Employees must feel safe going back to work and consumers will only start returning to shopping and eating out when they feel any risk is small. Photograph: iStock

The Government is considering a gradual lockdown exit strategy after May 5th – as yet the details are unclear. But what will life be like for employee(...)

If work can recommence on social housing sites, then why not at other housing developments across the country? Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

There was a sliver of good news for those living in emergency accommodation yesterday with word that work is likely to commence shortly on finishing a(...)

Social housing in Ballyfermot in Dublin.

Work is to commence shortly on finishing about 1,000 homes on 35 social housing sites which are currently near completion. Contractors are being noti(...)

Debenhams closed its doors. The catastrophic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic on Irish businesses and the world economy were further crystalised this week

The catastrophic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic on Irish businesses and the world economy were further crystalised this week as fears grow t(...)

 An in-camera double exposure of money and traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchang. Photograph: Mark Abramson/The New York Times

European shares rose on Thursday as daily coronavirus death tolls in Spain and Italy eased, adding to signs that the pandemic was plateauing. The pan-(...)

If the go ahead does come after the May bank holiday to gradually restart activity, it is likely that work on major foreign direct investment building projects would be first in line.

The construction sector should be able to gradually reopen in the first phase of the economy getting restarted, but new measures to combat coronavirus(...)

The construction sector employs not far off 150,000 people directly and a significant number will now have no work. Photograph: iStock

Another significant part of the economy is to shut completely for at least the next two weeks – including most of the construction sector and parts of(...)

The trade union movement has called for all non-essential building sites to be closed until it is shown that they are compliant with measures to prote(...)

 Liz Canavan, assistant secretary to the Department of An Taoiseach, speaks to reporters at  Government Buildings. Photograph: Collins

The grounds of the Royal Hospital in Kilmainham has been identified as a site of one of the temporary mortuary facilities that will be set up in the e(...)

Industry sources suggest that multinationals with construction projects under way in the Republic could halt this work as they react to the Covid-19 pandemic. Photograph: Tom Honan for The Irish Times

Multinationals could halt building in the Republic, sources suggested on Wednesday, as work continued on high-profile projects such as the National Ch(...)

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