Robert Watt, secretary general of the Department of Health, has waived the €80,000 pay increase for the moment in the light of current economic circumstances. File photograph: Collins Photos

There was no benchmarking exercise or international comparison carried out before the pay level of the top civil servant in the Department of Health w(...)

The draft email says the project would ‘provide a central and integrated insight centre and platform that better informs our cross-government C-19 response. Photograph: NIAID-RML via AP

Consultants working for the Government discussed setting up a “war room” for a data-driven “integrated insight centre” on Covid-19 dubbed “One Governm(...)

The Department of Health on Dublin’s Baggot Street. File photograph: Bryan James Brophy/The Irish Times

The Government has approved a pay rise of more than €90,000 for the position of secretary general of the Department of Health, making the person to be(...)

Passengers wear face masks on a Dublin Bus. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/ The Irish Times

The Cabinet accepted recommendations on Friday, September 18th, from the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) on restrictions for Dublin(...)

Liz Canavan, assistant secretary general at the Department of the Taoiseach: ‘If you are asked to get a test, please do so’

The Government has urged people who are identified as close contacts to positive coronavirus cases to get tested for the condition, following reports (...)

Ireland’s permanent representative to the UN, Geraldine Byrne Nason, cast Ireland’s vote at the election to the UN Security Council on Wednesday. Photograph: Twitter

In the foreign policies of many small states, the trend in recent years has been towards a narrowing of focus – from the global to the regional, from (...)

A woman wearing a protective face mask shelters from the rain on Dublin’s O’Connell street. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The wearing of face-covering in indoor settings is to remain optional, public health officials have decided. The National Public Health Emergency Tea(...)

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

The possibility of schools reopening earlier than planned was dismissed by the State’s chief medical officer as he played down the Taoiseach’s enthusi(...)

The new protocols on sites have the potential to slow down progress and, therefore, reduce productivity. Photograph: iStock

We are mid-renovation on a house we bought in February. The first electrical fix was to start on March 30th but due to the new restrictions on what is(...)

A Covid-19 sign points to one of the exits from St Stephens Green in Dublin following its reopening on Friday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Dublin’s St Stephen’s Green, closed to the public one month ago due to the Coronavirus pandemic, has been reopened by Office of Public Works (OPW). W(...)

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