Mandatory quarantine rules unlikely, says Tánaiste

Mandatory quarantine rules unlikely, says Tánaiste

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar is playing down the likelihood of mandatory quarantine rules coming into effect, saying there are not enough hotels and staff to put ...

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Mary Lou McDonald rules out any punishment over Bobby Storey funeral attendance

Mary Lou McDonald rules out any punishment over Bobby Storey funeral attendance

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has said there will be “no punishment” or anyone stepping down for attending the packed funeral ceremony of ...

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Sinn Féin's female TDs set to take prominent roles on opposition benches

Sinn Féin's female TDs set to take prominent roles on opposition benches

Sinn Féin's frontbench shuffle will see female TDs take prominent roles on the opposition benches while several new deputies will get a chance to shadow government ...

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Leo Varadkar criticises Michelle O'Neill's appearance at Dublin 'photo-op' amid Covid risks

Leo Varadkar criticises Michelle O'Neill's appearance at Dublin 'photo-op' amid Covid risks

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has criticised Sinn Féin TDs and leaders for turning up at a “photo op” at a funeral despite Covid-19 concerns and ...

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International travel date may be beyond July 9 - Varadkar

International travel date may be beyond July 9 - Varadkar

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar says a ‘green list’ of countries for travel - to be published on July 9 - may only allow people fly at a later date.

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Parents and teachers show support for blended learning as Covid-19 effects look set to last

Parents and teachers show support for blended learning as Covid-19 effects look set to last

Parents and teachers want a blend of classroom and remote education as they believe the effects of Covid-19 will remain for some time.

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Brendan Griffin set to lose junior minister role

Brendan Griffin set to lose junior minister role

Fine Gael Kerry TD Brendan Griffin, the former junior tourism minister, has lost out on being returned to office under the new coalition.

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Jobs stimulus plan must include cash injection for SMEs, Covid committee warned

Jobs stimulus plan must include cash injection for SMEs, Covid committee warned

A second wave of Covid-19 could trigger more business losses meaning there is a need for immediate cash injections to protect SMEs, TDs have been told.

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Micheál Martin speaks with European Commission president and Brexit chief

Micheál Martin speaks with European Commission president and Brexit chief

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has told the European Commission president of the need to support Irish regions and sectors worst affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. ...

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Government denies differences with health chiefs over travel advice

Government denies differences with health chiefs over travel advice

Housing Minister Darragh O'Brien has denied there are differences between health chiefs and the new government over air travel advice and fears about Covid-19 spreading. ...

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Second wave of coronavirus could trigger more business losses, TDs warned

Second wave of coronavirus could trigger more business losses, TDs warned

A second wave of Covid-19 could trigger more business losses and there is a need for immediate cash injections to protect SMEs, TDs have been told.

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Darragh O'Brien plays down rift between health authorities and government over air travel advice

Darragh O'Brien plays down rift between health authorities and government over air travel advice

The issue was a “concern”, Mr O'Brien told Newstalk, but the government respected Mr Holohan and would “take his advice on board"

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Young to benefit from jobs stimulus, Vat threshold set to rise and virus wage schemes extended

Young to benefit from jobs stimulus, Vat threshold set to rise and virus wage schemes extended

Taking more businesses out of the Vat net, reducing taxes for the tourism sector, lowering commercial rates, and extending wage subsidies further are all expected ...

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Geography, gender and ability key factors as coalition leaders consider potential junior ministers

Geography, gender and ability key factors as coalition leaders consider potential junior ministers

Geography, gender and ability will be key influencing factors for the coalition leaders in deciding the positions of some 17 junior ministers this week.

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'Sizeable' July jobs stimulus package will be aimed at getting quick results

'Sizeable' July jobs stimulus package will be aimed at getting quick results

Taoiseach Micheal Martin confirmed that it would be a “sizeable package” to meet demands, including help reduce the 900,000 people now reliant on emergency ...

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Juno McEnroe: The honeymoon period for Micheál Martin is already over

Juno McEnroe: The honeymoon period for Micheál Martin is already over

Political honeymoons can be brief, especially for incoming leaders.

