Majella Connolly, who was born in St Patrick’s mother and baby home on the Navan Road, attended the protest outside Áras an Uachtaráin. File photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

President’s remarks on legal challenges not believed to be way of encouraging court actions

Repeated lockdowns will shrink the economy to the extent  it cannot pay for the social goods tax revenues purchase for us. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

Central banks won’t allow governments run huge Covid-aiding deficits forever

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: “This is  a Government that is more stable than is sometimes acknowledged.” Photograph: Getty Images

Minister for Finance warns of possibility of ‘further difficult choices’ when speaking at MacGill ‘summer’ school

There is a sense that the administration’s credibility has been damaged. ‘Failure of nerve’ is a phrase used by several people

A woman wearing a protective face covering walks past a boarded-up bar in Dublin. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP via Getty Images

Coronavirus restrictions introduced for six weeks are among the most severe in Europe

Professor Philip Nolan of Nphet. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Government fears Nphet will seek new lockdown after Christmas break

The HSE has said that it will send a text message on Wednesday to between 2,000 and 2,500 people, who have already been informed by text of their infection, asking them to tell their own close contacts to contact their GPs immediately to seek a  test. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Government fears health officials will seek another lockdown after Christmas

The Taoiseach announces the latest restricutions during a televised address from Government Buildings in Dublin. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Inside Politics: Decision comes after two weeks of increasingly apocalyptic warnings from public health experts in Nphet

Customers wearing face masks  socially distance as they queue to enter a clothes shop in Dublin city centre on Monday, before Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions were announced. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty

Government sources privately fear teachers' unions will not co-operate with new plan

Critics of the Government’s decision point out that the people who actually run the hospitals – the HSE – do not believe it is in danger of being overwhelmed. Photograph: Getty

There must now be a question of whether the schools remain open, a key test for Coalition

Taoiseach Micheál Martin addresses the  nation at Government Buildings in Dublin on Monday night. Photograph: Julien Behal/Pool/AFP via Getty

Public to stay within 5km of home but social bubbles for some and two households allowed to meet outdoors

 Power has revealed the true Donald Trump: vain, shallow, amoral, mendacious, irresponsible, incompetent. He has demeaned the presidency, and brought shame to the US. Photograph:Evan Vucci

Trump must be defeated as dreadful leader, for demeaning role and for Irish prosperity

Taoiseach Micheál Martin, Tánaiste  Leo Varadkar and Green Party leader Eamon Ryan will meet around lunchtime today to discuss the implications of the public health advice. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ministers divided over how to respond to latest Nphet recommendation on Covid-19

 Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Tánaiste Leo Varadkar  speaking at a media briefing in Government Buildings. Photograph: Julien Behal

Border counties move to Level 4 as extra restrictions imposed nationwide

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe  and Michael McGrath, Minister for Public Expenditure, at Government Buildings prior to the announcement of Budget 2021. Photograph:  Crispin Rodwell

Borrowings of €40bn announced in Covid dominated budget

Artist’s impression from 2008 of the Narrow Water bridge project, which would link Omeath in Co Louth with Warrenpoint in Co Down. File photograph: Louth County Council/PA Wire

Unit within Department of Taoiseach opens way for all-island initiatives, says Martin

The danger for the Government is that it will be left in the aftermath of the pandemic with a smaller economy to finance a bigger state. File photograph: Julien Behal Photography/PA Wire

Many of Government’s Covid-19 budgetary measures will outlast pandemic

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: will unveil what amounts to  the biggest budget ever. Photograph: JULIEN BEHAL Photography

Inside Politics: Business supports for sectors hammered by the Covid shutdown will also be announced

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe:  Ministers agreed that the Christmas bonus would be paid to all social welfare recipients, with the eligibility criteria widened to allow some recipients of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment to receive the bonus. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Cash for businesses forced to close and funding for public services among priorities

Budget package set to increase the number of doctors, nurses, gardaí and teachers

