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The major relaxation of the state’s pandemic restrictions was announced four days after Sydney came out of a 106-day lockdown. Photograph:  David Gray/AFP via Getty

Australia’s most populous state has said it will end hotel quarantine for vaccinated international travellers as the government accelerates the liftin(...)

A man resting in a park in Singapore next to a Covid social distancing notice. Photograph:  Roslan Rahman/AFP via Getty Images

From the paddocks of rural New Zealand and Australia’s beachside suburbs to Singapore’s high rises, people are facing a daunting new reality: living w(...)

Movie goers purchase food and drinks at Palace Verona Cinema following 108 days of lockdown in Sydney. Photograph: Bianca de Marchi/EPA

Sydney’s cafes, gyms and restaurants welcomed back fully vaccinated customers on Monday after nearly four months of lockdown, as Australia aims to beg(...)

There are 127,300 construction workers in the Republic, or almost 6 per cent of the workforce, which is below the European average of 8 per cent.  Photograph: Paulo Nunes dos Santos/Bloomberg

The isolating experience of the Covid-19 pandemic has left some Irish people overseas contemplating a return home but, for many, the cost of living at(...)

The Royal Hospital at Kilmainham, which lies within Dublin 8. Photograph: George Munday/ Getty Images

Dublin 8 has been named as the 15th coolest neighbourhood in the world to live in by Time Out magazine coming in ahead of parts of Amsterdam, Montreal(...)

Australian lockdown: the vaccine rollout has been slow, and the government only purchased enough inoculations for 4 per cent of the population. Photograph: Dan Himbrechets/EPA

Mary-Ann O’Donovan, an academic from Dublin, left Ireland in September 2020 to become associate professor of disability studies and executive director(...)

Malaysians walking  pass  a large screen displaying the Malaysia national flag in Kuala Lumpur. Some 85.7%  of the adults in the country have received complete doses of vaccine against Covid-19. Photograph: EPA/Fazry Ismail

As the US and Europe ramped up their Covid-19 vaccination programmes, the Asia-Pacific region, once lauded for its pandemic response, struggled to get(...)

July 22nd, 2020: People watch the last Qantas Boeing 747 airliner preparing to take off from Sydney airport. Photograph: Peter Parks/AFP via Getty Images

A recent Irish Times invitation to emigrants to share their experiences of the pandemic included these responses from Australia. A report last month (...)

Australian prime minister Scott Morrison announces  Australia is ready to take its next steps to safely reopen to the world. Photograph: Lukas Coch/EPA

Australian prime minister Scott Morrison on Friday announced an 18-month ban on Australians travelling abroad will be lifted from next month, easing o(...)

Pepper Ireland employs more than 450 people in Shannon and Dublin, and has more than €18 billion of assets under management

Pepper Ireland is to recommence commercial lending due to more favourable market conditions and new opportunities in the Irish market, the company has(...)

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