A senior AIB official said was not given a reason at the time of his suspension from the bank in 2012. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Sean McHugh suspended from bank in 2012 over loans facilitated to Galway United FC

A senior counsel employed by AIB as an independent arbitrator was ‘the wrong person’ for the job as he was a customer, a shareholder in the bank and had previously acted on its behalf, the Employment Appeals Tribunal has heard.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

Mark Connaughton SC was a customer and shareholder who had acted for the bank, defence claims

An AIB official said the bank manager had had the authority to facilitate loans to Galway United to a limit of €75,000

AIB says manager’s action amounted to a ‘blatant conflict of interest’

Michael Halpenny, from Rathmines. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

‘I fully support the drivers. It is a very important and first-class service they provide’

Age Action says that the government “must think beyond the next five years” as the amount of older voters increase. File photograph: Getty Images

Group says more than half a million aged 65-plus will help decide next government

FSAI chief executive Dr Pamela Byrne said food businesses need to be vigilant  in relation to food safety to ensure full compliance with food legislation. File photograph: Getty Images

Closure notice served on Earl’s delicatessen as ‘likely to be grave danger to public health’

Scenes from a Dublin polling station. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Some postal votes must be registered by Friday and new electors must be in place by February 9th

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with President Michael D Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin where they signed the dissolution of the 31st Dail. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Order for polling day on Friday, February 26th is signed by Alan Kelly

Umbrellas and hats during unclement weather in Dublin last month. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Met Éireann records show month was wettest in almost 70 years

Alan Kelly: said Dublin stations were generally in “good” condition

Capital funding will cover 26 new or refurbished fire stations over five years

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly. File  photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

Minister for Environment says Labour will target the votes of all parties

Unreliable forensic science was used to convict the Birmingham Six, in 1991 outside the Old Bailey in London after their convictions were quashed with then MP Chris Mullin (centre). Photograph: Joe St Leger

Kieran Conway says excerise designed to assuage UK calls for a full public inquiry

Clamping fees, which have not been changed since 1998, should rise by €50 to €130 per vehicle with the prospect of doubling the amount for repeat offenders, said Liam Kielthy. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Clamping brought in just over €4m for city council in 2015, lowest amount in five years

Clamping in the capital generated some €4.3m for the city council in 2015, with 54,068 vehicles, or 148 a day, compelled to pay €80 to have their vehicles released. Photograph: The Irish Times

Figures for 2015 reveal Mespil Road in second but old ‘favourite’ Merrion Square now sixth

Describing it as “an industry in pain”,  Senator Denis Landy said there had been a serious decline in the numbers  attending events and Bord na gCon was “€20 million in debt”. Photograph: Gety Images

Oireachtas committee hears industry has reputation for dishonesty

Launching a new report on the Irish horse industry,  members of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Agriculture  said the value of the thoroughbred industry was about €1.1 billion a year while the sport horse business was worth a further €700 million. File photograph: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News

Tax-incentive measures should be used to incentivise ‘small thoroughbred breeders’

Councillors will get a final vote on whether to include the ban on super-sized cruise ships when the development plan is adopted, expected to be in February. Photograph: The Irish Times

Chief executive Philomena Poole seeks deletion of councillors’ ban on vessels over 250m

Former Wicklow Co Council principal officer Frank O’Toole leaving court this afternoon. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Frank O’Toole fined €10,000 and given 18-month suspended sentence

Gardaí carry out checkpoints outside Ardclough GAA Club over the weekend as part of an appeal to motorists for information in relation to the murder of Kenneth O’Brien. Photograph: Collins

Officers are examining four locations following the discovery of remains at Sallins

Mr O’Toole was convicted last December of furnishing a letter to Patrick O’Toole, a Wicklow town-based solicitor and property developer, asserting that development levies of €64,840 had been paid, when this was not the case.

