Galway West TD Noel Grealish has been criticised this week for singling out Nigerian-born residents, using misstated figures that exceed State calculations on the amount being remitted. File photograph: Alan Betson

Commission says campaign debates should not be characterised by discriminatory discourse

The laneway where Quinn Industrial Holdings director Kevin Lunney was abducted is cordoned off by PSNI. Photograph: Ronan McGrade/Pacemaker

Falling police numbers and a culture of mistrust makes the job difficult and perilous

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan during a symposium on defamation law reform, at the Royal Irish Academy,  Dublin, on Thursday.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Size of libel awards by juries and duration of cases has made Irish system ‘a laughing stock’

Galway West TD Noel Grealish. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Galway West TD said €3.54bn sent from State to Nigeria over eight year period

 BBC handout file photo of Kevin Lunney,  on the BBC Spotlight programme.

Lunney attacked on way from work in Quinn Industrial Holdings

The laneway where Kevin Lunney was abducted. Photograph: Ronan McGrade/Pacemaker Press

Cyril McGuinness suspected of arson attacks on car and tractor owned by Garda members

Robert O’Rourke (71) and his wife Christina (66) will be entitled to stay in their home at Woodside, Clontarf until their deaths or in circumstances where they agree to sell the property.

Court approves personal insolvency case that gives fund 72% stake in Clontarf house

Minister of State for Financial Services Michael D’Arcy. Garda representative groups reacted angrily to Mr D’Arcy’s criticism that senior gardaí had ‘let down’ QIH executive Kevin Lunney. Photograph: Alan Betson

Request for intensive policing came as escalating vandalism risked loss of life

The burnt out oil tanker at the offices of the Aventas group, Ballyconnell, formerly Quinns, in December 2013. Photograph: Pacemaker

Timeline of events: Attacks on former Quinn Group businesses and managers began in 2011

Adrian Barden became emotional watching the first television interview this week by Kevin Lunney, above, and his graphic recounting of the prolonged assault. Photograph: BBC

Adrian Barden pleased action being taken but wants paymaster brought to justice

Cyril McGuinness leaving Dublin District Court, October 2014.  Photograph: Collins Courts.

Profile of career criminal’s Europe-wide smuggling scams, ATM thefts and illegal dumping

Cyril McGuinness leaving Dublin District Court in 2014. Photograph: Collins Courts

Cyril McGuinness, aka Dublin Jimmy, died of apparent heart attack in English police raid

Cyril McGuinness leaving Dublin District Court in 2014 when he appeared charged under the Road Traffic Act. Photograph: Collins.

Documentation, laptops and other evidence seized by police in Derbyshire operation

Peter Sheridan, a former RUC and PSNI assistant chief constable, said  threats made policing ‘much more difficult along the Border’. Photograph: Trevor McBride

Former PSNI constable says Northern Border area ‘still not normal policing environment’

Lavinia Kerwick: ‘When we support each other, we grow stronger. When we hear each other, we all learn.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Campaigner says victims ‘would be lost’ without Dublin Rape Crisis Centre

 Kevin Lunney during his interview on BBC Northern Ireland’s Spotlight programme broadcast on Tuesday night.  Photograph: BBC Spotlight/BBC/PA Wire

Quinn Industrial Holdings chief Liam McCaffrey says interview with his attacked colleague brought back ‘all the horror in one fell(...)

The Taoiseach spoke about his own background growing up as the son of an Indian immigrant and “a person of colour” in west Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

But Varadkar says people need to ‘to call out the scaremongering’ on housing asylum seekers

Kevin Lunney: ‘I felt that I was going to die on the road.’ Photograph: BBC Spotlight

Assailants told businessman they had to ‘mark’ him in attack to make him remember

A still from the BBC Spotlight interview with Quinn Industrial Holdings director Kevin Lunney, who was abducted from outside his Co Fermanagh home last month and tortured before being dumped on a road in Co Cavan. Photograph: BBC Spotlight

BBC interview to be broadcast just hours after meeting between QIH and Garda chief

