Mr Varadkar was responding to Limerick Fine Gael TD Kieran O’Donnell in the wake of the decision by US president Joe Biden to restore transatlantic flights. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

The Government is willing to “put money on the table” to incentivise airlines to restore routes that were cancelled during the pandemic, according to(...)

The company building the State’s new high-speed rural broadband network will not be penalised by the Government for major delays caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The company building the State’s new high-speed rural broadband network will not be penalised by the Government for major delays caused by the Covid-1(...)

An electronic Covid Certificate displayed on a smartphone. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

People are being urged to check their spam email folder for their digital Covid cert (DCC), as the State ramps up the rollout of the document to hundr(...)

Aer Lingus’s decision to close its Shannon Airport base – with the potential loss of 126 cabin and ground crew – was a big focus for politicians at the hearing.

Aer Lingus faces a “damp squib” of a summer, according to recently appointed chief executive Lynne Embleton. She told the Oireachtas committee on tran(...)

The Irish grading on the US authorities’ map for travel guidance was on Tuesday downgraded from the highest ‘do not travel’ Level 4/red to Level 3/amber (as shown), advising US citizens to ‘reconsider’ travel. Source: US State Department

The US State Department has rectified an anomaly in its foreign travel advice for its citizens that had Ireland, almost alone in Europe, red-listed as(...)

Aer Lingus lost €100 million in the first three months of this year due to tough  air travel restrictions in and out of the Republic.

Aer Lingus chief executive Lynne Embleton will tell the Oireachtas transport committee on Tuesday that the airline will not reverse its decision to cl(...)

Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan supports a pilot programme of antigen testing for air travel, Oireachas committee says. Photograph: Colin Keegan / Collins

Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan faces growing political pressure to urge public health officials to begin a pilot programme of antigen testing for a(...)

Dr Holohan accepted the invitation from the committee following expert testimony last week that antigen testing is effective in picking up people who are a risk to others. File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

A further 431 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in the State, according to the Department of Health. There are 58 people in hospital and 22 peopl(...)

An Post chief executive David McRedmond said the company had submitted a proposal on this issue to Government and expected to soon enter negotiations with the Irish Postmasters’ Union. Photograph: Maxwell

An Post says it is assembling a “pandemic fund” from its own resources to provide cash payments for the next 18 months to the postmasters who independ(...)

Michael Lowry argued that the CMO Dr Tony Holohan (pictured) and his staff should be quizzed on their opposition to quicker, cheaper, antigen tests for travel. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Chief medical officer (CMO) Dr Tony Holohan’s views on rapid Covid tests are “inaccurate”, an expert on infectious diseases told politicians on Wednes(...)

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