Denis O’Brien: his case against Red Flag is that the PR company is orchestrating an illegal conspiracy to defame him and damage his business interests. Red Flag denies the charge

Evidence over USB is the latest twist in the businessman’s action against Red Flag

President Michael D Higgins (second right) with former Tanzanian president Benjamin Mkapa (left), former South African president Thabo Mbeki,  and Salman Khurshid, former Indian minister for justice. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Former presidents Mbeki and Mkapa, and former minister Khurshid in After Empire talk

The blocks have begun to crack and disintegrate, evidenced by cracked cement stucco, or plaster, covering the blocks. Photograph: PA

An estimated 340 homes develop problems with cracked walls and foundations

Terry Wogan: broadcaster’s whimsical banter, gentle wit and spinning of surreal yarns became reveille for some eight million BBC Radio 2 listeners between 1972 and 1984

Terry Wogan gave the British a different view of Irishness in a time of terrorism

Houses in Pola de Allande

The Camino Primitivo may be the road less travelled but it has all the scenery, peace, and sense of achievement you are seeking (...)

“It was Europe’s biggest property bust.” Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Analysts appeared to have bought into the ‘soft landing’ scenario popular at the time

The construction industry lobbied the government for a property stimulus package three months prior to the   establishment of the National Asset Management Agency (Nama).

Minutes said developers wanted corporate borrowings kept separate from personal assets

Floods at Wolfe Tone Terrace in Athlone. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Government supports use of demountable barriers despite criticism from insurers

Tuesday evening’s road death brings to three the number of cyclists who have lost their lives on Irish roads so far this year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times Targets to be achieved by the next government include having at least 10 per cent of all journeys by bike by 2020. Photograph: The Irish Times

Ahead of looming election, organisation calls for promise of 10% of transport spend

  Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams (at right, in case you’re unsure) standing alongside a completed wax figure of himself now on display at the National Wax Museum in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

SF leader’s statue unveiled alongside those of Hume, Paisley, Ahern, Bruton and Major

Limerick riverfront: The city cam top in a survey of 367 cities across nine countries. Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

US consultancy finds buyers in Limerick can secure their home for 1.8 times their income

Ireland should introduce a tax on certain financial transactions and use the money raised to target long term poverty, inequality and global warming, says a civil society group. Photograph: Getty Images

Robin Hood Tax Campaign says money could be used to tackle poverty, global warming

Leslie Greer (98), who worked as an analyst in Bletchley Park during the second World War. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Leslie Greer produced reports based on decrypted signals during second World War

The Laurels cottage in Glenties, the original home of the five Mundy sisters where Brien Friel played as a child and set his play ‘Dancing at Lughnasa. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Trust has plans also to build Brian Friel Centre to honour late playwright

PJ Mara: “Eulogising that followed the announcement of his death on Friday was not uniform.” Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Savvy Fianna Fáil strategist whose loyalty to party and political tribe trumped probity

The wax model of Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams in the studio of sculptor PJ Heraghty. The model will complete the Good Friday Agreement installation at the Dublin Wax Museum. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

PJ Hegarty, waxwork sculptor, finds Sinn Féin chief friendly and serious ‘peacemaker’

Barry Keogh, director of services at Westmeath County Council who chairs the emergency flood response  team for Athlone: “We immediately mobilised and put a response in place.” Photograph: Peter Murtagh

The water has risen to record levels but only nine homes have been flooded in the area

Carmel Rourke making her way throughPortavolla housing estate in Bangher, Co Offaly. Photograph: James Flynn/APX

Prevention measures proposed for 300 flooding ‘hot spots’

The funeral of Wesley Burrowes, the writer of the long-running drama ‘Glenroe’, at Christ Church in Bray Co Wicklow. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Funeral told ‘stories mattered’ to the playwright, author and scriptwriter

Enumerator Sean O’Hanlon with Jan Moore in Glasnevin, Dublin, during Census 2011. The CSO is no longer accepting registrations from those who wish to become enumerators in Census 2016. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Some 17,000 have registered to become enumerators in the forthcoming census

President Michael D Higgins emerging from a house on Island Road, with local resident Maureen Peare, on a visit to flood-damaged areas of Enniscorthy, Co Wexford. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

