Orlagh Eichholz with a picture of her stolen dog Molly and her other dog Millie at their home in Cappawhite, Co Tipperary. Photograph: John D Kelly

Campaigners call for strict laws on dog trade after a rise in dognapping since lockdown

The majority of cases of Covid-19 in Ireland in the past two weeks have been among the under-45s. Photograph: iStock

Three-quarters of new cases are among under-45s. Complacency seems to be creeping in

A queue develops outside Poplar Coroner’s Court, High Street, Poplar, London, prior to the resumption of the inquest into the death of television presenter  Caroline Flack. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA

The internet has made the hounding business low cost, low risk and 24/7

Ireland’s premier shopping street is a grim reflection of the situation facing retailers

Passengers at the Departure Gates at Terminal 1 in Dublin Airport. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

The Government needs to worry about who is flying in, not who is flying out

Trade between Ireland and Greece chiefly involves chemicals, veterinary medicine and other drugs.

Family? Leisure? Trade? Why do people travel to these green list countries?

Inch Strand in Co Kerry. The staycation subsidy announced on Thursday is a well-intentioned effort to bolster the hospitality industry. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

A week in Kerry is no longer the frugal choice of the bucket-and-spade brigade

Owner Dannielle Downes at the Foxy Chopper hair salon in Waterford city: “The world is slightly different. It’s a new era.” Photograph: Patrick Browne

Irish people are surprised ‘unlocking’ happened so fast – too fast for many of us

It’s time parents heard a bit more about what that appropriate education will look like in September. Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Your children will be going back to school in September. Maybe. Possibly on a part-time basis

Sil Fox at home: ‘I just want to get back to telling a gag and making people happy.’ Photograph: Tom Honan

The comedian wants his life back after a recent sex assault case against him was dismissed

Covid-19 gives us a chance to push reset, to see the space, not the things crowding into it

Earlier this week in Dublin two Luke Kelly sculptures were doused in white paint. Photograph: Alan Betson

If we were to remove statues and rename streets in Ireland, where might we start?

Comedian Sil Fox. The case against the 87-year-old was dismissed on May 27th. Photograph: Tom Honan

Comedian (87) cites ‘serious reputational damages’ caused by prosecution in letter to DPP

HB’s Golly Bar was renamed the Giant Bar, and given new packaging, in 1992

US firms are ditching racist branding. But Ireland has had its share of offensive products

The mostly unchallenged rush to reopen pubs is a grim reflection on our priorities. Covid-19 is far from in abeyance globally. Photograph: Eric Luke

Jennifer O’Connell: Lobby groups are pushing pubs out of lockdown despite health risks

Alan O’Connor watches over his son, Glyn, in the Mater’s ICU. Photograph: Chris Maddaloni

Staff at the Dublin hospital are treating not only coronavirus but many other ailments

KiwiCo camps kick off online from June 22nd, and offer loads of free content for 3 to 11 year olds

Activities are curbed due to Covid-19, but there’s plenty of ways to keep kids occupied

JK Rowling wrote a blog post explaining why she found the phrase ‘people who menstruate’ to be ‘hostile and alienating’

JK Rowling’s tweet launched the latest salvo in a toxic war of words

Covid-19: the six-year-old’s picture of her cat attacking the disease, a black streak with sharp claws pouncing on a green spiky ball against a bright-blue sky

Parents know ‘blended learning’ is no substitute for a real education. It sells us all short

 Gillian Westman of Dunmore East Tidy Towns repainting the lamp posts: “It’s a beautiful place. We can’t keep it all to ourselves.” Photograph: Patrick Browne

‘When customers come here for dinner, they don’t want to think about Covid’

President Donald   Trump’s  photo opportunity in front of the boarded up windows of St John’s Church in Washington DC was another of his big lies. Photograph:  Shawn Thew/EPA

Anger is Trump’s weapon. It’s the reason his lies are not just tolerated, but embraced

