Trade unionist Arthur Scargill  on picket duty with Tesco workers in Artane, Dublin.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

‘This is a strong community and I think that is why so few people are crossing the picket’

 Tesco staff on strike at the retailer’s store in Phibsborough, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Mandate members at eight more stores join action over changes to terms of employment

The perpetrator is said to be in his 40s, around 5ft 10in and of stocky build and well dressed. File photograph: Getty Images

Scam operator acting as plain-clothes detective steals thousands from elderly in south

  Tesco strike: workers picket outside the firm’s  store on Baggot Street. The retailer has said it is  “shocked”   by   Mandate’s reluctance to accept  Labour  Court  recommendations made in November. Photo:

Almost 40 stores may take action next week over contract changes for 250 employees

 Striking Tesco workers and Mandate Trade Union members pictured  on the picket line at Tesco, Clearwater, in Finglas, Dublin. Photograph: Collins

Retailer wants union to accept Labour Court recommendations on changes to pay

Tesco employee Brian Lawless  during a strike at the store on Baggot Street, Dublin. Members of the Mandate trade union have started an indefinite strike in a dispute over contracts. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Row revolves around conditions being changed for staff who began working before 1996

Supply shortages are driving prices higher with fewer than 4,000 properties available to rent on February 1st. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Daft report reveals cost up 13½%, with average monthly rent across State over €1,100

With a market share of 22.7% Dunnes Stores has returned to first place for only the second time, having first held this position in November last year.

Latest Kantar Worldpanel figures show Aldi has overtaken main rival Lidl

Workers who joined the company prior to 1996 are at the centre of the dispute. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Reuters

Stores affected include outlets in Dublin; Bray, Co Longford, Navan, Tralee and Tullamore

In Victorian times, Cadbury was the first company to decorate boxes of chocolates with love motifs – the idea was that recipients could use the boxes to hide secret love letters.

The loved-up can splurge on a ‘suite love affair’ or save on German retailers’ roses

“The Phoenix project [based in Portlaoise] started dealing with my lender and suddenly the threats lifted.” Photograph: James Flynn/APX

Extension of mortgage-to-rent scheme could spell end to midlands family’s nightmare

The new Central Bank buildings under construction along the Liffey River front in the North Wall area of Dublin’s docklands. The building was originally meant to be a new headquarters for Anglo Irish Bank. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Central Bank staff soon to take over failed bank’s near-complete HQ - a cashless facility

Daffodil Day has been described as “hugely important” for the Irish Cancer Society, which hopes to raise about €3 million this year.  File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Conversation over issue not a bad thing, says fundraising chief ahead of 30th Daffodil Day

Irish Mortgage Holders Association  David Hall describe the changes as ‘very welcome’. File photograph: The Irish Times

Charities and organisatins welcome the expanision of mortgage-to-rent scheme

There are  a growing number of providers of Android boxes that plug in to a TV set and allow users to stream content from the internet onto their televisions. Almost every film and television programme ever made, as well as live sports, can be accessed from these services at a minimal cost to the end user. File photograph: iStockPhoto/Getty

Court hears up to 1.3m people in State are illegally accessing companies’ content

 Waiter, there’s a fly in my soup! Complaints to the   Food Safety Authority of Ireland rose by 17 per cent last year. Photograph: Getty Images

Poor hygiene complaints rise 34%, with criticism of deli staff sneezing over sandwiches

Christmas shopping on Dublin’s Henry Street. As Christmas Day fell on a Sunday, shoppers had two extra days in the run up to buy groceries. Photograph: Alan Betson

Department stores and computer retailers struggle while home accessories do well

Commission chairwoman Isolde Goggin: “Markets work best where businesses vigorously and independently compete against each other for customers.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Competition body wants would-be whistleblowers in Munster and Leinster to get in touch

Living longer is frequently presented entirely in negatives such as “pensions time bomb” and projections of a society too old and infirm to take care of itself. Photograph: iStock

Increased longevity is highlighting a range of problems from pensions to healthcare

The HSE said there was no prohibition of any kind on GPs providing the information if they had it. Photograph:Tek Image/Science Photo Library

Pricewatch readers’ queries: It's a legal quagmire, so medical practices just say no

Flowers and tributes left at Regency Hotel for David Byrne’s  one year anniversary. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Armed gardaí outside church on Francis Street amid fears of further retaliation

Free publicity: Michael O’Leary’s a master of getting media coverage. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty

The Ryanair boss perfected the art of media flyers long ago. After ‘pay per pee’ toilets and ‘vertical seats’ come this week’s ‘f(...)