Sentencing adjourned after counsel claims Frank O’Toole’s pension may be affected

Laura Quinn as her mobile home is removed from the Traveller halting site at Woodland Park, Dundalk. Photograph: Eric Luke

Offer was for agent to ‘facilitate’ sourcing of housing, says Louth County Council

Laura Quinn looks on as her mobile home is removed from the halting site at Woodland Park, Dundalk. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Louth County Council evicts 23 families from halting site due to health and safety concerns

 Kilpatrick beach, Toberpatrick, north Co Wexford, is  a European recognised habitat for wildlife and nesting site for sand martins. It  has been destroyed in recent storms and endangering homes and holiday homes. Photograph: Garry O’Neill

A complication for coastal defences in the past was the presence of a breeding ground for sand martins

Jenny and Gavin Drake and their son Aidan were on a flight to the US from France last October when Jenny went into labour, causing the flight to be diverted to Dublin. Her baby, since named Zoe Ireland (above), was born weighing just 1 lb 13 oz.

Baby born premature in Dublin can fly home to US on medical flight after GoFundMe appeal

A Garda forensic team enters the  Woodbine Park Post Office in Booterstown which was raided on Tuesday evening. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Masked gunman attempted to rob post office on Woodbine Park on Tuesday evening

Members of the Garda sub aqua unit at the scene near the village of Ardclough, Co Kildare, where a dismembered body was found inside a container dumped in the Grand Canal. Photograph: PA

Gardaí believe murder victim may have been dismembered with the use of power tools

Members of the Garda sub aqua unit near the village of Ardclough, Co Kildare, where a body was found. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Garda teams search for body parts missing from man’s remains discovered in suitcase

Gardaí searching the canal bank, having begun a murder investigation, following the discovery of human remains at the Grand Canal in Ardclough, Co Kildare. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Remains of man discovered after suitcase pulled out of water on Saturday afternoon

Gardaí search the Grand Canal bank in Ardclough, Co Kildare, where the body of a man was found in a suitcase on Saturday afternoon. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Appeal for anyone who was at Grand Canal near Ardclough lately to come forward

Spokesman Diarmuid O’Flynn said support for bondholders meant the transfer of private bank debt into sovereign debt. Photograph: The Irish Times

‘Ballyhea Says No’ protesters meet Philip Lane for ‘frank and non-patronising’ talks

Bus Éireann launches new €50m fleet of the future. Tim Gaston of the National Transport Authority is pictured with  Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe and Martin Nolan chief executive of Bus Éireann and Teelin the dog. Photograph: Maxwell

Economic growth fuelling increase in bus passenger numbers says Paschal Donohoe

Fergus McFadden: “Feel good, play good, is my motto.” Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Fergus McFadden, Rob and Dave Kearney and Ian Madigan share their tips for staying in shape

Fáilte Ireland will spend €19 million promoting attractions along the  Wild Atlantic Way, such as Dunluce Castle

Record number of visitors in 2015 due to low VAT and strength of dollar and pound

Three pieces of the roof of the former Glenalbyn swimming pool in Stillorgan in Dublin were brought to a Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council on Monday night.  File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

Former Stillorgan swimming spot is in the process of being filled in

Recruitment drive comes as bumper year with record 8.2m visitors is predicted

Salary indications: pay for that hotel job

From front office to restaurant and bar – the cash on offer by the numbers for that post

While the Central Bank has said average deposits in credit unions are around €4,000, some larger credit unions have larger deposits

Credit unions must apply for permission to retain single account deposits over €100,000

Aerial view of The Murrough area north of Wicklow town, which the affected railway line borders. File photograph: Google Street View

Nearly 2,500 tonnes of boulders placed on beach to protect railway from coastal erosion

Glenalbyn Swimming Pool: Consultants are to produce a design for its restoration and will also provide a blueprint for an alternative pool on a site opposite Stillorgan shopping centre. Photograph: The Irish Times

Local authority cites ‘recent extreme weather conditions and warnings’ for decision

Following overnight heavy rain the R752, Avoca to Rathdrum road is closed following a landslide. Photograph: Garry O’Neill

Landslide severs water supply, exposes power cables and reveals road foundations

(Inset) Ryanair pilot Mark Christensen.  Counsel for Ryanair told the tribunal the bags represented a routine delivery of cash from the carrier’s bases across its network. Photograph: EPA

