Dr Ronan Glynn, acting chief medical officer, said officials were very concerned about the  increase in Covid-19 cases. Photograph:  Colin Keegan/ Collins Dublin

Total of 85 confirmed Covid-19 cases is highest daily number since late May

“Covid-19 has severely restricted social gatherings and has been detrimental to the night time economy and culture of our cities, towns and villages,”     Catherine Martin said. Photograph: Stephen Collins /Collins Photos Dublin

Taskforce to examine reforms of venue licensing laws and late night transport

Dr Ronan Glynn, acting chief medical officer (left) and professor Philip Nolan, chair of NPHET Irish epidemiological modelling advisory group have warned about a sudden and sharp increase in Covid-19 cases. Photograph: Collins

Dr Ronan Glynn says he is very concerned: ‘we hope this is a blip’ and cases fall tomorrow

File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Irish Traveller Movement criticises lack of housing provided by local authorities

Blackbaud, a company Galway University Foundation uses to manage its database of contacts, was the target of a ransomware hack

University’s foundation mailing list suffers cyber attack

Swab samples: Chief scientific adviser Mark Ferguson believes the country should test 7 per cent of the population for coronavirus every day, which would allow the entire economy to reopen quickly. Photograph: Dimas Ardian/ Bloomberg

Chief scientific adviser appealed for massive random virus testing regime

Just under a third of 17/18-year-olds said they had tried cannabis, while 8 per cent smoked it occasionally, and with 2 per cent smoking it more than once a week, the study found. File photograph: Getty

Under a third of group said they tried cannabis, while 8% smoked it occasionally

St Mary’s Centre (Telford), Merrion Road, Dublin whose directors last Friday applied for a High Court order to enter voluntary liquidation and wind down the service.

Families and staff to hold demonstration outside Dáil over St Mary’s Centre (Telford) closure

The ASAI complaints committee upheld the complaints over the Tampax Tampons Compak Pearl advert, and ruled it should not run again in the same format.

Claims to standards authority included that ad demeaned women and contained innuendo

The two men, one aged in his 30s and the other in his 40s, were pronounced dead at the scene.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Men were due to start work shortly with Tusker Construction Group in Castleblayney

A smartphone app designed to combat the spread of coronavirus is to be launched “imminently” in Northern Ireland. File photograph: Getty

Eight confirmed cases of Covid-19 in hospitals, the lowest number since early March

Minister for Education Norma Foley was responding to questions on the Government plan to reopen schools in the Seanad on Tuesday.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Pandemic has exposed ‘crumbling’ state of many school buildings, debate hears

The Government’s financial package included €41.2 million to fund substitute staff in primary schools. Photograph: iStock

Government to hire extra 1,080 secondary school teachers in plan to reopen schools

Principals charged with reopening schools  are often not aware prefab classrooms require planning permission. Photograph: Eamon Ward

Prefabs not a ‘quick fix’ solution for extra classroom space

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

Minister for Education Norma Foley, Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Minister of State with responsibility for special schools Josepha Madigan at the launch of  the roadmap for reopening schools. Photograph: Julien Behal

Minister says outbreaks of virus in schools will be managed on case-by-case basis

Pupils will not be required to wear face masks in class under public health guidelines to be issued to schools this week, it is understood. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

At primary level each class will be a bubble and children will be in pods

Sipo and the Dáil Members’ Interests Committee indicated they had no powers to investigate former TD Dara Murphy over his non-attendance at Leinster House while claiming a Dáil salary and expenses, once he resigned his Dáil seat. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Commission notes ‘lacuna’ where ex-TDs cannot be investigated for misconduct

Dr Ronan Glynn, acting chief medical officer, Dr Colm Henry, and Prof Philip Nolan at Thursday’s Covid -19 press conference. Photograph: Collins

Decision on opening ‘wet pubs’ will be taken in two weeks, chief medical officer says

The number of people reporting experiences of rape and child sex abuse increased sharply during the first four months of the coronavirus pandemic, new figures show. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Rape Crisis Network Ireland data shows increase of 98% in number seeking counselling

Taoiseach Micheál Martin leaves after an European Union Council in Brussels. Photograph: John Thys / various sources / AFP)

Cabinet meeting on Monday cancelled as Taoiseach remains in Brussels at EU summit

 Minister for  Transport Eamon Ryan at Dublin Castle, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Eamon Ryan says such a measure would need agreement from Stormont and London

Ruth Morrissey hoped the ‘women who are left’ would not have to go through the court process. Photograph: Collins

Limerick woman’s taxing court battle stood in stark contrast to Varadkar’s initial pledge