Gay Byrne’s accountant and friend Russell Murphy, who embezzled €250,000 from his savings. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

Despite sitting at the top of the ratings at RTÉ, he lost his savings twice, 20 years apart

Seán Quinn accused the priest of “telling lies” from the altar. File image: Collins

Cleric confirms businessman wrote to him about Cavan priest’s ‘paymaster’ homily

Larne port. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

Lorry drivers on Scotland-Northern Ireland ferry flummoxed about customs checks plan

Photograph: iStock

Report shows rise in number of pupils with special needs in mainstream schools

A photograph of a man appearing to read out the latest death threat against the directors of Quinn Industrial Holdings is being examined by the PSNI. Photograph: Courtesy of the Irish News

Man in balaclava pictured reading letter threatening to kill directors of Border firm

Part of Leixlip Water Treatment Plant, in Co Kildare where ‘issues’ were detected in the water supply. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Irish Water, council criticised for failure to install shutdown at Leixlip treatment plant

Businessman Kevin Lunney was kidnapped on Tuesday, September 17th, on a roadway in Co Fermanagh as he drove home from work.File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Varadkar promises extra security resources for Border area amid meeting with Garda chief

A masked man was photographed with a statement threatening directors of Quinn Industrial Holdings (QIH) this week. Photograph: Courtesy of the Irish News

Chief executive says region could become ungovernable

Cavan-Monaghan TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin: “The people responsible need to cease their activities immediately.”

Cavan County Council cathaoirleach says ‘we will continue to monitor the situation’

Kevin Lunney, QIH’s chief operations officer and Liam McCaffrey, chief executive. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

John McCartin says directors will not step down as that would put thousands of jobs at risk

Kevin Lunney, QIH’s chief operations officer and Liam McCaffrey, chief executive.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Local managers warned they ‘haven’t learned lesson’ from Lunney attack

Sean Quinn’s interest in his hotels coincides with fresh approaches by the one-time billionaire to become involved in the running of his former building materials business, Quinn Industrial Holdings. Photograph: Collins

Renewed interest in Cavan hotel coincided with bid to buy back building materials firm

US president Donald Trump’s image makers have chosen to make him appear as narcissistic and “probably understand this sort of behaviour has certain advantages”, a QUB researcher said. Photograph: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

People with grandiose narcissism more likely to be ‘mentally tough’, study shows

Donald Tusk: EU has agreed a three-month flexible Brexit extension for the UK. Photograph: EPA/PATRICK SEEGER

Earlier departure possible should UK parliament ratify separation deal

Seán Quinn: in an interview with Channel 4 News, the former businessman named his three former managers  as people who ‘came against me’.   Photograph: Collins

Liam McCaffrey ‘shocked’ at Quinn’s criticism of him, Kevin Lunney and Dara O’Reilly

Bertie Ahern: ‘Talking through it, what are the meanings, clarifying it, understanding how it might work in practice – all of these things are helpful.’ Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Former taoiseach says ‘talking through’ Border solution will help ease loyalist fears

Sean Dunne with his former wife Gayle Killilea at their home in Ballsbridge. Photograph: Derek Speirs

Killilea’s lawyer objects to disclosure of her assets and liabilities to her former husband

Tánaiste Simon Coveney speaking  during the annual Belfast Chamber of Commerce lunch. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Coveney appears to point to further intervention on devolved issues by UK parliament

Some 30% of milk produced in Northern Ireland goes to the Republic. Photograph: iStock

Food industry is ‘completely integrated’ on island of Ireland, say farmers’ groups

Brexit secretary Steve Barclay has said Northern Irish firms will have to complete exit declarations on goods before transport to the rest of the UK. Photograph: Will  Oliver

Businesses seek assurances from London on ‘unfettered access’ to British internal market

Kevin Lunney (left) and Liam McCaffrey, photographed in May 2019. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

McCaffrey says rather than blame others ‘for his ills’ Quinn should ‘look in the mirror’

The Royal Princess cruise ship. Photograph: Conor McCabe

Consultation process opened on how port would fund €108m new terminal facilities

Fr O’Reilly said he sat and listened to Seán Quinn for 10 or 12 minutes and said ‘nothing’ during their tense meeting.

