#Ireland

A woman wearing a face mask as a precaution against the transmission of the novel coronavirus walks past a store in Dublin on October 21, 2020 as Ireland prepares to enter a second national lockdown to stem the spread of the virus that causes Covid-19. - Millions of people in Ireland were getting set for a second national lockdown on October 21, the first European country to take the drastic step as the continent battles a persistent surge in coronavirus cases. (Photo by Paul Faith / AFP)
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How Ireland became ‘most infectious’ coronavirus country

In the midst of a third wave of coronavirus infections, Ireland now holds the unhappy title of the nation with the highest transmission rate in the world.
Pedestrians wearing PPE (personal protective equipment), of a face mask or covering as a precautionary measure against spreading COVID-19, in Dublin on October 19, 2020, amid reports that further lockdown restrictions could be imposed to help mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus. - Ireland will crank up coronavirus restrictions, prime minister Micheal Martin said last week, announcing a raft of new curbs along the border with the British province of Northern Ireland. (Photo by PAUL FAITH / AFP)
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Ireland is first EU country to re-enter lockdown

Ireland will become the first European country to return to a national coronavirus lockdown, with everyone asked to "stay at home" for six weeks, but schools will remain open
British PM Boris Johnson waves as he leaves 10 Downing Street in central London on September 9, 2020, to attend Prime Minister's Question at the House of Commons. Photo: Ben Stansall / AFP
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UK’s controversial new Brexit powers law explained

The UK government is set for showdown talks with the EU after unveiling a new bill that will override parts of the divorce deal it signed with the bloc last year - the new bill explained
(FILES) (COMBO) This combination of file pictures made on June 10, 2020, shows (L-R) Luxembourg's Finance Minister Pierre Gramegna on December 4, 2017, in Brussels; Spain's Minister for Economic Affairs Nadia Calvino on June 8, 2018, in Madrid; and Ireland's Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe on October 8, 2019, in Dublin. - The new head of the Eurogroup will replace Mario Centeno, Portugal's soft-spoken finance minister who is stepping down after just two-and-a-half years. Luxembourg's Finance Minister Pierre Gramegna, Spain's Nadia Calvino, and Ireland's Paschal Donohoe, are among three names strongly rumoured to replace Centeno. (Photo by AFP)
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Eurozone picks new chief as pandemic recession looms

Who will be the next Eurogroup president? Eurozone finance ministers will meet to elect a new president, filling a key job just as the continent is facing the worst recession in EU history.
A couple wear surgical masks while shopping in the Grafton shopping area of in Dublin on March 12, 2020. - Ireland on Thursday announced the closure of all schools and colleges, and recommended the cancellation of mass gatherings as part of measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus. Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said "schools, colleges and childcare facilities will close from tomorrow (Friday)", as would state-run cultural institutions. (Photo by Paul Faith / AFP)
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Does virus crisis stoke case for united Ireland?

The coronavirus pandemic has spurred cooperation between Ireland and Northern Ireland, as the disease spreads without regard for borders, but will the crisis bolster the case for unification?