Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe (R) and Minister for Public Expenditure Michael McGrath are seen ahead of a press conference outside Government Buildings in Dublin on Thursday. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Bank outlines worst-case economic scenario from pandemic in latest quarterly analysis

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said the abrupt conclusion and termination of the wage subsidy scheme could have a significant effect on job retention in the country. Photograph: Julien Behal/ PA Wire

Future of wage subsidy scheme will also be considered in coalition’s economic plan

Former minister for education Joe McHugh has turned down the offer of a junior ministry. Photograph: Leon Farrell/PA Wire

Several TDs from west get posts, but not everyone in the parties has been placated

Fianna Fáil’s Jim O’Callaghan turned down a junior ministry and his statement is seen as an indication he intends to cultivate the party grassroots ahead of a potential future leadership bid. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Regional imbalance rectified with appointments from constituencies along west coast

Josepha Madigan has been appointed a Minister of State. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Jack Chambers and Niall Collins appointed Ministers of State as Jim O’Callaghan and Joe McHugh turn down roles

Taoiseach Micheál Martin, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar and Minister for Climate Action Eamon Ryan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Parliamentary Budget Office expresses concern over plan for more pandemic funding

 Taoiseach: Micheál Martin (FF) Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment: Leo Varadkar (FG)and Minister for Climate Action, Communications Networks and Transport Eamon Ryan (Greens) as the new Cabinet Ministers leave Dublin Castle following their first meeting.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan says ‘we can’t seal off the country’

Extra scrutiny will be applied on applications from people working in ‘high risk’ sectors of the economy. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Documents reveal de-facto ban on lending to those in receipt of State wage subsidies

New Taoiseach Micheál Martin travelled to Cork on Sunday where he was greeted by his family and neighbours in an emotional homecoming. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Some FF TDs unhappy at inclusion of Stephen Donnelly, Norma Foley in Cabinet

Car carrying Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin leaving the Convention Centre after being elected Taoiseach. Photograph: Alan Betson

Easing Covid-19 restrictions, Brexit and looming recession high on immediate agenda

Outgoing taoiseach Leo Varadkar  at the Convention Centre on Saturday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Analysis: Varadkar’s choice of departments speaks to what party sees as its core values

Protesters outside Leinster House in May call for the end of direct provision. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

System for housing asylum seekers to be abolished by end of Government

Traveller rights activist Eileen Flynn is one of Taoiseach Micheál Martin’s 11 appointments to the Seanad.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Traveller rights activist Eileen Flynn the only non-party figure among the nominations

President Michael D  Higgins presents new Ministers with their Seal of Office on Saturday night.

Stephen Donnelly will become Minister for Health, Helen McEntee is Minister for Justice

Taoiseach Micheál Martin addresses the Dáil after his election. Photograph: Oireachtas

Nine Independent TDs support new Government as Dáil sits in Convention Centre due to social distancing requirements

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin after announcing his party members voted for the programme for government. Photograph: Damien Eagers/PA

Martin to form government, after parties’ members vote to endorse coalition deal

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar addressing the media outside the Fine Gael party headquarters in Dublin on Friday afternoon. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Analysis: Covid-19 will be overriding concern for first year of next government

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announcing on Friday, outside Fine Gael headquarters in Dublin, that the party’s members had voted in favour of the programme for government. Photograph: Damien Eagers/PA Wire

Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael to each have six full Cabinet ministers with Greens having three

Fianna Fail Leader Micheál Martin TD at the party’s press conference on Friday  evening. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Micheál Martin set to be elected taoiseach when Dáil sits tomorrow

 Eoghan Murphy is expected to take up a position which will link the Fine Gael party organisation and the parliamentary party. Photograph: Damien Eagers

Eamon Ryan set to head up new department responsible for climate and transport

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe:  the deadline for candidacies is on Thursday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Paschal Donohoe is thought to have wide support as a candidate among members

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on a Dublin Bus in Dublin city centre on June 15th encouraging passengers to wear face masks on public transport. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Government to open ‘air bridges’ allowing Irish tourists to go on holidays to certain destinations

Ministers have insisted that the wearing of masks will become more important as coronavirus restriction are lifted and Ireland exits lockdown. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Shane Ross to recommend that buses, trains to run at 50 per cent capacity

The leaders of Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil  and the Greens were  expected to meet on Thursday to decide how to configure government departments and allocate individual portfolios to each party. Graphic: The Irish Times/Paul Scott

Results are due on Friday, and if deal passes, a new taoiseach will be elected on Saturday

Regulations requiring those arriving in Ireland to tell the authorities where they will self-isolate are in place until July 9th. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Cabinet unlikely to drop 14-day quarantine restrictions despite aviation taskforce calls

Both Leo Varadkar and Micheál Martin warned of the consequences of the draft programme for government being rejected by either of the three parties

