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Grafton Street in lockdown: The main draw on the public purse was spending on the Government’s Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS) and the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP). Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

The impact of the pandemic on the public finances is deepening as the crisis enters its second year, with exchequer returns published by the Governmen(...)

Ambulances outside the emergency department entrance of Craigavon area hospital in Co Armagh. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

A further 19 people with Covid-19 have died in Northern Ireland, the North’s Department of Health (DoH) said on Monday. It brings the total number of(...)

Medical staff return a bed to an ambulance at Antrim Area Hospital, Co Antrim, on Tuesday. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

As if a novel and mutating virus was not threat enough, old political unsayables are part of the public health crisis in Northern Ireland. With a popu(...)

A woman wearing a face mask leaves a shop in Belfast city centre as businesses across Northern Ireland reopened their doors following a two-week circuit-breaker lockdown last Friday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The “logical decision” is that Northern Ireland should go into another four weeks of lockdown now, the chairman of the Northern Ireland branch of the (...)

Arlene Foster said while Ministers did not want to introduce further restrictions   ‘it was necessary, unfortunately, to protect our health service’.  File photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire

The North’s First Minister has defended the decision to introduce tough new lockdown measures to limit the spread of coronavirus only a week after les(...)

Socially distance markings on a shop wall in Derry on November 5th. Photograph: Paul Faith/Bloomberg

Talks are due to resume on Thursday between Northern Ireland’s ministers after they again failed to reach agreement over whether or not to extend the (...)

First Minister Arlene Foster and Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill said Ministers would discuss  restrictions further over the weekend. File photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire

Pressure is mounting for an extension of the current four-week Covid-19 lockdown in Northern Ireland beyond its scheduled end on Friday week, November(...)

The highest Covid-19 rate is in Northern Ireland is now in Mid-Ulster which over the past week experienced 353 cases per 100,000. File photograph: Alan Betson

The North’s Department of Health has recorded 10 new deaths related to Covid-19 in its daily bulletin issued on Wednesday afternoon, taking the pandem(...)

There were 570 new positive cases, 4,629 of them occurring in the past seven days, bringing the total number of cases in the North since the start of the pandemic to 40,179. File photograph: Alan Betson

A leading Northern Ireland doctor has warned that ending the North’s current four-week lockdown on Friday week as scheduled would be an “act of carele(...)

Over the past week Northern Ireland experienced 345 virus cases per 100,000 of the population. Photograph:  Paul Faith/AFP via Getty

Thirteen more people have died from coronavirus in Northern Ireland, the North’s Department of Health reported on Tuesday afternoon in its daily Covid(...)

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