Master of the High Court Edmund Honohan: says he broke three internal windows with a hammer he brought into the Four Courts from his home to facilitate ventilation.

Edmund Honohan told cost ‘waste of scarce resources’ and further damage will be billed

Shane Ross identified the Irish, UK and French ports, in particular Dublin, Rosslare, Dover in England and Calais in France, the main “pinch-points” where delays would emerge. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Deliveries of perishable and short shelflife goods face delays at ports if UK crashes out

 A demonstration featuring a paper mâché Theresa May outside the Houses of Parliament in London. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty

No confidence motion throws up several possibilities including a general election

In her letter, British prime minister Theresa May accepts that the backstop represents ‘a fair compromise’ but tries to find common concerns on both sides. Photograph: Ben Birchall/AFP/Getty Images

For Brexiteers, reassurances fall short of legal guarantee that ‘backstop’ will be avoided

Emily Logan: “Ireland must seek to protect the rights of those who face the greatest barriers to justice.” File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Emily Logan warns of ‘repressive measures’ being used against rights groups in Europe

Last call for volunteers to administer the rationing system is said to have been in around 2010 and 2011. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Civil service volunteers wanted to administer system of fuel rationing from ‘strategically located’ stations

The American Ireland Fund is seeking damages of between $200,000 and $1 million in the case, according to court records.

Ex-American Ireland Fund employee seeks to keep credit card payments private in US

British  prime minister Theresa May during  prime minister’s questions  in the House of Commons  on January 9th.  Photograph: AFP Photo/Mark Duffy/Getty Images

Delaying, revoking, postponing Brexit – the options

 Michael Creed: Government would seek hundreds of millions of euro in financial aid from Brussels if the UK crashes out.  Photograph: Colm Mahady / Fennells

EU may need to pay €500 million in farmer supports if Britain crashes out

Aer Lingus owner IAG also owns Iberia and British Airways. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Brussels tells airlines they must be 50% EU owned to retain flying rights across bloc

Sir Anthony O’Reilly:  The one-time billionaire is seeking a declaration in a Pittsburgh court   to prevent Sabina Vidunas reopening her long-running civil action against him seeking damages. File photograph: David Sleator

Ex-nurse suing Sir Anthony over his promise of millions of dollars in company shares

A mural in Dover by British artist Banksy depicts a workman chipping away at one of the stars on an EU-themed flag. Photograph: Lyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images

Department of Business yet to ask Brussels for flexibility to cope with no-deal UK exit

German minister for foreign affairs Heiko Maas speaks at the  Global Ireland 2025: Making it Happen conference, at  Dublin Castle. Photograph: PA

If such a request is made ‘and is justified’ Ireland will not stand in the way, says Minister

Lorries parked in a queue during a trial at the former Manston Airport site in Kent. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

Operation Brock aimed at testing UK’s ability to ease congestion near Channel ports

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: “Ultimately, I believe in the politics of engagement rather than the politics of boycott.” Photograph: Donall Farmer

Varadkar warns of ‘double standard’ if diplomats attend male-only events elsewhere

 Louise Phelan, president and Mark Redmond, CEO of the American Chamber of Commerce (centre) join members of the Friendly Sons of St Patrick Cincinnati choir under the direction of Dan Shea at the 2014  Independence Day Lunch in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘It’s time to drag Irish America into the 21st century’ Varadkar is told

 Shipping containers and freight in Dublin Port. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Additional capacity could ease congestion in Dublin Port, says chief executive

Pleasure boats sit anchored in front of a ship docked at the Port of Dublin. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images

State’s busiest port has been planning for border checks on UK imports since late 2017

Third generation fruit and vegetable wholesaler Justin Leonard believes Simon Coveney’s no-deal Brexit plans are “disingenuous” and too little too late.  Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

‘We are in the 11th hour and suddenly everyone is saying: let’s put a plan together’

Yellow vest protesters confront gardaí at KBC’s Irish headquarters on Sandwith Street, Dublin, on Saturday. Photograph: RollingNews

Financial Services Union urges KBC Bank to protect vulnerable staff as protests escalate

 Shipping freight in Dublin Port. Almost 90%  of roll-on, roll-off road freight in Ireland  passed through the port in 2017. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Government has said it is looking to build offices for an additional 144 staff that will be required within Dublin Port

