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A big row is coming about what the ‘return to work’ will look like. Photograph: iStock

Positive signals from the Government and the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) this week about further reopening have raised hopes for aut(...)

Martin Fraser has been secretary general at the Department of the Taoiseach for a decade. Photograph: GIS

Ireland has very few civil servants that have become household names, even fleetingly. Robert Watt’s recent pay hike on becoming secretary general of(...)

A file image from 2016 showing the then minister for housing Simon Coveney and then minister for children and youth affairs Katherine Zappone. Photograph: Collins

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has defended his decision to appoint former minister Katherine Zappone as a Government special envoy but sa(...)

File image of members of the Fórsa school secretaries branch protesting outside the Department of Education in Dublin for  fair conditions for all school secretaries. File photograph: Damien Eagers/The Irish Times

The trade union representing school secretaries has warned that strikes were now “an active option” in the autumn following what it said was a “deriso(...)

 Taoiseach Micheál Martin (L) and Tánaiste Leo Varadkar at the 26th plenary meeting of the North-South Ministerial Council, which took place via video conference. Photograph: Julien Behal Photography/PA Wire

Britain’s plans for a de facto amnesty for all Troubles-related killings has been roundly condemned at a meeting of the North-South Ministerial Counci(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said he does not approve of any “unilateral breaching” of Covid-19 regulations after a bishop said he would continue to o(...)

More than 280,000 teens will be eligible for the Pfizer vaccine. Photograph: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP via Getty

A further 1,501 cases of Covid-19 were reported in the State on Friday as chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan said Ireland was approaching a “turnin(...)

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan: he  said  he was not happy with how the appointment was handled. Photograph: Getty Images

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has suggested it is up to Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney to clarify the circumstances of Katherine Zappone’s appo(...)

A file photograph of Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney with former Independent minister Katherine Zappone, who has been appointed as a special envoy on freedom of expression. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney apologised for not fully following procedure in the appointment of Katherine Zappone as a special envoy on (...)

In addition, unions want pay rises of 4 per cent annually for three years, starting in October, as part of an amended sectoral employment order. Photograph: Getty Images

Trade unions in the construction sector are to seek a minimum guaranteed 39-hour week for workers as part of a proposed revised sectoral employment ag(...)

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