Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman:  apologised for his approach and his “haste to fix a legal problem”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

GDPR rights can override domestic legislation, data protection watchdog claims

Phil Hogan:  there could be a role for the EU in guiding the recovery from Covid-19 and managing resilience across sectors.   Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

MacGill Summer School: Former commissioner critical of EU co-ordination on travel

File photograph: Getty

UCD lab to suspend Covid-19 testing over next two weekends due to staff issues

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

Brian Hayes said the Oireachtas golf dinner “caused a huge amount of angst in the country and I fully recognise that”. File photograph: Alan Betson

‘I apologise unreservedly, unreservedly and sincerely for attending the dinner’

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe and, left, Minister for Public Expenditure Michael McGrath. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Annual cost of Covid supports estimated to be about €16bn

A Garda checkpoint mounted as part of Operation Fanacht on the M4 between Leixlip and Maynooth  this month.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

TD says if Government is going to ‘roll over’ any regulations they need to be debated

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

Leo Varadkar said that Ireland is the first country in Europe to go back into a national lockdown, but that a “preemptive strike” was needed against the virus “before it is too late”. Photograph: Tom Honan/Julien Behal

Tánaiste tells business leaders they had done ‘nothing wrong’ in recent months

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly was told that the rate of growth in the country was 5-6 per cent, meaning new cases would double every 12-14 days. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos Dublin

Government warned failure to impose lockdown would see around 1,000 cases a day

A private meeting was arranged between Taoiseach Micheál Martin and the two men responsible for guiding the State’s response to the pandemic, Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan, and his deputy, Dr Ronan Glynn. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

This time the stakes are much higher with billions borrowed and spent, the public has grown weary

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

Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Minister admits Level 3 has not worked and says Government will act tomorrow

A masked Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney pictured arriving for a meeting of EU General Affairs ministers at the European Council building in Luxembourg earlier this week. Photograph: Virginia Mayo/AFP via Getty Images

Minister attended Cabinet after testing negative and has been told by HSE he is not considered a close contact

Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland general secretary Kieran Christie said schools had reopened when the number of coronavirus cases were a lot lower than they are now. Photograph: iStock

Union says safety and welfare of teachers and students is paramount

Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan and Professor Philip Nolan, head of the Irish Epidemiological Modelling Group, will present to senior Government figures today. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Growing expectation among some Ministers that country will move to higher level of alert in coming days, but that it will fall sho(...)

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

Ministers  question whether the public will accept weeks of lockdown and they ask what the metrics of success are. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Pressure beginning to show on hospital system and disease in the community is growing

‘Right now, we need everyone to cut their social contacts to an absolute minimum,’ chief medical officer  Dr Tony Holohan said on Friday. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Record high of almost 1,300 Covid-19 cases recorded in Northern Ireland on Friday

A woman walks past a cafe on Main street, Co Cavan, as counties Donegal, Cavan and Monaghan prepare to move to Level 4  from midnight tonight. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

If current trends continue there could be 1,800-2,500 daily cases by October 31st, says Nphet

 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

 Chief Medical Office  Dr Tony Holohan. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Cork University Hospital has become ‘congested’ due to the impact of Covid-19

Micheal Martin during a media briefing.”It will pass. We will make it through this pandemic,” he said. PhotographTom Honan/Julien Behal Photography/PA Wire

‘We know that a lot if not most Covid transmission is happening in private homes,’ Tánaiste says

 Minister for Enterprise Leo Varadkar: ‘There is so much unbelievable uncertainty facing Irish citizens and companies because of Brexit and Covid.’ Photograph: Tom Honan/Julien Behal Photography/PA Wire

Varadkar insists contingency funds needed as ‘we don’t know what’s going to happen’

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Michael McGrath said the State would use the Stability Programme Update next April to ‘set out a more medium term fiscal framework and a pathway to a more sustainable budgetary position.’ Photograph: Julien Behal Photography/PA Wire

