20/02/2020 Sinn Fein TD Claire Kerrane during the 1st meeting of the 33rd dail at Leinster House on Kildare Street,Dublin. Photo:Gareth Chaney/Collins

‘It says a lot when an Oireachtas member can’t afford a one-bed property in Dublin’

When it comes to the rental market, almost all of the Opposition parties were united last year in calls for rent freezes.  Photograph: iStock

Experts and academics examine eye-catching promises from rent freezes to ending vulture funds

CSO data analysed by the HSE suggests that another 230,000 people would become eligible to receive the vaccines if the eligibility was lowered to 45. Photograph: Samsul Said/Bloomberg

HSE to shortly begin sending J&J vaccine to centres for use in currently approved cohorts

In its review, the IMF said the Government needed to raise more taxes to invest in education, training and affordable housing and childcare once recovery from the pandemic has taken hold.

‘Extreme scenario’ would mean decline in revenue take of almost €6bn

TDs Peadar Tóibín, Carol Nolan, Mattie McGrath, Danny Healy Rae, Michael Collins, Peter Fitzpatrick, Richard O’Donoghue and Seán Canney outside the Dáil. They all supported the Foetal Pain Relief Bill 2021. Photograph: John Mc Elroy

Carol Nolan introduces Bill which was co-sponsored by 10 other TDs in Dáil

  The HSE  vaccination centre in the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Pandemic welfare supports could be prolonged into next year for hospitality, tourism, aviation and the arts, he said

Cllr James Geoghegan. Photograph: Naoise Culhane

Councillor reminds members he backed Varadkar, while O’Connell backed Coveney

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

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

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

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

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

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

The passport backlog  includes some 44,000 domestic applications and 45,000 applications from outside the State, a significant number of which are Brexit-related. File photograph: iStock/Getty

Passport production deemed an essential service under new plans brought to Cabinet

Grafton Street, Dublin in December following the re-opening. Non-essentail retail set to reopen in May. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

May will see intercounty travel ban lifted while hairdressers and retail will reopen

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

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

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

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

Eoghan Murphy: Given that the byelection  was triggered by the resignation of a former housing minister, it could also somewhat fittingly act as a reminder to the Coalition parties of the importance of solving the housing crisis. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Vote could act as a reminder to Coalition parties of the importance of solving the housing crisis

Kate O’Connell is a potentially high-profile candidate in the constituency. Photograph: Eric Luke

All main parties gearing up to field candidates for seat vacated by Eoghan Murphy

Green Party councillor Hazel Chu and former Fine Gael TD Kate O’Connell are among those expected to compete for the seat vacated by Eoghan Murphy. Photographs: Dara Mac Dónaill and Eric Luke

Kate O’Connell is a likely candidate in Dublin Bay South after Eoghan Murphy’s resignation

‘Those aged under 50 years and who are not immunocompromised and who have had a Covid-19 infection in the previous six months should receive a single dose of Covid-19 vaccine,’ Government says. File photograph: iStock

Pregnant women to be offered faster access to vaccines after Cabinet decision

People enjoying the good weather in St Stephens Green, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

‘Clear indication’ of what June and July will be like after Thursday’s meeting

The months of June, July and August are the most important for the hospitality industry, and there is pressure on the Government to outline exact dates for resumption of business. Photograph: Getty Images

The phased return of non-essential retail is expected throughout May, as well as a return to in-person religious services

Minister for Justice Helen McEntee: “I hope the new guidelines will have an impact on the award of damages in personal injuries cases and that the insurance companies will follow through and bring down the cost of insurance.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Guidelines set out level of damages that may be awarded or assessed for personal injuries

Taoiseach Micheal Martin  said it was not a realistic proposition to expect certain numbers of spectators to attend given the Covid-19 pandemic. Photograph :Gareth Chaney/Collins

‘Putting obligations on countries to force spectators in prematurely was a wrong call’ Taoiseach says

People enjoying the good weather in St Stephens Green, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

429 new cases and one further death reported in the State as Cabinet set to consider reopening measures

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

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

The Government believes availability of Johnson & Johnson vaccine is vital if the State is to hit its vaccination target. File photograph: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images

Inside Politics: Ministers appear to be increasingly concerned case numbers are plateauing as vaccination hits stumbling blocks

A file image of a nearly deserted Dublin Airport. Simon Coveney said on Wednesday that ‘at some stage over the next number of months I think you will see the benefit of the potential for international travel again’

Minister says over next ten days a plan about what to expect over the summer will emerge

AstraZeneca again cut its delivery volumes for a shipment scheduled on April 24th from 45,000 to just 9,000

Inside Politics: Political sources say there is declining public tolerance for the continuing lockdown

Sinn Féin spokesman on housing Eoin Ó Broin said: ‘There are claims that we are data mining from Facebook – it is not true.’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Move follows controversy over Sinn Féin’s use of Facebook and canvassing database

