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Ireland steps up to Covid-19


Strabane headquartered sportswear company O’Neills, which last week temporarily laid off 900 people, has confirmed it will move to manufacturing scrubs for the Health and Social Care Trusts in Northern Ireland.


The Co Tyrone company has a confirmed order for 5,000 scrubs from the trusts but it is also in discussions for a further order that could see it produce 50,000 scrubs for front-line NHS staff in Northern Ireland.

A medical technology company is sharing its ventilator design to help global efforts in manufacturing the desperately-needed breathing apparatus amid the Covid-19 pandemic.


Medtronic said it had already boosted production of its Puritan Bennett 980 ventilators, but wanted to do more.


The firm, which has its headquarters in Dublin, said sharing the design specifications would help in the speedy production of the crucial devices.


Medicine deliveries by drone have reportedly been greenlighted on a test basis by the Irish Aviation Authority.


The drone flights are to be undertaken by Manna Aero, the company that has promised to commence fast food deliveries using drones in Dublin’s UCD as a trial, before rolling the service out nationwide.


The deliveries are to take place in Moneygall, otherwise famous for claiming to be the ancestral village of former US president Barack Obama.


“It makes us very proud to be able to contribute to the Covid-19 effort in some small way and lift a few spirits while we do it,” said Bobby Healy, founder of Manna Aero.

Thérapie Clinic

An Irish aesthetics clinic has donated its entire stock of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to healthcare workers during the COVID-19 crisis.


Thérapie Clinic, a family-owned business run by siblings Philip McGlade and Katie McGlade, shared €50,000 worth of equipment to hospitals and nursing homes in dire need of appropriate equipment to fight the pandemic in Ireand.


The clinic operates 35 branches around Ireland and the UK. Mr McGlade said the decision to donate their entire stock of hand sanitiser, gloves and paper rolls was “the least we could do”.



Pat Phelan - SISU Aesthetic & GOCar

One hundred free cars are being made available to frontline workers thanks to an idea by a nurse who is putting her health on the line to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.


Serial entrepreneur Pat Phelan answered the nationwide call of nurse Ruthie McHugh.


The Corkman who runs Sisu cosmetic treatment chain in the UK and Ireland has teamed up with rental car company GoCar.



Maynooth University Library & Tallaght University Hospital.

Maynooth University Library has loaned two high-tech ‘nap pods’ to frontline workers at Tallaght University Hospital.


The pods, which are usually used by students to take 20-minute naps to help keep their energy levels up during a busy day at college, were transported and installed at the hospital yesterday evening.



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