A busy departures area in Dublin Airport before the pandemic. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Airport authority asks travellers to arrive at least two hours before flight departure time

EPIC, the Irish Emigration Museum,  has been voted Europe’s leading visitor experience for the third year in a row.

Museum in Dublin’s Docklands documents experience of millions of Irish emigrants

Eight units of the Dublin fire brigade attended the scene of the fire shortly after 4pm on Saturday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Luas services suspended as fire brigade fought blaze at Glashaus Hotel in Tallaght

Ryanair: the airline says chargebacks were incorrectly given, as flights went ahead. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Ursula Barry’s ‘chargeback’ request backfired when Ryanair refused to let her check in

Ryanair: the airline says chargebacks were incorrectly given, as flights went ahead. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Ursula Barry paid for but did not take a September 2020 flight due to Covid restrictions

While most people have been spared tax increases or additional charges in the budget, taxes on diesel, petrol and cigarettes will rise. Graphic: Paul Scott

Budget 2022: Donohoe says the package of measures to ease the cost of living is valued at €520m

Complete Savings promises cash back to members if they shop on certain websites. Photograph: iStock

One reader found Complete Savings had taken €12 a month from him for seven years

While Bord Gáis Energy has joined other companies in increasing its prices in recent weeks, it has deferred increases of 10 per cent and 12 per cent until the spring. Photograph: iStock

No let-up in rising energy prices until at least next summer, company chief warns

On Friday, Electric Ireland said that, from November 1st, it would boost residential electricity prices by 9 per cent, adding €9.02 a month to the average bill, while it intends adding 7 per cent, or an average €4.85 a month, to household gas charges

State-owned energy supplier blames rising wholesale charges for move

While there has been an uptick in bookings, ‘there are some customers who are still nervous’, says travel company. Photograph: iStock

Prices to increase next spring as tentative recovery in bookings expected

The existing taxes are calculated on valuations carried out in 2013, when the Local Property Tax was introduced. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Revised system will see higher bills for 36% of those liable, as house values have jumped

Almost 60 deaths linked to Covid-19 occurred in Northern Ireland in the latest week analysed by statisticians

North sees 59 Covid-linked deaths in analysis of latest week’s figures

A file image of an in-person fitness class which have been allowed resume on Monday  for first time since the first full lockdown in the spring of 2020. Photograph: Getty

In person gym classes return today for first time since the lockdown in the spring of 2020

Tenor Paul Byrom said he was ‘knocked for six’ after a potential landlord refused last week to meet him on the grounds that the pandemic had made his profession unsuitable for the rental market. Photograph: Eric Luke

Paul Byrom says landlord ‘simply didn’t want anyone from the entertainment industry’

Travel was one reason for the increase, with aviation virtually grinding to a halt almost as soon as the pandemic hit in March 2020. Photograph: iStock

Pricewatch: European Consumer Centre experienced ‘tripling’ of cases in spring 2020

Some 160 traffic controllers wrote to Minister Eamon Ryan to complain that an over-reliance on overtime had become a safety issue, according to reports. Photograph: iStock

Aviation authority says it ‘fully complies at all times with European safety regulations’

There are problems across the entire food supply chain in the UK – and we do a lot of business there. Photograph:   Andrew Aitchison/Getty Images

Brexit, Covid and container shipping issues mean we could be looking at supply shortages that extend well beyond our favourite M&S(...)

Elaine Anderson and Joe Czucha pictured after their wedding in City Hall, Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan

A City Hall wedding, tourists and students mill about, live music and a hen party

The Institute of Professional Auctioneers & Valuers said how 300,000 homes would be built per annum remains to be seen. Photograph: iStock

Ibec welcomes plan, saying lack of housing supply affects Irish competitiveness

Members of Abba are seen on a display during an event at Grona Lund, Stockholm on Thursday  when they launched first new song for nearly four decades.Photograph: Fredrik Persson / TT News Agency/AFP via Getty Images

Band who enjoyed phenomenal success after Eurovision win to perform again next year

