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

A no drone zone sign is pictured on the perimeter fence of the Dublin Airport airfield after  the temporary suspension of operations at the airport following a drone sighting on Thursday. Photograph: Nial Carson/PA Wire

Services restored following 30-minute disruption after pilot spots device at airfield

Longueville House in Mallow Co Cork won the best Irish bread award

Annual Georgina Campbell awards find the local story ‘is increasingly a part of the Irish breakfast experience’

 ‘I have never been through such a customer care shambles’ says one frustrated Eir customer. File photograph:  Maxwells

Pricewatch: Stream of complaints over hours on hold and no-shows from technicians

Minister for Transport Shane Ross and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD at the official sod-turning for Dublin Airport’s new North Runway. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Rate is proof Clancy Amendment had been necessary, Minister for Transport says

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  and Minister for Transport Tourism and Sport Shane Ross perform the official sod-turning for Dublin Airport’s new North Runway project, along with DAA chief executive Dalton Philips. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

‘That’s another shovel to add to my collection’ – Leo Varadkar

High Island or Ardoilean lies off the west coast of Connemara, close to Claddaghduff and Inishbofin.

High Island is home to 7th-century monastic settlement and thousands of birds

Research from motor data company Inrix suggests Dublin commuters spent a total of 246 hours or more than 10 full days in their cars in 2018. Photograph: Alan Betson

Only drivers in Bogota and Rome spent more time stuck in cars

Figures from the Health Protection Surveillance Unit of the HSE show that rates of chlamydia, herpes simplex and gonorrhea are on the rise with people in the 15-24 age group making up the majority of all chlamydia cases reported.

At least 10,000 condoms will be available across the country before and after Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day comes with a pretty hefty price tag for most Irish couples

Valentine’s Day comes with a pretty hefty price tag for most Irish couples

Making claims on someone else’s behalf is not always easy with VHI. Photograph: Hugh Macknight/ PA Wire

Pricewatch: Consumer queries answered by Conor Pope

Very moreish: Marks and Spencer Super Berry smoothie

We compare Marks and Spencer, The Happy Pear, Innocent and Naked

Residential property prices in Dublin are set to rise by 5 per cent this year, according to the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland.

‘Unrealistic’ prices primary reason for properties failing to sell, surveyors say

An artist’s impression of  the WB Yeats ferry

Irish Ferries rejects findings saying they are ‘critical factor’ in route cancellation

Pizza Stop on Chatham Lane was founded by Germano Terrinoni in the 1980s. Photograph: Pizza Stop

Owners say they were refused a new lease, to make way for a new shopping unit

The Beyond Burger

Veggie burgers

Fine Gael TD Noel Rock: If his Bill becomes law, the resale of tickets for large concerts and sporting events for more than face value will be banned. Photograph: Eric Luke

Noel Rock’s Bill seeks to outlaw event ticket trading at prices above original face value

The scene of a fatal crash on the M50 on Thursday. Photograpoh: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Images shared online reflect ‘dark side of human nature’

Azealia Banks, the rapper left an Aer Lingus flight bound for Dublin on Monday night. Photographs: Instagram

Rapper says she is ‘queen of Ireland’, in new Instagram video ahead of Dublin gig

The average loan taken by consumers from financial institutions this year is  likely to be about €8,500, a survey by the Irish League of Credit Unions has found. File photograph:  iStockPhoto

Survey shows consumers focus on affordability rather than true cost of loan

Safefood’s study looked at almost 70,000 food products on special offer. Photograph: Getty Images

Safefood research finds shoppers want fewer offers on ‘treats’ and more on fresh produce

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin  has attracted criticism from priests in Dublin with some believing he “sold out” on the issue of clerical sex abuse, Redemptorist priest Fr Tony Flannery has said. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Renua candidate signals that it is unclear what the legacy of the archbishop would be

The first service was launched in Listowel, Co Kerry, last June and since last summer a total of 65 additional services across all 26 counties have been running on average from 6pm to 11pm typically on Friday and Saturday.

