Luna, on Dury Street, Dublin: ‘a very tough decision to make but unavoidable, despite our best efforts’

Italian restaurant Luna announces it is to ‘cease trading effective immediately’

Dairy manager Peter Taaffe said milking the last of the cows would be a sad occasion, but stressed that the gloom would be tinged with relief.

Guinness-owned farm bordering the Phoenix Park moving herd on to pastures new

 Stevie II  pictured with Brendan Crean, who helped trial the robot through the charity Alone, during a demonstration at the Science Gallery in Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Prototype developed at Trinity College Dublin ‘reminds me what meds to take’, says user

Overall winner of B&B Ireland Awards Agnes O’Sullivan of Taobh Coille B&B, Cahirciveen, Co Kerry, and her daughter Eileen O’Sullivan.

Taobh Coille in Cahirciveen saw off competition from nine other B&B Ireland finalists

Flat-pack house: how the Allwood Solvalla should turn out. Photograph: Amazon

Amazon has one for €6,500 that the seller says two of you can build in a day

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Pricewatch: Travel agents have found myriad ways to adapt to the brave new digital age

Chief executive of Alone, Seán Moynihan, described involvement as an invaluable service to the community.

National Volunteer’s Week gets under way

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary: money pile down to just  €865 million. File photograph: Heinz-Peter Bader/Reuters

Ireland now has 17 billionaires with overall wealth of the top 300 put at €87 billion

 Conor Stinchon aged 16, founder of Gaelic Superstore, takes the title of Foróige Youth Entrepreneur of the Year 2019. work for Teaching Entrepreneurship Programme. Photograph:  Mark Stedman

Conor Stinchon sells gloves for clubs, schools and county teams via ‘Gaelic Superstore’

Eileen Mackin (81) with her birth mother Elizabeth (103): ‘She was thrilled and she never let go of my hands and she put her arms around me’

Genealogist offered to help Eileen Mackin find woman after hearing story on Liveline

A video recently released  shows Irish dairy calves being physically abused by workers at a control post in France after arriving from Ireland in March. Image: Screengrab from Association L214 video

Department welcomes progress in investigation after video shows animals being abused

The number who could avail of the mortgage-to-rent  scheme could rise to several thousand over an extended period. Photograph: iStock

Promontoria and Home for Life to contact up to 400 distressed mortgage holders

Not only did Ryanair get two-thirds of the questions wrong, one staff member was unable to explain what a package holiday was. Photograph: Paul Hanna/Reuters

Some companies and airlines do not fully understand customers’ rights, study shows

Up and away: the Alcock and Brown statue at Heathrow airport is prepared for its Co Galway visit. The pioneering aviators landed their biplane south of Clifden on June 14th, 1919, after flying from Canada

Statue leaving Heathrow airport and travelling to Clifden for centenary celebrations

‘They kept stressing the gravity of the situation and the urgency so I downloaded the software.’ Photograph: iStock

A reader has a cautionary tale about a con she fell prey to after a series of coincidences

If anyone other than people you are actually related to or who you have known since you were five asks you to transfer money to them via unusual channels, think long and hard about it. And then say no. Photograph: iStock

It can be hard to tell if an email or call is from a legitimate company or a fraudster so you need to keep your wits about you at (...)

Kayaking on the Liffey: Conor Pope tours Dublin. Photograph: Laura Hutton

‘The Liffey is Dublin’s most important street, but most people have never been on it’

Four-bedroom lodge and patio at the new Center Parcs in Co Longford.

Conor Pope gets a sneak peek of the holiday resort as it prepares to open in Longford

RTÉ reporter Kieran Dineen said many of the  people on the Ryanair flight to Malta were “quite inebriated” and he witnessed several fights. File photograph: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Reporter claims service to Valletta full of ‘inebriated’ passengers heading to music festival

Ikea’s new logo: Seventy Agency has tweaked the design to “futureproof it in a digital world”

The Swedish retailer has updated its brand name with ‘subtle’ and ‘impactful’ changes

Steal the cutlery, click fingers for attention, refuse to pay? Oh no, there is worse, much worse

E-scooters are not permitted on public roads, and users may be subject to a fine or penalty points for doing so

Department of Transport says e-scooters not allowed on public roads, fines may be issued

The HSE regularly publishes lists of ‘blatant examples’ where organisations have hidden behind health and safety in order to refuse service or justify a decision.

Pricewatch: Some firms use ‘health and safety’ concerns as an excuse to get out of doing things

Pricewatch: eir told reader there was a termination notice on his account but after several over and backs he was told the termination notice had been lifted. Photograph: Maxwells

Pricewatch: Eir cancels account after telling customer termination notice had been lifted

Clockwise from top left: GreenBlade Deluxe Pruning Shears, Felco Classic 8, Fiskars PowerGear X Pruner, True Temper Gardener Bypass Hand Pruner

Pricewatch: The best value secateurs to sink into your unruly shrubbery

ESB crews have repaired almost all power lines brought down in the storm. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Power is restored to almost all of 33,000 electricity customers affected by outages

Just under half of those polled say they are just about getting by, with 14 per cent saying they are still really struggling.