The Christy Moore concert in Cork is sold out. Photograph: Gaelle Beri/Redferns via Getty Images

Aiken Promotions says it cannot tell if tickets on website are real, false or exist

The restored farmhouse between Killarney and Kenmare had spectacular views over some rolling hills. Photograph: Conor Pope

Our Consumer Affairs Correspondent tots up the cost of his summer holidays in Ireland

Michele Hallahan: won a raffled cottage near Foxford, Co Mayo. While the house was valued at close to €100,000, the raffle generated more than €1 million in ticket sales. Photograph: Conor McKeown

Homes are increasingly being raffled as an alternative to sales or to raise specific funds

Lisa Wilkinson, chairwoman of the Irish Federation of Yoga Teachers, said being unable to restart classes in studios was ‘heartbreaking’ for the group’s members. Photograph: Getty Images

Government has ‘no concept of what yoga is’ as dozens of studios close permanently

The World Food Programme needs $200m (€171m) ‘to get food into the country now’. Photograph: ESRI

Organisation’s Donegal-born chief tells UN briefing of restive country’s ‘hour of need’

Paul Joyce, Flac’s senior policy analyst, said it was ‘clear that the current system of resolution is not working effectively’.   Photograph: Getty Images

Legal framework put in place following financial crash gave lenders ‘too much control over outcomes’

One reader says  she used to enjoy going to shopping malls and garden centres but now really has ‘no wish to be stuck in a crowded place any more. Photograph: Angus Mordant/ Bloomberg

Are we more discerning consumers than before or simply waiting for the chance to splurge?

New data  suggests that consumers may be becoming more proactive, more considered and less willing to accept sloppy service and questionable morals from those they spend money with. Photograph: iStock

Pricewatch: Purchases now based on ‘factors beyond price and quality’, new research says

Conor Pope  in the National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin in Dublin where a number of generations of his family worked and lived over many years. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

‘I don’t think very many people in the country have such a direct line of descendancy to something so special’ – family historian (...)

While women in OECD countries have an average life expectancy that is over three years longer than men, the disproportionately greater risk of disability and ill health in women increases their likelihood of needing long-term care. Photograph: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Men more likely to be richer, healthier and less isolated right up to the moment they die

Kathy Rose O’Brien, a member of the cast of The Dead, An Opera, the production that will, after being closed for 512 days, reopen the Gaiety Theatre to in-person audiences. Photograph: The Irish Times

Move could mean more open venues and larger audiences, says Gaiety Theatre boss

Walk over to the telly, turn the button, and walk back to the sofa

Buttons on TVs, ashtrays, phone boxes, milk bottles, VCRs, typewriters... the list goes on

Before Covid-19 hit and grounded almost every airline’s entire fleet for months, Ryanair had a different policy when issuing refunds booked via third parties. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Airline says woman booked through ‘unauthorised agent’ but refund now on way

We asked if people had tried to buy Irish more frequently since the start of the pandemic and if they were prepared to pay more to do so.

We asked if people were prepared to pay more to shop local and if they would continue to

Co Founders of Cloud Picker Coffee Frank Kavanagh and Peter Sztal at their industrial unit in Castleforbes Business Park, Sheriff St. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Big uptake of grants which enable small businesses to set up an online presence

Aer Lingus: the airline no longer allows passengers to bring one 10kg bag aboard its aircraft at no cost. Photograph: Tom Honan

Gate fee among airline’s new luggage charges for all bookings, no matter when they were made

According to the Guaranteed Irish survey, 78 per cent of consumers here say the main reason they buy Irish food products is a desire to support local businesses. Photograph: iStock

Pricewatch: Pandemic has seen people look for locally-produced items, survey shows

Mary Portas – her ‘brand’  sharply cut red hair style has been replaced by a softer, natural cut of blond shot with grey.

The former ‘queen of shops’ says people ‘have been shown the wrong ideas on how to live’

The Irish Travel Agents Association  warned would-be travellers that the name on their Digital Covid Certificate must match that on the passport. File photograph: PA

Those vaccinated fully or recovered from Covid will be able to travel to EU destinations without restrictions with a Digital Covid(...)

