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The Government could have taken the sensible decision to allow wet pubs to safely trade  long before it did

Sometimes it takes an outsider to point to issues that, deep down, we suspect are there but ignore. Gabriel Makhlouf, governor of the Central Bank of (...)

Breege O’Donoghue: one of the best and most respected corporate directors in Ireland. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Something sits uneasily about the resignation this week of Fáilte Ireland director, the veteran former Penneys/Primark executive Breege O’Donoghue, ju(...)

‘It seems cruel to keep small, local pubs closed due to the extreme caution of doctors and Ministers.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Business failure always leads to human suffering and sometimes even tragedy. Our political leaders and their medical advisers would be wise not to be (...)

  Passengers wearing face masks arrive at Dublin Airport. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

The level of control now being exerted by the Government over everyday social and business life is astounding, regardless of whether or not you believ(...)

The pool party and music festival at  Maya Beach water park in Wuhan, China last Saturday, which was  attended by 15,000 people. Photograph: STR/AFP via Getty Images

While Ireland blew its head gasket this week over a boisterous brunch party attended by 51 young people in Berlin/D2 bar in Dublin, in Wuhan they held(...)

Stopped in our tracks: the threads that bind society and the economy will fray if we don’t look beyond Covid-19 every once in a while, and seek out ways to get things done. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

We are all epidemiologists now, or at least we think we are. Just as we were all bond strategists during the financial crisis a decade ago, and your a(...)

 Killarney is filled with domestic tourists paying prices tailored for Americans.  Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan

There is no need to rake over old ground. We already know the tourism and hospitality sectors have been hit like no other by the pandemic and its war (...)

Artists Richard Levins (left) and Paul Cooke begin work on the exterior of Mulligans pub on Poolbeg Street which, like all other pubs that don’t serve food, has to remain closed now until August 10th. Photograph : Laura Hutton / The Irish Times

In the middle of June, just as we were beginning to enjoy the freedom of emerging from lockdown, it was predicted on this page that Ireland would re-e(...)

Dublin Airport: If the last Government was so adamant that nobody must fly, why did it let airlines continue to sell tickets? Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

There is a recent tendency on this side of the Irish Sea to revel in the apparent superiority of our political system compared to our nearest neighbou(...)

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(...)

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