Helen McEntee: from here to maternity. Photograph: Tom Honan

Welcome to the world, Michael Shane Hickey. Your early arrival made national headlines and set the perfect tone for a welcome day of hope and optimism(...)

Jane Johnstone and her son, Daniel (16) from Bridgetown, Co Wexford. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Government departments other than Education must step in to support children who will not return to school as planned on Thursday, a mother of two son(...)

Passengers at the Departure Gates at Terminal 1 in Dublin Airport. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Let me see if I’ve got this right. Someone – because it’s all so Monty Pythonesque, let’s call her Judith – who is on the pandemic unemployment paymen(...)

Passengers arriving in Dublin Airport in early June. Air bridges may enable more Irish people to fly abroad this summer. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Are we any closer to knowing if we will be able to travel overseas this summer? Maybe, but not much and things are still far from clear. “We wouldn’t (...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin and his team arrive at Government Buildings.Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

What happens now? Once the document is finalised and endorsed by the three party leaders, Micheál Martin, Fianna Fáil, Leo Varadkar, Fine Gael and Ea(...)

Shelves containing a few toilet roll packs in a Tesco store in Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

A high level conference call between the Minister for Enterprise Heather Humphreys and stakeholders in the retail sector including supermarkets, multi(...)

Tesco worker Marie Downey stocks the shelves with disinfectant wipes in Stillorgan, Co Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan for The Irish Times

In countries as far apart as Japan, Australia and the US there have been reports of panicked shoppers stocking up on everything from long-life milk to(...)

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby at the official launch of the  national programme to mark  the 150th anniversary of the disestablishment of the Church of Ireland as a state church, in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, on Saturday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The leader of Anglicans worldwide, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, has said he hopes the emergence of conservative Anglican body Global Anglica(...)

Tánaiste Simon Coveney  visits the Global Ireland marquee at the National Ploughing Championships on Wednesday. Photograph: Julien Behal

Those involved in negotiating the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union are effectively “writing history”, and missteps made now will be felt (...)

Fine Gael TD Noel Rock: If his Bill becomes law, the resale of tickets for large concerts and sporting events for more than face value will be banned. Photograph: Eric Luke

Any attempt to ban the resale of tickets for major events at above face value prices will be a breach of constitutional rights to own property, a comp(...)

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