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As of 2pm on Saturday, 254 Covid-19 patients were in hospital with 31 of those in intensive care units. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

A further 243 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in the State. Seven additional deaths were reported by the National Public Health Emergency Team ((...)

Dr Tony Holohan flanked by members of the National Public Health Emergency Team which outlined the rationale for recommendations made to Government. File photograph: Collins

Perhaps unavoidably, much of the Government’s crunch Covid-19 summit on Thursday was conducted over Zoom. Outwardly, it was billed as a Cabinet subco(...)

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly arrives at Government Buidings on Friday afternoon for the  Cabinet meeting to discuss easing Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions ahead of the Christmas period. Photograph: Laura Hutton

As Ireland gets ready to reopen for business next week, there is little reason to think a third surge of Covid-19 can be avoided next year. This is t(...)

The Minister for Justice told the Dáil that Leo Varadkar said to her the former attorney general Séamus Woulfe would make ‘a good judge’. File photograph: The Irish Times

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said he did not instruct Minister for Justice Helen McEntee to recommend former attorney general Séamus Woulfe for appointment t(...)

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar  said many people had experienced a “rotten year” in 2020. He was speaking at   a press conference at Government Buildings on Friday. Photograph: Julien Behal Photography/PA Wire

Pubs that have been told to remain closed for Christmas will be given an additional €15,000 in State supports. So-called wet pubs have been told the(...)

From the start of next year, Irish businesses will have to file customs declarations to be able to continue trading with Britain and to ensure their goods are permitted on in-bound ferries. Photograph: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/Bloomberg

Government ministers have intensified calls for businesses that have not yet prepared for Brexit to take immediate action as a new survey found signif(...)

The report says unification could arise only through referendums on both sides of the Border and these could be held on the same day. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

The holding of referendums on Irish unity on both sides of the Border without a proper plan for how to handle the possible outcomes could seriously th(...)

Leo Varadkar: decision on inter-county travel – including to Northern Ireland – will not be made until closer to Christmas. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The deaths of a further three people with Covid-19 have been reported by the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet). This brings to 2,036 the (...)

Sinn Féin housing spokesman Eoin Ó Broin called for an immediate, emergency response to homelessness. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Government is acquiring more one-bedroom homes because so many homeless people in Ireland are single men, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has told the Dáil.(...)

In a letter to the Government, the Nphet recommendedthat the hospitality sector should be allowed offer takeaway only services throughout December. Photograph: PA

The Government is due to agree to agree to allow restaurants and gastropubs reopen in December after a Cabinet sub-committee recommended the move on T(...)

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