€35m flood defence scheme for Co Wexford town, hit three times recently, at design stage

Works are carried out on a section of  gas line at Aughoose, Co Mayo. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Projected €2.4bn overrun to be written off against profits - with taxpayer loss of €600m

A teenager has been killed in a two-car crash in Co Offaly. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Death brings to eight the number killed on Irish roads since December 23rd

Catherine Lundon, Mullingar, Carol Kennelly, Tralee, Co Karry, and Louise Allen, Slane, Co Meath,  winners of the Monart Most Stylish Lady contest at the Leopardstown Christmas Festival, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Rough diamonds and chancers try their luck on blustery day of racing in Dublin

Three weather warnings issued with Storm Eva due to bring gusts of up to 120km/h

Gardaí on the Kilworth to Ballyduff Road, near Fermoy, Co Cork, near the scene of a road traffic collision in which two women died. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

Garda and RSA figures released before collision in Co Cork which killed two people

Behind every incident is behaviour, Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe said. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / IRISH TIMES

Young drivers four to five times more likely to be involved on crashes, RSA says

Denis O’Brienfailed to prove publication of Red Flag’s dossier, or that it had damaged him.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Forensics suggest changes made to digital files subsequent to court preservation order

On Mr O’Brien’s application, the judge accepted Red Flag had a duty of confidentiality to their client and refused Mr O’Brien’s request for an order forcing them to disclose their identity. Photograph: Getty Images

‘Numerous changes to and additions of data’, according to experts who examined stick

Minis drive down the helter-skelter road in the Lingotto building in Turia

Re-creating ‘The Italian Job’ film by driving Minis around Italy provides maximum thrills

Bridie Mooney (86) in her Greystones shop with her grandson Tadhg (11) and daughter Aine. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Bridie Mooney is retiring on Christmas Eve after 60 years of running her sweet shop

Loyalist theatre launch: Bobby Niblock (right) with William Mitchell

Robert Niblock laments former loyalist paramilitaries’ lack of artistic expression

Tánaiste Joan Burton noted how Ireland – A Directory 2016 chronicled Ireland changing from a black and white world of the 1960s, 70s and 80s, as represented by photographs, into the technicolor country it is today. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Ireland – a Directory contains a vast wealth of information on official Ireland

Members of the Garda Emergency response Unit on a simulted hostage rescue exercise. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

People need to know how to ‘stay safe’, help themselves and aid others if incident occurs

Former chief executive of Today FM Peter McPartlin who unexpectedly resigned from his post.

Peter McPartlin leaves after four years at the helm and also leaves TXFM, a Dublin alternative rock station which was previo(...)

Recipients of Honorary Degrees at Trinity College. From left: Fr Peter Mc Verry, Graca Machel, Senator David Norris,  Rory O’Neill and Tomi Reichental. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Women and children’s advocate and Holocaust survivor also among recipients

The number  of roadside checkpoints testing for alcohol is to be increased for the next six weeks and the Garda will  pay particular attention to drivers using bus lanes and mobile phones. Those stopped for either offence are likely to find themselves breath-tested.  File photograph: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

Garda to pay particular attention to drivers using bus lanes and mobile phones illegally

Infantry machine gunner at the ready. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Our correspondent was embedded with the Defence Forces on a crucial sortie

Elite Army Ranger Wing troops exercising in Dublin.  File photograph: Defence Forces Press Office

Decisive action, tight co-operation between services the best ways to deal with threats

Judge Rosemary Horgan, President of the District Court. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

District Court president’s comments prompted by reports on drink-driving convictions

Jimmy Wren, who has written a book, The GPO Garrison Easter Week 1916, at his home in Donnycarney. On the wall is a group photograph of Rising participants,  taken in 1936. Photograph: Dave Meehan

A new book tells of the lives of ordinary men and women who took part in Rising

President Higgins stands with ambassador Jean-Pierre Thebault at the French embassy on Merrion Square. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

President Higgins signs book of condolence at embassy on Merrion Square

 Tresa Corrigan, with her daughter Kiera (2), remembering her brother Kieran O’Sullivan, who died 10 years ago in Bantry, at a special memorial service in St Finian’s Lutheran Church in  Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Relatives speak of anger and frustration with justice system at remembrance day event

