It was a weekend full of optimism, when the sun shone, pubs and restaurants opened up their terraces and beer gardens to customers, and friends and families gathered for tentative celebrations of lives returning to normal. There was nothing much on the Covid-19 political agenda that weekend except antigen testing and how it could be deployed to speed up a faster re opening.
The directors of St Vincent’s Healthcare Group (SVHG) trooped into the Department of Health recently to meet its new secretary general. Up for discussion was the relocation of the National Maternity Hospital from decrepit Holles Street to the St Vincent’s campus in Elm Park.
A woman has recounted a harrowing story of her mother’s death with Covid-19 in a nursing home, as a campaign to press for a public inquiry into the State’s handling of the pandemic gathers momentum.
The social worker followed the mother of five children upstairs to a strong smell of body odour and “filth” on the walls. At the top of the hall was a bathroom without toilet paper or toothbrushes, and a “gleaming” bathtub that was the “cleanest thing in the house”.
A group of retired senior officers has taken An Garda Síochána to the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) over an alleged error in calculating their entitlements, which has left some out of pocket by as much as €15,000.
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