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The Taoiseach has said Ireland is going to see ‘a massive rise’ in Covid-19 infections due to the Omicron variant which, if left unchecked, poses a ‘very real threat’ to the health system and the economy. Photograph: Julien Behal

The Taoiseach has said Ireland is going to see “a massive rise” in Covid-19 infections due to the Omicron variant which, if left unchecked, poses a “v(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney said 450,000 passport books and cards had been processed since the beginning of the year. File photograph: Alan Betson

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has trenchantly defended the Passport Service against a barrage of criticism from TDs inundated with consti(...)

 Taoiseach Micheál Martin: “We don’t want to divide society. We want to protect people.”

The Government is facing mounting internal and external resistance to plans to delay the reopening of indoor hospitality and only allow fully vaccinat(...)

Michael Ring. File photograph by Crispin Rodwell/The Irish Times

Two Fine Gael TDs have said they will not support the measure to introduce a “vaccine pass” or further lockdown measures if there is a vote called on (...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin Up to February, Martin’s score would have been not too far north of zero. A poor election last year dented his confidence. (...)

Homeowners from Donegal, Mayo and Clare protest at the Convention Centre in Dublin seeking 100 per cent redress over the mica issue. Photograph: Tom Honan for The Irish Times

Blink and you would have missed it in the waving forest of placards and flags. A plastic bag attached to a tube with green and yellow electrical tape(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin shimmies down the red carpet to deliver the good news to the nation on Friday. Handout photograph: Julien Behal Photography

It was Micheál’s shimmiest shimmy yet down the red carpet. He couldn’t wait to deliver the good news. And it was very thoughtful of the Taoiseach to(...)

These women appear to have been subject to an Upstairs, Downstairs regime in Leinster House, left without basic facilities. Photograph: Alan Betson

Leinster House is a big old building, and big old buildings are a devil to keep clean. The cleaners – almost all women – are on the go from the crack(...)

Michael Ring says a 5km limit was ‘not reasonable’ even in some parts of Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Government backbencher Michael Ring has confirmed he did not attend the Dáil for the vote on the emergency legislation introducing on-the-spot fines f(...)

“Clare Island has been a mirage for the last four months for this coronavirus-confined granny whose solitary confinement meant that all conversations – mainly Gooh-Goohs and Gah-Gahs – with the first grandchild were through a mobile phone screen.” Photograph: Getty Images

It is Mini Madam’s maiden voyage and she is the only one onboard not wearing a mask as the Clew Bay Queen slips out of the little harbour at Roonagh p(...)

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