Dr Cillian De Gascun (right), director of the National Virus Reference Laboratory,  with Taoiseach  Leo Varadkar and  Minister for Health Simon Harris at the laboratory in  UCD.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

The Dáil reconvenes today to rush through emergency legislation with drastic powers to fight the coronavirus crisis, as new figures show the disease h(...)

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy said the Land Development Agency is meant to ensure that the supply of homes in the Republic is no longer subject to boom-and-bust cycles. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The head of the new Land Development Agency (LDA) said it was in talks with Government departments and State bodies about acquiring sites to build 7,(...)

Simon Coveney has said the threat of an attack in Ireland similar to the atrocity in Barcelona remains possible but unlikely. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The threat of an attack in Ireland similar to the atrocity in Barcelona remains possible but unlikely, Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has (...)

Independent Senator Gerard Craughwell has asked the Government to explain why permission was granted to the UK to scramble fighter jets in Irish airspace.    Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Independent Senator Gerard Craughwell has asked the Government to explain why permission was granted to the UK to scramble fighter jets in Irish airsp(...)

Changes to health insurance rules introduced last week put pressure on more than 1,000 officers serving in the Defence Forces to take out private health insurance even though they already have full medical cover as part of their terms of employment.

Changes to health insurance rules introduced last week put pressure on more than 1,000 officers serving in the Defence Forces to take out private heal(...)