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As a country, we are adjusting to heightened anxiety levels. WhatsApp groups of friends and family are trying to maintain spirits. Photograph: Alan Betson

Thursday’s meeting of the Dáil where emergency legislation was passed without a vote indicates that we effectively have a national government in place(...)

Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald TD and Louise O’Reilly TD speaking to media outside Government Buildings, Dublin on Monday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/ The Irish Times

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has said the idea of a national unity government to deal with the coronavirus crisis should be examined. The Gree(...)

Simon Harris says it is right to resume talks and a choice will have to be made about the appropriate time to transition to a new government given the ongoing pandemic. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister for Health Simon Harris has said that a stable government with a workable majority must be formed in order to deal with the coronavirus crisi(...)

Paschal Donohoe has some firepower to meet increased social welfare, health spending and business-support requirements brought on by Covid-19. But it is not unlimited. Photograph: Getty Images

For the second time in 12 years the country is gripped by fear. In 2008, people suddenly woke up to the realisation that their lives would be changed (...)

The next Dáil sitting will be for three hours, and the agenda is likely to be restricted to just the legislation which is necessary to extend sick pay.  Photograph: Alan Betson

A reduced number of TDs will attend next week’s sitting of the Dáil in order to pass emergency legislation to deal with the coronavirus crisis, and th(...)

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan. The party says its membership base just two years ago was about 700 but has since increased to more than 2,700. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Green Party has seen its membership increase almost fourfold in the past two years, and two-thirds of those people will need to ratify the party’s(...)

Fianna Fáil housing spokesman Darragh O’Brien has sought a meeting with the Land Development Agency  without Department of Housing officials present. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Local authority managers would be given more executive powers to dilute the ability of councillors to delay or block the sale of council land for hous(...)

Announcing the first phase of his Government’s emergency measures to deal with cornoavirus threat Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said it was possible that we were facing events that are unprecedented in modern times. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The public health emergency arising from the coronavirus epidemic has transformed the nature of the challenge facing our politicians. The time for pos(...)

Alex Salmond, who dominated Scottish politics for a quarter of a century. Photograph: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

Former Scottish National Party (SNP) leader Alex Salmond will appear in court in Edinburgh on Monday charged with 14 counts of sexual and indecent ass(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at  a post-Cabinet coronavirus briefing. Some of his TDs  wonder why he is issuing pungent denunciations of Sinn Féin on a Sunday, then urging that party to form a government on a Monday. Photograph: PA Wire

Many people in Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael seem content to wrestle (separately) with their consciences for the foreseeable future over a possible coalit(...)

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