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 Green Party leader Eamon Ryan is in favour of the party entering government. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Hollywood actor Mark Ruffalo has made a late intervention in the intense and close-fought Green Party debate on entering coalition government. The O(...)

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan at Government Buildings on Monday. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney/Collins

Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Green Party’s parliamentary parties endorsed the programme for government deal on Monday night. However, three of the 1(...)

Minister for Education Joe McHugh said a  report showed that if the social distancing was reduced to one metre, primary school pupils could attend school 50% of the time. File photograph: David Sleator

Minister for Education Joe McHugh has signalled the two-metre social distancing rule may be relaxed for students to allow a full return to primary and(...)

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar visits a contact tracing centre at D’Olier House, Dublin. Photograph: Leon Farrell/ Photocall Ireland

A new plan outlining how Ireland will achieve a 72-hour turnaround time for Covid-19 test results will be published by the Health Service Executive on(...)

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 (...)

Minister for Business Heather Humphreys. File photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland/PA Wire

Businesses in Ireland could reopen more quickly than set out in the Government’s roadmap if the spread of coronavirus continues to slow, Minister for (...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe  said that the Government acknowledged that some of the equipment was different that health workers were used to. Photograph: Nathan Laine/Bloomberg

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has said the Government will continue to source alternative personal protection equipment (PPE) for health worker(...)

The Government approved a request by Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy to extend the period of public participation in planning applications by three weeks. File photograph: Getty

The Government has agreed to immediate changes in the planning application process necessitated by the Covid-19 emergency. In an incorporeal meeting (...)

 Liz Canavan, assistant secretary to the Department of An Taoiseach, speaks to reporters at  Government Buildings. Photograph: Collins

The grounds of the Royal Hospital in Kilmainham has been identified as a site of one of the temporary mortuary facilities that will be set up in the e(...)

Minister for  Social Protection Regina Doherty has given an update on applications for the new Covid-19 welfare payment. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty has said she accepts that more than 400,000 people could lose their jobs as a result of the coronavirus (...)

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