Daniel Mullaney is due to meet officials in the Department of Finance, and also to hold roundtable meetings with large US employers here. File photograph: Thierry Tronnel/Corbis via Getty Images

‘Behind-closed-doors’ meetings with Government will explore US agenda

The Ombudsman Peter Tyndall. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

‘Transparency, accountability’ important at €1.25bn agency, housing committee hears

The State’s new Land Development Agency risks engaging in speculative development and the privatisation of public assets, an Oireachtas committee will be told today. Photograph: iStock.

Land Development Agency’s governance structures and social housing targets raise concerns

In a message posted on the PSNI’s Twitter account, the force said officers were in attendance at a security alert in the Beechwood area of Derry (general view above). File photograph: Google Street View

Officers attending security alert in the Beechwood area of city, says PSNI

An Irish Coast Guard helicopter has been sent to assist with a search off Kilkeel, Co Down, early this morning. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Spokeswoman for HM Coast Guard says PSNI called service at 7.45pm after report

“Ireland’s premier writer”: James Joyce  in Zurich  in 1938, three years before his death. File photograph: Hulton/Getty

Dermot Lacey says Dublin Joyceans told him noted author wished to be buried in Ireland

Enda O’Coineen: a staff consultation with Irish Studio over the potential merger has been commenced. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Enda O’Coineen looks to buy owner of several glossy magazines Irish Studio

Tusla said there was a need to “address the risks associated with current inconsistent, ineffective and poor governance practices” in the School Completion Programme.

Continuing funding would be ‘irresponsible and reckless’, agency tells Minister

Court records show that the US government has gone through a lengthy process in order to secure the testimony of the Bank of Ireland employees. Photograph: iStock

Witnesses demand to be compelled to testify in order to provide testimony in Ireland

Gardaí remove demonstrators during an Extinction Rebellion protest on the day of the Irish budget outside Leinster House. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

Garda worked around this week’s radical action to ensure it yielded no martyrs

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

Gardaí at the scene of the Extinction Rebellion protest at the Dáil on Thursday night. Photograph: Twitter/@ExtinctRebelsIE

Protesters paste exterior wall of Government department with excerpts from scientific papers

Minister for Business Heather Humphreys, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy during the a launch of the establishment of the Land Development Agencyy. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Government’s €1.25bn initiative likely to need significant changes to be EU-compliant

The Department of Housing was informed two years two years ago of the allegations of criminality at a time when Tánaiste Simon Coveney was minister. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Housing department informed of Dublin protection money operation in 2017

Official opening of Kevin Street Garda station in August 2018: building was finished to a high specification. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Office of Public Works at loggerheads with builder JJ Rhatigan over €3m extra charge

Many of the borrowers earmarked for inclusion in Project Birch have paid little or nothing towards their debts for long periods. Photograph by Cyril Byrne

Loan sale code-named Project Birch is being planned for early next year

DNA molecule: GMI said the  sample data gathered under the programme, following explicit consent from patients, would be deleted at the end of the rare disease programme.

Rare disease genomics research continued eight months after start of data regulations

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

Budget 2020 will come as a ‘profound disappointment’ to farmers, according to the agricultural lobby, which accused the Government of not doing enough to avoid an ‘agricultural armaggedon’.  File photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Creed says Government will be ‘ambitious as possible’ when seeking Brexit funds from EU

Gardaí remove demonstrators during an Extinction Rebellion protest outside Leinster House on Tuesday. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Members of climate action group carried from gates but no arrests made

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy introduced rules banning year-round short-term lets in rent pressure zones. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Dublin City Council expects to have 12 additional staff to enforce rules on short-term lets

Extinction Rebellion launches ‘Rebellion Week’ with a ‘climate walk’ in Dublin.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Extinction Rebellion plans ‘arrestable events’ and more roadblocks during week-long campaign

A protester being arrested on Westminster Bridge, during an Extinction Rebellion (XR) protest in  London on Monday. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

‘Blocking roads also disrupts business as usual, which is what is killing our planet’

The US department of justice alleges that the cryptocurrency – called OneCoin by the accused – was effectively a multibillion dollar pyramid scheme

US government alleges lender was used to handle €273m in cryptocurrency fraud

Belfast’s High Court ruled on Thursday that abortion laws there are incompatible with the UK’s human rights commitments. Above, Sarah Ewart (front centre) leaves the court after her case was upheld. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Irish bishops’ group urges North’s politicians to prevent imposition of abortion legislation

