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Taoiseach Micheál Martin receives his AstraZeneca jab from  Brenda Dillon, assistant director of nursing at HSE vaccination centre in Cork City Hall. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision/PA Wire

The Health Service Executive expects to vaccinate 250,000-270,000 people this week, the highest number yet in the rollout. An estimated 240,000 peopl(...)

 People arriving  at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Santry, the State’s first hotel quarantine centre. File photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Passengers arriving from Armenia, Aruba, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Curaçao, Italy, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, North Macedonia and Ukraine are no (...)

Newly elected Kosovo president Vjosa Osmani is sworn in at the parliament in Pristina. Photograph: Valdrin Xhemaj/EPA

Kosovo intends to sue Serbia for genocide and wants its leaders to atone for crimes committed during a 1998-9 war and for the systematic oppression of(...)

 Defence Forces personnel awaiting flights to escort passengers to their mandatory hotel quarantine at Dublin Airport. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

People arriving from 26 more countries, including Israel, Nigeria and Serbia, have to book a space in the State’s hotel quarantine system if they inte(...)

 Serbia’s prime minister Ana Brnabic has announced the closure of non-essential shops and services until Monday. Photograph: Andrej Isakovic/AFP via Getty Images

Serbia is reimposing a partial lockdown to counter a surge in coronavirus cases that is straining the country’s health system, even as it leads the wa(...)

 Italy’s prime minister Mario Draghi has set out to reboot the country’s vaccination programme which is run, with varying degrees of success, by regional governments. Photograph: Massimo Percossi/EPA/ANSA

It did not take Mario Draghi long to make a mark in Europe as Italian prime minister. At his first EU summit as premier at the end of last month, the(...)

Vetevendosje leader Albin Kurti talks to the media after he voted in the parliamentary elections, in Pristina, Kosovo, on Sunday. Photograph: Valdrin Xhemaj/EPA

Kosovo’s leftist Vetevendosje party has said strengthening the country’s economy and rule of law will take precedence over negotiations with Serbia, a(...)

Leader of the movement Self-determination (Vetevendoje) and candidate for prime minister Albin Kurti at the closing electoral rally in Pristina, Kosovo on Friday. Photograph: EPA

Kosovo will hold parliamentary elections on Sunday that could mark power shifting decisively from veterans of its 1998-9 independence war with Serbia (...)

 Adam Dempsey pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm at Ardlea Inn, Artane, on June 16th, 2018.  Photograph: Collins Courts

A father of three who stabbed a member of the Defence Forces seven times following an altercation in a pub has been jailed for two years. Adam Dempse(...)

Sanna Elkadiri, employee of Het Wereldhuis nursing home, receives the first Pfizer vaccine in Veghel. Photograph: Robin van Lonkhuijsen/EPA

The Netherlands has begun its Covid-19 vaccination programme, nearly two weeks after many European Union nations. Sanna Elkadiri, a nurse at a care h(...)

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