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Minister for Tourism Catherine Martin had said that people who recovered from Covid could receive a letter from their GP to dine indoors or travel. File photograph: iStock

After a day of confusion over the Government’s new plans to allow indoor hospitality, it has emerged that the Cabinet did after all intend to allow fa(...)

People Before Profit TD Paul Murphy says reopening indoor hospitality now would be a ‘reckless mistake’. File photograph: iStock

Serious concerns over the Government’s reopening plan for indoor dining were raised by Opposition TDs during a briefing on Tuesday morning amid warni(...)

‘Green Party leader Eamon Ryan had to execute an inelegant swerve after telling RTÉ that vaccine passes were a bad idea for reasons of social cohesion.’ Photograph: Getty Images

At this stage of the pandemic we know certain things about the Irish approach to the challenge: it’s at the more conservative end of the spectrum; it (...)

Outdoor dining on Dublin’s Essex Street East in Temple Bar. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The Government has said a mid-July reopening of indoor hospitality might be possible if new data from the UK indicates lower hospitalisation and death(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin Up to February, Martin’s score would have been not too far north of zero. A poor election last year dented his confidence. (...)

Fine Gael  challenged Sinn Féin’s  Senator Lynn Boylan to commit to voting for the Special Criminal Court’s renewal. Photograph: Leah Farrell/

A fresh political row has broken out over the Special Criminal Court as Government TDs accused Sinn Féin of staging a “walk out” ahead of the Dáil vot(...)

Claire Byrne, the Green Party’s candidate in the July 8th vote, launched her campaign on Sandymount Strand on Sunday. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Dublin Bay South voters have been urged to look to Green policies in the upcoming byelection to “guide us out of the pandemic”. Claire Byrne, the Gre(...)

James Vincent McMorrow on stage at the Iveagh Gardens on June 10th. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

“This is a momentous day and we deserve it because it has been a long, long road,” New York governor Andrew Cuomo told reporters in Manhattan on Tuesd(...)

Cathy Jordan and other members of Dervish pictured in 2019 at Vicar Street, Dublin, one of the venues to receive funding from the Government’s Live Performance Support Scheme . Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

The Government is to give €25 million in funding to 237 venues, producers and promoters to help them organise live performances over the summer and au(...)

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar admitted Fine Gael engaged in ‘similar’ practices to Sinn Féin on door-to-door polling. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

You know the pressure is on when the passive voice starts being deployed by politicians as a weapon of mass minimisation. “That is not right and it is(...)

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