Garda checkpoint between the Meath and Kildare border near the N4 motorway at Kilcock, Co Kildare, on Monday. A spike in coronavirus cases has forced the reintroduction of local restrictions in Kildare, Laois and Offaly. Photograph: Collins Photos

European body’s new risk assessment warns of ‘true resurgence’ in Covid-19 cases in several countries

The number of new cases diagnosed in the Republic has risen rapidly in the last week, with many associated with outbreaks in several meat processing plants in the midlands.  Photograph: David Sleator

Rapid spread of coronavirus in processing facilities in the midlands causing concerns

A Covid-19 test centre outside Tullamore, Co Offaly. Photograph: Collins

Politicians calling for plant closures amid spike in cases ‘not helpful’, says Varadkar

On Friday, the Supreme Court overturned the Government’s ‘excessively vague and aspirational’ plan to combat global warming. File photograph: Getty

National agenda derailed by judgment, but Minister notes decision key to political focus

Minister for Enterprise Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Stephen Collins

Attracting investment ‘will become much more difficult’, Varadkar has been warned

‘If that was Fine Gael, Joe O’Brien would not be in position any more.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil TDs glad voting indiscipline has come now and not on budget

Questions have emerged over whether Government inspectors had the right to question people in a blanket manner at the airport

Controversy surrounds gathering of information from people in relation to Pandemic Unemployment Payment


Previous government argued for Coveney to keep State car

Minister for Sport  Catherine Martin:  ‘The current board of the FAI now has an opportunity to show strong leadership.’ Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

State withholding bulk of €30m bailout funds until progress on ‘key issues’

People can now travel to green list countries if they are on the pandemic unemployment payment, or other forms of unemployment assistance. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

ICCL and Flac have suggested decisions on stripping benefit could be open to challenge

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Defence Simon Coveney had previoulsly criticised the ‘automatic entitlement’ to a State car for Ministers. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Government confirms contacts as Labour leader says Minister is using car ‘without permission’

Spain said the Balearic Islands, which include Ibiza, and the Canary Islands should feature on Ireland’s green list. Photograph: Getty Images

Figures confirm sharp rises in cases in some green- list countries such as Malta since July 21st

Some 52 per cent of primary schoolchildren said they learned less at home than in school, while 71.8 per cent of post-primary students said they learned a lot or a little less. Photograph: iStock

Mental health of some second-level students also negatively impacted, study finds

The Government  said those in receipt of the pandemic unemployment payment will not now have this payment docked if they travel to a green list country. Photograph: Collins

Minister’s announcement fails to curb Opposition criticism over airport checks

Social welfare inspectors had been carrying out increased checks at ports and airports since mid-March, said Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys, and had powers to request PPS  numbers. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Opposition says suspending PUP for those who travel abroad ‘blatant discrimination’

Sanitising self check in kiosks at Dublin Airport. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Free Legal Advice Centre requesting that the policy be immediately suspended

Fianna Fáil’s  Willie O’Dea: he  said it was “not right and proper that one category of people” should be “singled out for punishment”. Photograph: Getty Images

Government TDs raise concerns after 104 people had their pandemic unemployment payment cut after foreign travel

Under the plans, extra teachers will be hired to allow some schools to split larger classes to adhere to physical distancing rules of one metre between desks. File photograph: Getty

Guidelines for schools to ‘dramatically limit risk’ of coronavirus to staff and pupils

New rules mean people travelling may lose benefits and must be ‘genuinely seeking work’. Photograph: iStock

New rules mean people travelling may lose benefits and must be ‘genuinely seeking work’

Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer. Photograph: Colin Keegan/ Collins Dublin

No new deaths and 11 additional cases confirmed in the Republic

Plans for the review, which is expected to be completed at the end of 2021, will be brought to Cabinet by Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman on Monday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Review to focus on reform of childcare but will not directly tackle high costs

Kingston Mills, professor of experimental immunology at Trinity, said he ‘got no feedback from the document that was written’.

