Air Rage: Inside Ryanair’s battle over Ireland’s “restrictive” Covid-19 travel regime
From golfgate to falling passenger numbers, the budget airline is planning a full-throttle attack on the government's green list in today's High Court action. Newly obtained papers show the state is ready to fight back.
15th Sep, 2020 - 10 min read
“Maybe one day in the not so distant future, Shack Restaurant may be able to open once more, but that outlook today looks bleak”
After almost a quarter of a century in business, Shack Restaurant in Temple Bar has temporarily closed due to the impact of Covid-19 on its business. Its owner would love to reopen in the future but admits the outlook is bleak.
1st Sep, 2020 - 2 min read
Yaneer Bar-Yam: “The faster we stop it, the better. There’s no benefit to waiting”
Physicist Yaneer Bar-Yam has been paying close attention to Ireland's coronavirus response and argues that the best approach once the number of new cases has been brought near zero is to cut off routes for any fresh infection to spread.
20th Jul, 2020 - 15 min read
From garda complaints to alleged defamation: ventilator row goes to arbitration
Having urgently signed a €7.5 million contract to buy ventilators on the night of the lockdown, the HSE cancelled the deal and allegedly sparked a garda investigation involving Interpol. Court proceedings followed but a recent ruling means the dispute will now continue behind closed doors.
3rd Jul, 2020 - 7 min read
“Sometimes change can be hard to implement. You need a shock to make it happen at times, and there is no doubt that we have had that”
Seamus Hand, the managing partner of KPMG, believes that policymakers and business leaders have shown resilience in the crisis. But, with a bird’s eye view of the Irish economy, he also believes a range of tax and non-tax supports could be implemented to assist the recovery.
22nd Jun, 2020 - 16 min read
“There is no market except the domestic market” – how will Ireland’s hotels survive without foreign tourists?
Hotels made their money from overseas visitors, weddings and summer trade. All three have been wiped out by Covid-19, and it'll be a while before they're back. What's the industry's plan?
29th May, 2020 - 11 min read
As donations falter amid Covid-19 lockdown, charities are facing a sharp cash crisis
What happens to charities when all fundraising events are cancelled? This is the question all charities are now trying to answer as the Covid-19 lockdown has called a halt to most gatherings.
29th May, 2020 - 11 min read
Culture shock: Angry, frustrated, fearful, can Ireland’s arts industry survive Covid-19?
Artists and thousands supporting them in the cultural industry say they were already underfunded in Ireland before Covid-19 hit. The lockdown has heaped even more pressure on them, and many are not happy with the state's response.
20th May, 2020 - 10 min read
Eleanor McEvoy: “Lives just aren’t lost to a virus. Lives are also lost through poverty”
The current pandemic has caused a major loss of revenue for Irish recording artists. As chair of industry group Imro, singer Eleanor McEvoy is trying to help musicians navigate the crisis – as she keeps her eye on developing legislation to protect their intellectual rights online.