European Commissioner for Internal Markets Thierry Breton, confident that response to pandemic will be aided by availability of additional vaccines. File photograph: Hannelore Foerster/Bloomberg

Commissioner says ramping up of production ’now a reality’ and hopes Curevac vaccine will be approved by early June

A soldier helps to implement the State’s mandatory quarantine system at Dublin Airport. Three cases of the B1617 variant, first identified in India, have been confirmed in the Republic. At least two of the cases are travel-related and the other one is being investigated Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Medical experts urge caution on extending gap between doses of vaccines

Minister for Public Expenditure Michael McGrath will reveal some eye-watering figures to his colleagues. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Inside Politics: Spending is thought to be €500 million ahead of projected targets for first three months of the year

 Archbishop Eamon Martin: emphasised the importance of respecting and sustaining people’s spiritual wellbeing alongside their physical and mental health. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Catholic Church taking legal advice on ‘draconian’ ban due to Covid-19

 Paschal Donohoe: he  will outline the scale of the challenge to Ireland’s corporate tax policy from  tax reforms planned by US president Joe Biden. Photograph: Alan Betson

Tánaiste expected to get Cabinet approval for law that would ban ticket touting and reselling for large events

  Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris: ‘When the Cabinet meets next week to talk about restrictions, it needs to provide a roadmap that goes beyond May.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Country in a better place on Covid-19 than in many, many months, says Minister

The Government will outline in two weeks’ time what restrictions will be removed over the month of May. Photograph: Getty Images

Officials fear a spike in cases among younger people once society begins to reopen

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has been called  to answer questions about the potential targeting of voters on Facebook and the online database maintained by the party. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney/Collins

Party has so far declined to reveal details of its Abú canvassing system

Sinn Féin Leader Mary Lou McDonald. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Party says its Abú canvassing system is the electoral register with additional markings

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly says the State is now still on track to offer four out of five adults a coronavirus vaccine by the end of June. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Optimism over staggered return of non-essential retail and personal services from May

Ireland is set to receive almost 550,000 more Pfizer and BioNTech vaccines under  an EU deal

State’s pandemic arsenal punctured by hotel booking pause and potential bypass routes

The hotel quarantine system has ceased accepting any new bookings until Monday as it emerged the system was reaching capacity. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Several Ministers support mandatory quarantine exemption for vaccinated people

Health sources say the rapid rollout of AstraZeneca to the 60-69-year age group would be considered, in an effort to keep momentum in the programme. Photograph: Alan Betson

Double blow likely to mean significantly fewer vaccines administered this month

Greencore ceo Patrick Coveney strongly criticised the Government’s mandatory hotel quarantine policy.  File image: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Greencore chief Patrick Coveney accuses Government of ‘incompetence and lack of foresight’

A file image of the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Santry which is being used for mandatory quarantine. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Airlines reminded to be vigilant in not to letting passengers without reservation on planes

Two walk-in centres will open in Dublin, one will open in Limerick and another in Waterford. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Four new walk-in test centres open as HSE aims to identify asymptomatic cases

Taoiseach Micheál Martin and HSE chief executive Paul Reid during a visit to the Citywest Covid-19 vaccination centre in Dublin last Wednesday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Vaccine rollout in coming weeks seen within party as crucial to position of Micheál Martin

Defence Forces personnel on Friday afternoon at the  Holiday Inn Express Dublin Airport,  one of the hotels being used for mandatory quarantine. Photograph:  Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Concern over system’s capacity to deal with extending mandatory hotel quarantine list

The controversy over the screening programme was sparked by Limerick woman Vicky Phelan settling a High Court action in April 2018 over the reading of her smear test. Photograph: Collins

‘Small number’ of claims received, with others to be transferred from the High Court

The most arrivals came from France, with 1,300 travellers coming into either Dublin or Shannon airports in a week. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Thousands arrived in last week from countries health experts wanted on list

Liz Canavan, assistant secretary general at the Department of An Taoiseach said: ‘If we can hold firm for a little bit longer, and if the health situation allows, a further of easing of restrictions will be considered from May 4th.’  File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Government official urges vigilance while Nphet reports 423 Covid-19 cases and five deaths

 Grafton Street: The easings under consideration  would relieve pressure on the contact tracing system, allowing more resources to be focused on high-risk cases. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Nphet likely to consider lifting mask requirement as extra ‘vaccine bonus’

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly had tried to add 43 countries to the list for quarantine. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Officials express concern over lack of clear plan on how to add countries to list

Micheál Martin said moving out of the pandemic was not just something to be talked about in the future tense, but rather a present-day reality thanks to “transformative” Covid-19 vaccines. Photograph: Julien Behal Photography/PA Wire.