Tesco in the UK have put a limit of three on the number of lettuces each customer can purchase in stores due to the vegetable shortage. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

Tesco in the UK is limiting purchases to three lettuces per customer

Ed Sheeran is set to play the 3Arena in April. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

Fans express disappointment as Ticketmaster reselling website faces ‘massive demand’

The agreement  should finally bring an end to shock bills for consumers.

Wholesale price cap set to kick in from June if expected EU approvals materialise

Ed Sheeran performs atthe Graham Norton Show in London. Photograph: PA

Tickets available for more than €700, 24 hours before officially going on sale

Three: “I’m at a loss to understand how a mobile company can sign you up for something you did not agree to and then deduct a significant sum by direct debit unbeknown to the account holder.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

‘I was told that as I placed the order over the phone, I would not be sent a contract’

Chocolate Garden: “Make no mistake, this is a luxury product. It also happens to be the best chocolate spread that we have ever tasted.”

Nutella safely delivers the goods, but a luxury spread from Carlow had us begging for more

The AA’s most recent fuel price index shows  the average price of a litre of petrol rose by 4.9 cent and diesel by 5 cent in just one month. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/AFP/Getty Images

AA calls for fuel taxes review as petrol and diesel prices soar to highest levels since 2015

Conor Pope: "Chopping cabbage does not seem like a plum job, but he makes it clear it can be done wrong." Photograph: Alan Betson

Our writer is put to work in the two Michelin-starred kitchen of chef Daniel Clifford, and gets the Celebrity MasterChef judge (...)

Tourism Minister Shane Ross with Maureen Ledwith, director of Holiday World, Cormac Meehan, president of  ITAA at the Holiday World Show 2017. Photograph: Arthur Carron

At RDS Holiday World Show, ITAA chief says tourist numbers will grow by double digits

Ireland’s last EuroMillions jackpot winner was the Dublin Bus  drivers syndicate, which won nearly €24 million  last July. Photograph: Alan Betson

Shop in Cork village of Glounthane rumoured to have sold ticket to 34-strong syndicate

The EuroMillions could consider a holiday to the Caribbean island of Necker, which costs around  €74,000. Photograph: Getty

A two-week holiday in the Caribbean island of Necker will set you back around €1 million

The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI) is predicting house rises of up to 7 per cent this year. Photographer: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Survey of chartered surveyors says price of three-bed semi detached home to rise 9.4%

Harvey’s Point in Co Donegal. Photograph: Harvey’s Point/Facebook

Harvey’s Point also finishes first in category for best services in TripAdvisor awards

The survey indicates that, of those who had to borrow money to pay household bills last year, 35 per cent resorted to using credit cards. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Motor insurance costs are biggest concern for households, says survey

What’s that? A one-euro coin? Dinner time!

Conor Pope on the fine art of living on virtually nothing this week

Pice study puts the average price of a litre of petrol at 136.3c per litre while a litre of diesel costs an average of 126.9c. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Average price of a litre of petrol rose by 4.9 cent and diesel by 5 cent within last month

Three  said a recording of the initial contact offering the upgrade shows Aidan was told he was agreeing to a 24-month contract extension. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Customer availed of iPhone 5 offer unaware of telecoms contract extension condition

Irish or not Irish? Viagra, Donegal Catch, Sudocrem, Punch Colour Catcher and a Dublin Bay prawn

A spokeswoman said the use of the Tricolour on Scottish salmon was ‘standard practice’ in the supermarket sector. She was not wron(...)

