The State’s incidence of Covid-19 appears set to surpass that of the UK for the first time since the pandemic started, new figures show. File photograph: Valerie Macon/AFP via Getty Images

Government may draw up a new roadmap to deal with coronavirus contingencies

Almost 160,000 passengers arrived in Dublin Airport during July, most from non-green list countries. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Online passenger locator form being developed by HSE due to launch this month

Brendan Halligan was characterised as ‘an unrivalled political organiser’. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Party chief Alan Kelly pays tribute to leading light, while Taoiseach lauds ‘commitment’

The Kildare Chilling Company Meat Plant on the outskirts of Kildare Town, where there has been a significant outbreak of Covid-19 among employees. Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

Minister says it would not be appropriate for these factories to open during lockdown

Gardaí have said they will have a ‘visible presence’ in counties Kildare, Laois and Offaly from today. File photograph: Crispin Rodwell/The Irish Times

Glynn says there is no guarantee restrictions in these counties will be lifted after two weeks

Taoiseach Micheál Martin delivers a live address on the steps of Government Buildings, Dublin. Photograph: Julien Behal

Move criticised as ‘blunt instrument’ and ‘draconian’ by local TD Charlie Flanagan

Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar arriving at  a Cabinet meeting in Dublin Castle. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

In recent weeks there have been Government announcements, and then there have been Varadkar announcements

Former minster for justice Charlie Flanagan and current Laois TD says State aid needs to follow any restrictions. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

TDs criticise delayed response of State agencies to ‘obvious’ meat plant risks

Taoiseach Micheál Martin outlines the new restrictions that have been imposed on the residents of Kildare, Laois and Offaly in response to a sharp increase in Covid-19 cases in the midlands. Photograph: Julien Behal

Garda checkpoints to enforce new travel limits, cafes and pubs to close for two weeks

Taoiseach Micheál Martin in his office, with a portrait of Seán Lemass in the background. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Interview: Taoiseach defends Government’s less-than-ideal start and reopening strategy

Taoiseach Micheál Martin: ‘We’re still the largest party in the Dáil which gets forgotten. And our people need to realise that.’ Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Martin cautions on waiting times and diagnostics in addition to housing targets

Tipperary TD Jackie Cahill. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

TD Jackie Cahill seeks extraordinary meeting of Fianna Fáil Oireachtas members

Some Ministers have questioned the messaging coming from the Department of the Taoiseach. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP via Getty

Some Ministers privately voice concern at endangered pubs and handling of pandemic

With consumer activity severely restricted in April and May, VAT receipts were 22.7%  or €2.2bn  down on the same period last year. Photograph: Tom Honan

Government’s budget deficit soars as VAT receipts crash and spending rises

Closed pubs in Dublin’s Temple Bar. Publicans had hoped they would be able to reopen on August 10th. Photograph: Collins

Scally says alcohol is ‘best friend’ of Covid-19 and pubs must stay shut


Taoiseach sympathises with publicans as phase four of reopening further delayed

Taoiseach Micheál Martin at the media briefing that followed Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting. Photograph: Julien Behal Photography/PA Wire

GAA president urges patience and says games will continue to be played

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar, Taoiseach Micheal Martin and Dr Ronan Glynn during the post-Cabinet press briefing. Photograph: Julien Behal Photography/PA Wire

Green list shortened, restaurants to close at 11pm and face coverings mandatory in shops

Green Party TD Malcolm Noonan: ‘The storage of hares for prolonged periods in coursing parks would further add to the risk of spreading infection.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Rabbit haemorrhagic disease means hare-coursing licences likely to stay suspended

Green Party leader Éamon Ryan, Minister of State Joe O’Brien and TD Neasa Hourigan. Photograph: Tom Honan

The party prides itself on doing things differently. Doing them right would be better

 Green Party TD Neasa Hourigan at Leinster House on Kildare Street, Dublin. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

TD wants to remain as a Green parliamentarian after voting against Government Bill

