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Taoiseach Micheál Martin  speaks with French president Emmanuel Macron  in Brussels in December. File photograph: Olivier Hoslet/AFP via Getty Images

Ireland must be open to the idea of treaty change in the EU, Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said, a step that would require a referendum. Mr Martin sai(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin: “We’re very clear we will not be paying any ransom.” Photograph: Daragh McSweeney

Thousands of procedures, appointments and scans scheduled for patients next week have been cancelled as a result of the biggest cybercrime attack seen(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin is to travel to Chequers, the British prime minister’s country residence, for a lunchtime meeting, Government Buildings has confirmed. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Discussions on Troubles legacy issues and the Northern Ireland protocol are expected to dominate a summit meeting on Friday between Taoiseach Micheál (...)

Ministers and the three party leaders favour rolling out the use of antigen tests to help with the reopening of many sectors of commercial and social life. Photograph: Getty

Significant differences have emerged between Ministers and public health officials over the use of antigen testing during the reopening of business an(...)

Mullen Park estate in Maynooth, Co Kildare, where a multinational investment company has bought 115 homes. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

As the Government mulls its options on restricting the bulk purchase of family homes by investment funds, Ministers and senior officials are wary of c(...)

People arriving on bus from Dublin Airport to Crowne Plaza Hotel in Santry, the State’s first hotel quarantine centre. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Government is set to approve the addition of India, which is in the midst of a devastating surge of Covid infection, to the mandatory hotel quaran(...)

The National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) has approved the use of  the Johnson and Johnson (Janssen)  vaccine and relaxed its restrictions on the AstraZeneca shot. Photograph: EPA

The State’s Covid-19 vaccination programme received a double boost last night when the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) gave the go-ahe(...)

Ibec said vague sentiments about summer being outdoors were not enough. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Business and employers group Ibec has sought a clear roadmap for the reopening of the economy with dates and trigger points, which would enable busine(...)

 President Michael D Higgins in the grounds of Áras an Uachtaráin. There is no doubt that Higgins’s presidency is and has been consequential, substantial and  significant. Photograph: Tony Maxwell

In a way, he seems ageless. The familiar voice with its characteristic intonations, the careful and deliberate bearing, the thousand-watt smile, the g(...)

 Grafton Street, Dublin: Key economic  document will predict GDP growth of 4.5 per cent this year and 5 per cent next year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The speed at which the economy can recover will depend on the success of the vaccination programme, according to a key economic document to be publish(...)

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