Fr Oliver O’Reilly told detectives ‘no hard evidence’ behind the claims in his homily

 We have a cunning plan, say the EU and the UK about what could be a Blackadder Brexit. File photograph: BBC

All sides conceded ground for a compromise deal that is short on detail and long on hope

Goldy Hyder urged the Irish Government to ratify the EU-Canada trade deal, Ceta. Photograph: iStock

Goldy Hyder says firms seeking stability want to avoid ‘short-term pain’ of UK’s exit

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (right) with British prime minister Boris Johnson during a Brexit summit in Brussels. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

The nuts and bolts of Johnson's plans for Northern Ireland are fraught with difficulty

In an effort to maintain an open Irish border, the EU is outsourcing checks on goods coming on to the island of Ireland – and possibly into the EU market. Photograph: Alan Betson

Small print on operational details of complex Irish Sea border checks has yet to be written

British prime minister Boris Johnson.  Photograph: Christopher Furlong/PA Wire

EU and UK negotiators reach a new Brexit agreement that would avoid a hard border

Alastair Campbell  addresses The Phil debating society  at Trinity College Dublin Photograph: Laura Hutton

Former No 10 press secretary expects extension and ‘anything can happen territory’

Under new legislation, a person will be deemed not to have agreed to be a donor if they had, while alive, registered their wish not to become one. Photograph: Peter Dazeley via Getty

Donor group says creating an opt-out-only register is a ‘huge missed opportunity’

Emma DeSouza and her husband Jake. The couple spoke of being “devastated” at the UK immigration tribunal ruling and the “personal cost” of the long-running legal battle. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Nationality case against UK has been ‘all consuming’, Irish woman says

 Kevin Lunney, who was abducted and tortured last month. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Brother of attacked executive Kevin Lunney has property vandalised in Co Fermanagh

Emma DeSouza and her US born husband Jake.Ms DeSouza is considering further legal action. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach backs Emma DeSouza’s case: British law ‘out of step’ with NI peace treaty

Emma DeSouza and her US born husband Jake . Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Ruling means NI people are British citizens under UK law even if they identify as Irish

 Leo Varadkar meeting with UK prime minister Boris Johnson at Thornton Manor Hotel last week. Photograph: PA

Where Boris Johnson and Leo Varadkar found their pathway to a possible compromise

A proposal may emerge from the negotiating “tunnel” where Northern Ireland still could remain fully part of the UK customs union. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

EU technocrats struggling with compromise already dismissed by some as an option

DUP leader Arlene Foster. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty

Party’s objections to ‘double customs’ idea presents hurdle to Boris Johnson

 Boris Johnson  in Downing Street, London this week. File photograph: Peter Summers/Getty

Then London mayor told ex-EU commissioner his Euroscepticism was ‘a bit of fun’

Former president Mary Robinson is pictured in Iveagh House in Dublin where she delivered the Michael Sweetman Memorial Lecture on Friday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Former president likens climate change activists to protests over apartheid and slavery

A truck passes a former customs post in Jonesborough, Co Armagh. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Non-violent non-compliance would render Boris Johnson’s plan ‘unworkable’, says one

‘Apart from the risk of fire, stockpiling could also lead to chemicals being stored in close proximity to other chemicals that are incompatible with one another.’ Photograph: iStock

Health and Safety Authority urges businesses to review storage of hazardous substances

Virginia International Logistics has used a truck powered by renewable gas to transport  processed beef from  Ballyjamesduff, Co Cavan, to Caen in northern France, a return trip of 1,121km

Virginia firm urges State to invest in network of gas stations to help switch from diesel

The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson   spoke for   40 minutes by telephone on Tuesday afternoon. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

UK ‘take it or leave it’ approach to Brexit unacceptable, says Coveney

Getting set for Brexit: Paschal Donohoe has earmarked €1.2 billion to prepare for Brexit with just three weeks to go until the UK is due to leave the EU. File photograph: Getty