The RTB survey suggests 34 per cent of renters expect to be owner occupiers within five years, with 36 per cent saying they believed they would still be renting in 10 years. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Twelve per cent spend more than half of take-home income on rent, RTB survey finds

You don't need to go abroad to have a blow-out trip for honeymoon or big celebration

Northern Ireland’s First Minister Paul Givan and its Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill  mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire

‘A privilege to lay a wreath on behalf of the people of Northern Ireland’ – First Minister

Proposals aimed at facilitating the full reopening of restaurants and pubs will be presented to Cabinet on Tuesday. Photograph: iStock

Fully vaccinated adults will have to accompany under-18s in move yet to be given green light

If you have been fully vaccinated then you should receive the Covid cert  in the post or via email. Photograph: Olivier Morin/AFP/Getty

The new cert launches next Monday. What does it mean for travel?

‘That small change you make may be insignificant, but if there is enough of a movement at a community level it can have a huge impact.’ Photograph: iStock

Running a zero-waste food business is hard work, but for these entrepreneurs it’s worth it

The European Court of Auditors’ report said reimbursements to air passengers for cancelled flights were put on hold, and passengers were treated differently across the EU. Photograph: iStock

Issue accounted for two-thirds of complaints handled by Irish watchdog unit last year

The Licensed Vintners Association says it will reject any move to screen vaccinated customers from the non-vaccinated, describing the suggestion as “ridiculous and unworkable”.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Restaurants and pubs have no indicative date for return of customers inside premises

“We are in a race between variants and vaccines and we want to do everything we can to make sure the vaccine wins,” Mr Martin said. File photograph: iStock

Concern about spread of Delta variant derails plan to reopen indoor pubs, resturants

The Licensed Vintners Association says some pubs will have been closed for 489 consecutive days by July 19th. Photograph: iStock

Industry strongly criticises proposal to limit access to fully vaccinated customers

Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban arrives for an EU summit at the European Council building in Brussels. Photograph: John Thys/Pool/AP

Does the call for Hungary to consider its position in the Union have any teeth?

One reader reported  a rowdy group on board a Ryanair flight who acted like they were at a football match. Photograph: iStock

Issues include a passenger locator form headache, rowdy passengers and no mask wearing

Presenters Paul Ryder, Eddie McGuinness and Phil T Gorgeous broadcasting from the Mansion House for Dublin’s virtual Pride main event. Photograph: Alan Betson

Parade is important symbol of community for organisers, no matter how small

The ban on spectators at horse racing was lifted on Saturday with a limited number allowed at the Curragh for  the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Festival. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/PA Wire

Ireland ‘should not have been so lax on travel from the UK’, says public health expert

It is planned that relatively unrestricted travel will be allowed for people who have been fully vaccinated, who have recovered from Covid-19 in the last nine months or who can produce a negative Covid-19 test. File photograph: iStock

Digital Covid Certs are due to be rolled out on July 19th, but there is a lot still up in the air

Solas: the warehouse next to the shipping containers is home to a cavernous garden shop. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Solas Eco Garden Centre’s owners have modelled it on Amsterdam’s Pllek project

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris is to issue a direction to all gardaí today that pubs and restaurants serving customers in temporary outdoor seating areas should not be penalised.  Photograph: iStock

Licenced premises which are acting responsibly will not be penalised or shut down

Center Parcs: the holiday company is expanding its Longford Forest village

Holiday company says Longford expansion plan will add 200 lodges and create 250 permanent jobs

Stobart Air is owned by British aviation and energy group, Esken. It operated the Aer Lingus Regional network and flew passengers from regional airports in Britain, including Birmingham, Edinburgh, Leeds and Manchester, to the Republic. File photograph: iStock

Aviation pioneer: ‘I do not agree there are a whole host of airlines out there waiting to go and do this’

Shoppers busy on  Henry Street, Dublin, as non-essential retail opened for click-and-collect and appointment-only shopping on May 10th last. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Lockdown easing: May guidance resulted in big increases in spending on travel

Aer Lingus are to cancel flights to a number of destinations due to a lack of demand.

