Fianna Fáil TD John Lahart on Thursday became the first TD to wear a mask in the Dáil chamber. Image: Oireachtas TV.

Few have worn coverings around Leinster House despite politcians being asked to lead by example

Darby O’Gill and the Little People: Albert Sharpe and Jimmy O’Dea in Walt Disney’s 1959 film

Regulations about defining a gastropub - serving a meal, ’ not crisps and a pint’

National Parents’ Council Post Primary says parents will be required to “step outside comfort zones”. Photograph: iStock

INTO says one-metre distancing will pose challenge, especially with ‘super-size’ classes.

About half the jobs in tourism in Ireland depend on international visitors. Photograph: Getty Images

Coronavirus pandemic has had ‘devastating’ impact on arts sector, Dáil committee hears

 Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly: ‘We need to ensure the HSE has the capacity to deal with future demand and an ageing population.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister says PPE costs could be as high as €1bn while further funds needed for acute beds

 Taoiseach Micheál Martin, Tánaiste  Leo Varadkar and Minister for Climate Action, Communications Networks and Transport Eamon Ryan leave Dublin Castle following their first Cabinet meeting. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Tánaiste believes lack of Minister from west will be ‘rectified’ during reshuffle

Leo Varadkar is Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation and his department will take over Employment Affairs, which had been part of the Social Protection portfolio. Photograph: Damien Eagers/PA Wire

Leo Varadkar says need to ‘dig down’ into figures when so many building sites open

Minister for Justice Helen McEntee said it was clear the measures needed to be reviewed for the next 12 months.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister for Justice Helen McEntee reiterates commitment to review of security laws

 Travellers’ rights activist and now Senator Eileen Flynn. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Activist Eileen Flynn applauded as FF Senator Mark Daly elected Seanad chair after surprise internal party win

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin arrives at the Convention Centre in Dublin on Saturday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Fianna Fáil leader says recession must be faced with ‘urgency and ambition’

Green Party deputy leader Catherine Martin is now Minister   for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht.

Senator is appointed to Cabinet for the first time since the early 1980s

Traveller rights activist Eileen Flynn is one of Taoiseach Micheál Martin’s 11 appointments to the Seanad.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Traveller rights activist Eileen Flynn the only non-party figure among the nominations

President Michael D  Higgins presents new Ministers with their Seal of Office on Saturday night.

Stephen Donnelly will become Minister for Health, Helen McEntee is Minister for Justice

Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin as he emerged from the Convention Centre after being elected  Taoiseach. Photograph: Alan Betson

Micheál Martin says wife Mary has been his ‘pillar of support and partner since college days’

Taoiseach Micheál Martin addresses the Dáil after his election. Photograph: Oireachtas

Nine Independent TDs support new Government as Dáil sits in Convention Centre due to social distancing requirements

There was   much greater reliance on phone-based communication – such as WhatsApp – for some classes in disadvantaged schools. Photograph: iStock

School leaders fear digital divide will widen achievement gap, ESRI research says

Lorraine Dempsey, chair of Inclusion Ireland,  told the committee that parents had been left confused by the changing message the Department of Education was giving about the summer school programme for children with special needs. Photograph:   Oireachtas TV/PA Wire

Covid committee told of children ‘destroying home, assaulting siblings’ from frustration

The Special Committee on Covid-19 Response has been told it is ‘inevitable’ that Ireland will experience a resurgence in coronavirus cases as restrictions are relaxed. File photograph: The Irish Times

Death toll in Republic 1,727, total number of known cases of infection 25,405

In perhaps his last speech to the Dáil as Minister for Health Simon Harris said the reproduction rate at which an infected person passes on the virus to someone else remained stable. File photograph: Collins

Public health emergency team asked to review contentious issue again, says Minister

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan cited the case of Traveller James O’Reilly who was jailed on Monday for 20 years for raping and sexually abusing his sister and seven daughters. File photograph: The Irish Times

Flanagan says agencies will be obliged account for response to disturbing Traveller case

The Dáil was told on Wednesday that the view of the gardaí was that there remains ‘a real and persistent threat from republican paramilitary groups on this island’. Photograph: PA

Flanagan pledges independent review of Special Criminal Court legislation

Det Garda Colm Horkan: referred to as an ‘exceptionally and outstanding member of An Garda Síochána’. Photograph: An Garda Síochána/PA Wire

Minute’s silence observed for ‘shining star for young recruits to emulate’

Demand in the autumn may be lower than pre-coronavirus because of job losses among parents, or more flexible working. Photograph: iStock

€2 billion investment required to get childcare services to Scandinavian levels

General secretary of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) Phil Ní Sheaghdha addressed the Oireachtas Covid-19 committee. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

No change in regulations to include coronavirus as occupationally-acquired illness

