The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year awards take place. Partner Kevin McLoughlin, centre, says the  finalists, spread across 10 sectors, are reflective of the strength and diversity in Irish business.  Photograph: Shane O’Neill Photography

For Your Diary: EY Entrepreneur of the Year awards; CPL AGM; Irish retail sales

As part of the initiative gardai have released a list of some of the locations at which they will be based. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

National “Slow Down Day” is being conducted to raise awareness around speeding

 Ibrahim Halawa seen after he was freed from jail on Thursday. The Irish man has been issued a new Irish passport and is expected to return home within days.

Irish man’s release comes a month after he was found not guilty on several charges

Aer Lingus has announced five flights from Dublin to Copenhagen for the Republic of Ireland’s World Cup playoff. File photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

Ryanair also schedules extra flights to Copenhagen for Republic of Ireland v Denmark

 Maurice Manning, chair of the Expert Advisory Group on Commemorations with Minister for Culture  Heather Humphreys and Ronan McGreevy, at the launch of the book Centenary in the GPO. Photograph:  Maxwells

Dr Maurice Manning said commemorations may revive painful memories of loss and dispossession

Ronan McGreevy, who edited ‘Centenary’, and Minister for Culture Heather Humphreys. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Ronan McGreevy talks of honour of producing book ‘worthy of a wonderful year’

Existing provisions in Irish legislation outlawing online harassment are insufficient, says Prof Geoffrey Shannon. Photograph: iStock

Special Rapporteur on Child Protection says subject should be considered even for creche

The scene was preserved and assistance was sought from the office of the State Pathologist after skeletal remains were discovered at a beach in Wexford. A forensic anthropologist subsequently attended the beach. File photograph: iStockPhoto

Discovery made by walkers at Forlorn Point, Kilmore Quay, on Tuesday afternoon

Workmen clear a tree that fell and took out power lines on the R703 between Thomastown and Graiguenamanagh, Co Kilkenny. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

ESB Networks warns that fallen electricity lines are still a threat across the country

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar:  “We are going to have to build up new alliances.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Leo Varadkar stresses that the Government will need to 'build up new alliances'

An ESB crew  works to restore services following damage by Storm Ophelia. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

South of country worst hit by Storm Ophelia as responders work to restore services

Holly Cowman visiting one of Mary Immaculate College’s Erasmus+ partner universities, East China Normal University, in Shanghai

From small beginnings, there grew a movement and now 300,000 students participate in the Erasmus programme each year

 National safeguarding committee chairperson Patricia Rickard Clarke said financial abuse can be highly calculated, or can be very subtle. Photograph: Eric Luke

Figures may represent only the ‘tip of the iceberg’, watchdog committee chair warns

AP McCoy will talk to Paddy Power at the One-Zero 2017 conference on Tuesday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

This week: Leadership lunch with Brian O’Driscoll and the latest thinking on digital marketing

M50 file photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Public Accounts Committee hears of €5.2m in write-offs in 2016, €4.9m in 2015

A  pilot has written to Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary (above) over concerns of colleagues at the airline’s refusal to entertain collective bargaining. File photograph: Niklas Halle’n/AFP/Getty Images

Ryanair refuses to engage with European Employee Representative Committee

“Ireland is facing a health catastrophe. Six in 10 adults and one in four children are either obese or overweight.” Photograph: Getty Images

Getting food companies to police sector is like using ‘Dracula to head up the blood bank’

A recent study published by the National Anti-Bullying Research Centre found less than 20 per cent of parents were monitoring the (...)

