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Problem with schools helpline that prevented antigens being registered is fixed, HSE says
Principals first raised the issue on social media, saying that they were unable to register positive antigen tests with the hotline.
HSE boss Reid says 'stable' ICU numbers are encouraging for hospital system
Paul Reid said the Omicron variant is still having a significant impact on the health service.
Genrui antigen tests: HPRA and company to investigate after multiple reports of false positives
The at-home antigen test kits are sold in a number of shops and pharmacies in Ireland.
The HPRA has received a number of complaints about the Genrui antigen tests, Órla Ryan reports
The at-home antigen tests are sold in a number of shops and pharmacies in Ireland
Genrui said it will continue to work "with local agents and partners" to resolve the issue
Schools set to re-open on Thursday as safety measures deemed 'effective and appropriate'
Free antigen tests for symptomatic under-40s can now be ordered online
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Passengers arriving in Ireland from Britain advised to take antigen tests for five days
Taoiseach Micheál Martin said this evening that those arriving from Britain should exercise “a very high degree of caution”.
Donnelly: Suspected cases of Omicron variant identified, new strain 'likely' in Ireland
The health minister also said plans to subsidise antigen tests have been scrapped because prices have dropped in recent weeks.
What's behind the delay in announcing a plan for subsidised antigen testing?
Taoiseach Micheál Martin would not pin down a date for when a decision on the scheme will be made.
Taoiseach refuses to pin down decision date for antigen test subsidy scheme
In schools, antigen tests are due to roll from Monday.
Expert rapid testing group proposed twice-weekly tests two months before NPHET recommendation
The proposal was discussed by officials at a meeting two months ago.
Taoiseach Micheál Martin 'extremely concerned' at rise in cases of Covid-19
The Taoiseach indicated that antigen tests are set to be pushed for more regular use in the coming months as a result.
Government looks to subsidise cost of antigen tests to help people buy them at a lower price
The minister wants the Government Covid Contingency Fund to cover the costs of rolling out antigen tests nationally.
Antigen testing to be introduced in primary schools, Taoiseach confirms
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said at the weekend that rapid testing of close contacts in primary schools could be introduced before Christmas.
HSE in talks with pharmacies about distributing antigen tests to the wider public
Ireland currently has over two million antigen tests in stock in the country.
From snake oil to government policy - the long and winding antigen test debate
The Government announced yesterday that it is to increase the use of antigen tests.
Staff and students urged to sign up for pilot antigen testing project on four college campuses
Testing will involve volunteers providing saliva samples twice weekly.
HSE to use antigen testing to help tackle Covid outbreaks
HSE chief Paul Reid said the health service is “extremely busy”.
Poll: Should antigen testing be used to facilitate indoor dining?
Indoor hospitality is now being delayed until at least 19 July when the government will propose a plan for how the reopening will take place.
Expert group to assess rollout of rapid antigen tests in 'various sectors'
Dr Tony Holohan said earlier this month that antigen testing is “just not as good as PCR”.
'Antigen tests are just not as good as PCR': The five main points from today's NPHET briefing
‘Don’t travel unless you’re vaccinated’, why there hasn’t been a Delta surge here yet, and ‘buffer, not butter’ were discussed by NPHET members today.
Dr Holohan to appear before Dáil committee to discuss approach to antigen testing
A meeting of the Oireachtas Transport committee last week heard from numerous experts advocating their use.
No mandatory antigen testing for 1,200 fans attending Leinster v Dragons match
The Rainbow Cup game on 11 June has been chosen as one of the test events allowing supporters to return.
Dozens of airline pilots have lined up outside Leinster House to warn of thousands of job losses in their sector
The pilots are asking why the Irish government is taking a different approach to antigen testing than other European states.
IALPA has called on the Irish government to roll out antigen testing at our airports and to reopen air travel in early July in line with other EU countries.
The union president says the divergent approach Ireland is taking to the rest of Europe is "unacceptable".
The Taoiseach will set out a plan to reopen aviation on Friday.
Covid-19: Here's when to expect next week's summer re-opening decisions
Cabinet will meet on Friday this week.
Poll: Have you used a Covid-19 antigen test that you bought yourself?
Philip Nolan compared the tests to snake oil.
Health Minister says Professor Philip Nolan's tweet comparing antigen tests to snake oil was 'not helpful'
Stephen Donnelly said antigen testing is a part of Government policy when it comes to reopening society.
Rapid testing to be piloted in four universities, says minister
Antigen testing on construction sites will begin in a matter of weeks, say sources.
Antigen testing to be significantly ramped up in schools, colleges and workplaces, says Tánaiste
Leo Varadkar was speaking on Prime Time last night.
Health Minister: 'If you do need to travel home for Christmas - follow traffic light rules'
The Taoiseach says Irish public health experts are “not converts” to antigen testing.
Rapid Covid-19 tests to be rolled out worldwide in low and middle-income countries
The WHO said the tests “will enable expansion of testing, particularly in countries that do not have extensive laboratory facilities or trained health workers.”