A view of the crowd, estimated at 5,000, at the Women’s March  in Dublin. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne

As many as 5,000 take to the streets to protest against new US president

The line up isn’t great is it? It is bad, begorrah

Conor Pope imagines how Michael Flatley ended up in Washington

U2 perform during the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, US. File photograph: Steve Marcus/Reuters

Fine Gael’s Noel Rock drafts Bill which would ban the resale of tickets above face value

The rights of Irish consumers who buy products from UK-based traders could be significantly weakened post Brexit. Photograph: Getty

Cross-Border shopping may become significantly more attractive if sterling weakens

Specialised search engines such as and  are dedicated to finding the cheapest flights available.  Photograph: iStock

From Airbnb to Skyscanner, online aids have made travel easier and more economical

Phoenix Project chairman John McGrath advises a client at the group’s offices in Portlaoise. Photograph: James Flynn/APX

Support group fears funds set to move on distressed borrowers in wave of repossession

You won’t be laughing when you find out your iPhone was a rip-off. Photograph: iStock

Consumer technology survey compares prices of handsets around the world

  Spending on household goods in December climbed by 4.3 per cent and hotels, restaurants and bars saw the rate of expansion quicken to a three-month high of 5.8 per cent, thanks to a predictable spike in entertainment over the festive period. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Sterling weakness boosts online shopping as customers look to web for better value

As many as 400,000 health insurance policies will come up for renewal this month. Check out and to see if you can save money in 2017. Photograph: Lynne Cameron/PA

If you’ve had the same health cover for years, you’re losing money. Time to switch policy

Glenilen Farm: “It has a very lemony flavour, if not as bitter as we would have liked.”

Two all-natural Irish brands win the top prize for taste, if not necessarily price

Eir: “I said  I’ve been waiting a week for a callback from a supervisor, and was told it could take up to 30 days to get a callback. I’m tearing my hair out with them at this stage.” Photograph: Maxwells

Phone and internet down over Christmas, and ‘appalling’ customer service makes it worse

Brendan Ogle   of the Home Sweet Home campaign at  Apollo House. “We have been hearing a lot of talk about beds being ready in emergency accommodation but we are not talking about beds, we are talking about homes.” Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Occupiers had been told by High Court to vacate building by Wednesday at noon

According to a recent Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children report, children as young as five are being allowed unlimited unsupervised access to the internet – with many viewing violent or pornographic material

Access to technology has many benefits but can expose children to grooming and cyberbullying

Lidl has fallen foul of Bord Bia after it wrongly used the food authority’s stamp of approval on promotional leaflets advertising one of its fish products.  File photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

German retailer put food authority’s quality assurance stamp on salmon product

A fresh scam email purporting to be from the Revenue Commissioners has been doing the rounds since the start of January. File photograph: Joe St Leger

Message purports to be from Revenue and tells recipients they are due a tax refund

The latest ‘superfood’ trend to arrive in Ireland

Another superfood that will help your ‘mind/body balance’ - but it tastes like grass

Rabbits are the animals most likely to be hit by motorists, followed by dogs and then cats.

More than one in 10 motorists have hit an animal in the last five years

The morning after the night before: see in the new year by cutting back on alcohol, holding off on joining a gym, and making packed lunches. Photograph: iStock

Forget about January detox diets and that gym membership you’ll never use, and save money by eating a balanced diet, shopping ar(...)

A Etihad Airways Airbus A380 comes in through the fog over housing to land at Heathrow airport in west London. Photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images

Services operated by Aer Lingus, British Airways, CityJet and Flybe cancelled

 Conor Faughnan says a database “of sorts” listing   insured drivers  exists but  it is riddled with errors.   Photograph: Eric Luke

Motor Insurers’ Bureau of Ireland says there are 150,000 uninsured drivers on Irish roads

Conor Pope in his newly painted home. Photograph: Alan Betson

A house drowning in brownness is now a shimmering, light-filled space – all thanks to Sylvia Beach and interior designer Arlene Mc(...)

