The average rent paid under the scheme was highest in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown at €1,577 a month, followed by South Dublin council at €1,232 a month, and Fingal at €1,173 a month. Photograph: Getty Images

Three councils paid out €33.3m under rental accommodation scheme in 2017

Copies of ‘Fire and Fury’, Michael Wolff’s book on Donald Trump’s presidency. Photograph: Getty

Michael Wolff says president is ‘completely freaked out’ by book on his presidency

Tánaiste Simon Coveney and Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas at the president’s office in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Photograph: Majdi Mohammed/AP

Tánaiste meets Palestinian president on final day of Middle East visit

Oprah Winfrey at the Golden Globes. Photograph: Paul Drinkwater/NBC

Retired TV executive Dennis Swanson gave Winfrey her big break in 1983

The 2010 Dublin marathon:  Fewer people are participating in sport. Photograph: The Irish Times

Wellbeing of the Nation report finds people spending more money on sports and leisure every week

Gardaí investigating the accident are appealing for witnesses to contact them at Leixlip Garda Station at 01-6667800.

Female (36) was driving car that collided with truck in Celbridge on December 28th

Peter Sutherland (right), then chairman of AIB, with the bank’s then chief executive, Gerry Scanlan, in 1991. Photograph: Jack McManus

Roles in oil, banking and Bilderberg Group took former attorney general to world stage

From left: Martin McGuinness,  Denis Donaldson and  Gerry Adams at Stormont in 2005. Photograph: Press Association

Former Sinn Féin official was shot dead in 2006 after being exposed as a British agent

Minister for Foreign Affairs  Simon Coveney:  will be written to by Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign  chairwoman Fatin al-Tamimi about Israel’s travel ban. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign one of 20 activist groups barred from going to Israel

Darryl Kavanagh walked away from debts of $23 million (€20 million) in 2014 after being discharged from bankruptcy in the US courts.

Publican and restaurateur Darryl Kavanagh had to shut Welsh outlet after six months

The Crash – 10 years on: Norah Casey, Eamon Dunphy, Jim Power, Eleanorr Tiernan, Eamon Ryan and Frank Connolly on the moment they (...)

President Donald Trump “has a need for immediate gratification”, according to Wolff. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Michael Wolff’s book about Trump explains Bannon and Ryan’s enmity through an Irish prism

Last year the Dublin institute lobbied the department for funding to set up a forum for sharing information and planning strategies to deal with the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union.  Photograph: Brian O’Leary/RollingNews.ie

Top official queried public benefits of €250,000 a year spend on think tank’s forum

Former Supreme Court justice Donal Barrington who has died aged 89. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The future Supreme Court judge led a landmark case overturning contraceptives ban

Eoghan Murphy: ‘Some tenants are experiencing horrible conditions.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Interview: The Minister for Housing says 4,000 people will exit homelessness in 2018

The bank can recoup their money only when the debtor sells  the house.

Debt-for-equity swaps sought through courts to solve worst insolvency cases

Interior of the Criminal Courts of Justice, Parkgate Street, Dublin. Judge Brian O’Shea called journalists Marie O’Halloran of The Irish Times and Allison Bray of the Irish Independent to a special sitting of the District Court on Wednesday to determine why they were excluded from a bail hearing the previous day for a 15-year-old boy accused of an assault causing harm in Dublin last weekend. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh.

Detective says ‘Guards don’t know how to deal with the press. They are afraid, ‘Do I let them in or not?’’

As many as 3.6m Irish citizens living beyond the Republic could be eligible to vote in the presidential elections in the 2019 referendum.

