A number of rural Ministers are privately warning that they do not believe the industry can survive another “body blow” if it is not allowed resume business. File photograph: Getty

Rural Ministers warn of ‘body blow’ to sector as 53 new Covid-19 cases confirmed

Senior counsel and law lecturer Tom O’Malley was asked to carry out the   study  by then minister for justice Charlie Flanagan.

Tom O’Malley conducted study of sex crime complainants after 2018 rape trial in Belfast

On Friday, the Supreme Court overturned the Government’s ‘excessively vague and aspirational’ plan to combat global warming. File photograph: Getty

National agenda derailed by judgment, but Minister notes decision key to political focus

The acting chief medical officer warned ‘we may be beginning to see more cases which we cannot link to outbreaks or close contacts’.  File photograph: The Irish Times

Government to ‘watch and monitor carefully’ what happens in coming days, says Martin

 Green Party leader Eamon Ryan: “You cannot abstain if you’re in Government. It weakens our strength, it weakens Government, it doesn’t work.”   Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Punishment adequate for failing to vote with Government on Bill, Green leader says

(From left) Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill, Taoiseach Micheál Martin and First Minister Arlene Foster at a press confrerence at Dublin Castle for the first summit of the North South Ministerial Council (NSMC) since before Northern Ireland’s powersharing administration collapsed. Photograph: PA

O’Neill says there is a ‘confused picture’ around travel regulations in North and South

Fianna Fáil TD Marc MacSharry alleged State employees were opportunistic in using the crisis ‘to do nothing’. File photograph: The Irish Times

Siptu urges FF Sligo-Leitrim TD to recant ‘lying on the couch watching box sets’ remark

 Green Party TD Neasa Hourigan at Leinster House on Kildare Street, Dublin. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

TD wants to remain as a Green parliamentarian after voting against Government Bill

Green Party TD Neasa Hourigan who has resigned as party chief whip after voting against the Government. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Concern within Government circles after Minister of State fails to support legislation

  Marc MacSharry: Some public servants are  using the Covid-19 crisis as an excuse to “lie on the couch and watch box sets” . File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

TD repeats claims and slams ‘mediocrity dressed up as efficiency’


Protection of €85bn trading relationship ‘vital to our overall economic recovery’


Previous government argued for Coveney to keep State car

Former senator Catherine Noone pictured with Leo Varadkar and Simon Harris. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Seán Kelly MEP singles out Catherine Noone controversy at party postmortem meeting

The VHI said house parties and “shebeen” drinking were a much higher Covid-19 risk, pointing out that there have been no cases of Covid-19 tracked back to any of the food-serving pubs that opened three weeks ago

Publicans tell Martin of anger at short notice of decision not to reopen pubs on July 20th

CEO of Transport Infrastructure Ireland Michael Nolan,  Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan,  and Anne Graham, CEO of the National Transport Authority,    announcing   a public consultation  on  a  Luas extension to Finglas at Luas Broombridge Depot, Cabra. Photograph: Alan Betson

Briefing notes for Minister for Public Expenditure warn that ‘budgetary discipline’ will be needed to curb growing expenditure

Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys told the Dáil that more than 2,500 pandemic unemployment claims had been closed as a result of checks carried out at ports and airports. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Department plans to review 700,000 welfare claims by end of year

Taoiseach Micheal Martin will be paid €186,831 a year. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Ministers taking 10% reduction still paid more than previous government

 Taoiseach Micheal Martin arriving for the Cabinet Meeting in Dublin Castle on Monday afternoon. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Taoiseach and Tánaiste will take pay cut of about €20,000 each

Gardaí outside Pygmalion Bar on Coppinger Row,Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Gardaí out in force this weekend amid worrying coronavirus trends

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe and president of the Eurogroup:  “What I will do is continue to find the balance between . . . what is right for Europe and for Ireland overall.”  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister will lead euro-zone finance team in funding cost of pandemic and recovery

People Before Profit’s Bríd Smith: will be examining the record of the Dáil to determine if other TDs have similarly criticised the judiciary.

