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Announcing the first phase of his Government’s emergency measures to deal with cornoavirus threat Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said it was possible that we were facing events that are unprecedented in modern times. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The public health emergency arising from the coronavirus epidemic has transformed the nature of the challenge facing our politicians. The time for pos(...)

Sean Sherlock: ‘It is not feasible to exclude any party from the responsibility to act in the interest of the common good at this time.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Labour TD Seán Sherlock has said the party should enter talks on forming a “time bound” national unity government to deal with the coronavirus. The i(...)

 Seanad candidate Ruth Coppinger: the former  Solidarity TD took Senator Michael McDowell to task over his praise of ‘billionaire misogynist’ Mike Bloomberg. Photograph: Tom Honan for The Irish Times

Let us not forget that there are more important things going on than the formation of a new government, the search for a saviour for the Labour Party (...)

Any Garda member caught not disclosing when they used the spray or failing to document their reasons for using such force can be investigated and disciplined under the new system. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Gardaí who use pepper spray on members of the public will have to record and account for each incident under strict new controls around the use of for(...)

Knees up: Fianna Fáil Senator Diarmuid Wilson gets a friendly knee from Labour’s Alan Kelly  on the Plinth on Thursday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

In the middle of a national health crisis no less, a senior politician currently contesting his party’s leadership was clearly observed doing the Huck(...)

In his first speech as culture secretary, Oliver Dowden on Thursday said the government was about to take ‘a proper look’ at the public service broadcasting system and the BBC’s role within it. Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Before she was eliminated from the Labour leadership contest last month, shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry said it was a measure of her devoti(...)

Only a week ago pundits were writing Joe Biden (77) off, but stonking victories in Democratic primaries last week, then in 10 of 14 states voting on Super Tuesday,  have thrust him to the front of what is now a two-horse race for the Democratic presidential nomination. Photograph: Mario Tama/Getty Images

It’s been some week for Joe Biden. Only a matter of days ago pundits were writing the 77-year-old off. But stonking victories in Democratic primaries (...)

Since 2014, the Irish economy has grown by more than 50 per cent, largely as a result of a spike in investment and employment in the private sector. Photograph: Bloomberg

The number of benefit claimants on the Live Register has fallen again, with an additional 1,400 coming off the register in February. This reduced th(...)

 Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Tánaiste  Simon Coveney  at the Museum of Literature Ireland. Photograph: Phil Noble – WPA Pool/Getty Images

The UK and EU’s changing relationship will require people to “work together” to ensure relations between Ireland and the UK remain “just as strong”, B(...)

A videograb shows Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson  sitting next to home secretary Priti Patel  during prime minister’s questions in the House of Commons in London. Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

British prime minister Boris Johnson has vigorously defended his home secretary Priti Patel, who faces allegations of bullying, telling MPs he was “st(...)

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