Blackrock Clinic in May 2020. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

“We feared Armageddon,” says Debbie O’Neill, the clinical nurse manager of the intensive care unit in the Blackrock Clinic. “One of my colleagues put (...)

HSE chief executive Paul Reid: cost of testing and tracing will be ‘at a scale that nobody could have foreseen’. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland/PA

The State faces a “massive” healthcare bill running to well in excess of €1 billion to pay for the long-term battle against the Covid-19 pandemic, Hea(...)

Unions warned that if remote working becomes the norm for an extended period, public-sector employers would be expected to provide adequate supports. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Civil servants in the Department of Transport have been told it is likely large numbers of them will be working from home for the rest of the year. T(...)

PBFI  is urging the Government to improve its Covid-19 working capital loan scheme. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Banking and Payments Federation Ireland (BPFI) has called on the Government to set up a scheme offering up to 90 per cent guarantees against lending t(...)

Pascal Donoghue: the Minister of Finance is set to publish and send the Government’s  latest updated economic forecasts to the EU by the end of this month. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The National Treasury Management Agency will pay out over €11 billion on Monday in its biggest bond redemption since at least before the last financia(...)

Borrowing could rise to 8 per cent of national income in 2020 – or more if the restrictions drag on. Unemployment could finish the year in the 12-15 per cent range. Photograph: Bryan O Brien

After the rhetoric and promises of the government framework document produced by Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael this week will come the reality check of th(...)

Robert Watt, Secretary General for the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Supports equivalent to around 4 per cent of national income had been committed and more will be needed

Government borrowing could rise to 8 per cent of national income this year, according to Robert Watt, secretary general of the Department of Public Ex(...)

The department said public sector employees on unpaid leave  could claim the Government’s Covid-19 pandemic unemployment payment

The Government is to suspend the regular operation of flexi-time working arrangements in the public service for the duration of the current Covid-19 c(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe: updated guidelines to public service employers were issued by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform on Friday. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Public service staff should only work in their traditional locations in cases where their organisations consider it essential to have personnel on sit(...)

Chief executive of the HSE, Paul Reid, at a public briefing on winter flu and coronaviruis, also known as Covid-19. Photograph: Laura Hutton

How can scientists best inform public policymakers at a time when policy decisions are often complex and the science is uncertain? With the spread of (...)

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