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: Thisisredflag.com

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

Members of the Irish Blackball Association walk alongside the hearse carrying Dermot Byrne in Swords, Co Dublin. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Community pays respects to ‘good friend and great father’at funeral in Swords

Army Rangers Wing  will be part of the  State’s on-call response to a major terrorist incident. Photograph: Alan Betson

Special forces will increase co-operation with Garda with joint training exercises

Waste at Whitestown Dump Co Wicklow.

‘Who was in charge?’ asks council member

The furnished identical house next door to 6 South Place, The Burnaby, Greystones, Co Wicklow

No 6 South Place combines modern design and technology in a mature setting

 Wicklow County Council has  said it will take six-and-a-half years to clear the illegal dump  at Whitestown.

Wicklow County Council insists it needs permissions before it can take action on the site

 Eleventh Night at Roughan, Co Tyrone: the Silver Band play ‘Kenilworth’ at the bonfire.  Photograph: Peter Murtagh

No hatred on display as occasion is marked with tea, soccer and a lilting brass band

Waste at Whitestown dump in Co Wicklow. File photograph: Tim O’Brien/The Irish Times

Owner of Wicklow site disputes estimate, says work can be finished in under three years

The proposed drink-driving law seeks to impose a mandatory three-month driving ban on anyone found to have 51-80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood in their system. File photograph: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

Alcohol industry lobbying hard against Minister’s plan to impose mandatory driving ban on offenders

Former councillor Barry Nevin (left) and Cllr Thomas Cullen  leaving the Four Courts on Monday. Photograph:  Collins Courts.

Cllr Thomas Cullen and ex-councillor Barry Nevin claimed document made them seem incompetent

LÉ ‘Samuel Beckett’ during a rescue mission in the Mediterranean last September. For the Naval Service, not being part of the wider EU operation but working in the same theatre on tasks intimately connected to the EU mission has created limitations

Our Mediterranean missions currently based on an arrangement with the Italian government

The site of the illegal dump at Whitestown, Co Wicklow, in 2001. File photograph Joe St Leger

High Court orders removal of waste and contaminated soil within three years

Simon Coveney has described his telephone call to an Air Corps  pilot who refused to fly him to Cork as an example of his ‘hands-on’ approach.  File photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Minister claims 2015 intervention over airman’s refusal to fly was ‘not intimidatory’

Almost 60 per cent of customers nationally already pay by weight, the remaining 40 per cent or so being mainly in Dublin. Photograph: Frank Miller

Industry insider says ‘common sense’ over pricing would prevail under watchdog

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney questioned the judgment of an Air Corps helicopter pilot in June 2015 when the pilot refused to fly him to Cork because fog was forecast. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Taoiseach says Minister’s behaviour during fog forecast dispute was ‘not intimidatory’

“I have total respect for the judgement of military personnel whether they’re in the Naval Service, the Air Corps or in the Army,” Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney said. Photograph: Niall CArson/PA

Minister questioned judgement of Air Corps pilot who refused to fly him due to fog forecast

 Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney questioned the judgment of an experienced Air Corps pilot who refused to fly him to Cork because of predicted fog. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Air Corps is ‘very unhappy’ about Minister’s behaviour during the 2015 incident

Sgt David Greene helps Cpl Nigel Callanan find the target at the Defence Forces’ International Marksmanship Skills Competition in the Glen of Imaal, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Defence Forces

Defence Forces International Marksmanship Skills challenge takes place in Glen of Imaal

White cladding on the right of the Grenfell Tower block in North Kensington, London, in the aftermath of a fire in which at least 17 people have died. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

New fire-safety regulations to come into force in fortnight, says Department of Housing

The burnt-out Grenfell Tower: Rainscreen cladding on the  tower was, according to Rydon Construction, put there with the aim of “improving thermal insulation and modernising the exterior of the building”. The company finished refurbishing the building last summer.  Photograph: Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images

Ireland ‘following the English model of building regulation - which is inadequate’

A coffin bearing the remains of Michael Keogh is carried at his funeral at St Francis Xavier Church, Gardiner Street, Dublin, today. He  was shot dead in his car in an underground car park on Dorset Street on  May 31st. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Latest casualty of Kinahan-Hutch feud was shot dead on Dorset Street on May 31st

Map showing the course of the Vartry River from the reservoir, through the Devil’s Glen, Ashford, New Rath Bridge and into the Irish Sea. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Objectors tell hearing of lack of environmental impact statement for Wicklow plant

The treatment plant upgrade is geared to increase output by 10 to 15 million litres of water per day. Photograph: The Irish Times

Planning board told objectors concerned about flow into Vartry river and waste material

Irish security services: the emergency-response unit training in October 2016. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government seems to prefer the risk of an atrocity to an overhaul of our patchy defences

Grosvenor Square in Rathmines. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

EU residency granted after marriage to UK woman in Dublin

In the South Circular Road mosque, people are polite but weary with media questions

House at the Rathmines address used by the London Bridge terrorist Rachid Redouane when he married in Dublin in 2012. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

An end of red brick terraced house in fashionable Grosvenor Square

Former president Mary Robinson: “What will become evident is that America is no longer the leader on progressive values because of what Trump is doing.”Photograph: Peter Murtagh

‘We have to call out this government. Blame the Trump administration, not the people’

Four-year-old Ciarán Treacy was killed in April 2013 when their car was hit by a drunk driver in Portarlington, Co Laois.

Strong criticism of politician’s opposition to tougher rules voiced at RSA conference

Denis O’Brien. Photograph: David Sleator

Testy exchanges between judge and O’Brien’s counsel over third early-date request

Carmel O’Brien , co-ordinator of the Kilmaley Meitheal Spring Clean, with  roadside dumping in Co Clare on Friday. Photograph: Eamon Ward

Household waste, electrical goods, mattresses and bags among items dumped

Aaron Brady (26) from Crossmaglen, Co Armagh, was deported from the US. Photograph: Ciara Wilkinson

Aaron Brady to appear in Clover Hill court next week over road traffic charges

Retired Wicklow manager Eddie Sheehy began the investigation into allegations concerning Cavan County Council in March. Photograph: Padraig O’Reilly

Fake invoices to the council for work not carried out among allegations examined

Archbishop of Dublin  Diarmuid Martin (right) welcomes His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, head of the Coptic Church, to Archbishop’s House in Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Pope Tawadros II meets Archbishop Diarmuid Martin on first Coptic papal trip to Ireland

President Higgins receives Pope Tawadros II at Áras an Uachtaráin. Photograph: Maxwell Photography

Detention of Irish citizen (21) raised with Coptic pope and Egyptian ambassador

Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Only only healthcare organisation impacted by WannaCry in Ireland

Ms Moyagh Murdock, CEO of the Road Safety Authority. Photograph: Sara Freund

Moyagh Murdock says vintners’ group ‘downplaying value of lives lost’

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