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Government Plan to Enter EU Joint Procurement to Purchase Therapeutic Treatments for COVID-19

The Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has confirmed that Ireland is pursuing the purchase of COVID-19 therapeutic treatments, following discussions at the Cabinet meeting. Ireland will seek to purchase treatments…

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33% of Patients at Midlands Hospitals Waiting Longer Than 1 Year for Care

The Irish Hospital Consultants Association (IHCA) has warned of the excessively long waits patients in the Midlands hospitals are experiencing before being treated or assessed by a Consultant in the…

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Minister for Defence Announces Positive Changes for Soldiers with Post 1994 Contracts

Minister for Defence and Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney, announced positive changes to the terms and conditions for post 1994 soldiers contracts. The Minister welcomed agreement on his proposal for Privates…

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Acceleration of COVID-19 Booster Vaccine Programme Announced

The Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly has announced the acceleration of the COVID-19 Booster Vaccine Programme. Given the emergence of the Omicron variant and demonstrable impact of the booster dose…

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COVID-19 Antigen Tests: What You Need to Know

COVID-19 antigen tests are also known as ‘lateral flow tests’. They are the tests you buy in shops and pharmacies and can use at home yourself. They are not as…

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Minister for Health Welcomes Publication of Health in Ireland

The Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly TD, welcomed the publication of Health in Ireland – Key Trends 2021. This annual report is based on health data from March 2020 – mid-November…

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HSE Winter Plan Risks Seeing Health Service Slide Back into Pre-Pandemic Stagnation

The Irish Hospitals Consultants Association (IHCA) have said that the delay in the HSE publishing a Winter plan does not bode well for difficult weeks and months ahead. Shortfalls in…

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New Research Shows Impact of Pandemic on Elderly Mental Health

Older people faced the greatest restrictions associated with the pandemic, with many advised to ‘shield’ from the outside world which had an impact on elderly mental health. A new qualitative…

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Consultants Call for Action as 69,000 People Waiting for Care in Mid-West Region

The Irish Hospital Consultants Association (IHCA) has warned that the ongoing shortage of hospital Consultants across a large number of specialties in the UL Hospitals Group is restricting patients from…

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€20 million in Funding for Cancer Services in Budget 2022

Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly TD has announced additional new development funding of €20 million for cancer services in Budget 2022. The continued development of cancer services in Ireland is guided by the National…

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Appointment of New Defence Forces Deputy Chief of Staff

Major General Adrian Ó Murchú is the Defence Forces Deputy Chief of Staff (Support), having been appointed by the government. In this role he is responsible for personnel, logistics, infrastructure,…

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Launch of €13m Healthy Communities Programme

Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly TD, and Minister for Public Health, Wellbeing and the National Drugs Strategy, Frank Feighan TD, launched a new healthy communities programme worth €13m to support…

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Hugely Concerning Recruitment Trend Sees Doctor Shortages in Health Services

The Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) has warned that a chronic inability to attract applicants to vacant posts and doctor shortages in our health services across all medical specialties is having…

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Minister for Defence Officially Opens O.N.E. Veteran Support Centre and Hostel at Cobh

Simon Coveney TD, Minister for Defence and Minister for Foreign Affairs, officially opened the new Veteran Support Centre and hostel of the Organisation of National Ex-Service Personnel (O.N.E.) in Cobh,…

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Minister for Mental Health Celebrates World Mental Health Month

This week, the Minister for Mental Health and Older People, Mary Butler TD, celebrates World Mental Health Month. World Mental Health Month for October shines a spotlight on mental health….

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National Fire Safety Week 2021 Launched

2021’s virtual National Fire Safety Week was officially launched via an online video by Darragh O’Brien, TD, Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage. National Fire Safety Week, 4th –…

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Minister Coveney Pledges Women of Honour Issues Will Be Addressed

Minister Coveney pledges to Women of Honour that issues raised will addressed. The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Defence met with participants from the Women of Honour group and with…

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IMO Welcomes Progress on Opening Pathways for International Doctors

The Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) has given a guarded welcome to the commitment by the Minister for Health in the opening of pathways to training for international doctors previously only…

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Essential First Aid Tips Everyone Should Know

Everyone should be aware of the essential first aid tips that could potentially save a person’s life. Jonathan Lynch is a community engagement officer and paramedic with the National Ambulance Service….

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Independent Review into Workplace Issues in the Defence Forces

Óglaigh na hÉireann welcomes and fully supports the announcement made by Minister Simon Coveney recently that an independent review will be established in the Defence Forces to examine current policies…

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