Among the Tusla systems affected by the cyberattack are its online portal for people to report child protection concerns, and its National Childcare Information System which contains highly sensitive information about children and their families. File photograph: iStock

Over 90% of Child and Family Agency systems dependent on network hit in ransomware attack

The blanket eviction ban was introduced only for periods when people’s movement was restricted to within 5km of their homes as part of Covid-19 rules, which was lifted on April 12th. File photograph: iStock

Queries on lease terminations increase by almost 50%, Threshold housing charity says

Planning permission extension: eligible developments must have started and have had substantial works carried out. Photograph: iStock/Getty

Cabinet to examine plan to give builders hit by pandemic extra year to finish projects

A Leaving Cert exam hall. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Harris says there is a ‘huge need’ to review Leaving Cert after pandemic ends

Minister for Justice Heather Humphreys and Ann McCabe at the ceremony in Limerick on Monday. Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

Murdered garda’s wife was speaking after event marking 25th anniversary of his death

Tuam babies protest “coffins” from a demonstration in 2018: Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman has written to survivors to say, “Your evidence stands as a profound published account of the lived experiences of those who suffered within the walls of these institutions.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Roderic O’Gorman writes to hundreds of survivors telling them ‘you are believed’

The Garda Public Order Unit on South William Street in Dublin on Sunday. Photograph: Stephen Collins/ Collins

Minister defends policing of disturbances in capital over the bank holiday weekend

The OPW says it has  “no plans to extend opening times” beyond the existing 9pm at St Stephen’s Green and 7.30pm at the Iveagh Gardens. Photograph: Tom Honan

Dublin Bay South constituency candidates offer ideas to aid outdoor socialising in city

Gardaí on patrol in Dublin city centre on Sunday evening. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

At least 33 people arrested and glass bottles thrown at gardaí on successive nights

Lord Mayor of Dublin Hazel Chu and Cllr Claire Byrne. The latter was seen as firmly in Green Party leader Eamon Ryan’s camp amid recent divisions in the party.  File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Councillor chosen over Lord Mayor to contest seat in upcoming byelection

‘It’s absolutely essential as we move forward to try and deliver houses and homes for people’. Photograph: iStock

Housing chief agrees capital spend must ‘significantly’ increase

A major public investment in housing financed through additional borrowing is needed, the ESRI says

Think tank warns of decade of housing shortages with rising prices and rent

 Sarah Durcan has been named the   Social Democrats candidate in the upcoming Dublin Bay South byelection. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Lynn Boylan officially confirmed as Sinn Féin contender in upcoming byelection

Taoiseach Micheál Martin and US president Joe Biden pictured at their virtual bilateral meeting, as seen at the White House on St Patrick’s Day. File photograph: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

US president will attend the G7 summit of leaders in Cornwall this month

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has defended the fairness of the new system of calculating the local property tax.

Changes to bands and rates of this tax will mean more than one-third face higher bill

Homes built since 2013 will now be subject to the local property change. File Image: The Irish Times

Property tax net to include buyers of new-build homes in coming years

Irish Cancer Society chief executive Averil Power: ‘We’re in the Stone Age when it comes to collecting real-time information on cancer services, which means we’re fighting Covid and cancer blindfolded.’ File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Recent events crippling system ‘already on its knees’, Irish Cancer Society chief warns

Senator Lynn Boylan said she was delighted to be nominated to be a candidate for Sinn Féin in the Dublin Bay South byelection. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Senator wins support of key local branch of party

Sinn Féin Senator Lynn Boylan: ‘Whoever is the candidate in Dublin Bay South, if it’s not myself, I’ll be in there campaigning to make sure that we return a Sinn Féin TD for that constituency.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Byelection is ‘referendum on how Government handled housing crisis’, Senator says

 City Hall, Dublin. Almost one in ten of councillors who responded to a survey said they had received death threats. Photograph: Tom Honan for The Irish Times.