 A snow-covered Mount Errigal as seen from Gola Island, off the west coast of Co Donegal. National Geographic Traveller declared Donegal one of the coolest places “on the planet”. Photograph: Alan Betson

News Review of 2016: This year 10.5 million people visited Ireland, up almost 1.5 million on 2015

Damian O’Reilly, looks through some of the unused/unwanted gifts left at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Dublin, which will be  redistributed through Crosscare, the diocesan social care agency. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

‘People’s generosity is absolutely unbelievable. We are getting all kinds of everything.’

Elaine and Gill Conway, Rathfarnham, and Eamon Jethi, Knocklyon, at the  Leopardstown races. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister Leo Varadkar mingles in crowd of 14,500 racegoers, up almost 3,000 on 2015

Looking for bargains at Arnotts on Henry Street. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Bleary-eyed partygoers mix with veteran bargain hunters in post-Christmas bonanza

 Shoppers  in Dublin City centre on St Stephen’s Day. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Prices in some sectors falling to levels not seen since Christmas 2000

Many of the traditional post-Christmas sales this year are actually starting pre-Christmas. File photograph: Hannah McKay/EPA

Gap and Dorothy Perkins among the brands already offering significant discounts

What if  Santa Claus found out? Photo:  Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Dads are toughest person to buy for, while ‘self-gifting’ is indulged in by majority

IIreland’s Billy Holland, Donnacha Ryan, Simon Zebo, Conor Murray and CJ Stander celebrate after beating the All Blacks in Chicago, the US. File photograph: ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Heatwave and Higgins also brought joy to Irish people this year, survey reveals

Aldi has blamed a ‘descriptive error’ for the incorrect labelling of farmed Scottish smoked salmon as wild Irish smoked salmon in its Christmas catalogue.   File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Retailer blames a ‘descriptive error’ for incorrect labelling in its Christmas catalogue

Dunnes Stores and SuperValu  have  a market share of 22.5 per cent each while Tesco is in third place on 21.8 per cent. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Aldi continues to outperform rivals with strongest sales growth in the quarter, of 6.1%

At 907g the Aldi pudding is a fine size and will quite handily feed a full house on Christmas Day.

Aldi, Dunnes and M&S lose out – but there is still plenty of good pud on offer

Galaxy selection box: wins the prize for having the largest amount of chocolate in the box

Cadbury’s delicious chocolate treats come out on top, followed by Galaxy’s goody box

Conor Pope sitting for a portrait taken by Italian photographer and documentary cameraman Alex Sapienza using a Victorian camera and lens from the 1860s. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Timeless, and slightly terrifying, wet plate photography offers an anti-dote to the selfie

Whisky Gold Scottish Smoked Salmon: the smokiness is subtle but lingers on the palate.

Aldi and Dunnes come out on top for smoked salmon taste and value

Kathleen Harris and a chirpy cheesy Xmas Conor Pope. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Or is it the most wonderful time of the year? Pricewatch debates the festive season

Walkers Festive Shapes

Buttering up: from biscuits in a musical tin to Christmas-tree and star shaped cookies

A lounge chair designed by Charles and Ray Eames. An original produced by the Italian company Vitra will cost thousands; a version is for sale through Voga at €895

As the UK extends copyright on classic designs, replica companies move here

Jay McGuinness and Diana Vickers in ‘Big: The Musical’

The producer of ‘Big: The Musical’ believes the nature of Dublin people will make them amenable to his show

Online shoppers boosted Cyber Monday (November 28) substantially with Parcel Motel recording 80 per cent more deliveries than the corresponding period last year. Photograph: Stan Honda/AFP/Getty

Weak sterling prompts Irish consumers to buy from UK sites and travel across the border

Spending this December is likely to be €4.21 billion, up from €4.05 billion in 2015, says Retail Ireland. Retail prices are remaining low due to aggressive competition. Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

