Lorries were backed up for three miles on the A20 outside Dove, after Calais suffered 10-mile tailbacks as well. File photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP via Getty Images

UK supermarkets are this weekend stockpiling food and other goods after being told by ministers that a no-deal Brexit is on the cards, according to th(...)

‘That was the one thing we heard about . . . that when people were coming out around that time, there’s a lot of people around.’ File photograph: Getty

Government officials are set for discussions on how to handle public transport over the Christmas after a “busy” weekend following reopening of the ho(...)

 “The urgency and gravity of our industry’s situation cannot be overstated; we are on the brink,” a letter to the Taoiseach said. Photograph: Getty Images

The forestry industry in Ireland is in a “full-scale crisis”, with 12,000 jobs in rural Ireland under threat, a lobbying group for the sector has told(...)

 Storage freezers where vials of Covid-19 vaccine are to be stored at Pfizer’s facility in Portage, Michigan, USA. Photograph: Pfizer Handout/EPA

The resumption of normal life, even with a vaccine for Covid-19, will “still take some time”, a high-ranking Government official has said. Liz Canav(...)

People are being advised to wear a mask when cooking and serving food this Christmas, and the amount of people in the kitchen should be limited. Photograph: Drazen Zigic/iStock

Advance booking for Mass, no sitting on Santa’s lap and off-peak shopping are among the Government suggestions for navigating Christmas safely as the (...)

Dr Tony Holohan flanked by members of the National Public Health Emergency Team which outlined the rationale for recommendations made to Government. File photograph: Collins

Perhaps unavoidably, much of the Government’s crunch Covid-19 summit on Thursday was conducted over Zoom. Outwardly, it was billed as a Cabinet subco(...)

An almost empty Grafton Street in Dublin during the Covid-19 restrictions. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

It will be, according to a Government source, “a battle of the spreadsheets”. For weeks now, teams in at least three Government departments have been(...)

Tony Holohan is central to the team’s operation and that’s why the Government pushback has been personally directed at him. File photograph: Collins

Information is the currency in Government, and news travels fast. Within hours of its conclusion on Wednesday, word was swirling around official circl(...)

People enjoy takeaway pints in Dublin’s Temple Bar. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has withdrawn a memo for Cabinet seeking to curtail the circumstances in which people can gather to drink alcohol(...)

Officials have discussed the potential for North-South cycle greenways. File photograph: The Irish Times

Government and Northern Ireland officials have discussed the possibility of joining up new North-South cycle “greenways”, an Oireachtas committee has (...)

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