Changes to vaccine rollout and quarantine list ramp up party leadership dissatisfaction

Sources say Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly still supports adding countries of concern regardless of their location and will push for this in the coming days. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

Coveney raises concerns over capacity and legal issues if EU countries on at-risk list

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly is understood to still be supportive of adding any countries that pose a serious threat. The message is that this battle is not yet over. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Handling of issue shows disconnect between Department of Health and other ministries

A major row had erupted within Government over plans by the Department of Health to extend mandatory hotel quarantine to 43 additional countries, including the US, France and Germany. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Quarantine system extended to 26 countries rather than the 43 originally proposed

Defence Forces personnel at Dublin Airport await flights in order to escort passengers to their mandatory hotel quarantine. Photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins

Anger in Department of Foreign Affairs in relation to Department of Health plan

Norma Foley said ‘it is important and helpful’ that the National Immunisation Advisory Council ‘explain their rationale for this move’. File photograph: The Irish Times

FF parliamentary party meeting registers unease at ‘pulling rug’ from some workers

It is understood Tánaiste Leo Varadkar told the meeting he regrets that the resumption of click-and-collect services was not backed by the National Public Health Emergency Team.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Tánaiste says shift in rollout plan could have been handled better with greater consultation

Chairwoman of the National Immunisation Advisory Committee Karina Butler: ‘I am confident that once people understand why decisions are taken . . . they will probably find no disagreement.’ File photograph: Collins

New vaccine rollout plan not a reflection on ‘how valued’ certain workers are, says Minister

A bus leaves the Crowne Plaza hotel after dropping off airline passengers to hotel quarantine in Dublin earlier this week. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Getty Images

Attorney General warns Government over plans to add 43 countries to high risk list

People enjoy the warm weather in Seapoint, Dublin, as the Taoiseach says: ‘We are on the final stretch of this terrible journey.’  Photograph: Niall Carson/ PA

Trinity immunologist disagrees with Government moving away from occupation-based approach

A file image of Dr Ronan Glynn, deputy chief medical officer. Photograph: Collins

Public health team tells Government Ireland’s epidemiological situation remains ‘precarious’

By the time travel restrictions are eased on April 12th the country will have been living under Level 5 measures for more than 100 days. Photograph: Getty Images

The key test is whether the promised vaccines will be delivered fairly and on time

Tennis could resume on April 26th. Photograph: Zac Goodwin/PA Wire

April 12th will see easing of 5km restrictions while golf and tennis set for April 26th return

The announcement to be made by Taoiseach Micheál Martin this evening will disappoint many. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Lockdown easing: New modelling shows if Government holds off risk profile drops

Micheál Martin speaking outside Government buildings. Photograph: RTÉ

‘We are on the final stretch of this terrible journey’, Micheál Martin insists as he announces phased changes to Covid-19 lockdown

The State has not vaccinated enough people to take risks when it comes to Covid-19 restrictions, Ministers have been warned. File photograph: Paul Faith/AFP via Getty Images

State has not vaccinated enough people to take risks with Covid-19 restrictions, Ministers are warned

The Crowne Plaza is the hotel being used for quarantine near Dublin Airport. File photograph: Collins

Government sticking with plan not to station personnel at cornoavirus isolation hotel

The Government is expected to announce plans for the restrictions following a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Health officials tell Government nowhere near enough protection at a population level in order to substantially relax restrictions

Leo Varadkar, who was then taoiseach, sent a copy of  GP pay deal agreed with the Irish Medical Organisation to his friend Maitiú Ó Tuathail, who was then head of a rival GPs’ group, in April 2019. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Documents show Tánaiste asked for agreement he later showed to friend to be sent to Baldonnel

The Government is promising the vaccination programme will ‘ramp up’ from next week. File photograph: Getty

Inside Politics: Coalition is promising administration of vaccines will ‘ramp up’ from next week onwards

 Taoiseach Micheál Martin has raised concerns about a 42% week-on-week increase in the numbers referred for Covid-19 testing. File photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Government expresses optimism easing of EU-UK row will fast-track delivery of more vaccines

Eoghan Murphy told the meeting that the level of risk is not the same countrywide. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Varadkar tells FG parliamentary party of concerns over Covid-19 reinfections

The Hard Rock Hotel in Dublin city centre is to be used as part of the State’s mandatory quarantine regime. File photograph

Four Dublin hotels chosen for quarantine regime, as 47 bookings made in first two days

 Supreme Court judge Mr Justice Donal O’Donnell:  the “clear and obvious favourite” to replace Mr Justice Frank Clarke, according to senior legal sources.   Photograph:  Collins Courts

Helen McEntee proposal will assist in selecting successor for Frank Clarke

A Department of Health poll indicates public confidence in Covid vaccinations is recovering from a slight dip recorded during the suspension of the AstraZeneca jab last week. Photograph: Getty images

