Southern Correspondent. Ralph covers the south for Independent News & Media (INM). A graduate of DIT Rathmines, he was external examiner for the CIT Journalism Masters Degree course. He is the author of ten books, five of which were best sellers. Ralph has covered stories across five continents since 1987 including multiple US presidential visits and the 2018 visit by Pope Francis when he travelled with the Papal entourage. He is a regular on RTE, BBC, NewsTalk and TodayFM.
SENATOR Jerry Buttimer (53) profusely apologised for his involvement in 'Golfgate' as he said attending the Galway event was a monumental error of judgement.
The Covid-19 pandemic will cost Irish airports and the aviation-tourism supply chain sector more than €8bn, according to a study prepared by officials at the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, and 2021 could be worse unless the Government and EU urgently develop 'safe travel' corridors.
FOREIGN Affairs Minister Simon Coveney admitted that if EU Commissioner Phil Hogan cannot adequately explain his movements into and out of Kildare during the Covid-19 lockdown last week, his position will be "in difficulty."
TAOISEACH Micheal Martin hit out at claims that the Government was issuing "mixed messages" over Covid-19 controls as he insisted the focus was clearly on saving lives and protecting livelihoods.
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