Fianna Fáil leader will be elected Taoiseach at weekend if members of three parties back deal

From left to right: Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys; Taoiseach Leo Varadkar; Minister for Health, Simon Harris and chief medical offcier Dr Tony Holohan speaking on the update to the Government’s roadmap for Reopening Society and the economy on Friday. Photograph: Julien Behal

Places of worship, gyms, cinemas, hairdressers to reopen and sport resume from end of month

Leo  Varadkar may give junior portfolios to some who will lose their Cabinet position. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall

Deal would see Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael get eight roles each with four going to Greens

 Green Party leader Eamon Ryan: “A change in economics is coming. Neoliberalism is in decline.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Three prospective coalition parties plan to create posts for 20 junior ministers

A hairdresser at work   in New Delhi, India. Hair and beauty salons were due to reopen on July 20th but that date is now being brought forward. File photograph: Prakash Singh/AFP via Getty Images

Recommendation from Nphet to be considered at Friday’s Cabinet meeting

There is speculation Fine Gael’s  Simon Coveney will  remain in  the Department of Foreign Affairs, while  party leader Leo Varadkar as tánaiste will head the Department of Jobs. Photograph:  Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Martin, Varadkar and Ryan reported to be still thrashing out roles for selves and teams

The Green Party’s Ossian Smyth (left), pictured with other members of the party’s negotiating team Roderic O’Gorman and Neasa Hourigan at Leinster House last month. Photograph Nick Bradshaw / The Irish Times

Hourigan voices ‘considerable’ concerns while Smyth cautions against ‘ideological approach’

Green Party deputy leader Catherine Martin: “There were never going to be, nor could there have been, outright winners in these negotiations and clearly we did not get everything we sought.” File photograph: Laura Hutton

Crucially, Catherine Martin, the Green Party deputy leader, has supported the deal

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan at Government Buildings on Monday. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney/Collins

Three Green Deputies abstain including Francis Noel Duffy, husband of Catherine Martin who backs the deal

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin will be taoiseach first under the arrangement to rotate the office with Fine Gael, the first time such an arrangement has happened in Irish politics. Photograph: Tom Honan

Role of tánaiste to be bolstered with private office as part of programme for government

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin leaving Government Buildings in Dublin after finalising the text of a  programme for government with the leaders of Fine Gael and the Green Party. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Greens agree draft with Martin set to become next taoiseach

Tánaiste Simon Coveney, Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe and Green Party leader Eamon Ryan meet for talks on Government formation at Government Buildings. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times.

The three party leaders remain locked in tense negotiations on final details of coalition deal

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin arrives for talks on government formation at Government Buildings on Sunday. Photograph: Alan Betson

Sunday’s draft agreement came after blame games and much bickering

A new scheme will seek to retrofit 500,000 homes by 2030 on a ‘aggregated’ model – meaning that certain towns or areas will be retrofitted at the same time to achieve economies of scale. File photograph: Frank Miller

‘Green new deal’ and ‘well-being indices’ are promised among other measures

The Skellig Star direct provision accommodation centre in Cahersiveen, Co Kerry.

Abolition of system was a key demand of the Green Party in formation talks

Tánaiste Simon Coveney (left) and  Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe (right) greet Green Party leader Eamon Ryan as he arrives at Government Buildings. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Three party leaders to meet on Monday morning to formally sign off on document

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan with deputy leader Catherine Martin: senior Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil politicians do not know if Ms Martin will back the deal she has been negotiating over the past five weeks.   Photograph: Eric Luke

Frustration mounts around final sign-off of programme for government’s exact text

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan TD at Leinster House. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

‘For some of us, what we’re witnessing is a coup,’ says party veteran

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said he would prefer to rely on the willingness of Irish people to comply with guidelines on masks rather than to go into a situation where people were being ordered to comply. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Two-week quarantine for those coming into Republic could be relaxed on June 29th

British boxer Tyson Fury celebrates his win over Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas in February. Photograph: Al Bello/Getty Images

Senior figure in crime gang helped set up Tyson Fury-Anthony Joshua boxing match

Tánaiste Simon Coveney: told a Fine Gael parliamentary party meeting some ‘heavy lifting’ still needed to be done in the talks. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

FG, FF and Greens still talking as finance, carbon tax and pension age issues persist

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan repeated the racial slur while  highlighting the problem of racism. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Green party leader referenced Sean Gallen description of being called ‘a n****r in Ireland’

Proposals also include the full sanitisation of workstations after each customer. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

For many people ‘getting their hair done has a mental health element as well’, says Minister

 Green Party leader Eamon Ryan with deputy leader Catherine Martin and TDs Roderic O’Gorman and Neasa Hourigan are all involved in the government formation talks. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins Photos

Party standing firm on 7% average target in government formation talks with FF and FG