Current virus testing system ‘unprepared for the purpose of preventing a second surge’

Secondary school students will have the option of wearing face masks if they wish in cases where physical distancing is difficult to maintain. Photograph: iStock

Cabinet set to approve plan on Monday that will suggest a pod system in classrooms for older primary pupils

Dr Gabriel Scally: court-focused process “doesn’t lead to what patients and families really want, which is to know the truth, for someone to say sorry and ensure that it doesn’t happen to anyone else again”.  Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Patients such as late Ruth Morrissey need way to address screening errors, says Scally

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said he could understand the anger at the pay rise for Ministers of State. Photograph: Julien Behal

Minister says he can ‘understand the anger’ of some at salary hikes for Ministers of State

Taoiseach Micheal Martin leaving the Cabinet meeting in Dublin Castle on Thursday. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

Analysis: Package puts emphasis on spending by State, businesses and consumers

The rebate is available on a new home a first-time buyer is either purchasing or building to be their primary home. Photograph: Chris Ison/PA Wire

Raising of rebate from €20,000 to €30,000 will not fuel inflation, Taoiseach argues

Covid unemployment payment to be extended until April 2021 but closed to new applicants

Shoppers in Dublin’s Henry Street on Wednesday afternoon. Photograph: Collins

What the Government’s €7 billion plan means for people, businesses and the environment

The figures were released by the Department of Justice in response to a parliamentary question from Social Democrats co-leader Róisín Shortall. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Figures show percentage of follow-up calls being answered appears to be declining

Taoiseach Micheál Martin: The centrepiece of the Government stimulus plan will be  new employment supports based on a German scheme. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Plan will include new employment scheme to support wages of those temporarily put on short-time working

Acting chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn, HSE chief clinical officer Colm Henry and Prof Philip Nolan at a Covid-19 update press conference at the Department of Health. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

One in every 10 cases of coronavirus was contracted in clusters in private dwellings

A draft report recommends the Department of Health ‘urgently review clinical oversight and governance arrangements for private nursing homes’. Photograph: Regis Duvignau/Reuters

Covid-19 group’s draft report seeks governance shake-up for private nursing homes

Richard Bruton: pandemic has ‘shown Fine Gael at its best’. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Long-serving TD elected unopposed, with Jennifer Carroll MacNeill as vice-chair

Dr Kevin Kelleher, assistant national director of the HSE said on Tuesday that healthcare workers ‘have such a work commitment that they come in regardless, sometimes, of their own health status’.

Practice is ‘in the Irish healthcare worker’s psyche’, says HSE assistant national director

The HSE, said the service does not take the issue of missed tests lightly “and we make every effort to find people who are not answering phones”. Photograph: iStock

TD asks if gardaí could be sent to homes of people who are not turning up

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

Social Democrats co-leader Róisín Shortall: “The Government has been distracted and their focus has been elsewhere.” File photograph: Collins

Social Democrats call for very strict travel rules to reduce spread of Covid-19

Siptu said the decision of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform not to permit employers pay their staff as per their roster if they were put on Covid-19 related leave “resulted in significant financial disadvantage being incurred”. File photograph: Getty

Culture of staff working when ill contributed to larger outbreaks, says IMO as State’s chief medic warns workplaces are ‘new front(...)

File photo. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA

Research by Department of Children noted creche fees among highest in Europe

IMO said that in addition to stockpiling, the State should diversify suppliers and “create incentives to encourage local manufacturing of PPE”.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Irish Medical Organisation calls for State to stockpile PPE in event of second wave

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: he  is working on a tax rebate to encourage domestic tourism

Ministers and officials continue to put final touches to ‘July jobs’ plan expected later this week

Taoiseach Micheal Martin arriving at the Convention Centre for a Dáil session earlier this month. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Ceann Comhairle says measure plays important role in keeping members safe

Incoming Minister of State Sean Fleming will lead the reform project. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Cabinet seeks to apply muscle to address insurance costs and compensation payouts

Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien has said the freeze on rents and evictions will be extended from Monday. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Minister for Housing denies rift with Attorney General, length of extension to be disclosed

 Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe  at a press conference following the ruling of the EU General Court  in the Apple state aid case.  Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Commission plans to use treaty clause to allow it act against low-tax member states

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe finally has some substantial bullets to shoot back at the Republic’s critics. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Government celebrates, but simplistic notion State passed up €13bn lingers among voters

Paschal Donohoe: ‘Much of the criticism levied at Ireland has been given a very comprehensive answer today.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister for Finance says original Apple decision caused ‘reputational difficulty’ to State

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

The Aran Islands: Catherine Connolly TD said ferries were arriving on the Aran Islands  ‘with quite a number of passengers not wearing masks, and chaos on the quays, with nobody monitoring the situation’.

