Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald. The party  argues it has forced the Government to “row back” on PUP cuts, to reintroduce protections for renters, and  continues to demand mortgage breaks for borrowers affected by the pandemic

Describing coronavirus as the “crisis of a century” in March, Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald said it was time for the country to pull together. Th(...)

Bundoran in Co Donegal. At the peak of the lockdown in April, almost a third of the labour force in Donegal was in receipt of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment.  Photograph: James Connolly

The western region suffered a greater employment shock from Covid-19 than the rest of the State, according to a new study from the Central Bank and th(...)

With increased levels of borrowing required to support the fiscal impact and response to Covid-19, gross general government debt exceeded the peak of €218bn  in the third quarter of 2013

The Government generated a budget deficit – the difference between what it spends and what it takes in in taxes – of €6.2 billion in the second quarte(...)

A woman passes a mural in Dublin city centre as the  Government prepares  to sign off on plans to introduce further country-wide restrictions. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Irish economic recovery from the first Covid-19 recession looks set to be halted by tough new restrictions. Not only in Ireland but across Euro(...)

An almost deserted Temple Bar in Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The dilemma of trying to find a balance between protecting lives and protecting livelihoods explains why Government Ministers spent many hours at the (...)

The closure of a dozen Pamela Scott stores is just the latest example of financial stress in the retail sector. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe warned in his budget speech that borrowing this year might be higher than forecast if further restrictions had to(...)

 Angela Dorgan . Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Cuts to the pandemic unemployment payment (PUP) have generated fear and panic among artists, an Oireachtas committee has heard. The National Campaig(...)

 Minister for Enterprise Leo Varadkar: ‘There is so much unbelievable uncertainty facing Irish citizens and companies because of Brexit and Covid.’ Photograph: Tom Honan/Julien Behal Photography/PA Wire

The Government has set aside €5.5 billion across two different contingency funds due to the “unbelievable uncertainty” facing the State, Tánaiste Leo (...)

Luke Murphy (19) at home in Carnew village. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Luke Murphy qualified last year with a diploma in live sound, lighting and stage production and was earning €1,000 a week before Covid-19 struck, thou(...)

Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys said the Pandemic Unemployment Payment had to be sustainable. Photograph: Julien Behal

The Pandemic Unemployment Payment now being received by more than 200,000 people will be reviewed in January, Minister for Social Protection Heather H(...)

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