Taoiseach Micheál Martin: ‘Your collective efforts have saved thousands of lives.’ Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has announced the lifting of almost all Covid-19 restrictions telling the Irish people they responded when hit by an unpreced(...)

The recent surge of Covid cases as a result of the highly-transmissible Omicron variant is having a huge knock-on effect across the economy. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

A quarter of retail stores have been forced to close for a period of time in recent weeks as a result of Covid-related staff shortages, a survey by Re(...)

Business groups say isolation rules for close contacts should be changed. File photograph: Andre Malerba/Bloomberg

Businesses are seeking a change in the rules dealing with people who are close contacts of Covid-19 cases as an expected surge in case numbers in comi(...)

Outdoor dining became a familiar sight in Dublin city centre during the ongoing Covid crisis.  Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

The Irish tourism and hospitality sectors came full circle in 2021. A mid-winter and spring of despair was spawned by lockdown at the beginning of the(...)

Hospitality operators are particularly affected by the latest round of restrictions. File photograph: Sam Boal/The Irish Times

The Government this week announced further financial supports and subsidies for companies affected by the latest round of anti-virus restrictions, esp(...)

Prof Sam McConkey warned the increased number of cases would likely lead to a ‘workers shortage’ over the coming weeks, during the potential height of the wave. Photograph: iStock

Businesses should be prepared to lose up to 30 per cent of staff from Covid-19 related absences in the coming weeks, as the Omicron variant spreads th(...)

While household spending on goods and services dropped by €10 billion in 2020, two thirds of that – €6.5 billion – was specific to hospitality. Photograph: iStock

A sizeable decrease in consumer spending last year overwhelmingly hit restaurants and hotels, according to new data released on Monday. Figures com(...)

Mark McGowan and Glenn McGowan, directors of Scholars Townhouse Hotel in Drogheda. As of this week,  the hotel’s restaurant has been notified of some 2,500 cancellations

Fresh restrictions on hospitality businesses come into force on Tuesday, and one publicans’ group has said some in the sector are concerned that these(...)

Among the new measures, tables in restaurants and bars will be limited to six people, there is an inability to book multiple tables, and nightclubs must close. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Republic’s Department of Health has reported 2,950 new cases of Covid-19. The number of patients being treated in hospital was 536 as of 8am on Mo(...)

Boosters were and are badly needed here, and we should not be guilt-tripped by anybody out of deploying them. Photograph: Atef Safadi/ EPA

People do things and they say things. As hospitals once again fill with the sick and hospitality businesses bear the brunt of restrictions, it is reas(...)

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