Fianna Fáil Senator Malcolm Byrne will introduce an amended version of legislation first submitted in 2013. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Bill to allow all third level graduates vote in Seanad election may be among first Bills debated

Saoirse McHugh said that a “true Green New Deal recognises that action to combat climate change will not be successful unless it simultaneously ushers in social and economic reforms that will distribute opportunity more fairly and tackle inequality”. Photograph: Michael Mc Laughlin

Programme for government not a green new deal but ‘greener business as usual’

Social distancing sign,  Phoenix Park, Dublin. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

State body says there are issues around insurance for such businesses and whether it is valid

Social distancing signage in Dublin City Centre. Photograph:Gareth Chaney/Collins

Covid-19 circulating at ‘one in a million’ level in the community - McConkey

Charlie McConalogue

McConalogue says decision difficult after 100 years opposing Civil War enemy

  Inishmaan:   farmers on the island   are putting cattle on boats and bringing them to Mayo. Photograph:   Andy Haslam/New York Times

Call for certainty on reopening of islands as 92% on Inisheer favour closure until August

Social Democrats TD Róisín Shortall said the Sláintecare programme had been ‘completely relegated to some point in the future’ in the new programme for government. File photograph: Collins

Shortall says delaying funding for healthcare plan until 2022 will mean all momentum lost

Labour leader Brendan Howlin said there had to be ‘sound, logical, expert reasoning’ around the  re-opening of pubs. Photograph: iStock

Eating chicken korma, cottage pie ‘gives no extra protection’ against Covid-19, Dáil told

In the same way that people put their phone, keys and wallet into their bags, they should now put a face mask into a bag and into their pocket, Minister for Health Simon Harris has said. File photograph: PA Wire

Minister says reproduction rate estimated at 0.7 and remains stable

Green TD Joe O’Brien: There are people in the House who have used racism to get into the Dáil. File photograph: The Irish Times

Debate hears call for new Seanad to include people of colour and Travellers

Dublin’s Grafton Street is seen at the height of the Covid-19 restrictions. The Irish Fiscal Advisory Council has said it could take more than three years for the economy to recover from the impact of the pandemic. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Acting Irish Fiscal Advisory Council chair says ‘sizeable stimulus’ needed to help recovery

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

A pledge is also made to develop a new Institute for Peace Support and Leadership Training in the Curragh. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

International policy: Defence Forces commission to be set up to review pay and retention issues

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

Demand for the initiative also spiked during recession years from 2011 to 2013. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Scheme introduced in 2009 in coalition with FF saw spike in first quarter on this year

The 11 appointed senators are known as ‘the Taoiseach’s 11’.

Northern Ireland to be represented in Seanad under deal between parties

An old road sign in Enniscrone. The controversy is complicated further by a disagreement over Irish spellings of the Sligo town’s name between Inis Eiscir Abhainn and Inis Crabhann

Appeal for legislative amendment to allow plebiscite on both Irish, English spellings

Ivana Bacik said the Senators are “actively preparing” papers to submit to court next week. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Group of 10 warns Varadkar that Government view has ‘startling consequences’

British boxer Tyson Fury celebrates his win over Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas in February. Photograph: Al Bello/Getty Images

Senior figure in crime gang helped set up Tyson Fury-Anthony Joshua boxing match

Cancer-screening services including BreastCheck, CervicalCheck as well as those for diabetic retina and bowel cancer were halted because of the coronavirus pandemic. File photograph: Rafe Swan/Cultura/Getty

Harris defends phased return for services with dates to be announced by end of June

Minister for Sport Shane Ross said it would be tragic if Irish boxing was sullied by the incident. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Gangland leader Daniel Kinahan brokered Tyson Fury, Anthony Joshua boxing match

The Taoiseach said masks were not an alternative to physical distancing or hand washing. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Taoiseach defends State approach to face coverings, Harris calls message ‘confusing’

Daniel Kinahan has helped broker a title fight between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua. File photograph: Collins

Varadkar says he was ‘taken aback’ by video in which Tyson Fury thanked Irish crime boss

Taoiseach  Leo Varadkar said some restrictions would have to continue including a ban on mass gatherings. Photograph: PA

Varadkar appeals to schools, teachers, SNAs to participate in school summer programme

Yvonne Ferns loved to sing and dance and was looking forward to celebrating her 70th birthday in October.

Former seamstress loved social occasions and was always first on to the dance floor

Paddy Boyle tried retirement in his mid 60s and when asked what he would do replied, ‘we’ll go on holidays for three weeks this year’ instead of the normal two.

Boyle was blessed with that sharp eye for business and an uncanny ability to succeed

Tony Devenney enjoyed fishing on Lough Ennell and Lough Owel.