The Bernard Shaw pub in Portobello, Dublin. File photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Josepha Madigan supports measures to stop creative spaces being forced out of business

Spencer Dock Apartments, Dublin. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Colin Farrell and Glenda Gilson among plaintiffs in action on Celtic Tiger-era defects

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy: department is considering introducing new time-limit rules on planning permissions granted under the fast-track regime. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Planning authority missed 57% of its decision deadlines in 2018

Applications for Irish passports have been steadily increasing since 2016. Photograph: Alan Betson

New figures show 85,517 applications in first eight months of year amid Brexit fears

An Bord Pleanála: only met its 18-week statutory deadline for deciding normal planning appeals 43 per cent of the time in 2018. Photograph: iStock

Planning authority met 18-week statutory deadline 43 per cent of the time that year

Dr Gabriel Scally: ‘The current system is deeply flawed’. Photograph:  Crispin Rodwell

Author of CervicalCheck report says patients forced into long legal proceedings

 More information on the cost of John Delaney’s  deal is likely to come into the public domain at the time of the FAI’s agm next month. File photograph:  Ryan Byrne/©INPHO

Audit was wrapping up but more time needed ‘in light of developments in recent days’

Sport Ireland says more time will be needed to complete an investigation into the FAI’s finances ‘in light of developments in recent days,’ and that it will be seeking more material from the FAI.

Firm examining the FAI’s finances in forensic detail was due to submit report this week

The BofI employees will given evidence in the case against alleged perpetrators of what prosecutors claim was a ‘multibillion-dollar pyramid scheme’.

Over $400m ‘laundered’ via funds with accounts in State and abroad, say prosecutors

John Delaney’s payout, according to well-placed sources, will take place in a single transaction. File photograph: Inpho

Inquiries concerning corporate governance at association yet to reveal findings

While the State has committed itself to providing 16%  of gross final energy consumption from renewable sources by 2020, it is currently expected to miss that target by around 3%. Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland’s underperformance on climate action and renewable energy already set to cost €125m in fines and buying carbon credits

 Archbishop Eamon Martin also said the last six months has seen a return to death and bombing in the North, with increased sectarianism and still no sign of a functioning Assembly to protect and develop the peace process. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The North’s political impasse has gone on too long, says leader of the Catholic Church in Ireland Eamon Martin

In Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown parents of a child under one year can  expect to be charged €265 per week for full-time care. Parents in Co Monaghan will pay an average of just over €155. Photograph: Getty Images

Creche fees exceed €1,000 a month in parts of city for full-time care

The case was seen as significant as Daft had relied on an argument that it was an information society service provider and acted as a “mere conduit” for the ads. Photograph: iStock

WRC found postings such as ‘rent allowance not’ breached the Equal Status Acts

The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Bridge in Co Wexford.

Delivery of Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy bridge over Barrow delayed ‘by several weeks’

An Post reported an €8 million increase in operating profit in 2017 when publishing annual results earlier this year.

Universal Postal Union revenue ‘another step in fixing the core economics’ of service

People before Profit TD Bríd Smith accused the civil servants present of ‘obfuscation’. File photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Revenue could be redistributed in a progressive manner in a targeted way

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: insisted that rapid progress must be made on banning smoky coal nationwide.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

EPA found levels of harmful particles could be twice as high in areas without restriction

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe told the Budgetary Oversight Committee the Bill governing  use of the contingency fund “would allow me to use that funding to deal with those [Brexit] consequences”.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Government may access contingency fund to back at-risk sectors in event of no-deal Brexit

Ombudsman Peter Tyndall is to tell an Oireachtas committee he is precluded from examining complaints about the asylum process itself. Photograph: Alan Betson

Peter Tyndall to criticise use of hotels as accommodation for asylum applicants

A briefing note  said that if the rules were changed it would leave €2.86 billion of State expenditure governed by a system originally ‘devised for house extensions’. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Minister is against what he described to Oireachtas committee as a ‘reckless’ proposal

Both Bank of Ireland and KBC have now committed to not challenging time limitations, and advised the ombudsman of this

