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 European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell (centre) speaks with Ukrainian servicemen during his visit to eastern Ukraine. Photograph: Stanislav Kozliuk/EPA

The European Union’s foreign policy chief has visited the frontline of the rumbling war in eastern Ukraine as western powers said they were working cl(...)

David Cullinane has said suggestions made by the Taoiseach that Sinn Féin is ‘pro-Putin’ or anti-EU are ‘a nonsense’. File photograph: Damien Eagers/The Irish Times

Suggestions made by the Taoiseach that Sinn Féin is “pro-Putin” or anti-EU are “a nonsense”, the party’s health spokesman has said. In pre-Christmas(...)

Dolores Murray, who owns Wildcat Ink: ‘We basically will not be able to do business unless we use the current inks.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Tattoo parlours will not be able to stay in business if they follow new EU regulations banning most types of tattoo ink, an industry leader has said. (...)

HSE chief executive Paul Reid said  all services needed to maximise the use of derogations for staff in relation to the rules on self-isolation after infection or close contact status. Photograph: Tom Honan

Hospitals across the country have been told to redeploy staff “to the maximum extent possible” to the treatment of Covid-19 patients. Hospitals shou(...)

The deeply contentious file puts Mairead McGuinness in the hot seat as EU member states and political groups tussle over the topic. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Ireland’s EU commissioner Mairead McGuinness has insisted that a controversial plan to classify some nuclear and gas power energy as “green” for inves(...)

Richard Sinnott is remembered fondly by those who knew him. File photograph: The Irish Times

Tributes have come for prominent political scientist and elections commentator Prof Richard Sinnott who has died after a long illness. He was an emer(...)

A spokeswoman for Tesco confirmed that they too have seen ‘an increase in demand’ for antigen tests over recent days. Photograph: NIck Bradshaw/The Irish Times

There have been widespread reports of pharmacies and supermarkets being unable to meet unprecedented demand for antigen test kits throughout the State(...)

From early January through to September 2021, electricity market overseers issued eight amber alerts warning that demand had stretched the system close to its limit. Photograph: Alan Betson

Homes and businesses face further energy price hikes in 2022 after natural gas costs soared once again in the days before Christmas. Gas traded at a n(...)

Investment in mines and oilfields has dropped sharply over the past five years. The result is ‘greenflation’ in commodity prices, which just saw their biggest yearly increase since 1973. Photograph: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

For the second year running the pandemic has reshaped the world, not changing everything, but accelerating many things, from population decline to dig(...)

The Republic lost 183,000 flights last year compared to 2019, a 62% decline in traffic. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Irish air travel suffered more from Covid-19 restrictions than any other European country last year, according to the latest assessment of the pandemi(...)

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