Irish-based Ryanair pilots have voted to strike over two days later this month

Laya Healthcare  has no travel insurance policies which would offer a safety net to pregnant women once they hit the 26-week mark. Photograph: iStock

Pricewatch: Pregnancy cover and cancellation over a bereavement leave travellers fuming

FX Buckley: Erin Mac an tSaoir, manager John Collins, owner Paddy Buckley, Carlos Ruelafcalin, Fran Bennett, Ann Crawford and Frank McMahon of the Moore Street butcher, in Dublin. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

‘There’ll be no pigs’ heads. Sure who would buy a pig’s head? And why would I need to touch it?’

Does a new car  really smell good or do you just think it does? Photograph: iStock

Ever wondered how sun cream works or about the curious noise made by an ATM?

The cost of alcohol has fallen to such a level that women can now hit their weekly alcohol consumption limit by spending under €5, according to a new report.  File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Alcohol Action Ireland calls for minimum pricing as drinks become ‘more affordable’

The average cost of putting a child into senior infants is  €340, according to a Barnardos survey. Photograph: iStock

Barnardos says Government could make books free at primary level at ‘minuscule’ cost to education budget

People seek cover amid the heavy showers in Dublin on Tuesday afternoon.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Irish Rail services via Maynooth badly affected; National Gallery is evacuated

Bartra Capital  images of  proposed coliving development at Eblana Avenue, Dun Laoghaire.

Bartra Capital welcomes approval of plan which sees residents sharing communal living space

There is less than half a point between Aldi and Lidl in the discounter league, according to the latest figures from retail analysts Kantar. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

In terms of market share, Dunnes Stores is the most popular supermarket in the State

Is the low value people in Ireland appear to place on celebrities endorsing particular products a sign of ‘influencer fatigue’. Photograph: iStock

Online interactions can be important for brands – but there are potential pitfalls

Department of Social Protection pays the full cost of a dental check-up once a year. Photograph: iStock

Survey finds 725,000 eligible people have never made use of their entitlements

‘I was also told I could log into My Eir account at any time but that isn’t feasible.’ Photograph: Maxwells

A woman who signed up to a bill phone for her daughter takes issue with Eir

Protesters marching through Temple Bar in Dublin, demonstrating against the cruelty to animals in the greyhound industry. Photograph: Alan Betson

Actor Pauline McLynn calls for sport to be outlawed at Dublin demonstration

Protesters including Sorcha Finnegan (left) and Patricia Griffin (wearing pink top) outside the Hyde & Seek child care facility in Drumcondra on Friday. Photograph: Alan Betson

Mother says she is taking her two children out of the creche after ‘Dickensian’ scenes

Have you ever broken the local rules when overseas and got into trouble for it? Our readers have been sharing their stories. Photograph: iStock

‘I was arrested in LA for asking two door men if there was any craic in the night club’

Ryanair passengers boarding. Photograph: Reuters/Hannah McKay/File Photo

Consumer group surveyed passengers on how European airlines dealt with complaints

The Government has refused to support the scrapping of summer and winter time and confirmed that Irish clocks would continue to be put back by an hour at the end of October and then put forward at the end of March. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Department defends decision, saying ‘we have to be careful with the online polls’

Conor Pope: I’m determined my enslavement will not be inherited by my children

Give Up Your Aul Screens: It’s too late for me but there’s hope for my children

Schools won’t start back for more than a month but the lead-in time is long

Parents have spent over €20bn educating their young, despite free schooling

Not exactly instagrammable: Conor Pope with ‘the ferny thing I fed orange juice to’. Photograph:  Crispin Rodwell

Instagram is groaning with greenery but keeping trendy plants alive isn’t easy

It has been a bad, bad week for the Dutch airline KLM on Twitter. Photograph: Jussi Puikkonen/The New York Times

Company attracted negative press after saying it would tell breastfeeding mothers to cover up

 Google has suspended ticket reseller Viagogo as an advertiser after finding the firm had breached its policies. File photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

Search giant takes action against ticket reseller with headquarters in Limerick

The most expensive item at secondary school level was books at €220. File photograph: iStock

About 78% finding costs a burden as financial hit reaches €1,399 per child at second level

Lunchtime sunshine in St Stephen’s Green, Dublin last week. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

The legend of St Swithin would suggest a fine summer but forecasters are not convinced

The IBPF says  to look at the number of re-mortgages as a percentage of all mortgages drawn to establish figures

Banking sector report says more people switch than Central Bank figures suggest

Around 1.3 million utility customers wasted hundreds of euro each last year or a combined total of half a billion euro by not switching provider. Image: iStock

Consumers wasting hundreds each year by not availing of cheaper rates at different companies

A decade ago, there were almost 4,000 payphones in Ireland. Photograph: Fred Tanneau/AFP/Getty Images

Most payphone calls are to domestic violence and homeless shelters, says ComReg

 Dublin Airport is having its busiest summer in its 79-year history. File photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Busiest summer in airport’s history, with up to 20 per cent of cars parked from the North

Eir said: “We are working hard to offer our customers the high level of care they should expect.”

