An almost empty Grafton Street in Dublin during the Covid-19 restrictions. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

It will be, according to a Government source, “a battle of the spreadsheets”. For weeks now, teams in at least three Government departments have been(...)

Tony Holohan is central to the team’s operation and that’s why the Government pushback has been personally directed at him. File photograph: Collins

Information is the currency in Government, and news travels fast. Within hours of its conclusion on Wednesday, word was swirling around official circl(...)

People enjoy takeaway pints in Dublin’s Temple Bar. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has withdrawn a memo for Cabinet seeking to curtail the circumstances in which people can gather to drink alcohol(...)

Officials have discussed the potential for North-South cycle greenways. File photograph: The Irish Times

Government and Northern Ireland officials have discussed the possibility of joining up new North-South cycle “greenways”, an Oireachtas committee has (...)

Prof Brian MacCraith:  ‘The Government is satisfied with the range of expertise on the commission.’  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

The chairman of the Future of Media Commission, Brian MacCraith, has promised to hold “extensive engagement with stakeholder groups” before making its(...)

International mitigation efforts if delivered would contain global temperature rise to 2 degrees, which is ‘not safe’, said Prof Kevin Anderson. File photograph: Getty

If Ireland wants to comply fully with its Paris Agreement obligations it should be cutting its carbon emissions by more than 12 per cent a year, accor(...)

Garda powers to police Covid-19 measures in pubs and restaurants are to be extended until the middle of next year. File photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Garda powers to police Covid-19 measures in pubs and restaurants are to be extended until the middle of next year. The Cabinet is due to meet on Tues(...)

Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan, according to a person who has worked with him, is not someone who accepts rejection with equanimity. If he does(...)

The meeting is being chaired by the Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan, who has returned from an extended period of leave. Photograph: PA

The National Health Emergency Team has tonight recommended the State be moved to Level 5 restrictions for a period of four weeks to curb a sharp rise (...)

The travel green list is  unlikely to be changed until the new long-term plan for living alongside Covid-19 is published on September 14th. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

The Labour Party has called on the Government to clarify why the so-called travel “green list” has not been updated in more than a month. Two Governm(...)

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