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

File image of Brianna Lynch and her Great Danes.

Brianna Lynch’s epilepsy seizures intensified after suspected theft of Great Danes

Candella No 4 Grapefruit

Three grapefruit candles – and one mandarin orange – are put through their paces

Reader has lost confidence in MacBook Pro after two breakdowns. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters/ File Photo

Cancelling cash back deal and when ‘20% off everything’ sale doesn’t mean everything

An image of what the redeveloped Apollo House building on Tara Street in Dublin will look like. The  site comes with planning permission for a 10-storey over-basement office building.

This was substantially higher than the asking price of €40 million for the 0.72-acre site

A Christmas window at Brown Thomas on Grafton Street, Dublin, this year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Retail Ireland predicts 3% year-on-year rise in spending by households in Ireland

Aer Lingus confirmed that passengers who failed to switch their phones to flight mode could be hit with unexpectedly high bills, but stressed it was not making any money as a result

Man who left phone on in overhead compartment while flying to US got bill for almost $300

Minister for Enterprise Heather Humphreys. In June, the Minister secured the backing of Cabinet for plans to introduce a minimum five-year expiry date on gift vouchers. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Changes proposed by Humphreys will not come into effect ahead of Christmas shopping period

Minister of State Sean Kyne said he was pleased his department had reached an agreement setting out a plan for future of the service to the Aran Islands

Owner of Aer Arann Islands had offered to sell it to local communities for sum of €1

 Pope Francis mugs among some of the range of Pope Francis memorabilia and souvenirs on sale at Veritas  earlier this year . Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

Difficult trading sees more focus on online sales for business owned by Irish bishops

Management at Lillie’s Bordello said they had “exciting plans coming down the tracks”.

Irish ‘celebrity’ haunt had a regular bar as well as a ‘library’ that required a special key

‘What is best for the child must prevail in every case.’ Photograph: iStock

Paper from Irish Foster Care Association says carers should get enhanced supports

Under the traffic light system, the box will have a panel listing energy, fat, saturates, sugars and salt. Photograph: Peter Morris/Fairfax Media

Cereal maker redesigning box for colour-coded ‘traffic light’ ingredient display

In the analysis of more than 80,000 people, researchers found that one quarter of individuals who attempted or died by suicide had problems in basic sensory experiences. Photograph: iStock

Problems in basic sensory experiences include hearing or seeing things that are not there

Dublin City Council staff work to secure a tree blown over by  strong winds in  Dublin’s Merrion Square. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Power continues to be restored to householders as weather front passes

The plan was to walk to school as normal, laughing in the face of the weather, with me singing ‘Singing in the Rain’. Photograph: iStock

Conor Pope: In the world of my two daughters, I’m now as uncool as a pink unicorn umbrella

From Wednesday afternoon there will no longer be a requirement for parents to go to a Garda station to get an application signed. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Passport Office computer system overhaul to dramatically speed up processing times

The number of Irish workers who described themselves as stressed at work more than doubled in just five years from 2010 to 2015. Photograph: Getty Images

ESRI study finds Irish staff are less likely to report time and deadline-related stresses

 A couple enjoy the view over the Upper Lake from the Spink Trail in Glendalough, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Getty Images

Global campaign ‘Fill your Heart with Ireland’ will launch in four countries next month

Six-ingredient supper: Conor Pope's chorizo and chickpea stew

Black Friday was initially welcomed by retailers “who had fallen to their knees in the wake of the economic crash”.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

US concept is here to stay, but consumers warned not to assume prices are rock bottom

Black Friday  was brought to this part of the world by the Walmart-owned Asda in 2013 and by everyone else a year later. Photograph: Rob Stothard/Getty Images

An A–Z of the bargains to be found on Friday and over the weekend

The mobile provider said it no longer dealt with that particular insurance company ‘so I was effectively on my own’.