Minister of State says ‘absolutely crucial’ referendum on emigrant vote passes

Junior minister Ciarán Cannon: wants to change the Government’s traditional model of engagement with the Irish abroad. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Junior minister Ciarán Cannon wants to strengthen links between home and the Irish overseas, and help returning emigrants

Remembering Niccolai Schuster: the late student’s friends and family celebrate Ellie Mac’s Leopardstown win. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Club named after Dublin student wins at Leopardstown with 50/1 maiden victory

Alan Hawe

Perverse belief that murder is an act of mercy can lead the severely psychotic to kill

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy:  CSO’s decision  could shift millions of euro of debt onto the State’s balance sheet  and jeopardise plans to build thousands of public housing and rental units. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Eoghan Murphy says he will not let classification issue curtail building of homes

Gardaí traced and interviewed woman referred to in note written following murders

Clodagh Hawe’s mother Mary Coll (right) and sister Jacqueline Connelly (left) outside Cavan courthouse following the inquest into the deaths of the Hawe family. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Teacher confessed in letter before suicide to murders of wife and three sons

Parents of Alan Hawe said in one night they lost ’three beautiful grandchildren, a beloved daughter-in-law and our son’

The mother of Clodagh Hawe, Mary Coll (front), aunt Carmel (middle) and sister Jacqueline Connolly leave the inquest into the deaths of the Hawe family at Cavan Courthouse on Monday afternoon. Photograph: Lorraine Teevan

Grim testimony and emotional scenes dominate opening day of Hawe inquest

Clodagh Hawe and her sons, from left, Niall, Ryan, Liam.  Photograph: Jacqueline Connolly

No one can imagine what it was like that morning, coroner tells upset garda

Left to right:  Niall, Ryan, Liam and Clodagh Hawe. Photograph: Jacqueline Connolly

Pathologist believes man who killed family targeted wife Clodagh and eldest son Liam first

Left to right:  Niall, Ryan, Liam and Clodagh Hawe. Photograph: Jacqueline Connolly

Cavan inquest hears how family of five were found dead in August 2016

To some in Brussels the UK’s decision to quit the EU has been eclipsed by the reform agenda set out in September by French president Emmanuel Macron

Migration, the future of the EU and banking reforms said to overshadow UK’s withdrawal

EU commissioner Tibor Navracsics, Minister of State Helen McEntee and Prof Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin at the RIA. Photograph: Maxwells

Hungary’s EU commissioner says mutual goodwill needed to make deal legally binding

Minister for Health Simon  Harris (2nd left) and Minister of State for mental health Jim  Daly (2nd right) on Tuesday  launched a report on mental health. Photograph:  Maxwell Photography.

New technology means pupils ‘cannot shut front door’ on bullying after school - Minister

Aung San Suu Kyi receiving Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience Award from Bono at the Bord Gáis Theatre in Dublin in 2012. File photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Failure to help Rohingya people a ‘betrayal of principles’ for which she received award

Boston city. Immigration officials have stepped up arrests at court houses in the city. Photograph: Getty Images

Irish community sees sharp increase in deportations amid increased enforcement

The Defence Forces conducted a major exercise in  Dublin last week to assess the responsiveness of the emergency forces during a possible terror attack

Two-hour response time to terror event in Dublin ‘an operational matter’, says Paul Kehoe

A well-known political and human rights activist, Jim Cullen served as Sinn Féin’s legal representative in the US and took over as president of Friends of Sinn Féin in 2012. He stepped down from the role this year. File photograph: Simon Carswell

Ex-US army judge Jim Cullen served as Sinn Féin’s legal representative in the US

Downsizers: Sheila and Peader Keogh, from Castletroy, Limerick. Photograph: Don Moloney

Many elderly homeowners would gladly downsize. But to where?

Bertie Ahern: Theresa May “has problems within and problems without”. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Former taoiseach says ‘everyone needs to stretch a little bit’ to reach agreement

Businessman Pat Donaghy (centre) beside Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams listens at a fund-raiser for the party in New York in 1999. Photograph: AP Photo/Mark Lennihan

Friends of Sinn Féin treasurer gave €2,900 to elected officials in Ohio and Kentucky

Scotland’s secretary for external affairs  said the UK government had to adopt “a more inclusive approach” and open up Brexit negotiations to more parties. Photograph: Getty Images

Fiona Hyslop tells Dublin event Scotland supports Irish position on Border

Wives and Partners of  Defence Forces, a group set up to highlight the relatives’ poor pay and working conditions, march to  the Dáil. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Partners and supporters of Defence Forces take to the streets in protest over low pay