Martina Fitzgerald became RTÉ’s political correspondent five years ago. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Reporter departs broadcaster two weeks after being replaced as political correspondent

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Simon Coveney. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Government action plan is long on problems posed by a hard Brexit, but short on solutions

The Irish Pharmacy Union said the contingency plan for a no-deal Brexit was ‘long overdue’ but the pharmacies needed ‘clear guidance and practical solutions’ to benefit patients. Photograph: EPA

Industry wants more ‘on the ground’ information and supports for affected businesses

The no-deal plans  include the purchase of land at Dublin Port and Rosslare to prevent congestion  from new customs, sanitary and animal health checks at the sea ports.

Document outlines measures for a disorderly UK exit from European Union

The Revenue Commissioners have made plans for emergency medicines coming into the State to be fast-tracked at customs entry points after Brexit. File photograph: Jason Clarke Photography

Revenue makes plans to avoid disruption to supplies after UK’s exit from the EU

Revenue officials are said to be busy inspecting warehouses for authorisation in time to handle goods from the UK before it leaves the EU on March 29th, 2019, as companies step up no-deal planning.

More firms seeking sign-off for duty-exempt storage to hold UK goods after March

Lorries bound for Europe at Dover Port in Kent: 53 per cent of Irish goods exports with the rest of the world, not including Britain, pass through the UK in terms of volume. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA

Continued British membership to minimise curbs for Irish firms using ‘landbridge’ to EU

Journalist Joanna Bell (left) with Kim Kardashian. File photograph: Joanna Bell/Twitter

Daily Mail journalist apologises for disrupting ambassador’s speech at London party

The Government is putting in place contingency plans for Irish ports in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Photograph: Eric Luke

More than 80% of freight transport crossing the UK ‘landbridge” between the Republic and continental Europe passes through Dublin (...)

No-deal Brexit: about 60 per cent of medicines used in the Republic of Ireland travel through or come from the United Kingdom.  Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

HPRA waives relabelling requirements as industry steps up no-deal preparations

Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald was the guest speaker at a fundraising dinner in New York in November. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Biggest donors to party come from construction industry in New York

John Lynch, skipper of the fishing vessel Eblana: “Fish don’t do borders. They have tails; they move.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Sea frontiers are easily enforced; trawlers must stay within them even if the catch does not

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney, who is managing the State’s response to Brexit. A spokesman for Mr Coveney says further no-deal contingency plans will be published in due course by the Government and the EU. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Business groups including Ibec want detailed plans in light of UK political turmoil

INM’s chief executive, Michael Doorly, promised staff it will revive an “editorial systems committee” as it looks to allay concerns over the security of the emails and other data of journalists.

CEO tells staff company will facilitate audit of its computer systems

Former UK prime minister Sir John Major is pictured speaking at event in Duiblin’s Westin Hotel to mark the 25th Anniversary of the Downing Street Declaration. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

‘Whether you are a Remainer or Leaver, no one can welcome chaos’, ex-PM says

Former Sunday Independent editor Anne Harris says she was told by INM management that her emails were accessed in 2013 as part of an investigation into a leak. Photograph: Alan Betson

Helen Dixon looking into ‘a number of’ disclosures into company in ‘evolving picture’

A large mural depicting the EU flag being chipped away and attributed to the artist Banksy is seen at the Port of Dover. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

Businesses to press Government to disclose no-deal plans if Brexit deal is voted down

Ukip and pro-Brexit supporters in London, Britain. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

What are they thinking? When it comes to Brexit, the answer has several layers

Ireland’s EU commissioner Phil Hogan has said the risk of a disorderly Brexit means new investment in major energy and other infrastructural projects thought to be ‘down the line’ may have to be accelerated. File photograph: Alan Betson

‘Infrastructure requirements arising from a hard Brexit are now real’

Tory MP Priti Patel’s food shortage comments were criticised by EU agriculture commissioner Phil Hogan.

