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The Dáil heard on Tuesday that restaurants, hotels and nightclubs are suffering from cancellations and a ‘specific response’ is needed to the situation they face. File photograph: Getty

Covid case numbers are in the balance but if public behaviour continues to change they will come down, Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said. He told his(...)

Senator Pat Casey expressed his frustration that the State does ‘not seem to understand the implications of processes and applications that are not time-bound’. Photograph: iStock

The inability of Government departments to make decisions on major infrastructural projects will have a significant negative impact on the State’s abi(...)

James O’Connor is the youngest member of the Dáil. File photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Fianna Fáil TDs have accused the Government of disrespecting the hospitality industry and said the party is becoming “irrelevant and toxic” to younger(...)

A call has been made for the Government to allow the increasing of the number of guests allowed at weddings to 50 to go ahead on July 5th. File photograph: Getty Images

A call has been made for the Government to allow the increasing of the number of guests allowed at weddings to 50 to go ahead on July 5th even if the (...)

The Fianna Fáil Seanad motion would mandate the State to insert wording in the Constitution to recognise and vindicate the right of all persons to adequate housing, and, through legislative and other measures, provide for the realisation of this right through its available resources. File photograph: Frank Miller

A referendum on housing should be held before Micheál Martin finishes his term as Taoiseach in December 2022, a group of Fianna Fáil Senators has said(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: ‘If we do not have an honest view of the needs of our economy and our society in the future, we will not be well served by such a process with regard to banking.’ File photograph: Alan Betson

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has warned against the creation of a banking forum designed to preserve banking as it is, and said he is “giving(...)

Deserted streets in  Temple Bar  in March, 2020. File photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Reuters

The Tánaiste has warned that the announcement of the re-opening of the economy “cannot be a false dawn”. Leo Varadkar said “we must avoid a fourth wa(...)

Fianna Fáil Senator Timmy Dooley said the Government needs to challenge the planned closure of 103 branches in the Republic and Northern Ireland. Photograph: iStock

Bank of Ireland has been accused of using lockdown restrictions as an excuse to close more than 100 branches in its retail network in Ireland. A numb(...)

The Government is to change the system of oversight of all long-term care homes to include religious orders and other residents of congregated settings not previously registered with the Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa). Photograph: Getty Images

The Government is to change the system of oversight of all long-term care homes to include religious orders and other residents of congregated setting(...)

One senator said  he had walked out of a packed gastropub close to Leinster House on Thursday night. Another referred to a  shopping centre packed with people.

The Taoiseach and Minister for Health have failed to provide proof that the hospitality sector is a major contributor to the Covid-19 pandemic, a Gove(...)

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