An employee sets out tables for customers outside of a pub in Dublin on Friday. Photograph:   Paul Faith/AFP

Tighter coronavirus restrictions and a ban on indoor dining in Dublin will lead to an “economic meltdown” for the restaurant and hospitality sector, t(...)

Michael Darragh Macauley in action for Ballyboden St Enda’s against St Vincent’s during a Dublin SFC Championship match at Páirc Naomh Uinsionn. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Michael Darragh Macauley has crunched the numbers and heard the question enough times already – Please God, tell us there will be a championship this (...)

The Government faces the tricky task of adapting supports to the possibility that there will no effective vaccine against Covid-19 available for a prolonged period. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

It is increasingly clear that the economic damage from the pandemic will be deep and lasting. The rise in cases of the virus as economies reopen acros(...)

The Government faces a huge decision on the future of European Commissioner Phil Hogan. File photograph: Getty

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has said the EU Commissioner Phil Hogan’s latest apology “definitely helps” but that he needs to “account for himself and explai(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Tánaiste have asked Phil Hogan to consider his position. Photograph: Maxwells

The Government has agreed to recall the Dáil in the wake of the controversy over the Oireachtas Golf Society dinner and criticism by the opposition of(...)

Eoghan O’Mara Walsh, CEO of the  Irish Tourism Industry Confederation: The loss of the over-70s cohort would be a ‘further blow’ to hotels and the hospitality sector. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Recommendations that over-70s should reconsider taking staycations and visiting hotels has been met with disappointment by the hospitality and tourism(...)

The mood music that accompanied the meeting at Hillsborough Castle between Taoiseach Micheál Martin and British prime minister Boris Johnson was a hopeful sign that the relationship between the two leaders will have a positive impact on British-Irish relations in the years ahead. Photograph: Brian Lawless/AFP via Getty Images

The mood music that accompanied the meeting at Hillsborough Castle between Taoiseach Micheál Martin and British prime minister Boris Johnson was a hop(...)

The previous government had stated it was considering a statutory inquiry into the historical abuse scandal last year, following calls from Micheál Martin (now Taoiseach) when he was leader of the Opposition. A spokeswoman for the Department of Taoiseach said launching any independent inquiry “is a very significant matter and one which will require careful consideration.” Photograph: Bryan O Brien / The Irish Times

Scouting Ireland is seeking to hire a new safeguarding manager to oversee child protection standards in the organisation, its third in as many years. (...)

Coalition trolling?: Leo Varadkar spent a day last week briefing against Micheál Martin. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA

‘I think being a woman is like being Irish,” the novelist Iris Murdoch, who was born in Dublin, wrote. “Everyone says you’re important and nice, but y(...)

Shoppers in Dublin city centre on Thursday. File photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

Retailers can decide for themselves how they use the VAT reduction announced in the July stimulus, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has said. The Government an(...)

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