Labour Party leader Alan Kelly: Claimed in Dáil that staff at a Wexford childcare provider were vaccinated before their place in the HSE’s vaccine rollout plan.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney

Claims staff at Wexford support service were vaccinated before turn in rollout schedule

Richard Boyd Barrett,  pictured left with Paul Murphy yesterday, said People Before Profit is pursuing the possibility of a “genuine left Government” after the next election. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

‘Best opportunity since Connolly was alive’ for radical socialist politics, says Boyd Barrett

Independent TD Michael Healy-Rae declared 16 letting properties  in a Dáil register of members’ interests. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

One-quarter of TDs are property investors or landowners

 Labour Senator Ivana Bacik and Labour leader Alan Kelly: the party has resubmitted its amendment which would see mandatory quarantining apply to all travellers into the State with the exception of essential workers.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Legislation will be debated on Monday, with Opposition calling for stricter controls

It is hoped the change in policy will help ease the pressure on the health service, which has faced manpower challenges. File photograph: iStock

Those who recover from virus deemed immune for six months rather than three

Dr Cillian de Gascun  said that the case emphasised the importance of public health measures. Photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Passengers arriving from countries must complete 14-day quarantine period

Deputy chief medical officer  Dr Ronan Glynn: we could be ‘in a good place’ by the end of the summer, he told the Nphet briefing on Thursday night. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

‘Sudden and sharp’ decrease in cases in care facilities shows effect of vaccines, briefing hears

 Robert Watt: appointed as Department of Health secretary general on an interim basis. Photograph:  Jenny Barker Photography

Oireachtas committees co-operate on review after department head’s salary rises to €292,000

A dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Photograph: Lukasz Sokol/Bloomberg

Dáil hears claims some childcare providers were vaccinated early; GPs raise concerns

The Dáil was told that those vaccinated by the provider were ‘young people, 20s, 30s, 40s possibly’.

Service in Wexford may have exerted pressure on the HSE, says Labour Party leader

Liz Canavan, assistant secretary general to the Department of the Taoiseach. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

‘People might think everyone’s relaxing. That’s actually not true’ – Government official

 TDs who  take the pay restoration increase will not be eligible for a wider 1 per cent pay increase due to public servants this October.

A TD’s salary stands at €98,113 and this is set to increase to €100,191 - back to 2008 levels - by July

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar speaks during a joint press conference at Government Buildings in Dublin. Photograph: Julien Behal Photography/PA Wire

‘Why would you put someone from the Isle of Man into hotel quarantine when there is no Covid there?’

Taoiseach Micheal Martin addresses the nation from Government Buildings. Photograph: Julien Behal Photography/PA Wire

Inside Politics: Taoiseach tries to keep public’s spirits up by insisting ‘end is truly in sight’

People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett claimed that the Government had failed to ensure schools would be safe. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Opposition figures, hospitality industry and ‘zero Covid’ campaigners criticise plan

The commission has agreed to transfer the audio recordings to the Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman who will become data controller next week. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Commission believes tapes should be destroyed for ‘legal and moral reasons’

People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett claimed the Government’s handling of the pandemic has been ‘shambolic’. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

TDs call for Coalition to offer hope as it reveals revised Living with Covid strategy

Opposition politicians have strongly criticised Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly. File photograph: Julien Behal

Minister incorrectly said negotiations with unions were ongoing during television appearance

While younger primary school pupils are expected to return to class from early March, deliberations continue as to when children can return to creches. File photograph: iStock

Ministers to finalise Living with Covid-19 Plan ahead of Cabinet meeting

Minister for Justice Helen McEntee says the reforms are aimed at helping pubs and nightclubs  ‘get back on their feet’. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

Minister says Justice Plan 2021 also includes proposals to reduce cost of taking legal action

Minister for Justice Helen McEntee. Photograph: Julien Behal

McEntee to publish Justice Plan 2021 setting out 200 actions for next year

Richard O’Halloran  has been ordered to pay €29.7m before he can leave China.

