Comedian Deirdre O’Kane, a member of the Comic Relief in Ireland steering group, said it was a ‘key step for the project and brings us closer again to delivering help to where it’s needed’.

Charities working with vulnerable groups affected by Covid-19 pandemic to benefit

Marc MacSharry: ‘Not getting into individual cases because they are far too numerous to mention.’

Backbench TD accused public servants of ‘lying on couch’ while binging on box sets

Scientists reviewed all published clinical trials that compared three types of cholesterol-lowering drugs with a placebo for a period of at least a year, in at-risk patients. File photograph: Getty

Researchers claim absence of consistent benefit and that evidence has been ignored

 Former US president Bill Clinton and John Hume  at the Citywest Hotel in Dublin in May 2005. File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Hume ‘committed to pursuing objectives by exclusively peaceful and democratic means’

John Hume speaks to a British soldier at an anti-internment rally in Derry. File photograph: Jimmy McCormack

Politicians pay tribute to former SDLP leader who was ‘a great hero and a true peacemaker’

The M50 motorway in Dublin in March, during the lockdown. Photograph: Tom Honan

State collected more than €362 million from motor tax during height of pandemic

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

Funding will go to supporting the establishment of “cycle cafes” – coffee stops for cyclists on greenways and other rural cycling routes. File photograph: Getty

Heather Humphreys launches scheme to help 500 communities adapt to Covid-19

CervicalCheck campaigners Vicky Phelan (right) and Lorraine Walsh at the funeral of fellow campaigner Ruth Morrissey in July. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Minister says ‘everything possible’ will be done to make process easier for women

 Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health. File image: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Over 90 per cent of cases reported on Sunday had been identified, acting CMO says

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly said he couldn’t give advice to individual pubs in advance of the decision on Tuesday. Photo: Stephen Collins /Collins Photos Dublin

‘Number one focus is getting the schools reopened,’ says Donnelly

Tampons & Tea: Tampax’s TV ad can’t be shown again in its current form following an ASAI ruling.

Call for national strategy on women’s health as Senator tells of experience of miscarriage

Green party TD Neasa Hourigan voted against the Government legislation five times. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Ban on evictions, rent freezes ends on Saturday for all except tenants in arrears due to pandemic

A Government Senator has hit out at the left wing parties protesting in the Dáil last night over speaking rights and described them as a “pack of rowdy undergraduates”. Photograph: Eric Luke.

Ned O’Sullivan says they should ‘cop on ’ as he expresses shock at shenanigans in Dáil

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

Minister for Justice Helen McEntee TD arriving for a Cabinet meeting in at Dublin Castle. File photograph: Sam Boal/

Minister insists courts reform legislation will not hinder anyone in ensuring justice served

 Minister for Education, Norma Foley. File photograph: Julien Behal/PA

Foley under pressure as concerns raised that all children will not get transport

The Dáil adjourned in the early hours on Friday morning after a bitterly divisive row over changes to speaking rights.

Length of holidays criticised as House will not sit again until September 15th

Dr Ronan Glynn, acting chief medical officer, said officials were very concerned about the  increase in Covid-19 cases. Photograph:  Colin Keegan/ Collins Dublin

Total of 85 confirmed Covid-19 cases is highest daily number since late May

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Defence Simon Coveney arrives at Dublin Castle for a cabinet meeting. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Varadkar says long-term security policy that Minister have Garda transport going North

Minister for Enterprise Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Varadkar says problem of needs assessment will not be solved by court or ‘paying lawyers’ fees’

People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett was accused of ‘histrionics’ when he again refused to sit down. Image: Oireachtas TV

Fury in smaller parties and groups at plan by Coalition and Sinn Féin to change speaking slots

TDs said a package of supports was required to avoid the mass closures of pubs due to the pandemic. Photograph: Getty

Decision depends on the number of new cases and ‘bespoke’ guidelines for some sectors

Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar arrives at Dublin Castle for a cabinet meeting. File photograph:  Niall Carson/PA

Varadkar criticised for failing to turn up for debates on his own legislation

Holly Cairns: Maternity leave is not a perk or a pay rise but a human right. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Martin says he will ‘follow up’ issue after SocDem TD Cairns raises ‘glaringly obviously’ barrier for women entering politics

Sinn Féin TD Martin Kenny said that many would “wonder if the level of fraudulent activity is as high as insurance companies claim”.

