Micheál Martin

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Freight and HGV trucks pictured at Rosslare Harbour in January. A shortage of drivers could pose risks to trade, the IRHA has warned. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP

A shortage of lorry drivers could risk a “serious and severe” impact on the “efficient and timely distribution of goods” between the State and its tra(...)

Businesses shut on Grafton Street as the Covid-19 pandemic continued. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Irish Government debt will stand at close to a quarter of a trillion euro by the end of the year, Paschal Donohoe said yesterday as senior Ministers s(...)

  Michael McGrath:  he says winding down emergency spending “is fundamental to the task of bringing our national finances to a safe place over the period ahead”.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Normally the National Economic Dialogue (NED) takes place against the backdrop of detailed economic forecasts for the year that lies ahead. The uncert(...)

Micheál Martin says details of the Government’s plan to increase housing supply over the next few years will be published shortly.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has signalled he wants to see “fewer delays through legal challenges” as part of a new drive by Government to deal with the h(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin: he   described the decision to introduce the suspension on claims for redundancy payments during the Covid crisis as “a proportionate step to mitigate a risk to businesses and of course to jobs”.  Photograph:  Liam McBurney/PA Wire

The Government is to introduce a new scheme to offer interest-free loans to businesses that face difficulties in meeting redundancy payments for staff(...)

The rights of workers who had been temporarily laid off to seek redundancy has been suspended on a rolling basis over the past year. Photograph: iStock

The Government is to offer interest-free loans to businesses that face difficulties in meeting redundancy payments for staff following the pandemic. (...)

Adam King from Cork explained his drawing of a ‘virtual hug’ when he appeared on the RTÉ Late Late Toy Show last year. Photograph: Andres Poveda/PA.

United States President Joe Biden has written to six-year-old Adam King, praising him for the great work introducing his “virtual hugs” to the nation (...)

The scene of an armed siege at Whitechapel Grove, west Dublin on Tuesday night. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Two gardaí injured in a shooting that led to an armed siege in west Dublin remain in hospital with non-life threatening gunshot wounds. Gardaí were i(...)

UK prime minister Boris Johnson and Labour leader Keir Starmer as Queen Elizabeth delivers a speech in the House of Lords on Tuesday. Photograph: Aaron Chown/PA Wire

The British government has signalled a retreat from plans to block the prosecution and imprisonment of former soldiers for alleged crimes committed du(...)

The conference on Friday is set to hear from nurses who will describe persistant symptoms months after they contracted coronavirus. File photograph: The Irish Times

The Coalition is committed to recognising the “great dedication” of nurses and all healthcare workers during the pandemic, Taoiseach Micheál Martin ha(...)

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