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 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 (...)

Visitors at the Festetics Palace, in Keszthely, Hungary as  restrictions ease for those  holding immunity certificates. Photograph: Gyorgy Varga / EPA

Hungary has loosened coronavirus restrictions for up to four million of its residents who have received at least one vaccine dose, as it pursues an am(...)

 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(...)

One article in German newspaper Bild was headlined “It is over, Jogi”. Photograph: Getty Images

It had felt like a new and happier time. Since Joachim Löw announced that he was standing down after the European Championship, his young and vibrant (...)

Slovak prime minister Igor Matovic has been urged to resign by the country’s president, Zuzana Caputova.  Photograph: Joe Klamar/AFP via Getty Images

Slovakia’s president Zuzana Caputova has urged its premier Igor Matovic to resign, after two government ministers quit over his handling of the corona(...)

“A narrative can take off very quickly with audiences. As the quote states, ‘a lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes’.”

“They call it the infodemic.” Paul Quigley, chief executive and co-founder of NewsWhip, knows all about the challenges of identifying trustworthy news(...)

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(...)

Stephen Kenny: “It (the media attention) was a big surprise (but) it’s not a concern for me.” Photograph: Inpho

Stephen Kenny says he will take what he gets when Ireland’s World Cup fixture list is finalised by Fifa on Tuesday. And the Republic of Ireland manage(...)

About 21,000 steel and concrete pillboxes were built each year from 1975 until 1983, when the “bunkerisation of Albania” concluded. Photograph: Getty

When the members of the Central Committee of the Party of Labour of Albania agreed in 1971 to build a vast network of concrete bunkers across the coun(...)

A protester wearing a T-shirt with a former Macedonian flag and holding a photograph of revolutionary figure Goce Delchev and a placard that reads as ‘Get up Goce, they sold you’, during an anti-government protest in Skopje in September.Photograph: Robert Atanasovski/AFP/Getty Images

A dispute with Bulgaria over history, identity and language has prompted calls for North Macedonia’s government to resign and cast fresh doubt on its (...)

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