Figure of 50,00 has been stated by the Government and Irish-American immigration campaigners “without a shred of evidence to support it”

Migration institute in US says number of undocumented Irish is fewer than 16,000

Shopkeeper Joan Walsh standing in the abandoned housing estate in Boherbue, Co Cork. Photograph:  Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

A decade after the crash, hundreds remain home to rats, brambles and despairing residents

Molly Martens Corbett has been convicted of the second-degree murder of her husband Jason Corbett.

Jason Corbett’s sister claims ‘real Limerick man’ had concerns about his wife

Publisher Niall O’Dowd: said Government envoy John Deasy’s numbers for the undocumented Irish in the US were incorrect. Photograph: Eric Luke

But Irish-American Niall O’Dowd rejects new estimate from envoy John Deasy as ‘wrong’

The public service pay agreement would  cost €880m over three years, and would  reverse most pay cuts imposed after the economic crash

Backing of Siptu members would put support for deal close to overall majority

Gayle Killilea. Photograph: Collins Courts

Gayle Killilea and Sean Dunne jnr ask US bankruptcy court for discovery of documents

Seán Dunne.  The property developer  has been found in contempt by a US court. Photograph: Steve Miller

US judge rules against developer after he disobeyed subpoena

Donald Trump has backed a plan to reduce legal immigration to the US. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

US president backs plan to curb legal immigration through a new skills-based system

Seán Dunne: pursued by creditors owed about €700m, the Carlow developer filed for bankruptcy in the US in 2013 and was made bankrupt in Dublin later that year. Photograph:  Steve Miller

Bankrupt developer’s emails from two Gmail accounts sought in long-running US case

Dublin Fire Brigade on Pearse Street: No structures similar to Grenfell Tower were found during a review and the cladding and insulation used in the west London building have not been identified as a significant risk in Dublin. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Dublin buildings over six storeys being assessed in wake of Grenfell Tower fire

Policing Authority chairwoman Josephine Feehily (left), with Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan  last year. Photograph: Eric Luke

Watchdog expresses its ‘impatience’ over review of fake breath tests scandal

Kallum Barrett (11), who suffers from Ehlers Danlos syndrome, which is a connective tissue disorder. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

For elderly, homes with sick children and businesses, outage takes heavy toll

The new section of   pipe which has been fitted to repair a burst pipeline which  left    thousands of people in the north east   without a normal water supply. Photograph: Irish Water

Irish Water expects full normal water service to return over the weekend

A mother and her children who have been without water for several days fill up containers at Drogheda Leisure Centre. Photograph:  Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

After five days without water, Louth and Meath residents and businesses are angry

Up to 50,000 people in the Drogheda area and east Meath have been without water since the main supply pipeline burst on Thursday evening. Local politicians say as many as 200,000 people are affected.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister apologises for water shortages in Louth and Meath but defends response

Residents at Termon Abbey in Drogheda queue for water supplied by the local council. Thousands of homes and businesses in Louth and Meath  remain without water five days after a  water mains burst. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Company will consider reopening Rosehall should burst pipe not be repaired as planned by the weekend

Olympic Council of Ireland president Sarah Keane advises charities not to run away from controversy when a scandal hits and to be as upfront as possible. Photograph:  ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Conference hears importance of ‘not burying head in sand’ if scandal hits a charity

Olympic Council of Ireland president Sarah Keane. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Organisation’s ex-boss detained in Rio last year in state of undress with media present

Caitriona Perry was asked to “come here” by the US president during the press event   during Mr Trump’s phone call to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar

RTÉ Washington Correspondent told to ‘come here’ by Donald Trump

Sheila Pratschke, chair of the Arts Council.

Committee welcomes decision to leave €2.7m stipend system unchanged

Catherine Day, secretary general European Commission, told a media seminar in Dublin that the British were not yet ready to negotiate the UK’s departure from the EU. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Top Brussels aide says UK media will ‘change mood music’ and make talks more difficult

Governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe, disagrees ‘vehemently’ with Donald Trump’s opposition to international trade deals. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

On Irish visit, Terry McAuliffe says US must be smart like Ireland to retain corporate cash

Catherine Martin has expressed concerns about the number of people left “in a living nightmare” after purchasing homes that were poorly constructed during the property boom.