Services aimed at tackling rural isolation to run until end of March, says Shane Ross

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald said measures aimed at reducing meat consumption in Ireland should not be taken at the expense of family farms. File photograph: iStockPhoto

Contradictory messages from Taoiseach on climate change issue, says Sinn Féin leader

A GAA club  in Monaghan is  to auction a “graveyard plot for two” to raise funds to pay off a debt on redeveloping its grounds. Image: iStock

Monaghan club fundraiser aiming to reduce debt following redevelopment of its grounds

Online retailer  has developed an English language version of its German-based website with some of the prices on that site proving to be cheaper than on the UK site. File photograph: Reuters

Online retailer warns British businesses of risk to cross-border trade

Leo Varadkar: some of the 40 things he should know on his 40th – do yoga, avoid cycling, cut out meat, avoid supplements, get reading glasses

Lessons for Leo: never dye your hair, don’t become a Mamil but do invest in slip-on shoes

Television broadcasters on Abingdon Green in Westminster, London, as a motion of no confidence in the British government was debated in the parliament nearby.  Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA

Motorists must apply a month before travelling under Irish insurance industry plan

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May makes a statement outside 10 Downing Street after winning a confidence vote. Photograph: Henry Nicholls/Reuters

Jeremy Corbyn rebuffs prime minister’s invite to talks on the UK’s exit from the EU

Bare shelves during the Beast from the East  showed how reliant we are on food from the UK. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A hard Brexit would hit our beloved UK products, medicines, and online shopping

"The rationale is that tomatoes traditionally have a more stable and much higher yield than peppers, with up to 110 tonnes of fruit per hectare compared to around three tonnes per hectare where chillies are grown." Photograph: Getty Images

If successful, it might eventually yield benefits for cancer patients and those in pain

 Dunnes Stores held on to the largest market share at the end of 2018 as shoppers spent just under €1 billion on groceries in the run up to Christmas.

Dunnes Stores keeps top spot but Lidl and Aldi see greatest market-share growth

Almost 65 per cent of the cost of each litre of petrol sold in Ireland is made up of taxes. File photograph:  PA Photo

Significant reduction in the cost of crude oil has been among main drivers of change

Switch it up for savings in the new year. Photograph: Getty

More of us should shop around for better value energy and mortgage rates

 Dermot and his fiancee were just two days into their holiday at the Portuguese resort of Albufeira when they were confronted by a gang in the resort town. File photograph: Getty Images

Donegal man complains insurance company did not cover cost of theft in Albufeira

Some Bank of Ireland customers have been told they can no longer use their existing cards for contactless transactions, online or abroad.

BoI will not say how many cards have been restricted

Seáneen Sullivan  in L Mulligan Grocer in Stoneybatter, Dublin which she co-owns. Photograph: James Forde

Irish food is much improved but pub grub and ‘the full Irish’ need to smarten up

I have learned that while it is easy to forget kind words and to allow mean ones become corrosive, it’s also pretty easy to let this corrosion go.

Michael Harding returns to this slot next week but, in the meantime, some life lessons

In the shadow of MacGillycuddy’s Reeks, the Black Valley.  Photograph: Tom Fahy

The mountainous region is among Rough Guide’s six best holiday spots for the year

Musician Brendan Keegan delivering a a sean nós dance class to Chinese guests at Glen Keen Farm, Co Mayo. Thousands of Chinese visitors have been to the facility since 2014.

Fáilte Ireland hopes to more than double the high-spending Chinese market by 2025

Pricewatch: putting porridge oats to the test. Photograph: iStock

Four oats go head to head in this penny pinching mission

Tim Fenn of the Irish Hotels Federation believes the Irish accommodation sector is ‘absolutely good value for money’ and the evidence ‘is to be found in the solid growth we have seen over several years’ Photograph: iStock

Almost 1,000 new rooms added to capital’s market last year with 2,500 more on the way

Tourists enjoy the weather and sites in Trinity College Dublin. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Our tourism sector insists it is still competitive, but it is facing a year of dramatic change

Tourists enjoy a tour of Dublin with Viking Splash Tours. Photograph: Robert Alexander/ Getty Images

Last year was a record year for Irish tourism; the next one is looking a little shaky

Agadir in Morocco is likely to feature very highly on many Irish traveller’s plans for 2019.