Irish consumers to spend average of €2,600 in December as jobs grow and prices drop

You may live to regret bringing  your credit card with you when you go Christmas shopping

How your bill for food, parties, decorations, presents and clothes could surpass €2,000

Robbie Keane has won the International Person of the Year award. Photograph: Eric Luke

Davitt Walsh, who saved baby during Buncrana tragedy, also honoured at event

Parcel Motel says it is  taking steps to resolve issues in as timely a fashion as possible. Photographer: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Irish customers buying post-Brexit bargains from UK complain about delivery service

The daddy of the faddiness is the Rubik’s Cube, invented by 29-year-old Erno Rubik in 1974.

As the hatchimal crisis takes hold we remember the toy fads of years gone by

According to data recorded by Google Trends last week, Hatchimals are the most searched-for toy in Ireland. Photograph: Getty Images

Furry creatures which hatch from egg are selling online for hundreds of euro

The Residential Tenancies Board’s latest index shows rents growing by 2.3 per cent from July to September, a growth rate marginally lower than the preceding three month’s rate of 3.5 per cent.  Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Latest Residential Tenancies Board index show rents still rising but at slower rate

Rents nationally are now 8.6 per cent higher than this time last year, according to the Residential Tenancies Board’s Quarterly Rent Index of the Economic and Social Research Institute. Photograph: Rui Vieira

Residential Tenancies Board finds Dublin house rents slipped 0.6 per cent in Q3

The problem of obsessive phone checking is much worse among younger folk, the study shows, with seven out of 10 18-24-year-olds saying they check their phones at least once a night. File photograph: iStockphoto

Seven out of ten 18 to 24-year-olds check their phones at least once a night, study finds

Deloitte’s Mobile Consumer Survey found that seven out of 10 18-24 year olds either check the time, send text messages or look at social networks  in the middle of the night. Photograph: iStockphoto

Half of Irish adults with a smartphone check it at least once during the night, survey finds

Safefood report reveals that average spend per person in a four-person household is €35. Photograph: Getty Images

Over one-third of weekly budget required if balanced diet is to be achieved by families

 Protesters demonstrating against water charges in Dublin city centre last year. Photograph: Eric Luke

It also says a constitutional provision on public ownership should be addressed

  Focus Ireland  president Sr Stan with  Barry O’Sullivan, who has donated his Aran Islands house to charity,  and head of Cope Galway Jacquie Horan. Photograph: Eric Luke

Aran Islands auction aimed at encouraging philanthropy from wealthy individuals

Dublin Bus said it had been  upfront about  process of claiming refunds. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Commuters yet to collect €500,000 as company says was upfront over refunds process

According to Forbes, today looks set to be the largest online shopping day in history in the US – with sales expected to hit $3.36bn, up almost 10 per cent on 2015. Photograph: Stan Honda/AFP/Getty

It took a few years for the concept to cross the Atlantic, but this year Irish shoppers are set to spend close to €50m online in j(...)

Philip Lane, governor of the Central Bank, who  announced the outcome of a review of mortgage measures. Photograph: Alan Betson

The new Central Bank rule changes bring (more) good news for first-time buyers

 Cars at an authorised ELV treatment facility on the Naas Road, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times The Joint Committee on Finance says the Irish motor insurance industry has deliberately been hiding key information from public view and engaging in cartel-like behaviour. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Oireachtas finds lack of data-sharing and transparency in car insurance sector

The Central Bank said “national financial regulators have no role in setting or capping premiums or renewal rates”

Insurance Ireland says it hopes reforms will address high cost of claims and level of awards

While many Irish retailers have embraced the concept of Black Friday, some have done so with a heavy heart, according to Retail Ireland. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Rise of pre-Christmas discounting a ‘double-edged sword’, says Irish retailer body

The Amazon electronic commerce company’s logistics center in San Fernando de Henares, near Madrid, on the eve of “Black Friday”. Photograph: Gerard Julien/AFP/Getty Images

Retailers are offering significant discounts on products for annual spending spree

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