A protester shows a picture of George Floyd from her phone to a wall of security guards as she and others demonstrate near the White House, in Washington, DC, on Wednesday. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP

Response should be to eliminate racism and inequality everywhere, Higgins says

Minister for Transport Shane Ross said he was  concerned the aviation  industry has no certainty when business might regrow and this of itself is a significant destabilising influence. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

No timeframe set out for unrestricted flights as other EU states set clear resumption dates

Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring told the Dáil there is a difference between 5km in an urban and rural area. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Michael Ring also urges Bank of Ireland to reopen branches closed in pandemic immediately

Minister of State for Defence Paul Kehote   was speaking during a Dáil debate on the impact of Covid-19. File photograph: Alan Betson

Minister acknowledges numbers more than 1,000 below the 9,500 minimum target

Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl during a minute’s silence in the Dáil on Wednesday

Dáil observes minute’s silence as demonstration of ‘our abhorrence of and rejection of racism’

Aeroplanes grounded at Dublin airport during the Covid-19 pandemic. Photograph: Kenneth O Halloran

Over 6,000 Irish people have returned from abroad since start of pandemic

Sinn Féin health spokeswoman Louise O’Reilly  during Tuesday’s meeting of the Oireachtas committee on Covid-19. Image: Oireachtas TV.

Total bill for three-month deal expected to be €300 million, Oireachtas committee hears

Catherine Murphy TD: said the bigger incomes in the Dublin area were accounted for because it is difficult to find locations to put masts.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Garda stations providing most facilities with Fitzgibbon St station in Dublin alone generating €185k since 2018

 To secure a seat on the UN Security Council which has five permanent and 10 temporary members, Ireland needs 129 votes from the 193 members in the secret ballot. File photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty Images

President ‘a beacon’ in long Irish campaign for position allocated in June 17th vote

Sinn Fein’s housing spokesman Eoin Ó Broin said the scheme would keep the standard 5 per cent profit margin for building contractors but removes the middlemen. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Party has sent five-page proposal to local authorities and other stakeholders

Pat McDonagh, owner and founder of Supermac’s, made the comments on RTÉ radio on Thursday. Photograph: Collins

TDs hit out at Pat McDonagh’s comments on part-time workers as an ‘utter disgrace’

Jimmy Grogan: A native of Knockanally, Donadea, Co Kildare, he lived on the Bulfin Road before moving to Clifden Drive in Ballyfermot.

Lives lost to Covid-19: OPW father of nine flew Lilywhites flag in Ballyfermot

Patrick Brady: went often from London to Skibbereen with his wife Mary.

Lives Lost to Covid-19: Kildare man in London rewarded by queen for foiling robbery

Proposals on the future of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) will be brought forward ‘over the next week or so’, Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty has said. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Fianna Fáil TD says he resents claims that people on pandemic benefit ‘gaming the system’

Minister for Communications Richard Bruton told the Dáil he had asked the company with the seven-year €3 billion contracts about providing the service in five years. File Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Some 290,000 homes and businesses due to receive service between 2022 and 2026

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

Fianna Fáil’s Jim O’Callaghan. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Cabinet has ‘casually delegated too much responsibility’ to public health, Dáil hears

 Dr Tony Holohan  indicated the two-metre rule  was necessary in order to suppress the spread of Covid-19. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Taoiseach suggests the Covid-19 committee could examine the 2-metre issue

Minister of State John Paul Phelan told the Dáil that the Government will also consider extending the waiver for businesses that have been severely impacted. Photograph: Tom Honan

Minister tells Dáil councils are expected to be repaid early in June

Minister for Health Simon Harris has said ‘many people are seeking to apportion blame but we should remind ourselves that the villain here is the virus’.  Photograph: Oireachtas TV/PA Wire

Rate at which Covid-19 is transmitted is now stable at between 0.4 and 0.5 - Minister

