Aer Lingus are to cancel flights to a number of destinations due to a lack of demand.

Airline blames lack of demand and says those who have booked will be offered refunds

‘Buying a car is one of the most important purchases a consumer can make,’ says CCPC spokeswoman Grainne Griffin. Photograph: iStock

Pressures of Covid-19 and Brexit see Irish buyers taking risks on cars, warns CCPC

In The News is presented by reporters Conor Pope and Sorcha Pollak

Conor Pope looks at the fallout from the savage end to Foster’s reign as DUP leader

Here to stay: working from home. Photograph: Getty

Will queuing patiently, being nicer and improving the garden outlive the pandemic?

Covid signage in Dublin Airport’s Terminal 2: Under European Commission proposals, unvaccinated people will get an exemption from travel restrictions if they have a negative Covid test. Photograph: Brian Lawless/ PA Wire

Business down 60% on the same week in 2019, say Irish travel agent

Summer Glamp bell tents will sleep up to six people and will be available for the months of July and August

Wexford site with bell tents, food trucks and outdoor cinema will serve families mid-week

The National Cybersecurity Centre has received reports of a spyware software known as FluBot affecting Android users in Ireland. Photograph: Getty images

Spyware can leave Android phones dangerously compromised, NCSC warns

Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa in west Cork. Owner Des O’Dowd says of the reopening: ‘I think everyone will be a bit emotional as things start to get back to normal.’

Hotels look forward to welcoming back guests as ‘people are craving a pampering’

Ghillie and boatmaker Frank Costello: ‘I used to have a few of my own clients but over the years I have been busier with people from the hotel and when that closed that was pretty much it.’ Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

From oyster producers to local boat operators, 150 days of enforced closure have bitten hard

Paying through the nose? A PCR test for Covid-19. Photograph: Arun Sankar/AFP via Getty

At present Ireland favours negative PCR test over antigen test as prerequisite to travel

Passengers at Terminal 1, Dublin Airport. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Spain and Portugal favoured amid surge in bookings ahead of July resumption in travel

‘Travel agents are already very busy with inquiries and people are now booking or at least talking about it in a serious way,’ chief executive of the Irish Travel Agents Association Pat Dawson said. File photograph: iStock

Moves to allow international travel from July broadly welcomed within industry

Foreign holidays: nonessential travel into and out of Ireland looks set to resume on July 19th. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA

Are we there yet? Not quite, but overseas travel is looking a lot more likely from July

The Restaurant Association of Ireland (RAI) repeated its threat to legally challenge the decision not to allow all standalone restaurants and gastropubs to re-open from next week. Photograph: iStock

Government’s wider plan for reopening is due to be announced on Friday

Competition and Consumer Protection Commission research suggests  24 per cent of people have booked a holiday, with people aged  45-54 most likely to have made bookings.  Of this cohort, 6 per cent said they had booked a foreign holiday. Photograph: Alan Betson

Holiday bookers warned to check small print amid continuing Covid uncertainty

Spain: more than a million Irish holidaymakers travel to Marbella and other resorts in a normal year. Photograph: Getty

Whether Irish tourists can take up offer will depend on Government changing nonessential-travel rules

Foreign holidays: don’t book anything non-refundable just yet. Photograph: iStock/Getty

As EU countries agree to allow non-essential visits for fully vaccinated travellers, we look at what that means for travel to and (...)

Concierge Shane Murphy welcomes customers to Brown Thomas on Grafton Street. Photograph: Laura Hutton / The Irish Times.

Optimism this reopening different as vaccine rollout gives hope against further closures

Siblings Elly (10) and Jack Fields (7) in Howth on Sunday. Photograph: Tom Honan

Cadbury moves to reassure ice-cream fans that it is working hard to boost production

Rosy Temple, chief executive of  Magee 1866, in Donegal. ‘I think, like all retailers, we are very excited to be able to get back to business,’ she says. Photograph: John Smith

Magee tweed’s chief is hoping our renewed interest in native brands is here to stay

Shoppers queue in Dublin City centre last week following the phased reopening of click-and-collect services. From Monday normal trading for non-essential retail resumes. Photograph: PA

Monday 17th is the latest step in the Government’s plan to ease Covid restrictions

Brown Thomas concierge Shane Murphy welcomes back customers, who pre-booked shopping appointments, to the store on Grafton Street.  Photograph: Laura Hutton

The hustle and bustle of Grafton Street returns as retailer’s staff ‘thrilled’ to be back

 Kellogg’s new range of  cereals will feature  less salt and sugar and reduced packaging. The food giant has pledged to cut sugar in its children’s cereals by 10 per cent and salt by 20 per cent   to make its products healthier. Photograph: PA

