Coronavirus

The Education Minister is being urged to engage with stakeholders on an hourly basis to address the education of children with special needs. It’s after the Irish National Teachers Organisation said it had ‘grave safety concerns’ over plans to reopen special schools and classes on Thursday. It wants the Department of Education to reconsider its […]

The Chief Medical Officer says it’s hoped testing of close contacts can resume as soon as possible. The practice was put on hold at the end of last year due to pressure on the testing system. The HSE has said cases may have to drop below 2 thousand a day before it reconsiders the measure. […]

There are claims the Government confused people with different explanations on how the Pandemic Unemployment Payment would be taxed. The Free Legal Advice Centre says it told Oireachtas members in November that those on the benefit were not aware the bills were on the way. The Government announced in May the PUP would be taxed. […]

Family of staff members at the Coombe Hospital in Dublin were given the Covid-19 vaccines as there were fears it would’ve been wasted. It happened earlier this month. The President of the facility has issued an apology, saying every effort was made to identify frontline workers. The Health Minister Stephen Donnelly says the practice was […]

A Cork GP and member of NPHET believes not enough is being done to stop the spread of Covid-19, and there is too much movement nationwide. It comes as the Chief Medical Officer has once again appealed to employers to allow staff work from home if they can. There have been 2,944 more cases of […]

Hundreds of people have been fined after being caught more than 5km from home over the weekend.  Many more were given cautions and sent home after being stopped at Garda checkpoints, as the force ramped up enforcement of the Public Health Act. Gardaí had only only issued 37 on-the-spot fines of €100 under their new Public […]

An infectious diseases specialist says a single bad outbreak of Covid-19 at a nursing home could put the public hospital system over the edge.  2,944 more people have tested positive for the virus, and thirteen more patients have died.  1,928 people are now being treated in hospital for the infection, after 68 more people were […]

4 million people could be vaccinated in Ireland against Covid 19 by the end of September. The Health Minister has sent updated projections saying 7.5 million doses should arrive between April and the end of September. Stephen Donnelly already said 700,000 people should be vaccinated by the end of March. Dr. Denis McCauley is Chair […]

Healthcare workers, who are deemed close contacts of someone with Covid 19, are being called back to work if they have no symptoms. Hospitals are under massive pressure with a record number of people being treated for Covid 19. 1,750 patients are in hospital with the virus and 172 are in ICU. But Tony Fitzpatrick from […]

The Chief Medical Officer is warning the high number of daily deaths linked to Covid-19 is likely to continue. 46 were reported yesterday, the highest number on a single day since April, while 44 of those passed away this month. 3,086 cases were reported, which is the lowest number since New Year’s Day. Last night, […]


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