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Under new measures, those found engaging in non-essential travel more than 5km from home or refusing to wear a face mask in designated areas will likely face fines of up to €500. Gardaí will also have the power to issue €1,000 fines to organisers of house parties. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Another month, another new set of Covid-19 laws. Starting in March 2020 when the Health Act 2020 was introduced, the Irish public has been subject to(...)

Chief medical officer with the Department of Health Tony Holohan in Dublin city centre today for a meeting between Coalition party leaders and medical officers at Government Buildings, to discuss a recommendation placing the entire country on Level 5 restrictions. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

There is a “clear disjunction” between public debate objections to more Covid-19 restrictions and a majority who want stronger measures to suppress th(...)

 Garda checkpoints in Fairview, Dublin following the introduction of Level 3 restrictions. Photograph: Tom Honan / The Irish Times.

Anyone who doubts that psychology is a true science might take a look at learning curves. In the 19th century, the pioneering experimental psychologis(...)

The majority of cases of Covid-19 in Ireland in the past two weeks have been among the under-45s. Photograph: iStock

"It is hard to put your life on hold, especially when your adult life is potentially just before you,” the World Health Organisation’s Dr Mike Ryan sa(...)

Passengers at the Departure Gates at Terminal 1 in Dublin Airport. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Let me see if I’ve got this right. Someone – because it’s all so Monty Pythonesque, let’s call her Judith – who is on the pandemic unemployment paymen(...)

What should we be doing to prepare, in case  a viable vaccine presents itself sooner rather than later? Image: iStock

The race to produce a vaccine against Covid-19 is well and truly on. On its progress rests the outlook for the world economy and the fate of thousands(...)

Photograph: Getty

Epidemics of infectious diseases can be unpredictable but they often come in waves. History has left hard lessons showing that a virus can quickly ret(...)

A Garda checkpoint in operation on the N7: The ESRI’s Dr Lunn says that for the vast bulk of people, the regulations are still guiding their daily activities.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A majority of people want the Government to go slowly in lifting the restrictions in place and remain nervous, particularly about the risk of a second(...)

We can do it: a mural by the artist Emmalene Blake on a gate in Dublin thanks healthcare workers on the frontline during the coronavirus pandemic. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Intense discussions are taking place behind closed doors among politicians, health officials and others about when to begin reopening IRELAND, and (...)

Employees must feel safe going back to work and consumers will only start returning to shopping and eating out when they feel any risk is small. Photograph: iStock

The Government is considering a gradual lockdown exit strategy after May 5th – as yet the details are unclear. But what will life be like for employee(...)

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