It is proposed that an owner who allows their vehicle to be driven by an unaccompanied learner driver would face up to six months’ imprisonment. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

New Road Traffic Bill is expected to lead to a clampdown on the ‘massive issue’ of fronting

“It is a Nama for the people,” said iCare’s David Hall. “Why can’t a mini-Nama buy the [distressed] loan and sell it back to the customer at a discount or restructure the loan?” Photograph: Alan Betson

Edmund Honohan says State should buy homes in arrears and rent back to debtors

The Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe, in Belgium

Concerns arose over role of Malachy Vallely, who was convicted after fatal 2014 fire

It is clear that despite pockets of local opposition to electricity pylons, the Government expects EirGrid to press ahead with the cross-border interconnector. Photograph: iStock

Government expects EirGrid to press ahead with cross-border interconnector to meet electricity needs

  Tony Geoghegan of Merchants Quay Ireland said  the supervised injecting facility will save lives. File photograph: Julien Behal/PA

Use of illegal drugs obtained elsewhere inside the facility will not be prosecuted

The plan indicates that €15 million is being spent on the Natural History Museum on Merrion Square West, described. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Not clear how much of funding is new money and how much is already accounted for in existing allocations

Members of the Gardaí during the funeral of  Detective Superintendent Colm Fox at the Church of The Sacred Heart, Seabury, Malahide, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Colm Fox’s pursuit of the truth was ‘forensic and relentless . . . It was never about ego; it was always about duty’.

Jim Ferry from his “Justice for Jim” Facebook page. He says  “you may have succeeded in putting me out of business, but I haven’t gone away you know”

Bureau has seized contents of bank account held in the name of one of Ferry’s relatives

 Séamus Mallon, pictured in 1998 sitting behind Gerry Adams at an address in Belfast by Bill Clinton, has little affection for the Sinn Féin leader: “I just can’t be in the same room with him. There’s just something about him that I recoil from. He has his hand in too many awful events, too many.” Photograph: AP

Gerry Adams years: SDLP stalwart says Sinn Féin leader only hardened tribal divisions

Denis O’Brien launched his legal action against Red Flag, which had assembled the contents of a USB stick containing files about him.

Supreme Court decision not to overturn High Court decision

Denis O’Brien failed in his Supreme Court bid. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Businessman sought leave to challenge Court of Appeal rejection of discovery attempt

Colm Keaveney:  he was  a somewhat nervous speaker in the Dáil

Denis O’Brien, renowned for his determination, had Keaveney in his crosshairs

Former Galway East TD Colm Keaveney,  a long-standing and vocal critic of Denis O’Brien, swore an affidavit favourable to the businessman’s case against Red Flag. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Request to join Declan Ganley as co-defendant based on affidavit from former Galway TD

Former Garda commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan at the Disclosures Tribunal  in Dublin Castle on Tuesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Former commissioner responds to accusations she told a ‘dark lie’ to O’Higgins inquiry

During three separate raids on Matthew Horan’s  home, gardaí found thousands of child pornography images on computers and phones.

Dubliner Matthew Horan pleads guilty to 11 sample charges of possessing child pornography

Kerry babies: one option might be for the Cabinet to abandon the tribunal’s findings. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Discredited 1985 report still official State position on Joanne Hayes case

Joanne Hayes leaving the tribunal in June 1985. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Why did Joanne Hayes and her family confess to matters that were not true?

DNA profiling allows for certitude when determining the parentage of an individual because DNA is inherited directly from parent to child

Checks against national DNA database show no one matches being related to baby

President Micheal D Higgins and his wife, Sabina, sympathising with Peter Sutherland’s wife,  Maruja,  at his funeral in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Donnybrook. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Almost 2,000 people attend funeral of global figure in politics and finance

The number of people aged 65 and over is expected to grow from its present one in eight to one in six. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Ageing population likely to place huge burden on already creaking services

Gardaí examine a sealed-off scene at Seatown, Dundalk, Co Louth, near the scene of a fatal attack on Avenue Road on Wednesday morning. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins

It is harder to fend off random acts of madness than stand against calculated act of terror