The Coalition led by Tánaiste Leo Varadkar (left) Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Minister for Climate Action Eamon Ryan (right), has faced a series of controversies. Photograph: Julien Behal Photography/PA

Coalition has lost a Minister, failed to secure a key vote and reversed on policy positions

Taoiseach Micheál Martin speaking in the Dáil sitting in Dublin's Convention Centre. File photograph: Oireachtas TV screenshot

Abstention by Minister of State creates further drama for his party – and the Coalition

The former Skellig Star hotel in Co Kerry which has been operating as a direct provision centre. Image via Google Maps

More than 30 residents on hunger strike in protest at conditions in Cahersiveen centre

Green Party TD Neasa Hourigan who has resigned as party chief whip after voting against the Government. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Concern within Government circles after Minister of State fails to support legislation

Large clusters of parliamentarians are disaffected, for a variety of reasons, with Taoiseach Micheál Martin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

From Barry Cowen to ministerial pay, the Coalition has had more than a few wobbles

Norma Foley TD, Minister for Education. . Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Contents of Government plan broadly welcomed but unions say €375m allocated may prove insufficient

Norma Foley had her best moment as Minister for Education on Monday after a shaky July. Photograph: Alan Betson

With huge investment, complex logistics and guidelines, early indications are it just might work

Eamon Ryan: his supporters in the party said  “a win was a win”. Photograph: Getty Images

Leader’s victory over Catherine Martin by just 48 votes was much tighter than anybody had anticipated

Michael McGrath said the change was taken to ensure that all three super junior minsters  be “treated equally”. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Public Expenditure Minister says he has no knowledge of FF opposing such an increase in last Dáil

Paschal Donohoe said rationale of July stimulus is to sustain employment and give small companies ‘fighting chance’.   Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

€24 billion spent on coronavirus actions ‘unprecedeneted’, says Minister for Finance

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan and deputy leader Catherine Martin: result raises questions about durability of Ryan’s leadership. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

Ryan wins 51.2% of poll, while challenger Catherine Martin wins 48.8% of votes

Catherine Martin, Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht, arrives to a Dáil sitting at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Catherine Martin says she is saddened some younger members are leaving the party

Eamon Ryan, who retained his leadership of the Green Party by 994 votes to 946, and deputy leader Catherine Martin in a Dublin hotel after the leadership contest result was announced. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Analysis: Eamon Ryan retains leadership but Catherine Martin emerges in strong position

Taoiseach Micheál Martin was highly critical of Sinn Féin. Focusing on the party’s contribution in the Dáil. Photograph: Franciso Ceso/EPA / POOL

Members claimed Varadkar trying to have ownership of Green List announcement

Eamon  Ryan won 994 of the 1,950 votes cast with Catherine Martin winning 946.  File photograph: Alan Betson/ The Irish Times

‘Really close result’: Catherine Martin misses out by just 48 votes

Passengers at Dublin Airport. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Government says ‘safest thing to do is not to travel’ but quarantine not needed for those arriving from selected locations

Simon Harris, Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, innovation and Science. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Coronavirus: Minister to set out public health regulations for universities and colleges

Government sources  confirmed the green list would be reduced to a “very limited” number of countries when it is finalised at a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday. File photograph: Getty

Parties divided over publication of list of countries while advising public not to travel

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe is  understood to be working on a scheme that will offer a tax rebate to encourage people to holiday in Ireland this year. File photograph: Getty

Huge financial package aimed at mitigating record 8.3% recession forecast across EU

Taoiseach Micheál Martin: A significant minority now favour an alternative path, and with it, an alternative leader. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA

Cowen affair may mean as many as one-third of party TDs no longer support the Taoiseach

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar arrives at the Convention Centre in Dublin for a Dáil session on Thursday.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Tánaiste says that continuing the commercial rates waiver will also be considered

Former minister for agriculture Barry Cowen. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Some of party’s TDs say as many as a third of members sceptical of Martin’s leadership

