Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has been  clear that a third party is needed, not just Independents, to form a new government. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

It has almost become a ritual at this stage: a dull paragraph landing in inboxes midweek to report the latest turn of the wheel in the slow bicycle r(...)

A healthcare worker removes and discards personal protective equipment (PPE) outside the Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in New York. Photograph: Brendan Mcdermid/Reuters

Another 22 patients diagnosed with Covid-19 have died, the highest daily total recorded so far, the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) repo(...)

In its bulletin, the Central Bank says the Covid-19 crisis has triggered a severe economic shock that is fundamentally different to the types of economic crises of the past.

The Central Bank has warned that the coronavirus crisis is likely to blow a €22 billion hole in the State’s finances and could see half a million peop(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe’s department expects taxation to continue falling significantly over coming months. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Government’s finances have been hit by the coronavirus crisis with tax receipts for March coming in nearly €800 million below profile while spendi(...)

Paschal Donohoe TD is calling on employers to avail of the financial help on offer. Photograph: The Irish Times

Over 10,000 more employers have signed up for emergency financial help in the last two days, the Department of Finance has said. There are now almos(...)

The money dates back to when the National Lottery was privatised and sold to Canadian-owned Premier Lotteries Ireland in 2014. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The operator of the National Lottery has agreed to have more than €16 million in unclaimed prize money, which had been the subject of a dispute, trans(...)

The Central Bank is also looking at insurers’ handling of claims relating to travel, health and mortgage protection policies. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Central Bank has told insurance chief executives in the State they must take personal responsibility for the oversight of how claims relating to C(...)

The Government’s plan would see employers declaring they were “unable” to pay full salaries at this time. Photograph: iStock

An employers’ group threatened to advise its members to ignore the State’s scheme to cover 70 per cent of laid-off workers’ wages, unless problems wit(...)

Closed shop on Grafton Street: “Insurers should not attempt to reject claims on the basis of interpreting policies to their own advantage.” Photograph: ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe knew before calling in the chief executives of the State’s five retail banks into his offices last week he would (...)

Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe will hold a meeting on Wednesday afternoon with bank chief executives on how the industry is responding to th(...)

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