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: ‘Everything in healthcare is at a premium at the moment whether it’s PPE [personal protective equipment] or testing kits.’ Photograph: Photocall Ireland/PA Wire

‘Months rather than weeks’ before 14-day quarantine for passengers entering country ends

The size of a church building would have an impact on who could attend, he said and that a greater number of mourners could be accommodated in larger places or worship. Photograph: iStock

Baptisms, small weddings part of talks as Labour calls to allow 30 mourners

Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan held a meeting with the Cabinet on Tuesday afternoon where the issue was raised by a number of ministers. File photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Two-metre social distancing rule needed to suppress Covid-19 spread, says Holohan

Leo Varadkar: ‘As much as is possible we will leave the big party decisions be made by the next government whenever that happens.’ File photograph: Photocall Ireland/PA Wire

Varadkar reiterates benefits will continue beyond June 8th as Dáil row erupts over estimates

Tadhg Daly of Nursing Homes Ireland warned about ‘cataclysmic consequences’ because of delays in testing for staff and residents. Photograph: Oireachtas TV/PA Wire

Some nursing homes say they had to use painter’s overalls due to lack of PPE

A number of TDs raised the controversy over the transfer of more than 100 asylum seekers from Dublin to the Skelligs Star hotel in Cahersiveen where 24 Covid-19 cases were identified. Photograph:  Google maps

Department official tells Oireachtas committee Co Kerry facility now properly resourced

Nursing Homes Ireland chief executive Tadhg Daly is pictured in the Dáil chamber during a meeting of the Oireachtas Special Committee on Covid-19. Image: Oireachtas TV.

Private nursing homes were ‘literally outsourced and forgotten about’ - Sage director

Marian Harkin TD: “It is likely for a significant number of people that they’ll be over the tax threshold. They’ll be paying a level of tax that they didn’t expect.”  Photograph: Alan Betson

Advertising campaign needed to alert people and to encourage them to save to pay it, says TD

Figures released by Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy show just under €800 million was spent since 2018 on Hap

Surge in demand for housing support expected when emergency rent freeze ends

Michael Devine: reported on major incidents such as the kidnapping of Dutch industrialist Tiede Herrema by the IRA in 1975

Highly respected correspondent reported on view from Dublin through the Troubles

Minister for Business Heather Humphreys said 240 workplace inspections  but  did not have the figures for meat plant inspections. File photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland/PA Wire

Minister for Agriculture says 60 per cent of employees have returned to work

Chairman of the Dáil Covid-19 committee Michael McNamara said ‘we’ve now reached a stage on our roadmap where we can have a McDonald’s, but we can’t have a cancer screening’. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Dáil group’s chairman criticises access to fast food, but lack of access to cancer screening

Last weekend at Beaumont Hospital emergency department  ‘large numbers of people were sitting side-by-side, many of them waiting there up to 12 hours’, the Dáil was told on Thursday. File photograph: The Irish Times

Róisín Shortall calls for action on ‘high-risk’ situation in acute hospital setting

A senior nurse will be part of the proposed expert panel on nursing homes. File photograph: The Irish Times

Group to have public health expert, geriatrician, nurse and public interest representative

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar speaking in the Dáil on Thursday

Varadkar says hundreds of lives could be save this winter with flu vaccine

Teresa O’Brien: She loved to look after her 15 grandchildren, and knew their ‘unique quirks and personality traits’

Lives Lost to Covid-19: ‘What she craved more than anything was a family of her own’

The National Public Health Emergency Team has said it does not see schools returning before September.  File photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire.