Most abuse happens over social media while a third is face-to-face, survey finds

Designs for new Garda national support headquarters on Military Road near Heuston Station. Photograph: OPW

Spending watchdog cites ‘poor management’ of project at Military Road in Dublin 8

The bigger challenge facing the HSE is opening up firewalls within the IT system. File photograph: Getty

Cyberattack like ‘a missile dropped’ into health service with the impact unknown

Minister of State for Communications Ossian Smyth  appeared before an Oireachtas Committee on Wednesday. File photograph: Tom Honan

Smyth will recommend higher salary to recruit NCSC director but has not decided on figure

Patrick Costello has taken a High Court action against the Government challenging the constitutionality of parts of the CETA deal. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill /

Irish ratification of the deal trade deal with Canada delayed to be scrutinised at committee

A total of 300,000 vaccine shots were administered last week, and a similar number are to be given next week

Inside Politics: 400,000 jabs per week are expected to happen in June

The higher salary amounts to a pay increase of more than €80,000 for Robert Watt. File photograph: Collins

Group who advised mandarin’s appointment shun invite to appear before Oireachtas committee

The role had been offered with a salary of between €106,000 and €127,000. Photograph: iStock

Director role vacant at national centre leading response to HSE cyber attack

There will be a distance of one metre between tables, and a limit of six people per booking. Photograph: iStock

New guidelines on resumption of hospitality delayed to give sector ‘clear understanding’

Taoiseach Micheal Martin at EU summit at the European Council building in Brussels. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet, Pool via AP

Inside Politics: Democratic countries ‘have to stand up’ to authoritarianism, says Martin

Taoiseach Micheál Martin: “So far we haven’t seen any significant dumping of data . . . If anybody comes across any data, if you see it don’t share it.”  Photograph:  Daragh Mc Sweeney

May take weeks for full system restoration, but technicians happy with decryption key

The North’s health minister Robin Swann (left)  and Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly. Photographs:  Kelvin Boyes/PA Wire and Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Spokesman says Donnelly plans to meet counterpart after criticism from northern leaders

The HSE has not been able to say if weaknesses identified in internal audits, flagged in 2018 by its own IT teams, were a factor in last week’s cyber attacks

Health system had been tackling weaknesses in IT security but cyber criminals got there first

HSE offices in Dublin. The State’s Cyber Security Incident Response Team, IT teams from the HSE and FireEye, the State’s security contractor, are to work through the weekend. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Publication of data on darknet as threatened by gang appears inevitable, gardaí say

Sinn Féin’s agriculture spokesman Matt Carthy said the UK-Australia trade deal will set the template for future British trade deals .Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Irish Government source says matter closely monitored but UK is free to pursue trade deals post-Brexit

‘We have world-class tools employed by world-class suppliers on our cybersecurity,’ said HSE chief executive Paul Reid. Photograph: iStock

Warnings were made about weaknesses in the IT network three years ago

Sinn Féin’s decision to have housing spokesman Eoin Ó Broin represent them at the Oireachtas committee rather than the party’s acting general secretary Ken O’Connell was labelled an ‘affront’ to the committee. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Ó Broin defends Abú database at committee with commissioner planning audit of all parties

Under the Minister for Housing’s plans, a property will not be allowed to be advertised on the Airbnb platform without the requisite planning permission. Photograph: iStock

Tighter control of short-term letting part of Darragh O’Brien’s solution to housing crisis

The Garda said there was “a risk that the medical and other data of patients will be abused, either for fraud or by means of public release”.  Photograph: Getty Images

Gardaí caution against assuming link between HSE cyberattack and call to Tipperary patient

The Government has insisted no ransom will be paid to the criminal gang behind the attack, as the health service and the State’s cyber security apparatus continue to deal with the fallout from the incident. Photograph: iStock

Internal audits flagged issues with ‘security controls’ and ‘disaster protocols’

 Taoiseach Micheál Martin  told TDs and Senators it was the intention to offer vaccinations to teenagers if the clinical trials indicated it could be done. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Martin pointed to EU’s digital green certificate as framework for resumption of travel

The Garda National Cyber Crime Bureau and National Cyber Security Centre are working to ensure health services are restored, the Taoiseach said

Labour leader warns of ‘big problem’ after man was offered procedure by organisation outside State

Fianna Fáil director of elections Jim O’Callaghan with Deirdre Conroy, who is expected to be the party’s candidate for the Dublin Bay South byelection.