Banks ‘rigorously’ disputed jurisdiction of ombudsman, Oireachtas committee told

The Irish Simpsons Fans Facebook page  frequently shares memes which are based on scenes from the US TV show, but address political and current affairs issues in Ireland, such as the housing crisis and Brexit. Image: Twitter

Page administrator says they are ‘absolutely serious’ about political party

A view of the construction site of the national children’s hospital. File photograph Tom Honan

HSE spent over €11m on consultancy fees for national children’s hospital group

Mr Dollard said the “footprint” of the greyhound industry may have to change

Sport faces ‘problematic’ financial future, Oireachtas committee hears

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection Regina Doherty insisted that she is not undermining the Data Protection Commissioner’s office, which ruled that it was illegal to force the public to apply for a PSC for services other than social welfare.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach says parents without card can ‘go through the rigmarole’ of filling in forms

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy said reforms that would grant powers to local authorities to build more houses without getting permission from  central Government would be ‘questionable’. File photograph: Alan Betson

Fianna Fáil chief says change conceded to his party during last year’s budget negotiations

File photograph from October 2008 of the offices of Quinn Insurance in Blanchardstown, Dublin. File photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

During the Celtic Tiger the Quinn Group spanned a huge range of sectors and areas

Giving details of the case TD Ruth Coppinger said the woman was renting a ‘bedsit in all but name’ in the Rathmines area. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Landlords seeking ‘sex for rent’ from tenants, Dáil hears

Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty said her department had no plans to comply with any of the regulator’s instructions. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Department’s decision not to comply with report likely to spark lengthy legal process

While political advertising is permitted online and in print media, it is not allowed on broadcast media. File photograph: Getty

Greater transparency needed to allow for effective political monitoring, says study

New light has been shed on how a dispute over the lawfulness of the Public Services Card project has soured  the relationship between the Department of Social Protection and the Data Protection Commissioner

Row between department and Data Protection Commissioner likely to go to court

Minister Regina Doherty: ‘We don’t agree with any of the eight findings and we have written to the commission to confirm that.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Regina Doherty rejects Data Protection Commissioner’s report

Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Department has written to Data Protection Commissioner outlining ‘inconsistencies’

A preliminary investigation by management company KPM uncovered a range of fire-safety issues at Simonsridge. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Fire safety shortcomings estimated to cost €11,000-€14,000 per apartment to remedy

A report by Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon found that several aspects of how the public services card was used were unlawful. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Department of Social Protection claims Dixon’s report has several ‘inconsistencies’

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has sought to reassure unionists on the Brexit backstop. Photograph: PA

Minister says backstop aims to provide certainty to firms and communities in Ireland

Tony Broughan: a  ‘Molly Malone’ fan of Dublin and 11-year-old grandson Tighe. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Tony Broughan has gone to Dublin football matches dressed as Molly Malone since 1975

One of the largest beef processors in the State has sought an application that could see individual beef protesters jailed for being in contempt of court. Image: iStock.

IFA tells court farmers involved may not be aware of consequences for breaching ruling

 Minister of State for Older People Jim Daly: the Migrant Rights Centre of Ireland has lobbied the Government to remove care workers from the list of professions ineligible for employment permits.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Pay and conditions vary as families rely more and more on undocumented helpers in home

According to Age Action Ireland, 10.4% of over 55s were unable to keep their home adequately warm. File photograph: Getty

Twilight years can be enhanced by focusing on the physical environment, say experts

In a communication sent to staff on Friday, Independent Vetcare (IVC) had claimed it was temporarily closing the practice due to “recent difficulties” including a Department of Agriculture investigation, a lack of vets to meet the requirements of the practice, and “other legal/regulatory issues”. Photograph: iStock

Closure of Donegal Animal Hospital in Letterkenny caused significant difficulties for local farmers

Phelim Quinn, chief executive of the Health Information and Quality Authority: “I don’t think we can actually even currently quantify the number of people in conventional homecare or domiciliary care, supported living, or those people in step-down units, because they’re not defined as care centres.” Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

As needs spiral with demographics, watchdog seeks to monitor emerging care services

By 2031 more than a quarter of a million inhabitants in the State will be aged over 80 years, a departmental review found. Photograph: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Ireland is ageing fast, and our economy, health service – and families themselves – need to adapt

Fair Deal: Jim Daly, Minister of State with responsibilty for older people, has told the Department of Health extra funding needs to come from the Department of Public Expenditure in order to ensure the four-week wait-time target is met.