People Before Profit TD attacked ‘democracy itself’, former minister for justice claims

Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar at Dublin Castle: Mr Varadkar said the stimulus package would be ‘radical and far-reaching’.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Jobs stimulus plan will include enhanced Covid-19 restart grant scheme – Varadkar

Leo Varadkar has promised a ‘radical and far-reaching’ stimulus plan for jobs. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Tánaiste flags cuts in business taxes and commercial rates

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly at the launch of the Covid tracker app in Dublin on Tuesday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Figure represents 23% of State’s population over 16 years with smartphones

 Minister for Agriculture Barry Cowen  during a Government Cabinet meeting at Dublin Castle, Dublin on Monday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Minister for Agriculture has been embroiled in controversy since his 2016 drink-driving ban emerged


Martin warns wider reopening in doubt as advice against non-essential travel extended

In January, Paddy Holohan made headlines after he questioned Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s links to Ireland because of his Indian ancestry, and then made a series of highly-criticised remarks about women. File photograph:  Dara Mac Dónaill

Former MMA fighter had been suspended by party in January after offensive comments

What is very important now is that we do not undo the good work to date, the Taoiseach Micheál Martin said afterwards. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Of new Covid-19 cases, 17% now related to international travel

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said that he had no idea newly appointed Minister for Agriculture, Barry Cowen had been convicted of drink driving in 2016.

Minister to make Dáil statement after being disqualified from driving for three months

Passengers arrive at Dublin Airport. The belief in Government is that it cannot prevent people from going abroad on holiday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Publication of ‘green list’ of safe countries postponed amid fears of virus resurgence

Green Party’s  Neasa Hourigan:  With Marc Ó Cathasaigh, she is a likely contender   for the chair of  the climate change committee. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Up to five Oireachtas teams will be set up over summer with remaining 20 by year end

Sinn Féin leader  Mary Lou McDonald is pictured during a press event  at Leinster House on Thursday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

SF leader says she was honoured to take part in Belfast service for former IRA prisoner

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald (left) and the North’s Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill during Bobby Storey’s funeral. Photograph: PA

‘Michelle O’Neill will not be stepping aside as Deputy First Minister under any circumstances’

 Josepha Madigan  has  been appointed  Minister of State at the Department of Education with responsibility for special needs and inclusion. Photograph by Crispin Rodwell for the Irish Times

Five of the latest 17 appointments represent constituencies along western seaboard

Josepha Madigan has been appointed a Minister of State. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Jack Chambers and Niall Collins appointed Ministers of State as Jim O’Callaghan and Joe McHugh turn down roles

New Fine Gael TD Jennifer Carroll MacNeill could be in line for a quick promotion. She has worked in different government departments as an adviser, is close to Leo Varadkar and is a strong media performer. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Party leaders yet to finalise list of ministers of State, but there will be disappointments

Photograph: Eric Luke

Video links and social distancing to be part and parcel of new committees

President Michael D Higgins presents new Ministers with their seal of office. Photograph: Maxwells

Campaigners link appointment of only four women to senior Cabinet positions to broader issues

Eoghan Murphy, Josepha Madigan, Richard Bruton and Charlie Flanagan lost their Cabinet positions following the carve-up of roles between Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and the Green Party

Richard Bruton, Eoghan Murphy, Charlie Flanagan, Joe McHugh among those left out

Michael Lowry is one of nine Independent TDs who voted for Micheál Martin as Taoiseach. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Concerns in relation to programme for government flagged by Independents

 Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald said her party would continue to “press for change.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald says her party will continue to push for ‘change’

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin after announcing his party members voted for the programme for government. Photograph: Damien Eagers/PA

Martin to form government, after parties’ members vote to endorse coalition deal

People Before Profit TD Bríd Smith says she will make contact with those in the Green Party who are dissatisfied. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Left-wing activists in Greens urged to leave party and find new political home

Fianna Fail Leader Micheál Martin TD at the party’s press conference on Friday  evening. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Micheál Martin set to be elected taoiseach when Dáil sits tomorrow

Protesters outside Leinster House in May call for the end of direct provision. This year, direct provision will cost the State about €200 million. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Dismantling system for accommodating asylum seekers is likely to be lengthy process

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with Minister for Health Simon Harris at a  press briefing in Dublin Castle on Thursday. Photograph: Julien Behal

Public patients to no longer be admitted to private hospitals under current pandemic deal

Chief medical officer Tony Holohan, Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at a coronavirus briefing at Dublin Castle on Thursday. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

‘Green list’ to detail countries that can be visited without quarantine restrictions

Minister of State     Finian McGrath said   the Green Party will have to learn how to compromise over the term of the next government if the deal passes. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Some 2,000 Green Party members expected to take part in ballot on entering coalition

Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan, Minister for Employment Affairs Regina Doherty and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in a post-cabinet coronavirus briefing at Dublin Castle. Photograph: PA

Restrictions on travelling abroad will be eased from July 9th

Independent Sean Canney: “I am always open to discussing the formation of a government.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Some TDs say new deal could be brokered in a week amid concerns Green Party members may reject programme for government

Michael Healy-Rea: “The Taoiseach, as far as I’m concerned, has no right if this falls through to get into his car and go to the Áras.”