Pandemic has brought about ‘hugely significant increase’, says Michael McGrath

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said the CRSS was introduced as an alternative to the practice of topping up restart grants, which has been the approach for impacted sectors so far. Photograph: Tom Honan/Julien Behal Photography/PA Wire

Scheme will provide up to €5,000 a week to businesses forced to close due to restrictions

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said even a limited free trade agreement would mean Irish products will still be on the shelves of British supermarkets. Photograph: Julien Behal

Tánaiste stresses VAT reduction for hospitality sector a ‘temporary measure’

‘Covid-19 has had a devastating impact on arts, cultural and sporting activities,’ Minister for Public Expenditure Michael McGrath said. File image: Getty

Industry groups welcome pledged €50m increase in Arts Council funding to €130m

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 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

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

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

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe  and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Michael McGrath. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Big-spend items include social welfare, health, jobs and housing

David McCourt: he  said the broadband plan could be delivered within five years unless Covid has an unforeseen impact. Photograph: Julien Behal

Chairman of company delivering project says quarantine can cause difficulties

 Prof Philip Nolan said there was very high incidence of Covid-19 among young people. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins  Dublin

‘The disease is spreading very rapidly, particularly outside Dublin’

 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 for Justice Helen McEntee informed the Justice Committee of the change to the personal injuries guidelines in a letter sent on Wednesday. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Guidelines will now be put in place by July 31st, 2021, Minister says

Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien: said the report from  the group would be discussed as part of Budget 2022. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Working group set up by department will look at scale of problem and cost of fixing it

Dr Tony Holohan, chief medical officer at the Department of Health during a briefing at the Department of Health in Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Holohan criticises leak of Nphet recommendation that entire State go to Level 5 lockdown

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

The Climate Action Bill will set in law the principle of carbon neutrality by 2050.

Ministers approve Climate Action Bill which will set annual carbon emissions targets

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

Prof Philip Nolan, chair of  NPHET, Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy CMO,  and Dr Tony Holohan, CMO arriving at Government Buildings for the meeting with party leaders.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

NPHET wanted a short, sharp break to get the virus under control before Christmas

Almost 450 businesses and trade associations have written to the Government expressing significant concerns about how they are being impacted by the State’s response to Covid-19.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Letter to Government from 450 businesses and lobby groups expresses major concern

The letter sent on Sunday by the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) to Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly (pictured) warns of a ‘significant and deteriorating’ epidemiological situation. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Letter to Minister for Health says current measures failing to get a handle on disease

 Helen McEntee: she said the reform was “the first delivery on our programme for government commitment to introduce necessary reforms to our personal insolvency legislation”.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Measures will allow access to court protections for debtors hit by the pandemic

Dara Calleary who resigned as minister for agriculture following ‘Golfgate’ scandal. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Tánaiste reacts to suggestion made by Séamus Woulfe’s in Golfgate transcript

 Members of the Defence Forces  at the drive-in Covid-19 testing centre at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday. Photograph:Stephen Collins/ Collins Photos Dublin

Cabinet sources express serious reservations about adopting the recommendation

 Chief medical offier Dr Tony Holohan arriving at the Oireachtas Covid-19 Committee sitting at Leinster House, Dublin in May. Photograph:  Dara Mac Donaill

How economy, society and political system will now confront the pandemic is not clear

WFH at conference: Green Party leader Eamon Ryan at his home in south Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

At virtual Green Party conference leader says joining coalition ‘right thing to do’

The Department of Transport is considering measures to ensure that, where possible, Ireland’s connectivity with the rest of the world is maintained. Photograph:  Artur Widak/PA Wire

Package of measures to aid aviation and travel sector will form part of Budget 2021

The meeting is being chaired by the Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan, who has returned from an extended period of leave. Photograph: PA

Government taken by surprise as such a move would have serious implications

Supreme Court judge Séamus Woulfe: The whole experience ‘has been excruciatingly embarrassing for him, and that’s really all it warrants, I think’ said one solicitor. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Some lawyers feel judge should have quit even after Denham’s ‘Golfgate’ verdict