Scientists find way to protect delicate breakfasts while reducing packaging

A travel industry representative said those making bookings now appeared ‘responsible’. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Travel industry welcomes extra activity but warns full recovery remains a long way off

An overjoyed Laura Johnston from Ringsend leaves Penneys, Mary Street, with her arms full. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

Shopping appointments begin across the country as coronavirus restrictions relaxed

Stories highlight the need to take great care when booking in pandemic times. Photograph: iStock

What about refunds? Two readers who lost out on holidays in Majorca and Kerry

A Sky customer says his broadband speed dropped overnight

Company says it has restored original line speed for reader in rural Ireland

Safefood said parents should ease back on the treats. Photograph: iStock

Safefood seeking to help families get back to healthier habits as society opens back up

Once the law is introduced the cheapest bottle of wine will cost €7.75 compared to €3.99 today. A 700ml bottle of supermarket gin or vodka, which can  currently be bought for about €13, will cost at least €20.71.  File Photograph: Rui Vieira

Minister for Health brings memo to Cabinet detailing proposals

Liam Jones with his artwork at the Merrion Square open-air art gallery. Photograph: Tom Honan for The Irish Times

But for the face masks and shuttered shops, it could be any other May bank holiday weekend

Covid-19 signage on a bar in FIRE restaurant. File photograph Nick Bradshaw/ The Irish Times

Government to allow hotels, but not restaurants, open indoor dining facilities in June

Problems posed by pandemic puppies are only starting. Photograph: iStock

A surge in dog ownership has brought with it an increase in dogs with behavioural issues

Joe Walsh Tours: the Irish travel agent and tour operator has ceased trading with immediate effect. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

One of Ireland’s best-known travel companies has gone out of business. Here’s where to go

US tourists spent €1.8 billion in Ireland in 2019 – ‘They stay longer, visit more regions, spend across all sectors and are very good when it comes to spending on gifts,’ says tour operator. File photograph: iStock

Von der Leyen’s suggestion to host US visitors this summer welcomed by tourism industry

Owners reminded that dogs ‘need to stimulate their brains and love to challenge themselves’. Photograph: iStock

Survey by DSPCA shows pet ownership surged during Covid-19 crisis

Summer holidays: the Seychelles and Maldives want to welcome tourists back. Source photograph: Romolo Tavani/iStock/Getty

Conor Pope on the prospects for foreign travel and sunshine vacations in 2021

Research suggests the number of consumers who say they will feel safer visiting physical stores is up by 4 per cent. File photograph: iStock

Research shows strong increase in consumers’ intention to spend on travel

The Maldives was one of the first countries to fully reopen to tourists and its tourism authorities have set a goal of 1.5 million arrivals this year.

Several destinations considering ‘3V’ packages: visit, vaccinate and vacation

Over 65s should consume protein to maintain strength but not drink strong tea with meals, according to report. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Food Safety Authority recommends more protein and Vitamin D supplements

Passengers arrive from Dublin Airport to go to their quarantine hotel. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Exemption applies to people vaccinated with Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca or Janssen

HSE boss Paul Reid says all the medical and scientific advice is to administer the Covid-19 vaccine based on age. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Colm Henry says risk for those in their 60s or even 50s is far higher than those in their 20s

A new  telephone sees criminals impersonate staff at the Office of the Attorney General. Image: iStock

Criminals tell those receiving calls they have been victims of fraud or identity theft

Dr Ronan Glynn, deputy chief medical officer. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

HSE encourages healthcare workers who had first dose of AstraZeneca to take second one

“It’s vital you review your plan each year. Many members miss out on huge savings by auto-renewing their policy without scrutinising whether it’s still meeting their needs or if a better plan is available.” Photograph: Getty Images

Some families are facing an annual increase of close to €300

KBC has announced its intention quit the Republic after more than four decades of doing business here

Any lender who takes over KBC’s loans will have to honour same terms and conditions

Jennifer Janzen of Airlines for Europe warns of the ‘practical difficulties’ now facing airlines because of the Government’s action. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Europe’s largest airline association says staff are not trained to enforce the new requirements

Lauren Baker and Aoife McSweeney in Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, waiting on a flight to Dublin.

Aer Lingus customers on Charles de Gaulle service want to avoid hotel stay in Ireland

Health sources say the rapid rollout of AstraZeneca to the 60-69-year age group would be considered, in an effort to keep momentum in the programme. Photograph: Alan Betson

Double blow likely to mean significantly fewer vaccines administered this month

Mandatory quarantine on Monday as passengers arrive from Dublin Airport at the Dublin Airport Holiday Inn Express Hotel. Photograph: Collins

Changes to Category 2 schedule drive up cost of tickets on key routes, while others sell out

Satisfied now? Photograph: iStock

‘Too many companies don’t understand their customers and don’t care about them’

Wear your mask. Photo: iStock

Remember the world before ‘non-essential retail’ and ‘pivot’ came into everyday usage?