 Beachgoers bask in the sun at La Nova Icaria beach in Barcelona, Spain, on Friday. Photograph:   EPA

Health officials still concerned about resorts in countries with low virus rates, says doctor

People wearing facemasks on Grafton Street, Dublin this month during the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. Photograph:Gareth Chaney/Collins

Eamon Ryan nap in the Dáil a moment of ‘human frailty’ Green TD Roderic O’Gorman says

People wearing facemasks on Grafton Street, Dublin. File photograph: Collins

Ireland in ‘precarious position’ amid increased spread of virus

Dr Ronan Glynn, acting chief medical officer, said if cases continued to rise at current rates it would have a ‘very, very negative impact on the plans to get our children back to school’. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

Number of new coronavirus cases could rise to over 150 a day by August 10th, says NPHET

HSE officials are expected to tell the Covid-19 committee that acute hospitals will not be able to cope if a second wave of the coronavirus falls during the winter flu season. Photograph: Alan Betson

Number of people waiting for some procedures rose by nearly 60%, figures show

Pedestrians and cyclists wear protective face masks as they travel through Dublin city centre. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP

Dr Ronan Glynn says it would be ‘foolhardy’ to lift restrictions as cases rise across country

 Dr Ronan Glynn, acting chief medical officer,  said a decision on reopening pubs on August 10th would only be made in the week beforehand, and based on the number of cases at the time. Photograph: Colin Keegan/ Collins

Total number of deaths from virus now at 1,749, as NPHET warns of rising R-number

Leo Varadkar: This was a plan that could be paused if things were going offline. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Leo Varadkar said reopening depends on Covid-19 numbers as he faced angry TDs

Plans to reopen pubs that do not serve food and nightclubs has been postponed until August 10th. Photograph: Alan Betson

Face coverings to become mandatory in shops and shopping centres

The nomination of Séamus Woulfe follows a recommendation from  the Judicial Appointments Advisory Board. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Taoiseach rejects any suggestion appointment was politically motivated

 Taoiseach Micheál Martin told the Dáil on Wednesday he was left with ‘no alternative’ but to dismiss  minister for agriculture Barry Cowen after he refused to make a statement to the House about the ongoing controversy. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

New Government ‘could not have had a worse first few weeks’, says FF deputy

Mask-wearing mannequins in the window of Monaghans on Anne Street South in Dublin this week. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Vintners describe delay as ‘hammer blow’ as health officials warn of rise in infections

Patients are presenting with symptoms, such as cough, shortness of breath, sore throat or fever, but insisting it could not be coronavirus. Photograph: Mark Felix/AFP

Doctors report ‘distinct change’ in public mindset and attitude to tests in recent weeks

Academics warn there is no guarantee that a coronavirus vaccine will be developed. Photograph: Douglas Magno/AFP via Getty

Government should lock down local areas with high Covid-19 rates, group says

 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

 Christine Keegan holds photographs of her daughters Mary  and Martina   outside the Dáil on the 37th anniversary of the Stardust fire, in  2018. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Long-time campaigner who lost two daughters in 1981 blaze died on Tuesday evening

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’

Members of the public wearing face masks   in Dublin’s city centre. File photograph: Collins

Median age of 165 confirmed cases in last two weeks was 31

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

Passengers at Dublin Airport. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

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

Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Concerns raised over flights from US as Covid-19 cases rise by 99 in past five days

Driver who was killed named as former Limerick footballer Noel McGrath

Howth Harbour and village. Developer Tetrarch said there was a lack of lands zoned for residential development in Howth.   Photograph: Alan Betson

Investment group Tetrarch seeking to develop housing on large Howth estate

Three puppies were taken to be treated for hypothermia, hypoglycaemia and hunger by the ISPCA after being found in Co Donegal. Photograph: ISPCA.

ISPCA says new-born collies would likely have died if sack did not get caught on barbed wire

Temperatures are forecast to reach 20 degrees in parts on Saturday. File photograph: The Irish Times

Rain is forecast to cover most of the country by Sunday night

Anastasija Varslavane and William Maughan: disappeared in April, 2015.

William Maughan and Anastasija Varslavane last seen in Co Meath in April 2015

Last year Facebook spent between €4.2 million and €4.5 million on EU lobbying activities, and employs 12 full-time lobbyists, according to figures from the EU transparency database. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Social media giant spent more than €4m on EU lobbying last year, register shows

A visualisation of the plans for Dundrum village. Image: Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council

Plans for extra footpath space and cycling lane will provide ‘facelift’ for main street

Sinn Féin Cllr Paddy Holohan has been criticised heavily for questioning Tánaiste Leo Varadkar’s links to Ireland because of his Indian ancestry.  File photograph:  Dara MacDonaill/The Irish Times

SF suspends all party activity in Dublin South West after Paddy Holohan mayor nomination

Public health experts have warned a robust testing system to quickly identify and then isolate confirmed cases of Covid-19 is essential to preventing a second wave of the virus.

