Chris Roche at her shop Stitches on Eyre Street, Galway. She believes a post-Christmas rise in Covid-19 is not inevitable. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Rosscahill native and businesswoman, Chris Roche, like many other parents, is desperately hoping that her son, now studying in Scotland, can make the (...)

Aontú TD Peadar Tóibín introduced a Bill to cut TDs’ salaries by 25 per cent during Level 4 and Level 5 restrictions and when premises such as pubs, cafes and restaurants are closed due to Covid-19 restrictions.  Photograph: Alan Betson

The Government has been accused of using “dubious legal grounds” to retrospectively tax those receiving the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) even t(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Michael McGrath and Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe arrive at  the Convention Centre in Dublin to announce Budget 2021. Photograph: Julien Behal Photography/PA Wire

The biggest budget in the history of big budgets. Look at the size of it! The Budget Boys couldn’t resist drawing attention to this when they came t(...)

Budget 2021 repeats a pattern of behaviour that has marked the Government since it took power of being “indecisive, unprepared and too slow to act”, S(...)

Michael McGrath told Sinn Féin spokeswoman Mairéad Farrell to ‘reserve final judgment until you see the actual allocation on Budget day’. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons /Irish Times

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Michael McGrath has said the €9.1 billion allocation for capital expenditure next year is not “set in stone(...)

Hundreds of people protest outside the Icelandic parliament in Reykjavík in October, 2010 against evictions after a recession sank the country’s banking sector and forced the collapse of the Icelandic government. Photograph: Halldor Kolbeins/AFP/Getty Images

Anger and anxiety seem to be the two dominant emotions of our day. At the group level we see civil unrest, industrial strife and prejudice towards mig(...)

Deputy Mairéad Farrell (Sinn Féin) was elected to Galway City Council when she was 24 and she would encourage young people who were interested to ‘go for it’. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Quotas for young people in politics, similar to gender quotas, and lowering the voting age to 16, were among the measures needed to attract young peop(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure Michael McGrath:  the Government will be fully transparent about the adviser appointments. Photograph: Alan Betson

The appointment of government special advisers is “money well-spent” with a return on the investment when people of the right calibre are recruited, M(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin arrives at the Convention Centre in Dublin on Saturday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin was endorsed as Taoiseach by the Dáil by 93 votes to 63, with three abstentions, having secured the support of nine (...)

  Inishmaan:   farmers on the island   are putting cattle on boats and bringing them to Mayo. Photograph:   Andy Haslam/New York Times

Cattle on the Aran Islands have been shipped to Co Mayo because of severe water and fodder shortages due to the dry weather, the Oireachtas Covid-19 c(...)

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