Judges who opt for custodial sentences of less than 12 months instead of a non-custodial alternative  should be legally compelled to explain why, a  paper by the Irish Penal Reform Trust says. File photograph: Getty Images

Irish Penal Reform Trust paper says community service is underutilised in Ireland

The report published by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform on disability allowance payments found the more recent cost rises were solely down to an increase in the number of recipients, as payment levels have remained flat. File photograph: iStock

Number receiving payment rises by quarter in four years as spending on scheme hits €1.35bn

The Citizens’ Assembly said it had the guidance of former Dublin county returning officer John Fitzpatrick on the structure of its voting system. Photograph: Getty Images

Independent critique of advisory body says voting procedures fail to measure collective will

An additional 112,000 workers will be needed over the next four years to deliver the Government’s ambition of 35,000 annual housing units. Photograph: Alan Betson

This week in business: Paschal O’Donohoe’s balancing act; CIF conference

The pair were approached in their car at a shop in Ashtown and gardaí found a firearm, Halloween mask and a container of petrol.

Suspect in his 30s was arrested along with a woman in Ashtown, Dublin on Wednesday

Almost 680,000 people remain on public hospital waiting lists for various procedures, according to the latest published figures. Photograph: iStock

Almost 500,000 people waiting for outpatient treatment, NTPF says

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon at  Governments Buildings. Photograph: Tom Honan/PA Wire

Brexit agenda: Scottish first minister talks up closer Scotland-Ireland ties on Dublin visit

Ibrahim Halawa: the Taoiseach said he assumed the Irish Embassy in Cairo still had access to him. Photograph: PA Wire

Opposition TDs ask whether he is being held illegally and about Irish relations with Egypt

A firearm was found in the car as well as a Halloween mask and a canister of petrol

The ‘glamourising of alcohol’ through advertising, promotions and sponsorship can adversely affect the behaviour of young people, Catholic bishops have said. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Bishops highlight the ‘human devastation’ caused to Irish society by alcohol

Ann Marie Walsh Harte from Co Mayo with her son Lewis, (5) who has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

HSE not funding treatment, costing up to €411,000 a year, due to doubt over clinical benefit

Catherine Moroney, head of business banking at AIB; Network Ireland president Rebecca Harrison; CRC chief executive Stephanie Manahan; and Priscilla O’Regan, head of communications at BT, launching  Network Ireland’s Creating Opportunities conference. Photograph: 1IMAGE/Bryan Brophy

For Your Diary: The major events happening in business this week

Niall Gibbons CEO of Tourism Ireland: will travel to the UK next week to meet industry counterparts. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Visitors from UK down 7.5% during height of tourist season as sterling falls

Comptroller and Auditor General Seamus McCarthy:  his report found that 39 departments had transferred their HR functions and 43 their payroll functions by the end of 2016.  Photograph: David Sleator

Personnel details, delays and errors in processing system are key systemic problems

The C&AG says the estimated level of debt due to welfare overpayments was €482.5 million at the end of 2016.

C&AG says annual welfare overpayments are €100m-€120m out of total €19.2bn payout

Bríd Smith TD takes a picture of the members of the Oireachtas employees for choice gathered outside the Department of the Taoiseach. Photograph: Alan Betson

Hotels withdrawing permission for pro- and anti- meetings over ‘intimidation’

Four fire engines and an ambulance responded to the report of a fire at Lissadell Drive in Drimnagh at about 9pm on Thursday. File photograph: Google Street View

Victim was brought to St James’s Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead

A total of 47 checkpoints have been mounted in Carlow and Kilkenny, aimed at intercepting and disrupting criminal groups. File photograph: Getty Images

Operation Thor: Arrests linked to burglary, theft, criminal damage, assault and disorder

A burst water mains at Roughgrange, Donore, Co Meath.

Irish Water issues warning following publication of report on July 2017 incident

A Bitcoin (virtual currency) coin is seen in an illustration picture taken at La Maison du Bitcoin in Paris. Photograph: Benoit Tessier/Reuters

As digital coin use grows, watchdogs warn of potential bubble and call for greater control

Kerrie Byrne (3) Mary Ellen Byrne (8) and their aunt Barbara Doyle (20) died  in a house fire at Church Lane, Kilcock, Co Kildare on September 20th, 1987.

