Molly Martens, above, Jason Corbett’s second wife, who along with her father Thomas Martens, a retired FBI agent, was convicted of second-degree murder in the death of the 39-year-old Limerick man  in 2015. File photograph: Donnie Roberts/The Dispatch

Sister of murdered Limerick man says ruling removes his children from Martens family

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade  Simon Coveney: had 192 letters from the public between November and February about the UK’s departure from the EU. Photograph: Yves Herman

Complaints, queries and comments dominate correspondence to Coveney on UK exit

Prime Minister Theresa May making her statement on Brexit to the House of Commons. Photograph:  PA

Three junior ministers resign before defying whip to back amendment tabled by Tory Oliver Letwin

The information leaflets say that avoiding a hard border remains a priority for the Government “in all circumstances”. Photographer: Bryn Colton/Bloomberg

Leaflets distributed to 5,000 public offices to help public prepare for UK’s exit from EU

US senator Chris Murphy: ‘I worry that the only voice that is getting through in the Brexit debate is [Trump’s].’ Photograph: James Forde

Connecticut Democrat Chris Murphy says UK ‘cannot compromise sanctity’ of peace

Jockey Paul Townend and trainer Willie Mullins with the Gold Cup following the winning ride on Al Boum Photo in the Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty

Trainer savours moment of respect from English punters in Brexit-tarnished times

Trainer Willie Mullins, the biggest transporter of horses to Cheltenham this year, says he is ’not at all’ worried about the UK’s exit from the EU and the potential impact it might have on the movement of animals. File photograph: David Davies/PA Wire.

Cheltenham’s most successful trainer says racing will manage changes from UK exit

Racegoers  at Cheltenham Racecourse. One local hotel orders up to 20 times its usual supply of kegs for the week of the festival. Photograph: Glyn Kirk / AFP/Getty Images

Hoteliers and retailers worry what Brexit might mean for jump racing’s biggest festival

Horse trainer Terence O’Brien from Carrigtwohill, Co Cork, in the winners’ enclosure after his horse Articulum came third at 25-1 in the Arkle Chase. Photograph: Simon Carswell

‘If you have a horse good enough, you will put it through,’ says trainer Terence O’Brien

Bryony Frost, on board Frodon, became the first female jockey to win a Grade One chase at Cheltenham on Thursday. Photograph: PA

The coarseness raging in the Brexit debates at Westminster had drifted up the M4

Racegoers react during the 2.50 Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

Nama escapee Sean Mulryan completes his return as he wins his own sponsored race

Former taoiseach Brian Cowen made the comments at the Cheltenham racing festival. File photograph: Eric Luke

Former taoiseach says Brexiteers seem to be finding reasons ‘not to support’ divorce deal

 Espoir D’Allen ridden by Mark Walsh races to victory during the Champion Hurdle Challenge at Cheltenham. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Meath trainer’s victory in Champion Hurdle lights up first day of jump-racing festival

The statue of Arkle overlooks the parade ring ahead of the 2019 Cheltenham Festival: “The potential [Brexit] delays at ports and all the paperwork are  going to have a massive knock-on effect.”  Photograph:  Simon Cooper/PA

Irish and British horseracing and breeding industry would be unsaddled by crash-out

Family members of the victims involved in a plane crash react at Addis Ababa international airport Sunday. Photograph: Mulugeta Ayene/AP

Pilot sent out distress call minutres before four-month old aircraft crashed

John McConnell at Rock View Stables with Hannon, who is running at  Cheltenham. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

A third of horses are travelling from Ireland to racing’s biggest festival before UK quits EU

The Government has ruled out leasing ships in the event that the route to mainland Europe is affected by Brexit. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Brexit briefing papers show legal complications of managing a crash-out scenario

The number of customs, safety and security, and transit declarations filled out after Brexit may surge from five million annually to about 50 million if the UK crashes out.