Donnelly says people will be able to avail of the facility without a referral order

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly, assistant national director at the HSE Kevin Kelleher, Brigadier General Brendan McGuinness and deputy secretary general at the Department of Justice Oonagh Buckley at a briefing on Tuesday. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Department of Health says 26 bookings already made for hotels under new system

Chief Justice, Mr Justice Frank Clarke: due to retire in October.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Mr Justice Frank Clarke due to retire this October when he reaches the age of 70

The Dublin Airport Crowne Plaza Hotel, one of several hotels which are be used for mandatory Covid-19 quarantine for travellers from certain countries. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Passengers coming into Ireland from airport considered ‘high risk’ must pre-pay for stay

A lab technician with a swab at RocDoc’s drive-through testing facility at Dublin Airport for hauliers bound for France. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Mandatory quarantine regime for arrivals from high-risk countries set to begin

TDs and Senators were told last summer they could swear a statement before a peace commissioner or commissioner of oaths to say they were present in the Dáil or Seanad during the period concerned. Photograph: Alan Betson

Suspension of need to fob in to Dáil or Seanad for three months reason for sworn oaths

Some at Cabinet believe the incidence of Covid-19 is not low enough to warrant relaxation of restrictions, while others believe the Government will lose vital public buy-in without a change. File photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

Pessimism expressed on key metrics of hospitalisations, vaccinations and cases

The new Bill is part of Minister for Justice, Helen McEntee’s Justice 2021 plan. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Bill will add that a person’s belief in consent to sexual act must be reasonably held

Government sources briefed on Nphet concerns say uncertainty over the new variants of the virus is at the heart of current fears.

Varadkar rules out April 5th relaxations in event of numbers going in wrong direction

The funeral of Davey Reilly arriving  at St Mary’s Cemetery in Carrick-on-Shannon.

Gardaí issue 80 fixed penalty notices after 300 mourners gather in Carrick-on-Shannon

Covid-19 signage in  St Stephen’s Green, Dublin. A National Public Health Emergency Team member has called on people to ‘hold on’ for a few more weeks to keep the disease suppressed. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Nphet member urges public to ‘hold on’ as 10 further deaths and 646 cases reported

There was further criticism of  AstraZeneca  from the Government and the HSE over the reliability of its vaccine delivery schedule, but the approval of the one-shot Johnson&Johnson vaccine for use in the EU was welcomed.  Photograph: Getty Images

Nursing home residents allowed two visits a week on compassionate grounds

Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman said there are ‘incredibly complex’ and ‘incredibly ethically difficult issues’ to address. File photograph: iStock

Department to engage with Prof O’Mahony to set ‘broad’ terms of reference for report

Harris said he wanted to ‘ensure there are no barriers for people living in direct provision to accessing third level’. Photograph: iStock

Government is examining extending student support scheme

Illegal adoptions: Should the State inform a person about this truth when it does not actually have much information beyond that one most salient fact?

State has duty of care to subjects of illegal birth registrations but also to their anguish

 Adoption Rights Alliance co-founder Susan Lohan: “Time is running out . . . there’s a perception out there that the Department of Children are fiddling while Rome burns.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Scale and timeframe among challenges, special rapporteur for child protection says

Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman: believes that the matter of giving adopted people access to their own information can be addressed in legislation.   Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Former AG raised issues around data protection, terms of reference and other inquiry

Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman has asked the special rapporteur on child protection to consider the complexities and ethical issues that have now arisen and to propose an appropriate course of action. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Phrases or ‘markers’ found in sample files that could indicate ‘suspicious practice’

Former tánaiste Joan Burton, who is adopted, said the Government’s decision to refer it to the children’s rapporteur for a period of six months was a ‘kick to touch’. Photograph: RollingNews.ie

Report ‘will leave many questions unanswered’ but also raises many problems

Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman is briefing Cabinet colleagues on the review of illegal adoptions today. Photograph: Collins

Review based on small sample suggests up to 20,000 suspicious cases may be in archives

The Minister for Justice, Helen McEntee, will ask that the Government approve amendments to the Judicial Council Act 2019 and the Personal Injuries Assessment Board Act of 2003. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minister for Justice to bring proposals for Bill to Cabinet after judges back plans

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly told Cabinet the review is in its early stages. File photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

Act includes three-year review to monitor delivery of services, operation of legislation

Solicitor Norman Spicer of Coleman Legal Partners said his firm has secured a judgment in default of appearance against St Patrick’s Guild in four cases of the 14 so far. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell for the Irish Times

Belfast man launched proceedings against St Patrick’s Guild in January 2020

Stephen Donnelly yesterday expressed serious concern about the reliability of AstraZeneca’s deliveries. File photograph:  TIZIANA FABI/AFP via Getty Images

Stephen Donnelly seriously concerned about reliability of AstraZeneca’s deliveries

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