Michael Mcgrath

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Customers wearing face masks  socially distance as they queue to enter a clothes shop in Dublin city centre on Monday, before Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions were announced. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty

Following days of warnings from senior public health officials about the continuing spread of Covid-19, the Government last night reversed its previou(...)

 Dr Ronan Glynn, right, gave  Nphet members a  dressing down this week over the amount of times ‘Nphet sources’ are quoted in the media. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Spare a thought for the poor members of Nphet, many plucked from the groves of Academe or harvested from the higher echelons of the HSE and Civil Serv(...)

The almost unlimited cash available to Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe and Minister for Public Expenditure Michael McGrath obviated the need for many of the divisive choices that would otherwise have faced them. Photograph: Julien Behal Photography

Though it was quickly overtaken by news of the rapidly worsening number of Covid-19 infections, the Government passed a significant milestone this wee(...)

The mulling of a wind-down of Ulster Bank in the Republic comes as Covid-19 has added to the problems of the lender.

Reports that US investment firm Cerberus is considering an approach for Ulster Bank’s €20.5 billion loan book in the Republic have been described as “(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Michael McGrath.  Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Low-income families will benefit most from measures outlined in Budget 2021 earlier this week, according to the Economic and Social Research Institute(...)

Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions would bring a halt to the intercounty season, which resumes on Saturday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Just as it makes its long-awaited re-appearance, the GAA’s intercounty season continues to look in the balance. Despite the painstaking preparations (...)

Paschal Donohoe’s double act with Michael McGrath may have got off to a reasonable start, but they shouldn’t congratulate themselves too much just yet.

Of the many faultlines that can cause tension between coalition partners, from policy differences to personality clashes, there are surely few more fr(...)

Mart staff herd sheep from an auction ring at Macroom, Co Cork. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Maybe it’s due to Covid-19, or maybe it’s just a sign of a changing Ireland, but the days when Irish people studied the budget forensically for every (...)

People  eating outdoors in Phibsborough, Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan

After seven months of anguish for the hospitality and tourism sector, interspersed with bouts of intense lobbying and loud criticism of official polic(...)

The target for this year was 7,736 social homes but in the first six months of the year just 725 were built. File photograph: Eric Luke

The extra half a billion euro lobbed to the Department of Housing to build additional social homes will, if these houses are built, result in the prov(...)

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