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10% of new Covid-19 cases now linked to international travel
# Flights
# Flights

10% of new Covid-19 cases now linked to international travel

Jul 18th 2021, 4:42 PM 36,284 Views 65 Comments

Advice against travelling overseas for non-essential reasons is to end tomorrow with the rollout of the EU Digital Covid Certificate.

Expert group to assess rollout of rapid antigen tests in 'various sectors'
# ANTIGEN TESTING
# ANTIGEN TESTING

Expert group to assess rollout of rapid antigen tests in 'various sectors'

Jul 1st 2021, 2:28 PM 8,984 Views 12 Comments

Dr Tony Holohan said earlier this month that antigen testing is “just not as good as PCR”.

The Explainer: What's the story with rapid Covid-19 tests?
# Podcast
# Podcast

The Explainer: What's the story with rapid Covid-19 tests?

May 13th 2021, 7:00 PM 7,878 Views 9 Comments

On this week’s podcast, we explain more – and producer Nicky Ryan takes an antigen test during recording.

'A false reassurance': Health officials caution against widespread use of rapid antigen tests
# Testing
# Testing

'A false reassurance': Health officials caution against widespread use of rapid antigen tests

May 11th 2021, 6:00 AM 18,186 Views 45 Comments

Supermarket chain LIDL made headlines on Thursday when it announced it will stock rapid antigen testing kits in its stores.

Meat plants continue to need workers from abroad as Irish supply 'not currently available'
# Meat Processing
# Meat Processing

Meat plants continue to need workers from abroad as Irish supply 'not currently available'

Apr 13th 2021, 5:08 PM 21,981 Views 63 Comments

Representatives from Meat Industry Ireland and the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland were before politicians today.

They made the biggest sacrifices - but what will work be like for people whose jobs never stopped during the pandemic?
# The Good Information Project
# The Good Information Project

They made the biggest sacrifices - but what will work be like for people whose jobs never stopped during the pandemic?

May 4th 2021, 12:05 AM 49,508 Views 24 Comments
  • Covid-19 changed how many of us work - but a great many still had to go to their jobs right throughout the pandemic.
  • Some feel they've been given little reward for putting themselves at risk to keep the country going.
  • There are fears that in the new "flexible" world of work, it'll be harder to retain people in some key industries.
Tánaiste backs school catch-up plan for students during summer months
# YFG Conference
# YFG Conference

Tánaiste backs school catch-up plan for students during summer months

Apr 17th 2021, 7:00 PM 84,956 Views 109 Comments

Fine Gael is to launch a Youth Commission to consider how the party can “regain the top spot among voters under 35″.

'This will benefit everyone': Health Minister suggests new vaccine plan may allow quicker reopening of society
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

'This will benefit everyone': Health Minister suggests new vaccine plan may allow quicker reopening of society

Updated Mar 31st 2021, 2:05 PM 28,393 Views 39 Comments
  • Stephen Donnelly says programme should vaccinate population in the shortest possible time-frame
  • Minister willing to meet with teachers' and garda unions to explain changes
  • 'Indicative timelines' outlining when groups could be vaccinated expected in coming weeks
Rapid testing to be piloted in four universities, says minister
# ANTIGEN TESTING
# ANTIGEN TESTING

Rapid testing to be piloted in four universities, says minister

Apr 2nd 2021, 12:43 PM 25,525 Views 27 Comments

Antigen testing on construction sites will begin in a matter of weeks, say sources.

Rapid testing 'could be deployed in all schools by September 2021'
# Expert Group Report
# Expert Group Report

Rapid testing 'could be deployed in all schools by September 2021'

Apr 1st 2021, 4:42 PM 17,517 Views 28 Comments

Antigen testing is not yet recommended as a requirement to enter restaurants or other leisure activities.

Factfind: Does the WHO 'not recommend' using rapid Covid tests in schools, as Norma Foley claimed?
# Factfind
# Factfind

Factfind: Does the WHO 'not recommend' using rapid Covid tests in schools, as Norma Foley claimed?

Feb 26th 2021, 8:31 PM 26,132 Views 0 Comments

Unions have called for regular rapid testing as part of the re-opening of schools next month.

Covid-19: Meat plant outbreak in west of Ireland led to over 100 additional cases in community
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Covid-19: Meat plant outbreak in west of Ireland led to over 100 additional cases in community

Jan 28th 2021, 10:05 PM 35,488 Views 22 Comments

A number of linked cases of Covid-19 were highlighted by health officials at this evening’s briefing.

