The Taoiseach reminded the Dáil what happened when the country slowly opened up again during the summer after the first lockdown.  Photograph: Julien Behal Photography/PA Wire

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 Independent Mattie McGrath was among those to contribute as the Dáil debated the latest developments in the broadband plan. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

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Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny will meet Micheál Martin after the Dáil vote for taoiseach. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin are to meet today to begin negotiations on the formation of a government. Mr Kenny (...)