Call for €50m in EU funding to train staff to process surge in post-Brexit customs forms

 EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier at the Ireland V France Six Nations rugby match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

EU’s Brexit negotiator grimaces through French display on Dublin visit to watch rugby

Sean Dunne filed for bankruptcy in the United States in 2013 with debts of more than €700 million. File photograph: Collins Courts

Bankrupt developer objects to third contempt ruling in long-running US legal case

Kevin O’Connell: “long been looking forward to the full set of facts” being heard. File photograph: Collins

Kevin O’Connell to appear after watchdog’s report reviewed on FitzPatrick trial

Ray Ryan, assistant principal in the customs division of the Revenue Commissioners, speaking at the Freight Transport Association Ireland conference at Johnstown House, Enfield, Co Meath. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Freight firms told Brexit will lead to surge in customs documents from 1.7m to 20m a year

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney speaks to the media during a press brieifing in the courtyard of Government Buildings in Dublin on Tuesday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Tánaiste stresses Irish and EU desire to help UK pass a deal in crucial Commons vote

Enda Kenny:  an internal Facebook  email said  Mr Kenny told company   executives at a private meeting in January 2013 that he “could exercise significant influence” during Ireland’s presidency of the EU. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Creighton rejects claims that former leader pushed for web giant as ‘absolute nonsense’

Trucks, trailers and freight lined up at Rosslare Euro Port after importation.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Group wants contingency plans for no-deal Brexit intensified and shared with industry

A philosophical Ruby Walsh on  Brexit: ‘What will happen will happen’ Photograph: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Cheltenham Festival’s all-time leading jockey says sport will cope with extra red tape, taxes

Hygeia chief executive John Byrne: “It is the not knowing that is the most difficult part of it.” Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Galway businesses bracing for UK crashing out of EU without agreement

A lorry is sealed with a Dublin Port stamp. Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

Applying EU health checks on UK food imports ‘difficult’ in a hard exit, say State vets

Former taoiseach Enda Kenny. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Data commissioner responds to reports ex-taoiseach helped firm influence EU laws

Delaying Brexit by extending the Article 50 exit process makes sense, Mr Trojan said, but only if Westminster votes for the EU-UK divorce deal on March 12th and needs “a couple of months” to ratify the agreement. Photograph: iStock

‘What will you solve with a short extension?’ Carlo Trojan asks Brexit event in Galway

The handover of Ian Drennan’s report to the committee has been complicated by the issue of whether the document would be subject to privilege granting him legal immunity from defamation actions. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Corporate enforcer requests privilege from committee before providing 450-page report

Blockades known as ‘dragon’s teeth’ sit by the side of a Border crossing. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

UUP’s Steve Aiken claims there is a ‘massive sort of schism’ within biggest unionist party

Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Watchdog has 16 investigations ongoing into Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Twitter, Apple and LinkedIn

The Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe (right), with his French counterpart, Bruno Le Maire at Government Buildings. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Donohoe says Republic ‘will not be a block on such an extension’

Chief financial officer Caitriona O’Kelly: “It just became absolutely okay to make absolute racial comments in the UK.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

‘Brexit refugees’ who have chosen to leave Britain for Ireland talk to Simon Carswell

Kevin O’Connell, a legal adviser with the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement  who dealt with witnesses from EY, Anglo’s auditors from 2002 to 2008. File photograph: Collins Courts

Oireachtas panel agrees to invite former ODCE legal adviser Kevin O’Connell to testify

There is little that Brexit does not touch. The Bill even includes a measure to continue to protect the pilots of ships steering boats into the State’s harbours and ports should the UK leave without a deal

Government hopes omnibus Bill will ‘sit on a shelf’ and not be needed by March 29th

Leo Varadkar: “I wonder, if Fianna Fáil was 5-10% ahead in the polls for the last year, would they be quite so willing to facilitate us?” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Congress will not support trade deal with UK that undermines Border, says Taoiseach

Financial support of €5.75 million is being given by Enterprise Ireland to the Cork-based Carbery Group, the manufacturer of Dubliner cheddar cheese, to cope with the effects of Brexit.

