Don Lavery, former news editor of the Irish Independent and now a deferred pensioner. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘Most sinister business dealing I’ve ever seen,’ says ex-employee

Irish Independent House  on Talbot Street, Dublin. Photograph: Bryan Meade

Changes to the pension scheme at INM are a breach of trust, say former staff

Businessman Denis O’Brien leaving the Four Courts after giving evidence on December 1st. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Businessman Denis O’Brien sees himself as acting in the national interest

Businessman Denis O’Brien pictured arriving at the Four Courts on Thursday to give evidence. Photograph: Collins Courts

It would be ‘extraordinary’ if private details of a person’s banking arrangements ‘disclosed publicly’

Denis O’Brien: His case against a Dáil committee and the State argues that the separation of powers was ‘undermined’. Photograph: David Sleator

Counsel quotes Constitution assuring ‘the dignity and freedom of the individual’

In the case of the INM scheme, the company says there is a funding shortfall of €23m, based on the funding standard set out in the Pensions Act.

Trustees say INM is reneging on an agreement made with the Pensions Authority

Recognising behavioural warning signs associated with domestic violence was identified as a key component to tackle the problem in the Women’s Aid report Photograph: Thinkstock

Controlling behaviour can, in extreme cases, lead to murder

At the core of both disclosures is the assertion that senior gardaí orchestrated what is described as a sustained campaign aimed at destroying the character and reputation of Sgt Maurice McCabe. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Recommendations on action due by November 18th but extension was sought

Denis O’Brien: contends that statements made in the Dáil in May and June 2015 breached his right to privacy. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Businessman to argue that ‘absolute’ legal privilege does not exist for TDs and senators

Cork farmer Noel Clancy, who lost his wife Geraldine Clancy and daughter Louise Ann in a fatal road accident. He has urged reform of the law on learner drivers driving unaccompanied. Photograph: Cork Courts Limited

Shane Ross looking at law on learner drivers following call by grieving father Noel Clancy

So far this year over 10,000 penalty points have been applied to learner and novice drivers. Photograph: The Irish Times

In recent years, the number of learner drivers involved in fatal crashes has declined

The cost of motor insurance has risen by 66 per cent since January 2011, and by 25 per cent in the 12 months to September 2016. Photograph: Helder Almeida

Cost of Insurance Working Group sets out recommendations for Minister for Finance

 Margaret and Thomas Kavanagh from Kilmainham, Dublin,  at the grave of their daughter Janice who was killed by a drink-driver who ran a red light at a pedestrian crossing.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Irish families grieve on World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

Dublin Carer of the Year Liz Collins, Terenure, who looks after her daughter Claudia Scanlon (12). Photograph: Eric Luke

The awards underline how ordinary people can rise to extraordinary challenges

Taoiseach Enda Kenny  with former Ireland international Brian O’Driscoll and Dick Spring, chairman of Ireland’s RWC 2023 Bid Oversight Board, at the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Attempt to stage contest has full support of our two Governments, says McGuinness

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald, Lynn Rosenthal and Jacinta Carey speaking at the Safe Ireland Summit  in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Frances Fitzgerald says domestic violence bill will put victim at centre of justice system

Hugh Ross: says Donald Trump is not a racist, he just wants to control [immigration]. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Views on next president range from enthusiastic welcome to outright hostility

Provisional figures suggest that the number of road deaths in  2016 will rise by just shy of one-quarter on last year. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Irish roads are once again seeing an increase in fatalities, but what is behind this rise?

Eugene McNamara, from Ennis, Co Clare, died  after being struck by a car while walking home.

