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Government published a Bill which would allow gardaí to issue escalating fines to those found breaching Covid-19 regulations.

The Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien received Cabinet approval on Wednesday to publish a Bill to ban evictions for the period of the Level 5 restr(...)

The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier alonside European Council president Charles Michel at the EU summit in Brussels yesterday. Photograph:  Kenzo Tribouillard/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

European Union leaders have told London to compromise to break a deadlock in talks and avoid deep disruption to trade relations between the bloc and i(...)

Under enhanced retrictions across the country up to six people from no more than two households can meet while maintaining strict social distancing, including for outdoor exercise and dining. Photograph: iStock.

As some Border counties move to Level 4 of the Government’s Living with Covid strategy with added restrictions in place for the rest of the count(...)

Pensioners Betty O’Mahony, Eileen O’Neill and Lillian Hamill discuss the budget in Tory Top Park, in Cork. Photograph:  Michael Mac Sweeney/ Provision

All politics is local, especially in Cork. Taoiseach Micheál Martin’s neighbours watched him as he grew up in Turner’s Cross on the city’s southside. (...)

Minister for Health  Stephen Donnelly arriving at RTÉ’s  Donnybrook studio  on Sunday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A further two people diagnosed with coronavirus have died and 814 new cases have been reported, the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) said(...)

Civility and public discourse

A chara, – A very unhelpful and distasteful dimension of the public exchanges on how to deal with Covid-19 is the frequency of criticising or condemni(...)

Minister for Health Stephen  Donnelly said the first time he heard Level 5 mentioned was on Sunday evening after the Nphet meeting. File photograph: Alan Betson

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly said he discussed the possibility of moving restrictions to Level 4 with Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan on(...)

 Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly: spoke to chief medical officer Tony Holohan on Sunday before the Nphet meeting. Photograph: Julien Behal Photography/PA Wire

The Government was made aware of chief medical officer Tony Holohan’s concerns about the spread of Covid-19 before the meeting of the National Public (...)

Gardaí have set up checkpoints on motorways in conjunction with coronavirus regulations. Photograph: An Garda Síochána/Twitter

Senior Garda officers believe the first day of checkpoints nationwide and resulting traffic congestion was a “sharp shock” that made it clear people s(...)

British prime minister Boris Johnson being interviewed on Sunday by host Andrew Marr on The Andrew Marr Show. Photograph: Jeff Overs/BBC/PA Wire

British and European Union leaders have indicated a deal is not yet in sight with just weeks remaining to clinch a trade agreement in time for the end(...)

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