Airline blames lack of demand and says those who have booked will be offered refunds

‘Buying a car is one of the most important purchases a consumer can make,’ says CCPC spokeswoman Grainne Griffin. Photograph: iStock

Pressures of Covid-19 and Brexit see Irish buyers taking risks on cars, warns CCPC

In The News is presented by reporters Conor Pope and Sorcha Pollak

Conor Pope looks at the fallout from the savage end to Foster’s reign as DUP leader

Here to stay: working from home. Photograph: Getty

Will queuing patiently, being nicer and improving the garden outlive the pandemic?

Covid signage in Dublin Airport’s Terminal 2: Under European Commission proposals, unvaccinated people will get an exemption from travel restrictions if they have a negative Covid test. Photograph: Brian Lawless/ PA Wire

Business down 60% on the same week in 2019, say Irish travel agent

Summer Glamp bell tents will sleep up to six people and will be available for the months of July and August

Wexford site with bell tents, food trucks and outdoor cinema will serve families mid-week

The National Cybersecurity Centre has received reports of a spyware software known as FluBot affecting Android users in Ireland. Photograph: Getty images

Spyware can leave Android phones dangerously compromised, NCSC warns

Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa in west Cork. Owner Des O’Dowd says of the reopening: 'I think everyone will be a bit emotional as things start to get back to normal.' Photograph: David Kinsella

Hotels look forward to welcoming back guests as ‘people are craving a pampering’

Ghillie and boatmaker Frank Costello: ‘I used to have a few of my own clients but over the years I have been busier with people from the hotel and when that closed that was pretty much it.’ Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

From oyster producers to local boat operators, 150 days of enforced closure have bitten hard

Paying through the nose? A PCR test for Covid-19. Photograph: Arun Sankar/AFP via Getty

At present Ireland favours negative PCR test over antigen test as prerequisite to travel

Passengers at Terminal 1, Dublin Airport. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Spain and Portugal favoured amid surge in bookings ahead of July resumption in travel

‘Travel agents are already very busy with inquiries and people are now booking or at least talking about it in a serious way,’ chief executive of the Irish Travel Agents Association Pat Dawson said. File photograph: iStock

Moves to allow international travel from July broadly welcomed within industry

Foreign holidays: nonessential travel into and out of Ireland looks set to resume on July 19th. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA

Are we there yet? Not quite, but overseas travel is looking a lot more likely from July

The Restaurant Association of Ireland (RAI) repeated its threat to legally challenge the decision not to allow all standalone restaurants and gastropubs to re-open from next week. Photograph: iStock

Government’s wider plan for reopening is due to be announced on Friday

Competition and Consumer Protection Commission research suggests  24 per cent of people have booked a holiday, with people aged  45-54 most likely to have made bookings.  Of this cohort, 6 per cent said they had booked a foreign holiday. Photograph: Alan Betson

Holiday bookers warned to check small print amid continuing Covid uncertainty

Spain: more than a million Irish holidaymakers travel to Marbella and other resorts in a normal year. Photograph: Getty

Whether Irish tourists can take up offer will depend on Government changing nonessential-travel rules

Foreign holidays: don’t book anything non-refundable just yet. Photograph: iStock/Getty

As EU countries agree to allow non-essential visits for fully vaccinated travellers, we look at what that means for travel to and (...)

Concierge Shane Murphy welcomes customers to Brown Thomas on Grafton Street. Photograph: Laura Hutton / The Irish Times.