The HSA said 14 elderly farmers were killed “many of them working alone at the time of the accident. Finding supports for elderly farmers or farmers working alone is something that needs to be addressed”. Image: iStock

Agriculture the worst sector for fatal incidents for the eighth year in a row

Chicago mayor’s proposed visit included lunch at an undisclosed ‘gothic castle’. Photograph: Frank Miller

Diplomats arranged dispatch of reading material on Irish history

State files have been released under the 30-year rule at the National Archives. Photograph: Frank Miller

Former ambassador to Moscow had ‘the strongest reservations’ about the proposal

The Israeli ambassador said he told Ian Paisley obtaining arms ‘could be dealt with only between Governments’, according to files. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Israeli ambassador reported to his Irish counterpart about an ‘unlikely’ request

 Irish Defence Forces soldiers pictured  in southern Lebanon in 2007. The government considered ending Ireland’s involvmenent in the Unifil mission 20 years earlier after  a corporal was killed in January 1987.  Photograph: Kate Geraghty

Cpl Dermot McLaughlin killed when Israeli tank shell hit Unifil post in January 1987

Bruce Arnold and Geraldine Kennedy leaving the High Court after the judgment awarding them £20,000 damages each. Photograph: Dermot O’Shea

Chief state solicitor wrote that Irish Times report rendered case ‘incapable of fair trial’

Gardaí restrain protesters outside Cavan District Court against the rearrest for extradition of Maze prison escapee Anthony Kane in November 1987. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

Fianna Fáil leader told Northern secretary party ‘going berserk’ over UK co-operation

Administrative burden: US ambassador Margaret Heckler (with President Hillery). Photograph: Pat Langan

‘US agreed to apply for permission for each flight in advance and have been doing so since June, 1986’

A statue of a soldier still stands  atop the Enniskillen cenotaph on November 9th, 1987. Photograph: Reuter

Analysis of the Remembrance Sunday atrocity cast doubt on the IRA and Sinn Féin explanation

Declan Davitt (26) was described as an “honest, caring, happy fellow with a wonderful personality” and “the guy who was always first there to help anyone in need”. Photograph: Family handout/PA.

Mass live-streamed to New Zealand so friends could witness events in Killeen

The eight-man IRA unit killed in a shoot-out with soldiers following the bombing of the Loughgall RUC station. Clockwise from top left: Gerard O’Callaghan, Antony Gormley, James Lynagh, Eugene Kelly, Declan Arthurs, Patrick McKerney, Seamus Donnelly and Patrick Kelly. Photograph: PA

State Papers 1987: Sinn Féin president was accused of being behind the killings

The remains of Martin Needham (27), pictured, and his friend Declan Davitt (26) were recovered from a lake on the Carrowniskey River, Louisburgh, Co Mayo, after an SUV in which they were travelling entered the water early on Christmas Day. Photograph: Family handout/PA Wire.

Community feels ‘a gnawing sadness, shock and disbelief, anger, helplessness and tears’

Prior to her transplant in the US this week, Orla Tinsley used social media to urge people to carry a donor card.

Cystic fibrosis campaigner under sedation after double lung transplant

Orla Tinsley: has just had a successful lung transplant operation in New York, having waited months for a suitable donor as her health deteriorated. Photograph: Alan Betson

Orla Tinsley’s new lungs are working well but next few days will be critical

Denis O’Brien: names Declan Ganley as the client for whom Red Flag was working when it compiled a dossier at the centre of Mr O’Brien’s main case. Photograph: Swoan Parker/Reuters

Johnny Fallon says he has ‘nothing to gain from’ involvement in action against Red Flag

Declan Ganley: “I am not ... and never have been a client of Red Flag.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ganley says his naming by former telecoms rival ‘extremely odd and completely untrue’

Declan Ganley:  Denis O’Brien claims the Galway-based telecoms businessman is the man behind a  dossier at the heart of his legal action against Red Flag Consulting.  Photograph: Getty Images

Galway-based telecoms businessman is named in several legal documents

Businessman rose to prominence during Lisbon Treaty campaign

The Army during their anti-terrorism exercise in Dublin yesterday. Photograph: Defence Forces

More than 500 soldiers, sailors and aircrew test capability to respond to major attack

Steve Alexander (left)  his brother Doug jnr and their parents  Doug and Lily died in a collision on the N25 Rosslare to Cork road near New Ross on Monday.