Minister says massive logistical work required to reopen schools in September

Debenhams workers protest outside Leinster House, Kildare St, in Dublin today. Photograph: The Irish Times

Pandemic payment would ‘absolutely’ be extended, decision due ‘in coming weeks’

Minister for Education Joe McHugh has said opening schools needs to be ‘carefully managed’. Photograph: Leon Farrell/PA

Comments dampen call from National Parents’ Council Primary for partial June reopening

Minister tells Fianna Fáil finance spokesman that intention of emergency legislation ‘was to treat all of our citizens and employees equally’. File photograph: Getty

Sharp exchanges on women not entitled to receive the temporary wage income support

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone said the wearing of facemasks for the under-6s was unlikely to contribute to infection control and  could also involve a degree of coercion. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

A ‘pod’ system of small playgroups and regular hand-washing is envisaged but not facemasks

Minister for Health Simon Harris, pictured earlier this month, has ruled out sixth-class primary school returning to the classroom before going on to second level. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Parents’ group calls for primary schools to be partially reopened in mid-June if safe to do so

Paschal Donohoe: expects national income to fall by 10.5 per cent this year. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Banks moving into position of ‘considerable losses’, Paschal Donohoe tells Dáil

Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan, CMO arriving at the Oireachtas Covid-19 Committee sitting at Leinster House, Dublin on Tuesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Covid-19 safety measures could add €15,000 to price of new home, says industry body

The TD Colm Brophy has said ‘there is no logic in paying private health insurance’

FG TD Colm Brophy says there is ‘no logic’ in paying for insurance during pandemic

Minister for Health Simon Harris  was warned by chief medical officer Tony Holohan that as the number of local cases of the disease falls and restrictions are eased, the relative importance of importing cases from overseas increases. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

NPHET wrote to Minister for Health recommending strict restrictions on visitors

Department of Health secretary general Jim Breslin (left)  and  chief medical officer Dr  Tony Holohan, arriving at Leinster House before the Oireachtas Covid-19 Committee sitting. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

‘No certainty’ coronavirus can be suppressed, warns chief medical officer

The Government has interpreted the shortage of 11 Senators to mean until there is a new government no legislation can be passed. Photograph: Tom Honan

Absence of government formation would prohibit Offences against State Act renewal

Glen McHugh Farrelly: “Salvation is just there and it’s just out of reach for whatever reason.”

‘I know it’s an awful situation worldwide but treatment can’t stop or be withheld’

Speaking during a debate on the impact of the pandemic on the arts, Jospeha Madigan said ‘there will also be a much bigger focus on digital technologies for this year’s event’. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Minister for Culture says decision is regrettable but artists can still create ‘buzz’

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar told the Dáil that “some jobs will cease to exist” but there would be growth in the green and digital sectors. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Taoiseach says number of retail and creative arts jobs will shrink but care sector will grow

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said care homes needed to be better integrated with the health service to provide for more involvement of therapists, geriatricians and infection control nurses. Photograph: Photocall Ireland/PA Wire

New funding model for nursing homes needs to be considered, says Taoiseach

HSE ceo Paul Reid (left) said the announcement by chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan (right) bore ‘absolutely no resemblance to that which we previously discussed and has taken no account of what can be achieved by when’. Photographs: Gareth Chaney/Collin Keegan/Collins

HSE chief and chairman both wrote to department to complain over Holohan announcement

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said: ‘There has been a significant lack of transparency on this issue.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil leader appeals for factory inspections as TD reports 200 complaints being made

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, pictured with Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan. File image: Dave Meehan / The Irish Times

Cabinet to decide on Nphet advice on face coverings and other measures on Friday

Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

‘Everyone who tested positive was removed very quickly’, Minister tells Dáil

Minister for Transport Shane Ross  called on TDs not to exaggerate the problem of passengers arriving in Ireland unchecked. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Minister for Transport says CMO ‘likely to make recommendation’ on issue

Minister for Transport Shane  Ross told the Dáil the public transport system ‘is a critical part of the plan for re-opening of the economy’.