Byelection prompted by former Fine Gael minister Eoghan Murphy vacating the seat

 Taoiseach Micheál Martin: insists funding has been “significantly increased” for the National Cyber Security Centre this year. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Taoiseach defends threefold increase to €5.1m in funding of agency this year

Department of Health, along with the HSE, was  subject of  cyberattack.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister defends figure as a ‘drop in the ocean’ of overall State spend on cybersecurity

Taoiseach  forced to defend the level of spending on cybersecurity after a claim that funding for the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has been “paltry”. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Aontú TD Peader Tóibín says attack was ‘monstrous crime’ that hit most vulnerable in society

HSE chief clinical officer Dr Colm Henry said it was hoped that the diagnostic information systems that were key could be restored quickly. The focus would be on those services this week. File photograph: iStock

No verification that ‘real data’ has been released, says Donnelly

‘If the criminals are attacking targets in the West, Putin is not going to stop them.’ Photograph: iStock

Expert says it is ‘highly unlikely’ gang believed to be based in Russia will be caught

Cybersecurity officials are monitoring the dark web for evidence of data from the HSE ransomware attack being dumped online. Photograph: iStock

Disruption caused by cyberattack likely to continue ‘well into this week’

Officials from the Department of Communications and the NCSC will be questioned on the ransomware attack on the health service behind closed doors tomorrow morning. File photograph: iStock

Meeting was to take place in public but Department of Communications requested privacy

Investigations into attacks on the HSE and the Department of Health are ongoing and involve the National Cyber Security Centre and Garda. File photograph: Getty

Authorities have not yet approached legation on ransomware attack, says spokeswoman

The ransomware attack on the HSE on Friday morning caused major disruption as it required a shutdown of all IT systems. Photograph: Getty Images

No effort spared to resume medical services and restore HSE’s system, statement says

Senator Eileen Flynn, the first Traveller to be nominated to the Seanad. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Need for quotas among ideas to give greater voice to women, minorities and LGBT+

The Department of Social Protection has confirmed that the payments since the start of April  have amounted to €2.6m after they were awarded to 7,724 parents.  Photograph: Getty Images

Some 7,500 parents have availed of the €245 weekly payment since parent’s leave was increased from two to five weeks in April

The Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine is a single-shot jab. File photograph: David Zalubowski/ AP Photo

Use of single-shot vaccine had been limited to over-50s by Niac due to blood clot concerns

 Charlie McConalogue said: ‘It’s not a Border issue, it’s a regional issue, and we have to work together as we gradually reopen.’ File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Cross-Border non-essential travel will be stopped by enforcement if needed says Swann

The so-called green digital certificates would show if the bearer has been vaccinated, has tested negative for Covid-19, or has recovered from the illness. File photogrpah: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Bloc secures 1.8 billion more doses of Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine to be received fully by 2023

Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien says he is looking at ‘whatever measures that are needed, up to and including a ban’ to address the issue of bulk-buying of new homes by investment funds. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Finance officials considered special tax increase on funds buying up Irish property

Taoiseach Micheál Martin expressed the hope that the pary would enjoy a ‘strong and effective campaign’.