Eugene McNamara is 162nd person to die on Irish roads so far this year

Firefighters Mark O’Shaugnessy (left) and Brian Murray: In October 2013, Wicklow County Council pleaded guilty to multiple breaches of health and safety at work legislation. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Wicklow County Council agrees to pay close to €30,000 in latest compensation claim

Charles Musa, Patience Braimoh, Jeff Odea and Kelly Osagie, family members of Ricky Osagie, who was awarded a posthumous gold medal at the National Bravery Awards at Farmleigh House in Dublin. Photograph: Maxwells

Twenty-eight individuals, plus Kilmore Quay lifeboat crew, get National Bravery Awards

Late Bray firefighter Mark O’Shaughnessy (25), whose brother Eamonn has been offered compensation by Wicklow council. Photograph: family supplied

Some 25 cases remain outstanding against Wicklow council over fatal fire in 2007

OCI president Pat Hickey insists he remains president of the council and has merely stepped aside temporarily.  Photograph: Alan Betson

If recommendations implemented Pat Hickey’s 28-year reign as president will end

Ciaran O’Cathain, a member of the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) executive committee and one of three members of a recently-formed crisis committee, arriving at OCI HQ for last night’s meeting. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Demarcation lines unclear, transparency lacking, no oversight of auditing and pay

Paul Kelly of O’Hara’s Spar supermarket on Vernon Avenue, Clontarf: notes the thriving O’Brien’s off-licence across the road faces no new curbs under the proposed law. He queries the practicalities of the change.  Photograph: Peter Murtagh

A range of retailers believe new rules the sale of drinks will only succeed in damaging trade

Part of the site of the illegal dumping near Knockbridge village in Co Louth. Photograph: Peter Murtagh/The Irish Times

Council officials discover pits filled with unlawfully dumped waste beside water source

Denis O’Brien, above,  gave Martin Coyne  the USB memory stick, on which the businessman’s case against Red Flag rests, on October 13th 2015. Photograph: David Sleator

Digitpol, listed as detective agency in Netherlands, had no licence for two years

Denis O Brien: The businessman is suing Red Flag over a dossier of material about him, whch  he asserts is defamatory. Photograph: David Sleator

Two employees will not have to give businessman access to PCs and smartphones

Terry Fagan of the North Inner City Folklore Project with some of the items stored in a boarded up flat in Sean McDermott Street. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Archivist wants contents of time-capsule flat on Seán McDermott Street to go on display

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan, and Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald at the annual Garda Memorial Day in May. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Former garda John Wilson says force is a ‘dysfunctional mess’ that is not well led

Sgt Maurice McCabe: raised concerns about gardaí quashing penalty points. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Profiles: Maurice McCabe, John Wilson, Nick Keogh, Keith Harrison and David Taylor

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan, and Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald at the annual Garda Memorial Day in May. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Officer’s report to raise concerns over ‘dysfunctionality’ of Garda administration

Light-filled Edwardian has been carefully restored and includes huge family room

The data showed that motorcycle road fatalities mainly occurred at weekends, in daylight and in dry conditions.

Findings emerge from detailed analysis of data from 2008 to 2012

At least one former Nama employee is likely to face charges following significant developments in the Garda investigation into the agency. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Garda intensifies investigation into the agency following Enda Farrell case

 John Egan, of Tuam, Co Galway and girlfriend Ciara Kinsella from Grangecon, Co Wicklow, with his Ford Fiesta (crowned Ireland’s oldest), celebrating 40 years since the model’s launch, at Weston Airport today. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Top Gear’s The Stig puts geriatric motors through their paces as nerdy owners swoon

Denis O’Brien addressing the Clinton Global Initiative in September 2010. Photograph: Brian Harkin/Getty Images

US presidential candidate criticised Hillary Clinton over her links to the businessman

Former US president Bill Clinton and Denis O’Brien. They have worked closely in Haiti, one of the poorest countries in the world. Photograph: Eric Luke

Businessman says if you make a profit in a community you pay into social projects

Éamon de Valera: his death in 1975 made a potential overseas journalism scoop with  then tánaiste Michael O’Leary look puny.  Photograph: Colman Doyle

How to be a Man: A young hack’s chat with the tánaiste in Lisbon is overtaken by de Valera’s death

Minister of State for  Regional Economic Development Michael Ring and SuperValu managing director Martin Kelleher with treasurer Maeve McGann, chairwoman  Anne Doyle and other members of the Skerries Tidy Town Association as they celebrate being named the Overall Tidiest Town In Ireland. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Area exudes sense of place, a success story of community buy-in and council dedication

File photograph of the aftermath of a fire in Bray, Co Wicklow, in September 2007, in which two firefighters were killed. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Ronan O’Sullivan wins settlement over blaze in Bray that killed two of his colleagues

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe has said whistleblowing is ’a brave and lonely act . . . but an essential part of a healthy democracy’. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Integrity at Work initiative launched by Transparency International Ireland

Peter Murtagh on the threads that link rival US funds, Northern politicians, legal firms and middlemen to the property sell-off t(...)