Colleague in tribute to Stephen Alexander who died along with parents and brother on N25 road

Engineers work  at one of the  fire-damaged sheds on a site  where  former waste collector Jim Ferry, whose arrest has been ordered by the High Court, dumped 38,000 tons of rubbish. Photograph:  North West Newspix

Inspectors make recommendation on further 36,000 tons after court orders arrest

Doug and Lily Alexander, who died in the crash on the N25 near Cushinstown in Co Wexford.

Community shocked by deaths in crash of four who had travelled from US for funeral

Steve Alexander, Doug Alexander jnr and their parents Doug Alexander Snr and Lily Alexander died on Monday after their rental car collided with a lorry in Wexford. Photograph: Facebook

U-turn believed to have caused crash that killed family visiting from US for funeral

Garda Keith Harrison and  Marisa Simms: his solicitor said Garda Harrison  would continue suing the Garda Commissioner, the Minister for Justice, Ireland and the Attorney General. File photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Garda says he is disappointed but not surprised at Charleton judgment

According to the survey, mid-range to high levels of trust in gardaí remain stable at 89%

Poll commissioned by the Garda finds only 36% of people think the force is well managed

Senator Frances Black:  will introduce the Occupied Territories Bill and hopes it will win full cross-party support. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Occupied Territories Bill targets trade linked to lands such as West Bank or Golan Heights

Denis O’Brien: claims he has been defamed. Photograph: David Sleator

Move to force PR firm to reveal identity of client behind dossier ‘in interests of justice’

Jailed fraudster Michael Darcy, from his Facebook page.

Efforts by Michael Darcy (36) to prove he bought €41,400 of jewellery lead to downfall

The course is held under the auspices of Nato and the European Union. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Anti-terrorist police, soldiers and civilians from 15 countries take part in manoeuvres

The broadcasting ban has angered some staff at Newstalk and Today FM, several of whom have complained to their stations’ management. But it remains in force. File photograph: Getty Images

Broadcasting Authority is concerned that boycott may be restricting service to listeners

Past and present female members of the Oireachtas gather for a photocall at Leinster House, to mark the occasion of the first working meeting of the Oireachtas Women’s Caucus. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Caucus is about ‘making Ireland a better place to live for mothers and daughters’

 Information Commissioner Peter Tyndall: Cavan County Council’s refusal was appealed by “The Irish Times” to the commissioner, who has overturned it.  Photograph: Dave Meehan

Cavan County Council had refused to give ‘Irish Times’ misconduct claim details

Jim Ferry, who for several years operated an illegal dump in an area of special conversation on the edge of Lough Swilly.

High Court rules Jim Ferry must let EPA enter his land to investigate Co Donegal site

Friends form a guard of honour on motorcycles at the funeral of Jamie Tighe (24) from Darndale, who was shot dead while talking to friends on the street. Photograph: Collins

Jamie Tighe had champagne lifestyle he could not afford, says priest

The remains of Liam Sutcliffe, the man who he blew up Nelson’s Pillar on O’Connell Street, Dublin in 1966 are taken into the  Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Whitefriar Street this afternoon. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins

‘At the end of the day, he didn’t regret it’ Liam Sutcliffe’s son tells mourners

Defence Forces chief of staff Vice-Admiral Mark Mellett:  nominated for position of EUMC chairman by Government. Photograph: Alan Betson

Italian general chosen ahead of Vice-Admiral Mark Mellett to head EU Military Committee

Members of the Garda Armed Support Unit on Bride Street in  Dublin on Tuesday. Photograph:   Collins

Two armed men arrested shortly before they planned to shoot a Hutch gang associate

Andrew O’Neill: the man behind the Old County Road accommodation where 64 people were living, was crowned ‘King of the Gingers’ last year. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Second owner had cannabis farm; a third gave ringside support in Las Vegas fight

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Image: iStock

Preventing the spread of potentially fatal CPE is extremely difficult, says Irish expert

Dolphin’s Barn Fire Station D Watch: a firefighter puts out a car fire in Temple Manor Court. Photograph: Tom Honan

Eighty firefighters man the Barn across four watches. They work 39 hours a week

The study says life expectancy at birth will rise from 78.4 years to 82.9 years for men and from 82.9 years to 86.5 years for women by 2030. Photograph: John Stillwell/PA Wire

ESRI study predicts number aged 80 or over to rise 94%

Prof Todd Gitlin said he had not previously heard of Denis O’Brien

Conference has been criticised because of links to Denis O’Brien

Whistleblower Edward Snowden pictured in 2014. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images.