Government says UK’s exit from EU is a ‘challenge that Ireland has the measure of’

 Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe’s budget speech is broadcast on multiple televisions at Harvey Norman Airside Retail Park. Photograph: Alan Betson

Donohoe announces carbon tax rise and €1.2bn package to tackle no-deal scenario

The Border on the M1/A1 Dublin to Belfast road as viewed from the northern side. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty

Boris Johnson’s Brexit plan stirs confusion at Border’s busiest crossing

A disused Irish border vehicle registration and customs facilitation office outside Dundalk. File photograph: Paul  Faith/AFP/Getty Images

UK prime minister hopes to replace backstop with his ‘two borders, four years’ proposals

British prime minister Boris Johnson giving his speech at the Conservative Party Conference at the Manchester Convention Centre. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

British prime minister proposes creation of all-island regulatory zone for goods in Ireland

British prime minister Boris Johnson arrives to deliver his keynote speech to delegates on the final day of the annual Conservative Party conference at the Manchester Central convention complex. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP via Getty Images.

PM says his proposal would allow the UK ‘whole and entire to withdraw from the EU’

 Border Communities Against Brexit posted two photographs online of seven brand new customs patrol cars arriving at a Revenue Commissioners yard in the Border town on Tuesday.

Community group urges Government to be open about future of Border in no-deal Brexit

Tony Lunney listens to Fr Oliver O’Reilly’s sermon condeming the attack on his brother Kevin. Photograph: Lorraine Teevan

Tony Lunney praises his brother’s resilience following abduction and torture

Paul Kehoe: “Prudent planning in relation to all situations that may require a Defence Forces response, including by the Naval Service and the Air Corps, is undertaken by the Defences Forces.” Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Industry concerned about ‘flashpoints’ over access to waters if UK leaves EU without deal

Ireland’s former ambassador to the US and Germany Michael Collins, who has retired after 46 years’ service. Photograph: Alan Betson

Michael Collins on Brexit, the peace process and the quest for a UN Security Council seat

Kevin Lunney, who was abducted and attacked earlier this month, was ‘enormously grateful for the support’, a spokesman said.

Fr Ollie O’Reilly says ‘dogs in the street’ know ‘paymaster’ behind assault on businessman

Fr Oliver O’Reilly condemned the ‘paymaster or paymasters’ behind the attack on 50-year-old father of six Kevin Lunney (above) during his homily to parishioners at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Ballyconnell. File photograph: Lorraine Teevan

Cleric advised to ‘mind my own business’ after rebuke of ‘Mafia-style group’ from pulpit

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe:  the “rainy day fund” will be worth €2bn by the end of the year

Union says the impact of a disorderly exit on poorest households ‘not generally appreciated’

An average of 2,700 lorries and other HGVs pass through Dublin Port every day. Photograph: Getty Images

Officials identify sites in Dublin for lorries to park if port becomes congested by checks

Billy Gilpin, director of train operations at Iarnród Éireann said the company normally kept two months of fuel supply for CIE’s buses and trains. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Iarnrod Eireann adding to more than three months of fuel to ensure ‘security of supply’

British prime minister Boris Johnson returns to Downing Street on Wednesday morning after his trip to the UN in New York.  Photograph: Matt Dunham

Britain’s leader faces uncertain future and narrowing options after a brutal court ruling

Minister for Health Simon Harris and  HPRA chief executive Lorraine Nolan. File photograph: Naoise Culhane

Health authority warns ‘no absolute guarantees’ on critical medicines such as insulin

 President of the Supreme Court Brenda Hale reads the court’s judgement in London on Tuesday, September 24th. Photograph: Getty

What does the British supreme court’s ruling mean for Boris Johnson and for Brexit?