Kerrie Byrne (3), Mary Ellen Byrne (8) and their aunt Barbara Doyle (20) died in blaze

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar looks at a map of Dublin from 1610  with  Trinity’s registrar Prof Paula Murphy and  provost Dr Patrick Prendergast at an event to celebrate 425 years since TCD’s founding. Photograph: Tom Honan

Varadkar tells audience at Trinity that students should still make a contribution to their education

US president Donald Trump and (left) Massachusetts Democrat Richard Neal, who said the role of US special envoy to Northern Ireland would not be eliminated. Photograph: Zach Gibson/Bloomberg

Democrat Richard Neal assured George Mitchell’s former position would be kept

The Retail Excellence eCommerce Conference is on Wednesday at Crown Plaza Hotel, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

This week in business: Nike’s results, Retail Excellence, and a whistleblowers’ conference

Women  embrace at a Mass given by Fr David Gimenez near a collapsed building after an earthquake earlier this week in Mexico City, Mexico. Photograph: Henry Romero/Reuters

With death toll nearing 300 on Friday night, community looks to encourage donations

Jean Moran spins yarn from raw fleece, watched by Hans Constable Herriott,  in Smithfield in Dublin as Culture Night gets under way. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Culture Night thrives as crowds throng Dublin streets soaking up free entertainment

The former Supreme Court Judge Catherine McGuinness: ‘The outright ban on such people seeking employment leaves them deprived of the self-respect.’ Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Former Supreme Court judge Catherine McGuinness to address right to work event

Elizabeth Byrne with her daughters Mary Ellen  (8) and  Kerrie Ann (3).

Kerrie Ann Byrne (3), Mary Ellen Byrne (8) and their aunt Barbara Doyle (20) died in Kilcock

Insurance Ireland says the XL Group’s decision validates the country’s position as an international insurance hub

CEO Mike McGavick says decision will help it ‘provide certainty and consistency’

In the second quarter of 2017 SME credit lines fell by 0.8 per cent to €27.5 billion, an annual decrease of 7.5 per cent. Photograph: iStock/Getty

Property-related lending to SMEs represents 41% of Irish banks’ loan book

The EU’s Luxembourg-based court on Tuesday ruled for the European Commission which had complained that the Irish tax authorities were in effect restricting the ability of foreign car hire companies to provide services in the Irish market and discriminating in favour of domestic providers.

EC had complained Ireland restricted foreign car hire firms’ ability to service Irish market

Dr Jesus Frias, academic leader, Environmental Sustainability and Health Institute, DIT (left), with Minister of State at the Department of Education with special responsibility for Higher Education Mary Mitchell-O’Connor; Aidan Crowe, operations director at Diageo’s St James’s Gate Brewery, and Tommy Keane, production director at Irish Distillers (right),  at the launch of the  BSc in Brewing and Distilling at DIT Grangegorman. Photograph: Robbie Reynolds

New BSc course syllabus designed with partners Diageo and Irish Distillers

Doctors have warned that Nerf guns  can lead to serious eye injuries. File photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA

Doctors recommend protective eyewear for children using toys that shoot foam darts

A dog outside a  shop on Dublin’s Dame Street in Dublin. File photograph: Frank Miller

Study finds ‘caregiver burden’ also applies to animal owners

 Robert Watt, secretary general of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. He will be a speaker at the Great Place to Work Ireland Conference 2017. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Sun shining on Green Reit and what exactly constitutes a ‘great place to work’?

Changes imposed by the Irish Aviation Authority in line with European law means Ryanair must bring staff holidays in line with the calendar year from January. Photograph: Andreas Arnold/AFP/Getty Images

Airline blames increased holiday leave requirements, and denies it has shortage of pilots

Among Ryanair’s cancellations yesterday and today were 17 flights in and out of Dublin Airport. Photograph: Andreas Arnold/AFP/Getty Images

Cancellations to last six weeks as airline works to improve ‘system-wide punctuality’

Ratings by companies such as Moody’s are used by investors as a guide to a country’s economic health and stability. File photograph: Getty Images