Sign of the Times: Economic uncertainty is doing little to quell consumer spending

Swim baby: Conor Pope takes the littlest Pope into the pool at the Playa Montroig campsite just south of Barcelona for the very first time

Conor Pope on three trips abroad with his three children, in his youngest’s first year

Security is on high alert in the mosques across the Sri Lanka as muslims fear retaliation after at least 259 people were killed and hundreds more injured in a coordinated series of blasts during the Easter Sunday service at churches and hotels. Photograph: MA Pushpa Kumara/EPA

Department of Foreign Affairs updates advice warning against non-essential trips

Dust particles from the Sahara desert were swept into the upper part of the atmosphere by gales across North Africa before being transported to Ireland where the particles fell during heavy rain showers overnight. File photograph: Getty

Dust can be health hazard for people who are affected by poor air quality – EPA

Daenerys Targaryen in Dublin’s Waxwork Museum. Photograph: Conor Pope

The Mother of Dragons joins Donald Trump and Phil Lynott in Waxworks Museum

Regina Doherty: she said the  new  leave would  be on top of existing entitlements

Under the Parental Leave and Benefit Bill parents will be entitled to an extra two weeks’ paid leave at €245 per week

 St Sebastian Church in Negombo after multiple explosions targeted churches and hotels across Sri Lanka. Photograph: Stringer/Getty

Policies only cover cancellations if Department of Foreign Affairs advises against travel

The slow cooker which was so full of promise finds a new home in a cupboard more impenetrable than the black hole at the centre of Messier 87

Our homes are full of seemingly useful purchases which soon become redundant junk

The National Parks and Wildlife Service spearheads a conservation programme aimed at saving the curlew which was once amongst the most common birds in Ireland. Photograph: Joe Shannon

‘To lose the curlew would be like losing a big part of Ireland - like our music, our landscape or identity’

RNLI volunteers pictured during the operation on Lough Derg. Photograph: RNLI

Vessel ran aground on hazardous rocks close to the Lough Derg shore near Portumna

Hundreds of people are taking part in a climate change protest by Exctinction Rebellion Ireland on O’Connell Street this Friday. Photograph: O’Carrolls Irish Gifts web cam.

Irish branch of global Extinction Rebellion movement stages O’Connell Street sit-down

“It is, after all, the Irish way to celebrate the sun - even when it is only delivering the faintest promise of heat - by rushing out into the garden and firing up the barbecue in order to burn some meat.” File photograph: iStockPhoto

Can you use a gas BBQ or is charcoal better? How much cash do you need to spend?

Out of the frying pan . . . Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Readers’ queries: Aldi’s off-the-wall mark-up; sending verification codes via TescoMobile

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar during a visit to the Sikh temple, Serpentine Road, Dublin for Vaisakhi which is one of the most significant events in the Sikh calendar. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Taoiseach attends ceremony marking Vaisakhi at Sandymount temple

Paddy Finlay taking part  in Dublin’s St Patrick’s Day parade last year. Photograph: Alan Betson

Finlay passed away on Saturday following battle with cancer, entertainer’s son says

There were 20,389 opposite-sex marriages in 2018 and 664 same-sex marriages, of which 372 were male unions and 292 were female unions

The average groom is just over 36 years, with brides about two years younger

Dr Malie Coyne  expressed concern so many parents believed that they did not have time to bring their children to training and to matches. Photograph: iStock

Most believe excessive interest in technology responsible for youth’s lack of sportiness

A closure order was served on part of the Old Punch Bowl pub after rodent droppings were found in a food store adjacent to the kitchen.

FSAI alarmed by the consistent reporting of rodent activity noted in food businesses

Booking made by reader through booking.com was cancelled by aparthotel

Pricewatch: Does booking.com stand over bookings made on its platform?

Cyril Galbraith in Taney Church, Dundrum, Dublin.  Now 95,  he has been ringing bells for over 80 years. “You can’t have machines doing everything,” he said.   Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Galbraith still busy pulling the strings at Taney Parish in Dundrum

Airbnb: ‘Our standards and expectations require that all members of the Airbnb community respect each other’s privacy’.

Strict conditions apply to using recording devices

The Louvre in Paris is opening is doors to one couple for one night, with the chosen pair’s bed set up in a special mini-pyramid within the museum’s larger, iconic glass pyramid.

Competition to celebrate museum’s 30th birthday offers couple an overnight stay

Students from the Tullamore Stage School make their way through hail stones at the RDS in Dublin with their trophy after winning  the ESB Feis Ceoil School Choir of the Year competition.  Photograph:  Clare Keogh.