US computer specialist tells Dublin audience: ‘We are all on the list, it’s just a question of how high up you are’

Denis O’Brien’s Communicorp is the parent company of Newstalk, Today FM, 98FM and Spin, from which all ‘Irish Times’ journalists have been banned under an edict. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Decision by Denis O’Brien’s Communicorp in response to O’Toole column under spotlight

Sean Hogan during a media briefing on Storm Ophelia at the National Emergency Co-ordination Centre in Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

How Ophelia was managed is being held out as a textbook example of crisis management

Businessman Denis O’Brien leaves the Four Courts last December after giving evidence in the Red Flag case. Photograph: Collins Courts

Court of Appeal rejects businessman’s arguments in discovery battle

Former councillor Barry Nevin, Bray,  and Cllr Thomas Cullen,  Baltinglass. Photograph: Courts Collins

Case involved successful action brought by Tommy Cullen and Barry Nevin

Red Flag Consulting, whose senior staff and principals have strong historical connections to the Tony O’Reilly era at Independent News and Media, deny Denis O’Brien’s assertions. Illustration:

Businessman seeking access to documents held by public relations company

The funeral of former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave at the Church of the Annunciation, Rathfarnham, Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Former taoiseach wanted ‘no speeches and no nonsense’ and his wishes were honoured

Former Irish Times sports journalist Tom Humphries arriving at  Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on Tuesday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

‘I will be forever grateful to them for saving me from the situation,’ says young woman

Vice Admiral Mellett: nominated by government as chair of the EU’s military committee, the highest military role in the union. Photograph: Alan Betson

Cabinet to put Mark Mellett forward as chair of European Union Military Committee

Projects located mainly in Dublin and Cork but also in east coast and midland commuter counties have the potential to deliver 69,240 new homes. File photograph: Getty Images

Projects in Dublin, Cork and midland commuter counties could deliver 69,000 homes

At present the main role of An Garda Síochána is in investigating crime. Yet it also has primary responsibility for national security

Differing views raised whether responsibility for national security should remain with Garda

Ferry’s refuse: firefighters tackle the burning shed at Rossbrackan, near Letterkenny. Photograph: North West Newspix

High Court had ordered Jim Ferry to be jailed until he cleaned up Co Donegal site

Mother of two Danielle Carroll, from Tallaght, Dublin, took  her own life   in a Kildare hotel earlier this week

27-year-old Danielle Carroll was found dead in her emergency accommodation last week

Marian Tracy of Dodsboro Road, Lucan, Co Dublin who died in 2015.

Woman (60) suffered swelling and difficulty breathing following surgery to remove gland

The Irish Army building a replacement road bridge on the main Carndonagh to Quigley’s Point road in Donegal after the original bridge was destroyed in last week’s floods. Photograph:  Margaret McLaughlin

Council staff and workers acted swiftly as severe flooding hit northwest of country

Waste operator Jim Ferry. Gardaí in Letterkenny have been keen to detain him, but it is understood he has not been seen locally.

Gardaí also discover cannabis, balaclava and €80,000 during raids related to Jim Ferry

The Department of Foreign Affairs has defended Maj-Gen Mike Beary (above), saying his “outstanding record of leadership in numerous international peace-keeping roles speaks for itself”. File photograph: Unifil/UN

Nikki Haley said Maj-Gen Mike Beary ‘blind’ to alleged HIzbullah activities in Lebanon

Peter Murtagh riding a forest trail on the Inveraray Castle estate in Scotland

Training to ride forest trails – and not fall off – gives Peter Murtagh the right kind of grounding

Jim Ferry of Ferrys Refuse Collection Limited: the judge also directed that plans be made for the removal of waste  buried illegally at the site in Rossbracken.

