Paul Reid ‘We do need to give people good hope and encouragement that the actions they’re taking now does merit us all having a reasonable Christmas.’ Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

The public will still have to limit their contacts when Level 5 restrictions are lifted on December 1st, director general of the HSE Paul Reid has sai(...)

The Government will adopt the EU ‘traffic-light’ system for travel from Sunday night, November 8th. File photograph: iStock

Passengers from some European Union states will not have to quarantine on arrival in the Republic from next week, once they have a test showing that t(...)

Aviation bodies backed by Ryanair, Aer Lingus and  DAA said the deal was ‘a failure’ as it fell short of recommending that testing replace quarantines while allowing member states to refuse travellers entry. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Airlines branded EU efforts to end conflicting Covid-19 travel restrictions a failure that threatened millions of jobs in the bloc. The Council of Mi(...)

The Irish travel industry – from multi-billion euro airlines to tiny tourist operations – is in a crisis of unimaginable scale and with one voice, it has been calling for help and clarity. Photograph: Leon Farrell /

Travel to and from Ireland is worth billions of euro each year, which makes the haphazard and agonisingly slow approach the Government has taken to ma(...)

Sanitising self-check in kiosks at Dublin Airport. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ireland has the most draconian rules in Europe for people flying in and out, but has the weakest rules when it comes to following up with those arrivi(...)

Airlines and airports want the Government to adopt the EU’s proposed traffic light system, which grades countries as green, orange and red, according to their Covid-19 rates. Photograph: iStock

No EU country will feature on this week’s Government Covid-19 travel green list, TDs and senators have been told. Travellers from countries not on th(...)

 Dublin Aerospace chief executive Conor McCarthy at the company’s  maintenance facility in Dublin Airport. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Just days after announcing that it was hiring 29 apprentices, aircraft maintenance specialist Dublin Aerospace confirmed that it was opening its first(...)

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 (...)

Instead of shutting things down, we need to let  them to happen – restaurants and travel, for example – under strict rules. Controlled environments are good; uncontrolled ones are bad. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Government urgently needs to reboot its policy on tackling Covid-19 if a grim winter is to be avoided. It faces an immediate problem of controlli(...)

Ryanair told Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan that it would close bases in Cork (above) and Shannon airports for the winter if the Government fails to adopt the system.

Ryanair says it will close its Cork and Shannon airport bases this month if the Government fails to adopt proposed new European Union measures to end (...)

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