A new EU directive on online copyright may meet resistance from Google. File photograph: David Paul Morris/Getty Images

Draft directive aims to safeguard news organisations and journalists from piracy

Ken Murphy (above) director general and Simon Murphy president of the Law Society held talks with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, a London and Manchester-based legal firm on transfer. Photograph Joe St Leger

Nearly 600 British solicitiors have applied for right to practise in Irish courts since Brexit

Nicola Kenny was killed when the car she was in stopped on the hard shoulder so she could take a call from hospital about her newborn baby, Lily Rose. Her mother Ann, also a passenger,  was discharged from hospital on Monday. Photograph: Family handout/PA Wire

Driver of car hit by truck on M8, in which Nicola Kenny died, still in critical condition

In front of the altar were five photographs: Alan Hawe on the left, his wife Clodagh on the right; between them their three children. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Horrific events remain unmentioned at memorial Mass in Windgap

 Simon Coveney: ‘This is money that is going to be going into a suspense account; we can’t access it until their is legal clarity around this judgment, which I think is flawed.’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Simon Coveney says Apple ruling is a flawed judgment by the European Commission

NPA assistant managing director Anna Marie McHugh, with  Enterprise Ireland chief executive Julie Sinnamon and NPA chairman PJ Lynam, at the launch of the 2016   championships to be held at Screggan, Tullamore. Photograph: Jeff Harvey

Three-day event in Offaly expected to be one of the largest to date

Trevor O’Neill’s  remains are carried into St Bernadette’s Church in Crumlin, Dublin, on Tuesday. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Hundreds pay tribute to the innocent victim of gang feud after his killing in Mallorca

Olympic silver medallist Annalise Murphy acknowledges large crowds who turned out to see her at the People’s Park in Dún Laoghaire this evening. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

‘We are so proud and honoured. She an inspiration and role model for junior sailors’

Judging in the Hereford overall event gets under way at the 75th Virginia Agricultural Show in  Co Cavan on Wednesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

There’s a mishap in make-up but no bum’s rush for Twizzle the champion cow

Phoenix Park Murders, May 1882: the assassination  of chief secretary  Lord Frederick Charles Cavendish and permanent Irish under secretary Thomas Henry Burke in Phoenix Park by a republican group; from Le Monde Illustre in  1882. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

From donkey theft to assassination: reports from 1861 to 1893 published on ancestry.ie

Gardaí at the scene in Castletown, Kilpatrick near Nobber, Co Meath where six people were arrested for false imprisonment. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Six people arrested after man, believed to be Romanian, fled house to raise alarm

Prof Aongus Curran, who drowned last weekend on Lough Corrib, was remembered at his funeral today as a loving husband and father who adored his five children.

Consultant who drowned on Lough Corrib had a special grá for fishing there, funeral told

 Dermot O’Flynn at the helm of the ‘Llanoria’   in Switzerland earlier this year: The gold medal won by James Weekes sailing her in the 6 metre yacht race at the 1948 Olympic Games in Britain, and which was  left to Dublin man O’Flynn, is being donated to Weekes’ club, the Seawanhaka Yacht Club, in New York

Post-war ‘austerity Olympics’ medal was bequethed to son of RCSI doctor

Why did O’Brien give the memory stick to Martin Coyne? And who is ‘Employee 18883’?

 Gathering to mark the settlement between Paddy McKillen (front row centre) and the Barclay Brothers and members of McKillen’s team including Mike Aynsley (front row with glass in hand) and Richard Woodhouse (front row second from right)

For months, Denis O’Brien has battled Dublin public affairs firm Red Flag in the High Court, claiming that an illegal conspiracy e(...)

