Ryanair cancellations: the airline says that 305,000 alternative routings or refunds – or more than 97 per cent of affected customers – have been processed. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Investors should recognise employees’ value, says European pilots’ association

Ryanair aircraft on the tarmac of Charleroi Airport in Belgium. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

We recount some of the remarkable tales generated by Michael O’Leary’s high-flying baby

Laurence Carpenter with costumes worn by Madonna (€16,500) and David Bowie (€7,600)  for sale at the 52nd Irish Antique Dealers Fair at the RDS. Photograph: Fran Veale

Silver spoons and memorabilia at 52nd Antique Dealers Fair taking place at the RDS

Michael O’Leary had said on Thursday that pilots got very well paid for doing what is “a very easy job”  Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Pilots rule out short-term action but consider long-term options

A Ryanair jet  comes in to land   at Dublin airport. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Airline in significant U-turn amid rolling cancellations due to rostering issues

Earlier this week, the airline wrote to pilots offering them bonus payments of up to €12,000, deferred for a year. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Further flight cancellations loom as airline’s roster solution deemed inadequate

A spokesman for MyTaxi said  the change was being rolled out in order to make the company ‘more attractive’ for drivers.  File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The company says the additional charge is being rolled out in order to attract more drivers

What has been very stressful for some passengers has been problems with the Ryanair website and the difficulty of making contact with the airline.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Stress, disappointment and anger continues for some of the airline’s stranded passengers

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy, speaks to the media about the Residential Tenancies Boardâ’ s latest Quarterly Rent Index Report on the opening day of the National Ploughing Championships in Screggan, Co Offaly. Photograph: Laura Hutton/Collins Photo Agency

Rental costs up 6.6% in year to June, setting new record, Residential Tenancies Board finds

Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary during  Monday’s press conference. Between four and six flights into and out of Dublin Airport will be cancelled by the carrier every day between now and  end of October. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

O’Leary apologises for ‘mess’ that will see 48 flights every day cancelled across Europe

Sitting under an “Always Getting Better” banner, O’Leary explained how things had got a whole lot worse both for his airline and for many of its passengers in recent days. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

While Ryanair can break up with you, they are banking on you not breaking with them

If Ryanair cancels your flight it must offer you the choice of an alternative flight at the earliest opportunity or at a later date of you choice, subject to the availability of seats or a full refund of the ticket. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Why is the airline cancelling flights and how can you claim compensation

The Free Wifi Finder app uses GPS to find wifi hot spots all over the world. Find a network where you are, and use the Skype or Viber apps to make calls at no cost.

Conor Pope’s favourites: LoungeBuddy, Wiki Voyage, Ryanair ... oh hang on, maybe not

Ryanair said it will  cancel 40-50 flights every day up until 20 September. Photograph: PA

Passengers hit by Ryanair’s rolling flight cancellations have clear rights under law

Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary during a press conference in Dublin where he has admitted the cancellation of flights due to pilot holidays is “a mess”. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Michael O’Leary apologises for ‘mess’ and says airline will pay compensation to passengers

Just as Ryanair  was cancelling flights over the weekend it was sending out emails to customers boasting about the low fares coming down the tracks

Has the ‘low fare airline’ moved closer to being the ‘don’t care airline’?

Fashion tops the list of online purchases, at 59 per cent, followed by electrical goods on 39 per cent and books and stationery at 38 per cent. Photograph: Eva Katalin Kondoros/iStock

What will happen to our high streets if everyone goes online to shop?

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary: Airline has yet to reveal which flights will be affected after Wednesday, which has prompted anger among many whose trips  hang in the balance. File photograph:  Getty Images

Aviation law expert expects airline to have lawyers ready and ‘to put up all sorts of obstacles’

‘This is an utter shambles,’ one Ryanair customer  said. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

Readers share their stories after airline cancels up to 50 flights a day over the next six weeks

Legislation forcing house sellers to pay water charges still in place

The new Irish Ferries ship, which cost €144m – a big boat that needs a big name – and the public is being asked to choose it

Irish Ferries has asked the public to name its newest boat. Did they learn nothing from Boaty McBoatface?