Customer was told insurance company ‘doesn’t cover this type of damage’

Don’t be bullied into taking out a policy at the point of sale. Photograph: Getty Images

Do remember there is a 14-day cooling-off period; don’t go for the cheapest deal

Insurance policies for gadets can save consumers money but can also be confusing. File photograph: Daniel Law/PA Wire

Buyers can be confused over what policies cover, how long they last and when to update them

The Central Bank said the overall price of gadget insurance was not clearly presented

Central Bank finds 21 per cent of consumers do not cancel device policies

“I liked her instantly. We talked about the weather and the traffic jams.” Photograph: iStock

Conor Pope: A humble, wise older woman and an entitled younger woman demanding wine

The research suggests that 20 per cent of Irish adults check their phones within five minutes of waking up, down from 27 per cent in 2017. Photograph: iStock

Deloitte research shows 56% of adults believe they use their smartphone excessively

From the beginning of 2019 the hospitality sector will revert to paying VAT at 13.5 per cent. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Additional cost of about €500 will be borne by many couples having average-sized events

“This is a tax on the health of the people of Ireland,” said the Health Stores Ireland spokesman Matt Ronan. Photograph: iStock

Revenue believes some shops zero-rating supplements that should carry 23% VAT rate

Niamh Mahon, from Dublin, with her New Zealand-born fiance, Rowan Babe, at the Aviva Stadium, on Saturday. “I started crying immediately and I think I might have taken a little bit longer than I should have to say ‘yes’ as a result,” says Mahon.

Rowan Babe says: ‘I’m delighted she said yes but I’m gutted about the match’

Tesco Veggie Steak: “It does not taste bad but nor does it taste good”

Confirmed carnivores unlikely to be impressed – but it’s probably not aimed at them

There are some 66,000 mortgages in arrears in Ireland

Community Action Network says State has lost sight of humanity of arrears situation

Photograph: iStock

Report calls for measures to stop consumers being hit with interest rates of almost 300%

In the new version of the game, well-known landmarks including the Ha’penny Bridge stand alongside commercial enterprises such as the Nord Anglia International School, the restaurant chain Freshly Chopped and Maxwell Photography. Photograph: Hasbro/PA Wire

Game makers accused of ‘lacking transparency’ in selling space to companies

Monopoly, the Dublin edition

Conor Pope: DCU but not UCD. Arnotts over Brown Thomas. Why the odd choices?

A reader’s experience: “This was our first visit to Canada and I have never felt so stressed in all my life, because of not knowing why this happened and finding it very hard to get information on our flights from Aer Lingus.”

Pricewatch: A trip to Canada with Aer Lingus left this couple stressed, out of pocket and unable to get answers

Photograph: iStock

New figures from AIB shows Irish people’s spending habits

Frances McGinnity, lead author of the ESRI report: “Immigrants from Europe and North America are performing very well in the Irish labour market. However, more concerning findings emerge for other groups, including African nationals.”  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Well-educated western Europeans settling well in Ireland, but African nationals fare poorly

 Selling anything door-to-door on a dark winter’s evening and dealing with grumpy people  can’t be easy. Photograph: iSTOCK

Conor Pope: I didn’t want to let it lie, but I didn’t want to ruin this guy’s life either

This price hike will see SSE Airtricity customer’s average annual electricity bill increase by €61.36 and €52.52 added to their average annual gas bill.

Latest price hike is direct result of rising wholesale costs of energy, company says

The Court of Appeal ruling could see the repossession of some homes speeded up, which could also mean homes that could not be sold because a cloud was hanging over the title deeds can now be sold. File photograph: Getty Images

Judges’ decision could see repossession of some homes speeded up

Almost 85 per cent of Irish people are happy or fairly happy with their work life balance, according to a Eurobarometer study. File photograph: iStock

Eurobarometer finds women slightly less satisfied than men

The soon to be opened George Best hotel on Belfast’s Donegall Square

The hotel will be also named in honour of the late footballer

A survey finds  68 per cent of people polled had been thinking about switching utility or service provider but decided not to do it despite potential savings. Photograph:  iStock

Switcher.ie finds that despite plans to change utility service providers, most do not bother

With no hair to grey or to lose my head is now much the same as it was 20 years ago. Photograph: Alan Betson

Conor Pope: Shaving my head allowed me to tackle one of aging's obvious signs

Teija Avila from Finland

Runners in Dublin’s 38th marathon recount personal bests and the buzz from the event

 Runners taking part in the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon in Dublin’s city centre on Sunday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Despite the pain, mood among 20,000 runners was euphoric as they crossed finish line

Ryan’s Daybreak and Post Office in the village of Milltown, Co Galway sold the winning ticket for Saturday’s draw.