Shane Ross tells Dáil sector is ‘critical for re-opening of economy’

Alan Shatter resigned as minister for justice in 2014. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Report was to be removed from Oireachtas library in light of 2019 Supreme Court ruling

Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh. Photograph: Leon Farrell/PA Wire

Joe Mc Hugh insists schools will award grades, not Department of Education

 Covid-19 Dáil committee chairman, Independent TD Michael McNamara. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Independent TD Michael McNamara was appointed chairman at first meeting

“If outdoor areas are to be used to facilitate social distancing when bars open up again, then smoking should be prohibited from all areas of all pubs when they reopen,”  Professor Des Cox noted in a letter to the Minister for Health. Photograph: Getty Images

RCPI says staff, non-smoking customers need to be protected from second-hand smoke

The Guerin report led to the resignation of then minister for justice Alan Shatter in 2014. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Move to withdraw report follows Supreme Court judgment vindicating Alan Shatter

David Cullinane of Sinn Féin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Party puts Cullinane forward, amid speculation Shortall could be consensus candidate

Lives lost: some of the people who have died of Covid-19 in Ireland and among the diaspora in recent weeks

The public, private and very full lives of some of those who have died of Covid-19 in recent weeks

Danny Delaney was on the winning Stradbally football team in the 1959 and 1963 intermediate championships.

Covid-19 Lives Lost: Wife recalls 52 happy years and pays tribute to staff at Maryborough centre

John McGroddy with his wife Nell. John died with Covid-19 on March 29th. Nell is recovering for the virus.

Lives lost to Covid-19: Donegal golf lover ran a hardware shop in Swords for years

 Colm Healion spent his entire working life with the ESB, finishing his career as a property manager for the company

Lives lost to Covid-19: He and his late wife Bridie wore their Laois colours proudly

John Gallagher talks with students from Francis Street  school in 2007. He was chairman of the board of management there for years. File photograph: Kate Geraghty.

Lives lost to Covid-19: Community worker was heavily involved in Save Wood Quay campaign

Liz Traynor: Died on April 3rd at 8pm, the night before her 79th birthday

Lives lost to Covid-19: She was ‘kind, caring, gentle, fun and always up for the craic’

 Winifred (Winnie) Montgomery: At all the big family events like weddings “she was the centre of attention because she was such a warm personality”.

Lives lost to Covid-19: ‘She was just so kind, there was nothing she couldn’t do for you’

Hugh (Aodh) Kieran: He was an avid reader and a valued member of the Louth library service

Lives lost to Covid-19: Dundalk native was a ‘man of keen intellect’ and artistic talent

John Deffew: His daughter Frances describes her father as a jolly man with wild, curly hair that could never be tamed.

Lives lost to Covid-19: Factory worker from Mountmellick died at St Vincent’s nursing home

Fr James Hurley SJ:  “He was a rebel in ways and involved with revolutionaries but he was the most obedient man in terms of his vows and poverty and gave away everything.”

Founding member of Amnesty in Hong Kong worked with triad and Long Kesh prisoners

Thomas Meade: He retired in 1988 as registrar general or ard chláraitheoir cúnta

When it became obvious his wife Maureen would need nursing home care, he decided they would move into one together

Alice Kennedy ‘worked tirelessly for others in her adoptive city, with the interests of the most vulnerable closest to her  heart’.

Lives lost to Covid-19: Splendid organiser who gave willingly of her time and energy

Andrew (Andy) O’Halloran.

Lives lost to Covid-19: Before he died, Andy let everyone know that he’d married the love of his life

Joseph (Joe) Duffy was the youngest boy in a family of seven boys and six girls

Lives lost to Covid-19: A switch of careers from tailoring to plumbing saw him setting up his own heating business

 Judy Wall: Hospitable to all visitors, she loved banter, had a hearty laugh and was fond of music

Lives lost to Covid-19: Just by looking at a photograph and without a pattern, a cardigan or jumper would fly up on her knitting n(...)

Bernard King was a garda in Dublin from 1953-1980 before finishing his career as chief superintendent in Dún Laoghaire.

