Michael Creed

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Staff at the Blackrock Clinic. The temporary State takeover of private hospitals has been criticised over costs. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

The Government controversial takeover of the country’s private hospitals is to end at the June in its current form. The HSE has been mandated by the (...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin and Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar: the reaction of both parties  illustrates the gulf that still exists between them, even as they stand on the cusp of a historic coalition.

It is, as one Government figure put it, a “nonsense row” but the skirmish between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael over contingency planning for an election (...)

Siptu said earlier this week as many as 600 workers in meat processing plants had tested positive for Covid-19.   File photograph: Angus Mordant/Bloomberg

Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed has said he will be guided by a special Covid-19 task force set up to deal with outbreaks of the virus in meat (...)

Fianna Fáil TD Barry Cowen, one of his party’s government negotiators, has accused Fine Gael of acting in ‘bad faith’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Government formation talks have been damaged by sharp criticisms from Fianna Fail of contingency plans to hold a general election in the midst of (...)

There are some 600 confirmed cases of Covid-19 at meat processing plants. Photograph: Bloomberg

The HSE is planning to set up a testing centre in Mallow in north Cork for family members of those working at Kepak in Watergrasshill who have tested (...)

McDonald’s Kylemore Road outlet, Dublin. The company says it will confirm next week the locations of its restaurants due to reopen. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Fast food chain McDonald’s is to begin a phased reopening of restaurants in Ireland from next week, starting with a drive-through only service at six (...)

A spokesman for Meat Industry Ireland said  beef processing throughput was down about 20%  on equivalent weeks last year, and 30%  compared to early March 2020

Fears for the Irish agrifood sector are growing after three meat plants confirmed staff were self-isolating due to fears of Covid-19 outbreaks at thei(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar leaves the GPO in Dublin’s city centre following the annual 1916 Easter commemoration on Sunday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The potential cost of the promises made by Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael in their coalition framework document has caused concern in both of their parliam(...)

Screengrab of the virtual Carnaross Mart.

Ireland’s first ever virtual mart, introduced to comply with restrictions on social gatherings during the Covid-19 pandemic, has proven highly success(...)

Bandon Mart, Co Cork. File photograph. Photograph:  Frank Miller

An Irish agri-software company has welcomed the Government decision to allow marts resume trading amid the Covid-19 pandemic, saying its software can (...)

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