Dept of Health

  • The highest number of cases of Covid-19 in over a month have been recorded in the Republic of Ireland today.

    36 new cases have been confirmed by health authorities, bringing the total number to date to 25,802.

    The death toll since the virus broke out here in late February stands at 1,753, with no new deaths reported today.


  • The Government has approved a proposal to change the treatment of farms and businesses under the Fair Deal scheme.

    Currently, people using the scheme contribute up to 80 per cent of their income and up to 7.5 per cent of the value of any assets held towards their cost of care.

    The value of a person’s home is only included in the financial assessment for the first three years of their time in a care.


    The changes will extend this three year cap to farms and businesses where a family successor continues to operate the farm or business for six years.


    Minister of State for Older People Jim Daly said the changes would allow individuals to continue to run the family business without the fear of losing it.


    The Department of Health will now draft the general scheme of a bill to provide for the necessary changes to the Nursing Homes Support Scheme Act 2009.




  • The emergency phase of COVID-19 may be with us for months or years according to the head of the Department of Health.

    Jim Breslin has said the virus will be an ever-present danger for the foreseeable future.

    The Dáil's new COVID-19 committee is holding a series of sessions today.

    Secretary General of the Department of Health Jim Breslin has warned this crisis will be with us for some time to come:


  • Dublin, Cork and Limerick have the highest number of coronavirus cases in Ireland.

    Another 74 people tested positive yesterday, bringing the total in the Republic to 366.

    New figures from the Department of Health show there are less than five confirmed cases in counties Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo, while there are 12 confirmed cases of Covid 19 in Co Galway.

    There have been no confirmed cases so far in Leitrim, Laois or Monaghan.

    The analysis of the first 271 cases in Ireland show most are linked to travel, one-fifth are healthcare workers and almost a third of those with the virus are under the age of 34.

    Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan says there's some positive signs that people are sticking to the guidelines on social distancing.

    The advice to people is to reduce social contacts to close family, practice social distancing and don't shake hands or hug when greeting someone.




  • No new deaths have been reported this evening due to Covid 19.

    18 new cases of the virus have been confirmed. 

    The number of deaths due to the virus remains at 1706, while the number of confirmed cases is 25,321. 


  • The Department of Health has been notified of 53 new cases of Covid-19.

    There is now a total of 28,813 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Ireland. 

    No further deaths associated with the virus were reported this evening.

    The death toll from Covid-19 stands at 1,777.


  • 21 more cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in the Republic and one further death.

    It brings the death toll to 1,749 and the number of confirmed cases to 25,698.

    The reproductive number of the virus now stands at between 1.4 and 1.8.

  • The Department of Health has told the HSE to ensure abortion will be available in all 19 maternity units from January 1st, amid continuing uncertainty over whether the Government’s deadline for the introduction of the service will be met.

    Dozens of doctors walked out of a meeting of GPs held yesterday to discuss concerns about the provision of abortion, and afterwards claimed a “serious crisis” exists about the rollout of the service that the Government cannot ignore. That’s according to today’s Irish Times.

    The department of health has asked the 19 hospital maternity units to provide updates on how they plan to provide for abortion services from the New Year onwards. Doctors in a number of smaller maternity units have said they do not have the resources to provide the service from next month.

    Then yesterday a number of doctors walked out of a meeting of GPs held to discuss concerns about the provision of abortion, and afterwards claimed a “serious crisis” exists about the rollout of the service.

    More than 300 members of the Irish College of General Practitioners attended the three-hour extraordinary general meeting in Malahide, but the group, estimated at “up to 50”,  of mostly anti-abortion doctors staged a walkout after half an hour.

    The group is now expected to seek a further EGM to debate change on conscientious objection that would ensure doctors would have to refer a woman seeking an abortion to a colleague if they did not want to treat her on grounds of conscience.

    The Minister for Health Simon Harris acknowledged doctors had a right to conscientious objection but “women also have a right to healthcare” and “one right cannot trump another”.

    While it was “okay” for doctors to have different views “the people have spoken and the campaign is over”.

    At last week’s HSE West Forum meeting in Merlin Park Tuam based Fianna Fail councillor Donnagh Killilea  sought some clarification on the delivery of the termination of pregnancy service that will be rolled out on Jan 1st next in the Galway, Roscommon and Mayo areas.

    He was told that the HSE, in consultation with the dept of Health and other stakeholders is working collaboratively on an implementation plan for the delivery of the service provided by GPs and maternity hospitals by the 1st January.