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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 (...)

French minister for Europe and foreign affairs Jean Yves Le Drian: “We reserve the possibility to adopt additional measures toward all those who are hindering a solution to the crisis.” Photograph: Aurelien Meunier/Getty

French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian is expected to travel to Beirut on Tuesday to try to accelerate the formation of a government of independen(...)

 Terminal 1 departures check-in at Dublin Airport during  the pandemic. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Air travel in the State could decline again this year, dealing a blow to the Republic’s competitive edge, DAA chief executive Dalton Philips warned on(...)

Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman: Restoration of relations would be a gain for both parties but could mark a major shift for the Saudis and their allies. Photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

Baghdad-brokered talks between Iran and Saudi Arabia on the re-establishment of diplomatic relations could defuse regional rivalries and change the po(...)

A piper plays a lament as the funeral of Veronica Dunne  pauses  the National Concert Hall where people gathered to pay their respects before the hearse continued on its way to St Josephs Church in Terenure. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Veronica (Ronnie) Dunne was a legendary singer, an inspirational teacher and a loving mother who radiated light into the lives of others, her funeral (...)

Palestinian refugees play outside their family’s house in al-Shatea refugee camp in Gaza City. Photograph: Epa/Mohammed Saber

The Biden administration is re-engaging with the Palestinians by restoring US humanitarian and development aid which was cancelled in early 2018 by fo(...)

 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(...)

Dr Ronan Glynn: ‘We must ask that, once again, we work together to prevent a further wave of infection’. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

A further eight deaths relating to Covid-19 have been reported according to the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) taking to 4,713 the numb(...)

Syrian children watch a puppet show performed by a local theatre group amidst the ruins of buildings destroyed during Syria’s civil war, in al-Fua, in the country’s northwestern Idlib province. Photograph: Omar Haj Kadour/AFP/Getty

The UN and relief agencies have warned that a substantial shortfall in funding for war-ravaged Syria could cost lives. Only $6.4 billion has been ple(...)

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