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe and Minister for Public Expenditure Michael McGrath: Budget will announce boom-like money to spend, due to the Government borrowing hugely. Photograph: Julien Behal

Fear and uncertainty frame effort to meet pandemic costs and save ravaged economy

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe will complete the final details of the Budget on Monday evening. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Extra payment to be made to those on the scheme for four months

The North’s Chief Medical Officer Dr Michael McBride has advised that Northern Ireland should go into lockdown. File photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA

Nphet contacts Government after figures for infections in Monaghan, Cavan and Donegal cause particular concern

Paschal Donohoe, the Minister for Finance. Photograph: Alan Betson

Deficit for 2020 expected to be €21bn, considerably less than had been feared

The Central Bank’s forecast suggests the hit from Covid will be significantly less than feared and the economy could return to decent growth next year. Photograph: Colin Keegan

As budget looms, Government views Covid through fairly optimistic economic lens

The deficit for this year is expected to be over €21 billion, or six per cent of GDP, the Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe indicated today. Photograph: Julien Behal Photography/PA

Minister of Finance confirmed deficit would increase if restrictions are tightened

The poll’s findings  suggest  that with the Government reluctant to take the advice of public health experts to reintroduce many elements of the lockdown, it may have to justify this decision to the public

The coming weeks are crucial for how we deal with Covid and for the credibility of the Government

A third of voters believe  the current level of restrictions is not sufficient to ‘safeguard the health of the population’.  Photograph: Crispin Rodwell/ The Irish Times

Almost a third of voters favour additional restrictions to tackle Covid-19

The Government amendment last night refers to “assisted suicide” but the Dublin West TD Gino Kenny who proposed the Bill said it was irresponsible to conflate assisted dying with suicide, which had very different connotations. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll findings suggest there is public support for Bill before Oireachtas

 Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly: spoke to chief medical officer Tony Holohan on Sunday before the Nphet meeting. Photograph: Julien Behal Photography/PA Wire

Chief medical officer says he told Minister for Health his views on Sunday morning

 Minister Eamon Ryan, Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Tánaiste Leo Varadkar at Government Buildings in Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Julian Behal

Sinn Féin the dominant – and perhaps unassailable – force on the left of Irish politics

Support for FF at 17%, FG at 35%, SF on 29%, GP 4%, Labour 4% and others on 11%

Solidarity-People Before Profit TD Gino Kenny introduced the Dying with Dignity Bill in the Dáil on Thursday evening. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Legislation sponsored by People Before Profit will now progress to the committee stage

Government believed chief medical officer Tony Holohan was trying to bounce it into a lockdown, and they weren’t having it. Photograph: PA Wire

Relationship between politicians and public health experts has been badly damaged

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan was heavily criticised by Tánaiste Leo Varadkar. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Inside Politics: Public health experts’ advice on moving to new lockdown is rejected in a calculated and public way

Taoiseach Micheál Martin at Government Buildings in Dublin during his address to the nation on the State’s move to level 3 Covid-19 restrictions. Photograph: Julien Behal Photography

Taoiseach says aim is to balance demands of public health with need to protect livelihoods

 Dr Tony Holohan, chief medical officer, leaving Government Buildings on Monday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A more wary and more political relationship is taking shape between NPHET and the Government

Taoiseach Micheál Martin speaking at Government Buildings on Monday night. Photograph: Julien Behal

New measures to last for three weeks as Government rejects NPHET advice on Level 5

Shannon Bradley and Caitlyn McCrea shopping in Derry as the Stormont Executive announces restrictions to stem the massive spike in Covid-19 cases. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

State more than €9bn in the red as North reports highest-ever daily infections

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe during a media briefing on Tuesday, on the   macroeconomic forecast for Budget 2021. It turns out that the impact of the pandemic has not been as cataclysmic as feared back in the spring.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The choice is between suppressing virus at all costs or living with it to save the economy

Ms Justice Denham  decided that Mr Justice Woulfe’s attendance at the dinner in the Station House Hotel, Clifden was not an offence that warranted his resignation.   Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Outcry after golf dinner centred on idea that attendees flouted rules which everyone else had to observe