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  has hit back at reports suggesting that the State will come under pressure from larger EU countries to change its stance on Brexit. File photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Taoiseach dismisses reports the State will come under EU pressure to compromise

Chief executive of the Road Safety Authority Moyagh Murdock (R) and Minister of State for European Affairs Helen McEntee during a visit to the National Driver Licence Service in Santry, Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Government warns those still driving with UK licences they could face prosecution

 Freight in Dublin Port. File photo.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Revenue reports boost in applications for EORI numbers to trade with ‘third country’

Dublin Port: Traders must complete an export declaration for the UK, an import declaration for the Irish Revenue Commissioners and a safety and security declaration for the EU. Photograph: Alan Betson

Importers and exporters urged to ‘get organised’ to deal with flood of new paperwork

 Kevin Lunney (pictured in Dublin last May) sustained a broken leg and other  severe injuries after being abducted in the Border area.  File image: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Family of Sean Quinn said it was ‘absolutely horrified’ and angered by the Co Fermanagh attack

Jerry Wheels from Tralee, Co Kerry, with  horses Larry and Elton, on day one of the National Ploughing Championships in Ballintrane, Fenagh, Co Carlow. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

At the National Ploughing Championships, the main focus is on finding common ground

President Michael D Higgins opens the ploughing championships. Photograph: Paul Sherwood

President opens ploughing championships expressing concern for vulnerable farmers

Louth TD Declan Breathnach, centre, at a protest outside Government Buildings in 2017. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

‘Some ideas are very good’ but must work within backstop, says Declan Breathnach

A deer pictured at the Phoenix Park this week. Photograph: Tom Honan

President urges people to mow grass less and let weeds flower to protect biodiversity

Aidan Flynn, general manager at the FTA Ireland has suggested that ferry arrivals could be staggered to avoid traffic build-ups.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Lorries need parking near Dublin Airport in case congestion blocks port – industry

 Phil Hogan raised   possibility that the UK may not ultimately exit the EU given that the upcoming election could lead to a new government with a different mandate from the British people.  Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Newly nominated EU trade commissioner raised possibility at event in Dublin’s RDS

Operation Purge will mean port-bound trucks travelling in through the tunnel are redirected at Dublin Port and sent back out the tunnel’s north bore. File photograph: Alan Betson

‘Operation Purge’ seeks to stop port congestion spilling into city and on to motorways

The Port of Dover is a trading cog worth £122bn (€136bn) a year in the engine of the UK’s economy. Photograph: Simon Carswell

Dover, UK’s busiest port, could become its biggest pinch-point after October 31st

Lara Spirit, co-founder of London-based group Vote For Your Future, set up to encourage young people to register to vote.  Photograph: Simon Carswell

Boris Johnson’s actions and expected election lead to surge in voter registrations

US vice-president Mike Pence  at Shannon Airport

Wicklow firm says sum is ‘global figure for multiple services’ including other vendors

Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald delivering her keynote address during a party meeting at the Carrickdale Hotel and Spa in Dundalk. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Mary Lou McDonald praises English mechanic William Hampton for ‘robust statement’

 Irish actor Owen McDonnell in St Albans: “Voting for the Liberal Democrats is not a protest vote; it is a vote that can make a meaningful difference to the way the country is going.” Photograph: Simon Carswell

London commuter town of St Albans targeted by Lib Dems in anti-Brexit fightback

Jeff Wyatt, a businessman from Milton Keynes and a pro-Brexit protester at the Houses of Parliament in London. Photograph: Simon Carswell

Unparliamentary language dominates the street discourse at the gates of parliament

DUP MP Sammy Wilson: ‘We don’t feel we are alone on this. There will always be a residual, albeit not very many, but 30 or 40 within the Conservative Party, who would say: ‘We draw a line on that’.’ Photograph: Isabel Infantes/AFP/Getty

Sammy Wilson says alternative backstop would be rejected by 30-40 Conservative MPs

 David Coghlan of Coghlan’s Bakery in Naas, Co Kildare:  they  have plans for “buffer stock” of four weeks to tide them  over the October 31st Brexit date.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Irish bakeries fear higher costs and tariffs, not empty shelves, if UK crashes out of EU

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