Constituents in tourist areas are worried about perceived lack of control on travel, say Deputies

People on the corner of Dame Lane and Dame Court in Dublin during a  recent weekend.  It is thought some recent clusters of coronavirus have been linked to congregated settings. Photograph: Barry Whyte/Newstalk Radio/PA

Public health team fear virus may accelerate if extra congregated settings are available

 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

Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien: examining raising the threshold for the mortgage-to-rent scheme by as much as 30%. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Current value limits make many in mortgage arrears in cities ineligible, Minister says

Barry Cowen TD during a Cabinet meeting at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Darragh O’Brien defends Taoiseach’s decision as he acted ‘decisively’ to ‘draw a line’

Green Party TD Neasa Hourigan has questioned the usefulness of any further appeals in the Apple tax case. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Neasa Hourigan makes intervention ahead of ruling on State’s appeal over EU finding

An estimated half of Covid-positive workers in a single large Irish meat plant were found to be asymptomatic following mass testing, according to briefing documents. File photograph: Bloomberg

Briefing documents also say outbreak at one plant was associated with almost 300 cases

Passengers at Dublin Airport. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Government may focus on strengthening existing rules to ‘ensure connectivity as an island’

Minister for Public Expenditure Michael McGrath and Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman. Photograph: Julian Behal/PA Wire

Measure applies to mothers and fathers of children born after November 1st, 2019

‘There is huge public concern at the arrival into Ireland of visitors from the United States (during Covid-19 pandemic),’ Labour transport spokesman Duncan Smith said.   File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Minister says only 16 people were on flight from Dallas which has been subject of online discussion

Passengers at Dublin Airport this month after the airport opened fully following lockdown. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Airlines will have to inform arrivals of 14-day rule, and location checks will be increased

  President Michael D Higgins laying a wreath during the National Day of Commemoration Ceremony  at Collins Barracks in Dublin. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

President Higgins lays wreath at ceremony at Collins Barracks as number of other ceremonies held across country

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said he was ‘angry’ over the work stoppage. ‘I would say people need to get back on site and start building the children’s hospital because the children of this country need it.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Contractor BAM Ireland agrees to restart following stand-off over Covid-19 costs

The spread of Covid-19 to nursing homes has partially been attributed to residents contracting the virus while hospitalised, and then infecting other residents after returning to their care facilities.  Photograph: Getty Images

Representative group tell minister extra measures such as on-site therapies needed

The Department of Education officials say that if cases of Covid-19 are reported in schools, it may not require their entire closure

Parents urged to ensure children who travel abroad self-isolate before returning to school

Taoiseach Micheál Martin: “This is a very dangerous virus, it can damage people’s health for a very long time in some instances. It’s not something to be taken lightly.”  Photograph: Alan Betson

Drivers say they expect gardaí to police measure which takes effect from Monday

The Taoiseach had said builders should ‘get back on site and start building the children’s hospital because the children of this country need it’. Photograph: Tom Honan

Project delayed by a dispute between the State and Bam, over Covid-related costs

The Government has written to the FAI outlining a range of concerns  in the wake of recent media reports about its board. Photograph: Inpho

Letter to football association prompted by ‘alarming reports’ of boardroom split

While people on the temporary wage subsidy scheme can apply for a loan, when they are approved draw down would not commence until the applicants’ unsupported income post TWSS has returned.

Department of Housing sends circular to local authorities on Rebuilding Ireland loan

Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar at Dublin Castle: Mr Varadkar said the stimulus package would be ‘radical and far-reaching’.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Jobs stimulus plan will include enhanced Covid-19 restart grant scheme – Varadkar

A family fills out a census form in 2011.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

CSO looking at options for 2026 census, marking 100 years since State’s first census

While people on the subsidy can still apply for the loan, a spokesman for the Department confirmed that “draw-down would not commence until the applicant’s unsupported income post-Covid subsidy has returned to the level specified in the original application for a period of time, usually up to three months”. File photograph: Getty

Local authorities write to recipients of loan offers to see if circumstances have changed