Domhnall Herdman, Clinton Liberty, Megan McDonnell, Ross Gaynor and Kwaku Fortune, who all studied at the Lir National Academy of Dramatic Art in Trinity College, Dublin, and appeared in TV series Normal People. photograph: Dara Macdónaill/The Irish Times

Meet the ‘Lirheads’: the nine college friends who ended up cast together in Normal People

Positives from the pandemic: Máire Gilmartin of St Vincent's University Hospital in PPE; a climate protest near the Dáil; and traffic on the M50 in west Dublin. Photographs: Alan Betson

The crisis poses huge threats but also shows us ways forward in health, housing, work and lifestyle

Sil Fox at Dublin District Court. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

‘Believe women’ is a trite, reductive slogan that is equally offensive to everyone

Prof Luke O’Neill, director of Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

‘Black Death went away, 1918 flu went away, Swine flu went away. It’s beatable, this one’

People walk past a billboard in Dublin which is part of the Government’s In This Together campaign. Governments around the world are starting to worry about how to keep the public onside during the long, divisive, fretful months ahead. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

After 10 weeks of abnormality, a belt of the crozier will no longer be enough

Normal People’s Italian property: Marianne at Il Casale’s pool. Photograph: Enda Bowe/Element Pictures/RTÉ

Could it be a perfect spot for your own lingering glances or unspeakably tense dinner party?

Cover your face: you wear a mask to protect me; I wear one to protect you. And we all need to get on board for them to really work. Photograph: Mario Tama/Getty

Coronavirus: Now you’ve made your own fabric mask, here are the rules for using it

As the Government zooms in on issues such as insurance and potential transmission risks it is ignoring the less headline-grabbing but more dire risks to vulnerable children. It is fighting the wrong wars. Photograph: Getty Images

Covid-19 has exposed system’s shortcomings and Government has failed to act effectively

Developer Johnny Ronan said he was entirely unaware of the threat of coronavirus at the time the videos were recorded. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Jennifer O’Connell: The footage is unsettling when juxtaposed with closure of Bewley’s

Prof Lockdown: the front pages of today’s Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph and Sun

Prof Neil Ferguson and his girlfriend broke UK lockdown rules. But he’s not a politician

If you’re wearing a mask and see someone you know, resist the temptation to pull it down to say hello. Illustration: Getty Images

Jennifer O’Connell has written down the unwritten rules of walking in the age of Covid-19

In vitro fertilisation (IVF). The majority of Irish fertility clinics are planning to reopen from next week.

Fertility clinics reopen next week. What does that mean for those awaiting treatment?

Jamie Fitzcarlos and Steve Fitzcarlos with their dog, Rua. There were due to come home from Australia this month to set up a craft brewing operation, but have had to put those plans on hold.

The outlook for Ireland’s young people is particularly bleak

A lot of recent attention has rightly focused on the needs of cocooners but working parents need a break too.

It won’t have been Cheltenham-goers or second-home owners who derailed our efforts to beat the virus, but harassed working parents(...)

Pauline Whelan, Gearoid Whelan, Ella Whelan and Brian Whelan of Whelan’s Pub in Newcastle West, Co Limerick. The family pub has been adapted to enable social distancing whenever restrictions due to coronavirus are lifted or eased. Photograph: Alan Place

We won’t have ‘packed pubs’ anytime soon, so how will going for a socially distant pint work?

A Garda checkpoint in Stoneybatter, Dublin. So far, we’ve shown remarkable compliance with the social isolation measures for people who are not, historically, a nation of rule-followers. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Plan might help people adhere to coronavirus restrictions as public’s patience wanes

Photo from 2017 of Prince Harry and his then-fiancée Meghan Markle. Photograph:  Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP via Getty Images

The trouble is, the Markle-Sussexes aren’t actually attempting to retreat from public life

Dr John Ball: ‘As a GP, you really value one-on-one interactions.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

People share their experience of the pandemic and their hopes for life afterwards

 Ursula Von der Leyen: the president of the European Commission spoke about “protecting livelihoods” as she launched a roadmap for lifting containment measures last week. Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty

We seem to be in danger of delaying the issue of schools reopening until autumn when we should be trying to follow Denmark