Draft report finds there is a ‘lack of coherent policy on the care of older people’. Photograph:  Ina Fassbender/AFP via Getty

Oireachtas committee’s draft report says State ‘failed to recognise risk level’

Anglo Irish Bank signage and lettering being removed from the bank’s headquarters Office in St Stephen’s Green, Dublin. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Many borrowers have left Ireland since collapse of bank in financial crash

Two phones with the Covid Tracker  contact tracing app. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Tracers will contact 500 recent cases to establish movements before illness

Acting chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn appears at the Oireachtas special committee on Covid-19

Acting chief medical officer says he would only expect latest measures in capital to be taking effect now

Former minister of State at the Department  of Finance Michael D’Arcy resigned from the Seanad to take up the post. File photograph: The Irish Times

Ex-minister did not inform ethics watchdog of move to association of investment managers

Sherry Perrault, head of ethics and regulation at Sipo

Sipo welcomes review of post-employment provisions of lobbying rules

The Oireachtas special committee on Covid-19 is hearing from HSE chief executive Paul Reid

HSE project aims to extend contact tracing to 14 days in new cases, Oireachtas committee told

Publicly available returns show that Micahel D’Arcy was lobbied directly by the IAIM in 2017.

Tánaiste says ex-minister should have contacted Sipo before taking private sector role

Minister for Media Catherine Martin.  Photograph: Laura Hutton

Minister to set out composition of ‘platform agnostic’ body and its brief

No further deaths from coronavirus were confirmed on Monday, leaving the State’s death toll at 1,802. File photograph: The Irish Times

No return to ‘normal’ after surge in cases handled, says acting chief medical officer

HSE chief executive Paul Reid: The State compares well with other European countries, when measured by the number of tests done per one million of population. Photograph: Sam Boal / Photocall Ireland

Difficult winter and resurgence in Covid is worst possible scenario for health service – Reid

Publicly available returns show that Micahel D’Arcy was lobbied directly by the IAIM in 2017.

Incoming chief of association of investment managers says he is in compliance with rules

Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien: will establish a working group to look at  solutions for owners of homes impacted by flawed building practices.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney

Minister to examine solutions for owners of such homes, such as loans or tax breaks

HSE chief executive Paul Reid: School reopening has  created a “significant challenge on the daily lab testing because we are reaching capacity”.  Photograph: Sam Boal

Turnaround of 3.5 days may be too slow for clusters as experts call for closer to two days

UCD president Prof Andrew Deeks: put under pressure at meeting of governing authority,  especially by the Lord Mayor of Dublin Hazel Chu. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Calls for expert group to be set up amid fallout from Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin controversy

The National Public Health Emergency Team suggested it might be premature to reopen public houses in the capital from September 21st. Photograph: Alan Betson

Call for restrictions on households mixing but crowds could return to sporting events

Trinity’s  screening programme is designed as a wider surveillance of the population in an effort to detect the disease before it becomes apparent.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Project to run alongside dedicated HSE testing centre on campus

‘In the long term, a reform of established models of care for older people in Ireland is required,’ Hiqa chief Phelim Quinn said. Photograph: iStock

Watchdog says it has been ‘highlighting deficits’ with Department of Health since 2013

Taoiseach Micheál Martin: he said the message to people in Dublin and Limerick was to remain “very vigilant, socially distant, reduce your social contacts”. Photograph: Getty Images

Martin says there is concern about rising Covid case in Dublin and Limerick, but rules out local restrictions for the two counties

 The Oireachtas committee on Covid-19 was told issues around physical infrastructure capacities within the courts system were emerging. File photograph: Collins Courts

Pandemic ‘fast-forwards’ shift to remote hearings but also raises capacity concerns

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar: suggested a civil offence could be committed by someone breaking rules on numbers attending gatherings in their homes. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Legal experts to criticise official communication as strategy to maximise compliance

A Brexit-inspired mural by Banksy in Dover. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA

A new Government plan outlines potential pitfalls for business and daily life amid Brexit

Fine Gael County Councillor Colm Markey

Colm Markey to be Fine Gael MEP for the Midlands–North-West constituency

The decline in numbers of patients seen has raised fears that cancers will go undiagnosed. File photograph: Getty

BreastCheck, BowelScreen and CervicalCheck shut down due to impact of coronavirus

Cork publicans protest over pub closures outside Simon Coveney’s offices in Carrigaline, Co Cork. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Health officials and Ministers sound note of caution over infection rates in some regions

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar: the Government is “giving consideration” to the question of international travel. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Varadkar hints at linking travel to European ‘traffic light’ system and warns on metrics

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’

It is understood Green Party Deputy leader Catherine Martin will be writing to the wider party membership in the coming days. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Deputy leader signals reforms to party’s governance and communications in letter

Scheme could be extended to include non-bank lenders. Photograph: iStock

Up to 80% of borrowings advanced to firms under scheme’s auspices is guaranteed

Firms are expected to face difficulty getting shipments through ports unless they have completed the correct customs procedures. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

Firms trading or moving goods via UK will be affected whatever the outcome of talks

The high turnover of staff in creches represents a risk to controlling the spread of Covid-19, say unions. Photograph: iStock

Unions warn the figures represent a risk to controlling spread of Covid-19 in creches

A pop-up Covid test centre at the Croke Park handball alley, one of two new centres (the other at Castleknock) which will increase testing by between 180 and 200 tests per day. Photograph: Alan Betson

National Public Health Emergency Team to discuss change based on best global evidence

Sections of the internal market bill are expected to ‘eliminate the legal force of parts of the withdrawal agreement’ in areas including state aid and Northern Ireland customs. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty

Claim some clauses in upcoming British legislation will override parts of Northern Ireland protocol

The Government expects to reopen all pubs by the middle of the month. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Strict new rules for the preparation of fruit garnishes used in drinks and use of straws

The testing programme at Trinity College could  help early detection of the virus among students and staff, and avoid partial or full closures of the university. File photograph: Alan Betson

Widespread testing programme for staff and students could prevent clusters on campus

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

The travel green list is  unlikely to be changed until the new long-term plan for living alongside Covid-19 is published on September 14th. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Travellers are confused and ‘need some direction’ says Labour Party leader

Taoiseach Micheal Martin and Minister for Sport Catherine Martin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Catherine Martin asks for international evidence to feed into Government roadmap

Green TD Neasa Hourigan will chair the Committee on Budgetary Oversight, despite losing her speaking rights after voting against the Government in the last Dáil session. Photograph:Gareth Chaney/Collins

James Lawless, Fergus O’Dowd, Kathleen Funchion and Neasa Hourigan among appointees

FAI chairman Roy Barrett: said suggestion the bank’s recommendation created a conflict of interest was a ‘nonsense’. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Former sport minister says FAI chairman has ‘done a good job’ in implementing reforms

Publicans who reopen their premises during an enforced closure could face a fine of €5,000 or one year in jail. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Bill bestows powers on Garda to inspect licensed premises

Fórsa members in the education sector were reporting that a number of schools have either refused to purchase personal protective equipment ‘or are requiring staff to reuse face masks contrary to HSE advice’. Photograph: iStock

Covid-19 committee to be told some teachers and SNAs being asked to reuse face masks

Coillte said  its timber supply for the remainder of 2020 and 2021 is “under severe threat due to the delays in processing of appeals, which has led to a significant backlog”.  Photograph: Getty Images

The semi-State company has concerns about a backlog in the appeals process for felling licences

Sinn Féin spokesman on health David Cullinane: “The importance of catching cancer early is indisputable, and the Covid-19 pandemic has caused complications in delivering cancer care.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Bowel, cervical and breast checks way behind due to Covid-19 restrictions

MEP Mairead McGuinness: Sources in Brussels said Ms McGuinness is highly thought-of by European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Government has not yet been decided whether to submit one or two names

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