Omnibus Bill would provide financial support to businesses and continue provisions of the CTA

Simon Coveney at the publication of no-deal Brexit legislation. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Tánaiste hopes omnibus Bill to deal with disorderly exit fallout will never be enacted

Eamonn O’Reilly, chief executive of Dublin Port. Mr O’Reilly says Dublin Port will be prepared for a hard-Brexit and customs posts will be functioning for the March 29th deadline. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

OPW agrees deal with Dublin Port to use warehouse for physical inspections of lorries

Minister of State for European Affairs Helen McEntee. File photo. Reuters/Clodagh Kilcoyne

Minister says EU would not support article 50 extension if it prolonged the uncertainty

The number of traders preparing for UK’s departure from the EU has significantly increased, according to Revenue.

Revenue says figures for February are three times the whole month of January

Tánaiste Simon Coveney and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photograph: James Forde

Three-day talks to cover economic interventions and state aid for vulnerable industries

Meat Industry Ireland says  tariffs on Irish beef imports into the UK would be around €750m on current trade levels, effectively pricing Irish beef out of the UK market.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Gove tells British farmers that UK would apply tariffs on food imports in crash-out exit

Irish hauliers could be heavily impacted by Brexit. Photograph:  Maxwell’s Handout/PA

Representative groups say they will require help as hard exit threatens sustainability

Former Anglo Irish Bank chairman Sean Fitzpatrick leaving Dublin Circuit Criminal Court in May 2017 after he was acquitted on all charges. Photograph: Laura Hutton/Collins

ODCE chief to say factors extending ‘well beyond’ watchdog contributed to acquittal

Gerard O’Hare, general manager of Beagan’s, which lies 6km from the Border and has been in business for 60 years. Photograph: Ciara Wilkinson/The Irish Times

Companies not prepared for border checks, hoping Brexit will not happen, says broker

Revenue usually receives 12 applications for the ‘trusted trader’ status each year, but has received 81 in the past three months. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Companies need costly, time-consuming approval for faster trade with non-EU countries

Seán Dunne: Connecticut magistrate Judge Robert Spector found that Mr Dunne failed to provide emails from three Gmail accounts and two accounts connected with his Irish firm Mountbrook to his US bankruptcy trustee. Photograph: Collins Courts

US court criticises bankrupt developer’s ‘recalcitrant behaviour’ in asset transfer case

Tánaiste Simon Coveney said that, ‘deal or no deal’, the UK government had made a commitment and there was an obligation on the EU to ‘find a way of avoiding physical infrastructure on this island’. File photograph: Collins

Tánaiste tells Oireachtas it is ‘incredible’ the UK parliament has allowed it come to this

In his letter, Kevin O’Connell complains he has become ‘the personification’ of all that went wrong, and suggests he is not wholly to blame. Photograph: Collins Courts

Kevin O’Connell asks for public hearing in 10-page letter to Oireachtas committee

Brexit  will mean that Ireland will  no longer be connected to the European electricity network

Ireland is spending ‘far too much time’ thinking about UK, not enough about domestic plans

Businessman Denis O’Brien arrives at the Four Courts on Tuesday, on the fifth day of his libel action against the publisher of the ‘Sunday Business Post’ over articles in March 2015.   Photograph: Collins Courts

O’Brien says articles wrongly meant he was among borrowers linked to financial crisis

One solution being considered under the Government’s no-deal Brexit contingency planning could see lorries being held at Dublin Airport  or elsewhere away from the city

Department looking at parking sites for HGVs as part of no-deal Brexit planning

Work on the primary inspection posts where imported goods will be checked at Dublin Port after Brexit. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

Taoiseach is warned many firms face closure without three-month tax relief measure

A file image of Port of Ramsgate in the  south east England. Seaborne  was awarded a €15. 7m contract  to run ferries from Ramsgate  to Ostend in Belgium. The  company has no ships. Photograph: AFP

Arklow Shipping had numerous talks about ferry service but had ‘no formal agreement’

Dublin Port. A company importing goods from the UK post-Brexit subject to the full VAT rate would have had to pay €23,000 on goods worth €100,000 at the time they were imported. Photograph: Alan Betson

Irish companies can now avail of the relief measure until they make bimonthly returns

Glenn Carr, general manager of the Rosslare Europort

The Irish port closest to mainland Europe sees a brighter future for direct services

Businessman Bill Cullen’s  former car distribution centre near Rosslare has been bought by the State as a temporary facility to carry out checks on UK imports in a no-deal Brexit. Photograph: Eric Luke

OPW has agreed terms on 16-acre site at port to prepare for no-deal border inspections

A sign is seen during an anti-Brexit demonstration outside the Houses of Parliament in London. File photograph: Hannah McKay

As March 29th approaches, could the UK postpone or cancel Brexit?