And the winning numbers are: 14, 24, 30, 38, 40, 45, but no winner of Plus 1 or 2 draws

A general view of runners in the Phoenix Park during the 2018 SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon. Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

First runners started at 8.55am and rolling road closures are in place along the route

Leo Varadkar:  “An element of anti-Traveller sentiment” behind at least  some of the vote received by Peter Casey.  Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Taoiseach’s comments come as Fine Gael begin confidence-and-supply talks with Fianna Fáil

File photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Temperatures could fall to minus 4 degrees in midlands with frost and ice a concern

President Michael D Higgins makes his victory speech afterhis re-election was announced at Dublin Castle.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Casey polls strongly to finish second while voters back removal of blasphemy offence

Conor Pope (left) of The Irish Times chatted to members of the public about the candidates in Dublin city centre

Majority unable to identify more than two presidential candidates

Pictured is JiLL, a robot with inbuilt facial recognition software, who greets visitors at real estate firm JLL’s Sydney office.

Expert says ‘perceived unstoppable march of robots coming to take our jobs is overstated’

The bogus email attempts to get Netflix customers’ credit card details.

Bogus phishing email circulating since beginning of this week

“For the majority, this guy seemed to speak a common person’s language,” says Independent Cllr Shaun Cunniffe of Peter Casey. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Conor Pope: The perils of having to renew your passport and driving licences all at once

A Ryanair check-in counter at  Dublin Airport. Photograph: Paulo Nunes dos Santos/  New York Times

Airline generates €1.3 billion in revenue from baggage charges and other fees in first six months

One of Oliver Cromwell’s torturers ( Jordan Begley) scares his audience at Vaults Live

Vaults Live takes visitors on a hilarious and gruesome journey through Irish history

Halloween bonfires: beware of the many dangers. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Fire Brigade highlights dangers in effort to minimise risk around bonfire flames

Dunnes has regained the top spot in the supermarket league.

Aldi leapfrogs Lidl as both record growth while Tesco numbers fall

Dame Street Italian restaurant Nicos is set to close next month. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Well-known Italian restaurant on Dame Street to close doors for last time next month

Most-hated: Japanese knotweed is an incredibly invasive plant

Dubliners feared Japanese Knotweed could damage or devalue homes

Sky in the UK has written to TV providers in US with a deadline for post-Brexit licensing plans

Deputy Fergus O’Dowd (FG) said the capital was in danger of becoming a place ’where only the extremely wealthy live’. File photograph: Eric Luke

Oireachtas committee asks agency to be ‘open and accountable’

Rose Anne ‘Nancy’ Shankey following her second even more successful appearance on the National Lottery’s ‘Winning Streak’ in 2013. Photograph: Mac Innes Photography

Rose Anne Shankey (83) took home €111,000 in previous two times on RTÉ programme

School rules: frivolous subjects like music and art were eschewed in favour of Latin. Photograph: iStock

The threat of mindless violence was never far away in the institutions of old

Wholesale energy prices are almost 50 per cent higher than 12 months ago, according to latest Bord Gáis Energy Index. Photograph: Marcelo Sayao/EPA

Energy index points to fear of future sanctions on oil producers

According to the ESRI, consumers place too much weight on immediate monthly repayments as opposed to costs over the lifetime of a loan. Photograph: iStock

People swayed by top-line figures can end up paying more in the long term

Dark web: 'I could make you physically sick in minutes by showing you stuff now, but the second or the third or fourth time you see it you can get desensitised.' Illustration: iStock/Getty

Conor Pope on the Irish people fighting crime on the internet, and how to protect yourself

Galway City Council workers placing sandbags at the Spanish Arch to prevent flooding by high tides during storm Callum in Galway city on Thursday Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Warning in place until Orange alert lifted as councils prepare for storm to make landfall

The arrival of Storm Callum. Photograph: Irish Coast Guard

Met Éireann issues updates as gusts of up to 130km/h and flooding are expected

People queue outside the Krispy Kreme outlet in Blanchardstown Shopping Centre. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Conor Pope: Why are people who hate doughnuts joining long queues to buy them?