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Stakes are high for the Greens as they take on wide portfolio

Stakes are high for the Greens as they take on wide portfolio

The Greens will oversee elements of transport, supports for children, agriculture as well as the arts and media as part of their wide role in the new coalition.

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Latest: Government coalition voted into power by Dáil in Dublin Convention Centre

Latest: Government coalition voted into power by Dáil in Dublin Convention Centre

Micheál Martin has been elected as Taoiseach by the Dáil.

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'It is one of the greatest honours,' says incoming Taoiseach Micheál Martin

'It is one of the greatest honours,' says incoming Taoiseach Micheál Martin

In a moment that ends civil war politics here, Fine Gael and Green Party TDs voted with Fianna Fáil to elect a new government.

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Eamon Ryan: Green party members 'taking responsibility' with 76% backing coalition agreement

Eamon Ryan: Green party members 'taking responsibility' with 76% backing coalition agreement

Green leader Eamon Ryan has said there is a "sense of responsibility" now on his party after 76% of members who voted backed the government deal with Fine Gael and ...

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Eamon Ryan feels a 'sense of responsibility' as Greens join Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael in government

Eamon Ryan feels a 'sense of responsibility' as Greens join Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael in government

Earlier, Fine Gael approved the proposed PfG by a margin of 80%-20% in their electoral college system.

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Green Party voting for proposed government pact underway

Green Party voting for proposed government pact underway

Counting of Green Party member votes for a proposed government pact with Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have begun, with a yes result set to give the go-ahead ...

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Varadkar raises possibility of inquiry into handling of Covid-19 pandemic

Varadkar raises possibility of inquiry into handling of Covid-19 pandemic

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has raised the prospect of an inquiry into the handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, as the outgoing coalition lifted foreign travel restrictions ...

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Q&A: What's the timeline for a potential new Government

Q&A: What's the timeline for a potential new Government

How will the results of the party votes on the proposed three-way deal between Fine Gael, Fianna Fail and the Greens emerge?

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Air travel restrictions will be eased on July 9, Government confirms

Air travel restrictions will be eased on July 9, Government confirms

Air travel restrictions will also be eased on July 9, it was announced, with a green list of countries where no quarantine upon return will be necessary.

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Coronavirus: Face masks set be compulsory on public transport

Coronavirus: Face masks set be compulsory on public transport

The compulsory wearing of face masks on public transport is set to be agreed by the government ahead of increased travel services next week.

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Make-up of departments to be kept under wraps until new government is formed

Make-up of departments to be kept under wraps until new government is formed

The role of government departments and the ministers who will oversee them will be kept a closely guarded secret by party leaders until a actual government is approved. ...

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Special Criminal Court renewed, review set for Offences Against the State Act

Special Criminal Court renewed, review set for Offences Against the State Act

Laws underpinning the non-jury Special Criminal Court have been renewed by TDs in the Dail after the government committed to a review of the security legislation.

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Offences Against the State Act set for review - Flanagan

Offences Against the State Act set for review - Flanagan

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan has confirmed there are plans for a review of the Offences Against the State Act, and emergency legislation used to prosecute subversive ...

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The practicalities of a vote for new Taoiseach amid Covid-19 restrictions

The practicalities of a vote for new Taoiseach amid Covid-19 restrictions

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar takes part in a photocall to promote the wearing of facemasks on public transport in Dublin city centre. Picture: Press Association

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Dublin convention centre may be used to vote for new Taoiseach

Dublin convention centre may be used to vote for new Taoiseach

A motion could be tabled before the Dáil this week to facilitate a special meeting of the House in Dublin's convention centre in order to vote in a new Taoiseach ...

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Covid-19 has 'exacerbated' problems for childcare providers who want long-term plan

Covid-19 has 'exacerbated' problems for childcare providers who want long-term plan

Childcare providers are warning that the Covid-19 pandemic has exasperated struggling services and that a detailed long-term plan is needed for the sector.

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Simon Coveney says second general election on the cards if parties don't agree deal

Simon Coveney says second general election on the cards if parties don't agree deal

A fresh general election cannot be ruled out if the proposed three-way coalition pact is rejected this week, Tánaiste Simon Coveney has warned.

