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Dr Tony Holohan and team at a Covid -19 update press conference. ‘It is not the job of Nphet or of the Expert Advisory Group to make decisions. That’s the Government’s job – the experts advise and recommend, the Government chooses.’ Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Last Saturday there were intensive discussions at the highest level about whether the country’s anti-coronavirus measures should be raised to Level 5.(...)

Dr Tony Holohan, Dr Colm Henry,  and Prof Philip Nolan at Thursday’s press conference at the Department of Health, Dublin. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Senior Government figures are to hold a crunch meeting on Saturday to consider the recommendation from the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphe(...)

The Central Bank’s forecast suggests the hit from Covid will be significantly less than feared and the economy could return to decent growth next year. Photograph: Colin Keegan

This week we learned three important things that will strongly influence the way our politics takes shape in the coming weeks and months. 1 The (...)

 Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly: spoke to chief medical officer Tony Holohan on Sunday before the Nphet meeting. Photograph: Julien Behal Photography/PA Wire

The Government was made aware of chief medical officer Tony Holohan’s concerns about the spread of Covid-19 before the meeting of the National Public (...)

The meeting is being chaired by the Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan, who has returned from an extended period of leave. Photograph: PA

The National Health Emergency Team has tonight recommended the State be moved to Level 5 restrictions for a period of four weeks to curb a sharp rise (...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar and Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly arriving at Dublin Castle to unveil the new Covid-19 plan. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

What is this latest Covid-19 response from the Government about? The Government is moving to a new alert system as part of a medium-term plan to mana(...)

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar received emails warning of staff shortages in nursing homes. Photograph: Julien Behal

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was asked directly to help nursing homes suffering staff shortages in Covid-19 outbreaks with one member of the public claiming(...)

It is not the first time Bono has sought to influence public policy in the state. File photograph: AFP/Getty Images

U2 frontman Bono lobbied the government in recent weeks to establish a “broad-based, special housing policy task force,” according to public records f(...)

It had been assumed that Micheál Martin would be taoiseach first but some in Fine Gael now think Leo Varadkar should remain in place to deal with Covid-19. Photograph: Niall Carson/AFP via Getty Images

Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael are discussing who should be taoiseach first – Micheál Martin or Leo Varadkar – in any coalition between the parties, Mr Var(...)

Martin Fraser (pictured), the secretary general of the Government, sent a letter to his counterpart in the Oireachtas, Peter Finnegan.

The State’s most senior civil servant has issued the Oireachtas with what is being characterised as a “gentle admonishment” to TDs over the Dáil sitti(...)

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