The INAB says it wants firms to consider what in their supply chains may now need EU safety certification, not just British approval. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Labs and manufacturers will require approval to certify products in EU after Brexit

In preparation for a “no deal” UK exit from the EU, HM Revenue and Customs has unveiled measures to help British importers bringing EU goods into the UK from continental Europe by reducing the amount of information they must provide and to delay the payment of duties

Temporary procedures to make it easier for UK companies importing EU goods on lorries

Win any (pub) argument with our Brexicon. These pro- and anti-Brexit protesters outside the British parliament have definitely read it. File photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

From Bino to Remoaner, we give you the essential tools to hold a Brexit pub conversation

Phil Hogan: he declined to discuss the size of any potential EU package of financial supports

EU agriculture commissioner Phil Hogan ‘satisfied’ Brussels can provide aid in ‘any exceptional circumstances’

Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Regulator frustrated at OPW’s inability to identify suitable offices as workforce trebles

Minister for Climate Action and the Environment Richard Bruton: his climate plan will be implemented if Britain has an orderly exit from the EU. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

Plan to lead world in tackling carbon emissions may be ‘paused’ if UK crashes out of EU

Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed warned of an ’existential challenge’ to the beef industry from the UK crashing out of the EU. Photograph: Getty Images

IFA says beef farmers face ‘wipeout’ if UK crashes out of EU

Ian Drennan said he “remained available to assist the committee in whatever way possible and would attend before the committee on whatever date specified in due course.” Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill / THE IRISH TIMES

Business committee may call ODCE as part of scrutiny of new law strengthening watchdog

Lars Karlsson, a former director of customs in Sweden, said that there had been little examination of whether or not technology could provide a solution to the Border question

Former Swedish customs director says technology ‘really there’ to avoid hard border

Ireland cricket international George Dockrell at the North County’s cricket grounds

Once a key run-saving player, the cricket backstop has become obsolete

Switzerland’s former president Micheline Calmy-Rey, pictured in 2011. Photograph: AFP photo/pool/Cem Oksuz/Getty Images

Micheline Calmy-Rey, former Swiss president urges consideration of ‘pragmatic’ options

Paul Wilson, the vice-chairman of Monaghan Mushrooms. Photograph: DCU

Irish firms say Britain could apply zero tariffs on food to keep low prices after exiting EU

With fewer than 60 days before the UK leaves the EU, demand for passports has caused post offices in Northern Ireland to run out of forms. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Department prepares for 300,000 extra requests in event of UK crashing out of EU

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was urged by one correspondent to “take a leaf out of Thatcher’s book” in relation to Brexit negotiations. Photograph: Tom Honan

Taoiseach receives mix of praise, promises of votes and abuse over Government’s stance

An Asda in south London. Photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images

Academics warn fruit and vegetable intake will fall due to higher prices on food imports

HGVs with five axles or more are prohibited  from Dublin city centre between 7am and 7pm seven days a week. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ban would be lifted only in ‘exceptional circumstances’ if tunnel closed, council says

Cars and trucks exit the DFDS Seaways Newhaven-Dieppe ferry ’Cote d’Albatre’ in  October  2018 in Dieppe’s harbour, northwestern France. Photograph: Charly Triballeau/AFP/Getty

Idea of cargo ships travelling directly to French ports to bypass the UK floated

Dublin Port is planning an information campaign for hauliers in the weeks leading up to the UK leaving the EU on March 29th, setting out strict rules to ensure they have correct customs numbers and declaration forms completed before heading into the port in order to prevent traffic jams. Photographer: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg/Getty Images

Hauliers warned not to enter Port without customs paperwork for UK-bound goods

Patricia Callan,  director of the Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland:  “We have six weeks to go and I need to know what to put on my product in April.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

All-island group says drinks manufacturers under pressure to plan for hard Irish Border