 Justina Juszczak of  Polish beverage maker Victoria Cymes. Over 3,000 food industry professionals attended the  National Food and Drink Conference at Citywest in Dublin on Wednesday.  Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Brexit strategy: Bakery company Foods of Athenry does a quarter of its business in the UK

Mella Frewen: “Everyone in Brussels is getting very nervous and there is a huge amount of Brexit fatigue.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

‘I don’t think people appreciate what is coming,’ Dublin food conference hears

“All Ryanair tickets are non-refundable, as stated in our terms and conditions,” a spokeswoman said. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Kerry family forced to cancel trip due to operation and chemotherapy, but refund and credit note refused by airline

In What Are You Working For? Philip Boucher Hayes finds people willing to talk about their earnings. Photograph: RTE

What Are You Working For? Philip Boucher Hayes explores issues around salaries in Ireland

Fiona’s son arrived at the gate and was not allowed in because Ticketmaster had cancelled his ticket

Pricewatch: Mother unaware ticket had been cancelled until son was refused entry

House sales nationally climbed by 8.4 per cent in the first half of 2017 when compared with the same period last year. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Property sales in Meath up 43%, Wicklow up 21% in first half of 2017, MyHome.ie finds

From WhatsApp to Loylap, Revolut to RevApp, these free apps are worth downloading

Which umbrella reigns supreme – the Blunt, Senz XXL, Totes or Penneys? Let’s compare

Ciarán Hogan of the Clockwork Door on Wellington Quay organised the coffee giveaway

Ciarán Hogan organised giveaway in reaction to news of another Starbucks opening in city

A survey found 89 per cent of people said the smell of bread made them happy, with 63 per cent saying it evoked happy memories. Photograph: iStock

Researchers have discovered why the scent of a loaf triggers feelings of wellbeing

The Cabinet has formally agreed to refund water charges to householders by the end of the year

The Cabinet has agreed to refund water charges to householders by end of the year

Independent coffee shops say it is hard to compete against Starbucks. Photograph: Getty

‘I blame Irish people, they think it is hip and cool to walk around with a Starbucks cup’

Hugh Maguire wins the Golden Fork for his smoked black pudding.

‘This time last year this product wasn’t even incubated,’ says Golden Fork winner

The Bridges of Ross on the Loop Head Peninsula, Co Clare. Photograph: Alan Betson, The Irish Times

We asked readers to name the places in the world – near and far – that they most love

There are many shop-bought smoothies out there, but which is the best?

While third-party sites offering Esta services are bad value, they are not strictly speaking “scams” as those who use them do actually get their Estas.

A reader fears use of site charging too much for US travel authorisation may be ID theft

Lobby group wants Government to defer the measure. Photograph: iStock

Irish Beverage Council continues rearguard action against ‘unjustified’ sugary drink levy

Mind-boggling: entering C3 instead of CE at Stillorgan Luas stop earned William an €80 fine. Photograph: iStock

PriceWatch: According to NCPS there’s a right and a wrong way to write a zero

The new pricing survey from the Institute of Professional Auctioneers and Valuers (IPAV) puts the average cost of a family home in selected areas of the capital at just under €518,000, more than twice the State-wide average. File photograph: Frank Miller

Auctioneers and valuers say prices to keep rising but State not facing another bubble

Financial consultant Padraic Kissane said he had been investigating the issue for more than two years

Financial consultant claims employees were afraid of speaking out in case they lost their jobs

Junior Infant Luca McGlade at St Olaf’s NS, Balally Drive, Dundrum. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Rising cost of transition year and voluntary contributions listed as source of anxiety

Air travel, car hire, electronic goods, furniture and hotels caused the greatest number of cross-border headaches for Irish people last year

Flight cancellations and delays the number one cause for passenger complaints

Tesco’s sales growth of 3.4 per cent in the 12 weeks to the middle of August brought its market share to 22 per cent, 0.2 per cent behind SuperValu. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Aldi ties with Tesco for title of fastest-growing retailer

Above, Waterford and Galway clash in the league earlier this year. Photograph: Mike Shaughnessy

Organisation warns that tickets bought online for more than face value may not scan

The Giant’s Causeway in Antrim came in for the most ire from Irish Times readers

We asked readers what holiday must-dos were actually must-don’ts. Here is what they said

Newspapers can go in the recycling bin (generally green). Photograph: Getty

It can be hideously difficult to get your head around recycling but help is at hand

Zlatan Ibrahimovic in action for Manchester United. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA Wire

The game now consumes millions of people all over the world, including 200,000 in Ireland

One scam sees someone approaching you on the street. While you are befuddled or delighted some light-fingered accomplice is making off with your wallet. Photograph: Getty Images

Conor Pope: An unfortunate list of scams that have caught readers out this summer

Making your home more energy efficient may not save the planet, but it will save you money and improve your life. Photograph: iStockphoto

Pricewatch: Whether Ireland can reach its emissions targets by 2020, we can do our bit

Hollie Walker (6) and Kyle Maloney (8) in the  Brown Thomas Christmas Shop in Dublin on Thursday. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Retailer ‘responding to customer demand’ for Christmas shop in August

