Liz Canavan, assistant secretary general at the Department of An Taoiseach said: ‘If we can hold firm for a little bit longer, and if the health situation allows, a further of easing of restrictions will be considered from May 4th.’  File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A further easing of Covid-19 restrictions from May onwards will be considered by the Cabinet “if we can hold firm for a little bit longer”, a governme(...)

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(...)

 Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform  Michael McGrath ‘undertook to consider the question of an enhanced package on the basis that it would be set at a level below €300,000 per annum’. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Minister for Public Expenditure Michael McGrath was warned by his officials that the planned €80,000 salary increase for the position of secretary gen(...)

Ben Holmes (far left) and his friends in Temple Bar. Photograph: Jade Wilson

Sitting at a socially distanced table behind Plexiglass in Frank Ryan’s bar on Smithfield, Dublin, 23-year-old Orla Keaveney says that nowadays she fe(...)

Liz Canavan, Assistant Secretary to the Department of Taoiseach, during a media briefing on coronavirus. Photograph: Collins

People must restrict their movements immediately and avoid socialising if they want to spend time with people vulnerable to Covid-19 over Christmas, a(...)

Restaurant owners prepare for re-opening on Dublin’s South Anne Street on Friday afternoon. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

It is crucial that adherence to public health guidelines does not “veer off course” as indoor dining in restaurants, cafes, and gastropubs resumes on (...)

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly intends to bring a paper to Cabinet  with proposals to restrict non-essential travel from countries with high levels of coronavirus infections. Photograph: Collins

The Government has deferred the removal of Greece from the travel “green list” and has asked the State’s public health team to re-examine the overall (...)

Liz Canavan, assistant general secretary at the Department of the Taoiseach: ‘Some people have holidays booked and are wondering what to do. We are acutely aware of this and we would ask you to bear with us.’  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Government is finalising “a roadmap” for safe overseas travel “very shortly”, the assistant general secretary at the Department of the Taoiseach h(...)

Paschal Donohoe said a “guiding principle” is that decisions taken to stimulate the economy must “genuinely have an effect in 2020”. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The Government’s planned stimulus programme ,which will be announced later this month, must have an immediate effect on the economy as it grapples wit(...)

Assistant secretary general at the Department of Taoiseach Liz Canavan says: “we’re asking business owners and service providers to think about how they’re protecting customers and clients.” Photograph: PA

Changes to the Government’s roadmap to exiting lockdown will not mean “a return to life as we knew it”, a senior official has warned. At the Governme(...)

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