Michael D’Arcy, Minister for Financial Services and Insurance and Jane Howard, CEO, Ulster Bank. Photograph:  Paul Sherwood

D’Arcy warns companies will not be able to ‘skip queue’ for authorisation after UK exit

Flags tied to railings outside parliament in London:  The Irish Government’s no-deal Brexit Bill attempts to cover all likely areas of change. Photograph: Kirsty Wigglesworth

State’s 95-page legislation document covers healthcare, education and social protection

A ‘No Border, No Brexit’ sticker on a road sign in front of the peace statue entitled ‘Hands Across the Divide’ in Derry. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Legislation covers issues ranging from social welfare to immigration controls

The Irish Border between Dundalk, Co Louth and Newry, Co Down. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Brexiteers incorrect to claim no change will happen, according to Niall Cody

The Central Bank’s Michael Hodson addressing the conference on Thursday. Photograph: Paul Sherwood.

Financial services companies seeking must be properly capitalised, Brexit event told

There has been a big rise  in the number of businesses registering for customs numbers to allow them to continue trading with the United Kingdom after it leaves the European Union. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images.

Revenue says big increase in number of businesses registering

Jacob Rees-Mogg, chairman of the European Research Group (ERG),  speaks above a photograph of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, during a meeting of pro-Brexit think tank the Bruges Group in London on Wednesday. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Hiring accelerated to deal with up to 20 million customs forms, a 12-fold increase

A sign in Derry calling for no border in Ireland . File photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Oireachtas committee told hard border would lead to fears ‘we are going backwards’

Women who are taller than 5ft 9in are more likely to live into their 90s than women who are shorter than 5ft 3in, according to research published in a top journal. File photograph: Getty Images

Sixty minutes of daily physical activity offers the best chance of extending life to 90 years

Bryan Mason of Moatlands, Ratoath was fined €200 at Dublin District Court on Monday for paying, giving, offering or promising to pay a prostitute for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity with a prostitute

65-year-old fined €200 under 2017 law after being caught in a raid on west Dublin brothel

A spokesman for Minister for Transport Shane Ross’s department said  the rules in force in Ireland covering the ownership and control of airlines were “not changing as a result of Brexit”. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Watchdog says rules ‘have not changed in 25 years, nor will they change after Brexit’

President Michael D Higgins will tell an audience including the Taoiseach and descendants of those elected to the first Dáil that the country is  entering “the most difficult part of our decade of centenaries”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

State must face ‘most difficult’ part of decade of centenaries ‘with sympathy and empathy’

“The new inspections will strengthen our child protection systems even more.” Photograph: Getty Images

Schools will normally receive 24-48 hours’ notice about the new inspections

Anthony O’Reilly in 2005. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/PA

US bankruptcy filings show ex-Heinz boss had assets €23m and debts of €170m

Eamonn O’Reilly, chief executive of Dublin Port, says the port will be prepared for a hard Brexit and customs posts will functioning for the March 29th deadline. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

Port will be State’s single busiest outpost for customs checks and inspections after Brexit

Dublin Port spent €93 million on port infrastructure in 2018 and plans to invest a further €147 million this year.

Ireland’s busiest port reports growth of 4.3% for 2018, with 38m tonnes passing through

Master of the High Court Edmund Honohan: says he broke three internal windows with a hammer he brought into the Four Courts from his home to facilitate ventilation.

Edmund Honohan told cost ‘waste of scarce resources’ and further damage will be billed

Shane Ross identified the Irish, UK and French ports, in particular Dublin, Rosslare, Dover in England and Calais in France, the main “pinch-points” where delays would emerge. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Deliveries of perishable and short shelflife goods face delays at ports if UK crashes out

 A demonstration featuring a paper mâché Theresa May outside the Houses of Parliament in London. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty

No confidence motion throws up several possibilities including a general election

In her letter, British prime minister Theresa May accepts that the backstop represents ‘a fair compromise’ but tries to find common concerns on both sides. Photograph: Ben Birchall/AFP/Getty Images

For Brexiteers, reassurances fall short of legal guarantee that ‘backstop’ will be avoided

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