Exploiting shortages for political gain will ensure ‘starvation of British people’, Hogan says

 President Michael D Higgins, receives the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan at Áras an Uachtaráin, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Labour’s Sadiq Khan on Dublin visit tells Theresa May to halt Brexit if deal is rejected

“Divorce is regarded as a normal part of the wear and tear of life.” Photograph: iStock

Government wants to reduce four-year wait for divorce to two years in referendum

“You are effectively in a position where you can’t move on with your life.” Photograph: iStock

Two people describe the ‘cruelty’ of an adversarial process that left them in limbo

John West, former Ireland rugby international Trevor Ringland and John McNally in Holywood. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

On NI’s ‘gold coast’, liberal unionists grapple with a Brexit-induced redrawing of identities

 Students of the Methodist College Belfast  (from left) Joni Mcilroy, Jonathan Mearns, Izaak Carnduff, Hala Heenan, Adam Flanagan, Jake Lowry and Shannon McKeown. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Final-year students at Methodist College in Belfast on what Brexit means for them

The inquiries were ordered last year, by  then minister for justice Frances Fitzgerald, to consider allegations of Garda failings or misconduct in the investigations of the two men. Photograph: Frank Miller

Reports published into 2008 Dublin docks drowning and 1988 Co Offaly hit-and-run

Fernando Nuno La Fuente said he found it “funny” to see his own death reported “because, basically, I’m not dead”.

League censures team for bringing game into disrepute over fake claim about Spaniard

Fernando Nuno La Fuente: Spaniard who Ballybrack FC reported ‘dead’ is alive and well and living in Galway

FAI expected to issue statement on possible punishment for Ballybrack FC

Migrant businesswomen: Lidiane Martins, The Alternut Food Co; Ana Tereza Rodrigues, ‘So You Cake Toppers’; Mariana Cruz, Mariana’s Cakes; Sancha Moran, Sancha’s Parties; Gabriela Szeplaki and Ling Lee, The Alternut Food Co. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Graduates of DCU’s first migrant course for women show off skills with new businesses

Prof George Huxley: “There is a curious madness about [Brexit] which is very, very alarming”

Professor George L Huxley (86) has just become the oldest new citizen of Ireland

Former US ambassador to Ireland Kevin O’Malley was critical of President Trump’s performance in office.

Kevin O’Malley condemns ‘schoolyard bully’ president in hard-hitting Dublin speech

Norway has large fishing and agricultural industries and forms its own policy over these sectors by remaining outside the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy or Common Agricultural Policy. File photograph: iStock

Norway model was previously ruled out because it did not tick Theresa May’s boxes for the kind of Brexit she wants

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar discusses the outcome of the EU Council summit meeting in Brussels. “Any other deal really only exists in people’s imaginations.” Photograph: Michelle Devane/PA Wire

Taoiseach says he understands DUP’s position but deal respects Belfast Agreement

Conservative MP Boris Johnson and DUP leader Arlene Foster  at the DUP annual conference  in Belfast. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/ Getty Images

DUP grassroots members dig their heels in when opposing Brexit deal

More than half of all Irish beef is exported to the UK at present. Photograph: Getty Images

Expert says it is up to London and Brussels to protect their own markets in no deal Brexit scenario

Boris Johnson speaking at the DUP annual conference  in Belfast. Photograph: Michael Cooper/PA

Ex-foreign secretary tells DUP conference North would be ‘economic semi-colony of EU’

  Jeffrey Donaldson  rejected any suggestion that technological solutions might not work and said they should be explored and tested to dispense with the “backstop” that his party strongly opposes. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

DUP MP: Brussels and Dublin must do more to ‘explore’ alternatives to avoid hard border

 Michael Sheary from the Irish Ports Association with Elisabeth Borne, French Minister for Transport and Meriadec Le Mouillour from the Union Des ports Francais at the signing of a memorandum of Agreement at Dublin Port. Photograph: Alan Betson

French transport minister says plans in place to segregate Irish freight traffic from UK freight arriving after Brexit

Theresa May told the House of Commons that preparatory work on alternative arrangements to avoid implementing a border backstop would begin before Britain leaves the EU. Photograph: Will Oliver/Bloomberg

Dublin willing to consider ‘sensible and realistic’ solutions proven effective

Business leaders from the North at Downing Street for a meeting with UK prime minister Theresa May. Photograph: Seamus Leheny

UK leader invites Northern Irish businesses to 10 Downing Street to sell draft Brexit deal