Some politicians and business people who lied to tribunals ‘got away scot free’, says TD


Previous government argued for Coveney to keep State car

During Taoiseach’s questions, Mary Lou McDonald called on Micheál  Martin to use the opportunity of the North-South council meeting to “bring your critique of the Northern position in terms of international travel and to debate it with your colleagues”.  File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

SF leader’s approach ‘always about politics, not substance of the issue’, retorts Taoiseach

Fianna Fáil TD Marc MacSharry. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin TD says Marc MacSharry’s remarks were ‘wrong, offensive and divisive’

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Defence Simon Coveney had previoulsly criticised the ‘automatic entitlement’ to a State car for Ministers. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Government confirms contacts as Labour leader says Minister is using car ‘without permission’

Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys insists it was legal for her department to stop the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) to social welfare recipients travelling abroad. Photograph: PA

Law criticised for stating people must seek work while waiting for workplace to re-open

Fianna Fail TD Marc MacSharry said many public servants were not working.

Government backbencher rails against State employees allegedly exploiting pandemic

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

The Government  said those in receipt of the pandemic unemployment payment will not now have this payment docked if they travel to a green list country. Photograph: Collins

Minister’s announcement fails to curb Opposition criticism over airport checks

All Irish sporting stadiums - including 82,000 capacity Croke Park - are limited to 200 spectators. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Limit the same for all venues, Micheál Martin pledges to respond ‘in a positive but safe way’

No Government decision was taken about the retention of a State car and two Garda drivers for Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Taoiseach Micheál Martin says in the Dáil there is ‘security dimension’ to decision

Ryanair Check-in Area at Terminal 1 in Dublin Airport. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘Vast majority’ related to individuals leaving permanently rather than holidaymakers

Social Democrats spokesman Cian O’Callaghan said the legislation was “full of loopholes”. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Government says legislation will assist vulnerable tenants impacted by Covid-19

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

Some 104 individuals had the payment stopped in the past two weeks following checks at airports. Photograph: Kate Geraghty

Pandemic payment continues only when ‘travelling for essential reasons’

The roadmap published on Monday for the return of students to post-primary schools following their closure amid the Covid-19 pandemic. File photograph: Getty Images/iStock

Roadmap for return to post-primary institutes suggests live-streaming within schools

A graphic from the Department of Education showing how a primary school classroom of 31 students may function.

New roadmap gives a detailed plan for the return of students to primary schools

The Department of Heritage has responsibility for the conservation of hares, of which there are an estimated 250,000 in Ireland. Photograph: Getty Images

Highly contagious disease confirmed in hares and rabbits in Clare, Cork, Kildare and Wexford

Research indicates that the introduction of the smoky coal  ban in Dublin has resulted in approximately 350 fewer deaths a year. File Photographe: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg News

Minister for Environment signs regulations that will ‘reduce air pollution and save lives’

Rónán Mullen, who is a barrister, hit out at the Law Society which said the proposals would put an end to the ‘embarrassing’  practice of a witness having to indicate their religious faith when making an affidavit. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Rónán Mullen: Plan to introduce ‘statement of truth’ is an attack on ‘genuine pluralism’

Sinn Féin spokesperson on finance Pearse Doherty said it was outrageous the Government deemed it a priority during a pandemic to give this €16,288 supplement.  Photograph: Alan Betson/THE IRISH TIMES

TDs vote to approve by 72 to 46 an allowance that adds €16,288 to these salaries

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly arriving at Dublin Castle for a cabinet meeting on Tuesday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

‘We’re hoping it will be low. We’re hoping it might be localised’

Dr Ronan Glynn, acting chief medical officer, Dr Colm Henry, and Prof Philip Nolan at Thursday’s Covid -19 press conference. Photograph: Collins

Decision on opening ‘wet pubs’ will be taken in two weeks, chief medical officer says

Labour finance spokesman Ged Nashdescribed  the Government’s move on pay for super junior ministers as being  ‘absolutely tone-deaf to the day-to-day needs of families across the country’. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

TDs criticise decision to legislate to give enhanced salary to a third Minister of State

 Dr Ronan Glynn, acting chief medical officersaid Dr Glynn said the spread of the virus had stabilised over the past week. Photograph:  Colin Keegan/ Collins

Acting chief medical officer ‘uncertain but optimistic’ about reducing infection rate

