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Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly: at the centre of the storm over the Taoiseach and Tánaiste’s public annoyance over learning at the last minute that the National Public Health Emergency Team  was recommending an escalation to Level-5 lockdown. Photograph:  Julien Behal

Stephen Donnelly sounded sick as a small hospital in Ireland on Thursday: under serious pressure but not overwhelmed. Yet. He was the living embodim(...)

Brazil’s justice minister Sérgio Moro arrives to give a press conference in Brasília to announce his resignation on Friday. Photograph: Eraldo Peres/AP

One of the most popular and powerful figures in Jair Bolsonaro’s far-right administration – the celebrity justice minister Sérgio Moro – has resigned,(...)

Workers wearing protective suit walk next to Huanan seafood wholesale market in Wuhan on March 30th. Photograph:   Hector Retamal/AFP via Getty Images

The Huanan seafood wholesale market in central Wuhan was the kind of place where people often catch colds. Vendors started setting up as early as 3am,(...)

It can be “especially difficult” for drug users to remain indoors when they need to access drugs daily.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Drug users in Dublin are being trained to administer an anti-overdose medication in a bid to minimise drug-related deaths during the coronavirus outbr(...)

A woman carries shopping bags in Dublin city centre as the Covid-19 pandemic takes hold. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA.

I have to wash my shopping now, do I? Well, no. Or yes. Maybe. As the scale of the coronavirus crisis has deepened at home and abroad restrictions (...)

Irish ambassador to the US, Dan Mulhall said he was a J1 summer visa holder back in the 70s.  File photograph:  Malcolm McNally

Ireland’s ambassador to the United States, Dan Mulhall has warned the Irish in North America on short term visas to return home. As Washington DC fac(...)

The rhubarb and custard tart from Ballymaloe House.

I love cooking rhubarb. Its beautiful colour and vibrant sharpness mark the beginning of a new season. As the days get longer and brighter in spring, (...)

Bubbles on a bar of soap - Getty Images

It probably began with an accident thousands of years ago. According to one legend, rain washed the fat and ash from frequent animal sacrifices into a(...)

A man wearing a respiratory mask  walks past the  Colosseum monument, which has been closed, in Rome on Tuesday. Three weeks ago there had been no reported cases of coronavirus in Italy. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty

It seems like the world has been turned upside down in recent days as a result of the coronavirus spread. Where are we now? We are in absolutely unch(...)

To wash your hands properly lather your hands, including the backs, between your fingers, and under your nails and scrub for at least 20 seconds. Photograph: Getty

There are a number of steps people can take to protect themselves from the new coronavirus (also known as Covid-19). Perhaps the most crucial is regul(...)

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