 Interested groups listen to Paschal Donohoe, deliver the budget at Buswells Hotel, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Analysis: Smokers will feel the pinch while self-employed receive a reasonable boost

Pro-smokers group Forest Ireland reacted with dismay and said smokers “have been the whipping boys of successive governments for far too long”.

Price hike taking cost of pack of 20 to around €12.70 welcomed and slammed

Last May Tesco in the UK removed the “best before” labels from 70 pre-packed fruit and vegetables.

Move to discourage consumers from binning perfectly edible food

Irish taxpayers will have just €5 extra – at best €7 – a week to spend in 2019. Photograph:  Martin Keene/PA Wire

Conor Pope: Eat in Chapter One (once). Add 1.5 days to your holiday. Paint a small room

Lidl is also trial more upackaged fruit and vegetable options with over 25 per cent of its fresh produce range now packaging-free.

Supermarket taking all single use platic items like straws and disposable cutlery off shelves

A food stand at Semple Stadium, Thurles, was hit with a closure order in September.

Semple Stadium food stand among outlets served closure orders last month

People queue at 6.30am for the opening of   Krispy Kreme in Blanchardstown. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall

Queues for Krispy Kreme; Louis Vuitton sales up – are we throwing caution to the wind?

School Excellence Fund has already seen work done in clusters on wide ranging ideas

Kylie Minogue has promised to buy her fans Guinness.

Singer hit by throat infection to play 3Arena and SSE Arena on December 3rd and 5th

The cost of a crèche in rural Ireland might be as little as €550 a month or in excess of €1,200 a month in Dublin.

Does creche, au-pair, relative or stay-at-home parent make most financial sense?

“Details of hell enclosed, well worth reading! Understand many go there and there is much crying and wailing! So terrible.” Illustration: iStockPhoto

Conor Pope: I’ve broken most of the commandments at one stage but didn’t think I would be damned for this

There was initial reluctance to the pedestrianisation of Grafton Street. Photograph: Dermot O’Shea/The Irish Times

From bikes and trams to tunnels, the Dublin transport system has had its fair share of critics

The new data for the first time draws a distinction between existing and new tenancies and shows a substantial divergence between rates of increase for sitting tenants and those looking to rent for the first time. Photograph: iStock

Residential Tenancies Board says rent registry would bring ‘transparency’ for new tenancies

The average rent in the greater Dublin area  is now €1,587, a monthly increase of €128 over a 12-month period. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Average monthly rent in Dublin nears €1,600

Non-medical expenses including overnight accommodation and travel costs can become “an enormous financial burden

Non-medical costs for parents can top €10,000 annually

There is nothing pleasing in Conor Pope’s letterbox. Photograph: iStock

Conor Pope: I hadn’t paid, but is there really a need for all the red ink and capital letters?

Hotel of the year:  Adare Manor, Adare, Co Limerick

‘Frighteningly high prices’ put Ireland in danger of losing ‘hard-earned reputation as a value destination’

An Post has a plan which will see it enter the Irish mortgage market next year. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

First-time buyers and mortgage-holders alike should care about the State firm’s plans

A Google sign in Shanghai, China, September 17th, 2018. Reuters/Aly Song

Google, which turns 20 this week, has ruined medicine, map-making and pub quizzes

Leaky golf shoes: if a product proves to be faulty and a replacement given under warranty, the warranty clock never resets to zero. Photograph: iStock

Two queries illustrate the limits of warranties and the intricacies of mistaken prices

Give your toast the butter it deserves, with a little help from Pricewatch

An Post: the move will significantly shake up the Irish mortgage market. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

Offers will be available to both new and switching mortgage holders

Of the 2,000 people polled, 60 per cent said it was harder to find a suitable home than it was this time last year with 58 per cent accepting they would have to compromise about the type of home they bought. Photograph: Alan Betson

Process of buying a house is one ‘to be endured rather than enjoyed’

Study based on analysis of the Property Price Register reveals sales volumes in Dublin were more than twice the national average, with the value of sales in the capital up by 26 per cent. Photograph: File picture from Getty Images

Value of sales across State grew by almost 20% compared with same period last year

The Irish countryside is many things – cold, wet, grey, green, remote, wet, barren, cow-filled, morose, stoney, wet, brown... Photograph: iStock Photo

A new report named Ireland’s countryside as a top romantic spot to take a seflie. Conor Pope disagrees

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