The State faces a hospitals emergency after the Government’s relaxation of coronavirus Christmas restrictions

Nobody thought it would be this bad. Had we known then what we know now. There was huge demand to reopen the country. People had been locked in for No(...)

 Roderic O’Gorman asked the Government to examine the source of a leak of information about the Mother and Baby Homes report. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The State’s most senior civil servant is to head up an inquiry into the leaking of Government information. Martin Fraser, the secretary general of th(...)

The furthering of linkages between North and South through culture, environment and tourism can  raise the levels of mutual dependence and assist in the avoidance of conflict. Photograph: iStock

Debate on the constitutional position of Northern Ireland is often presented as binary: the options given are the status quo or a Border poll, with th(...)

Elizabeth Canavan, assistant secretary general at the Deptartment of the Taoiseach. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/ The Irish Times/ File

The increase in the number of Covid-19 cases in recent days is of grave concern and could not be ignored, the Government has said. At a briefing on W(...)

Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh: like something out of a Le Carré novel. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

This time of year, things usually go a bit mad around Leinster House. Political parties throw parties, the restaurant is heaving, the bar gets busy an(...)

Lorries were backed up for three miles on the A20 outside Dove, after Calais suffered 10-mile tailbacks as well. File photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP via Getty Images

UK supermarkets are this weekend stockpiling food and other goods after being told by ministers that a no-deal Brexit is on the cards, according to th(...)

‘That was the one thing we heard about . . . that when people were coming out around that time, there’s a lot of people around.’ File photograph: Getty

Government officials are set for discussions on how to handle public transport over the Christmas after a “busy” weekend following reopening of the ho(...)

 “The urgency and gravity of our industry’s situation cannot be overstated; we are on the brink,” a letter to the Taoiseach said. Photograph: Getty Images

The forestry industry in Ireland is in a “full-scale crisis”, with 12,000 jobs in rural Ireland under threat, a lobbying group for the sector has told(...)

 Storage freezers where vials of Covid-19 vaccine are to be stored at Pfizer’s facility in Portage, Michigan, USA. Photograph: Pfizer Handout/EPA

The resumption of normal life, even with a vaccine for Covid-19, will “still take some time”, a high-ranking Government official has said. Liz Canav(...)

People are being advised to wear a mask when cooking and serving food this Christmas, and the amount of people in the kitchen should be limited. Photograph: Drazen Zigic/iStock

Advance booking for Mass, no sitting on Santa’s lap and off-peak shopping are among the Government suggestions for navigating Christmas safely as the (...)

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