TD from battle-ground constituency likely to be under pressure to deliver for the party

Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan said: ‘The choices we make now are vital to minimise the incidence of Covid-19 throughout May and June. Prioritise being outside and avoid crowds.’ Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Ministers consider ‘summer stimulus’ package as rollout of one-shot vaccine begins

Secretary of state for Northern Ireland Brandon Lewis and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney after their meeting on Wednesday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Simon Coveney says Brandon Lewis gave no indication of plans during meeting

New homes at Mullen Park, Maynooth, Co Kildare. Round Hill, a multinational investment company, is in discussions to buy 115 homes at the development. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Move has been agreed between three Coalition parties, sources say

Ministers say that while it is recommended that the Johnson and Johnson (pictured above) and AstraZeneca vaccines are given to the over-50s, Niac’s advice to Government does not preclude them being given to the over-40s. (Photograph: Dirk Waem/AFP via Getty Images

Donnelly confirms Niac advice does not exclude its use for under-50s

Taoiseach Micheál Martin: ‘We do not want institutional investors competing with first-time buyers.’ File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Issue to be ‘examined’ as Opposition accuses Government of providing tax deals for firms

A mural of Freddie Mercury by Emmalene Blake, in Kingswood, Dublin, as Tanaiste Leo Varadkar has said he is hoping for a return to normality by late summer. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Tánaiste hopes to see customers allowed indoors in pubs and restaurants in July

Hazel Chu, who hopes to be the Greens’ candidate in the Dublin Bay South by-election, pictured on Tuesday  at the launch of the party’s Roadmap for improved maternal care in Ireland.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Dublin Mayor will compete for right to be Green Party’s candidate

The Government hopes the new Affordable Housing Bill will result in 6,000 homes being built over the next three years

Inside Politics: Government hopes new Affordable Housing Bill will see 6,000 homes being built over next three years

Over 90 per cent of frontline healthcare workers have taken up the offer of vaccination, says the HSE

No plans by HSE to make Covid-19 vaccines mandatory for health workers

Ministers were told that Ireland is adequately represented at present and in the past has had disproportionate numbers in senior roles in Brussels. Photograph: iStock

Coveney sought approval for plan that aims to maintain representation at senior levels

The Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine. File photograph: Sebastien Bozon/AFP via Getty Images

Doses to be bought for use as booster shots, as rollout may be extended to under-16s

Minimum pricing for alcohol will be brought in from January 2022 under proposals signed off on by Cabinet on Tuesday. File Photograph: PA.

Measures signed off by Cabinet mean alcohol will not be available at ‘pocket-money prices’

Jim O’Callaghan of Fianna Fáil who believes that those supportive of unification should push for a large majority in any Border poll. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Target should be to produce largest possible majority in event of poll, say FF, FG

Eoin Ó Broin. Sinn Féin has denied that it uses ‘data-mining’ rom social media to update the database . Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Eoin Ó Broin says the Abú system ‘helps us win elections’

Tayto Park reopens to the public: Five-month-old Anna with her mum, Claire Monaghan, from Duleek, Co Meath, say hello to the tiger as the easing of Covid-19 restrictions allowed the park to welcome visitors back on Friday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Nphet letter came ahead of Cabinet decision to approve easing of restrictions

Minister for Sport Jack Chambers believes a Championship or League of Ireland match during the summer could be used as part of the pilot scheme aimed at facilitating the safe return of crowds to games. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Wider resumption of sport ‘an important objective of the Government’ says Chambers

Chief medical officer Tony Holohan had recommended that some European countries with high rates of Covid-19 be added to the list. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Iran and Costa Rica among five countries added, as five other countries removed

Members of the Defence Forces at the Citywest Covid-19 Vaccination Centre in Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Taskforce is currently reviewing the Covid jab rollout plan due to supply issues

 Taoiseach Micheál Martin addressing the nation: After various reopenings, foreign travel and inbound tourism will restart in July if the public health situation remains positive. Photograph: Julien Behal

Public must ‘stick with strategy’, says Taoiseach, with May and June set for easing of restrictions

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald said that today’s announcement was ‘long overdue’ good news but argued that there has to be an increased commitment to testing and tracing and ensuring vaccinations are accelerated.File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Opposition also calls for use of rapid Covid tests and up-to-date public health messaging