Dublin’s chief fire officer calls legislation covering overcrowding ‘poor’ and ‘difficult’

The Arts Council’s plans to change the payment of the cnuas grant, a €17,180 annual stipend paid to 145 of its 246 members, has resulted in a split at Aosdána. Photograph: Istock

Artist critical in resignation letter for not being able to put forward ‘minority’ views

Chief fire officer: “Our buildings are much lower in height than anything you would have in the UK, so the risks are much lower anyway, but this is an opportunity to find out,”  Patrick Fleming said

‘Very small’ number may use similar cladding. Second expert ‘wouldn’t buy’ Irish flat

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  and Prince Albert II of Monaco at the 32nd annual conference gala dinner of the Ireland Funds at Powerscourt Hotel, Enniskerry. Photograph: Mark Stedman/PA

Taoiseach and Prince Albert of Monaco speak at philanthropic organisation conference

John Cunningham, a prominent figure in the Irish community in Boston

Democrat Brendan Boyle to seek further information from officials on Boston arrest

John Cunningham (38), who had been living illegally in the US since 1999, was arrested by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials at his home in Boston and is awaiting deportation.

Electrician facing deportation was subject of two court actions over customer complaints

President Michael D. Higgins receives a flute from Gary Batton, Chief of the Choctaw Nation, at  Áras an Uachtaráin. Photograph: Maxwells

Head of US tribe meets President Higgins 170 years after donation to Irish famine victims

John Cunningham (38), who has been undocumented in the US since 1999, was arrested by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials at a private residence in Boston on Friday

Department says number of deported Irish has not risen under Trump administration

John Cunningham: his arrest comes amid a wide-ranging crackdown on undocumented immigrants by US president Donald Trump’s administration.

Impending deportation of former local GAA chairman causes anxiety

US president Donald Trump resigned as director of the Doonbeg golf course and hotel in Co Clare. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

US president values Co Clare ‘small potatoes’ golf destination at $5m -$25m in latest filing

Maire Whelan who was appointed to the Court of Appeal by President Michael D Higgins this morning. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Fianna Fáil asks whether three judges who expressed interest were interviewed

Catherine Day (centre), special adviser to European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, with Fianna Fáil TD Timmy Dooley and Fianna Fáil councillor Kate Feeney at a meeting of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, at the European Foundation in Loughlinstown, Co Dublin. Photograph: Simon Carswell

Catherine Day says union waiting to see where Britain is willing to compromise

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron and his predecessor, Nick Clegg. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty

One-time deputy PM Nick Clegg is the biggest casualty of the general election

The Liberal Democrats’ gains in London and Scotland were tempered by notable losses, including former leader Nick Clegg. Photograph: David Cheskin/PA Wire

Tory share of vote rises but senior figures among casualties of tactical error

Labour supporters Dr Martin Edobor and Kapil Komireddi celebrate the British election outcome at The Lexington pub near Islington North, the constituency of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Photograph: Simon Carswell

Labour supporters hail a generational shift in politics as Tories lament devastating loss

Tara and Ian Davis from Birmingham reflect the generational divide splitting Conservative and Labour voters. Photograph: Simon Carswell

Tories set to profit from Ukip collapse in Birmingham where May and Corbyn polarise public

Dave Touson and Priya Dev, parliamentary staff and campaign volunteers for Labour MP for Coventry South Jim Cunningham at his constituency office in the city. Photograph: Simon Carswell

Corbyn’s party resists Tory push in Brexit-voting Coventry to stem May’s confidence

Liberal Democrats party leader Tim Farron (centre) with former party leader Nick Clegg  tour the Gripple factory in Sheffield, Yorkshire, on Tuesday. Photograph:  Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images

Campaign trail: Britain’s ‘third party’ struggles to be heard as main parties become polarised

Finbarr Cronin, Wakefield’s Liberal Democrat candidate, says the Conservatives  came into the election relying on the Brexit vote ‘but people have moved on on both sides of the divide’

Campaign trail: May’s road to a bigger majority runs through Brexit-leaning constituencies

Angus Robertson, the SNP’s deputy leader said there was ‘very, very little consideration’ being given in English politics to the plight of Northern Ireland. Photograph: Reuters/Russell Cheyne

