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500,000 Bivalent COVID-19 Booster Vaccines Administered

The Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has announced that more than 500,000 bivalent COVID-19 vaccines have been administered since these vaccines were introduced on 3 October. In total, 725,000 primary…

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Seasonal Flu Vaccine Uptake Encouraged

The Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly, the Chief Nursing Officer, Rachel Kenna and the Chief Medical Officer, Professor Breda Smyth have encouraged everyone to get their flu vaccine this winter…

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Department of Health’s Strategic Approach to COVID-19 Published

The Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has published the Department of Health’s Strategic Approach to the Management of COVID-19: Preparedness for Autumn/Winter 2022/23. The report has been informed by ongoing,…

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1 in 8 Covid-19 Patients Experience Long Covid

Up to one in eight adults infected with SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) later experiences long Covid, it has been revealed in a landmark study published in ‘The Lancet‘. The alarming discovery led…

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Appointment of Professor Breda Smyth as Interim Chief Medical Officer

The Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has announced that Professor Breda Smyth will take up a role as interim Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health from 4 July,…

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Opening of €3.2m Multi Sports Facility at Sarsfield Barracks Limerick

Simon Coveney TD officially opened a new Gymnasium and Multi Sports facility at Sarsfield Barracks, Limerick. The building represents a significant upgrading of the facilities of Sarsfield Barracks and is…

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‘Perfect Storm’ of Pandemic, Increased Demand and Shortage of Staff Causing Worrying Delays in Gynaecology Care

The Irish Hospital Consultants Association (IHCA) has warned of mounting delays for people waiting for planned Gynaecology care as a result of competition between services for scarce capacity and resources….

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Report to Minister for Defence from Raiseaconcern to be Submitted to the Independent Review Group

Minister for Defence and Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has received a report from Raiseaconcern, on the work undertaken by the Confidential Contact Person (CCP), to assist members of the Defence…

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Worsening Waiting List Crisis Revealed As Child Waiting Lists Top 100,000

The Irish Hospital Consultants Association (IHCA) has expressed its extreme concern at the new record number on the child waiting lists to be treated or assessed in public hospitals. The…

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Ministers for Health Establish the COVID-19 Advisory Group

Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly, and Minister of State with responsibility for Public Health, Wellbeing and the National Drugs Strategy, Frank Feighan, have announced the establishment of a COVID-19 Advisory…

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Government Approves Regional Health Areas Proposal

The Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has announced government approval for the next steps for the implementation of Regional Health Areas (RHA)s. RHAs will plan, fund, manage and deliver integrated…

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Extra Caution Needed to Protect Public and Hospitals From Latest Covid Wave

The Irish Hospital Consultants Association (IHCA) has urged the public to use extra caution over the coming weeks given the widespread community transmission of the latest covid wave and the…

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RCSI Clinical Trial Reveals New Treatment Option for Covid-19

A clinical trial conducted by researchers from RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences and Beaumont Hospital Dublin has indicated an effective treatment for critically ill COVID-19 patients. The study investigates…

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Fire Services Yearbook 2022!

Our Fire Services Yearbook 2022 is now available to read! Packed with the latest news stories, it is a resource for all fire service members across Ireland that keeps them updated….

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IMO Urges Government to Increase Access to Covid 19 Vaccines in Poorest Parts of the World

The Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) has strongly endorsed calls to increase the availability of Covid 19 vaccines in the poorest parts of the world. The Council of the IMO last…

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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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