AIB says it keeps its mortgage-lending policies under constant review.  Photograph: Paul McErlane/Reuters

Homebuyers still likely to face significant hurdles in securing home loans from banks

Chief executive of the Banking and Payments Federation of Ireland Brian Hayes: “[Banks] have a fundamental responsibility to lend in this environment, but they cannot do reckless lending.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Lenders review offer and conditions of home loans for those receiving salary subvention

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

The World Health Organisation predicts  22 per cent of the global population will be over 60 by 2050. Photograph: Getty Images

Cope Galway says older people can face lonliness compounded by restrictions

In recent days some new cases have had large numbers of close contacts that have required testing and self-isolation for 14 days.

Number of new cases among young people ‘a worrying trend’, says Tony Holohan

Micheál Martin’s election as Taoiseach has been marked by congratulations, as well as policy prescriptions from a range of interest groups. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP via Getty Images

Martin’s election as Taoiseach marked by policy prescriptions from interest groups

Chief medical officer Tony Holohan. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Seven per cent of cases notified over past fortnight associated with travel

Driving lessons are also permitted from Monday under the Government reopening road map.

Ross says people taking driving tests will face new measures to address coronavirus issue

Simonsridge: Investigations  revealed ‘a significant number of fire safety deficiencies with workmanship and building materials’. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Sandyford scheme built by Shannon Homes found to have fire-safety issues

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin set to be next taoiseach. Photograph: Damien Eagers/PA

Groups call for major investment in the economy and delivery on climate promises

The Health Service Executive has published the Data Protection Impact Assessment and has also published the source code. Illustration: Getty

Smartphone app’s Bluetooth function will be used to assist with the contact tracing effort

Mallow Search and Rescue boats used in the search operation. Photograph: Mallow Search and Rescue/Facebook

Remains are removed to University Hospital Kerry after being found at inlet

An investigation has been stood down in  Co Donegal. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Garda investigation had begun following discovery at Maghery on Thursday evening

The annual Trafficking in Persons Report, published today by the US Department of State, placed Ireland on its ‘tier two watch list’. File photograph: iStock

US Department of State report finds ‘lack of convictions for trafficking offences’

Dublin Simon Community chief executive Sam McGuinness welcomed the decline in homelessness.

New government must not return to preCovid homelessness strategies, charity says

Ireland’s Covid-19 tracker app is ready to launch, the Health Service Executive has said.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Long-awaited app to manage infection control as economy reopens has been undergoing extensive testing ahead of release

Ireland’s childcare sector is characterised by some of the highest fees for parents in Europe, as well as low wages and below-average levels of State investment. File photograph: iStockPhoto

Analysis of European scheme suggests universal system would 'enhance maternal and child wellbeing'

Secretary general of the Department of Children Fergal Lynch is expected to tell the Oireachtas committee that the childcare sector is in ‘uncharted waters’. Photograph: iStock

Covid-19 committee to hear from sector on ongoing funding and capacity issues

One public health expert said she would ‘stop short’ of close hugs. Photograph: iStock

Comforting children is now a public health issue, according to health experts

Ireland has seen a significant number of its total deaths from coronavirus associated with long-term residential care facilities, including nursing homes

Nursing homes in Ballinasloe and Claremorris say they have had no deaths associated with the virus in their facilities

Beaumont Hospital has extended the deadline to opt-out of a project to harvest information on brain tumours from 9,000 Irish patients. The new deadline is September 14th. Photograph: Eric Luke

Study aims to harvest information on brain tumours from 9,000 Irish patients, many of whom are dead

People enjoy a coffee on the boardwalk in Dublin as Covid-19 restrictions are eased. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Republic reports three further deaths and 13 more cases as CSO releases regional data

So-called baby rooms are often uneconomical to run because of the carer-child ratios required for the care of very young children. Photograph: iStock

Brid Smith says new mothers had been left ‘isolated’ from support services

A funding package of €75m is going to be made available for childcare providers to help them open at the end of June. Photograph: iStock

Providers to get one-off reopening grant and capital grant and fee subsidies

Childcare facilities will need to bring in social distancing and other safety measures before reopening on June 29th. Photograph: Thierry Roge/Belga Mag/AFP via Getty

Creches and childcare services facing ‘huge costs’ to open as planned on June 29th

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