The latest Brexit row: UK's solo run has left the EU in a tricky position
# NI Protocol
# NI Protocol

The latest Brexit row: UK's solo run has left the EU in a tricky position

Mar 5th 2021, 11:20 AM 32,091 Views 48 Comments

This is Brexit: so expect to see more rows between the UK and EU, particularly over the Northern Ireland Protocol.

10,000 people with underlying health conditions set to receive vaccine next week
# Hospitals
# Hospitals

10,000 people with underlying health conditions set to receive vaccine next week

Updated Mar 4th 2021, 5:34 PM 57,443 Views 80 Comments
  • GPs and advocacy groups will help identify patients in the community.
  • AstraZeneca deliveries this week will also be reduced.
  • The 500,000th vaccine dose will be administered over the next week.
Tonnes of new ferry routes have helped to Brexit-proof Irish trade - but choppy waters could yet be ahead
# Brexit
# Brexit

Tonnes of new ferry routes have helped to Brexit-proof Irish trade - but choppy waters could yet be ahead

Mar 1st 2021, 12:05 AM 44,702 Views 24 Comments

Transporting products across the UK landbridge is going to get rougher before it gets smoother.

Sofa Watch: Mary Robinson speaks to Tubridy about being 'horribly tricked' in Dubai princess case
# Nights In
# Nights In

Sofa Watch: Mary Robinson speaks to Tubridy about being 'horribly tricked' in Dubai princess case

Feb 26th 2021, 6:00 PM 31,680 Views 24 Comments

All you need to know about your Irish and international chat show options.

Health Minister criticised by union for not adhering to official recommendation on law to close meat plants
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Health Minister criticised by union for not adhering to official recommendation on law to close meat plants

Nov 29th 2020, 12:05 AM 34,113 Views 34 Comments

The National Outbreak Control Team urged the Minister for Health to enact the law in July.

Meat plant inspections find lack of social distancing, ill-fitted masks, and asbestos
# Meat Plants
# Meat Plants

Meat plant inspections find lack of social distancing, ill-fitted masks, and asbestos

Nov 29th 2020, 8:30 PM 37,718 Views 43 Comments

Inspections of meat processing plants by the Health and Safety Authority have raised a range of concerns.

Paul Reid: 'I'm certain we'll get back to hugging friends and not wearing masks'
# Hope
# Hope

Paul Reid: 'I'm certain we'll get back to hugging friends and not wearing masks'

Dec 19th 2020, 10:30 AM 22,761 Views 33 Comments

In an interview with TheJournal.ie, the HSE’s CEO said the pandemic highlighted a number of health policy shifts that are needed.

Here's What Happened Today: Thursday
# News Fix
# News Fix

Here's What Happened Today: Thursday

Dec 3rd 2020, 9:00 PM 10,189 Views 0 Comments

Here’s your round-up of what made the headlines today.

Workers in high-risk environments like meat factories could be one of the first groups to get the vaccine
# Vaccine Roll Out
# Vaccine Roll Out

Workers in high-risk environments like meat factories could be one of the first groups to get the vaccine

Dec 3rd 2020, 2:49 PM 10,897 Views 15 Comments

Government will decide on who should get the Covid-19 vaccine first next week.

Special committee on Covid response recommends inquiry into nursing home deaths
# Inquiry
# Inquiry

Special committee on Covid response recommends inquiry into nursing home deaths

Oct 9th 2020, 1:24 PM 12,267 Views 12 Comments

The committee has been looking at how Ireland responded to the pandemic.

Meat processing workers subject to 'difficult and dangerous' conditions with regular injuries at work
# Survey
# Survey

Meat processing workers subject to 'difficult and dangerous' conditions with regular injuries at work

Nov 25th 2020, 8:26 AM 16,635 Views 14 Comments

The findings are contained in a new report by the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland.

Unions and meat processors agree safety protocol for workers in the industry
# Code Of Conduct
# Code Of Conduct

Unions and meat processors agree safety protocol for workers in the industry

Sep 18th 2020, 4:39 PM 9,782 Views 10 Comments

Siptu division organiser Greg Ennis said that serial testing must be maintained at meat plants going forward.

