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Hopefully this time it is not a mirage. There is genuine optimism that the most damaging anti-virus restrictions will soon be unwound and that the wor(...)

For as long as there is social distancing and any hint of a public health threat  the trading environment for pubs will be difficult. Photograph:  Sasko Lazarov/

What did a typical night out for Irish people look like prior to the pandemic? The correct answer, of course, is that there was no such thing as a typ(...)

Supermac’s founder Pat McDonagh outside Supermac’s at the Galway Plaza. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

A public furore ensued over the last 10 days after this newspaper revealed that many companies claiming taxpayer Covid subsidies were also seemingly (...)

Ryanair’s chief executive, Michael O’Leary, has criticised the British government’s ‘panicky’ response to  the Omicron variant. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

Life comes at you fast in the travel industry in the time of Omicron. On Wednesday, Ryanair’s chief executive, Michael O’Leary, told the Guardian news(...)

Are we to maintain the pass system for years? Because unless we think seriously about an alternative that’s where we’re heading by default. Photograph: Getty Images

Bringing in vaccine passes to allow for the reopening of society was a reasonable and proportionate thing to do given the circumstances that prevailed(...)

 Britain’s Lewis Hamilton driving his  Mercedes at the Austrian  grand prix in July. If Formula One  is serious about climate change why does it keep expanding its calendar? Photograph: Getty Images

It is a long way from the pub yard in Kingscourt, Co Cavan, where Eugene Murtagh founded the Kingspan group in 1965, to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, where (...)

Ryanair had embargo about its deals for Cyber Week. Why should journalists abide by private company’s marketing promotions? Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP via Getty

We need to talk about a pestilence that causes an itch in Irish journalism, especially in reportage of large companies and State organisations. I refe(...)

Boosters were and are badly needed here, and we should not be guilt-tripped by anybody out of deploying them. Photograph: Atef Safadi/ EPA

People do things and they say things. As hospitals once again fill with the sick and hospitality businesses bear the brunt of restrictions, it is reas(...)

Monaco, where businessman Michael Smurfit and his son, the Smurfit Kappa chief executive Tony Smurfit, are both residents

It is fair to say that the property developer Johnny Ronan has a reputation for enjoying the finer things in life. He may not specifically cultivate s(...)

  Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is displayed on screens speaking  during the Cop26 conference: the billionaire stepped off his private jet to give a speech  in Glasgow on the need to cut carbon emissions. Photograph: Erin Schaff/ Pool/AFP/Getty Images

The planet almost overheated on Tuesday and it had little to do with climate change. It was the furious reaction to Jeff Bezos, the Amazon founder wit(...)

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