 The deserted Great George’s Street, Waterford. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Behind the closed shutters, there is hope and resilience in Waterford

Big tech will win big in this pandemic. Photograph: Reuters

It is possible to act out of both compassion and self-interest simultaneously

Bereaved father: Andrew McGinley with Conor, Carla and Darragh. Photograph: Andrew McGinley via An Garda Síochána

Bereaved father received more than 1,000 letters and cards after self-isolation appeal

‘It’s 00.53 am. I am exhausted. My body feels leaden, battered. But my mind, cruelly, is alert and vigilant.’ Photograph: Basak Gurbuz Derman

Bad sleep and anxiety feed off each other and deplete immune systems. But there is hope

Grafton street

Optimists say July. Others September. We will return – gradually – to a much changed world

For some people home is the most dangerous place of all.  Photograph: iStock

Pandemics are good for hard men. Spare a thought for their victims

A passenger arriving into Hong Kong international airport wears a quarantine tracking wrist band as a measure to stop the spread of coronavirus. Photograph: Anthony Wallace/AFP via Getty

Track-and-trace strategy to contain coronavirus uses citizens’ personal data

Irish couple Laura Malone and David O’Connor

Irish man David O’Connor’s business recruiting teachers to work in China is booming

Odhrán Allen is a lifelong asthma sufferer

‘My real problem is lack of communication. I don’t even know if the HSE received the referral’

‘I’m not advocating skiving during this period of enforced togetherness, but we all have to take breaks. Those breaks could be used as an opportunity to remind ourselves of what matters. And how much fun hanging out with children can be. Photograph: iStock

Jennifer O'Connell: We all love our kids, but had we forgotten how to enjoy them?

Odhrán Allen is a lifelong asthma sufferer

Odhrán Allen is 47, a lifelong asthma sufferer who ‘ticks the box for every symptom’

People keep their distance as they wait their turn in a queue to access a supermarket in Barcelona. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Should you climb into ditches to avoid people, or hide from friends in the supermarket?

Social distancing needs to be in force for at least two-thirds of the time until a vaccine becomes available. That’s 18 months away. Photograph: Marco Cantile/LightRocket

If we don’t take drastic social distancing actions, no one will be safe – young or old

TV Honan, director of Spraoi Studios: ‘It’s like the Mary Celeste in here. All the floats that are meant to be all over Ireland in parades are still here on site.’ Photograph: Patrick Browne

With unused festival floats and closed shops, the city had no sign of a day of celebration

Pillorying people who have fallen ill has to stop. Bad enough to have contracted Covid-19 – how much worse to also find yourself vilified as a ‘super-spreader’. Photograph: Koen Van Weel/EPA

Jennifer O’Connell: How do you navigate tightrope between responsibility and getting on with it?

 Marian and Michael Caulfield visiting Marian’s mother, Lena Daniel, at St Joseph’s in Shankill, Co Dublin. Michael was volunteering at St Joseph’s before Lena came to live here, just over a year ago. Having Lena here ‘has been an absolute lifesaver’, Marian says. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Ireland’s largest dementia day care centre is rapidly adapting to coronavirus

Dr Geoff Plant, who works in a large GP practice in Waterford city. At the beginning of the week, he says, it was business as usual, but by Tuesday evening, everything had changed. Photograph: Patrick Browne

GP Geoff Plant says one difficulty for his practice is trying to keep up with changing guidelines

Photograph: iStock

Working from home is not an excuse to wear pyjamas, scoff biscuits and binge-watch TV

Pat Crowe standing on a flooded laneway on his farm in Springfield, Co Clare. Two-thirds of his 150-acre farm are under water. Photograph: Jennifer O’Connell/The Irish Times

Farmers in Clare and Galway fear they will be forgotten about when the water recedes

Laura Madden speaking at an event to mark International Women’s Day at Maynooth University. Photograph: Maxwell’s

The assault on Laura Madden occurred in 1992 when he interviewed her in a Dublin hotel

