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A general view of Wolverhampton Science Park where the Immensa Health laboratory is based. Photograph: Jacob King/PA Wire

Covid-19 testing operations at a private laboratory in central England have been suspended after tens of thousands of people were handed potentially f(...)

In trying to keep the public finances on a safe track, while nodding to the political agenda by introducing chunky spending increases, did the Ministers get it right?

Things move fast as you come out of a pandemic. The bounceback in the economy transformed the sums behind Budget 2022 . They meant Ministers Paschal D(...)

Sinn Féin leader  Mary Lou McDonald: a one-woman castigation chorus. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The three party leaders delivered their post-budget statements to the Dáil and then battened down the hatches in advance of the onslaught. They knew w(...)

UCD and Trinity College students, pictured outside Dublin City Council ’s offices in Wood Quay, during a protest in response to DCC chief executive, Owen Keegan’s comments about student accommodation. Photograph: Damien Eagers for The Irish Times

Dublin City Council chief executive Owen Keegan has said he will not resign over comments he made in relation to student accommodation, which he admit(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Michael McGrath. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Photo

The Government has unveiled a giveaway €4.7 billion budget, increasing spending across a range of areas including social welfare, housing, health and (...)

Ant & Dec? No, it’s Michael McGrath and Paschal Donohoe, just before announcing the winners in Budget 2022. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

We bumped into an Opposition TD in the corridor. “Slim pickings today,” he sympathised. “It’s hard to heckle Ministers with those masks on. Sorry abo(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure Michael McGrath and Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe, who   said the Government was ‘conscious of the cost-of-living pressures’. Photograph: Gareth Chaney / Collins Photos

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has unveiled a broad package of tax and spending measures in Budget 2022 aimed at reducing “cost-of-living pressu(...)

Britain’s business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng on the BBC1 current affairs programme The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday. He has made a formal request to chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak to help industries that use a lot of energy. Photograph:  PA Photo

British industry leaders have urged Boris Johnson to stop his cabinet ministers bickering over how to address the soaring cost of gas, warning that fa(...)

Dublin City Council chief executive Owen Keegan told the students’ union ‘it is not the city council’s fault that you appear to have been unaware of how the planning system works’. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The chief executive of Dublin City Council has been criticised for “snide and dismissive” comments to a students’ union that raised concerns over the (...)

Mervyn Taylor: President Michael D Higgins said that he was “one of the most gracious, unselfish and kindest members ever to serve in the Dáil”. Photograph: Mark Kelleher

This newspaper last Saturday published an obituary of Mervyn Taylor, who was a cabinet minister in the 1990s and also served as chairman of the Labour(...)

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