Mark Christensen seeking compensation for constructive dismissal at employment tribunal

Numbers of farm deaths fell dramatically this year from 30 deaths in 2014 to a total of 18 in 2015. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Overall 55 people killed in work-related incidents in 2015, with 18 farm deaths

A motorist stranded on the roof of his car in flood water near Ennereilly, Co Wicklow on Monday. Photograph: Garry O’Neill

Alan Kelly seeks additional €10m to help local authorities in clean-up operation

Worst hit areas including Athlone still experiencing floodwater at record 2009 levels

Boats in the lock at Athlone,   one of those built to improve navigation on the Shannon. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Canals built in 1700s by Dutchman Thomas Omer bypass Athlone and other towns

 Minister of State Simon Harris speaking to media after attending a meeting of the National Coordination Group on recent severe weather. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Cabinet expected to approve long range flood forcast unit; €8m allocated to councils likely to be increased

Minister of State Simon Harris speaking to media after attending a meeting of the National Co-ordination Group. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish TimesP

Residents along Shannon face further flooding as Harris says €8m for councils not enough

Residents  clean up following recent floods in the Lauriston estate, Midleton, Co Cork: Spokeswoman for the Government’s National Co-ordination Group  Fiona Ward said that, while some assistance was means tested, a couple with two children earning up to €70,000 could still qualify for aid. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Department of Social protection staff in affected areas to advise on potential aid

Flooding at Springfield, Co Clare: Minister for Agriculture and the Marine Simon Coveney on a fact-finding mission. Photograph: Gareth Williams/Press 22

Cabinet to increase emergency budget as 260 homes evacuated and 130 others marooned

 These canoeists make the most of the fast water, from the overflowing river Suir at Kilsheelan, Co Tipperary. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Further rain forecast midweek as flooding tops 2009 record levels

Gardaí are looking for a man seen leaving the area in a small car. Photograph: Frank Miller

Young man in late teens injured by what is believed to have been shotgun blast

The site of the proposed pop-up park at Hammond Lane is located at the heart of the capital’s legal district, between the Four Courts and the Courts Service’s own building, and is beside the Luas Red Line. Image: Google Streetview.

Area at Hammond Lane to house new family law courts building but project to take time

Kildare had the highest level of structural defects on regional roads, Mayo had the highest levels on local primary roads. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Report from the National Oversight and Audit Commission shows differences

Unaccounted-for water (UFW)  has two components: physical loss due to leakage from pipes, and administrative losses due to unauthorised connections

Water, waste, planning, fire brigade and library should be benchmarked, says report

Dublin City Council’s surplus increased by 71 per cent from 2013 to 2014, leaving the council with €28.35 million in the bank

Donegal, Mayo, Sligo, Waterford and Wexford face deteriorating revenue balances

The Government’s National Oversight and Audit Commission found local authorities had 4,919 vacant homes on December 31st last year, when the number of homeless adults in emergency accommodation  was 2,649

Local authority homes remain vacant up to 82 weeks on average, says 2014 audit report

Prof Kevin Nugent, founder of the Brazelton Institute in the Division of Developmental Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital, said “sensitive care” in the first weeks of life are essential to development of “a happy, well adjusted person”. File photograph: Getty Images

Isolation, neglect and abuse have major effects on mental health in later life - academic

A spokesperson for Iarnród Éireann said it was attempting to improved Dart services in response to increased demand.  He said the new rosters could be “delivered within all existing rostering parameters”. File photograph:  Frank Miller/The Irish Times

NBRU says Irish Rail giving impression Darts will run every 10 minutes does public a disservice

Aer Lingus cadets will begin a 14-month training course during January, based in Jerez, Spain. Training includes five months of ground school, followed by initial flight training on single and multi-engine aircraft and aircraft simulators. File photograph: Aer Lingus

Almost 60 cadets chosen, nine of them female, since programme reintroduced in 2011

Census enumerator Sean O’Hanlon checks details with  Jan Moore in Glasnevin, Dublin in  April 2011.  File photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Online application process opens on January 5th for 10-week job paying about €2,400

Tourists capturing the statue of Oscar Wilde on Merrion Square in Dublin: Tourism Ireland estimates that  7.9 million people will have visited the island in 2015 – beating a previous record set in 2007. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

Irish Hotels Federation celebrates booming sector, but warns of ‘cost competitiveness’

In his Christmas and new year message President Michael D Higgins said during 2015 one in every 122 people on the planet was a refugee, a displaced person or otherwise forced to leave their homes.