New figures show Irish laboratories processed a daily peak of 11,504 tests in late April

The coronavirus would go on to have a devastating impact on the nursing home sector over the following weeks, resulting in 977 of the 1,736 Covid-19 deaths in the State. Photograph: RollingNews.ie

Internal correspondence reveals tensions with Department of Health over response

Sunday was the fifth day of no reported daily deaths in Ireland since the wave of infections peaked in mid-April. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Target of 15,000 tests not met – highest daily tests topped 11,504 in April

Video footage circulating on social media showed a large crowd socialising and drinking on Dame Lane. Photograph: iStock

Crowds gathering in Dublin city centre ‘ugly image’ for the capital, say vintners

The Irish government are still advising against non-essential travel. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Airport shows small and steady signs of a return to normality

Adrian Cummins, chief executive Restaurants Association of Ireland at a special committee meeting on Covid-19 response at Leinster House on Kildare Street, Dublin. Photograph:Gareth Chaney/Collins

Hospitality sector calls for reduction in VAT rate at Covid-19 committee hearing

Dan Donoher has type 1 SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy), the most severe form of a rare neuromuscular disease, which causes muscles to weaken over time.

Do it for Dan campaign had raised over €3 million for lifesaving treatment in the US

Hazel Chu (centre) becomes Lord Mayor of Dublin. Photograph: Michael Pidgeon

Not enough to be ‘not racist, we must be anti-racist,’ says councillor, who speaks of her heritage

A couple wearing face masks shopping in Dublin’s Henry Street recently. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Health officials to review public information campaign around face coverings

A team of specialist investigators from the sexual crime unit has been set up to co-ordinate the inquiries within the Garda National Protective Services Bureau.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Scouting Ireland identified 356 alleged victims, 275 alleged perpetrators of child sexual abuse

Portmarnock beach in May. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Warnings had been put in place at Dollymount, Sandymount and Portmarnock

Irish troops serving in Lebanon returned to Ireland on Monday. File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Second group of Defence Forces personnel due to return to Ireland on July 2nd

The number of older people watching online streaming services such as Netflix and the RTÉ Player increased markedly during the lockdown in March, according to new figures from the CSO. Photograph: Getty Images

New figures from CSO show social media use and streaming services increased in March

Eleven counties have had fewer than ten new coronavirus cases for five weeks in a row, according to new figures published by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) on Friday. Photograph: The Irish Times

Tony Holohan stresses importance of taking ‘personal responsibility’ in guarding against virus

Draft guidance was published earlier this month  based on businesses observing the two-metre distancing rule. Photograph: iStock

Industry group critical of delay in producing final guidelines

A notice for arriving passengers about the Covid-19 passenger locator form at Terminal 2 in Dublin Airport. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Regulations requiring travellers to the State to fill in a locator form extended until July

Brian Murrayhill died at the age of 75 on April 13th in St Mary’s Hospital in Dublin. Photograph: Chelsea Murrayhill

Bricklayer moved from England in his 20s and made Ireland his home

A spokeswoman for the tourism body said pubs and bars would be required to serve a ‘substantial meal’ to customers. Photograph: iStock

Social distancing rule may be relaxed to one metre in some premises under new guidelines

Daughters of convicted rapist James O’Reilly, who waived their right to anonymity, outside the Criminal Courts of Justice following his sentencing. Photograph: Collins Courts

Man jailed for 20 years for raping and sexually abusing sister and seven daughters

A  cap on creche fees will be considered based on similar caps in other European countries, with a “policy, legal and economic analysis” to be completed into the proposal this year. Photograph: Getty Images

New Childcare Ireland agency to be set up to lead reform of early-years sector

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Tánaiste Simon Coveney speaking to the media at Government Buildings, Dublin, on Monday. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland/PA Wire

British newspaper Daily Express hailed coalition agreement as the ‘End of Varadkar’

The parties have  agreed to carry out an ‘economic and sustainability assessment’ of the Mercosur trade deal. Photograph: Todd Korol/Reuters

Annual State-sponsored ‘Tree Planting Day’ included in government deal

Households found to be in breach of the ban can be fined €125. Photograph: iStock

Number of water schemes at drought levels has increased from 27 to 30 despite recent rain