The 1916 Centenary Commemorative medals were presented to a number of Defence Force personnel by the President of Ireland Michael D Higgins. Photograph:  Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Families say they depend on social welfare payments for food and living expenses

Aung San Suu Kyi at the signing of her hononary freedom of Dublin in June 2012. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Council to vote next week on stripping controversial Myanmar leader of honour

Dermot Ahern, former TD and Minister for Justice, pictured in Blackrock, Co, Louth in 2013. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Fitzgerald’s position on Garda strategy on whistleblower ‘not credible’

Eamon Gilmore, who was minister for foreign affairs from 2011 to 2014: “In something like this you have to be pretty well focused singularly on it.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Eamon Gilmore says political turmoil ‘couldn’t be happening at worse time’ for talks

Mike Russell: Brexit represents “a serious threat to devolution. We would have hoped that the DUP would have seen that.” Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Mike Russell says if North remains in EU market, Scotland should have choice to stay in too

Legal sources say overseas trips increasingly important as a form of soft diplomacy ahead of the United Kingdom’s EU departure. Photograph: Getty Images

UK exit from EU leaves Ireland as only pure common law system remaining within bloc

The Government will be advised to change legislation to force satellite television services such as Sky and Virgin to pay RTÉ and TV3 retransmission fees for broadcasting their programmes. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Proposals aimed at boosting long-term funding of public-service broadcasting

Department of Foreign Affairs official Rory Montgomery said he was “hopeful” the EU and UK could make progress on Border issues before a key summit of EU leaders next month.

British politicians should have listened more carefully to Republic, top Irish diplomat says

Irish Border checkpoint: Spanish minister Jorge Toledo supports the call by the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier for London to propose solutions to avoid a hard Irish Border before a key summit of EU leaders in mid-December. File photograph:   Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Irish Government recognition of Catalan independence would be ‘against common sense’

Resolved legal actions mean a trial will be less likely over 2015 balcony collapse tragedy

A candlelight vigil is held on June 17th, 2015, for the victims of the Berkeley balcony collapse in Berkeley, California. Photograph: Elijah Nouvelage/Reuters

Apartments owner Blackrock and manager Greystar pay multimillion euro settlements

The nature of the crime can be both opportunistic and targeted. Courtney says that of the crimes reported within the construction industry in the past year, 90 per cent involved the theft of tools.   Photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins

Robberies on building sites surge to 13 a day as criminals target lucrative equipment

Brexit deadlock: Leo Varadkar in Gothenburg on Friday. Photograph: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty

UK stance forcing Ireland and EU to set own red lines, Taoiseach tells British PM

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney meeting  Boris Johnson at Iveagh House. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Foreign secretary brings rhetorical flourishes of Brexiteers to Dublin on first official visit

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney (left) with British secretary of state Boris Johnson at Iveagh House in Dublin on Friday morning. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Conflicting views highlight impasse between sides on how to proceed with negotiations

Property taxes collected  in Dublin today should be put to use specifically in Dublin to resolve the city’s housing crisis.  Photograph: Getty Images

National housing policies may not be the best way to address what is a regional problem

Farmer John Sheridan estimates that about one-fifth of the 5,000 jobs in Northern Ireland’s beef processing industry would be lost in a hard Brexit. Photograph: Alan Betson

Representatives of businesses facing ruin over the UK’s exit from the EU visit Dublin

Donal McManus,  chief executive of the Irish Council for Social Housing: “The expansion of the non-profit housing sector would be limited if there was a reclassification.” Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

EU seeking CSO review of whether non-profit agencies should be counted on State’s books

Homeless people are “quite happy to continue with the chaotic lifestyle they have”, Dublin Region Homeless Executive director Eileen Gleeson said. Photograph: Alan Betson

Long-term homelessness results from years of ‘bad behaviour’, says senior official

Lorcan O’Connor, the director of the Insolvency Service of Ireland will meet the country’s banks next month

Personal debt arrangements fall sharply as objections stall insolvency deals in the courts

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe begins a four-day visit to the United States on Monday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for Finance will discuss the prospect of US tax reform in Washington

Elizabeth McLoughlin and Ollie Keane outside their veterinary clinic in Cloghan, Co Offaly: were robbed twice in five weeks in December 2016 and January 2017.

