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Padraic Halpin

Ireland's COVID-19 reproduction rate falls, hospital admissions slow

30 Oct 2020

DUBLIN The number of people in Ireland infected by someone who has COVID-19 fell to close to 1.0 from 1.3 to 1.4 a week ago, the head of Ireland's COVID-19 modeling group said on Friday, as admissions to hospital also showed signs of stabilising.

Ireland set up 'Super Saturday' decider as Six Nations returns

24 Oct 2020

DUBLIN Ireland overwhelmed Italy 50-17 in an empty Aviva Stadium on Saturday to bring the long-delayed 2020 Six Nations championship back with a late rush of tries that set up a "Super Saturday" last-day shootout with title rivals France and England.

UPDATE 1-Irish GDP to fall 3.5% this year on new COVID-19 curbs -minister

20 Oct 2020

* Analysts see unemployment rising back above 20% (Adds details, analyst forecasts)

Ireland imposes some of Europe's toughest COVID-19 curbs

19 Oct 2020

DUBLIN Ireland announced some of Europe's toughest COVID-19 constraints on Monday, shutting non-essential retail, limiting restaurants and pubs to take away service and telling people not to travel more than five kilometres (3 miles) from their home. | Video

Northern Ireland imposes strictest UK lockdown, Irish border curbs follow

15 Oct 2020

BELFAST/DUBLIN Northern Ireland announced the strictest COVID-19 restrictions seen in the United Kingdom since early summer on Wednesday, closing schools for two weeks, restaurants for four weeks and leading Ireland to respond by tightening curbs in bordering counties.

Ireland cushions tough COVID-19 curbs with biggest budget package

13 Oct 2020

DUBLIN Ireland's government offered more support on Tuesday to those hit hardest by some of Europe's toughest COVID-19 restrictions in a budget stimulus package that it said was unprecedented in the history of the state.

Irish budget deficit set to hit 6% of GDP this year - finance minister

09 Oct 2020

DUBLIN Ireland's budget deficit is set to hit 6.1% of gross domestic product this year, Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe said on Friday, a narrower than forecast shortfall likely to give him room for more generous measures in Tuesday's budget.

Ireland resists lockdown call, tightens COVID-19 curbs instead

05 Oct 2020

DUBLIN Ireland must act now to prevent a damaging return to lockdown, Prime Minister Micheal Martin said on Monday after rejecting a surprise recommendation by his health chiefs to shut down the economy immediately and opting instead to tighten COVID-19 restrictions.

Irish health chiefs recommend return to full lockdown: sources

04 Oct 2020

DUBLIN Ireland's health chiefs recommended to the government on Sunday that the country enter a second nationwide lockdown for four weeks in a surprise move that cabinet will discuss on Monday, two government sources said.

Sturdy Irish tax take to keep a lid on budget deficit

02 Oct 2020

DUBLIN Ireland will this year run a narrower budget deficit than the 30 billion euros (27.20 billion pounds) worst-case scenario it forecast early in the COVID-19 pandemic after collecting more tax than expected since then, its finance minister said.

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