Martin says there is no ‘plan B’, and proposed coalition would be ‘truly transformative’

Ireland’s childcare sector is characterised by some of the highest fees for parents in Europe, as well as low wages and below-average levels of State investment. File photograph: iStockPhoto

Analysis of European scheme suggests universal system would 'enhance maternal and child wellbeing'

Secretary general of the Department of Children Fergal Lynch is expected to tell the Oireachtas committee that the childcare sector is in ‘uncharted waters’. Photograph: iStock

Covid-19 committee to hear from sector on ongoing funding and capacity issues

The National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) last week gave the green light for islands to fully reopen on June 29th.

Residents express concerns about spread of Covid-19 and want to stay closed for longer

Assistant secretary general at the Department of Taoiseach Liz Canavan says: “we’re asking business owners and service providers to think about how they’re protecting customers and clients.” Photograph: PA

Daily briefing reveals 32,800 less unemployment payments issued than last week

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar stressed the public must now take ‘personal responsibility’ as the State-imposed restrictions were lifted. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Vast majority of Irish economy and society is set to reopen at the end of the month

Minister Heather Humphreys: raised questions about large wedding venues which could potentially accommodate more guests and family members.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Hotels Federation says new guidance ‘fails to recognise many have capacity to host larger gatherings’

From left to right: Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys; Taoiseach Leo Varadkar; Minister for Health, Simon Harris and chief medical offcier Dr Tony Holohan speaking on the update to the Government’s roadmap for Reopening Society and the economy on Friday. Photograph: Julien Behal

Places of worship, gyms, cinemas, hairdressers to reopen and sport resume from end of month

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: he  said  he would like to see the new government have at least 90 TDs to ensure its viability. Photograph: getty Images

Rural Independents TD plans to raise issue of infrastructure outside major cities

Paul Reid, chief executive of the HSE, believes the elderly care sector will need to change in order to tackle further outbreaks of the virus or other diseases. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland/PA Wire

HSE chief to tell Dáil committee that half of nursing home infection clusters now ‘closed’

Following pressure from industry representatives, the seating time in pubs has changed. Photograph: iStock

Only contact details of one group member will be required under HPSC plan

A confidential document from the Dáil’s Covid-19 committee has warned that the continued supply of critical freight could become ‘increasingly difficult’ because of a lack of passengers. Photograph: PA

Lack of passengers will make it ‘increasingly difficult to maintain operations’

PRSI increases could be on the cards. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

The deal says increasing the charge will be considered to help pay for higher benefits

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar says cinemas likely to be reopen in August as meaures ease

Some €20m of the new funding will go to the Arts Council. Photograph: The Irish Times

Supports includes bursaries and commissions to artists and arts organisations

Taoiseach and Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar (right) and Tánaiste Simon Coveney speaking to the media at Government Buildings in  Dublin on Monday. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland/PA Wire.

Éamon Ó Cuív casts doubt on viability of three party deal as Green candidate warns it will be a ‘hard sell’

Green Party deputy leader Catherine Martin: “There were never going to be, nor could there have been, outright winners in these negotiations and clearly we did not get everything we sought.” File photograph: Laura Hutton

Crucially, Catherine Martin, the Green Party deputy leader, has supported the deal

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan at Government Buildings on Monday. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney/Collins

Three Green Deputies abstain including Francis Noel Duffy, husband of Catherine Martin who backs the deal

There are also proposals to widen the eligibility of the Bike to Work scheme. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Programme for government would set aside 20% of transport budget for green modes

Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Green Party  have agreed that carbon tax will rise to €100 per tonne by 2030. Photograph: Getty Images

Home carer tax credit will be increased to help stay-at-home parents

The parties will also seek to increase the capitation grant with a view to reducing the reliance on voluntary contributions made to schools. Photograph: Getty images

Education: Parties say they will reduce teacher ratios in primary schools but no specific target is mentioned

There is a promise  to bolster Garda powers against white-collar crime including amending legislation to ensure prosecutions happen more quickly. Photograph: Mark Condren/PA Wire

Society: Parties pledge extra powers for gardaí, directly elected mayors and hate crime law