Richard Staveley holds a photo of his grand-aunt Jane Boyle, shot dead on  November 20, 1920 . A headstone is to be inaugurated in Glasnevin today in presence of family members and GAA president. Photograph: Alan Betson

Jane Boyle was shot dead by British forces in Croke Park on November 21st, 1920

United Nations veterans at the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, for the opening of an exhibition celebrating the 60th anniversary of Ireland’s membership of the UN. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Embedding will be in peacekeeping areas where gender-based violence occurred

At Glasnevin Cemetery laying a wreath at the grave of Michael McWhite, an Irish citizen who fought for France during the first World War  and was awarded the Legion d’Honneur by the French government for his bravery, were from left: John Green, Chairman Glasnevin Trust;  Jean-Pierre Thebault, ambassador of France to Ireland; Laurent Somon, chairman of the Departmental Council of the Somme;  Jean-Marc Todeschini, French Minister of State for Remembrance and the Veterans, and Colonel Antoine de Loustal,  Defence Attaché. Photograph: Colm Mahady/Fennells

Ceremony attended by dignitaries including Minister for Heritage and overseas envoys

Gardaí beside the badly damaged Volvo after the crash near the N4 on the southbound M50. Photograph:  Colin Keegan/ Collins

Long delays inevitable as emergency services examine serious incidents

The funeral of Joe Ainsworth, former deputy commissioner of An Garda Síochána, at Mount Argus, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Professional life of one-time deputy commissioner both colourful and controversial

Rob Penn: “I couldn’t believe that in Ireland, the game of hurley was still being played with an ash stick.”

Writer’s love for ancient tree brings him to Croke Park for ‘clash of the ash’

Renua leader Lucinda Creighton. Photograph: Sara Freund

Businessman says Renua leader ‘failed to ascertain the facts’ about Topaz contract

Denis O’Brien: “It is clear to me that this is part of a campaign to undermine me and to disseminate false statements about me.” Photograph: Patrick Fallon/Bloomberg

His battle continues as he seeks full access to Red Flag’s web search, download history

 Denis O’Brien’s  Digicel is carrying about $6.5 billion in debt and needs to invest in high-speed fibre, fixed-line and cable TV services. Photograph: Swoan Parker/Reuters

Businessman’s affidavit also says the IPO was ‘suspended for external market reasons’

Wounded soldiers being taken from the Casualty Clearing Station, Pushvillers, France, to an ambulance train: The British army’s decision that sick and wounded soldiers be brought home by hospital ships for longer-term care had a huge impact on Irish hospitals and medicine. Photograph: Wellcome Library, London

A recent symposium in Dublin highlighted the effects of the first World War on our hospitals, medics and procedures

 The removal of Thomas, Sylvia, Christopher, Jim and  Mary Connors at the Church of the Ascension of the Lord, Balally, Dublin. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Removal held for five members of Connors family who died in Dublin halting site fire

Lucinda Creighton said public trust in the political system had been eroded hugely “and while there have been tribunals, very little has come of them” by way of changes. Photograph:  Sara Freund/The Irish Times

Lucinda Creighton wants Moriarty tribunal recommendations implemented

The new CSO yearbook has revealed that the number of marriages is back to boom-time figures. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

CSO yearbook also reveals State’s favourite children’s names remain Jack and Emily

Colm Keaveney:   The speech “was entirely composed by myself”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

FF TD says he was not influenced by third party in speech about businessman

Denis  O’Brien: claims PR firm Red Flag Consulting is involved in a conspiracy against him. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill

Speech by FF TD Colm Keaveney on USB key is understood not to have been delivered

Businessman Denis O’Brien. File  photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Businessman alleges documents on memory stick had been altered by Red Flag

After training in Templemore, Co Tipperary, Garda Tony Golden served for 11 years in several divisions, notably at Cabinteely in south Co Dublin, and later in Omeath in Co Louth, where he was one of three gardaí in a station whose numbers have been reduced markedly since the ending of the Troubles.

