Face masks on the Luas: Near-total compliance on trams and Dublin Buses travelled on by The Irish Times, where the vast majority complied on boarding and during the journey. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Filling station worker Criodán Ó Murchú is “not actively encouraged” to enforce mask wearing. “Just two or three days ago a man came in without a mask(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris said he did not believe the new initiative would be controversial. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty

Ireland’s largest supplier of cigarette vending machines has said it will go to court over proposed legislation banning them from dispensing tobacco p(...)

The current €3 minimum price, for two lines, makes the Irish franchise one of the most expensive in Europe. Photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

One of the main retailer groups has come out in favour of increasing lotto prices amid speculation the new private operator is planning changes to (...)

On the way: some of the plain packaging mandatory for cigarettes sold in Australia. Photograph: Reuters

Vincent Jennings is upfront about representing the interests of 1,200 retailers who sell cigarettes and other tobacco products. He is also upfront abo(...)

Minister for Health James Reilly after the Cabinet’s decision earlier in June to approve the publication of the Public Health (Standardised Packaging of Tobacco) Bill 2014, which will place Ireland as the first country in the European Union to legislate for plain packaging for tobacco products. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Government is to ban cigarette vending machines as part of legislation that will also outlaw the sale of e-cigarettes to minors and impose strict(...)

Minister for Health James Reilly has said he is confident challenges used by big tobacco in Australia – including heavy political lobbying, advertising and criticism of “nanny state” policies – can be resisted. Photograph: Alan Betson

Big tobacco has begun lobbying retailers on the impact of plain cigarette packaging on revenues, using advertisements in the trade press as well as o(...)

 Customer say goodbye to Patricia Duffy at her shop, Lucky Duffy’s Newsagents, in Parnell Street Dublin, which  has  closed. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

After 40 years before the counter, Patricia Duffy has shut up shop on what is reputed to be one of the oldest newsagents in Dublin city. Lucky Duffy’(...)