Barry Cowen. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Micheál Martin had made up his mind the Minister had to go if he refused to make a second statement

Green Party leadership candidate Catherine Martin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Green Party leadership candidates spoke at final hustings of the campaign on Tuesday

Former minister for Agriculture Barry Cowen TD during a   Cabinet meeting at Dublin Castle earlier this month. File photograph: Collins

Vetting of proposed ministers ‘always carried out’, says former minister of state

 Barry Cowen was appointed a little over a fortnight ago as Minister for Agriculture by Taoiseach Micheál Martin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Taoiseach praised for acting ‘decisively’ as Barry Cowen is sacked as minister

 Former minister for agriculture  Barry Cowen: The Taoiseach had asked Mr Cowen to resign but the Offaly TD had refused. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Offaly TD also refused to make second public statement about drink-driving ban

 Former minister for agriculture  Barry Cowen: The Taoiseach had asked Mr Cowen to resign but the Offaly TD had refused. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

TD ‘surprised and disappointed’; move comes amid continuing controversy over drink driving ban

When contacted by The Irish Times on Monday, Barry Cowen said he had said all he was going to say about the matter and would make no further comment. Photograph: Alan Betson

Green Party leader says story ‘isn’t going away’ and there is need for further clarity

 Green Party leader Eamon Ryan at the Convention Centre in Dublin on Saturday. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Analysis: The party knows entering coalition is a risk, and it must show tangible gains in 2020

The new Coalition has faced a barrage of criticism over the lack of regional balance in its senior Cabinet with no senior Minister from West, the North West or the South East. Photograph: Maxwells

No senior Minister from West, the North West or the South East in 32nd Dáil

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

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

Lorna Bogue claims she was suspended from the Green Party because her criticisms about party leader Eamon Ryan (above)  were put to him on Prime Time. Photograph: Gareth Chaney /Collins Photos

Party says internal inquiry underway after Cork councillor made comments in messages

 Neasa Hourigan has been at the centre of   a breakdown in relations within its parliamentary party. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Analysis: Two factions fight a bitter battle of attrition, in full view of everybody else

According to sources,   Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan may announce a review of the controversial legislation. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Legitimacy of non-jury Special Criminal Court due to expire at end of month

Each party will count the votes on Friday and the result should be known by early evening.

If the coalition proposal is spurned by any party, then senior politicians will be compromised

 Green Party leader Eamon Ryan is in favour of the party entering government. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Mark Ruffalo speaks during event organised by pro-coalition party members

Green Party TD Neasa Hourigan: the de facto leader of the group opposing a move into coalition. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Leading environmental politicians in Europe urge Ireland’s Green Party to back deal

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment Richard Bruton. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Climate Action and Environment says funds would go to just transition

US actor Mark Ruffalo. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images

Actor urges Irish people ‘to do the right thing’ and oppose any fracked gas being exported into Ireland

Green Party deputy leader Catherine Martin said that if the Greens entered government they would keep the commitments of the programme for government under constant review. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Varadkar responds to Catherine Martin’s claim coalition programme could be reviewed

FF deputy leader Dara Calleary said there has been very positive engagement and criticism had been less than was anticipated. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Expected antipathy in rural areas to Green Party over agriculture policy hardly featured

 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

Green Party deputy leader Catherine Martin and Green Party leader Eamon Ryan.  Photograph: Leah Farrell/Rollingnews

Nine-hour Zoom convention turned out to be an absorbing display of democracy in action

Green Party deputy leader Catherine Martin told the online convention  she was cognisant of the many shortcomings in the programme for government. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Deputy leader Catherine Martin endorses programme for government unequivocally

 Catherine Martin: “We must put the country first and never let it be said that we did not at times do all in our power to protect the planet.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney

Catherine Martin’s speech was seen as pivotal in the internal debate within the party

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan: The party needs to get approval from two thirds of its members if it is to enter coalition. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

More than 2,400 members have registered to vote on the programme for government

The State secured 128 votes to clinch a spot on the UN Security Council. File photograph: Stephane Lemouton/AFP

