Under the new system, those who refuse to wear a mask or who engage in non-essential travel will face initial fines of between €60 and €100. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A system of fines for breaches of coronavirus regulations is expected to come into force this week, two weeks into the Level 5 lockdown. Those who ho(...)

Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris is understood to be preparing a plan  which would see universities boost the capacity of many high-demand courses. Photograph:  Julien Behal Photography

Hundreds of additional college places in high-demand courses such as nursing, medicine, law, veterinary science and engineering are likely to be provi(...)

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly at a  press briefing at Government Buildings in Dublin on Tuesday. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Tuesday’s Cabinet briefing was unusually fractious. There were complaints from Tánaiste Leo Varadkar, and many Ministers, over how little time people (...)

 Gardaí at  the Border checking  for non-essential travel. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

A pattern is developing in relation to the geographical spread of Covid-19 cases across the Republic, with incidence generally rising the closer one m(...)

Normally clients get barristers’ services through their solicitors, but the direct access scheme allows organisations that register for it to circumvent this.

Barristers can give legal opinions direct to organisations including charities and State bodies, rather than through solicitors, to aid these groups i(...)

There is a campaign to get the Government to recognise parental alienation, with 18 county councils passing motions calling for  the implementation of  recommendation 36 of the Report on Reform of the Family Law System. Photograph: iStock

Like most other grandparents around the country, John and his wife, Anne, can’t see their grandchildren during the Covid-19 shutdown. But for them the(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said he will not be putting € 500 million into the State’s Rainy Day Fund this year, as had been planned, due to the possibility of a no-deal Brexit. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Supplementary estimates of €450 million will be needed this year, Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has said. It is understood the additional fund(...)

The prospect of overruns at the Cork project was recently flagged by TII in a warning to Minister for Transport Shane Ross

Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) has defended its use of the same type of contract blamed for much of the overspend at the national children’s h(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: the children’s hospital cost overrun comes at the expense of other health and social services which try to control their costs. Photograph: Rollingnews.ie

The departments of health and public expenditure and reform have been given a month by the Government to prepare “an implementation plan” for the PwC (...)

A ‘No Border, No Brexit’ sticker on a road sign in front of the peace statue entitled ‘Hands Across the Divide’ in Derry. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

The Government has published the general scheme of the bumper piece of legislation that will be needed to prepare Ireland for the consequences of the (...)

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