The cost of making calls from a mobile to some lo-call numbers can be as high as €0.35 a minute. Photograph: Getty Images

Many organisations use numbers with prefixes 1800, 1850, 1890, 0818 and 076

The banner on the Rosie Hackett Bridge in Dublin. Photograph: Conor Pope

Fans of Hajduk Split FC pay tribute to supporter

Filtration systems on modern planes  kill over 99 per cent of airborne microbes

Conor Pope: Online browsing won’t raise airline prices and booking early isn’t cheaper

Members of  An Garda Síochána searching a site in Chapelizod in relation to the disappearance of Trevor Deely. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Chapelizod residents shocked that search for Trevor Deely taking place on their doorsteps

Gardaí search the site in  Chapelizod.  Major excavation of the overgrown plot of wasteland will get under way on Monday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Missing 22-year-old may have been killed by known criminal and buried at Chapelizod site

 According to a report published  this year by the National Parents’ Council, almost one-third of parents of primary school pupils said their children could not walk to school because of the weight of their schoolbags. Photograph: iStock

The holidays are nearly over, so it’s time to fret about bags, bedtimes, books – and ‘voluntary’ contributions

Megan Depinna as Batgirl and Karen Burke as Wonder Woman at  Dublin Comic Con 2017 in the Convention Centre. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Batman, Deadpool and Daenerys Targaryen all make appearances at the Dublin event

Mairead Cullen and her son Harry (7), who has cerebral palsy and epilepsy. “Irish Rail certainly did not seem to have any comprehension of what we might need,” said Jonathan Cullen.

Family could not reserve seats online and no wheelchair ramp was available at Heuston

Lorenzo the flying Frenchman at the RDS Horseshow in Ballsbridge. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

‘I do a mental tally and realise my showjumping trolley is already tipping €7,000’

The Ireland team in a huddle before the   World Cup pool C game against Australia at UCD Bowl. Photograph:  INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Fan zone buzzing as it waits to see if Ireland team will answer the call against Australia

'Save money on accommodation by staying in an apartment.' Photograph: Getty Images

It’s not too late to get some sun at a good price. Conor Pope finds last-minute deals

A planning application for a U2 museum in Dublin’s docklands is set to be lodged in the coming days. Photograph: Brendan Fitzsimons

Proposed four-storey facility would be located on the site of the band’s Dublin studio

Irish Rail: One  reader believes the price difference between online and at a station is “exorbitant”.

Irish Rail is left unmoved by our readers’ stories of rail rage

Pricewatch reader query: Rude and obnoxious staff made Lanzarote even worse

Children from around the country compete in table tennis at the Aldi Community Games Festivals. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.

The Community Games are a uniquely Irish affair that has been running for 50 years

Increasing the price of a litre of diesel by 10 cent to close the price gap between it and petrol would add about €140 on to the annual cost of driving for diesel motorists. Photograph:  Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

Government warned not to penalise drivers who were encouraged to switch from petrol

Terrible service: Eir sent a debt recovery agency to collect €14.49 that Barbara didn’t owe. Photograph: David Gould/Photographer’s Choice/Getty

Pricewatch: Ireland’s biggest phone company apologises for failing to deliver in nearly every way

Sarah Eustace (centre) and Michelle Metcalfe (left) and June Tinsley (right), head of advocacy at Barnardos.  at the  the Barnardos annual school costings for the year 2017.Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Case study: School costs force parents to cut back elsewhere

Mother Michelle Metcalfe says back-to-school time is a very stressful time of year for parents. Photograph: Patrick Bolger

Case 1: Parents ‘bearing the brunt of an underfunded education system’

Jayna McCuskey and  Mark Ara at St Enda’s School: “It is 50 years since our free education system was made a constitutional obligation and yet still we are seeing parents being told to foot the bill.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

'Parents bear the brunt of an underfunded education system'

In its latest pricing survey, Hotel Reservation Services said the cost of a night in a hotel in Dublin jumped by 9.2 per cent – or more than 10 times the rate of inflation – in just 12 months. Photograph: Getty Images¼

New survey suggests average prices in Dublin top €200 – up 10% on 2016

Bord Bia’s Periscope report shows 52 per cent of shoppers say price is the first thing they look at, compared with 64 per cent in 2013 and 60 per cent two years earlier. Photograph: Chris Helgren/Reuters

Food board study reveals greater consumer focus on perceived health rather than price

Sky says “such services may be provided by third parties and as such their availability is out of our control”. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Reader raging after option was unavailable for BBC’s Wimbledon coverage