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar (right), pictured with Minister for Culture Catherine Martin and Taoiseach Micheál Martin, said the advice to work from home “remains the same”. Photograph: Julien Behal

Leo Varadkar says people should still work from home and promises ‘no cliff-edge’ when financial supports end

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said it had been a “very tough and unprecedented year”. Photograph: RTÉ

Travel outside county, larger outdoor meet-ups, hairdressing, sports training and religious services to be permitted in two weeks

It is understood public health officials agreed reopening outdoor activity in May and June would be low risk

Move follows lengthy talks between health chiefs and leaders of the coalition parties

Lee Brennan who is in mandatory quarantine at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel in Dublin

Lee Brennan, who had gone from Dublin hotel to Donegal, calls situation ‘farcical’

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Michael McGrath. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Question posed to McGrath after €80,000 pay rise for Department of Health secretary general role

Visitors to Doheny and Nesbitt pub on Baggott Street Lower in Dublin in October 2020. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Hotels will open doors on June 2nd with outdoor hospitality at restaurants and pubs due back June 7th

Defence Forces and a paramedic outside the Crowne Plaza, a quarantine hotel in Santry, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Just 71 appeals of 685 were granted, as India among countries that may be added to list

Taoiseach Micheál Martin, pictured with Tánaiste Leo Varadkar in Dublin on Tuesday, ahead of the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party meeting. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Government turns down CMO’s advice on adding Germany and Sweden to quarantine list

During an appearance at the Oireachtas Finance Committee, Taoiseach Micheál Martin  denied that Robert Watt (pictured) was head-hunted for the €292,000 position. Photograph: Collins

Fianna Fáil TD criticises information provided to PAC over salary

An Taoiseach Micheal Martin TD arrives for a cabinet meeting at Dublin Castle. Photo:Gareth Chaney/Collins

Martin suggested extra help will be provided to those in hospitality, tourism and entertainment sectors 

The memorial wall  at Glasnevin Cemetery which has been the target of attacks. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘Half-finished’ wall partially hidden from view since attack last year

The National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) has approved the use of  the Johnson and Johnson (Janssen)  vaccine and relaxed its restrictions on the AstraZeneca shot. Photograph: EPA

Allowing J&J for over 50s, along with change in AstraZeneca guidelines, to accelerate vaccinations

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe:  “Our public debt is approaching a quarter of a trillion euros.” Photograph: Julien Behal

Pandemic supports burning through cash quicker than anticipated

Dublin Airport. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Passengers at Dublin Airport declined by 78% to almost 7.4 million in 2020

Robert Watt’s time in the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform was due to end in April after a decade there in the top role. File photograph: Collins

Salary rise of €80,000 to €292,000 a year indicative of desire to pursue ‘reform’ agenda

Labour Party leader Alan Kelly claimed the CervicalCheck Tribunal will be ‘an expensive waste of time’.

Kelly also notes ‘failure ’ to address concerns of women over the CervicalCheck Tribunal

The Taoiseach  agreed that going to spectator sports with post-match pints and attending weddings should be possible by the end of the year. File photograph: iStock

Martin agrees attending sports, post-match pints and going to weddings should be possible by end of 2021

Property owners responded to the lifting of the eviction ban saying it is ‘essential’ that the rental market is allowed to return to ‘some normality’. Photograph: iStock

Opposition fears rise in homelessness as Government defends tenant supports

Sinn Féin said India is not on the ‘red list’ despite a ‘really worrying’ number of cases and deaths. But the country has been added to the list in Northern Ireland.

Surge in infections and emergence of yet another coronavirus variant ‘concerning’

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald outside Stormont in Belfast, speaking to media following a loyalist protest in the city against Brexit’s Northern Ireland Protocol. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

McDonald confirms information held in Frankfurt by ‘an outstanding and trusted company’

People queue up outside the Covid-19 vaccination centre at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on  Wednesday. Photograph:  Niall Carson/ PA Wire

Niac to consider extending time between doses of Pfizer jab to vaccinate more people

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