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Ireland pushes for more EU Covid emergency funds

Ireland pushes for more EU Covid emergency funds

Ireland has pushed for more than the allocated €3bn in EU Covid-19 emergency funds, arguing that the country has suffered a lot worse than has been calculated ...

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Larger gatherings to be allowed as Taoiseach redraws roadmap to exit lockdown

Larger gatherings to be allowed as Taoiseach redraws roadmap to exit lockdown

The lockdown exit roadmap has been redrawn to allow for the reopening of hairdressers, cinemas, the return of sports fixtures as well as weddings and concerts.

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Govt extends ban on evictions and rent increases into July

Govt extends ban on evictions and rent increases into July

Cabinet has agreed to extend the ban on rent rises and evictions, keeping the emergency measures in place for several extra weeks.

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Some constituencies could win out in special Government support deal

Some constituencies could win out in special Government support deal

TDs are to be offered direct access to the Government and potentially special treatment for their constituencies if they bolster the proposed three-way coalition.

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Govt set to lift lockdown restrictions for theatres, gyms and sports ahead of schedule

Govt set to lift lockdown restrictions for theatres, gyms and sports ahead of schedule

The Government is set to announce further easing of Covid-19 restrictions later today, with restrictions on hairdressers, theatres, gyms and sports expected to be ...

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Micheál Martin 'fully behind' the 'badly needed' Cork-Limerick motorway

Micheál Martin 'fully behind' the 'badly needed' Cork-Limerick motorway

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has pledged to ensure the M20 between Cork and Limerick is progressed amid doubts over the route under the proposed ...

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Catherine Martin pledges 'never-say-die' spirit for Greens in Government

Catherine Martin pledges 'never-say-die' spirit for Greens in Government

Deputy Green leader Catherine Martin has pledged to maintain a “fighting” and “never-say-die” spirit if the Greens enter government as she ...

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Green party convention reveals what it has won and lost

Green party convention reveals what it has won and lost

Green Party negotiators have peeled off some of the layers of secrecy around the crunch coalition talks with Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil, revealing key wins ...

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Catherine Martin: Greens will keep fighting even as part of Government

Catherine Martin: Greens will keep fighting even as part of Government

Speaking at the opening of the party's giant zoom convention to assess the government deal with Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil, she said the document was a “roadmap ...

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Ireland gets seat on UN Security Council

Ireland gets seat on UN Security Council

Ireland has won a seat on the United Nations Security Council following an extensive campaign by the government, president, senior civil servants and high-profile ...

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Fast-track release of breakthrough steroid drug to fight Covid effects, Harris tells Dáil

Fast-track release of breakthrough steroid drug to fight Covid effects, Harris tells Dáil

The release of a breakthrough steroid drug to help Covid-19 patients is to be fast-tracked, Health Minister Simon Harris has said.

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Programme for government fails on health, housing and climate, People Before Profit claim

Programme for government fails on health, housing and climate, People Before Profit claim

The proposed coalition pact fails to deliver on housing, health, climate and the cost of living, all of which were demanded by voters in the election.

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Decision due tomorrow on Ireland's bid for UN Security Council seat

Decision due tomorrow on Ireland's bid for UN Security Council seat

Ireland will likely find out tomorrow whether we have secured one of 15 seats on the United Nations Security Council — after a marathon two-year campaign for ...

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Varadkar puts on brave face as TDs grumble about challenges

Varadkar puts on brave face as TDs grumble about challenges

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has defended Fine Gael's decision to enter government with Fianna Fail and the Greens and also pledged the new coalition will roll out a strong ...

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Varadkar's 'tinge of regret' handing over top job to Martin

Varadkar's 'tinge of regret' handing over top job to Martin

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he has a “tinge of regret” handing over the role of head of government, as the new proposed three-way coalition takes ...

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Leo Varadkar to hold Tánaiste position with 'enhanced role' for Eamon Ryan

Leo Varadkar to hold Tánaiste position with 'enhanced role' for Eamon Ryan

Leo Varadkar is set to be Tánaiste, according to a draft programme for government document, while he will also get a strengthened role in the coalition.

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Public urged to wear face masks but warned they are not 'magic shields'

Public urged to wear face masks but warned they are not 'magic shields'

Mr Varadkar said the outgoing government had considered banning people in places and on transport without masks but that some groups of people could not use face ...

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