Harvey Weinstein.  Photograph:  Angela Weiss / AFP via Getty Images

‘A rape case is still extremely difficult to win ... Weinstein hasn’t changed that’

An aeroplane is not necessarily the petri-dish of biohazards that travellers sometimes assume

Only the 11 people nearest an infected passenger have a high probability of getting ill

The investigative reporting and led to the conviction of Harvey Weinstein (pictured) for rape and criminal sexual assault would not have been possible anywhere else in the world, says Ronan Farrow. File Photograph: Jeenah Moon/New York Times

Ireland’s very restrictive libel regime would have made such reporting very problematic

‘We focused on trying to have it all: to be nice and successful and kind and assertive and loving and financially independent and a present parent and a desirable partner, often all at once. No wonder we’re shattered.’ Photograph: iStock

Catholic Ireland told us we didn’t matter. Feminism told us we did. No wonder we’re confused

Online culture has reshaped the political landscape, but the quality of information varies

Gwyneth Paltrow: She knows you hate her, and she doesn’t let it wreck her buzz. In fact, she monetises it. Photograph: Amy Sussman/Getty Images

I have never understood why the actor gets so much grief, particularly from other women

Sinn Féin’s David Cullinane celebrates after topping the poll in Waterford with a haul of 20,569 votes. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Sinn Féin TD warmly embraces his biggest supporter, who forecast 20,000 first preference votes

 Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald speaks to the press at a count centre in Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Gerry Adams compares party’s election performance to vote for first Dáil in 1918

Count staff at the Phibblestown Community Centre in Dublin: While young people care about the climate, they want their politicians to focus on more immediate concerns. Photograph:  Liam McBurney/PA

National mood misread by FG as Brexit deemed less vital than health and housing

 A Chinese woman wears a protective mask and swimming goggles after getting off a train as she and others return from the Spring Festival holiday on January 31,  in Beijing, China. Photograph: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

Jennifer O'Connell: There’s nothing quite like an emerging health crisis to bring out the horror movie fan in us

From left: Ruth Coppinger Solidarity-People before Profit; Róisín Shortall, Social Democrats co-leader; Brendan Howlin, Labour Party leader; Peadar Tóibín, Aontú leader; and Eamon Ryan, Green Party leader. Photograph: Maxwell’s

Róisín had her moments, Eamon smiled too much, Peadar talked about a woman he knew

Bláithín Pringle is a final year student in NCAD and will be voting for Independents or Sinn Féin in the  election. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

Young people see chance to redraw entire political system they inherited from their parents

‘We’ve been renting in Dublin since 2014, and I just don’t see an end to that,’ says Róisín. Photograph: Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images

A group who could decide Election 2020, on their political priorities

Cork South-West TD Michael Collins speaks to passengers on a bus bringing people to Belfast for cataract operations. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

People travelling from Cork to Belfast for eye operations have little time for the status quo

I’ve always been a terrible eavesdropper. Photograph: iStock

I collect snippets of strangers’ conversations like other people collect beer mats or vintage Pyrex dishes. It's not without its h(...)

In Adamstown – a multicultural town in west Dublin – many residents cannot even vote

 From left, members of Ramsgrange Men’s Shed:  Ray Shannon, Tom Connery, Dan Coady, Matt Molloy, Mark Webster, Michael Giese, Kevin Quigley and Michael Smith. Photograph: Bryan O’ Brien

In Ramsgrange Men’s Shed the election issues are health, crime and pensions

It takes herculean efforts in not thinking about the lives playing out in doorways, or tented villages. Photograph: Alan Betson

Jennifer O’Connell: There are now two Irelands, co-existing within a few feet of each other

  Royal Marine Hotel swimming pool in Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin:  parents and toddlers at sea in the economy. Photograph: Bryan O’ Brien

Parents pool their thoughts on property ownership, childcare and insurance costs

Patrick Crowe from Kilmurry McMahon: ‘I’m not the agricultural sector. I’m a farmer.’  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

At a mart in Co Clare, farmers’ frustrations are steering them towards fatalism

Book club members Mary Downes, Alice Anne O’Leary, Rose Mason, Orla Kiely and Maria Murphy  in Monkstown, Cork, at their monthly meeting. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

Voters interviewed in Cork believe health service problems are institutional and that people have low expectations for ministers o(...)

