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British prime minister Boris Johnson. The speculation is that the UK would either abandon some or all checks on goods entering Northern Ireland if it  invoked article 16. Photograph: Jessica Taylor/EPA

We probably need to stop obsessing about Boris Johnson and David Frost’s attitude on Brexit and the Northern Ireland protocol. We know what we are dea(...)

Gerry Heaslip (right) receiving his first prize from club secretary Stan Keon, following the fundraising competition on Lough Owel, last Sunday

With the game angling season now firmly closed for 2021, the focus turned to Lough Owel in Mullingar last Sunday for the club’s annual fundraising com(...)

‘We’re relying exclusively on slow and expensive lab-based PCR testing, instead of a test that costs about €6 in pharmacies [and] can be administered at home.’ Photograph: iStock

Here we go again. The Covid case numbers are rising. The positivity rate is over 10 per cent. Professor Philip Nolan of the National Public Health Eme(...)

President Michael D Higgins declined an invite to attend the Northern Ireland Service of Reflection and Hope.

Perhaps the Church Leaders Group (Ireland) should send a polite thank-you note to Michael D Higgins, President of Ireland, when their Service of Refle(...)

British prime minister Boris Johnson. Downing Street ignored World Health Organisation advice to prioritise testing and tracing. Photograph: Jessica Taylor/UK Parliament/AFP via Getty Images

In the middle of March 2020, as Covid-19 spread rapidly across Britain, the country’s second-most senior civil servant walked into the prime minister’(...)

Non-US air travellers will need to show proof of vaccination before boarding a flight to the US, and will need to show proof of a recent negative Covid-19 test. File photograph

The reopening of the US for fully vaccinated foreign nationals from November 8th is “a shot in the arm” for the travel industry, the chief executive o(...)

Restrictions on non-US citizens were first imposed on air travelers from China in January 2020 by then-president Donald Trump and then extended to dozens of other countries. Photograph: iStock

The Biden administration will drop travel restrictions for vaccinated people from November 8th, reopening the US to foreign nationals travelling by ai(...)

A general view of Wolverhampton Science Park where the Immensa Health laboratory is based. Photograph: Jacob King/PA Wire

Covid-19 testing operations at a private laboratory in central England have been suspended after tens of thousands of people were handed potentially f(...)

The increase in North-South trade has been evident in the trade figures in recent months. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Trade across the Border with Northern Ireland continues to surge even as Brexit rules see imports from Britain fall, according to new figures from th(...)

Coveney dismissed suggestions EU move could prompt  greater determination in London to remove  protocol, Photograph: Henry Nicholls/Reuters

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has said he hopes the UK will reciprocate and show flexibility to the European Union in negotiations over t(...)

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