‘How we treat the weakest among us is the finest test of us as a nation’, Higgins says

Harry Gleeson’s family said they were thrilled with the pardon as it had been his last wish that his innocence would be recognised.

President signs pardon for man wrongly hanged for killing of Mary McCarthy

The Chief Justice Ms Justice Susan Denham: said the projects would  create a future which promised “a great change in the axis of activity in the legal world”.   Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

At €135 million, it is the largest single investment in regional court structures in the history of the State

Noel Coonan, Michael McCarthy and Helen McEntee at the launch of the Oireachtas Report on Flooding and Property Insurance 2015, at Leinster House, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

TDs critical of insurance industry for not offering cover to properties not previously hit

 Conor McGregor celebrates after a first-round knockout victory over Jose Aldo in their featherweight title fight during UFC 194 on December 12th. Photograph:  Steve Marcus/Getty Images

New UFC world featherweight champion to be honoured in his home city

Tourism Ireland is basing its new publicity campaign around the filming of part of the new Star Wars  on Skellig Island. Photograph: Getty

Tourism Ireland plans to capitalise on the popularity of Star Wars The Force Awakens

The ambitious Greystones project has already seen the former Victorian harbour replaced by a new structure with south and north piers, a 200-berth marina and ongoing work on five new clubhouses for sea scouts, divers, sailors, rowers and anglers.

New apartments and houses in 358-home, marina village to go on sale by April 2016

Customs at work going through a routine check of parcels at the Portlaoise parcels depot. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Garda, Revenue and Customs target criminals in ‘Christmas rush’ of counterfeit items

Half-flooded carpark at the Carrick Shopping complex on the west side of Carrick on Shannon. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Electricity company says narrow channel at Mellick, south of Athlone, created bottleneck

“Burn less turf. As broadcaster Duncan Stewart says, it does not just cause biodiversity damage, but is more carbon-intensive than coal. It has the highest level of carbon in fuels.” File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Energy conservation is important - and don’t forget food choices. And keep your clothes on

The Gender Day symposium was attended by Mary Robinson (above), appearing on a panel hosted by France’s Ségolène Royal. Photograph: Patrick Kovarik/AFP/Getty Images

COP21: Women farmers account for up to 80% of food production in developing states

Food Safety Authority takes action against nine outlets, HSE prosecutes Kungfu Buffet

The proclamation calls for realistic financial supports for solar energy. Solar panels   in Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, southern France. Photograph: Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters

As Paris climate talks continue, 100 groups call for creation of jobs in local energy plants

The  recycling scheme will not involve a new charge or tax on motorists. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Repak ELT will also help clean up estimated 10 to 15 million waste tyres in illegal dumps

Environmentalist Duncan Stewart said not enough action was being taken on climate change issues, particularly fossil fuels.

Environmental campaigner says Ireland must generate its own renewable power

Men accounted for 49% of those questioned. Photograph: Getty Images

Money, work, health seen as chief triggers, outstripping relationships – expert group

New investment is seeing more than 700 bedrooms refurbished in Dublin, said Irish Hotels Federation president Stephen McNally. File photograph: Eric Luke

Numbers of visitors from North America up 51 per cent over figures from 2010

 Counterfeit perfume and aftershave worth up to €2m has been confiscated in Dublin Port. Photograph: Thinkstock

Counterfeit goods worth up to €2m found in two containers at Dublin Port are confiscated

A woman lights blue, white and red candles in the colours of the French flag at the Place de la Republique in Paris as people continue to pay tribute to the victims of the series of deadly attacks in the city  on Friday. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Airlines offering refunds or changes, but passengers need more time for security

