Under massive pressure, faced by a novel threat and an equally novel solution, the State’s systems for planning and managing mass immunisation programmes are to be tested like never before. Photograph: iStock

Before vaccines, pandemics ended very differently. There was, explains a senior Irish drugs industry expert, a “social end to a pandemic”. Either a vi(...)

How to manage travel to and from Britain remains problematic but the Government is understood to have decided against allowing free moment. Photograph: Kate Geraghty

The likelihood of travel to and from Ireland resuming within days has receded further with Government sources confirming there is “not a chance” restr(...)

A no drone zone sign is pictured on the perimeter fence of the Dublin Airport airfield after  the temporary suspension of operations at the airport following a drone sighting on Thursday. Photograph: Nial Carson/PA Wire

A Garda investigation is underway after a drone sighting at Dublin Airport forced the suspension of all flights for a brief period on Thursday. The d(...)

 Shane Ross has said the review ordered by the Taoiseach into the operation of US pre-clearance at Dublin and Shannon airports will be completed by the weekend. File photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

The review ordered by the Taoiseach into the operation of US pre-clearance at Dublin and Shannon airports will be completed by the weekend, according (...)

Dún Laoghaire Harbour (above): At a council meeting on Monday night, councillors unanimously agreed “serious risks for the local authority” had been raised in a due diligence report commissioned by the council into the position of Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company. File photograph: Getty Images

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown county councillors from all the main parties have expressed concern at potential financial liabilities involved in taking over (...)

PARC is lobbying general election candidates to sign up to its pledge to introduce key systemic changes which will allow for more effective policing, believing many more road traffic injuries and fatalities could be prevented. File photograph:  Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The next government must commit to the provision of a fully integrated database on driver and vehicle data to ensure the effective enforcement of traf(...)

Learner drivers will have to swap L-plates for N-plates and display them for two years

From August 1st, life for newly-qualified drivers will never be quite the same. Instead of just being able to tear-up the old L-plates, new drivers wi(...)

Breath test: 441,380 drivers were breathalysed at checkpoints in 2013, and 7,962 were arrested. Photograph (posed by a model): John Giles/PA Wire

Assistant Commissioner John Twomey pauses as he tries to explain an emerging contradiction in road safety. The head of the Garda traffic corps says de(...)

Motorway tolls: set too high? Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Lower motor-tax rates and toll charges for HGVs are being considered by the Government to see if they can encourage more hauliers to use motorways.The(...)

The M50, which has seen a 10 per cent rise in traffic volumes, is excluded, with the East-Link, from one-month toll holiday for heavy goods vehicles

A one-month toll holiday for heavy goods vehicles in November has been proposed by the Minister for Transport in an attempt to entice hauliers away fr(...)