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Tourism firms can apply for grants of up to €200,000 under new scheme
Applications for the TBCS will open on 11 February.
The challenges of being an Irish footballer and a teacher during the pandemic
Ireland international Nicola Sinnott balances elite sport with teaching in Enniscorthy.
'We were unable to visit her or to say goodbye': The people behind the Covid death toll
As Ireland’s Covid-19 death toll surpasses 3,000, we speak to some of the families behind the figures.
Eye-care waiting lists continue to increase, with 23,700 waiting over a year
Optometrists have offered to help the Government with the Covid-19 vaccination programme.
Biden team says US will not lift travel bans, despite Trump statement
Trump said he would lift the travel ban on parts of Europe and Brazil.
Premier League footballers branded 'brainless' for breaching Covid-19 protocols to celebrate goals
Players who continue to hug and kiss after scoring have been reminded about unnecessary contact.
The Explainer: A GP, nurse, ICU consultant and contact tracer on what it's like working during the third wave
They speak to us about the challenges of this current phase of the pandemic.
1,700 Covid-19 patients in hospital and ICU figures surpass April peak
There are now 158 people with Covid-19 in intensive care.
Pandemic Unemployment Payment rates to remain in place until 31 March
Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme rates will also remain in place.
What's the total ICU bed capacity for the latest Covid-19 surge?
The HSE has said it would, of course, continue to care for patients beyond capacity but the level of care would not be the same.
Coronavirus: Six deaths and 6,110 new cases confirmed in Ireland
New figures were revealed by health officials this evening.
Lions to provide update on South Africa tour prospects in coming weeks
The statement comes after reports that the tour was ‘on the brink’.
Ireland's Covid-19 situation 'deteriorating at more rapid pace' than any other European country
The HSE has said we are heading into “a very volatile” period.
Paul Reid: 'I'm certain we'll get back to hugging friends and not wearing masks'
In an interview with, the HSE’s CEO said the pandemic highlighted a number of health policy shifts that are needed.
'Final nail in the coffin for businesses': Revenue claw back of wage subsidy funding raised with Taoiseach
Those that fell short of their 25% loss estimation are being asked by Revenue to repay the wage subsidy.
Dortmund star in Qatar rehab despite pandemic
Erling Braut Haaland is out until January with a torn hip muscle.
Housing charity dealt with over 100 illegal or threatened evictions during pandemic ban
A ban on eviction notices and rent increases was put in place temporarily earlier this year.
Record 80 million people now displaced in 'bleak milestone', UN says
UNHCR chief Filippo Grandi said this will “continue to grow unless world leaders stop wars”.
More than 100 prosecutions related to domestic abuse over past six weeks
Operation Faoiseamh was launched by gardaí on 1 April this year.
Climate change means future pandemics are more likely
A deadly mix of extreme heat, air pollution and intense farming are combining to produce the “worst outlook for public health our generation has seen”, according to a new study.
Ryanair suffers 82% drop in passenger numbers in November
The airline carried just two million passengers last month.
Covid-19 has 'dramatic effect' on government mortgage scheme for first-time buyers as drawdowns plummet
Approvals and drawdowns on the Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan scheme fell significantly from March onwards.
Christmas Bonus will be paid to over 1.6 million people in early December
The bonus will be paid in the week beginning 7 December.
Waste, greenhouse gases and traffic: The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Ireland's environment
Information and statistics on this impact were included in the EPA’s new report on the state of Ireland’s environment.
Coronavirus: Four deaths and 344 new cases confirmed in Ireland
Health officials confirmed the latest figures this evening.
'We can't judge anyone for whatever decision they make': Irish emigrants on why they're travelling home this Christmas
Many people are unsure of what to do and critical of mixed mesages from the government.
'People won't enjoy Christmas with the threat of another lockdown hanging over them', says Eoghan Murphy
Pressure has also been mounting on Micheál Martin to set out that the country will not return to another lockdown after Christmas.
Trust in vaccines vital to halting pandemic, warns WHO
A vaccine won’t be able to stop Covid-19 if people are reluctant to take it, a top WHO expert has said.
This map shows a breakdown of where Gardaí have used Covid-19 powers
The Policing Authority has said Garda powers to enforce Covid restrictions should be as limited as possible, and used sparingly.
'Significant concerns' about mental health impact of Covid-19 on practitioners, non-profit says
The Practitioner Health Matters Programme today released its annual report for 2019.
Opinion: Stink bugs, hairy mollies and hedge mustard - local nature in a pandemic
In this extract from her book, An Irish Nature Year, author Jane Powers explores the significance of nature throughout these strange times.
Polls and pandemics: How Northern Ireland's two leaders are facing defiance and disappointment
Both leaders have faced a difficult few weeks.
Covid-19 testing lab to close this weekend over 'unavoidable staff shortages'
The HSE said that the closure would have no impact on testing responses.
The Square Tallaght postpones €100 million expansion due to Covid-19
Owners said that plans had only been temporarily halted.
Arts sector: €50m support for live events announced in Budget 2021
Michael McGrath said Covid has had a “devastating impact” on arts, cultural and sporting activities.
New restrictions loom in North as nearly 2,000 new cases confirmed on island of Ireland yesterday
The figures seen yesterday in Ireland were the largest in several months.
'Masks and missiles don't mix': North Korea holds giant military parade, ignoring pandemic fears
The state is commemorating the 75th anniversary of the North’s ruling Workers’ Party.
'People are afraid': Only tenth of women invited for cervical cancer screenings made appointments
Out of 110,000 invitations, only 12,000 have come forward, according to CervicalCheck director.
From Monday there will be no countries on Ireland's Green List
There were just four countries left on the list last week.
People with disabilities have been ‘forgotten’ during pandemic, Dáil told
Day services have only reopened at 40% capacity.