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Taoiseach Micheál Martin has claimed that Sinn Féin representatives were ‘summoned’ to the funeral of veteran republican Bobby Storey in defiance of coronavirus restrictions in a planned effort to push a political message ‘down everyone’s throats’. File photograph: Julian Behal Photography/PA Wire.

Sinn Féin representatives were “summoned” to the funeral of veteran republican Bobby Storey in defiance of coronavirus restrictions in a planned effor(...)

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(...)

Gardaí  at the border crossing between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, as they conduct checks asking people the reason for their journey. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Another 777 cases of Covid-19, 182 of them in Dublin, and seven more deaths from the disease have been confirmed in the State. The latest figures bri(...)

A street in Belfast: In its current form, the Northern Ireland economy would be exceptionally challenging to merge into any united Ireland. Photograph: Mark Marlow

For much of the first 50 years of independence, our Dáil parties and wider society cared more about the idea of a united Ireland than about the realit(...)

 First Minister Arlene Foster, Minister for the Economy Minister Diane Dodds and junior minister Declan Kearney at a press conference at Parliament Buildings Stormont. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire

Stormont business will continue as usual notwithstanding that four of the Northern Executive’s 10 full Ministers are self-isolating, First Minister Ar(...)

Most of the residents in the  Nightingale Nursing Home in Ballinasloe, Co Galway, have contracted coronavirus. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Staff at a nursing home in Co Galway in which 26 out of 28 residents have tested positive for Covid-19 have said they “feel abandoned” and are “in dir(...)

The official answer to Covid-19 is the same as it has always been: lockdown and release until a vaccine is available. Photograph: Yasin Akgul/Getty Images

Like global warming, the zero-Covid proposal for the island of Ireland is something few of us are qualified to judge. The best we can do is compare th(...)

Northern Ireland’s health minister Robin Swann is self-isolating after coming into contact with someone with Covid-19. The North’s Department of Heal(...)

The €2 billion scheme, announced as part of the Government’s July stimulus package, provides low-cost loans to businesses impacted by the pandemic with up to 80 per cent guaranteed by the State.

Up to 1,250 Irish businesses have been “recommended” for State-backed coronavirus loans, according to a senior official at the Department of Enterpris(...)

Hand-sanitising gel. Photograph: Hollie Adams/Bloomberg

First commandment for TDs: Mind thine own seat. It is the guiding principle upon which they all agree. A sacred rule of political life they dare not (...)

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