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Saoirse McHugh is now a pin-up for the restless wing of the Green Party. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

There is something unedifying in the fact that the nation’s immediate economic stability rests in the hands of a Green Party faction that has little i(...)

A mobile Covid-19 testing booth in Israel: the country reopened much of its economy and its schools at around the first week of May. It recorded a mini surge of cases over the last two weeks; 1,700 in a fortnight compared to 1,200 for the month before. Photograph: Jack Guez/AFP via Getty Images

If everything goes according to expectations, Ireland may be immersed in a fresh national debate over the wisdom of ending lockdown in about one month(...)

Shopping: for those who can afford to, get out there in coming weeks and show the concern for local businesses that seems absent in the halls of Leinster House. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

When the 9/11 terrorist attacks stunned the United States almost 19 years ago, Americans were left wondering what they should do to help their country(...)

 Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan speaking during a press conference at the Department of Health. Photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Given the scale of economic carnage and human misery coming over the hill, every arm of the State should be on a war footing to save small businesses.(...)

An empty Terminal 2 at Dublin Airport. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

If any of us has earned the right to a holiday, it is the State’s omnipresent chief medical officer, Dr Tony Holohan. Yet his objection to the prospec(...)

Small businesses are particularly exposed to the impact of bad reviews, and some customers now appear to use such threats to blackmail them. Photograph: Getty Images

The adage in business is that the customer is always right. Anybody whose work requires them to transact with the general public knows the customer is(...)

An empty Ryanair check-in area at Terminal 1 in Dublin Airport. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

There has been a depressing outbreak of schadenfreude among environmentalists in particular at the perilous state of the aviation sector due to the Co(...)

Insurers’ widespread refusal to pay up for business losses caused by Covid-19 lockdowns has made them the targets of opprobrium from governments, businesses and the general public. Photograph: Dave Meehan

No way, we won’t pay. This has been the refrain from insurers in Ireland and across the globe for the last six weeks. Their widespread refusal to pay (...)

  Keelings broke no rules or guidelines in flying in the seasonal workers from Sofia to pick the strawberry harvest. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Government’s botched handling of the faux drama over the Keelings Bulgarian fruit pickers has caused serious damage to that company’s reputation. (...)

A view of a practically deserted Grafton Street due to Covid-19 restrictions. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Imagine for a moment that the Government announced a precipitous reduction in coronavirus cases. Infection rates fell off a cliff and the financially (...)

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