SNP deputy leader says Tories are not taking seriously the risks from possible hard Irish Border

The SNP’s deputy leader, Angus Robertson, campaigning in Elgin, Moray, Scotland. Photograph: Russell Cheyne/Reuters

In an unusual election, nationalists avoid talk of independence as unionists embrace it

Ken MacDonald of Hooke & MacDonald. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Hooke & MacDonald says cost of legislation makes managing single lettings unviable

Patrick Nugent, a 23-year-old banqueting manager in Bunratty, died in the early hours of February 11th, 1984

Relatives fear inquiry into 1984 death will focus on Garda investigation rather than killing

Sister Catherine Ann Cesnik who was murdered in 1969: US priest Joseph Maskell, who fled to Ireland following sex abuse allegations in Baltimore,  is suspected of involvement in the unsolved murder of Sr Cesnik

Fr Joseph Maskell’s work as psychologist in Wexford under review after fresh allegations

Niall Kelly, civilian head of the Garda’s internal audit unit, told the PAC there had been “probably waste of public funds” but there was no personal gain by members of the force.

No garda benefited personally from financial irregularities, internal audit unit chief says

The Public Accounts Committee is hearing evidence on Wednesday from six civilian members of An Garda Síochána. File photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Heated exchanges at committee on Garda’s handling of financial irregularities at Templemore

Members of the public look at tributes left for those  who died in Monday’s terror attack at the Manchester Arena. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

City remains on critical state of alert as it tries to return to normal following bombing

Irish ambassador to the UK Dan Mulhall (second from right) speaking with Dublin-born Manchester councillor Pat Karney of the Labour Party at the memorial to the Manchester Arena bomb attack victims at St Ann’s Square in Manchester city centre on Friday. Photograph: Simon Carswell/The Irish Times

Dan Mulhall signs book of condolences in ‘one of the most Irish cities in the world’

Olivia Campbell (15), one of the 22 people  killed by suicide bomber Salman Abedi. Photograph: the Manchester Evening News

Singing teacher remembers student Olivia Campbell, killed in Manchester bombing

Police stand guard outside the Didsbury Mosque where  Salman Abedi, the bomber responsible for  Monday’s attack, had prayed.  Photograph: Andrew Testa The New York Times

Saddened and shocked, many fear retaliation following Monday’s suicide bomb attack

A British army soldier patrols with an armed police officer near the Houses of Parliament in central London. Photograph: Getty Images

Intelligence withheld after American media published sensitive terror attack details

Theresa Grant, the Wexford woman running Trafford Council, is searching for any kind of trigger in  Salman Abedi’s education. Photograph:  Simon Carswell

Wexford woman directs Trafford Council to examine Salman Abedi’s education

A man cries during a vigil for the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing, at Albert Square in Manchester. Photograph: Jose Sarmento Matos/The New York Times

City stands strong after bombing that killed 22 people following Ariana Grande concert

Flowers are left in St Ann’s Square, Manchester, the day after an explosion tore through fans leaving a pop concert in Manchester. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA

Over 34,000 in greater Manchester area identified themselves as Irish in 2011 census

People sit in a support centre at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium. Photograph: Jon Super/Reuters

Police urge those who need help to come to the stadium

The personal insolvency arrangement agreed by the court means the couple can write off about €242,000 worth of debt, including €165,000 due to KBC

Judge says formal insolvency plan should be ‘once-in-a-lifetime solution’ for all debt

The ruling emerged after a legal battle between KBC Bank Ireland and a Drogheda couple who fell behind on a €285,647 mortgage on their three-bed house. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

High Court judgment may affect banks’ capability to split mortgages and park debt

 Brendan Duddy, in whose Derry home  the IRA and British government contacts met during Troubles. Photograph: Trevor McBride

Duddy was the first outsider ever to meet the IRA’s Army Council

Former vice-chairman of the NI Policing Board Denis Bradley delivers a speech at the 43th anniversary of the Dublin and Monaghan bombings in which 34 people were killed. Photograph: Gareth Chaney

‘Somehow it gets worse ... sometimes it’s just like opening a tap. You can’t stop crying’