Paschal Donohoe says move is an acknowledgement of economic improvement

Gardaí have arrested a man in connection with an alleged sexual offence. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Male suspect in his 40s was apprehended in a Garda operation on Thursday afternoon

Kany Kazadi’s screaming red and green hair braids have jumped off her Twitter page and rustled up a stor. Photograph: Kany Kazadi/Twitter

Kany Kazadi’s red and green hair has jumped off her Twitter page and rustled up a storm

Clonbrien Hero has tested positive for a prohibited substance related to cocaine use. File photograph: ThinkStock

Irish Laurels winner Clonbrien Hero found to have traces of a metabolite of cocaine

A ‘Team Hutch’ T-shirt. Photograph: Craic Clothing

Craic Clothing apologises for selling the items, saying it was a ‘stupid idea’

Dublin Fire Brigade officers at the scene of the derailment in Dublin. Photograph: @RichardDonelan/@GDoherty90 via Dublin Fire Brigade

Derailment near Dun Laoghaire on southbound line disrupts thousands of passengers

AIB has notified the Data Protection Commissioner after records belonging to around 500 staff were mislaid. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Bank notifies Data Protection Commissioner and customers after details are mislaid

Bob Etchingham, CEO of  Applegreen; the company is expected to post strong results this week. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

For your Diary: Applegreen results; UK unemployment stats; German inflation; Photonics conference

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin:  said that Brexit now threatened “genuinely historic damage”.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Micheál Martin warns Ireland and UK in danger of losing gains from Belfast Agreement

Firefighters battle a blaze in Harold’s Cross, Dublin. Photograph: Dublin Fire Brigade

Dublin Fire Brigade dispatches several units after fire breaks out in Harold’s Cross

The Northern Lights, Aurora Borealis,   over Lake Thingvellir National Park in Iceland. It is only clearly visible over Ireland about once every 10 years. File photograph: iStockPhoto

Sensational Aurora Borealis light show can only be seen about once a decade in Ireland

Derek Leinster, born in the Bethany Home in 1938 and chairman of the Bethany Home Survivors’ Group, with Lorraine Jackson, who was brought to the home and adopted after nine months, attending an annual remembrance at Mount Jerome cemetery for children who lost their lives at the home. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Ceremony at Mount Jerome cemetery for young who died at mother and child home

Enterprise Ireland chief executive Julie Sinnamon: “The Brexit impact on Ireland is the most significant change for Irish business that we have probably ever seen.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Enterprise Ireland chief says changing landscape for businesses ‘not a blip’

An internal garda report has found 1.5 million tests were wrongfully claimed over a seven-year period -  500,000 more than  previously known.

Discovery of extra 500,000 bogus Garda breath tests ‘deeply disturbing’

Niamh Boyle  (33) at the Sepsis conference in  Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Co Louth woman lost toes and fingers through sepsis and now has a robotic hand

Simon Harris: The pay difference between agency staff and people working directly for the HSE is ‘quite unfair’

Minister warns against patients becoming ‘pawns’ in dispute over agency doctors’ pay

Minister for Health Simon Harris: Sepsis is an extraordinary killer. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/THE IRISH TIMES

More than 14,000 cases of condition recorded in 2016 in 67% rise on 2015

Ibec’s CEO Danny McCoy to speak at the Convenience Retailer Summit. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

For Your Diary: Exchequer returns; Dalata results; Dell results; ECB rate decision

Health insurance cover has been rising for two straight years. Photograph: iStock

Health policy numbers perk up significantly as sector reaches for its 2008 heyday

Used car imports for the month of August increased by 31 per cent to 8,451 while for the year to date, the increase has come in at 40 per cent (62,161). Photograph: iStock

Used car imports rose 31% to 8,451 in August and by 40% to 62,161 for the year

Figures  show 2,157,000 people covered to the end of June 2017. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Number of people with insurance is now approaching pre-recession peak of 2.3m in 2008

Roderick Campbell (centre) from Uplift photographed outside the RCSI HQ before delivering a petition to the RCSI Hospitals over parking fees. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Group including Beaumont, Cavan and Connolly seen as among least ‘progressive’

Brendan O’Dea of the National Teaching Council said about 16,000 teachers working in the system  still had to have vetting applications processed. File photograph: Getty Images

Move follows end-year deadline when all in such a position must have completed vetting

The bank has said the move is part of an ongoing upgrading of machines and was prompted by a blatant lack of interest in the service - less than one per cent of customers select the Irish language user option. File photograph: Getty Images.

