Elizabeth Canavan, assistant secretary general at the Deptartment of the Taoiseach. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/ The Irish Times/ File

The increase in the number of Covid-19 cases in recent days is of grave concern and could not be ignored, the Government has said. At a briefing on W(...)

Restaurant owners prepare for re-opening on Dublin’s South Anne Street on Friday afternoon. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

It is crucial that adherence to public health guidelines does not “veer off course” as indoor dining in restaurants, cafes, and gastropubs resumes on (...)

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

The possibility of schools reopening earlier than planned was dismissed by the State’s chief medical officer as he played down the Taoiseach’s enthusi(...)

A memo for the Cabinet meeting says the temporary wage subsidy scheme and the unemployment payment will remain in place until the end of August. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

There has been a slight fall in the number of people receiving the emergency pandemic payment of €350 per week. The number who received the payment (...)

The Irish Prison Service cannot release scores of elderly convicted paedophiles from jail, even though many have underlying health conditions and are (...)

The Department of the Taoiseach was spending much of its justifying the SCU’s very existence, the report finds. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The controversy surrounding the Strategic Communications Unit became so overwhelming for the Department of the Taoiseach that it had a negative impact(...)

Online privacy has been a hot topic since the Snowden revelations on global surveillance programmes.

Online privacy has been a hot topic since the Snowden revelations on global surveillance programmes. One Irish company hoping to help people protect (...)

The Child and Family Agency  is responsible for inspecting all pre-schools, play groups, crèches and day care services that cater for children aged under six

Senior officials have privately expressed concern that the inspection system for the State’s 4,500 pre-schools is not robust enough to identify servic(...)

The court heard RTÉ told the Government proposed advertising slogans for the referendum were political.

RTÉ told the Department of Children and Youth Affairs a month before the Children Referendum that slogans in the Government’s proposed ads for (...)