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan with his deputy, Catherine Martin. File photograph: Alan Betson

Government formation talks continue but ‘central issues unresolved’

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Minister for Health Simon Harris and chief medical officer Tony Holohan brief the media at Government Buildings. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Cabinet meetings gave Ministers a sense of ownership and brought cohesion to plan

Grafton Street in Dublin on Friday, as further coronavirus restrictions begin to be eased in Ireland. Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

Lifting of coronavirus restrictions speeds up with effective end date of July 20th

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar briefs the media at Government Buildings, Dublin, on the next phase of the Roadmap for reopening society and business following a Cabinet meeting. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland/PA Wire

Plan shortened from five to four phases with travel restrictions removed on June 29th

The 20km limit was initially intended to apply until the end of phase 3 on July 20th. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

Hotels and B&Bs set to reopen at the end of June under major acceleration

A memo for the Cabinet meeting says the temporary wage subsidy scheme and the unemployment payment will remain in place until the end of August. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Government expected to move to phase two of easing lockdown restrictions

Tipperary TD Michael Lowry, a member of the Regional Independent group, said it was an interesting and informative meeting, and  the three party leaders were ‘pragmatic’ in their approach. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Eight-strong group holds meeting with Martin, Varadkar and Ryan

Minister for Health Simon Harris: ‘The task will be harder as we start to open it up again.’ Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

NPHET recommends further easing of lockdown from Monday

The National Public Health Emergency Team met today and is recommending that some larger retailers be allowed open next week as long as they have entrances onto the street. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

‘Air bridges’ proposed to facilitate overseas travel as further easing of lockdown is recommended

Minister of State Patrick O’Donovan said it was 'a bit early’ for speculation on reducing the payment

Taoiseach signals payment to be cut for some part-time workers

Minister for Health Simon Harris with kitchen staff Tracy Bailey and Sandra Wynne at the National Council for the Blind of Ireland’s Iona Resource Centre in Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Health officials to discuss reopening of playgrounds and allowing summer camps

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan. The Greens have made it clear that the 7 per cent annual reduction in greenhouse gas emissions is a red line for the party in government formation talks. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Arrangement would involve local deals and access to ministers but no ministerial posts

“I am concerned that many are calling for us to speed up before we even know for sure what impact the Phase One lifting of restrictions has had on the spread of the disease,” the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar told Fine Gael members in an email about Covid-19.

‘I think it is better to adopt this slow and steady approach than to go too fast and risk falling backwards’, he told FG members

Sources said the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar referenced a number of arrangements Independent TDs had with previous governments. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Taoiseach makes offer at meeting attended by leaders of Fianna Fáil and Green Party

 Minister for Health Simon Harris said the idea  that ‘the virus has gone away, mission accomplished, is an enemy of the progress we have made’. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins.

With travel limit due to rise to 20km, Minister cautions against bringing virus to less affected areas

Leo Varadkar: told his party a deal on government formation unlikely to  happen this week. Photograph: Reuters/Lorraine O’Sullivan/File Photo

Taoiseach tells FG parliamentary party it may be next week before deal is finalised

Green deputy leader Catherine Martin must decide by this weekend if she will challenge Eamon Ryan for the leadership. Photograph: Eric Luke

Legislative and political deadlines mean talks must finish by next week, senior figures say

Varadkar raised the prospect of a cross-party effort to appoint senators to pass legislation if government formation talks had not concluded. File photograph: Crispin Rodwell/The Irish Times

Taoiseach understood to have told TDs Fine Gael will not enter government 'at all costs'

Green Party TDs Ossian Smyth and Catherine Martin, and Green Party leader Eamon Ryan. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Old truism that FF easily accepts policy demands, but FG digs in – is proving true again

If Phil Hogan applied and was successful in becoming WTO director general, it would mean the next government would have to choose a replacement commissioner. Photograph: Eric Luke

EU commissioner is giving strong consideration to applying for post, sources say

Colm Brophy: said  the economic damage to the economy “and to the wellbeing of many individuals and businesses will be deep and possibly prolonged”. Photograph: Tom Honan

Mothers returning to work from maternity leave now eligible for State’s coronavirus pandemic wage subsidy

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photograph: EPA/Photocall Ireland

Differences also emerge between FF, FG and Greens over Land Development Agency

Passengers wearing protective face masks at Terminal 2 in Dublin Airport on Thursday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Leo Varadkar indicates easing self-isolation rules for travel from UK could be problematic

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said Fine Gael would need a ministerial team balanced along gender and geographic lines if it re-entered government. Photograph:  Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland/PA

Varadkar seeks to assuage concerns in Fine Gael over government with Eamon Ryan’s party

Project Ireland 2040 was one the flagship initiatives of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s time at the helm of the Fine Gael-Independent minority government in the last Dáil. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall

