Mary Lou McDonald said that a public inquiry should be time bound and should look in particular at the experience of nursing homes in the first wave.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Mary Lou McDonald has said a full public inquiry should be undertaken into the Covid-19 pandemic rather than having a review focused solely on the hea(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin: ‘Spring is coming and I don’t know if I have ever looked forward to one as much as this one.’ Photograph: Julien Behal

After almost two years of restrictions to contain the spread of the Covid-19 virus, social and economic life begins to return to normal today after th(...)

Hospitality businesses have been closed for much of the last 22 months and have borne the worst of the Covid-19 restrictions. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

The announcement that Covid-19 restrictions on hospitality will be lifted from 6am on Saturday has been welcomed with relief and joy within the indust(...)

The Aviva Stadium will be back to full capacity for the Six Nations. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Confirmation from Taoiseach Micheál Martin that restrictions on crowds at outdoor and indoor sports events have been lifted from Saturday morning will(...)

Cliona Kimber: ‘Despite this vast body of law the environment is still routinely destroyed and despoiled.’

Ireland is urgent need of a dedicated environment court with easy access at low cost with a wide variety of remedies and sanctions, a Climate Bar Asso(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin will likely address the nation after 6pm with the most significant lifting of pandemic restrictions yet. Photograph: iStock

Shortly after 6pm Taoiseach Micheál Martin is likely to address the nation on what is expected to be the most significant lifting of pandemic restrict(...)

An advisory group on planning for the State exams is due to meet again in the coming days amid calls from students’ representatives for a hybrid Leaving Cert. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

An advisory group on planning for the State exams is due to meet again in the coming days amid continued calls from students’ representatives for a hy(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has confirmed there will be an ‘evaluation’ of the handling of the Covid-19 pandemic

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has confirmed there will be an “evaluation” of the handling of the Covid-19 pandemic. The State had to “learn lessons for th(...)

The Cabinet has agreed to a €1,000 tax-free ex gratia payment to frontline health workers in clinical settings, but it will not be afforded to all roles. Photograph: iStock

It is now looking like the beginning of the end rather than the end of the beginning. Omicron has swept through the country like a hurricane. With 2.6(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin: ‘I accept the need for clarity as quickly as possible.’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

There are “challenges” in having a hybrid model Leaving Certificate this year, Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said, especially since such models can cre(...)

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