Motorcycling and angling enthusiast ‘enjoyed the simple things in life’

Proposals also include the full sanitisation of workstations after each customer. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

For many people ‘getting their hair done has a mental health element as well’, says Minister

Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland/PA

Sinn Féin insists there are ‘other options’ for government formation if current talks fail

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan said  Ireland could go to international markets and say ‘this meat, dairy or other product [is] genuinely origin green’ if measures to deliver greater biodiversity were introduced.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Agriculture Minister accuses Green party leader of doing a ‘disservice’ to rural communities

Joe McHugh: Once approved by Government all schools and parents would have the guidelines and the opportunity to register and they would then establish the level of demand. Photograph: Leon Farrell/PA

Only ‘five or six’ schools sign up compared to over 230 last year, Sinn Féin TD claims

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

Screengrab from Oireachtas TV of Neil McDonnell, chief executive  of Isme, who  claimed in the Dáil that a senior trade union official and a senior civil servant have accused small business owners of “fiddling their expenses”. Screengrab: Oireachtas TV/PA Wire

Isme chief: State agencies ‘leave little doubt of perception that big business is good, small business is bad’

Prof Philip Nolan said  ‘the management of the second wave will be different from the first wave’. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Chair of expert group says no strategy ‘utterly insulates’ Ireland from the pandemic

Dr Cillian de Gascun said there was inequity for some people who could not afford to buy their own mask. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Management of second wave will be different from first, chair of epidemiology group says

The average amount of time it took State officials to take a swab and obtain a test result over the past seven days fell to 1.3 days. Photograph: Francesca Volpi/Bloomberg

HSE figures show 124 people with coronavirus in hospital, down from 182 a week ago

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan told RTÉ’s This Week programme “I’m not happy” with the direct provision system. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Flanagan says ‘nobody happy’ with system but housing key as 7,700 people in centres

 The Seanad chamber. The current Government has interpreted the shortage of 11 Senators to mean the Seanad is in abeyance until a new administration is formed. Photograph: Tom Honan

Group say they will seek judgment unless Taoiseach agrees date for newly-elected Seanad to sit

More than 1,000 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in meat processing plants

Harris denies claim from Naughten that only about one-third of those contacts in industry were followed up

Sinn Féin TD Denise Mitchell said she understood the pressures on gardaí to implement the emergency legislation dealing with the coronavirus crisis but day-to-day crime had not stopped. File photograph: Eric Luke /

Vicious incidents because of an ongoing drugs feud in north Dublin, TD says

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said: “We’ve witnessed the absence of moral leadership, or words of understanding, comfort or healing from whence they should have come.” Photograph: Photocall Ireland/PA Wire

‘We’ve witnessed the absence of moral leadership, or words of understanding,’ Taoiseach says of US

Minister for Health Simon Harris: ‘The task will be harder as we start to open it up again.’ Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

NPHET recommends further easing of lockdown from Monday

The National Public Health Emergency Team met today and is recommending that some larger retailers be allowed open next week as long as they have entrances onto the street. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

‘Air bridges’ proposed to facilitate overseas travel as further easing of lockdown is recommended

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: said nobody who was working full-time before the pandemic will see their unemployment payment cut. Photograph: EPA

Varadkar condemns ‘absence of moral leadership’ in US, but ‘pernicious racism’ at home

Minister of State Patrick O’Donovan said it was 'a bit early’ for speculation on reducing the payment

Taoiseach signals payment to be cut for some part-time workers

 Palestinians collect their belongings after Israeli forces demolished their house in the occupied West Bank city of Yatta, claiming it was built without permision. Photograph: Abed al Hashlamoun/EPA

FF, Greens urged to keep pre-election commitments on Occupied Territories Bill

A protester shows a picture of George Floyd from her phone to a wall of security guards as she and others demonstrate near the White House, in Washington, DC, on Wednesday. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP

Response should be to eliminate racism and inequality everywhere, Higgins says

Minister for Transport Shane Ross said he was  concerned the aviation  industry has no certainty when business might regrow and this of itself is a significant destabilising influence. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

No timeframe set out for unrestricted flights as other EU states set clear resumption dates

Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring told the Dáil there is a difference between 5km in an urban and rural area. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Michael Ring also urges Bank of Ireland to reopen branches closed in pandemic immediately

Minister of State for Defence Paul Kehote   was speaking during a Dáil debate on the impact of Covid-19. File photograph: Alan Betson

Minister acknowledges numbers more than 1,000 below the 9,500 minimum target

Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl during a minute’s silence in the Dáil on Wednesday

Dáil observes minute’s silence as demonstration of ‘our abhorrence of and rejection of racism’

Aeroplanes grounded at Dublin airport during the Covid-19 pandemic. Photograph: Kenneth O Halloran

Over 6,000 Irish people have returned from abroad since start of pandemic

Sinn Féin health spokeswoman Louise O’Reilly  during Tuesday’s meeting of the Oireachtas committee on Covid-19. Image: Oireachtas TV.