Mark Hollingsworth told people he interviewed that he was writing an article about Denis O’Brien. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Mark Hollingsworth obtained dossier at heart of businessman’s legal action

Nama chairman  Frank Daly has made a complaint to the State’s ethics watchdog about a former member of the agency’s Northern Ireland Advisory Committee who is at the centre of the Cerberus controversy. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

State ethics watchdog will now join investigation into Project Eagle property deal

Speaking with the protection of Oireachtas privilege, Catherine  Murphy TD disclosed Denis  Mr O’Brien told the IBRC  he would guarantee repayment of a €5 million loan to Paddy McKillen if the bank would give Mr McKillen the money.   File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Catherine Murphy says billionaire told IBRC he would guarantee loan to businessman

As a result of his bankruptcy, Colm Keaveney’s assets come under the control and protection of the official assignee, Chris Lehane, and are dealt with according to the terms of the Personal Insolvency Act 2012. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Assets of Former Fianna Fáil TD - being sued by Denis O’Brien - now controlled by assignee

  US vice president Joe Biden in the Long Room Library at Trinity College Dublin  with members of his family.   Photograph: maxwellphotography.ie

US vice president says migrants just want to be given ‘chance of the dawn of a new day’

Sophia founder Jean Quinn, Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Simon Coveney, Derek Fay and Nicole Hogan at  the Sophia housing complex on Sean McDermott Street.Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Coveney claim religious orders’ properties may be solution to crisis rejected by some

Colm Keaveney: has sought to be indemnified by the Oireachtas in a defamation action taken by Denis O’Brien. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Businessman claims Colm Keaveney defamed him in Dáil speech in June 2015

Members of the public celebrating the life of late British MP Jo Cox beside the Ha’penny Bridge, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

‘She was genuinely one of those people who stands out from the crowd’

Colm Keaveney: argues that the constitutional protection of Oireachtas privilege is expressed under section 114(1) of the Dáil’s standing orders. Photograph: Alan Betson

Former TD is asking Oireachtas to cover his legal costs in lawsuit by Denis O’Brien

Former TD Colm Keaveney. File Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Former TD being sued by businessman over allegedly defamatory comments

Local historian Terry Fagan speaking in Clery’s Pub, Amiens Street, Dublin ahead of his Bloomsday talk about the Ulysses connections to the area, in particular the former Monto, North Inner Ciry area. Photograph:Frank Miller / The Irish Times

Locals hope a part of Dublin associated with crime can be turned into a tourist attraction

Taoiseach Enda Kenny speaks to reporters outside St Laurence O’Toole School in Dublin’s north inner city where they met with community leaders. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Enda Kenny met residents to hear of the social and economic problems affecting the area

Kieran Fitzgerald: Gsoc member  is being treated in hospital in the Galician port city of A Coruña and it is understood he will need time to recuperate. Photograph: Eric Luke

Kieran Fitzgerald fell off wall in Spain and is being treated in hospital

John Paul Doyle with his wife Frances and five of their six children at a house in Keenagh, Ballymahon, Co Westmeath where they are squatting until the council finds them alternative accommodation. The children are,  from left, Jordanna (14), Frances (10),  John Paul (2),  Mary (6) and Winnie (7). Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Eviction battle underscores at times difficult links between Travellers and others

Mourners outside the Holy Family Church on Aughrim Street, Dublin where the funeral of Gareth Hutch is being held. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Call for path to peace as Mass for seventh victim of Kinahan- Hutch gang feud held

Gardaí and local children at the Drumalee Estate on North Circular Road, Dublin. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Gangland feud victim lies in repose on Drumalee Avenue as gardaí keep low-key vigil

Christopher Fitzpatrick, father of Dean Fitzpatrick, arriving at the court for the sentencing of his former wife’s new husband, Dave Mahon, over Dean’s killing. Photograph: Collins Courts

David Mahon trial: Father, former partner and little son of dead man feel terrible pain

Monsignor James Horan was a major force behind Knock airport’s development. Photograph: Knock archive

People gather to celebrate and reminisce about airport’s 30 years in business

 A safety van checking the speed of motorists on the Stillorgan Road. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

GoSafe workers aim to help save lives and dispel myths on National Slow Down Day

Garda checkpoint at Stillorgan in Co Dublin on Friday as part of the National Slow Down Day. Photograph: Garda Traffic/Facebook

Motorist driving at 128km/h in 80km/h zone is highest illegal speed detected on Friday