 Minister for Housing Darragh O’ Brien  says the Government intends to deliver on an affordable purchase scheme for housing. Photo:Gareth Chaney/Collins

Ó Broin accuses O’Brien of trying to get around Central Bank prudential rules with equity share model

Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar arriving for a Cabinet meeting in Dublin Castle. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Varadkar says very bad reflection ‘if Ireland is only EU country not to re-open schools’

Deputy Catherine Connolly’s team estimated that around 15 Government TDs voted for her in the secret ballot. File photograph

At least 15 coalition deputies believed to have backed Galway West TD rather than FG candidate

Mr Donnelly said on Tuesday he had met three of the unions representing frontline workers who spoke of very high rates of Covid-19 amongst healthcare workers. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Minister says all frontline employees including locums to be included

Minister for Climate Action Eamon Ryan steered the National Oil Reserves Agency (Amendment) and Provision of Central Treasury Services Bill through the Dáil and Seanad. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

€500m fund established to invest in projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions over next decade

Taoiseach Micheal Martin said the issue on the allowance for super junior ministers  would be ‘regularised’. Photograph: Johanna Geron/EPA/Pool

Taoiseach Micheál Martin says ‘there’s either a rate for job or not’ as super junior minister

Taoiseach Micheál Martin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Micheál Martin says he is not ‘at odds’ with Varadkar over publication of green list

Minister for Culture Catherine Martin said issues such as the expansion of the 24-hour service ‘are complex’ but will be part of the taskforce’s remit. Photograph: iStock

Culture Minister says Garda will play ‘strong role’ in discussion on reform of licensing laws

Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman said a number of parents told him childcare costs were effectively a second mortgage. Photograph : Niall Carson/PA Wire

O’Gorman to deliver new funding model, will meet Siptu this week on wages

Minister for Public Expenditure Michael McGrath:  the Government will be fully transparent about the adviser appointments. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister defends adviser role as Mairéad Farrell says Dáil ‘fast becoming a circus’

The HSE said where there is a confirmed case of Covid-19 in a childcare setting, the facility is contacted by the HSE public health team who conduct an assessment of the facility. Photograph: iStock

A memo to parents states that the member of staff was asymptomatic and worked for ‘only one day’

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Martin says formal recognition of Palestinian state has to be done at ‘optimal time’

Ruth Morrissey and her husband Paul outside the Four Courts in May, 2019. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Screening programme would not exist without outsourcing, says Taoiseach

Passengers at Dublin Airport. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Government says ‘safest thing to do is not to travel’ but quarantine not needed for those arriving from selected locations

Photograph: iStock

Cathal Berry urges Government to implement national cyber security strategy

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar arrives at the Convention Centre in Dublin for a Dáil session on Thursday.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Tánaiste says that continuing the commercial rates waiver will also be considered

The Minister for Education said she expected announcements on the reopening of schools “will come at the end of this month”.

Minister says funding will be announced at end of July ‘though perhaps not all costs’

Leo Varadkar said the government are considering continuing the waiver on commercial rates and enhancing the business restart grants. File photograph: Leon Farrell / Photocall Ireland

Tánaiste says stimulating demand is ‘no good’ for venues which are closed

Jack Charlton waves to the Ireland fans after the quarter-final loss to Italy at the 1990 World Cup. Photo: Billy Stickland /Inpho

‘No-nonsense English man who united us in feeling of national pride and self-esteem’

This year’s Leaving Cert results will not be issued until September 7th. File photograph: The Irish Times

Students will have to wait until September 7th to receive their grades this year

Used metal canisters of nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas. File photograph: Matthew Horwood/Getty Images

Google ‘profiting’ from sale of nitrous oxide, which causes paralysis and death, says Emer Higgins

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said there is  change coming in EU taxation, and it is going to matter for Ireland. File photograph: Sam Boal/

Minister for Finance tells Dáil any change must be dealt with by unanimity

Leo Varadkar: This was a plan that could be paused if things were going offline. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Leo Varadkar said reopening depends on Covid-19 numbers as he faced angry TDs

Simon Harris: We can’t presume that Covid-19 is gone because it’s not. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Varadkar and Harris sound cautious note over unwinding of measures

Helen and Brendan Dillon lived all their married life in Clontarf.

