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A busy nightlife in Amsterdam on July 10th: MPs in the Netherlands have been briefed that the current wave of Covid-19 was directly linked to the  easing of restrictions on June 26th. Photograph: Evert Elzinga/ EPA

There was a 500 per cent increase in new coronavirus cases in the Netherlands in the week to Tuesday and the reproduction rate or R number now stands (...)

If all 2,000 bags are found to contain cocaine, as is suspected, the potential street value of the haul will be up to €35 million. Photograph: An Garda Síochána

A consignment of up to €35 million worth of cocaine, which was disguised as coal and destined for Ireland, was abandoned by smugglers who realised the(...)

Tesla Ireland  sold 780 new cars in 2020 – compared to 270 the previous year – despite Covid lockdown restrictions introduced in March.  Photograph: Bloomberg

Turnover at Tesla’s Irish operation jumped 256 per cent last year as its profit doubled. Accounts for Tesla Motors Ireland Ltd show turnover of €40.(...)

The government-funded trial  involves deliberately infecting people with Covid-19  in a controlled setting.  Photograph: iStock

Pharmaceutical services company Open Orphan is expanding its Covid-19 challenge study, inoculating up to 20 further volunteers. The government-fund(...)

 You are likely already burning biofuel in your car. All unleaded petrol on sale in Ireland conforms to the EU’s current E5 regulation. File photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP via Getty Images

It’s 41,543sq km. That’s the land area of The Netherlands. It’s also the amount of forest lost around the world in 10 years of biofuel production. Tha(...)

Government agencies such as Enterprise Ireland and Bord Bia have an important foothold in France and continue to support Irish exporters attempting to break into the French market.

Since Brexit, France has become Ireland’s nearest neighbour in Europe. The UK’s exit from the EU has meant a souring of Franco-British relations with (...)

Mark Rutte: “What we thought would be possible, turned out not to be possible in practice.” Photograph: Phil Nijhuis/EPA

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte conceded on Monday that coronavirus restrictions had been lifted too soon in the Netherlands and he apologised as inf(...)

A secured vehicle at the Schiphol Judicial Complex. Photograph: Robin Van Lonkhuijsen/ANP/AFP via Getty

The trial opened in Amsterdam on Monday of two men accused of murdering the lawyer for the key prosecution witness in a court case involving multiple (...)

Irish Rail said it has spent €64,828 on maintenance of the on-board Dart information system since 2019. Photograph: Tom Honan

Passengers have warned of the life-threatening danger of faulty announcement systems on the Dart, Dublin’s coastal commuter service, as operators admi(...)

 Dutch crime reporter Peter R De Vries was shot at close range minutes after he left the studios of broadcaster RTL in central Amsterdam on Tuesday evening. Photograph:  Remko De Waal/ANP/AFP via Getty Images

The Dutch government says it has stepped up surveillance and security in the wake of Tuesday’s shooting of high-profile crime journalist Peter R De Vr(...)

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