Garda Commissioner describes late garda as ‘proud family man, held in very high esteem’

People gather to express respect while gardaí watch after a fire at a  halting site, due to  which  10  people died,  on Glenamuck Road South, Carrickmines,  Co Dublin. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Mounds of flowers grow at Carrickmines as people pay their respects to the 10 who died

Garret Fitzgerald and Margaret Thatcher with  ministers Peter Barry, Dick Spring,  Geoffrey Howe, and Tom King at the the signing of the Anglo Irish Agreement at Hillsborough Castle, Co Down, in November 1985. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Former prime minister felt motherly towards Garret Fitzgerald, biography reveals

So-called presumptive tests “basically” confirm a substance is a controlled drug. Photograph: Eric Luke

Labs spend hours on preliminary testing which is pointless as defendants later plead guilty

Lt-Col Mark Prendergast and his nine-year-old daughter Lara at  Casement Aerodrome at Baldonnel. Photograph: Dave Meehan

200-strong party greet 48th Infantry Group at Casement Aerodrome in Baldonnell

Bord na Móna briquettes are made from milled peat. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Post-war idea was to copy geology and compress peat to as near to coal as possible

Bord na Móna has announced it will no longer harvest energy peat and will complete its move to a sustainable business within 15 years. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Semi-State’s alternative energy move ‘largest change of land use in modern Irish history’

Assumpta Lawlor, Elaine Healy and Patricia O’Rourke, all from Tallaght,  with their Certificates in Health Service Skills, at the Centre for Learning and Development at Tallaght Hospital. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Students, including grandparents, graduate as healthcare assistants after a year’s study

Trooper Amy Crook and boyfriend Ger on return to Dublin. Photograph:  Peter Murtagh

Some members of return party unable to get to Dublin due to flight complications

A special meeting of Dún Laoghaire council was called because of widespread anger at letters sent on behalf of the board that runs Bids by Stubbs, the debt collecting agency, to business people in the town who had failed to pay the levy which funds the scheme.

Demand backed by two People Before Profit councillors - opposed by 27 other councillors

Medics with the International Committee of the Red Cross take part in training in surviving the effects of a chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear.

Irish Army runs new exercise for group of Red Cross doctors and nurses

The Hall of Honour commemorating the 471 students, staff and alumni of TCD who died in the first World War. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Ceremony aims to roll back century of collective amnesia on TCD’s role in conflict

 Members of the  European Young Leaders 2015, from left: Edvard Glucksman, Wardell Armstrong; Sandor Lederer, K-Monitor; Kamilla Sultanova, Maersk Line, and Anne Antunes. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Climate change, migration and ‘fortress Europe’ and Brexit all for debate

MInister for Education Jan O Sullivan said Ireland 2016 will be “a reflection on our past, our present and our future, our futures indeed together on this island”. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister launches next stage of Rising commemorations at Pearse brothers’ school

Chinese activist Guo Feixiong’s wife Zhang Qing and daughter Yang Tienjiao (Sara). Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989 sparked lawyer’s activism

Chinese activist Guo Feixiong’s wife Zhang Qing and daughter Yang Tienjiao (Sara). Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Wife and daughter of Guo Feixiong collect Frontline Defenders award on his behalf

 A passerby reads a notice on the door of Boyers & Co on North Earl Street, Dublin, after it was announced the store would close in January. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Talks to begin after news that Dublin department store will close

Former Barcelona FC player Patrick Kluivert: Unicef Uganda has joined FC Barcelona and other sport organisations  to highlight Ugandan child survival. Photograph: Isaac Kasamani/AFP/Getty Images

In 1990 some 12.7m under-fives died each year – most preventable – and it is now 5.9m

Bono at a solar array in Rwanda part-financed by President Obama’s Power Africa initiative
Into Africa with Bono

The Irish Times went to Rwanda and Nigeria with Bono and his One Foundation

Aylan Kurdi, one of the two Syrian toddlers who drowned with their mother, is buried at home in Kobani on September 4th. Seeing scenes like that, Cork woman Mary wishes the Naval Service could magic these poor refugees to Cobh: ‘I would be down there, happy to take two or three people for a few months.’ Photograph: Herdem Dogrul/Reuters

Nationwide, people are stepping up for refugees by pledging beds, shelter and kindness

Eugene Kielt, an enthusiast for all things Heaney, on the banks of the Moyola river

Local historian Eugene Kielt offers a tour of Derry locations linked to the late poet