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan lays a wreath at a commemorative event to mark the 43rd anniversary of the Dublin and Monaghan bombings. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Flanagan says new independent inquiry into worst loss of life of Troubles is ‘imperative’

The Simon Communities survey shows that the housing crisis is affecting single people and couples dependent on State housing benefits worst of all. File photograph: Getty Images

Survey reveals widening gap between social-housing rent limits and rising market

Britain’s Prince Charles shakes hands with Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams during a visit to the British Ambassador’s residence in Glencairn. Photograph:  Damien Eagers/Reuters

Royal says Glasnevin cemetery was ‘deeply moving’ and ‘most memorable moment’

Prince Charles shakes hands with Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams during a visit to the British Ambassador’s residence in Glencairn, Co Dublin. Pool photograph: Damien Eagers

The prince paid his condolences to the Sinn Féin leader on the death of Martin McGuinness

Prince Charles lays a wreath to the dead of the 1916 Easter Rising during a visit to Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin Ireland on Friday. Photograph:   Aidan Crawley/EPA

‘This is just to prove I can write,’ royal joked as he signed visitors’ book in Government Buildings

Dr Maurice Hayes said the Garda Inspectorate’s 2015 report “Changing Policing in Ireland” had not yet been acted upon.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Former Patten member says Government should act on implementing existing report

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O Sullivan was interviewed by a four-person panel which included Kathleen O’Toole. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Kathleen O’Toole from Seattle is now heading up review of An Garda Síochána

 Policing Authority chairwoman Josephine Feehily (left)  to ask Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan about concerns raised within the force about the veracity of Garda crime statistics. Photograph: Eric Luke

Policing Authority chair to raise civilian analyst’s letter about crime statistics review

French national Glwadys Cagne from Brittany casting her ballot at the French Embassy in Dublin. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Expat voters in presidential election had reservations but swung for Macron anyway

Anna Byrne stays at her fathers home in Sallynoggin, Dublin with her two children Zennan, age 4 and Sienna, 2. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

In Ireland’s most affluent area new building is rare, entry-level homes are beyond most and ‘social cleansing’ is rife

The  collapsed fourth-floor balcony in downtown Berkeley, California,   on June 16th 2015: Defendants involved in the design and construction of the balcony  agreed to pay   compensation during the discovery phase of the civil litigation in the California Superior Court for the County of Alameda. Photograph: Peter DaSilva/EPA

Legal action against owner of apartment block and property’s manager set to continue

The students who were killed when the balcony collapsed at the Library Gardens Apartments, in Berkeley, California (Top LtoR) Ashley Donohoe, Eoghan Culligan, Olivia Burke, (Bottom LtoR) Nick Schuster, Eimear Walsh, and Lorcan Miller.

Substantial payments to be paid to seven survivors and relatives of six deceased

Politicians made 196 representations to the Revenue Commissioners in 2016. File photograph: Joe St Leger

Labour Party’s Michael Dollard raised the most cases for the third year in a row

Carol Morgan, Concern Worldwide’s regional director for the Horn of Africa, spoke of children dying on roads as they travelled to the charity’s emergency feeding centres. Photograph:  Liam Burke/Press 22

Concern’s regional director warns 20 million people in East Africa are at risk of starvation

Jack Nealons bar on Capel Street, Dublin. Photgraph: Google Street

Planned closure of landmark bar put off as receiver acting for US fund keeps shutters up

The OPW said a safety access team has surveyed slopes affected by the second major rockfall in two years on Skellig Michael. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

OPW ‘cautiously optimistic’ ‘Star Wars’ location will reopen to public on May 14th

The Citizens’ Assembly recommended by almost two to one that abortion without restriction as to reasons be made available in the State. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

TDs unlikely to liberalise laws to extent proposed by Citizens’ Assembly, say sources

Just over two-thirds said they were more likely than their parents to vote for politicians who want more progressive change in Ireland. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Irish youth more liberal, engaged in social issues and less influenced by Catholic Church

 Mrs Justice Mary  Laffoy, chair of the Citizens’ Assembly. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Pro-choice camp hails vote to change law as anti-abortion groups slate ‘one-sided’ process