Garda taskforce to tackle gangs roaming along motorway network in midlands

 Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said that multinationals have to contribute more to society. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Fianna Fáil leader says firms have to contribute more to society after Paradise Papers

Yanis Varoufakis: “If I were sitting here in Dublin, I would be pushing both Brussels and London in the direction of climbing down from their respective impossible positions.” Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

Greek ex-finance minister says ‘innovative’ Belfast Agreement could keep North in single market

It is hard to assign a motive to what the banks are up to but one major benefit of dropping sand into the personal insolvency engine is that a rising property market is helping to resolve problem mortgage cases. Photograph: Frank Miller

Process grinding to halt as banks contest legal and technical points

 Dr Brian Farrell  said that CSO data uses coroner data but that it should be possible to apply the balance of probabilities or clinical test in researching statistics to provide a more accurate count on the number of suicides every year. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Balance of probabilities standard must be applied to deaths to report correct data

The Private Hospitals Association said the reduction in the number of surgical waiting lists had come as the pace of referrals of patients to private hospitals had increased. Photograph: Alan Betson

Numbers awaiting inpatient or day-case care down 2,460 to almost 99,000 in October

Marit Berger Røsland, the Norwegian minister for European Economic Area  and EU affairs: spoke about Brexit at the Institute of International and European Affairs. Photograph:  Orn Borgen/AFP/Getty Images

Politician questions aptness of Norway/Sweden border as model for EU/UK

The population of Drogheda and the surrounding area has topped 83,000

SF leader says party supports group lobbying for Drogheda city status

44 meets 45: President Obama and President-elect Trump in November 2016. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Trump – one year on: The US had not changed enough – or, for some, had changed too much – under Obama

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy: will bring a memo to Cabinet next week addressing concerns surrounding dangerous rental accommodation exposed by an RTÉ documentary. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Call for 30,000 rental properties for multinational staff

Just 14 per cent of people live in apartments in Dublin and Cork, which is very low compared to other cities with similar sized populations.

Foreign employers reaching ‘tipping point’ finding housing in advance of employing staff

Dublin Fire Brigade has called for legislation that would define overcrowding and the remedies to prevent it as legislation covering fire safety, housing, building control and planning all deal with buildings but none address overcrowding directly. Photograph: Tom Honan

Fire services act should not be main legislation to tackle slum conditions, says officer

Former chief operations officer at Anglo Tiarnan O’Mahoney. Photograph: Collins Courts

The former Anglo officer joins the list of ex-bankers who walked free from criminal trials

Former chief operations officer at Anglo Irish Bank, Tiarnan O’Mahoney. Photograph: Collins Courts.

Tiarnan O’Mahoney was accused of conspiring to destroy, mutilate or falsify records of accounts

The Drogheda City Status lobby group has warned against committing the “sins of the past”. Photograph: iStock

Lobby group says Co Louth town now has larger population than Waterford

New Zealand’s prime minister-elect Jacinda Ardern entered parliament in 2008 at the age of 28 and took over the leadership of her party in July. Photograph: Mark Coote/Bloomberg

President is first head of state to meet Ardern, leader of New Zealand’s Labour Party

President Higgins and his wife Sabina meet Flight Centre managing director Graham Turner (l). Also pictured is IDA Ireland chief executive Martin Shanahan. Photograph: Maxwell’s

Flight Centre has an annual turnover of €13.3bn

David Walsh, who runs software company CIM Enviro. Photograph: Alan Place

Two emigrants turned economic crisis at home into opportunity Down Under

President Michael D Higgins addresses an Irish diaspora reception in Warwick, Queensland, that some of his relatives attended. Photographs: Maxwells

President chokes up over ‘broken connection’ between separated families over years

During his  State visit to Australia, President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina visit the Irish Support Agency in Bondi, Sydney. Photograph: Maxwell’s

New emigrants to Australia see better life and career prospects despite recovery at home

