Thomas Byrne, who is Fianna Fáil TD for Meath East, said he did not think that Cabinet would seek to remove the language, which has been the source of controversy. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister of State for European Affairs Thomas Byrne has said he has “absolute certainty” that all procedures legal in Ireland would be permitted under(...)

Book launch of Pandemonium with joint authors  Hugh O’Connell and Jack Horgan-Jones at Hodges Figgis. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

One of the biggest lessons from the Covid-19 pandemic is how the formal processes of science and medicine feed into the “much messier system” of polit(...)

Robert Watt, secretary general at the Department of Health, is to appear before an Oireachtas committee. Photograph: Collins

It is a “matter of regret” that the proposed secondment of chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan to Trinity College Dublin will not go ahead, an Oirea(...)

One respondent said  ‘if Covid-positive patients did not want to move to the Covid ward they were left in their own rooms on non-Covid wards’.   Photograph: Getty Images

Some frontline healthcare workers were told they did not need protective equipment or testing because they were “young and healthy” during the first w(...)

A Covid patient in ICU at St Vincent’s University Hospital in 2020. Photograph: Alan Betson

Nobody in Ireland was left untouched by the disorienting new reality of Covid-19. But healthcare workers were uniquely exposed. They worked in a world(...)

‘Covid-19 was not a potential threat. It was an existential threat.’

A new book tells the inside story of the Government handling of the pandemic. This extract recalls the early fear and uncertainty as details unfold(...)

Oireachtas finance committee chairman John McGuinness (FF) said there had been a ‘determined effort by Government’ to cloud the issues surrounding the Holohan appointment. File photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin put “misleading commentary” to the Dáil on efforts by the Oireachtas finance committee to secure testimony from the top civil(...)

A community hub for refugees in south Dublin. Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien brought a memo to Cabinet  outlining plans to provide longer-term accommodation of refugees from Ukraine. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Temporary accommodation may be needed for up to three years for Ukrainian refugees, with each local authority mandated to develop a significant housin(...)

Speaking about the Ukrainian crisis, Taoiseach Micheál Martin said ‘sovereign European democracy is being subjected to the most horrific and violent assault’. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins Photos

Hundreds of refugees fleeing war in Ukraine are due to be placed in emergency mass accommodation in Cork from this week, the Cabinet will be told on W(...)

Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s address to a joint sitting of the Oireachtas was the first given by the leader of a country under attack by another country, with parts of its territory under occupation. Photograph: Oireachtas TV/PA

There was no pomp, no ceremony, no frills. Just a guy on a television screen wearing green fatigues delivering a message that was stark and direct and(...)

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