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Ireland preparing to move to toughest COVID-19 restrictions: source

10:52pm IST

DUBLIN Ireland's cabinet will be asked to approve a move to the highest level of COVID-19 constraints for six weeks on Monday, and not a combination of the top two levels as initially considered, a source familiar with the plan said. | 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.

UPDATE 2-Ireland cushions tough COVID-19 curbs with biggest budget package

13 Oct 2020

* Wage subsidy scheme, commercial rate holiday extended (Adds detail, reaction)

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

10 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.

UPDATE 1-Irish budget deficit set to hit 6% of GDP this year -finance minister

10 Oct 2020

* Record corporate tax haul, income tax receipts resilient (Adds detail on tax estimates)

Ireland resists lockdown call, tightens COVID-19 curbs instead

06 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

05 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.

UPDATE 2-Sturdy Irish tax take to keep a lid on budget deficit

02 Oct 2020

* Ireland to present budget for 2021 on Oct. 13 (Releads on budget deficit forecast)

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