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# Stephen Donnelly

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Government voting against motion to pay student nurses described as 'betrayal'
The Solidarity-People Before Profit (PBP) motion was defeated by 77 votes to 72.
Cabinet agrees to purchase 875,000 doses of Moderna Covid-19 vaccine
The Cabinet is also due to be updated on the progress to date of the Government’s new task force on the delivery of vaccines.
People in nursing homes can have one visitor a week from 7 December
As part of new guidelines, visitors will be allowed at Levels 3 to 5 under compassionate grounds.
Health Minister says Covid-19 vaccine by December 'unlikely'
Stephen Donnelly has said that a vaccine will likely be available in Ireland early in 2021.
Health Minister criticised by union for not adhering to official recommendation on law to close meat plants
The National Outbreak Control Team urged the Minister for Health to enact the law in July.
Nearly 800 contract tracers now on the books, but concerns raised about redeployment of specialist health workers
There are thousands of children waiting for services such as speech and language therapy, the Dáil heard.
Donnelly commits to inquiry into anti-epilepsy drug linked to birth defects
Valproate-containing medicines can cause birth defects and developmental disorders.
'We can't judge anyone for whatever decision they make': Irish emigrants on why they're travelling home this Christmas
Many people are unsure of what to do and critical of mixed mesages from the government.
CervicalCheck support group end talks with government as tribunal remains unchanged
221+ wrote to the Health Minister today to end the discussion, saying that they were “frustrated” with the response they received.
CervicalCheck support group tells government 'time is up' to discuss proposed tribunal
The 221+ group wrote to Health Minister Stephen Donnelly today.
Health minister says large crowds drinking alcohol outside has 'taken off at scale' the last number of days
Cabinet abandoned plans to introduce fines for drinking takeaway pints outside today.
Health Minister says R number has dropped again to between 0.7 and 0.9
The minister said there has been a 40% fall in demand for testing in the past week.
Donnelly says HSE contact tracing backlog issue 'won't happen again' as Reid says 'I regret that it happened'
HSE CEO Paul Reid said it was a “risk-based decision we had to make”.
Health Minister tells FF TDs that contact tracing 'didn't collapse', and asking patients to contact trace is 'one-off'
Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said that the HSE has been repeatedly asked whether it has enough contact-tracing capacity.
Anger mounts as government learns of contact tracing collapse impacting thousands through the media
The HSE is to ask more than 2,000 people who received a positive Covid-19 test result last week to alert their own close contacts.
Ireland's Covid tracker app is now linked with similar contact tracing apps from Italy and Germany
There are currently no countries on Ireland’s travel green list, however.
Announcement expected as Cabinet meets to discuss possible Level 4 restrictions in border counties
It follows a decision by the Stormont Executive to close schools for two weeks.
Minister for Health says 'there isn't going to be a longer mid-term break'
Donnelly joined junior minister Niall Collins who earlier rejected suggestions that schools could close for an extended period.
CMO and Health Minister discussed possibility of moving to Level 4 before Level 5 recommendation
Stephen Donnelly issued a statement in the Dáil this evening to clarify the timeline last weekend.
'It certainly wasn't Stephen Donnelly': Taoiseach says health minister didn't leak NPHET's Level 5 recommendation
Donnelly is to make a statement about the sequence of events prior to NPHET’s Level 5 recommendation later today.
NPHET looking at whether to mandate the use of face masks instead of visors
Varadkar floated the idea of fines with examples given such as a €50 fine for not wearing a mask.
NPHET members believe Level 5 advice 'should have been communicated more carefully to government'
The recommendation became public on Sunday night, but the government rejected it yesterday – instead deciding that the entire country should enter Level 3.
Tánaiste stands over NPHET criticisms while Taoiseach's spokesperson says Varadkar is 'entitled to his opinion'
NPHET had recommended the entire country move to Level 5, but this advice was rejected by the government.
Health Minister thanks Ronan Glynn for 'tireless effort' as acting CMO
Dr Tony Holohan is returning as chief medical officer tomorrow.
Some 'frustration' caused by rescheduling of non-priority flu jabs, Irish Pharmacy Union says
Boots is rescheduling some not at-risk flu jab appointments due to delay in the vaccines arriving.
Donnelly says people shouldn't 'switch off' from Covid restrictions while on holiday
A report into the attendance of Supreme Court Judge Seamus Woulfe at the infamous Golfgate dinner said he “switched off from news coverage” while away.
There was another 'unparliamentary language' incident in the Dáil today
Peadar Tóibín TD made the comments as TDs were debating the government’s Living with Covid-19 plan.
Donnelly announces plans to double number of public health staff in Ireland
Donnelly made the announcement during this morning’s Covid-19 Oireachtas Committee.
Health Minister says Dublin's Covid-19 figures 'beginning to stabilise'
This evening health officials reported 167 new cases in Dublin.
Health Minister contacts HSE to make clear that window visits in nursing homes are not suspended under Level 3
Concerns had been raised that nursing homes in Dublin were suspending window visits.
'Common sense has broken down': Government slammed for 'bonkers' measures and 'mixed messaging'
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly called for political solidarity.
Minister to meet with sports bodies to discuss Covid-19 restrictions
Catherine Martin will meet with representatives from the GAA, FAI and the IRFU today.
CervicalCheck campaigners welcome health minister's promises on steering group
Campaigners and advocates met with Stephen Donnelly yesterday.
Publicans blast 'crazy' new rule requiring details of food orders to be kept for 28 days
One Fianna Fáil TD condemned the new rules as ‘authoritarian’.
Officials are not considering putting Dublin into lockdown at present, Donnelly says
103 additional cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Dublin by health officials yesterday.
Coronavirus GP consultations set to remain free, health minister confirms
It will remain free to call a GP about Covid-19 symptoms.
Ban on alcohol at gigs under consideration in a bid to allow music events resume
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly and Minister for Arts Catherine Martin are meeting artists today.
Campaign group to seek NPHET's 'specific concerns' about live events in meeting with Health Minister
Confusion arose earlier this month following conflicting messages on numbers permitted at cultural events.
Cabinet to meet today to consider new Garda enforcement powers
The government want gardaí to be given powers to interrupt and prevent house parties and social gatherings in breach of the guidelines.
Focus until Christmas is on reopening society, protecting jobs and the most vulnerable, says minister
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly has asked NPHET whether the Kildare lockdown can be lifted early.