Judge ruled that Jim Ferry be committed to jail for contempt of court

The  destroyed Wilson’s Bridge in Swan Park, Buncrana, Co Donegal.  Photograph: Peter Murtagh

‘I was in the house and a cousin of mine came running – ‘look at the hill; the trees is coming’

Irish Army help in clean-up at Buncrana in Donegal. Photograph: Trevor McBride

In Buncrana, the scale of the damage has shocked locals, troops and a council engineer

Jim Ferry, who runs two waste companies in Donegal, was present for the case and represented himself in court

Jim Ferry says he could not get rid of the waste legally and denies contempt of court

Jim Ferry: he said the suggestion that on July 29th the entrance to the site “was partially blocked to delay the fire service entering the site is totally untrue”

Court adjourns for order directing Garda to arrest Jim Ferry and take him to jail for contempt

US chairman of the joint chiefs of staff Gen Joseph Dunford, and his Chinese counterpart, Gen Fang Fenghui, in Beijing. Gen Fang said both sides should “push forward stable military ties as an important and major stablising factor in bilateral relations”. Photograph:  Thomas Peter/Reuters

Prime minister rules out hosting nuclear weapons to deter North as China urges calm

 North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un: said  he would hold off on a planned missile strike near Guam, but warned the highly provocative move would go ahead in the event of further “reckless actions” by Washington. Photograph:  KCNA via KNS/STR/South Korea Getty

US lacks insight into North Korean politics and overestimates China’s role, says expert

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits the Command of the Strategic Force of the Korean People’s Army  in an unknown location  in this undated photo released on Tuesday by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency. Photograph: KCNA via Reuters

North Korea’s leader calls on US to desist from ‘reckless actions’ amid signs of easing tensions

Lynn Soon-bun speaks for the women of Soesong-gil village in saying the Americans should leave and take their anti-missile batteries, deployed nearby, with them. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

South Koreans close to anti-missile defence site oppose militarisation and fear for health

South Korean president Moon Jae-in shakes hands with US chairman of the joint chiefs of staff Gen Joseph Dunford in Seoul on August 14th. Photograph: Bae Jae-man/Yonhap

Seoul’s Moon Jae-in criticises Pyongyang as China gets set to implement strict sanctions

Gen Joseph Dunford  arrives at Osan Air Base, South Korea. Photograph: AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

Gen Dunford to meet Moon Jae-in before heading to China and Japan

Visitors look  towards North Korea from a South Korean observation post  near the DMZ. Photograph: Getty Images

An empty rail station is only visited by tourists. No trains head north from here

People look out from the observation platform in front of a fence at N Seoul Tower, located at the top of Mt Namsan in central Seoul. Photograph: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

Koreans have heard it all before, but this time an unsteady hand sits in the White House

Ribbons with inscriptions calling for peace and reunification are displayed on a military fence at Imjingak peace park near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) dividing the two Koreas in the border city of Paju. Photograph: Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images

North Korea says it will have ballistic missile plan for Guam ‘within days’

Ella Rose Gavin helping the magician from Martas Magic Show at Hope Fest. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A kids’ festival organised by addiction body Hope takes place on a Wednesday for good reason

Plastic rubbish and waste on a beach in Plymouth. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Significant operation in 43 countries, including Ireland, deemed ‘a great success’

Jim Ferry is facing a potential prison term for failing to comply with a High Court order to clean up an illegal dump he has been operating near Letterkenny, Co Donegal.

Wers Waste does not have a permit for the waste facility it operates near Tuam

Dangerous driving: “If you see someone holding a mobile phone . . . it is extremely likely they are also doing a whole series of other poor road-safety behaviours.” Photograph: Martin Prescott/iStock/Getty

10% of motorists admit to drink-driving; 2% regard three drinks as safe

Rossbracken:  the centre of Jim Ferry’s illegal waste activities near Letterkenny, Co Donegal.

Waste operator Jim Ferry faces jail if he does not clean up his illegal facility at Rossbracken

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