Yes, we’re all tired of our 5km but, with imagination, we can rediscover the outdoors this spring

Dr Ronan Glynn: ‘We must ask that, once again, we work together to prevent a further wave of infection’. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Coronavirus remains a ‘very dangerous, very transmissible virus’, says Glynn

Shop owners said revenue could be boosted by as much as 50 per cent overnight if  click and collect resumed. File photograph: iStock

Businesswoman wonders why it is safe to wait for takeaway food but not clothing

AIMS said   access to ante-natal classes and appointments has been restricted due to Covid-19. File photograph: Katie Collins/PA Wire

Advocacy group says partners of women in early labour not allowed to accompany them

Tom Ward of The Green Grocer on Manor Street in Stoneybatter, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Tom Ward says his family business has found a new way to operate due to the pandemic

The 2021 Sign of the Times survey shows consumers have become less concerned about environmental issues and more concerned about their own wellbeing during the Covid-19 pandemic. Photograph: iStock

We’re spending mindfully, shopping locally and treating ourselves more often

A spokesman for the HSE said that a further 3,000 long-term care residents were due to get their second vaccine dose next week. File photo: AFP via Getty Images.

HSE clarifies figures after sending outdated information to Aontu TD Peadar Tóibín

Quiet tourist season: a visitor takes a selfie in front of the Parthenon temple, in Athens, on Monday. Photograph: Milos Bicanski/Getty

Sector’s contribution to world economy almost halved after pandemic stopped travel

‘The hospitality sector in Galway City has been particularly harshly impacted by Covid-19,’ the council said. Photograph: iStock

Council extends waiver to allow business to operate under guidelines when they reopen

Despite mounting concerns over bills and usage, the numbers switching providers to save money remains very low. Photograph: iStock

One fifth concerned about impact on usage, study finds

The top three products on the Irish market are meat alternative burgers, mince and sausages.

Report finds such products highly processed and full of salt and sugar

Lives Lost: Alan Harris  loved to boast in later years about seeing both the Beatles and the Rolling Stones play live in dingy clubs when they were at their absolute prime.

Alan lived a full and varied life, but he put his family above all else

House-buyer says the  bank’s refusal to let her draw down the mortgage was putting the purchase of the home she is under contract to buy at serious risk.

Woman says she is being penalised for being overweight following the birth of her child

Mandatory quarantine: Dublin Airport Crowne Plaza is the first hotel being used under the scheme. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Conor Pope explains how the compulsory Covid-19 quarantine scheme that starts this week will work

People are building their  lifestyles around their homes as centres of gravity where they work, play and stay healthy. Photograph: iStock

Research reveals considerable shift in consumer behaviour since pandemic began

Once you have accepted vouchers you have closed off the refund avenue. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Pricewatch: Airlines need not give cash refunds if consumers initially agree to vouchers

Niall Rochford, general manager of Ashford Castle in Co Mayo: ‘Give us a plan or a target so I can give my team, guests, suppliers and owners some hope.’  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Government in danger of losing support from hoteliers, travel agents and airlines

The EU has proposed  introducing documents that would allow EU citizens who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 to travel freely within the 27-nation bloc by summer. File photograph: Xurxo Lobato/Getty Images

Proposed certificates would allow for easier travel within bloc for some by summer

People in Herbert Park on Wednesday afternoon where an event billed as Le Cheile Day – ‘mental health day’ – was being held. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Policing operation started on Wednesday morning and demonstrations passed off peacefully

Niamh Tully of Tully Nurseries with her children Caoimhe and Harvey.  Bord Bia research shows that consumer spend on gardening reached its highest-ever level at €1.2 billion in 2020. Photograph: Chris Bellew/Fennell

Pricewatch: Since Covid hit, we have splashed out more on our gardens than ever before

A Garda spokesman declined to comment on ‘potential events which may or may not occur’. File photograph: The Irish Times

One group planning gathering at RTÉ before march into city centre on March 17th

Lives Lost: Annette Tuthill, 1953-2020. “Her strength was simply amazing,” her daughter Sonya said.

Resilient mother of three endured hardship and returned to education in adulthood

The data for the year 2020 highlights the extraordinary shift that has taken place among Ireland’s drinking population. Photograph: iStock

‘Ocean of alcohol’ pouring into Irish homes since pandemic, says Alcohol Action Ireland

Majority of Irish people uncomfortable in cities shopping until Covid-19 under control. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Successful move to online trading in face of lockdowns has protected many retailers

Tesco Ireland expects “more thoughtful shopping” and a continued focus on health, scratch cooking and baking to endure once the pandemic passes. Photograph: iStock

Close to half of top-selling 100 grocery brands were Irish-produced last year

The Ryanair app showing a boarding pass with successfully uploaded Covid documention, left, and without the documents, right.