Mr Justice Séamus Woulfe: report concludes resignation would be unjust. File photograph Nick Bradshaw

Supreme Court judge should not have attended Clifden golf dinner, former chief justice says

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan speaking at a media briefing in May. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Chief Medical Officer has been on leave for family reasons since early July

Dr Nabarro explained the recent rise in cases was a result of people moving around. Photograph: iStock

NPHET says there should be maximum of six people from one household rather than three

Minister for Education Norma Foley speaking at a press conference on the coding errors found in the Leaving Cert calculated grades system. Photograph: Maxwells

Number affected by coding mistake in grade calculations will not be known for days

Supreme Court judge Séamus Woulfe. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Review examined judge’s attendance at Oireachtas Golf Society dinner

“These are errors which should not have occurred. However, the error will not disadvantage any student,” Minister for Education Norma Foley said. Photograph: Alan Betson

Government will work with colleges to give places to those who missed out

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said economic conditions this year were ‘exceptionally difficult’. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Export sector still strong but Department of Finance predicts slower growth

Solidarity-People Before Profit TD Gino Kenny at a  Dying with Dignity group gathering outside Leinster House on September 14th. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Gino Kenny says Government trying to delay Bill by proposing setting up Dáil committee

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar, Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly at a set piece event on Covid resilience and national recovery. Photograph: Julien Behal

People around Government are left face-palming at another self-inflicted injury

CervicalCheck campaigner Vicky Phelan with Solidarity-People Before Profit TD Gino Kenny TD outside Leinster House. The TD is tabling a private member’s Bill which would allow people with a terminal illness to be helped to end their lives. Photograph: PA

Strong indications FG and FF will allow free vote, but SF to support Bill

Mortgage breaks, introduced in March, were initially offered on a three-month basis, but were later extended to six months.

Borrowers to be dealt with on a case-by-case basis after Government meeting with banks

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Defence Simon Coveney meets US Special Envoy to Northern Ireland Mick Mulvaney at Dept of Foreign Affairs, Iveagh House

Mick Mulvaney says Internal Market Bill is ‘safety net’ if there is no EU-UK trade deal

German chancellor Angela Merkel looked at the 2015 migrant crisis and said: Wir shaffen das – We can handle it. Photograph: Michael Sohn/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

Germany, of course, is not perfect but we can learn a lot from its people

(From left to right) Minister for Transport  Eamon Ryan, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar and Taoiseach Micheál Martin. A few weeks ago Ministers were looking forward to an autumn of cautious reopening. Photograph: PA

Analysis: ‘Economy is just going to have to wait’ as political leaders focus on public health crisis

Opposition politicians called for Séamus Woulfe to resign as judge of the Supreme Court when the controversy first broke. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Supreme Court judge’s fate hinges on Susan Denham’s report on attendance at golf event

Minister for Foreign Affairs  Simon Coveney: Progress on fisheries has been “disappointing” and “progress on an overall trade deal is linked to progress on fisheries”. Photograph:  Tom Honan/PA

‘Trust and relationships like everything in politics are what matter here’

From left to right: SDLP’s Colum Eastwood, Sinn Féin’s Michelle O’Neill, Alliance Party’s Naomi Long and Green Party’s Clare Bailey in the meeting with Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney in Dublin on Thursday. Photograph: Tom Honan/PA Wire

People of North being ‘used as pawns in a political game’, says Michelle O’Neill

Government sources confirmed the move to The Irish Times and ministers are likely to approve the measure in an incorporeal Cabinet meeting this afternoon. Photograph: iStock

Measures in place until October 16th as wet pubs with outdoor service allowed to remain open

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said there were no implications for anyone who had been in close contact with him. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Simon Coveney, Paschal Donohoe and Stephen Donnelly also restricting movements

More than 150,000 people are in receipt of the pandemic unemployment payment. Photograph:  Paul Faith / AFP via Getty Images