 Port officers inspect vehicles at a harbour checkpoint in Larne, Co Antrim. File photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty

Political declaration makes specific mention of protecting Dublin-Belfast train

British prime minister Theresa May will host Northern Irish businesspeople at 10 Downing Street today. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

Meeting set to increase tension between DUP and Northern Ireland business community

The UK accounts for just over one-third of all Irish food exports – €4.4 billion worth in 2017 – with about half of all beef and cheddar cheese produced in Ireland sold in the British market. Photograph: David Sleator

Bord Bia outlines to Oireachtas committee scale of likely pricing and supply problems

Bombardier factory in Belfast: Canadian aerospace giant which employs more than 4,000 people in the city says the UK’s draft withdrawal agreement is an “important step forward”. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne

Industry giants say draft withdrawal agreement ‘better than crashing out’ of EU

Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald said the Taoiseach claimed at his party’s ardfheis he would deliver five years of tax cuts but he never said that tens of thousands of low paid workers would lose their entitlement to flat rate expenses. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Mary Lou McDonald says Government cutting expenses worth €100 a year to workers

Driver John Carroll gets ready to  leave  Dublin for  Germany.  Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Simon Carswell takes a six-country delivery trip with a trucker to assess the road ahead

Some 23 Conservative MPs have publicly said they submitted letters of no confidence in Mrs May. This is still short of the required 48 to trigger a no-confidence vote, although leading pro-Brexit campaigner Steve Baker said the party was “pretty close” to reaching that number

Prime minister gets boost after pro-Brexit minister Michael Gove decided not to resign, and trade secretary Liam Fox backed her

Simon Coveney, Leo Varadkar and Helen McEntee, on Wednesday. The three are believed to be among about a dozen people at the Tuesday night briefing in the Taoiseach’s meeting room. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Inside Dublin’s Brexit lockdown where Government secrecy reached new levels this week

Leo Varadkar: “If you start trying to amend it or unpick it you might find that the whole thing starts to unravel.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

‘Very difficult’ to avoid hard border if no withdrawal agreement in place, says Taoiseach

British prime minister Theresa May makes a statement outside 10 Downing Street, London, on the draft Brexit withdrawal agreement. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

Proposed EU-UK withdrawal agreement also addresses future of Common Travel Area

UK prime minister Theresa May announced, after a marathon meeting, that her cabinet had approved the proposed Brexit divorce deal. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire.

Simon Carswell on backstops, resignations, concessions, divorce deals and where it all goes next

The Common Travel Area is based on a collection of legal provisions rather than on an international treaty or concrete agreement. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

The arrangement permits travel and other benefits between Britain and Ireland

Twenty recommendations are made in the report to ensure the smoother operation of the Common Travel Area. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Study undermines arguments made by UK government and prominent pro-Brexiteers

British prime minister Theresa May speaking at the Lord Mayor’s Banquet at the Guildhall in London on Monday night.  “The negotiations for our departure are now in the endgame,” she said. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Theresa May says speculation about an imminent breakthrough in talks is premature

Human rights campaigner Bernadette McAliskey at the We Shall Overcome seminar in Liberty Hall, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Veteran activist Bernadette McAliskey says migrants in panic and fear over where they will stand post-Brexit

Homelessness campaigner Peter McVerry, human rights campaigner Michael Farrell and migrant rights campaigner Bernadette McAliskey at the We Shall Overcome seminar in Liberty Hall, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Seminar to mark 50th anniversary of civil rights movement hears that key socio-economic and political issues still the same

Minister of State Michael D’Arcy. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

D’Arcy says high cost of insurance due to large court payouts is ‘huge societal issue’

Jeffrey Sachs describes Donald Trump as a “nasty man” and “narcissistic, sadistic, impulsive”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Leading US economist also supports digital tax on global technology companies

About 150,000 Irish lorries, higher goods vehicles (HGVs) and other vehicles use the landbridge every year.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Report: economy ‘significantly reliant’ on critical route and would be hit by any deterioration in transit times and increased cos(...)