App will also allow passengers to store negative PCR tests and other documents

Spending on outdoor plants rose 51 per cent increase, while spending on herbs, fruit and vegetables hit its highest level since measurement began 20 years ago. Photograph: Richard Johnston

Irish consumers spent €1.2 billion on their gardens last year, Bord Bia report finds

Dr Graham Fry said he had a team of medical professionals experienced in the administration of vaccinations operating at 20 clinics across the State who would be in a position to offer support as more vaccines become available. File photograph: Alan Betson

Director of Tropical Medical Bureau says drive-through operation could inoculate 300 a day

Cold and flu remedy sales have been under the weather this winter. File photograph: iStock

Grocery sales enjoy 18 per cent bump as shoppers spend more on meals and snacks

A monthly rail ticket for a Dublin commuter covering trains and the Luas costs €180, so a person spared that financial burden for the last 12 months has saved themselves €2,160. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Pricewatch: Many saving on commuting, food and coffee costs, but utilities are up

Lives Lost: Vincent Buckley from Cork, 1926-2020.

Vincent was CIÉ’s financial controller before working with the World Bank in Uganda

A recent social media query about issues people have had with online orders prompted about 1,000 responses in less than 48 hours. Photograph: iStock

Reports of valuable goods being left outside, getting lost or being eaten by the dog abound

The supplier has announced that its residential electricity prices will climb by 8.6 per cent while its gas prices will jump by 5.7 per cent from April 5th. Photograph: iStock

Increases will see just over €100 a year added to the average household’s annual bills

Australia’s Ambassador to Ireland, Gary Gray is pictured  at the raising of the aboriginal flag at the Australian embassy on on St Stephens Green in Dublin on Friday. Photograph: Justin MacInnis/Mac Innes Photography

Irish office makes history by being one of first diplomatic outposts of Australia to use flag

Three online sushi takeaway services were found to be operating from the bedroom of a suburban house in Santry, Co Dublin. File photograph: PA Wire

Forty-seven unregistered businesses investigated by food safety body in 2020

Dunnes Stores did not respond to queries. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Retailer’s website offers click-and-collect options for homewares and clothes

The report suggests that as well as looking for foods which boost immunity, people have started to care more about where their food comes from and how it gets to their table. Photograph: Getty Images.

Pricewatch: Report finds people care more about where food comes from and how it gets to their table

Protesters and gardaí clashed during an anti-lockdown demonstration in Dublin city centre on Saturday. Photograph: Damian Eagers/PA Wire

Varadkar praises Garda response, urges social media firms to act on ‘harmful content’

Former RTE journalist Mike Burns at Glenties, Co Donegal in 2012. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Former RTÉ London Editor who received MBE for services to UK-Irish relations has died

Retail sales in December were 10.4 per cent higher than in February.  Grafton Street in Dublin city centre during February 2021 lockdown. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Numbers on income support from State have soared during pandemic, research shows

People anxious to take holidays outside of  Ireland in 2021 have been urged not to make any rash bookings. Photograph: iStock

Accelerated vaccine rollout will ‘give Government more options’ on overseas holidays

Health insurance companies have  returned money to policyholders “as we could not use hospitals, should travel not be the same?” asks reader. Photograph: iStock

Reader was instead offered a ‘pointless’ free six-month extension of cover

 Ticketmaster sells  a huge percentage of concert tickets in Ireland

Three readers tell of issues they experienced with company

Ballynahinch castle

Uncertainty still hangs over the Irish summer, but a few hypothetical plans never hurt anyone

Many countries already require travellers carry an  International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP), also known as the Carte Jaune or Yellow Card to confirm vaccination against yellow fever. Photograph: Jens Schlueter/AFP

Initiative could allow more travel as Covid-19 drops but raises privacy and fairness concerns

‘It has been our busiest ever run-up to Valentine’s Day,’ says Anna Finlay of Blooming Amazing in Ranelagh. Photograph: Alan Betson

Demand goes beyond roses as people send messages of hope amid Covid restrictions

Aldi tweeted Lidl suggesting that maybe it was ‘time to tell everyone that we’re not actually related’ before adding a coquettish ‘yet’. Photograph: iStock

Pre-Valentine’s lovefest between supermarkets began with a request to Netflix and chill

Dr Ronan Glynn, deputy chief medical officer, Department of Health and Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group a Covid -19 update on Thursday. Phtograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

‘Rate of transmission still extremely high and risks to our vulnerable have not changed,’ says Glynn

The Helix mass Covid-19 vaccination centre in DCU. Photograph: Laura Hutton / The Irish Times.

Nphet warns it could be six weeks before the number of Covid-19 cases drops below 100 a day

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