Pandemic unemployment payment may be restored to full rate in next month’s budget

Taoiseach Micheál Martin defended reducing the pandemic payment on budgetary grounds. Photograph: Tom Honan/PA

Aides on up to € 101,114 for work with senior Ministers and up to €78,816 with Ministers of State

 Department of Health acting chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn, HSE’s chief clinical officer Dr Colm Henry and NPHET chair Prof Philip Nolan at a Covid-19 press conference. Photograph: Colin Keegan/ Collins Dublin

Department of Health carried out research last week on the opinions of the public on Covid-19

The Bull and Castle on Christchurch Place,  Dublin  remains closed due to Level 3 restrictions, introduced by the Government to tackle the spread of Covid-19 in the capital. Photograph: Collins

'Worrying trends': Waiting game in play as officials monitor situation

Taoiseach Micheál Martin at Government Buildings on Friday, where he announced that Dublin will move to Level 3 of the Government’s plan to deal with Covid-19. Photograph: Tom Honan/PA Wire

NPHET members felt Government would not support more dramatic restrictions for city

Jim O’Callaghan: he knows that the voters would not look kindly on an old-style Fianna Fáil heave three months after the party returned to government

Rival Jim O’Callaghan is not stupid enough to think that a heave could be undertaken now

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney: he  is also travelling to Brussels next week for meetings with EU foreign ministers

Strong feeling in Brussels that Brexit has taken up too much of EU’s attention in recent years

Taoiseach Micheál Martin addressing the nation at Government Buildings, Dublin. Photograph: PA

Taoiseach says there is a very real threat that Dublin could return to the early days of virus

Members of the public enjoying the good weather in Merrion Square in Dublin on Thursday. Under additional restrictions for dining, restaurants and pubs which serve food will only be permitted to open if they have outdoor facilities, or for takeaway services.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Restaurants Association 'shocked' indoor dining to close in Dublin for weeks

The Restaurants Association of Ireland said it was ‘shocked by the decision of NPHET to recommend to Cabinet that all indoor dining close in Dublin for the next few weeks. Photograph: iStock

NPHET advises Government to move Dublin to Level 3 with new restrictions likely to be introduced Friday night

Tuesday’s launch of the  new plan for managing the pandemic for the next six months was widely acknowledged to be a disaster inside and outside Government. Photograph: Julien Behal

Blame game in full swing but most important thing is that new Covid-19 measures work

The Vat House pub in Dublin’s city centre, which is boarded upduring the Covid-19 pandemic. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Capital could be moved to Level 3 after NPHET expresses serious concerns

Covid-19 press conference in Dublin Castle:  Taoiseach Micheál Martin speaking, Leo Varadkar, left, Stephen Donnelly, right.  Photograph: Julian Behal

Reopening phase has seen Covid-19 become a point of political dispute, not agreement

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly at the announcement of the Government’s blueprint for living with Covid-19. The Department of Health confirmed that the Minister’s test for Covid-19 had come back negative. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Launch overshadowed by announcement Cabinet members were ‘self-isolating’

 Former Fianna Fáil deputy leader Éamon Ó Cuív: opposed the  deal with Fine Gael and the Green Party and said it should talk to Sinn Féin about a coalition.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Party veteran says low poll figures show organisation facing ‘existential crisis’

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly speaking in Dublin at the unveiling of the Government’s blueprint for living with Covid-19. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Cabinet colleagues no longer required to restrict movements, Government spokeswoman confirms

A woman wears a face mask in a coffee shop in Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Living with Covid strategy to outline system of restrictions with five levels of severity

UK prime minister Boris Johnson. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/WPA Pool/Getty

Simon Coveney says UK is damaging its reputation with ‘bogus claims’ and ‘spin’

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney on the Andrew Marr show on BBC 1 on Sunday: ‘Both the British and Irish economies are going to be damaged significantly and that will be a significant failure of politics not anything else.’