President Michael D Higgins during a visit Warwick, Australia, to attend a reception for the Irish Diaspora. Photograph: Maxwell’s

President says he will have ‘a very clear view’ on whether to run again after potential visit

President  Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina  visit the Irish Support Agency in Bondi in Sydney Australia. Photograph: Maxwells

Irish group is teaching community how to spot mental health issues among vulnerable

 Traffic on  the  M50: The 45.5-kilometre  road  now carries an average  of 142,496 vehicles a day; up from 109,434 in 2009. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

On Dublin’s orbital route, journey times are getting steadily longer, and drivers have nowhere to go

Brianna Parkins as the Sydney Rose in 2016. Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus

Brianna Parkins says she would ‘love to’ help pro-choice groups in run-up to referendum

Cycling on the Mayo Greenway, on the Wild Atlantic Way

Visitor numbers can keep rising if hotel shortfall is met, says Tourism Ireland chief

Mayo GAA footballer Cora Staunton and Alan McConnell, coach of Great Western Sydney Giants, at Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney, Australia at a Tourism Ireland event with President Michael D Higgins.

‘It is the draw of a new challenge as a sportsperson who wants to be challenged’

President Higgins is on a State visit to Australia. File photograph: The Irish Times

Policies driven by ‘ignorant, anti-migrant prejudice,’ President tells audience in Sydney

Alan Gaffney: “I just think they are very, very strong and they have got a lot of depth at the present time and full credit to the coaches all over the provinces.”  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Former Munster coach impressed with the strength in depth of Joe Schmidt’s squad

   The comedian Magda Szubanski,  who revealed she was gay in 2012, has become emotional in TV interviews during the campaign, talking about a lesbian friend who was forced to “stand outside and listen to the screams” of her terminally ill partner because they were not legally married.

Kath & Kim actor Magda Szubanski says ‘wedge politics’ poisoned debate Down Under

Deputy Irish PM Frances Fitzgerald, Sabina Coyne, Irish President Michael Higgins and ARU Chief Bull Pulver at Australia Rugby Union HQ in Sydney. Photograph: Brook Mitchell/Getty Images

Australian rugby chief says Irish submitted ‘superb, quality bid’ for 2023 tournament

Simon Zebo is tackled during Ireland and Australia’s last meeting at the Aviva Stadium last year. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Lansdowne Cup to be played for over three tests for first time in Australia in June

 Linda Burney:  first Aboriginal woman to be elected to Australia’s House of Representatives

First indigenous woman elected to parliament points to historical role of the Irish

President Michael D Higgins talks with New South Wales’ Governor David Hurley as they walk in the garden with Frances Fitzgerald at Government House in Sydney. Photograph: Steve Christo/Getty Images

Enterprise Ireland chief announces new deals in Australia for Irish companies Combilift and Akari

President Michael Higgins (centre) talks with New South Wales’ governor David Hurley(right) as they walk in the garden with TánaisteFrances Fitzgerald at Government House in Sydney on October 17th, 2017. Photograph: AFP

Speaking from Australia President says ‘I don’t simply take up threats or hints or whatever’

Clare O’Neill died when a tree hit her car in Co Waterford and Michael Pike died while cutting a tree in Co Tipperary during Storm Ophelia

Higgins says his ‘heart goes out to those who have lost loved ones’, praises ESB workers

President  Michael D Higgins (L) shakes hands with the Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull ahead of a meeting at Parliament House in Canberra. Photograph: Lukas Coch/Reuters/Pool

President speaks with Malcolm Turnbull about historic links between Ireland and Australia

President Michael D Higgins and his wife, Sabina, meet Linda Dessau, governor of Victoria. Photograph: Maxwells

President recalls journey of 25,000 women ‘to other end of the Earth’

President Michael D Higgins and Sabina Higgins visit the Irish Australian Support and Resource Bureau (IASRB). With them, from left, are bureau members Cathy Mortell , Esme Friel and Anna Toner. Photograph: Maxwell’s

Older Irish bemoan lack of commitment of new arrivals to helping Irish community

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