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Coronavirus Ireland: Just 54 health staff put to work despite 73,000 answering Ireland's call


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On the frontline: Former Miss Universe Ireland Grainne Gallanagh is working as a nurse in Letterkenny after returning from the UK

On the frontline: Former Miss Universe Ireland Grainne Gallanagh is working as a nurse in Letterkenny after returning from the UK

On the frontline: Former Miss Universe Ireland Grainne Gallanagh is working as a nurse in Letterkenny after returning from the UK

Just 54 of the health staff who answered the 'Be On Call for Ireland' recruitment drive in the battle against coronavirus have taken up  their posts so far, the Irish Independent can reveal.

Concern has been raised about the "startling" low number of staff that has been put in place after a campaign that led to 73,000 people applying.

The high-profile recruitment campaign was launched on St Patrick's Day to bolster the capacity of the health service to tackle the Covid-19 crisis.