Notice applies to Wicklow, Donegal, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo from 10pm to 11am Wednesday

 Lotto winner Ódhran Doherty arrives with his family at Lotto HQ in Dublin today to collect his cheque for €1 million . Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Odhrán Doherty (23), a farmer from Co Donegal, arrived in Dublin in white Hummer

Chase lasted almost an hour before man was detained by gardaí just outside Portlaoise

 The “Festival of Britain” appears under threat as the DUP will only support it if it is called the “Festival of Great Britain and Northern Ireland” and held in the Fermanagh and South Tyrone constituency of Arlene Foster. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA

DUP will only support ‘The Festival of Britain’ if it is called the ‘Festival of Great Britain and Northern Ireland’

Best seat in the house:  Rosaleen Linehan as Mammy and Phelim Drew as Johnnypatteenmike in the  Gaiety production of  The Cripple of Inishmaan. Photograph: Alan Betson

Pricewatch: Rosaleen Linehan was horrified by the price her friend paid on Viagogo

Emily Logan, Chief Commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (3rd from right), with from left; Brian Doyle, Immanuel Jayden Chirwa, Kelvin Akpaloo, Fathi Mohamed, Christina Burlacu, Bushra Tanveer and Farah Elle. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Logan says people from other countries are ‘taken aback by the social progression here’

Guido Nasi with his mother Simonetta on the Late Late Show.

Guido Nasi left with catastrophic brain injury after 1999 attack in Dublin park

Center Parcs: The Subtropical Swimming Paradise at Woburn Forest, in England

Ahead of the first Irish opening, in Longford, Conor Pope visits Woburn Forest resort

Icelandic low-cost airline Wow Air announced on Thursday that it will cease operations and cancel all flights. Photograph: Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images

Just some of the stories of those who were booked to fly with grounded airline

 (L-R) Richard Guiney, chief executive of DublinTown, Fergal Barton from Bartons Coaches, Lynn Henderson Operations Manager of Excursions Ireland and Niamh McCarthy, chief executive of Excursions Ireland at the launch of the All-Ireland Cruise Ship Action Group campaign in Buswells Hotel, Dublin. Photograph: Maxwells

Campaign launched to reverse Dublin Port decision to reduce cruise ships

Passengers who are currently overseas and due to return home on WOW air flights have no option but to check available flights with other airlines. Photograph: Mauritz Antin/EPA

Q&A: Airline has gone out of business leaving thousands of passengers out of pocket

WOW Air began flying from Ireland in July 2015.

Budget airline ceases operations and cancels all flights with immediate effect

Aerage monthly rents were still more than €70 higher when compared with the same quarter of the previous year. Photograph: iStock

Navan and Limerick City East to be designated as new Rent Pressure Zones, RTB says

Cahercastle in Co Galway has been standing since the late 1400s. Photograph: Airbnb

'An amazing opportunity to stay in a castle lovingly restored by one man’s passion'

The Department of Justice said it had yet to be formally notified of any moves to convert Hatch Hall into a hotel. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Hatch Hall was used for 90 years as residence for UCD students

Harvey’s Point was opened on the lakes of Lough Eske   in 1989

One of Ireland’s most popular family-owned hotels bought for undisclosed sum

The Sceil Eile barge is available to rent on the Grand Canal in Dublin through GetMyBoat for six guests for $210 (€185) per day.

‘Airbnb for the water’ app lets users rent 130,000 boats in 184 countries with a few screen taps

Light, flexible and inexpensive, electric scooters can be a handy way of commuting to and from work and are proving an increasingly popular alternative mode of transport in cities worldwide.

Pricewatch: Shane Ross has asked the RSA to research how ‘vehicles’ should be regulated

You will get from A to B faster by bike than almost all the other forms of commuting. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Car, bike, e-scooter or shank’s mare? We put four ways of getting to work to the test

Ikea shift: Conor Pope during his day at the Dublin store. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

At the Dublin store it’s all about secret short cuts, strange language and morning huddles

People recovering  their belongings in Manica province, central Mozambique,  after the passage of  cyclone Idai. Photograph:    EPA/Andre Catueira

Mozambique has been one of Irish Aid’s partner countries in southern Africa since 1996

According to the research, one in four consumers said they paid bills with their credit card. Photograph: iStock

Motor insurance is bill reported to put most people under financial pressure

The price of a day out in Amsterdam is estimated at €78.69. Photograph: iStock

Website ranks holiday hotspots by cost of a typical day out for visitors

Conor Pope gets to grips with pulling a pineapple apart, fruit segment by segment

Pulling a pineapple apart is the latest food craze to go viral. We put the method to the test . . .

It is hard to imagine how low cost flying would have grown so fast without Ryanair.