Taoiseach says no-deal Brexit would be ‘ruinous’ to British economy

British prime minister Boris Johnson. Photograph: Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images

Government here must now gain new understanding of UK counterparts

The confirmation that the British government intended to tear up a legally binding international treaty  made headlines around the world. Photograph:  Stefan Rousseau WPA Pool/Getty Images

London’s latest move has dealt the biggest blow to relations between the UK and the EU, and Ireland, since the referendum to leave(...)

Micheál Martin, taoiseach and leader of Fianna Fáil, in his office at Government Buildings. Photograph: Bryan O Brien

The Government’s Shared Island Unit wants to build relationships in a way that has nothing to do with constitutional question

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney: Irish officials are playing down the prospects of taking legal action against Britain under a treaty its government will have already undermined. Photograph: Julien Behal

Mary Robinson warns UK of need to respect international law and not jeopardise peace

European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic leaves Europe House in London after an emergency Brexit meeting.  Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images

Brussels wants London to reverse plan that would tear up Brexit guarantees on North

Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald: ‘We can change Ireland. How exciting is that?’ File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

‘Would we have to invest to unite our island? Yes...the wisest money we would ever spend’

British prime minister Boris Johnson attends a virtual press conference at Downing Street in London, England, on Wednesday. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau- WPA Pool/Getty Images

EU leaders voice concerns over legislation that will violate withdrawal deal

Simon  Coveney: “The British government has decided to cause chaos.”  Photograph: Getty Images

The Government expects its British counterpart to in the end act rationally in line with its own interests

If you’re going to rattle your sabre, there’s no point in giving it a minor tinkle; you may as well make a bit of noise with it. Photograph: Ben Birchall/PA

Mad scramble for agreement as talks head for decisive stage has been characteristic of the process

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said Britain’s threat to would breach the Brexit treaty was “not an acceptable way to conduct negotiations”. File photograph: Paul Faith/AFP via Getty Images

Martin raises absence of bilateral engagement and serious implications for Northern Ireland

The Long Hall on South Great George’s Street: Irish pubs have experienced the longest lockdown in Europe and publicans have been lobbying fiercely to be allowed reopen.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Cabinet expected to sign off on date amid Covid-19 fears for Dublin and Limerick

Talks between Britain’s chief negotiator David Frost and his EU counterpart Michel Barnier resume in London on Tuesday. File photograph: Getty

Irish Government downplays reports as ‘sabre rattling’ ahead of resumed Brexit talks

British prime minister Boris Johnson: Northern Ireland will not be allowed to stand in the way of concluding his  Brexit ambitions.  Photograph: Ben Birchall/PA

Mystery is how UK can renege on deal with Ireland when keen to strike others globally

There is surprise and anger on both sides of the Irish border and in Brussels at a reported British plan to potentially undermine the withdrawal pact. Photograph: Getty

Von der Leyen says North protocol ‘essential to protect peace and stability on the island’

A former customs guard hut on the Border, near Newry. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Government’s shared island initiative owes more to Lemass than De Valera

Fine Gael MEP Mairead McGuinness has emerged as the clear favourite to become Ireland’s next European commissioner. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Varadkar says he’s glad Coveney ‘hasn’t allowed’ his name to go forward

Taoiseach Micheál Martin at Fire restaurant in Dublin’s city centre on Thursday, at the launch of the Stay and Spend scheme designed to boost tourism in the off-season. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Tough challenges ahead as coalition prepares budget and new plan for pandemic

Taoiseach Micheál Martin: “The Government has no interest in knowing what people are eating.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Taoiseach denies new law requiring pubs and restaurants to retain details of food consumption has been a communications calamity

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar and European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen. Brussels will basically pick Ireland’s next European commissioner, which is a complete reversal of established precedent. File photograph: Fran Veale

Commission’s focus on gender balance may aid Fine Gael MEP, but process not over yet

The Government is facing a furious backlash from publicans and restaurants over new regulations. File photograph: Eva Marie Uzcategui/Bloomberg

Ministers also urged by NPHET subgroup not to ‘stigmatise’ people who contract Covid-19

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