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Retail groups had warned the closure of “non-essential” shops for the next six weeks would create pent-up demand and result in a “frenzied” shopping experience in December.

The coronavirus pandemic is pushing more people to shop online for both goods and services, a new survey has found, with a quarter of Irish consumers (...)

US president Donald Trump waves goodbye to cheering supporters as he departs his campaign rally at Orlando Sanford International Airport in Sanford, Florida on Monday, October 12th, 2020. Photograph: Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

Twenty years ago the eyes of the world turned to Florida, as the identity of America’s next president lay in the balance. On election night 2000, TV n(...)

 Joe Biden, Democratic presidential candidate. on the campaign trail as he visits a a cafe in in Phoenix, Arizona. Photograph: Brendan Smialowsk/ AFP/Getty Images)

Stepping off the plane in Phoenix, Arizona, passengers are welcomed by a wall of heat. It may be mid-October but the temperature on this autumn weekda(...)

Joe Biden  and  Donald Trump  during the first presidential debate in Ohio. Photograph: Jim Watson/Saul Loeb/Getty

US president Donald Trump will resume in-person campaigning on Saturday after being sidelined by a case of Covid-19, but a debate next week against hi(...)

The Central Bank’s forecast suggests the hit from Covid will be significantly less than feared and the economy could return to decent growth next year. Photograph: Colin Keegan

This week we learned three important things that will strongly influence the way our politics takes shape in the coming weeks and months. 1 The (...)

Operation Fanacht on the roads this week: westbound traffic on the M4 between Leixlip and Maynooth. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said something puzzling recently. He pointed out that Belgium took into account “hospitalisations, ICU capacity and . . . deaths(...)

The poll’s findings  suggest  that with the Government reluctant to take the advice of public health experts to reintroduce many elements of the lockdown, it may have to justify this decision to the public

They’re bracing themselves. A huge majority of people believe the worst of the pandemic has yet to come, and while they believe the Government is hand(...)

A worrying 69%  of the public believe the worst of the crisis has yet to come, compared to just 22%  who feel the worst is behind us. Photograph: Getty Images

The latest Ipsos MRBI public opinion poll for The Irish Times indicates broad public approval of the Government’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic. O(...)

 Tánaiste Leo Varadkar, Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Green Party leader Eamon Ryan at Dublin Castle last month. Photograph: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

The standing of the three-party coalition does not compare to the stellar heights achieved by its predecessor in June but it is reasonably solid in sp(...)

US president Donald Trump working in his conference room at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in  Maryland, after testing positive for Covid-19. Photograph: Joyce N Boghosian / The White House / AFP via Getty Images

No discussion has taken place within the Trump administration about transferring power to vice-president Mike Pence, according to US national security(...)

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