Maj Gen Michael Finn:  ‘It is a critical challenge to find ways to address the contentious issue of caveats and to maintain the integrity of peacekeeping missions into the future.’ Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Continuing to contribute internationally is hugely important, says retiring Army office

During the week of July 20th to July 26th, there were 1,185 children in 556 families in emergency accommodation in Dublin. Photograph: Getty Images

Charities say family homelessness crisis must be treated as ‘national emergency’

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny  on a Coast Guard vessel off Killala, Co Mayo, welcoming the new $300 million transatlantic fibre optic cable as it arrives in Killala, Co Mayo. The cable, owned and operated by Irish company Aqua Comms, will run directly from Mayo to New York. Photograph: Naoise Culhane

Taoiseach joins investor Chris Bake to mark laying of cross-Atlantic cable off Killala

Drumcondra house has changed little since it was built and has a warm, pleasant feel to it

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras. Photograph: Marko Djurica/Reuters

Secretary general says referendum is ‘not very clear’ and has been called too quickly

Corrib Gas is the single most expensive energy infrastructure project in Ireland and the largest since the Ardnacrusha hydroelectric scheme on the Shannon in the 1920s.

Objections to pipeline stimulated by poor management contributed to €2.4bn overrun

Looking at Leenamore Crossing today, it would probably take a forensic archaeologist to uncover what went on just two years ago. The first photo shows the entire estuary removed in layers and stored, while diggers do their work. The second shows how the area looks today

Restrictions on Corrib gas project mean parts of Erris among most monitored in Ireland

Paul Hughes, tunnel construction manager, in a  pipe trench as the tunnel is sealed. Photograph: Peter Murtagh/The Irish Times

Raw gas comes from inside 250m-year-old sandstone about 3km below the seabed

Corrib veteran: David Timlin of Ross Glen Construction, in Rossport. Photograph: Keith Heneghan

The Shell gas project enabled some Irish companies to thrive in the recession, winning profits, creating jobs and raising standard(...)

President Michael D Higgins, his wife Sabina and other mourners at the UCD memorial Mass for those who died at Berkeley. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Mourners told: ‘They lived and laughed and loved and left . . . we will not forget them’

A view of the collapsed fourth-floor balcony in Berkeley, California: a Dublin architect, who asked not be named, said it was clear that the timber joists had failed and noted that balconies in Ireland would normally be constructed from concrete and/or steel. Photograph:  Peter Dasilva/EPA

Failure most likely to have occurred because of prolonged exposure to moisture

A fourth floor balcony rests on the balcony below after collapsing at the Library Gardens apartment complex in Berkeley, California killing six Irish students. Photograph: AP Photo/Noah Berger

Six Irish students died after Library Gardens apartment balcony collapsed

According to Tom Moloney of Construction Information Services, there are solid reasons for believing the sector has turned a corner. Photograph: Alan Betson

More than 3,000 to attend event

Gang-plank goes ashore from the first Irish warship, the LE Macha. Photograph: Defence Forces

Rediscovered material includes 30 minutes of silent, grainy film and photographs

To date, the LÉ Eithne which has on board a crew of 67 plus two Army medics, has rescued 1,153 migrants. Photograph: Irish Defence Forces

Irish Naval Service vessel transfers 399 north Africans to authorities in port city of Taranto

The man and woman featured in posters opposing the same sex marriage referendum have denounced the use of their image and say they support “completely” the proposed change to the Constitution.  Photograph: Adam Hills Official Page/Facebook.

Man and woman ‘completely’ support same sex marriage

Irish members of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (Undof) sit on their armoured vehicles in the Golan Heights. Photograph: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

Explosion was at Camp Ziouani where Irish peacekeeping troops are also based

EU failure has turned Mediterranean into a grave, Higgins tells Lebanese audience

President Michael D Higgins places carnations on the graves of  soldiers at the 57th Turkish Regiment cemetery and memorial site in Gallipoli. Photograph: Burhan Ozbilici/AP

On sacred Turkish soil, all sides salute the fallen in spirit of startling generosity

Prince Charles, President Michael D Higgins,   Prince Harry and President of the Republic of Turkey  Recep Tayyip Erdogan at Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey, at the Commonwealth and Ireland service to Commemorate the centenary of the Gallipoli landings. Photograph: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography

Irish participation in centenary marked by unprecedented Defence Forces involvement

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