Where to go, when to book and what to do for your upcoming trips this year

Those who had flown Ryanair gave it the lowest possible rating for boarding, seat comfort, food and drink as well as cabin environment. File photograph: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters

Irish budget carrier dismisses ‘Which?’ survey as ‘worthless’, citing 141m passengers

EuroMillions lottery winners Frances (centre) and Patrick  Connolly:  won the £114,969,775 million jackpot in the New Year’s Day draw. Photograph: Paul Faith

Holidays, homes, yachts and jets – or acts of decency and generosity? We look at options

Colin Harmon of 3fe Coffee in Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Price hikes irk customers as VAT increase is passed on by business owners

 The euro turns 20 in 2019, after two tumultuous decades that saw the single currency  become a fixture on the financial markets and in Europeans’ wallets. Photograph: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty

Republic’s population embraced currency, then saw anomalies compared to EU

Hot Yoga is a discipline not for the faint of heart File photograph: iStock

Conor Pope: Of all the fads I have tried, it’s the one that leaves me feeling best about myself

  The research from price comparison website found  95 per cent of those polled   worry about their finances. File photograph: iStock

Online study indicates 14 per cent fearful of losing their job in the next 12 months

A punter looks on during racing. Photograph: Donall Farmer

It doesn’t seem the cheery staff member’s advice was heeded, given bookies’ €1.5m haul

Under the terms of its licence the National Lottery is required to pay a minimum of 50 cent in every Euro in prizes. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The biggest prize paid out this year was €17m EuroMillions jackpot won in Thurles

Last-minute Christmas shopping. Photograph: iStock/Getty

From Andy Warhol socks to skydiving and Exploding Kittens: 37 ideas for every budget

Plans seek to ban companies insisting vouchers spent in one transaction

“One evolutionary zealot told me to let my little girl pull the tree down to teach her not to mess with it again” Photograph: iStock

Conor Pope: I took to Twitter for advice: the consensus was my tree was doomed

Consumer advocate Brendan Burgess said the current system which protects distressed borrowers should be “more or less maintained to protect those who are paying what they can”. Photograph: David Sleator

Lack of evictions forces banks to pass on costs to performing loans, consumer advocate says

Dunnes Stores was Ireland’s leading grocery retailer in the 12 weeks to December 2nd with a share of 22.4 per cent. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Less than one percentage point separates three largest chains, figures show

Lar Corbett’s Coppingers in Thurles was the subject of a complaint in two parts: promoting alcohol in a way that could be harmful; and an image offensive to the complainant as a Catholic.

Advertising watchdog said Dealz campaign unnecessarily objectified men

Just over 10 years ago, making a four-minute call to Ireland while on a Paris trip would have cost as much as € 5. File photograph: PA

Use of mobile data services while roaming in the EU and EEA increased by 435 per cent

New research suggests that as Irish people age, they become less likely to want to do good through their shopping habits. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

New study suggests younger buyers are more likely to demand higher ethical standards

Flowers at Bell’s Beach where a baby girls body was discovered in Balbriggan North County Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Gardaí appeal to mother to contact doctor after postmortem finds baby was born full term

At one point your typical Irish home featured a bulky stereo systems, ashtrays galore, VHS cassettes and a budgie. Illustration: Paul Scott

Conor Pope remembers when hallways had telephone tables and beds had blankets?

Flooding in Enniscorthy during Storm Deirdre. Photograph: Liam Ruth/Twitter

Girl (9) hospitalised in Cork city after being struck by falling branch

 Seven in 10 people seek the best value when Christmas shopping, a survey has found. Photograph: Tom Honan.

Survey finds consumers’ altruism can lead to overspending during Christmas period

You never know what you’ll find in the ridiculous room. A small bear for €450? A baseball cap for €175? Photograph: iStock

Conor Pope: I actually have a soft spot for the hardy Christmas annual that is BTs Marvel Room

A screen shot from the official video of Fairytale of New York.

Singer addresses controversy over reference in Pogues Christmas song

Some 16 per cent of respondents said they were ‘just about coping’. Photograph: iStock

Study finds most consumers have funds for current needs but not for unexpected issues

Actor Dónall Farmer

Actor and director played role of Fr Tim Devereux in soap

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