HSE says testing at meat plants suspended until next week to help meet 'significant rise in demand' for community tests
# Community Testing
# Community Testing

HSE says testing at meat plants suspended until next week to help meet 'significant rise in demand' for community tests

Sep 9th 2020, 9:37 PM 24,021 Views 33 Comments

Sinn Féin’s Matt Carthy described the decision as “reckless” and “inexplicable”.

Health Minister: 'If you do need to travel home for Christmas - follow traffic light rules'
# Testing
# Testing

Health Minister: 'If you do need to travel home for Christmas - follow traffic light rules'

Updated Nov 18th 2020, 5:26 PM 47,441 Views 34 Comments

The Taoiseach says Irish public health experts are “not converts” to antigen testing.

HSE to begin 'enhanced contact tracing' to pinpoint infection hotspots after delay caused by surge in cases
# Contact Tracing
# Contact Tracing

HSE to begin 'enhanced contact tracing' to pinpoint infection hotspots after delay caused by surge in cases

Nov 12th 2020, 12:05 AM 31,826 Views 38 Comments

Confirmed cases will now be asked to describe their activities and contacts for up to 14 days prior to symptom onset.

Committee to hear 'more than 40 meat plant workers in one town sharing accommodation'
# Covid19
# Covid19

Committee to hear 'more than 40 meat plant workers in one town sharing accommodation'

Aug 13th 2020, 6:00 AM 24,452 Views 23 Comments

Union representatives will tell committee members that the industry contains ‘unrivalled vectors’ for the transmission of the virus.

'Right decision': HSE boss says suspension of meat plant testing was necessary to deal with surge in demand elsewhere
# Serial Testing
# Serial Testing

'Right decision': HSE boss says suspension of meat plant testing was necessary to deal with surge in demand elsewhere

Sep 10th 2020, 12:45 PM 16,832 Views 27 Comments

The serial testing has been suspended in order to meet the surge in demand for community testing.

Nearly 1,500 cases linked to 28 meat factory outbreaks across the country
# Clusters And Lockdowns
# Clusters And Lockdowns

Nearly 1,500 cases linked to 28 meat factory outbreaks across the country

Aug 30th 2020, 7:30 AM 84,102 Views 86 Comments

In the 28 days up to 15 August, there were 330 confirmed Covid-19 cases associated with meat/poultry factory outbreaks.

Covid committee: HSE boss to be questioned on clusters in meat plants and re-opening of schools
# Covid Committee
# Covid Committee

Covid committee: HSE boss to be questioned on clusters in meat plants and re-opening of schools

Aug 26th 2020, 6:30 AM 16,409 Views 9 Comments

Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly and Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn will also appear today.

Union calls for mandatory sick pay as NPHET says workers still turning up with symptoms
# Covid19
# Covid19

Union calls for mandatory sick pay as NPHET says workers still turning up with symptoms

Oct 18th 2020, 11:00 AM 30,884 Views 35 Comments

Dr Ronan Glynn said it is not acceptable this winter to go to work with cold and flu symptoms.

Publicans in Dublin urge government to 'stick with its decision' on 21 September re-opening date
# Vintners
# Vintners

Publicans in Dublin urge government to 'stick with its decision' on 21 September re-opening date

Sep 14th 2020, 8:22 AM 41,892 Views 76 Comments

The Licenced Vintners Association said today that publicans in Dublin and around the country deserve the chance to re-open.

22 Covid-19 cases confirmed at ABP meat processing plant in Tipperary
# Meat Plants
# Meat Plants

22 Covid-19 cases confirmed at ABP meat processing plant in Tipperary

Aug 26th 2020, 3:29 PM 34,150 Views 45 Comments

The facility has operated at a “limited capacity” since the first case was identified on 14 August.

'It was a massive blow': Kildare business owners continue to count the cost of regional lockdown
# Local Restrictions
# Local Restrictions

'It was a massive blow': Kildare business owners continue to count the cost of regional lockdown

Sep 1st 2020, 4:04 PM 13,810 Views 4 Comments

Cabinet agreed to lift the extra restrictions in place in the county yesterday.

Leo Varadkar says he regrets people 'jumping to blame' and 'finger-pointing' over spike in Covid-19 cases
# Blame Game
# Blame Game

Leo Varadkar says he regrets people 'jumping to blame' and 'finger-pointing' over spike in Covid-19 cases

Updated Aug 10th 2020, 1:15 PM 82,058 Views 129 Comments

The Tánaiste explained that when the virus starts rising in the community, “you then start seeing clusters popping up all over the place”.

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