Taoiseach asks Chinese premier for review of O’Halloran’s case ‘on compassionate grounds’

Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman has outlined how the commission has informed him a back-up system off-site may contain the audio files of personal accounts. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Social Democrats TD brands Roderic O’Gorman’s suggestion ‘ridiculous’ in television debate

Prof Philip Nolan, chair of the Nphet Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group. File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Taoiseach’s mid-summer reopening comments spark ‘frustration and anxiety’ in hospitality sector

Executives from Ulster Bank will be quizzed by TDs and Senators on plans for distressed mortgages and staff  as lender winds down Irish business. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Questions will focus particularly on problem mortgages and the outlook for bank staff

Deputy chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

28 further deaths and 763 new cases reported as 13,171 more vaccines given

Prof Philip Nolan said progress on reducing case numbers was slowing. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Level 5 to stay until April, while phased return of schools to begin in March

Under proposals for reopening schools, Leaving Certificate students, junior and senior infants and fifth-year students would be the first classes to return from March 1st. Photograph: Getty images

Phased reopening of schools set to begin in March but outdoor gatherings to remain banned

The commission told Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman that it had engaged with its IT experts to see if retrieval was possible, but that it is not possible to get the recordings back at this stage. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Some survivors who provided testimony say they were not told tapes would be deleted

The Tánaiste Leo Varadkar made his remarks at a private meeting of the Fine Gael parliamentary party on Wednesday evening. File photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Fine Gael meeting told reopening may only involve phased return to schools and childcare

 Liz Canavan says research shows that 85% of people say they will definitely or probably seek a Covid-19 vaccine. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Government study conducted in collaboration with ESRI will feed into plans to reopen, official says

The Irish Second-Level Students’ Union (ISSU) welcomed the announcement which it said provides for clarity, choice and compassion for students. Photograph: Alan Betson

Oral exams to be held during Easter holidays

The HSE’s testing system came under huge pressure in the days after Christmas due to a surge in Covid-19 cases. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister's proposal carried a ‘risk’ to testing and tracing system’s capacity, HSE chief said

The new Financial Management Shared Services project, initially due to begin its rollout in 2018, has a completion date of 2025. File photograph: iStock

Agency chief defends project, originally estimated to cost €54 million, before committee

The Helix Theatre, Dublin City University, which has been set up as one of the vaccination centres.  Photograph: Laura Hutton / The Irish Times

Seven Oaks Hotel in Carlow had been ‘surprised’ by its inclusion

Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan said he was determined to stop the ‘misuse’ of scrambler bikes and quad bikes. Photograph: iStock

Bill will make it an offence to use vehicles on private land without permission

The State’s vaccination programme is expected to accelerate significantly at the beginning of April. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Retired healthcare workers, paramedics and others to assist at 34 centres across the State

The White House is said to have assured Irish officials that if the events do have to take place virtually, it is just due to the pandemic and does not set a precedent for future years. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Taoiseach says building on US-Irish relations more important than physical visit to Washington

Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris said his view is that ‘we should always be guided by medical advice’. File photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Public debate continues over Ministers receiving vaccine as Washington visit looms

The programmes are designed to develop team leaders and supervisory management capability. Photograph: iStock

Department of Higher Education announces two online skills programmes for workers

Ministers have criticised the decision by the ASTI to pull out of talks on the Leaving Cert. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Union says negotiations with Foley today are not indication it is re-entering process

It is understood broad agreement had been reached among most parties that students would be given the option of calculated grades. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

‘Students have to be the number one priority’ but issue to important for union to be outside talks - Taoiseach

US president Joe Biden at the Oval Office on Thursday. If Micheál  Martin does travel to Washington on March 17th, he would be one of the first foreign leaders to meet Mr Biden. Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times/Bloomberg

White House plays down idea of in-person meeting with US president Joe Biden

A floor sticker asks guests to adhere to social distancing guidelines at a hotel that has offered to host quarantining for travellers, near Heathrow Airport in Britain. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP via Getty Images

Q&A: What we know about planned measures for some incoming travellers

Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan announced on Wednesday that the full road project – seen as critical to the regeneration of Moyross, one of the country’s poorest areas – would go ahead. Photograph: Julien Behal Photography

