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Ireland closed workplaces and businesses ‘much longer and tougher’ than any other European country. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Ireland’s Covid-19 lockdown has been the most stringent in the European Union this year, an analysis by two University College Dublin academics finds.(...)

 Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg  during a Fridays for Future protest in  Stockholm. Photograph:  Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP via Getty Images

The environmental movement of school children begun by Swedish activist Greta Thunberg is making a last bid to scupper European Union farming subsidie(...)

European Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Mairead McGuinness.

A new EU law opposed by Ireland that would force multinationals to reveal their tax payments and activities per member state is on its way, and prospe(...)

Some words upset me. Such as “organic”. I may even be allergic to it. Whenever I see it, in the supermarket or wherever, I veer in the opposite direct(...)

 Members of the public playing golf at Bunclody golf club in Co Wexford while adhering to social distancing. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

An observation. The kids are partying in the streets, while the old farts do whatever they are told. Go home. Close the door. Don’t move. Learn to lip(...)

Even though Dublin City Council had designated several areas for taller buildings in the city plan, its own planners seem to think they are almost compelled  to approve random eruptions of high-rise buildings wherever developers want to build them.  Photograph: Getty Images

Week after week, trolley-loads of documentation are wheeled into the offices of An Bord Pleanála on Dublin’s Marlborough Street full of architects’ dr(...)

EU Commissioner in charge of Financial Services, Financial Stability and the Capital Markets Union Mairead McGuinness. Photograph:  Kenzo Tribouillard/Pool/AFP via Getty Images)

EU Commissioner Mairead McGuinness has spoken about the double standards in political life, in which “this idea of being pushy or ambitious” is seen a(...)

 Mairead McGuinness has known the taste of defeat – at the 2007 general elections and the 2011 presidential campaign. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

This article relates to the upcoming Irish Times Winter Nights festival. More details at the bottom of this page. For full line-up and tickets go to&n(...)

Senator Jerry Buttimer lost the Fine Gael party whip over his attendance at the golf society dinner in Clifden last year. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Government needs to improve its communications on the vaccine rollout programme, the Fine Gael parliamentary party was told on Tuesday afternoon. (...)

Movers and shakers: some of the people to Watch in 2020

The hottest young talent set to make waves in the worlds of politics, fashion, food, sport, activism, art, film and TV, sustainability, entrepreneur(...)

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