The number of people buying organic food is increasing. Photograph: iStock

Bord Bia reports paint a picture of Ireland’s roller-coaster ride over the last two decades

The crowd at the Galway Races in 2015. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

‘Sky-high’ prices give city bad name, says former mayor but hoteliers claim they are inaccurate

The Commission for Energy Regulation gave the green light to an increase in the Public Service Obligation levy for the year ahead on Friday. Photograph: Getty Images

Regulator gives green light to more than 30 per cent increase but savings still possible

Eason in Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Easonschoolbooks.com does not accept One4All vouchers or Eason evouchers

How hard is it to stop payments from a credit card account? Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Stopping payments from a closed credit card account may be harder than you think

As it stands, there is no legal impediment stopping a landlord from demanding a deposit of any amount

Setting financial bar so high is effectively screening potential tenants – spokeswoman

Nearly one-in-four parents will deny their children basic school items this year as they struggle to cover the cost of returning to school next month, an Irish League of Credit Unions survey has revealed.  Photograph: Lorraine Teevan

Average spend per primary school child has risen €81 to €1,048 per year

‘Car-hire companies operate like low-fare airlines, with top-line prices looking good with bottom lines enhanced through the sale of last minute add-ons to people who are frequently stressed-out, confused and tired after long flights.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Tourists to other countries can face extra bills of over €1,000 when they return hire cars

“It is not how we treat customers who come to us to let us know about a family bereavement.”

Company displayed ‘total indifference’ to death and seemed irritated dealing with it

Protesters on Dorset Street, Dublin on Saturday voicing concerns over the proliferation of ‘massage parlours’ in the area. Photograph: Conor Pope

‘You hear the door opening and closing all the time, and all the time it’s men’

The summer is flying by, but there’s still time to find a deal in August and top up your tan

The Red Sea resort of Dahab (marked) is hugely popular with divers from all over the world. Image: Google Maps

Man believed to be in his 30s was in popular resort town of Dahab

The Mosney direct provision centre in Co Meath. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

People living in centres being denied hope claims author of landmark report on process

Temperatures could reach as high as 22 degrees on Sunday when big crowds are expected at the Bray Air Display. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney Collins

Temperatures set to top 20 degrees over the weekend but showers expected too

The summer of 1992 was when everything changed, when the stranglehold a handful of high-priced flag-carrying airlines had held over all Europeans started to loosen.

It’s 25 years since cheap, frequent air travel began – and it’s down to the EU just as much as it is to Michael O’Leary and Ryanai(...)

Passenger reported his missing bag and was given a reference number and told to track the bag online. Photograph: iStock

Bags go walkabout for days and customer says she was given no concrete information

Michael O’Leary: ‘People are whining and whingeing - but you can’t sit where you want.’ File photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

Ryanair chief says company’s seating algorithm has changed but policy has not

Refunding those who have moved home may prove to be a logistical nightmare

Everything you need to know, from the refunds to the conservation grant

The average cost of the food waste put at just under €10 €11.50 per household, according to a new survey carried out by Sainsbury’s. Photograph: Getty Images

Food and drink binned ahead of breaks away include bread, milk and salad leaves

Should tomatoes be kept in the fridge? Only if you want to destroy their flavour. Photograph: iStock/Getty

Irish consumers, send us your random queries

Ryanair insists there is no deliberate policy in place which separates those who don’t pay for allocated seats

Pricewatch: ‘We should refuse to pay for dedicated seats and instead swap at no cost’

 The Killers at the Barclaycard British Summer Time Festival in Hyde Park, London this week. Photograph:  Eamonn M McCormack/Getty

Pricewatch reader query: Seatwave sales make life easy for those making money from music fans

Some PTSB customers who contacted The Irish Times said their charges were going from €3.18 a quarter to €18, a rise of 466 per cent. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Bank which is 75 per cent State-owned says increases bring it in line with competition

Ed Sheeran has added extra concert dates for Dublin and Cork after the 300,000 tickets for his first seven Irish gigs sold out in less than 24 hours. Tickets for May 6th at Páirc Uí Chaoimh and May 19th at Phoenix Park will go on sale this Saturday at 9am. Photograph: Isabel Infantes/PA

Pricewatch reader query: Rules aimed at stopping touting have readers in a flap

British Airways Boeing 777: airline blamed a wedding party’s ticket confirmation problem on human error.   Photograph: Tim Ockenden/PA

Pricewatch: Party of 10 arrives in Dublin Airport to be told they have no tickets

For sale signs on houses in Dublin. New figures from the CSO show that the rate of house price inflation has accelerated. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Property prices in south-east region climbed by 18.6% during the 12 month period

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