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Businesses will need to show more leadership by allowing employees to work from home wherever possible, Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris has said. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell/The Irish Times

The country is facing a “watershed moment” which will determine if further restrictions will be needed to contain the spread of coronavirus, Minister (...)

Under enhanced retrictions across the country up to six people from no more than two households can meet while maintaining strict social distancing, including for outdoor exercise and dining. Photograph: iStock.

As some Border counties move to Level 4 of the Government’s Living with Covid strategy with added restrictions in place for the rest of the count(...)

A woman walks past a cafe on Main street, Co Cavan, as counties Donegal, Cavan and Monaghan prepare to move to Level 4  from midnight tonight. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

A record number of new Covid-19 cases has been reported by the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) for the second day in a row. A total of (...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe at a press conference in Government Buildings on Tuesday. Photograph: Julien Behal Photography/PA Wire

Covid and green issues were the issues that grabbed readers’ attention in Budget 2021 as was to be expected with both issues central to this year’s tw(...)

Newly released internal documents reveal the depth of the crisis at the privately run Dealgan House Nursing Home in Dundalk, Co Louth, in April as it battled a coronavirus outbreak that led to the deaths of 22 residents. Photograph: Getty Images

The HSE considered calling in the Army and Red Cross to a Co Louth nursing home during one of the State’s worst coronavirus outbreaks at the peak of t(...)

Green tea Taoiseach Micheál Martin was sorely disappointed with Nphet but determined to move on in a renewed spirit of working together for the sake of the nation. File photograph: The Irish Times

Their approach to business may have been different but there was no doubt this week that the Taoiseach and Tánaiste were fuming over Sunday night’s le(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe  and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Michael McGrath. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

There is a contradiction at the heart of Budget 2021. Billions of euro will be pumped into the economy but much of the money will be used to prop(...)

Solidarity-People Before Profit TD Gino Kenny, whose Dying with Dignity Bill faces  faces significant resistance from members of the medical profession.  ‘It is not going to be straightforward and it is difficult to know where it will go.’ Photograph: Sam Boal/

People Before Profit TD Gino Kenny has warned that progression of his Dying with Dignity Bill will not be straightforward and a referendum may still b(...)

There is a need for a broad conversation on how we move young adults from secondary school to their desired career pathway, Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris has said. Photograph: Julien Behal

We need to get rid of the the “snobby” obsession with university as the only pathway for school-leavers, Minister for Further and Higher Education Sim(...)

The postponed 2020 Leaving Cert exams are due to take place between November 16th and December 11th. Photograph: David Jones/PA Wire

A total of 2,820 students have applied to sit the postponed 2020 Leaving Cert exams which are due to be held next month. This represents just under 5(...)

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