Plan to hold off on €58m project sparked backlash from community and local TDs

Senior Government official Liz Canavan said this figure represented was two-thirds of the Irish people who returned to the country that week and described this as a “very concerning statistic”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney /Collins

‘While we all would love and need a holiday, now is not the time to travel,’ says official

Eamon Ryan, Minister for Transport. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Coonagh to Knockalisheen road seen as critical for regeneration of Moyross

A file photograph showing hoardings at the site of the new national children’s hospital. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Project mired in controversy over delays and construction costs which are set to top €1.4 billion

 Leo Varadkar: it will take some time to ‘operationalise’ the hotel lock-up regime. Photograph: Maxwells/PA Wire

Inside Politics: Increased fines targeting die-hard holiday-makers are likely

The higher salary would be €90,000 more than the previous person to hold the role was paid. File photograph: Bryan James Brophy/The Irish Times

PAC to ask for analysis of decision to raise salary for civil service role to €292,000

The construction site of the national children’s hospital in 2019. File photograph: Tom Honan

Contractor ‘underperforming’ and claims for additional costs have hit about €300m

“It’s clear that there’s a shift in Fianna Fáil’s position in relation to Sinn Féin and I welcome that,” Sinn Féin TD Eoin O Broin said. Photograph :Gareth Chaney/Collins

Almost 20 FF TDs said they would not rule out holding coalition talks with party

A Garda Covid-19 checkpoint at Dublin Airport. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Hotel quarantining legislation likely to be in place within weeks, sources say

A HSE public health message shows a person dancing with commentary: ‘Sometimes you might forget that staying at home is one of the best ways of combating Covid-19.’ Images: HSE/TikTok

HSE says video-sharing platform with over a million active users is a ‘valuable channel’

 The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation claims vaccine distribution ‘did not strictly follow the virus’s trajectory’. Photograph: Alan Betson

Group to tell Oireachtas committee of ‘sharp increase’ in hospital-acquired infections

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin shakes hands with Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald as Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar looks on at the final TV leaders’ debate at the RTÉ studios in Donnybrook, Dublin in February, 2020. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

A year after the general election, Martin indicates a sea-change in FF stance

Almost two months after Amazon  contacted Mr Martin, the Government has not said whether it will be seeking its help.  Photograph: Getty Images

Government website Gov.ie is hosted on the public Amazon Web Services cloud platform

Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien on Friday published the Land Development Ageny Bill 2021, which he says will empower the agency to provide homes for affordable purchase, cost rental and social housing. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Minister for Housing on Friday published Bill aiming to empower Land Development Agency

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly on Wednesday night signed regulations for quarantining in the home. Photograph: Julien Behal Photography

Air passengers and hotels: Government expects law to be ready in ‘weeks’

St Michael’s Jack Boyle is tackled by Tom Cullen and Jamie MacNulty of Gonzaga College in last year’s Leinster Schools Senior Cup second round. Photograph: INPHO/Bryan Keane

Olympic 2024 hopefuls lobby for exemptions, saying rules affect medal potential

The Bill sets out the commercial, State-sponsored body’s core goals of undertaking strategic land assembly and building affordable homes. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Proposed Bill directs Land Development Agency to increase level of affordable homes

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly: ‘The clear Government and public health advice is that everybody should avoid non-essential travel completely.’ Photograph: Julien Behal Photography

AGSI says it is still awaiting guidance on new regime which includes fines of up to €2,500

Leas Cheann Comhairle Catherine Connolly complained about the manner in which she had been approached by unnamed TDs, saying: ‘There’s a pandemic and the closeness of the contact is unacceptable.’ Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Ceann Comhairle tells party he will not be ‘dictated to’ after row in chamber

A Garda checkpoint on the approach to the Border town of Lifford, Co Donegal. File photograph: Joe Dunne

Volume of vehicles on six Border roads drops by 1.2 per cent in last week, data shows

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar: ‘I honestly don’t know if the Taoiseach has got an invitation or not and whether that trip is possible or not.’ Photograph: Julien Behal Photography