From Sudocrem to tractors, here's 14 ways the Irish revolutionised how the world shops

 Over 3,000 people took part in the St Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Thousands throng streets of capital in dizzying array of green-themed attire

A spectator at the  St Patricks Day Parade in Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Missing team raises eyebrows in Limerick, while Belfast promotes itself as ‘city of equals’

Armed police patrol outside a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday. Photograph: Mark Baker/AP

Irish woman describes the ‘hardest and most frightening day for all of us’

Passengers who pay extra for airline seats to make sure they get to sit beside their traveling companions could be wasting their money unless they are flying with Ryanair, a report by a British consumer watchdog states. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

Which? finds 46% of fliers end up sitting together with O’Leary’s firm - average is 86%

The joint piece of research found that were ECB interest rates to rise by 0.25%  than around 800 homeowners, or 0.1% of the total mortgage market, would struggle to meet their repayments. Photograph: Getty Images

New research suggests a small number of homeowners remain vulnerable to even a small rate increase

Audit your credit cards and work out how much they are costing you every month.

Pricewatch: Here is our guide to a clear-headed, stress-free financial spring clean

Brexit bill: something that costs €50 to buy and have sent from an Amazon warehouse today could jump to more than €65 once third-country charges are totted up. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty

Irish consumers will face restricted choices if the UK leaves the EU with no deal

Under the Road Traffic Act 1961, anyone using an electric scooter or other mechanically propelled vehicle  must have insurance, road tax and a driving licence. Photograph: Dave Meehan for The Irish Times

Minister for Transport has asked RSA to find out how e-scooters are regulated in Europe

Conor Pope test drives an electric scooter on the streets of Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Jetpacks are still a long way off but scooters may prove the best short-term answer

US president Donald Trump with former taoiseach Enda Kenny at  a St Patrick’s Day reception in  the White House in Washington in  2017. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Diplomatic presents given to mark St Patrick’s Day

Thousands of safety deposit boxes have gone unopened for up to 200 years, the Oireachtas committee heard. Photograph: iStock

Thousands of boxes, chests and paintings among bank vault contents, committee hears

The report found lone parents in the Republic were almost five times more likely to experience in-work poverty than other households with children, with 84 per cent of lone parents saying they were unable to meet unexpected expenses. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Report finds high housing and childcare costs partly responsible for decline in living standards

Emergency services at the  scene at the Department of Health on Baggot Street. Photograph: Conor Pope

Taoiseach asks ‘what kind of oddballs’ send such material, which is ultimately opened by civilian staff

Customer left with little option but to renew his car insurance with FBD/No Nonsense

Pricewatch: Readers are not impressed by companies as they recount their experiences

Cathy Ward who was found dead in her house in Clondalkin, Dublin on Friday. Photograph: Facebook

Cathy Ward (41) found dead in Clondalkin house on Friday

‘We just want developers to come to talk to us. And Crosbie has to understand what the impact of this hotel will have on of the people who live here.’

Locals mount third demonstration in as many weeks over contentious Crosbie plan

The winning €2.5 million Lotto ticket was sold in Centra, Termonfeckin. Photograph: Patrick Logue

Win comes days after syndicate collects almost €175m

Revolut says a glitch in its systems has now been fixed

Fintech says issue resolved after users had problems accessing some online banking functions

Green Cards are internationally recognised insurance documents which provide proof of insurance cover to law enforcement agencies in the relevant country.

Drivers crossing into Northern Ireland without correct documentation will risk fines

Gas rings on a cooker at a home. Electric Ireland plans to increase the cost of electricity and gas by 4 per cent from April 1st. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Increase will add more than €60 on average to annual household energy bills

While there are some anecdotal reports of Momo circulating in other countries, there is little hard evidence that people have come to harm as a result.

Online game encouraging children to harm themselves or others ’has reached Ireland’

Sandra McCaffrey of DCS and Fine Gael councillor Paul Ross: ‘I do appreciate the irony of a robotics company bringing jobs to a town said to be most at risk from robots.’ Photograph: Shelley Corcoran for The Irish Times

Owner of Edgeworthstown robot maker: Robots will bring jobs, not remove them

Co Kerry spirit wins out after 400 products from around world blind taste tested by experts

The new online map will help people to make more informed choices between operators based on predicted coverage availability in their area.

Map will allow users to quickly establish level of coverage where they work or live

A leading economist has said the report overstates the likely impact technology is going to have on workforces across Ireland. Photograph: iStock

Economist accepts AI will reshape jobs but believes new UCC report is ‘fear inducing’

Supermarket chain Lidl has said it plans to reduce the sugar and salt content of hundreds of its own-brand products before the end of next year in an attempt to address mounting concerns over childhood obesity and unhealthy diets. Photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images.

Minister hopes other retailers follow move - a response to concerns over obesity and diets

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