Lives lost to Covid-19: Mayo man settled in Blackrock and retired as chief superintendent

Joe Jennings:  ‘We just spoke to him on the phone but we couldn’t give him a hug or a squeeze or a cuddle,’ his daughter said.

Lives lost to Covid-19: Joe was always waiting for Mayo to win the All-Ireland

Elizabeth Morris was diagnosed with Covid-19 on April 4th and died on April 8th, aged 90.

Lives lost to Covid-19: Elizabeth Morris was widowed in 1970 with 12 children

 Frank Halpin had a great sense of humour, loved a pint of Guinness and a singalong

Lives lost to Covid-19: ‘His favourite place was Skerries and he always believed there was no need to travel anywhere else’

Simon Coveney was speaking at a seminar on the EU and facing the challenges of Covid-19. File photograph: Henry Nicholls/Reuters

Simon Coveney warns consequences of Covid-19 for EU to last for next decade

The nursing home’s managing director said he believed the spread of the virus within the nursing home was now under control as there had been no new case in the past 14 days. Source: Google Street View

Managing director of Dealgan House Nursing Home says many deaths Covid-19 related

Minister for Housing Eoghan  Murphy said 5,000 homes had been built in the first quarter of the year before sites were shut down. File photograph: The Irish Times

Eoghan Murphy: ‘Plenty of funding available from Europe and other sources’ for housing

Simon Coveney said ‘the easy thing is just to call for an extension, but we do not get an extension unless the UK side wants to pursue that approach’.

Dáil told ‘we have to have plans in place to try to protect Irish interests as best we can’

Sinn Féin Louth TD Ruairí Ó Murchú said he had been shown figures indicating that all the deaths were linked to coronavirus. File photograph: Getty

Calls made for an investigation into what happened in the residential setting

When urged to establish a stand-alone tourism portfolio by Independent TD Michael Collins,  Mr Varadkar asked which ministry Mr Collins wanted to abolish to make the proposal possible. Photograph: EPA

Strident calls for 0% figure contravenes European Union directive, Taoiseach tells TDs

Under the proposals, students would be able to appeal their results to the department and not to schools. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Teachers’ unions are examining proposed alternative to summer exams

‘The stress these students have been put under is intolerable.’ File photograph: The Irish Times

Oppositions condemn handling of exam crisis as ‘unacceptable’ and ‘unmitigated disaster’

Everyone who arrives in the State, whether Irish or foreign, is being asked to self-isolate, or quarantine, for 14 days. File photograph: Kate Geraghty/The Irish Times

One third of passengers staying in State on arrival decline to give contact details

Leo Varadkar speaking in the Dáil

Sinn Féin leader accused of being ‘two-faced’ after claiming Varadkar was ‘out of touch’

The Dáil was debating the impact of the pandemic on the tourism and hospitality sector. Photograph: iStock

Minister of State Brendan Griffin calls for new bank holiday and 0% tourism Vat rate

The British government seems to be showing ‘bad faith’ by refusing to agree to the establishment of a European Union office in Belfast after Brexit, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire.

FF leader Micheál Martin tells Dáil ‘no one in Northern Ireland appears to object to idea’

A file image of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. He praised the level of support being provided to member states by the EU.

Opposition says funding supports not nearly enough, warns against return to austerity

Minister for Health  Simon Harris said ‘between three to four people are being admitted to intensive care every day’. Photograph: SON Photo

Minister for Health tells Dáil coronavirus reproductive rate remains stable

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar speaks during a a vist to a Covid-19 community assessment hub at Dublin City University. Photograph:  handout/Irish government/AFP via Getty images)

Varadkar says proper procedures now in place to avoid Keelings ‘debacle’

Chief Medical Officer    Dr Tony Holohan, at the Department of Health at a Covid -19 update press conference at the Department of Health. Photograph: Colin Keegan/ Collins Dublin

‘Case hasn’t arisen yet to give us a reasonable belief that now is the time to lift restrictions’

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