Sandra Gallagher, shop manager of Guineys, with its seasonal window display on North Earl Street, Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Politics is often bedevilled by short-termism and so, unfortunately, is Ireland’s current response to Covid-19. Instead of asking how to escape repea(...)

Dr Tom Black, pictured in Derry, said the decision by politicians to relax restrictions gave a message to health workers: ‘we are abandoning you’. File photograph: Trevor McBride

The North’s Minister for Health has warned that lifting Covid-19 restrictions is a “gamble” and further measures will be needed “probably” before Chri(...)

‘There is now a decision and what we need to do is tell the public what that decision is and ask the public again to try to work with us.’ Photograph:  Jonathan Porter/PressEye

“You must be depressed today listening to these two,” Alliance Party Assembly member Kellie Armstrong remarked to host William Crawley on BBC Radio Ul(...)

 Garda checkpoint due to Covid-19 restrictions. File photograph: Bryan O Brien

The Policing Authority has questioned the logic of introducing fines for breaches of Covid-19 legislation, citing fears they could reduce compliance w(...)

Mary Dunnion of Hiqa. Photograph: Tom Honan

The State’s health regulator has questioned the Department of Health about why residents at some nursing homes where staff tested positive for Covid-1(...)

First Minister Arlene Foster whose party blocked a proposal from health minister Robin Swann to extend the circuit break measures for two more weeks. File photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire

Stormont ministers have again failed to agree fresh coronavirus restrictions for Northern Ireland amid fraying relations at the top of the powersharin(...)

A spokesman for State airport operator DAA said it would be possible to have a testing facility up and running at Dublin Airport in a matter of days.  Photograph: Kate Geraghty

International travel will become easier to some countries after a Government decision that will allow Covid-19 testing for passengers passing through (...)

 Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly: received letter last week from 221+ group.   Photograph: Julien Behal Photography/PA Wire

A support group representing women affected by the CervicalCheck controversy has privately called on the Government to “do better” in addressing growi(...)

Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan outlined the new figures at apress conference at the Department of Health. Photograph:  Stephen Collins/Collins Photos Dublin

Ireland has the fastest improving incidence of Covid-19 in Europe, with a 43 per cent drop in the past two weeks, according to the National Public Hea(...)

Pedestrians pass shuttered shops in Derry. The Northern Executive is to meet again on Tuesday to  discuss whether to extend the current four-week lockdown by another two weeks. Photograph: Bloomberg

The Northern Executive after two meetings on Monday was unable to agree on whether to extend the current four-week lockdown that is due to end on Fri(...)

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