Rescue efforts continue after deadly Indonesian volcanic eruption

INDONESIAN RESCUERS HAVE dug out the body of 13-year-old boy with their bare hands as the search for the missing continues after a volcanic eruption on Java island killed at least 15 people. A total of 27 others are missing after the island’s highest volcano spewed searing gas and ash on Saturday, blanketing nearby towns … Read more

Varadkar under fire after trying to ‘distance’ himself from restrictions decision |

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has come under fire within Cabinet after trying to “distance himself” from the decision to introduce further Covid-19 restrictions last week. As reported in the Irish Examiner, comments made by the Fine Gael leader were understood by Cabinet colleagues as Mr Varadkar saying the new restrictions were “peculiar”. A number of Government … Read more

LIVE updates as Met Eireann warn of ‘violent’ weather and issue red warning

Storm Barra on its way Ireland is set for a cold and wintery week as Storm Barra makes its way towards the country. Met Eireann has forecast a wet and windy and possibly snowy start to the week, with snowfall expected on hills as temperatures plummet. There is a Status Yellow Gale warning in place … Read more

Members of hospitality industry to meet with Tánaiste and Culture Minister

REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE events and hospitality industries will meet with Tánaiste Leo Varadkar and Culture Minister Catherine Martin later today.  The government announced a number of new Covid-19 restrictions that will be in place from tomorrow until 9 January. They include a 50% reduction in capacity at indoor cultural, entertainment, community and sporting events.  The current … Read more

Ted Baker chairman John Barton dies

The chairman of Ted Baker, who also once led the boards of easyJet and Next, has died, the company said on Monday. ohn Barton passed away suddenly, the business told its investors, without revealing further information. Ted Baker chief executive Rachel Osborne said: “John was a source of great wisdom for me and for so … Read more

Storm Barra: Western counties to be worst affected

Western counties – from Galway down to Cork – will be the worst affected areas when Storm Barra lands in Ireland from 6am tomorrow morning, according to a Met Éireann spokesperson. Meteorologist Liz Walsh said the storm will be “quite a long-lived event,” lasting all day Tuesday and into Wednesday night. Met Éireann issued Status … Read more

OECD scores show Ireland must try harder on regulatory impact assessments

It is not just on taxation that the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is affecting Ireland’s policy-making and public affairs. It is suggesting a new regulatory body. Specifically, the OECD is pushing for Ireland to establish a central body to perform core oversight functions, such as reviewing the quality of regulatory impact assessments … Read more