Pricewatch: Six-month wait to have broadband connection restored

David Trimble told the House of Lords he ‘acquiesced’ to same-sex marriage rights. File photograph: BBC NI/PA Wire

Former first minister of North David Trimble had voted against liberalising marriage rules

The increased cloud cover will increase the chances of occasional showers. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Sunday and Monday will be warm and sunny but Tuesday will bring wet conditions

Siptu said that local discussions will take place next week with a view to maximising the number of workers who can remain in employment.

Move relating to permanent workers comes after talks between unions and management

Another new record for outpatient waiting lists following industrial action in hospitals

The population of the EU was almost 513.5 million at the beginning of 2018

Birth rate in 2018 was 12.5 per 1,000 and death rate was 6.4 per 1,000

People will be asked about their smoking habits and  their daily commutes in 2021. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill Dara Mac Donaill

Eight new questions will appear in the next census in 2021

The Dargan Wing, the oldest wing of the gallery, after it was newly refurbished in 2017. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Two wings of the Merrion Square building have been impacted by the incident

The impact exaggerated or fraudulent motor insurance claims are having on premium prices could actually be worsened by the exaggerated claims being made by the industry itself, according to the AA’s Conor Faughnan.   File photograph: Getty

Faughnan speaking after TDs quiz industry chiefs about number of fraudulent claims

While the report describes switching rate as ‘robust’ only 14% of electricity customers and 20% of gas customers switched supplier last year. File photograph: Getty

Failing to change supplier over last four years has cost consumers almost €1,700

 Ryanair logo is pictured on the the jacket of a cabin crew member. File Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Pricewatch: Refunds are hard to come by at holiday-time, as these experiences show

 Arabella Page at work as a move planner. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Having helped her parents to downsize, Arabella Page quit her job to help others cope with the mess and the stress of moving house

New rules on short-term lettings which will affect platforms such as Airbnb are due to come into force on Monday. File photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images.

Dublin City Council says it plans to recruit staff to ‘deal exclusively in this area’

The Dublin Pride parade will be led out by more than 70 LGBTQ organisations. File photograph: Getty Images

Saturday’s event starts on O’Connell St at 1pm and ends with free event in Merrion Sq

Caroline Normand, Which? Director of Advocacy, said some airlines had left people stranded.

British-based consumer champion Which? highlights cases of passengers being stranded

 Lifeguards Niall Finnegan and Aisling Carroll at Dollymount Strand. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Prohibition notices remain in place due to sewage overflow as weather warms up

Dublin property values have stalled, according to estate agent  DNG, with virtually no increases recorded over the last 12 months and a slight decline reported in south Dublin. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Estate agent DNG said secondhand property market is stalling in Dublin

 Laura Ryan of St Brigid’s National School, Coon, Co Kilkenny was the overall national winner of the competition. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Laura Ryan from Kilkenny takes overall prize as students asked to design modern logo

Children have spent an average of 28% of their Communion money, compared with 39% this time last year. Photograph: Getty Images

Benefit to children for the first time now over €600, with girls getting more than boys

When looking for travel insurance with a cancer diagnosis, most insurers simply say no. Photograph: iStock

Pricewatch: ‘Travel insurers are being violently discriminatory to thousands of Irish citizens’

Due to weather conditions, the Ryanair flight landed at Dublin Airport instead of Shannon.  Photograph: Reuters/Paul Hanna/File Photo

Pricewatch: Several readers have trouble getting transfer costs back from the airline

Tessie Carroll brings her pram of clothes and bric-a-brac to ‘the Tuggers’ market for the last time on Saturday.

Tessie Carroll leaves ‘the Tuggers’ market after 60 years selling clothes and bric-a-brac

(Front from left to right)  Catherine Murphy,   Róisín Shortall  and newly elected councillors at the Social Democrats conference in Dublin on Saturday. Photograph: Leah Farrell/RollingNews

Party wants restrictions to tackle dominance of investment funds in the rental sector

Staff at the Center Parcs Longford Forest resort which is due to open next month. Photograph: Naoise Culhane.

License granted to firm behind Co Longford resort covers 470 acres rather than specific structures

 Brothers and sisters John Paul, Ann-Marie, Bridget(wife), Mary Theresa, and Thomas Delaney, all relatives of William Delaney can be seen close to the rock of Dunamase in Co.Laois Photograph: James Forde/ The Irish Times

Gardaí believe he was killed in Co Laois by a person known to him over a personal matter

More than 8.6 million outbound trips were undertaken by Irish residents lin 2018, up 5.8 per cent on 2017.  File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Survey shows an increasingly mobile populace with increases in domestic and overseas travel

Private health insurer VHI has announced price increases of 6 per cent. Photograph: iStock

Health insurer says rising costs in hospitals, increases in consultants’ fees among reasons

Independent TD Joan Collins rejected Leo Varadkar’s claim as a red herring. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Taoiseach insists legislation would result in gratuities being taxed

Workers install solar panels on a roof. Photograph: Courtesy of Construct Ireland

Government proposal is short on detail but SEAI estimates €30,000 for deep retrofit