Bank that ‘came cap in hand’ to taxpayers now refusing to service Irish speakers - Ó Cuív

  No arrests were made but gardaí say they are following a number of lines of inquiry.

Victim rushed to hospital but her injuries are not thought to be life threatening

Incident occurred near Knocknagoshel on N21 Castleisland to Abbeyfeale Road

Trees lining the roadway at Fairview park, which were earmarked for felling by Dublin City Council to make way for a cycle path. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Just 10 of 64 trees which were originally planned to be felled will now go, group says

Minister of State for the Diaspora Ciarán Cannon said the Government was committed to facilitate Irish people living abroad who wish to return to live in Ireland.  Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Department of Foreign Affairs to research obstacles facing those returning to Ireland

Eoghan Murphy published the ‘Framework for Enhancing Fire Safety in Dwellings’ on Friday.Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Cllr Cian O’Callaghan says ‘no learning has been taken’ from Kildare housing estate fire

Grafton Group CEO Gavin Slark: shareholders will be looking forward to the details of Grafton Group’s first-half performance this week following very positive indications. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

First-half results at IFG have been preceded by a profit warning issued in late July

Mary McAleese: ‘Brexit is like pulling a tooth with 10,000 roots’.File photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Former president is worried power sharing will not return to North any time soon

A collapsed road at Quigley’s Point in Co Donegal, after torrential rain and floods left a trail of destruction. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Kevin Moran calls for ‘substantial’ increase in funds following northwest floods

Beaumont Hospital in Dublin. A man is in a serious condition in the hospital after falling from a teleporter. File photograph: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

An 11-year-old boy was also injured in the incident at a house in Cangort, Co Offaly

Luas Cross City archaeologists uncover the skeletons of up to 1,700 cholera victims buried in two  trench graves near Grangegorman, in 2015.

Skeletons from a cholera epidemic were among the many discoveries over the last four years

Every third-level institution is required to provide a Disability Service or Access Programme for students with disabilities and each has facilities and philosophies centred on student needs. Photograph: iStockphoto/Getty Images

Colleges and universities provide broad range of support services for people who need them

 CEO Robert Pitt  (left)  and Leslie Buckley, chairman, at an Independent News & Media egm last year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It cannot be said the build up to Independent News & Media’s agm has been dull

‘There is a lot of fear. People don’t know what is going on,’ said Misty Barker

‘There is a lot of fear. People don’t know what is going on,’ says Irish citizen

The IFA has said the  UK must compromise on future trade ambitions with third countries in the area of agricultural and food products. Photograph: iStock

‘It is impossible to see how border checks could be avoided,’ says IFA

Detail of cracking caused by pyrite in a house in Finglas. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Owners believe new classification system will make it harder to secure remediation works

Employers prepare for new data protection rules

Lough Conn in Co Mayo, with Massbrook towards the southwest. File photograph: Google Street View

Man spends four hours in water after two 10-year-olds he was out with make it ashore

File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Eighteen homes evacuated as army called to Ashling Park to deal with device

Pickets will be placed at sites in both Dublin and Wexford on Friday. Photograph:  Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Unite trade union looking for 10% pay increase for the workers

Dublin’s scoring ability was badly hit by its performance in income tax, salaries and affordability. Photograph: iStock

Dublin ranks 23rd of 85 locations, with low rating for income tax and safety

Star Wars owner Disney alters arrangement with Netflix US. Photograph: iStock

New Disney movies to be cut from US service in 2019, but irrelevant to European screens

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