Gardaí in Ballynacargy, Co Westmeath, where a woman’s body was discovered in her home on Saturday. Photograph: James Flynn/APX

Gardaí are conducting murder investigation after discovery in Co Westmeath village

 Inis Mór won the Islands and Coastal Communities category in the 2015 Pride of Place Awards

All Ireland competition recognises islands, coastal villages, towns and rehab centres

French newspapers on display at a kiosk in Paris on November 14th after the  terror attacks of November 13th. Photograph: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Editorials say violence should not sway will to defend freedom and human rights

A message signed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her cabinet members in a book of condolences at the French embassy in Berlin, Germany, November 14th, 2015, regarding the Paris attacks on November 13th. Photograph: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters

Members of the public invited to sign in tribute to those killed in jihadist attacks

Fade Street in Dublin city centre, where two men were stabbed on Friday night. File photograph: Google Street View

Four youths under 20 seen running from city centre area after midnight attack

 Some of the thousands   who marched from the Spire in Dublin to the Dáil  in solidarity with those who died in the Paris terror attacks of November 13th. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Paris attacks: Thousands burst into rendition of La Marseillaise in Kildare Street

 A file image of terminal 1 at  Charles de Gaulle International Airport in Roissy, near Paris. France’s foreign ministry said airports in the country would remain open and flights and rail services would continue despite the terrorist  attacks.  Photograph: Reuters

Department of Foreign Affairs confirms one Irish national injured, urges Irish in Paris to use caution

Róisin Halligan, who saved her cousin from a petrol bomb, and John O’Donoghue, who stopped a bull. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

More than 40 courageous people honoured in special ceremony at Farmleigh House

Residents at a Camphill community gather for their morning meeting. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Camphill communities say they have been negotiating with HSE for more than a decade

Oireachtas committee told  there were considerable benefits in electronic tagging in terms of monitoring feeding systems, animal welfare and drug use and fertility.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

System could further enhance Ireland’s reputation for traceability, Oireachtas is told

 Maggie Bonner and  her boyfriend Michael Jackson from Mayo with a photo of Maggie’s father Frankie Bonner. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Road Safety Authority promotes World Remembrance Day for road traffic victims

The planning inquiry was told that while there were 29 protected structures within the harbour, the harbour itself was not a protected structure. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Planning inquiry hears allocation made in the hope of a substantial economic return

Thirty-eight per cent of cyclists polled by the RSA said they do not always wear a helmet, while 31 per cent do not always wear reflective gear. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Bad hair day: Worries of ‘ruined hair’ a key factor for some cyclists not wearing helmets

The Driver Attitudes and Behaviour Survey 2014 showed a catalogue of safety infringements, from drink driving to use of mobile phones and speed-camera “manipulation”. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

One in five drivers sees breaking 100km/h limit as acceptable, according to RSA

The 27-year-old who rang Joe Duffy had been “asked nicely to leave” a makeshift home under a tree in the grounds of the national broadcaster. File photograph: Alan Betson

South Dublin man who received help from radio show had been sleeping in Montrose

Annette Hughes of DKM Economic Consultants, on behalf of  Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company,  objected to  questioning from Dr Pat McCloughan, who represented Dún Laoghaire Harbour combined sailing and yacht clubs. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Gratuitous comments alleged in questioning suggesting ‘non-viability’ of cruise facility

GeoHive  is a store of data on everything from property prices to dog owners.

Portal can use census data to show number of single people in areas, along with social outlets

Exhausted drivers present  a clear and persistent hazard. Photograph: Getty Images

Low fines levied on tired drivers sends wrong and worrying signal to transport operators

Rear view: Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe with RSA chief Moyagh Murdock at Dublin Port in June to lobby cyclists and HGV driverrs over “Blind Spot” on trucks. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

Driver fatigue thought to be deciding factor in 20% of deaths – about 38 fatalities in 2014

Drivers are concerned over time spent at the wheel but do not want to risk their livlihoods. Photograph: Getty Images

Tour operators argue that regulations should not apply to coach and bus holidays

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