Former US ambassador to the UN Samantha Power in Dublin. “Suddenly, the electoral map and the prospects of Democrats competing in districts that had been written off has expanded dramatically.” Photograph: Donall Farmer

Samantha Power says Democrats gaining control of seven state legislatures and seven governorships ‘huge’

Britain’s foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt: deal may be agreed within three weeks but signing it off within the next week is “probably pushing it”. Photograph: Alain Jocard/AFP

Coveney warns agreement within UK cabinet not same as overall member state approval

Canadian ambassador to the EU Dan Costello: “We all have to be concerned about some of the sentiment out there about building walls rather than bridges.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Tánaiste Simon Coveney a speaker at Ireland Canada Business Association conference

Neither party to the Brexit negotiations wants to see the return of a hard border but they cannot agree a plan on how to achieve this. File photograph: PA Wire

Simon Carswell answers the tricky questions

 Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney, says ‘intensive efforts are continuing’. Photograph:Clodagh Kilcoyne/File Photo/Reuters

‘Breakthrough is not necessarily to be taken for granted, not by a long shot,’ Tánaiste says

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Finnish prime minister Juha Sipila in Helsinki, Finland, on Tuesday.  Photograph: Mauri Ratilainen/EPA

Doctors say problem lies in reduced services across wider health service during peak time

Paddy McKillen and  Tony Leonard argued in a US court action that the Maple 10 loans, aimed at propping up Anglo’s share price in the 2008 deepening financial crisis, were “illegal” when made. Photograph: Frank Miller

Judge rules IBRC liquidators would be ‘severely prejudiced’ if he permitted case

Allergan chief executive Brent Saunders: “We are an Irish company. It’s part of who we are. Ireland is in Allergan’s DNA.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Pharma giant’s Irish experience ‘fantastic’, says chief executive Brent Saunders

Pope Francis:  organisers of the World Meeting of Families have removed his inclusive language on the family and LGBTI+ pictures from their pamphlets, and deleted references to gay families by a bishop in the catechesis. Photograph: Angelo Carconi

Minister objected to Catholic families event getting cash after removal of LGBT material

Elizabeth O’Kelly: “She was very quiet . . . She would have reminded you of Miss Marple.” Photograph: Alf Harvey

Laois multimillionaire (92) would be ‘horrified’ at her €30m donation becoming public

US president Donald Trump embraces Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the White House on March 15th, 2018.  Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images

One correspondent emailed: ‘For all that is holy, please do not let Trump into Ireland’

Schoolgirls on Brexit: (back row) Mary Gallagher, Ciara McBride, Kayleigh Shields and Caitlin Patton; (front row) Cara Crummie and Aimee-Lee Caraher

St Patrick’s pupils in Crossmaglen, on the Border, explain Brexit to The Irish Times

Tánaiste Simon Coveney and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at a ‘Getting Ireland Brexit Ready’ workshop at the  Convention Centre in  Dublin on Thursday. Photograph: Julien Behal.

Taoiseach addresses Brexit issues as talks on future of ‘confidence and supply deal’ begin

 The watchdog’s 48-page report lays out starkly how unprepared UK government and state agencies are to cope with the possibility of a no-deal Brexit. Photograph: Alan Betson

British watchdog says lack of preparedness could ‘create security weaknesses’

British prime minister Theresa May said an option to extend the post-Brexit transition period beyond December 2020 was one  alternative to the backstop.  Photograph:   PA Wire

Brexit withdrawal text must include Northern Ireland backstop, say EU negotiators

 David McCourt, the  businessman behind US investment firm Granahan McCourt. The Department of Finance referred the State-owned Irish Bank Resolution Corporation to Mr McCourt.

Businessman’s meetings with Denis Naughten lead to the minister’s resignation

Simon Coveney: “There will be no withdrawal agreement without the backstop, end of story.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Tánaiste alludes to no deal after Brexit secretary Raab suggests backstop ‘alternative’

Protesters participate in an anti-Brexit demonstration at City Hall in Belfast, on Saturday. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Commons panel says firms ‘urgently need’ clarity on cross-Border trade in no-deal event

UK prime minister Theresa May and her husband Philip arrive for a church service near to her Maidenhead constituency on Sunday. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire.

Raab says solution must ensure UK not ‘left indefinitely in a sort of customs union limbo’

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European governments believe a deal is unlikely before mid-December

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