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Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Tánaiste  Leo Varadkar: Will Micheál sing a Meat Loaf song? He won’t do that. Photograph: Julien Behal.

No more misery monologues for the foreseeable. It’s been one setback after another for Micheál Martin. But now, finally, he’s caught a break. Out thr(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure Michael McGrath said it was ‘simply not possible’ to extend the bonus to other workers, such as carers, due to financial constraints. Photograph: iStock

Agency workers such as cleaners, nurses and paramedics in public hospitals who were contracted or seconded to the HSE during the Covid-19 pandemic wil(...)

 Minister for Public Expenditure   Michael McGrath, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar and Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly   at Government Buildings, Dublin: the Government has been urged to extend the bonus to other frontline workers. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins Photos

The Government should extend the €1,000 bonus for frontline healthcare workers during the Covid-19 pandemic to frontline retail workers, pharmacists a(...)

Much of the talk on Wednesday is about when and how Ireland will reopen. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The nightmare before Christmas never really happened. When the Omicron variant of the Sars Cov-2 virus was first detected in South Africa at the end o(...)

It is about three months since many nursing home residents received their third booster doses. Photograph: iStock

The nursing home sector has called on the Government to stay “ahead of” international guidance on fourth Covid-19 vaccine doses for older people as it(...)

Richard O’Halloran, a 46-year-old father of four, has been blocked from leaving China since February 2019

The wife of a Dublin businessman detained in China for almost three years has called on Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney to travel to Beijin(...)

Fewer Northern Irish companies were struggling to deal with the post-Brexit trading rules under the Northern Ireland Protocol as 2021 wore on, a new survey shows.

Fewer Northern Irish companies were struggling to deal with the post-Brexit trading rules under the Northern Ireland Protocol as 2021 wore on, a new s(...)

Nphet has advised that a medical mask rather than a cloth mask should be worn by anyone who is a confirmed Covid-19 case.

The State’s National Public Health Emergency Team has sent new advice to the Government on face masks and which varieties better protect people agains(...)

Germany and Italy are among the countries who have promoted the use of FFP2 or equivalent masks in public spaces. File photograph: Getty Images

The State’s public health team has raised the prospect of greater use of higher-grade respirator masks, advising the Government that they may better p(...)

Aoife Beary and six other students were left with life-changing injuries after the Berkeley balcony collapse tragedy in 2015

One of the survivors of the 2015 Berkeley balcony collapse tragedy in the US has died. Aoife Beary (27) from Blackrock in south Dublin, and six other(...)

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