Micheál Martin

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Patricia King: she said many unions had raised concerns  about workers having to travel to and from the workplace on public transport, and possible “crowding and social distancing challenges” on these services

The trade union movement has urged the Government not to reduce the level of the pandemic unemployment payment (PUP) for workers in parts of the econo(...)

Government sources stressed that the reopening of schools and colleges will be the priority in September. Photgraph: Getty

The next phase of reopening, to be announced by the Government on August 31st, will prioritise schools, colleges and the return to workplaces, with li(...)

Outdoor dining on Capel Street, Dublin,  this weekend. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Taoiseach Micheál Martin on Saturday said the Government was very worried about the transmissibility of the Delta variant and predicted a high volume (...)

Freight and HGV trucks pictured at Rosslare Harbour in January. A shortage of drivers could pose risks to trade, the IRHA has warned. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP

A shortage of lorry drivers could risk a “serious and severe” impact on the “efficient and timely distribution of goods” between the State and its tra(...)

Businesses shut on Grafton Street as the Covid-19 pandemic continued. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Irish Government debt will stand at close to a quarter of a trillion euro by the end of the year, Paschal Donohoe said yesterday as senior Ministers s(...)

  Michael McGrath:  he says winding down emergency spending “is fundamental to the task of bringing our national finances to a safe place over the period ahead”.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Normally the National Economic Dialogue (NED) takes place against the backdrop of detailed economic forecasts for the year that lies ahead. The uncert(...)

Micheál Martin says details of the Government’s plan to increase housing supply over the next few years will be published shortly.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has signalled he wants to see “fewer delays through legal challenges” as part of a new drive by Government to deal with the h(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin: he   described the decision to introduce the suspension on claims for redundancy payments during the Covid crisis as “a proportionate step to mitigate a risk to businesses and of course to jobs”.  Photograph:  Liam McBurney/PA Wire

The Government is to introduce a new scheme to offer interest-free loans to businesses that face difficulties in meeting redundancy payments for staff(...)

The rights of workers who had been temporarily laid off to seek redundancy has been suspended on a rolling basis over the past year. Photograph: iStock

The Government is to offer interest-free loans to businesses that face difficulties in meeting redundancy payments for staff following the pandemic. (...)

Adam King from Cork explained his drawing of a ‘virtual hug’ when he appeared on the RTÉ Late Late Toy Show last year. Photograph: Andres Poveda/PA.

United States President Joe Biden has written to six-year-old Adam King, praising him for the great work introducing his “virtual hugs” to the nation (...)

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