Party negotiators discussed plans in Project Ireland 2040 policy

Chief medical officer  Dr Tony Holohan: Government sources have expressed confidence that there may be some easing of restrictions on June 8th beyond what was originally envisaged. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Public urged to ‘hold firm’ until June 8th when second phase of reopening kicks in

Tax due from those who are in receipt of the weekly €350 Covid-19 unemployment payment could be collected by reducing tax credits in future years, the Revenue Commissioners have said.  File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Revenue responds amid claims those in receipt of subsidy may face surprise bill

The report comes at a crucial time for government formation talks between Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Green Party. Photographs: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times and Gareth Chaney/Collins

Irish Fiscal and Advisory Council says worst-case scenario could be €15bn

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan: he  has  said a site-value tax would be used to encourage denser housing development

Negotiating teams from FF, FG and Greens focus on finance policies in talks

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  suggested  the next government could encourage people to work from home by offering them income tax incentives. Photograph:  Dave Meehan

Government formation talks likely to continue until end of next week

 Green Party deputy leader Catherine Martin (right),  last week said she is giving serious consideration to challenging Eamon Ryan for the position of leader.  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

FF source gives cool response to idea of Green tánaiste role

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan with Catherine Martin at a 2016 press conference in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Micheál Martin expected to be taoiseach for first half of next government

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan: Some Green sources say he has had  huge support since an issue around leadership arose. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

FF, FG and Greens discuss details of coalition with focus on climate change policies

Eamon Ryan and Catherine Martin: Martin was against coalition talks with Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael, so some wonder if her anticipated run against Ryan  is a way to disrupt those negotiations

Eamon Ryan’s authority has been seriously damaged by events of the last 24 hours

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan with his deputy,   Catherine Martin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Catherine Martin thanked members ‘who have asked me to contest’ party leadership

The Opposition will seek to press Ministers to guarantee there will be no cuts to the current Covid-19 unemployment payment before the crucial Dáil vote on spending takes place. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Dáil vote due as Covid-19 outlay likely to deplete €8.6bn budget by June, Donohoe warns

Green Party TD Catherine Martin: Some claim she would be better at standing up to Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael than Eamon Ryan.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney

Deputy leader Catherine Martin urged to try unseat incumbent from top role

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin and Taoiseach Leo  Varadkar:  the pair  were in contact on Saturday night

Varadkar had objected directly to Martin about attacks by Fianna Fáil TDs on the Government over election contingency plans

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin and Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar: the reaction of both parties  illustrates the gulf that still exists between them, even as they stand on the cusp of a historic coalition.

It does not augur well that a bitter row has flared up over something so relatively small

Fianna Fáil TD Barry Cowen, one of his party’s government negotiators, has accused Fine Gael of acting in ‘bad faith’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Barry Cowen accused Fine Gael of acting in ‘bad faith’ by drawing up contingency plans

Eamon Ryan: the 57-year-old Dubliner, who lives in Clonskeagh, has led the Green Party over the past 12 months to its greatest results. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw / The Irish Times

The Green Party leader's upbeat approach may not be enough to persuade his party to enter office

No legislation is required to hold an election, and the difficulties around an election may decrease as  restrictions are eased. Photograph: Getty Images

Government considers measures including allowing polling in nursing homes if ballot needed

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control had issued an alert about 230 suspected cases of a new paediatric inflammatory multisystem syndrome linked to Covid-19. Photograph: iStock

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control issues alert over inflammatory syndrome

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar confirmed  that the State would “probably” borrow €30bn  this year, which was at the outer limits of the Government’s worst-case scenario calculations  a month ago

NZ’s ‘wellbeing’ approach understood to have influenced FG, FF framework document

Dr Siobhán Kennelly, the HSE’s national clinical adviser for older persons, said the State’s public health officials were “quite keen” for the health of nursing home residents and staff – and the relatives of the residents – that nursing homes reopen to visitors “in a safe and controlled way”. Photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins

‘Very desirable’ that nursing home residents get to see loved ones again

Delays in the testing and tracing system for Covid-19  will not affect the decision on whether to ease lockdown restrictions next Monday, the State’s chief medical officer has said. File photograph: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

Medical chief rejects Taoiseach’s view schools could reopen earlier than planned

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: Encouraging employers to take people off the pandemic payment and on to their books will be a key goal. Photograph: PA

Social Democrats rule themselves out of FF-FG coalition government

A Garda checkpoint on St Stephen’s Green in Dublin on Tuesday.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

State faces severe financial constraints amid economic recovery from Covid-19

Niall Muldoon, Ombudsman for Children, has written to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar about his concerns. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Coronavirus crisis is affecting ‘safety, welfare and wellbeing of children’ – Niall Muldoon

People are seen jogging past a social distancing sign in the Phoenix Park in Dublin last week. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Reuters

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