Total bill for three-month deal expected to be €300 million, Oireachtas committee hears

Catherine Murphy TD: said the bigger incomes in the Dublin area were accounted for because it is difficult to find locations to put masts.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Garda stations providing most facilities with Fitzgibbon St station in Dublin alone generating €185k since 2018

 To secure a seat on the UN Security Council which has five permanent and 10 temporary members, Ireland needs 129 votes from the 193 members in the secret ballot. File photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty Images

President ‘a beacon’ in long Irish campaign for position allocated in June 17th vote

Sinn Fein’s housing spokesman Eoin Ó Broin said the scheme would keep the standard 5 per cent profit margin for building contractors but removes the middlemen. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Party has sent five-page proposal to local authorities and other stakeholders

Pat McDonagh, owner and founder of Supermac’s, made the comments on RTÉ radio on Thursday. Photograph: Collins

TDs hit out at Pat McDonagh’s comments on part-time workers as an ‘utter disgrace’

Patrick Brady: went often from London to Skibbereen with his wife Mary.

Lives Lost to Covid-19: Kildare man in London rewarded by queen for foiling robbery

Jimmy Grogan: A native of Knockanally, Donadea, Co Kildare, he lived on the Bulfin Road before moving to Clifden Drive in Ballyfermot.

Lives lost to Covid-19: OPW father of nine flew Lilywhites flag in Ballyfermot

Proposals on the future of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) will be brought forward ‘over the next week or so’, Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty has said. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Fianna Fáil TD says he resents claims that people on pandemic benefit ‘gaming the system’

Minister for Communications Richard Bruton told the Dáil he had asked the company with the seven-year €3 billion contracts about providing the service in five years. File Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Some 290,000 homes and businesses due to receive service between 2022 and 2026

Tax due from those who are in receipt of the weekly €350 Covid-19 unemployment payment could be collected by reducing tax credits in future years, the Revenue Commissioners have said.  File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Revenue responds amid claims those in receipt of subsidy may face surprise bill

Fianna Fáil’s Jim O’Callaghan. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Cabinet has ‘casually delegated too much responsibility’ to public health, Dáil hears

 Dr Tony Holohan  indicated the two-metre rule  was necessary in order to suppress the spread of Covid-19. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Taoiseach suggests the Covid-19 committee could examine the 2-metre issue

Minister of State John Paul Phelan told the Dáil that the Government will also consider extending the waiver for businesses that have been severely impacted. Photograph: Tom Honan

Minister tells Dáil councils are expected to be repaid early in June

Minister for Health Simon Harris has said ‘many people are seeking to apportion blame but we should remind ourselves that the villain here is the virus’.  Photograph: Oireachtas TV/PA Wire

Rate at which Covid-19 is transmitted is now stable at between 0.4 and 0.5 - Minister

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: ‘Everything in healthcare is at a premium at the moment whether it’s PPE [personal protective equipment] or testing kits.’ Photograph: Photocall Ireland/PA Wire

‘Months rather than weeks’ before 14-day quarantine for passengers entering country ends

The size of a church building would have an impact on who could attend, he said and that a greater number of mourners could be accommodated in larger places or worship. Photograph: iStock

Baptisms, small weddings part of talks as Labour calls to allow 30 mourners

Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan held a meeting with the Cabinet on Tuesday afternoon where the issue was raised by a number of ministers. File photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Two-metre social distancing rule needed to suppress Covid-19 spread, says Holohan

Leo Varadkar: ‘As much as is possible we will leave the big party decisions be made by the next government whenever that happens.’ File photograph: Photocall Ireland/PA Wire

Varadkar reiterates benefits will continue beyond June 8th as Dáil row erupts over estimates

Tadhg Daly of Nursing Homes Ireland warned about ‘cataclysmic consequences’ because of delays in testing for staff and residents. Photograph: Oireachtas TV/PA Wire

Some nursing homes say they had to use painter’s overalls due to lack of PPE

A number of TDs raised the controversy over the transfer of more than 100 asylum seekers from Dublin to the Skelligs Star hotel in Cahersiveen where 24 Covid-19 cases were identified. Photograph:  Google maps

Department official tells Oireachtas committee Co Kerry facility now properly resourced

Nursing Homes Ireland chief executive Tadhg Daly is pictured in the Dáil chamber during a meeting of the Oireachtas Special Committee on Covid-19. Image: Oireachtas TV.

Private nursing homes were ‘literally outsourced and forgotten about’ - Sage director

Marian Harkin TD: “It is likely for a significant number of people that they’ll be over the tax threshold. They’ll be paying a level of tax that they didn’t expect.”  Photograph: Alan Betson

Advertising campaign needed to alert people and to encourage them to save to pay it, says TD

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