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 Taoiseach Micheál Martin announcing further restrictions to curb the spread of Covid-19 last week. Photograph: Julien Behal

Ireland has the highest Covid-19 infection rate in the world after more than 45,700 cases were recorded in the State last week. The disease spread fa(...)

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip have received vaccinations against Covid-19. File photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh have received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, joining more than 1 million people in the UK who hav(...)

Supporters of US president Donald Trump are confronted by police officers outside the Senate chamber inside the Capitol after storming the building. Photograph: Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Photo

It was a grimly fitting finale. How else to draw the curtain on the Trump presidency but with a violent, shambolic and ineptly executed storming of t(...)

The Danish equivalent of the RTÉ, DR, has a new animated series aimed at four- to eight-year-olds about John Dillermand, the man with the world’s longest penis. Photograph: DRTV

John Dillermand has an extraordinary penis. So extraordinary, in fact, that it can perform rescue operations, etch murals, hoist a flag and even steal(...)

John Grey receives the first of two doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine in Belfast. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

With coronavirus numbers out of control in Ireland and many other countries, there will inevitably be intense focus on progress made by governments in(...)

Cultured meat, McPlant burgers and robot waiters may be getting closer, but there’s plenty of fine food heading our way in 2021 No one would hav(...)

The taxpayer subsidised private schools by more than €100 million this year. Photograph: David Jones/PA Wire

The taxpayer subsidised private schools by more than €100 million this year, according to official figures. The vast bulk went on salaries for teache(...)

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen addresses a media conference after she announced that a Brexit deal had been reached. Photograph: Francisco Seco/AP

Exhausted negotiators sealed a deal on future relations between the European Union and the United Kingdom after all-night talks into Christmas Eve end(...)

Photograph: Joel Saget/AFP via Getty Images

The Covid-19 vaccine being distributed in Ireland and across the EU is likely to be effective against the new mutation detected in the UK - or can be (...)

Truck drivers stand  near parked trucks on the M20 motorway  in the UK. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/ Bloomberg

A prolonged French ban on road freight from Britain could force Irish meat plants to reduce processing and affect their purchase of livestock from far(...)

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