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Sibéal Davitt, a sean-nós dancer, choreographer, bilingual broadcaster and beauty queen, stages her first Dublin Fringe show, Minseach, in September. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Away from the fractious debate over reopening indoor hospitality, arts venues and festivals are pushing ahead with ambitious plans of their own, despi(...)

Minister for Employment Leo Varadkar: ‘We are entering a new phase with the vaccines and the variants. It is a virus that has changed and is more infectious than ever before.’ Photograph: Maxwells/PA

Bars and restaurants will not be able to serve fully vaccinated customers indoors until Monday, July 26th, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has said, dashing ind(...)

Minister for Culture Catherine Martin, producer Barry Josephson, Irish costume designer Joan Bergin and Désirée Finnegan, Screen Ireland chief executive at the Disenchanted production offices

After the gloom of 2020, which saw cameras switched off and sets shut down for almost half the year, a fairy-tale recovery seems to be under way for t(...)

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar says the proposed system of access to indoor dining could be used for the arts, leisure, live music and entertainment. File photograph: iStock

Live music, the arts, leisure and the entertainment sector could reopen using the Government’s proposed system of access to indoor dining for those w(...)

Minister for Tourism Catherine Martin had said that people who recovered from Covid could receive a letter from their GP to dine indoors or travel. File photograph: iStock

After a day of confusion over the Government’s new plans to allow indoor hospitality, it has emerged that the Cabinet did after all intend to allow fa(...)

People Before Profit TD Paul Murphy says reopening indoor hospitality now would be a ‘reckless mistake’. File photograph: iStock

Serious concerns over the Government’s reopening plan for indoor dining were raised by Opposition TDs during a briefing on Tuesday morning amid warni(...)

‘Green Party leader Eamon Ryan had to execute an inelegant swerve after telling RTÉ that vaccine passes were a bad idea for reasons of social cohesion.’ Photograph: Getty Images

At this stage of the pandemic we know certain things about the Irish approach to the challenge: it’s at the more conservative end of the spectrum; it (...)

Outdoor dining on Dublin’s Essex Street East in Temple Bar. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The Government has said a mid-July reopening of indoor hospitality might be possible if new data from the UK indicates lower hospitalisation and death(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin Up to February, Martin’s score would have been not too far north of zero. A poor election last year dented his confidence. (...)

Fine Gael  challenged Sinn Féin’s  Senator Lynn Boylan to commit to voting for the Special Criminal Court’s renewal. Photograph: Leah Farrell/

A fresh political row has broken out over the Special Criminal Court as Government TDs accused Sinn Féin of staging a “walk out” ahead of the Dáil vot(...)

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