Lives Lost to Covid-19: Dubliners married after falling for racing and each other at Fairyhouse

Minister of State for the OPW Patrick O’Donovan had been assigned at the last minute to deal with the legislation after the changes in ministerial portfolios due to Barry Cowen’s sacking. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

House suspended to allow TDs confer with officials on legislation to access €25bn EU fund

Taoiseach Micheál Martin arrives at Dublin Castle on Wednesday. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Micheál Martin denies the tech giant ‘got sorted’ in appeal against EU finding

Dara Calleary, Minister for Agriculture arriving  for his first Cabinet meeting in that role. Photograph: Alan Betson

Three new appointments: Dara Calleary, Jack Chambers and Seán Fleming

An Taoiseach Micheál Martin arriving for the Dáil sitting at the Convention Centre Dublin this morning. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Taoiseach said he was left with ‘no alternative’ but to sack minister, he tells Dáil

Mr Calleary’s initial appointment as government chief whip shocked many, including himself. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The appointment means the west of Ireland now has a senior Cabinet Minister

Former minister for Agriculture Barry Cowen TD during a   Cabinet meeting at Dublin Castle earlier this month. File photograph: Collins

Vetting of proposed ministers ‘always carried out’, says former minister of state

 Barry Cowen was appointed a little over a fortnight ago as Minister for Agriculture by Taoiseach Micheál Martin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Taoiseach praised for acting ‘decisively’ as Barry Cowen is sacked as minister

 Former minister for agriculture  Barry Cowen: The Taoiseach had asked Mr Cowen to resign but the Offaly TD had refused. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Offaly TD also refused to make second public statement about drink-driving ban

 Former minister for agriculture  Barry Cowen: The Taoiseach had asked Mr Cowen to resign but the Offaly TD had refused. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

TD ‘surprised and disappointed’; move comes amid continuing controversy over drink driving ban

Fianna Fáil leader  Micheál Martin, Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar and Green Party leader Eamon Ryan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Martin suggests he will bring legislation to allow three junior ministers extra €16,000

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said he had a lengthy conversation last night with Barry Cowen and he saw the Garda Pulse document this morning. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

SF leader says ‘unprecedented’ for a Minister to challenge Garda Pulse record

The Government launched a public consultation process on Thursday about guidelines for remote working. Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA

TD says State needs to act quickly, step up efforts to assist employees working remotely

Minister for Justice Helen McEntee said that € 9 million had been budgeted for the Garda vehicle fleet. File photograph: Collins

PPE, revised rosters, additional vehicle investment part of expenditure

Deputy Gary Gannon said the pandemic payment was helping vulnerable artists to ‘feed themselves’. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Galway 2020 awaiting EU Commission approval to extend programme into next year

Aontú claimed the Government was ‘sitting on its hands’. File photograph: Getty

O’Gorman says 85 per cent of operators surveyed signalled their intention to re-open

Bosnian Muslim women pray over the caskets of 71 victims of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, at the memorial cemetery in Potocari, near the eastern Bosnian town of Srebrenica, on July 11th, 2017. File photograph: EPA

Minute’s silence observed in memory of the 8,000 ‘slaughtered’ men and boys in that place

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Tánaiste says he will come down on banks ‘like tonne of bricks’ if they misled Government

The measures were introduced three months ago to cope with the coronavirus pandemic.

Measures were due to end on July 20th but Dáil told extension will be sought if justified on public health grounds

The 33rd sitting of the Dáil for the announcement of the members of the new Cabinet at the Convention Centre Dublin

Daily cost of staff and facilities at events venue is ‘abject waste of money’ says FF TD

Raising the issue in the Dáil Labour leader Alan Kelly pointed to the clarification that 80,000 mortgage holders who had taken the payment break did not have to be charged interest once the amount was less than 1 per cent of the entire interest bill. Photograph: iStock

Micheál Martin says Minister for Finance will be raising the issue with the banks

Frontline health workers should be offered extra paid leave, the Dáil has heard

Denis Naughten proposes extra paid leave for frontline staff if economic crisis prevents pay increases

Debenhams had operated 11 stores in Ireland and employed 950 people here directly and a further 500 worked at concession stands in its shops. File photograph: Collins

Taoiseach says company should ‘do the right thing’ and pay workers redundancy agreed

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said that in the July stimulus package they were looking at a range of possible actions. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Tánaiste introduces Bill after Microfinance Ireland suspends funding

Debenhams workers protest at the Convention Centre where Micheál Martin was elected Taoiseach. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Government will do what it can on statutory redundancy for ex-employees, says Taoiseach

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