Country was in ‘group of death’ with Norway and Canada to win seat, says Taoiseach

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan: will open proceedings  of an online convention followed by explanatory sessions on the 170-page programme. Photograph: Alan Betson

Mixed views on whether abstention of three TDs will influence outcome of party’s vote

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

The new government will introduce a new auto-enrolment pension model. Photograph: iStock

Threshold to remain at 66 until new report published while auto-enrolment scheme planned

 Green Party leader Eamon Ryan arrives at Government Buildings on Merrion Street, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins Photos

Quick turnaround is because important pieces of legislation need to be renewed

There is a promise  to bolster Garda powers against white-collar crime including amending legislation to ensure prosecutions happen more quickly. Photograph: Mark Condren/PA Wire

Society: Parties pledge extra powers for gardaí, directly elected mayors and hate crime law

Social protection spending: ‘Safety net’ to be created as pandemic benefit is phased out

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

 Simon Coveney and Paschal Donohoe greet Eamon Ryan  as he arrives for talks on government formation at Government Buildings. Photograph: Alan Betson

They appear to have got what they asked for, but will it be enough for the Greens?

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

Minister for Finance Pascal Donohoe at Government Buildings on Sunday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Several outstanding issues remain unresolved after meeting between party leaders

 Minister for Education Joe McHugh: Depriving children of full-time education in September would possibly have a very negative impact on their development.  Photograph:  Leon Farrell/PA

Teachers’ unions concerned at full-time return via ‘class bubble’ instead of social distancing

Minister for Education Joe McHugh said a  report showed that if the social distancing was reduced to one metre, primary school pupils could attend school 50% of the time. File photograph: David Sleator

Students would only be able to attend one or two days a week if rule not changed, says Minister

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

The number of contact tracers has also fallen steeply, with 30 on call at all times, compared with more than 300 at the height of the pandemic

Move comes despite average number of contacts per case rising since lockdown eased

The median number of contacts per diagnosis has risen to close to 3.5 per person, compared with an average of two per person when full restrictions were in place. Photograph: Alan Betson

In one case diagnosed with Covid-19, the individual named 25 contacts

 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 and deputy leader Catherine Martin: some in the party feel the timing of leadership challenge is not ideal. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Catherine Martin’s leadership challenge underlines other divisions within the party

 Dr Tony Holohan, chief medical officer at the Department of Health,  speaking on Monday evening. Photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Chief medical officer comments after four more deaths brings toll in State to 1,683

People on Grafton Street in Dublin on Sunday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Health Minister warns progress against virus still fragile but says ‘today is great day for country’

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said the postponements were due to the rapidly changing situation regarding easing coronavirus restrictions. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland/PA Wire

‘I’m not sure what they are playing at,’ says senior figure as Tuesday deadline looms

 Micheál Martin: Fine Gael members are said to be particular critical around the claim the Fianna Fáil leader forced the issue on cancelling the Leaving Cert. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Fianna Fáil seen as willing to promise ‘sun, moon and stars to get over the line’

Eamon Ryan: he is said to have   very strong support within parliament

Party may delay leadership contest until after programme for government is negotiated

Green Party TD Joe O’Brien,  deputy leader Catherine Martin, party leader Eamon Ryan and Senator Pippa Hackett at the launch of the party’s general election campaign in January. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Party needs backing of 67% of members in order to enter coalition

  Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed represented FG at the government formation talks. Photograph: Tom Honan

Inconclusive discussions during fourth week of talks between FF, FG and Greens

Pádraig Ó Céidigh: said new model could be operated through An Post or through credit union offices. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister for Finance unfavourable to Pádraig Ó Céidigh’s plea for German-style model

Fianna Fáil has committed to reducing the State pension age from the proposed 67 years of age to 65 years of age. Fine Gael has opposed this change. Photographs: Gareth Chaney/Collins & Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Progress at talks has been fitful and over the weekend parties failed to resolve key issues

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