Tadhg Daly, chief executive of Nursing Homes Ireland, who represent private and voluntary homes, said providers would ‘be very vigilant’ to the disease returning as visits resumed.  Photograph: Bryan James Brophy

Sector plans to reopen to visitors from Monday following closure since mid-March

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

NPHET to meet on Thursday to review the WHO’s updated advice on face coverings

Consumers are advised not to eat the implicated products. Photograph: fsai.ie

Westmeath meat business served closure order by food safety watchdog last month

Playgrounds across the country have been closed since lockdown restrictions were introduced to combat the spread of the coronavirus in mid-March. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Local authorities differed on interpretation of ‘supervision’ required to reopen facilities

Households found to be in breach of the ban can be fined €125. Photograph: iStock

Nationwide conservation order to combat effects of continuing drought on water supply

Irish Water operations support manager Tom Cuddy working from home in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Dublin region facing ‘perfect storm’ of water shortages that a few rain showers won’t solve

Tensions between processors and beef farmers came to a head last year, with farmers staging protests, including some in Dublin’s St Stephen’s Green. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Consumer watchdog had opened inquiry into beef processors over price complaints

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  said: ’We do have racism, we need to be wise to that’ Photograph: Photocall Ireland/PA Wire

Young people of colour not always treated 'as though they are as Irish as the rest of us', Taoiseach says

 Catherine Day chairs an expert group set up to examine how to reform the direct provision system. Photograph: Alan Betson

Long waiting times for asylum seekers criticised in briefing note

Dr Tony Holohan. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Covid-19: Seven more people have died from coronavirus in the State, with 28 new cases

 Pete Taylor: he received gunshot wounds to his chest and arm  in the 2018 shooting.  Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Boxing coach is seeking compensation for injuries he sustained in the 2018 shooting

Water conservation orders - known as a hosepipe ban - were first introduced in Dublin during the summer of 2018, and later extended to much of Leinster and Munster.  Photograph: iStock

Irish Water analysis shows spike in domestic usage during days with sunny weather

Scouting Ireland has been facing a major historical abuse scandal, and has identified 356 alleged victims and 275 alleged perpetrators.

Figure in international scout movement says Irish policies among best in world for decades

Members of the Irish Defence forces at a Covid-19 testing facility at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Holohan says ‘we’re in a good position’ for second phase of reopening to proceed

Vartry Reservoir water treatment works in Co Wicklow. Water supplies for the greater Dublin area have dropped dramatically during the ‘driest spring since 1837’. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Climate expert urges Irish Water to fix decaying system to ease pressure on supply

Children enjoy the warm weather at Seapark beach in Holywood, Co Down on Monday. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire

Tuesday was not the hottest day of the year so far but Roscommon recorded 25.8 degrees

It was “not possible” to say how many of the 4,500 childcare providers would be in a position to re-open at the end of June, Minister for Children Katherine Zappone  said.  Photograph: iStock

Children will be grouped into ‘pods’ of between six and 12 when sector reopens

The fine weather is set to continue over the bank holiday weekend, with temperatures to range from 20 to 25 degrees.   Photograph Brenda Fitzsimmons

Bank holiday set to be ‘amazing weekend’ of ‘very pleasant weather’ with highs of 25 degrees

The Shannon Rescue 115 helicopter responded to the incident on Thursday. File photograph: Irish Coast Guard/PA Wire

Shannon Rescue 115 helicopter called to scene on Thursday afternoon

Traffic light timers will be adjusted so pedestrians do not have to wait so long to cross. Photograph: Getty Images

NTA asks local authorities to consider making streets pedestrian-only

Parents have had to deal with more tantrums and outbursts from their kids than normal during the coronavirus pandemic, a survey by the childrens’ charity Barnardos has found. Image: iStock.

Survey by Barnardos finds sibling rows, pent up energy and loss of routine creating issues

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RSCI) hospital group took over the management of the Dealgan House nursing home in Dundalk on April 17th to ensure safe staffing levels amid a major outbreak of Covid-19 in the facility. Image: Getty.

Hospital group still providing daily ‘health check’ to Dealgan House nursing home

Many nursing homes reported issues around the supply of PPE  for staff. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty

Nursing home body says voice of the sector ‘wasn’t heard’ at the start of pandemic

The scene at the house in Lansdowne Valley, Drimnagh. Photograph: The Irish Times

Dublin Fire Brigade units and gardaí respond to incident in Drimnagh

Henry Street in Dublin on Friday. The capital accounts for over half of the national total of 24,506 cases. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

North west of capital has highest concentration of coronavirus cases in the county

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