Wreck of the ‘Pere Charles’ trawler, November 8th, 2007. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Sea has yet to give up bodies from ‘Pere Charles’ and ‘Carrickatine’

Dan Rooney in Dublin during his time as  US ambassador to Ireland. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Businessman says former US ambassador leaves ‘immense image of civility and grace’

President Donald Trump at Snap-On Tools in Kenosha, Wisconsin where he signed the ‘Buy American, Hire American’ executive order. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

US president plans changes to H-1B visa programme for foreign workers

Former US ambassador to Ireland Dan Rooney, who died last week,  used his standing as the owner of the Steelers to help Barack Obama win over key blue-collar areas of Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia during his 2008 presidential election victory. Photograph: Gene J. Puskar/AP

Owner of Pittsburgh Steelers Dan Rooney remembered as man of the people at service

We may not be back in a credit bubble but the economy seems – to borrow a phrase from Bertie Ahern  – to be getting boomier

The Central Bank’s chief economist says a ‘Phoenix miracle’ is under way in the the economy, but few seem to be feeling the benefi(...)

Kevin Gardiner, the man who coined the phrase “Celtic Tiger”.  Photograph: Frank Miller

Term “Celtic Tiger” may have contributed to the hubris that ultimately slayed the tiger

Dan Rooney used his standing as the owner of the popular Steelers to help Mr Obama win over key blue-collar areas of Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia during his 2008 presidential election victory. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Barack Obama’s first ambassador to Ireland was a co-founder of the Ireland Funds

Race tracks, ferries and trains: some people will do anything to get a pint on Good Friday. Photograph: Johnny Green/PA Wire

A 90-year law bans alcohol sales but there are exemptions beyond the illegal lock-in

'United Ireland? It’s all guff': Colm Lynagh, Anthony McIntyre, Gerry McGeough and Tommy McKearney Colm Lynagh, Anthony McIntyre, Gerry McGeough and Tommy McKearney

A group of paramilitary veterans say Brexit won’t derail the peace process, violence won’t return, and they’ll never see a united (...)

Bord Bia chief executive Tara McCarthy: reassured that British prime minister Theresa May wants to minimise disruption caused by Brexit, but also concerned about the risks.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Agri businesses near Border fear high tariffs if UK and EU cannot make free trade deal

Nóirín O’Sullivan: Fine Gael Ministers on Monday night expressed support for  the commissioner. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Fianna Fáil’s Jim O’Callaghan says he still does not have confidence in commissioner

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan: her performance yesterday will do little to reassure a sceptical public. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

O’Sullivan casts herself as solution, not the problem, in getting to bottom of scandal

Deerfield in the Phoenix Park: the late 18th century home has been the US ambassador’s official residence in Ireland since 1927. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Carleton Varney chosen by Brian Burns for renovation of Deerfield in Phoenix Park

Until now, banks had been unable to complete deals with one debtor without their other half signing up too

High Court judgment sets precedent to help resolve personal insolvency for the separated

Former US president Bill Clinton stopped on Nassau Street in Dublin, and purchased a bunch of flowers  supporting the Irish Cancer Society on Daffodil Day.

Former US president met businessman and New York hotelier after McGuinness funeral

Billy Lawless: The diaspora senator said Ireland had “strayed from the inclusive spirit” of the 1916 Proclamation and the Constitution. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Giving citizens abroad a vote in presidential ballots could cost €21m per election

Ministers Frances Fitzgerald and Leo Varadkar at the launch of a campaign for Abhaile in February. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

State-funded Abhaile scheme pays €550,000 to personal insolvency practitioners

Irish diaspora: the overseas electorate could exceed the 1.7 million people who voted in the 2011 presidential election. Illustration: Digital Vision/Getty

The planned referendum on overseas voting rights will raise questions that go to the heart of what it means to be an Irish citizen

Estate agent Michael McArdle outside his office in Crossmaglen, Co Armagh. Photograph: Simon Carswell

People in the south Armagh town of Crossmaglen fear the return to a hard Border

Total US foreign direct investment into Ireland topped €292 billion as of 2014 and any plans by the Trump administration to slow investment overseas would be a concern for Ireland. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

St Patrick’s Day meeting with US president a chance for Kenny to set out Ireland Inc’s stall

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