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Customers wearing face masks  socially distance as they queue to enter a clothes shop in Dublin city centre on Monday, before Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions were announced. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty

Following days of warnings from senior public health officials about the continuing spread of Covid-19, the Government last night reversed its previou(...)

Opposition politicians called for Séamus Woulfe to resign as judge of the Supreme Court when the controversy first broke. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

There is unease among the judiciary, intense interest in the Law Library, trepidation in Government Buildings and impatience among the Opposition. Al(...)

From left to right: SDLP’s Colum Eastwood, Sinn Féin’s Michelle O’Neill, Alliance Party’s Naomi Long and Green Party’s Clare Bailey in the meeting with Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney in Dublin on Thursday. Photograph: Tom Honan/PA Wire

Northern parties opposed to Brexit are looking to the Irish government and the EU to protect the gains of the peace process and the Belfast Agreement,(...)

A primary criticism is that Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin is disconnected from his own parliamentarians, says one Leinster TD.  File photograph: Alan Betson

Late on Tuesday evening, 10 or so Fianna Fáil TDs, mostly drawn from those elected to the Dáil for the first time last February, congregated in a corn(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin at Government Buildings on Friday, where he announced that Dublin will move to Level 3 of the Government’s plan to deal with Covid-19. Photograph: Tom Honan/PA Wire

The idea of moving Dublin to Level 4 of the five-level plan to tackle the rise of Covid-19 cases in the capital was backed by some members of the Nati(...)

Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald: ‘We can change Ireland. How exciting is that?’ File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

“Sinn Féin will have our view and we have our proposals,” says the party’s president Mary Lou McDonald. “But Irish unity is everyone’s business. It’s (...)

Simon  Coveney: “The British government has decided to cause chaos.”  Photograph: Getty Images

In a Government that has sometimes struggled to present a united front, the Taoiseach, Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs were all on the same (...)

Talks between Britain’s chief negotiator David Frost and his EU counterpart Michel Barnier resume in London on Tuesday. File photograph: Getty

Downing Street has sought to calm worries that it plans to undermine the Brexit withdrawal agreement by passing fresh legislation to circumvent Britai(...)

 EU commissioner Phil Hogan’s future is being considered by European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen. Photograph: Collins

The Government has strongly suggested that Phil Hogan broke the State’s public health guidelines in recent weeks, but says that his future is a matter(...)

The Government faces a huge decision on the future of European Commissioner Phil Hogan. File photograph: Getty

The Government faces a huge decision on the future of European Commissioner Phil Hogan: does it seek to have him fired, or does it prefer that, on bal(...)

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