Optimism this reopening different as vaccine rollout gives hope against further closures

Siblings Elly (10) and Jack Fields (7) in Howth on Sunday. Photograph: Tom Honan

Cadbury moves to reassure ice-cream fans that it is working hard to boost production

Rosy Temple, chief executive of  Magee 1866, in Donegal. ‘I think, like all retailers, we are very excited to be able to get back to business,’ she says. Photograph: John Smith

Magee tweed’s chief is hoping our renewed interest in native brands is here to stay

Shoppers queue in Dublin City centre last week following the phased reopening of click-and-collect services. From Monday normal trading for non-essential retail resumes. Photograph: PA

Monday 17th is the latest step in the Government’s plan to ease Covid restrictions

Brown Thomas concierge Shane Murphy welcomes back customers, who pre-booked shopping appointments, to the store on Grafton Street.  Photograph: Laura Hutton

The hustle and bustle of Grafton Street returns as retailer’s staff ‘thrilled’ to be back

 Kellogg’s new range of  cereals will feature  less salt and sugar and reduced packaging. The food giant has pledged to cut sugar in its children’s cereals by 10 per cent and salt by 20 per cent   to make its products healthier. Photograph: PA

Scientists find way to protect delicate breakfasts while reducing packaging

A travel industry representative said those making bookings now appeared ‘responsible’. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Travel industry welcomes extra activity but warns full recovery remains a long way off

An overjoyed Laura Johnston from Ringsend leaves Penneys, Mary Street, with her arms full. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

Shopping appointments begin across the country as coronavirus restrictions relaxed

Stories highlight the need to take great care when booking in pandemic times. Photograph: iStock

What about refunds? Two readers who lost out on holidays in Majorca and Kerry

A Sky customer says his broadband speed dropped overnight

Company says it has restored original line speed for reader in rural Ireland

Safefood said parents should ease back on the treats. Photograph: iStock

Safefood seeking to help families get back to healthier habits as society opens back up

Once the law is introduced the cheapest bottle of wine will cost €7.75 compared to €3.99 today. A 700ml bottle of supermarket gin or vodka, which can  currently be bought for about €13, will cost at least €20.71.  File Photograph: Rui Vieira

Minister for Health brings memo to Cabinet detailing proposals

Liam Jones with his artwork at the Merrion Square open-air art gallery. Photograph: Tom Honan for The Irish Times

But for the face masks and shuttered shops, it could be any other May bank holiday weekend

Covid-19 signage on a bar in FIRE restaurant. File photograph Nick Bradshaw/ The Irish Times

Government to allow hotels, but not restaurants, open indoor dining facilities in June

Problems posed by pandemic puppies are only starting. Photograph: iStock

A surge in dog ownership has brought with it an increase in dogs with behavioural issues

Joe Walsh Tours: the Irish travel agent and tour operator has ceased trading with immediate effect. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

One of Ireland’s best-known travel companies has gone out of business. Here’s where to go

US tourists spent €1.8 billion in Ireland in 2019 – ‘They stay longer, visit more regions, spend across all sectors and are very good when it comes to spending on gifts,’ says tour operator. File photograph: iStock

Von der Leyen’s suggestion to host US visitors this summer welcomed by tourism industry

Owners reminded that dogs ‘need to stimulate their brains and love to challenge themselves’. Photograph: iStock

Survey by DSPCA shows pet ownership surged during Covid-19 crisis

Summer holidays: the Seychelles and Maldives want to welcome tourists back. Source photograph: Romolo Tavani/iStock/Getty

Conor Pope on the prospects for foreign travel and sunshine vacations in 2021

Research suggests the number of consumers who say they will feel safer visiting physical stores is up by 4 per cent. File photograph: iStock

Research shows strong increase in consumers’ intention to spend on travel

The Maldives was one of the first countries to fully reopen to tourists and its tourism authorities have set a goal of 1.5 million arrivals this year.

Several destinations considering ‘3V’ packages: visit, vaccinate and vacation

Over 65s should consume protein to maintain strength but not drink strong tea with meals, according to report. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Food Safety Authority recommends more protein and Vitamin D supplements

Passengers arrive from Dublin Airport to go to their quarantine hotel. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Exemption applies to people vaccinated with Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca or Janssen

HSE boss Paul Reid says all the medical and scientific advice is to administer the Covid-19 vaccine based on age. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Colm Henry says risk for those in their 60s or even 50s is far higher than those in their 20s

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