While we may not be free of Covid yet, the exper(...)

The State faces a hospitals emergency after the Government’s relaxation of coronavirus Christmas restrictions

Nobody thought it would be this bad. Had we known then what we know now. There was huge demand to reopen the country. People had been locked in for No(...)

There have been 2,488 Covid-related deaths in the pandemic so far

Public health officials are looking at reducing the length of time the contact of a Covid-19 case has to restrict movement, but only when case numbers(...)

Oh, Rob

When I was young, people didn’t really talk about sexual matters with their parents. The exactly three times my parents had sex in order to conceive m(...)

Stephanie Walsh was asked in 1971 if her family would offer a temporary home to a young pregnant girl. Photograph: Diarmuid Greene

Last week Stephanie Walsh wrote in The Irish Times about how she was asked in 1971 if her family would offer a temporary home to a young pregnant girl(...)

 In the decades before the death penalty was abolished, an Irish government never managed to hire a native hangman

Of all the State’s failures in the century since independence, there is at least one from which we might take reasonable pride. In the decades before (...)

Judge Yvonne Murphy chaired the Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Mother and Baby Homes Commission states in bold type in its report that “the conclusions it reaches may not always accord with the prevailing narr(...)

The credit unions involved have 250,000 members between them.  Photograph: Collins

Seven of the Republic’s largest credit unions and three non-bank lenders have signed up to participate in the Government’s €2 billion Covid-19 Credit (...)

HSE chief executive Paul Reid said the number of people in ICU with the same illness is “unheard of” for healthcare staff who are struggling with the surge. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A total of 77,303 Covid-19 vaccines have already been administered, with 69,378 vaccinations going to frontline healthcare staff, HSE chief executive (...)

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