HSE’s Dr Colm Henry: If Ireland is to reach herd immunity through vaccination alone, ‘by extension it would include the population [to be vaccinated] extending to children’. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Nine out of 10 people in the State will have to be vaccinated to reach herd immunity against Covid-19, a senior health official has suggested, raising(...)

The Cabinet decided on Friday that ‘wet’ pubs – ones which do not serve meals – will not be permitted to open next week. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has said there is no guarantee pubs will reopen this year as industry groups strongly criticised the Government’s new €16 millio(...)

The former Beamish & Crawford site in Cork.

A number of Cork business groups have come together to urge both the Government and Cork City Council to clarify what exactly is happening in relation(...)

There were 773 pubs registered in Dublin city and county last year, down 1.7% compared with the 786 recorded in 2005 but up from a low of 741 in 2012. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The number of pubs in the Republic has fallen by more than 17 per cent over the 12 years to last year, although there has been a revival in Dublin in (...)

Tough choice? The IFA has proposed making breath-testing devices available to allow people test themselves the morning after a night of drinking, before they decide whether to  drive. File photograph: Getty Images

Minister for Transport Shane Ross is examining the roll-out of community car schemes and assessing insurance costs for publicans to drive customers ho(...)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross: well-meaning efforts at sparkling banter. Photograph: Maxwell’s

Winston Churchtown’s two-day appearance before the Oireachtas Committee on Un-Olympian Activities was a tour de force. He would be absolutely unanimo(...)

Senator Billy Lawless: due back in Chicago this week for a hip operation. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

On Wednesday morning in Washington, DC, Dick Durbin had some interesting information to impart to his fellow senators. “We all know the Senate of the(...)

In 2010, the courts granted 64,878 special exemption orders and there were 63,550 convictions for public order offences. By 2013, there were 45,869 special exemption orders granted and 40,823 public order offences

A decline in the number of special exemption orders granted by the District Court to allow pubs serve alcohol until the early hours of the morning has(...)