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald speaks  at Leinster House  after Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Greens finalised the text of a draft programme for government four months on from the election. Photograph:   Niall Carson/PA Wire

Mary Lou McDonald says content of draft programme for government was ‘vague’

The three parties are committing to an average 7 per cent per annum reduction in overall greenhouse gas emissions from 2021 to 2030, with a shift to renewable source of energy such as wind.  Photograph: Ben Curtis/PA

Environment: Major drive planned ‘to realise potential of Ireland’s offshore renewables’

A new scheme will seek to retrofit 500,000 homes by 2030 on a ‘aggregated’ model – meaning that certain towns or areas will be retrofitted at the same time to achieve economies of scale. File photograph: Frank Miller

‘Green new deal’ and ‘well-being indices’ are promised among other measures

Sinn Féin deputy leader Pearse Doherty: ‘These parties, Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil specifically, cannot be trusted.’ Photograph: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie

Sinn Féin deputy leader would ‘wait and see’ how party memberships would vote on deal

Dr David Nabarro,  special envoy with the World Health Organisation, said the ‘decent thing to do’ is wear a mask and protect other people. File Photograph:  Hector Retamal/AFP via Getty Images

Dr David Nabarro tells Oireachtas committee coverings are best protection against Covid-19

David Nabarro: speaking at Covid-19 committee. Photograph: Oireachtas

WHO’s Dr David Nabarro raises prospect of diners wearing face masks in restaurants

The median number of contacts per diagnosis has risen to close to 3.5 per person, compared with an average of two per person when full restrictions were in place. Photograph: Alan Betson

In one case diagnosed with Covid-19, the individual named 25 contacts

The amount of grant for each provider will be based on number of children on department schemes pre-Covid 19. Photograph: iStock

Government package worth €75m aims to keep fees unchanged for parents

A funding package of €75m is going to be made available for childcare providers to help them open at the end of June. Photograph: iStock

Providers to get one-off reopening grant and capital grant and fee subsidies

The draft guidelines for pubs recommend reduced seating and table service wherever possible

Unpublished report recommends online booking and table service for sector

Capital grants to enable childcare operators to invest in premises to comply with new public health rules are under discussion

‘Imminent’ plan to provide grants and subsidies to creches and enable parents return to work

There will be no family-style service of food –  shared vegetable and gravy dishes – at weddings under the Covid-19 restrictions

Open self-service breakfast buffets are likely to become a thing of the past

Bookings will be encouraged and a time period allocated to spend in the restaurant

Debit and credit card machines will have to be cleaned and disinfected after each use.

Kits at reception will have germicidal wipes, face and eye masks, gloves, protective aprons and biohazard disposable waste bags

Those who holiday in caravan and camping parks will notice changes in terms of washing facilities, laundry facilities

Shower ‘schedules’ and employee shopping for customers may be introduced

The Irish adventure activity tourism sector will be told to introduce stringent new measures to tackle the spread of Covid 19. File photograph: Getty Images

Tour sizes set to be cut, with participants bringing as much personal equipment as possible

There will  be no family-style service of food at weddings, ie no shared vegetable and gravy dishes. Photograph: iStock

Restaurants Association says 90% of restaurants cannot reopen with 2m distancing

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton: ‘It has taken time to get an understanding of what’s possible, and even that is still uncertain.’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Election manifestos from February based on a world now ‘completely changed’, warns Minister

People on Grafton Street in Dublin on Sunday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Health Minister warns progress against virus still fragile but says ‘today is great day for country’

Fianna Fáil's Micheál Martin, Green Party's Eamon Ryan and Fine Gael's Leo Varadkar

Movement on pension issue in four-hour meeting on coalition formation, say parties

‘Substantial meal’ is needed to be served for pubs to serve drinks. Photograph: iStock

Growing pressure from hospitality industry to reduce social distancing to 1m

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said he expected that the Department of the Taoiseach would reach its limit in September. Photograph: The Irish Times

Dáil to be asked to rush through potentially billions of euro in additional funding

Green Party deputy leader Catherine Martin. File photograph: Gareth Chaney

Timing of Catherine Martin’s Green leadership challenge ‘far from ideal’ - FF

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan with his deputy, Catherine Martin. File photograph: Alan Betson

Government formation talks continue but ‘central issues unresolved’

Grafton Street in Dublin on Friday, as further coronavirus restrictions begin to be eased in Ireland. Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

Lifting of coronavirus restrictions speeds up with effective end date of July 20th

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