Uncertainty remains over whether or not Taoiseach visits US for St Patrick’s Day due to pandemic

Minister for Trade Leo Varadkar a press conference on Wednesday. He said people quarantining at home after arriving with a negative Covid-19 test result would not have to quarantine for the full 14 days if they get a second negative test result after five days. File photograph: Julien Behal

Tánaiste stresses role of travel restrictions when importation becomes ‘major risk’

 Gardaí operate a Covid-19 checkpoint at the entrance to Terminal 2 at Dublin Airport. File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Varadkar appears to contradict Donnelly on whether people in shared homes have to stay in rooms

Issues raised  as the Oireachtas Committee on Local Government conducts pre-legislative scrutiny of the planned Electoral Reform Bill. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Academics raise concerns over gaps in regulation plan on online political advertising

 Michael McGrath: “I would like to clarify for the committee that Mr Watt had no input into my sanctioning of the salary of €292,000 to apply for the open competition for the substantive post.” Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Minister for Public Expenditure defends new salary of €292,000 for next secretary general in Department of Health

 A Survive to Thrive tourism scheme will provide  €55m in supports for businesses not covered by other schemes.  Photograph: iStock

Fáilte Ireland’s chief ‘hopeful’ domestic travel will return in the summer

Paddy Reynolds, of Pat Reynolds and Sons Farm, in front of a storage bay holding chipping potatoes in Co Meath. Photograph: Alan Betson

Revitalise Irish seed production or risk importing potato diseases from Continent

Departures area at Dublin Airport during Covid-19 lockdown. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Regulations signed to implement travel measures decided by Cabinet on Tuesday

Sinn Féin TD Matt Carthy: said the PAC has an obligation to look into matter and  questioned whether the salary level increase can be reversed.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Sinn Féin TD Matt Carthy critical of €90,000 pay rise for incoming secretary general

Prof Philip Nolan of Nphet: ‘It is an utterly false promise to say we can go to Level 0 or 1 in the space of weeks or months.’ Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Opposition members support strategy which health officials say offers ‘false promises’

Arrivals area at Dublin Airport. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Measures being worked on for people travelling into State without negative PCR test

At present, people found breaching the 5km travel limit face fines of €100, but this does not apply to people coming from the North. File photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Helen McEntee stresses Border is open and gardaí will not be asked to ‘police every boreen’

Róisín Shortall: “Home quarantine is a contradiction in terms. If you need to quarantine due to risk then you shouldn’t be in a house with other people.” Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Martin tells parliamentary party that nearly half of those coming into Ireland’s airports on Wednesday had been on holiday

Quiet Dublin city streets: Plans to suppress the disease and prevent further surges will likely see strict curbs in place for many sectors until the middle of the year. File photograph: iStock

Visa-free travel from South Africa and most South American countries banned due to emergence of Covid-19 variants

A spokeswoman for the Garda said a policing plan was put in place for the funeral.

Mourners urged to express condolences through social media, online websites, text or card

Leo Varadkar is said to have cautioned against saying the next group to be vaccinated is the over-70s, as it will be older age groups (ie over-80s) that get vaccinated first. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Tánaiste reportedly says international travel accounts for less than 1% of Covid cases in Ireland

There are reports that members of the public have been receiving text messages from an unknown number purported to be from Revenue. Photograph: iStock

Public are receiving fraudulent texts and calls asking for private information

Over 3,000 people have died in the Republic from Covid-19 since the pandemic  began. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Exit from Level 5 requires sharp fall in cases and will be gradual, says Tánaiste

The Government aims to have the first election for mayor of Limerick by the end of the year. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Directly elected official would take on responsibility for housing and transport

Green Party TD Neasa Hourigan said: ‘Zero Covid is a strategy that we have seen in other countries and one that has been effective. I think that the Cabinet should now consider it.’ File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Fianna Fáil TD ‘disappointed’ Cabinet stopped short of New Zealand style approach

Minister of State for Local Government Peter Burke is expected to seek Government approval for the drafting of legislation that will allow for an election to take place in Limerick later this year.

Public vote could be held as early as October following approval of move in 2019

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