Garlic peeling: the new hack has been watched more than 15 million times on Twitter

And it works, sort of. But you’ll need to work on your wrist-flicking technique

Don’t leave it until the last minute to get travel insurance  - almost 40 per cent of the claims are made before travel with illness and death the most likely reasons for cancelled holidays

By not taking out insurance you leave yourself at mercy of airlines, tour operators

Eleanor Martha Hulm and Leontien Friel-Darrell of Extinction Rebellion Ireland, at a climate change protest outside Leinster House on Tuesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The climate action group staged a typically eye-catching protest at the Dáil last week

Multiple myeloma is a blood cancer stemming from a white blood cell called a plasma cell. Photograph: NUI Galway

NUI Galway and Blood Cancer Network team up to find treatment for multiple myeloma

The Air Corps’ maritime patrol aircraft was in the area at the time and saw a flare set off from the life raft and was able to winch the men out of the water.  File photograph: Irish Air Corps Flickr

Aisling Patrick boat capsized after being struck by two waves in choppy waters

Hana Babye, Summer Rice and Leah Dayman, all from Presentation Primary George’s Hill school, took part in the Children’s Rally on Friday in Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan/ The Irish Times

Primary schools gather in Temple Bar to demand that adults listen to children

One of the beds previously advertised by Anderson’s Themes and Dreams.

Customers left out of pocket for special children’s beds costing upwards of €1,000

Direct provision had been intended to last no more than six months but instead morphed into one of institutionalised living ‘that will last for many international protection applicants for many years’, the justice committee was told. File photograph: Tom Honan

Human rights ‘set at naught’ by system to deal with international protection applicants

Evidence of the cutting of meat in a room adjacent to toilets was among the reasons for the Enforcement Orders in May.

Sausage factory in Cavan and sushi restaurant in Balbriggan also served with closure orders

Is there any way to make it to your departure gate without walking through duty free?

Massage chairs, the ‘golden hour’, boarding passes – and why is Toblerone a thing?

New electronic passport readers will be in place at both terminals in Dublin Airport from Tuesday  in an attempt to significantly reduce delays at immigration control. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

DAA says it has not been asked to segregate passengers from CTA and rest of world to ease queues

Irish consumers are shifting their search for bargains towards second hand shops for environmental, ethical and economic reasons, a conference in Limerick will be told today. Image: iStock.

Paco Underhill says ‘economics of 19th century retailing isn’t working’ with shift from disposable clothes

This month marks 100 years since Alcock and Brown flew nonstop across the Atlantic

A computer generated image of the rooftop infinity pool on a London skyscraper

Company says it is planning world’s first 360-degree infinity pool on a roof 200 metres above a city skyline

A Status Yellow rain warning is hanging over seven counties until Thursday morning with up to 32mm of rain expected across Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo. File photograph: EPA

Forecasters rule out anything resembling a summer’s day until middle of June at the earliest

The  Aviva Stadium is being lit up  with the colours of Pride until June 8th as part of an effort to help young people who may be struggling to come to terms with their sexual identity.  Photograph:  David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile.

Advocate hopes initiative sends a message that it is okay for people to ‘be who they are’

Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Passengers post photos of hour-long delays over the bank holiday weekend

From libraries to walking tours to museums, there is something for everybody

Second-hand cars imported from the UK offer savings, but buyers must beware

According to one study, for each additional daily serving of ultra-processed food, mortality risk relatively increased by 18 per cent. Photograph: iStock

More than 4 servings of ultra-processed foods a day linked to 62% increased risk of mortality

The Pont Aven ferry, which operates on the Cork to Roscoff route, has been undergoing repairs since the middle of May and the company said on Wednesday that the work was taking longer than anticipated.

6,000 passengers were due to travel on Cork to Roscoff ferry which is out of service

The Pont Aven ferry, which operates on the Cork to Roscoff route, has been undergoing repairs since the middle of May.

‘It’s a frustrating situation’ - company chief says as ship is expected to take weeks to repair

Not only are the pollutants we generate contributing to the climate catastrophe we are hurtling towards, they are also costing us cold hard cash every single day. Photograph: iStock

It can pay to reduce the amount of carbon we generate, so time to alter our behaviour

Leo Varadkar at the count centre in the RDS, Dublin.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

‘Others could pull the plug on the government’, says Leo Varadkar

Poor results for Solidarity - People Before Profit and Sinn Féin

Robbie Sinnott at his polling station in Dublin 8. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

System for voters with disabilities open to abuse, says activist for visually impaired

Frances Fitzgerald on the campaign trail in Donnybrook. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Google reveals the most searched-for candidates and what questions are being asked

Séamus Lawless is said to have slipped while in the “Balcony area” near the summit of Everest after reaching it last week.

Mountaineer from Bray missing after fall close to summit of Mount Everest

A man takes a picture of a Huawei logo at the Huawei European Cybersecurity Center in Brussels. File photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

If you own a Huawei device you need to read this

Why does car insurance cost more in Longford than it did in Dublin? Photograph: iStock

Pricewatch: Ryanair and refunds; Bank of Ireland and bank holidays

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

Hols Pricewatch

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

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