I like a giant pair that sit on my head like a bright, white Do Not Disturb Sign on my imaginary office door. Photograph: iStock

Now, if I forget to bring a pair to the office, I’m liable to turn the car around

A protest in Waterford in 2016 seeking a second cath lab for University Hospital Waterford. Photograph: Patrick Browne

The cath lab was closed when John Doherty went to UHW with chest pain on a Saturday

Pat ‘the Lawnmower Man’ at Kearney’s on Convent Street in Tallow. ‘Give somebody a majority for five years and let them get on with it.’ Photograph: Mary Browne

Election 2020: Locals keen to see who delivers on rural problems they think are being ignored

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry: royal family split. Photograph:Facundo Arrizabalga/EPA

Consciously uncoupling from Harry’s family will end the couple’s Sisyphean cycle

 Marian Finucane’s husband, John Clarke (centre), as her remains  are taken from church after funeral mass at St Brigid’s Church, Kill, Co Kildare. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Public and private Marian remembered at funeral mass for veteran RTÉ broadcaster

The coffin arrives at the funeral of broadcaster Marian Finucane at St Brigid’s Church in Kill, Co Kildare. Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

‘She will be remembered for her keen intellect, warmth, wit, and kindness,’ mourners told

‘I met people who may be in their final days or weeks of life, and who are facing whatever might come with grace: gratitude for all they’ve had, sadness, a sense of humour, courage and no small amount of fear.’ Photograph: iStock

Jennifer O’Connell: Against the odds, the hospice is an extraordinarily uplifting place

 Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg, Maria Bailey and vaping: A round-up of the subjects to avoid this Christmas

 Whether by accident, or by dint of socialisation, most of   the planning, shopping and the writing of to-do lists falls to me. Photograph: iStock

A lot of what needs to be done at this time of year isn’t emotional labour; it’s just labour

At Our Lady’s Hospice the emphasis is on caring for the whole patient, not just treating the illness. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Patients at Our Lady’s Hospice in Harold’s Cross find their own way of dealing with death

Homesickness isn’t really about place. It’s about experiences. It’s a longing for memories of another time, memories that don’t yet exist, and now won’t ever exist. Photograph: iStock

Jennifer O’Connell: Our line was ‘it’s only a day, after all’, to be repeated over and over

A St George’s Cross flag flies on a market stall in Newcastle-under-Lyme, a Labour seat for nearly 100 years. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/Bloomberg

‘The British like a slightly bumbling upper-class person. That’s part of the psyche’

Ian Austin, former Labour MP for Dudley who is urging his constituents to support Boris Johnson. Photograph: Jennifer O’Connell

Two weeks since I last visited Dudley North voters are obsessing about ‘the lesser of two evils’

Instead of a reception desk with a bank of smiling staff waiting to murmur sweet nothings about wifi codes and breakfast being served until 10am, there’s a bank of iPads

One day, we’ll have to explain to young children what olde worlde phrases like ‘phone call’ and ‘customer service’ and ‘drove myse(...)

Chris Gray outside the Facebook Ireland offices at Grand Canal Dock in Dublin. He is suing Facebook Ireland and CPL Solutions for psychological injuries he claims he suffered as a result of his work. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Cases follow claim of ‘psychological injuries’ by former content moderator Chris Gray

Chris Gray outside the Facebook Ireland offices at Grand Canal Dock in Dublin. The former content moderator has issued proceedings in the  High Court against Facebook and CPL Solutions, over psychological trauma he claims he suffered while working for the social media giant between 2017 and 2018. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Chris Gray’s work for company entailed watching videos of stonings, torture and executions

Monika Bickert, head of global policy management at Facebook:  ‘These jobs can be very challenging. That goes for the full-time employees as well as the contractors.’ Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Content moderators ‘suffering injuries’ to protect internet users from harmful material

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