Data examined from three sources – police, hospitals and Injuries Board

The decision to target 355 more zones on the road network, each approximately 10km, follows a detailed analysis of fatal, serious and minor crashes. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Total of 355 new zones identified on top of 700 where speed cameras already used

Army Ranger Wing/Defence Forces exercise in the Irish Sea. Photograph: Defence Forces

Defence Forces unit completes simulated hostage-taking exercise in the Irish Sea

Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Marting flanked by locals on a march against the violence and neglect that has blighted the north inner city. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

All walks of life represented in procession to end ‘years of neglect and disadvantage’

Christy O’Connor snr: His twin sons, Peter and Christopher, remembered their father with love and admiration as a dad and head of family. Photograph: The Irish Times

Packed funeral Mass in native Clontarf recalls golfer of great faith, charity and passion

Christy O Connor Snr: played in the Ryder Cup 10 times from 1955 to 1973 and played for Ireland in 15 Canada Cup/World Cups; he won 24 European Tour tournaments including two British Masters.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Irish golfing great lay in repose in an open coffin, at the foot of which was a large poster celebrating his achievements

Darren Mulhall: “It was all over in a flash.” Photograph: Coillins Courts

Company’s stance part of more aggressive approach by industry to fraudulent claims

Anto Dolan: sat in the front passenger seat.

Last Monday, the crash compensation case came before Dublin Circuit Court

 Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan and Siptu president Jack O’Connor examine the Dublin Metropolitan Police “prisoners books”. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Records found in Clontarf attic detail arrests of Larkin and Connolly during Dublin lockout

Lieut Grace Fanning (33) from Carlow, second in command of the LE Róisín married her partner Carol Brady (27) from Wexford at the Riverside Hotel in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford. Photograph: Evelyn McNamara

Grace Fanning and Carol Brady tie the knot before 200 well-wishers

Michael Fitzmaurice, the Independent TD for Roscommon-South Leitrim, was unable to vote for Enda Kenny as Taoiseach in Friday’s vote because of an inability to reach an agreement over turf cutting. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times.

Roscommon-Galway Deputy says politicians in ‘inclusive’ Dáil ‘will have to work together’

 The remains arrive at church by horse drawn hearse pictured at St  Aidan’s Church, Brookfield, Tallaght  at the funeral of Thomas Farnan. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

Tom Farnan’s funeral told not to ‘judge a life by the way it ends’

Forensic officers at the Greenstar recycling facility in Bray, Co  Wicklow, where the body of a newborn baby was found. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Gardaí issue appeal as postmortem due on baby girl found at recycling centre near Bray

Gardaí at the scene at Greenstar Recycling, Fassaroe, Bray, Co Wicklow where the body of a newborn baby was discovered. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin.

Postmortem to be carried out on body of newborn girl found at waste recycling centre

Denis Coderre: “We have a policy of multiculturalism where it’s not about keeping your identity it’s about sharing it“

Mayor of Montreal Denis Coderre was on two-day visit to Dublin to promote trade and cultural ties

Thomas Ashe. Photograph: National Library of Ireland

Lover of motorbikes raced about directing guerrilla-style operations during the Rising

 Kirsty Farrell from Newry, selected as Tuesday’s finalist who will go through to Friday’s final of The Bollinger Best Dressed Lady at the Punchestown Festival, in Naas, Co Kildare. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Glamour was predictable even if weather wasn’t on opening day of racing festival

Two-storey family home built by La Touche estate in 1864 on market with an AMV of €625,000

Fr Paddy Byrne: ‘The idea of conversation, the idea of friendship, is being redefined in western culture.’ Photograph: James Flynn/APX

Locals have raised concerns after an increase in people taking their own lives in the area

Angelina Power, Martin O’Rourke’s fiancée, looks at a picture of him in the hearse after his funeral. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Funeral Mass hears of young man trying to overcome personal adversity

Almost 2,000 drivers have been able to avoid, over a 27-month period, conviction for driving offences, and the consequent application of penalty points on their licences

Poor box option sometimes used for first-time road offences and minor drug offences

Soldiers  from the 53rd Infantry Group  training in the Glen of Imaal.   Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Troops undergo intensive training in readiness for mission abroad

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