HSE says delays for entry to the scheme have risen to an average of six or seven weeks

The company said the temporary closure had nothing to do with the impending threat of a no-deal Brexit. Photograph: iStock

British owners of Donegal Animal Hospital cite shortage of vets and other ‘legal’ issues

The successful bidder for the Codling Bank project, which would see hundreds of wind turbines erected in the Irish Sea, would have to spend hundreds of millions delivering the wind farm. Photograph: iStock

Government climate plan spurs interest in project owned by Johnny Ronan-linked firm

From left,  Deputy Garda Commissioner John Twomey and  Garda Commissioner Drew Harris  during an official announcement of the new Garda operating model. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

PAC chairman claims changes will lead to a ‘reduction in policing’

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe in 2016. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Data Protection Commissioner found data is unlawfully held on 3.2 million people

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris has defended his reorganisation plan. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Drew Harris rejects claims that rural locations will lose out under the new structure

Proposed reorganisation could have a ‘significant effect’ on the working lives of gardaí

Plan ‘omits roads policing as one of the four key focus areas’ at operational level

It is thought that the issue detected by Tesco is unrelated to the breach of arsenic levels in a number of Celtic Pure products, which led to a widespread recall of own-brand waters sold by some of the largest retailers in the State earlier this summer. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

Retailer announced deal in May but suspended it weeks later due to ‘quality issue’

The ads in question included terms such as ‘rent allowance not accepted’. Photograph:iStock

Property website adverts discriminated on t basis of age, employment status, WRC says

Western Building Systems has won a contract to build a  a 60 bed ward block at University Hospital Limerick. Photograph: iStock

Western Building Systems to build €9.5m 60-bed block at University Hospital Limerick

The bonus system rewards farmers for bringing livestock in before they turn 30 months.

Farmers claim they are not getting a fair price for animals at the factory gate

Fianna Fáil said it will not accept the Public Services Card being demanded as a mandatory form of identification for access to services

Amending existing PSC legislation is ‘a simplistic approach,’ says Willie O’Dea

Celtic Pure  chief executive Padraig McEneaney.

HSE takes action against Celtic Pure over a specific well at Monaghan facility

“We are going to consider the report and issue a full response as soon as we can,” Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty said on Friday.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Data Protection Commissioner’s report found documentation retention unlawful

Public Service Card: There will be a large cohort of civil servants and politicians licking their wounds this weekend.

Scandal around State’s latest toxic project likely to trigger defensiveness and legal cases

Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon: found that key aspects of the PSC have no basis in law. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

The PSC has divided opinion, but Helen Dixon’s decision is clear: it breaches privacy

Public Services Card: the data watchdog also found there was insufficient transparency around the card

Data Protection Commission’s stance a serious blow to PSC project

The position remains that the scheme is closed and the 302 applications have been put ‘on hold’ pending a review. Photograph: iStock

Homeowners not entitled to claim for costs linked to expensive application process

Irish Farmers’ Association representatives Angus Woods, Damian McDonald, and Joe Healy arrive for talks. Photograph: Tom Honan

Issue of bonuses paid for young cattle outstanding as talks to resume on Monday

More than 300 homeowners who had been awaiting approval for a deep retrofit grant have been told the funding is not available. Photograph: iStock

Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland scheme now shut, leaving applicants in limbo

Meat Industry Ireland (MII), the representative body for processors, is to consult with its members on  contentious issues. Photograph: Todd Korol/Reuters

Proposals under consideration include making more information on pricing available to farmers

Angus Woods, Chairman IFA National Livestock Committee, Damian McDonald, Director General of the Irish Farmers Association  and Joe Healy, IFA President leave beef talks at the Department of Agriculture in Celbridge, Co Kildare on Monday. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Market transparency and introduction of a price index among issues in proposals

The Beacon South Quarter complex in  Co Dublin. Owners at the site were warned by Dublin Fire Brigade  they could face legal action if they did not undertake fire-safety improvements in their homes. Photograph: Eric Luke

The company owns 225 of the 880 apartments at the south Dublin development

Before it was agreed that the pickets would be called off to facilitate talks, solicitors letters were issued to protestors at five processing plants, including a Kepak facility. Photograph: iStock

Move from meat processor comes as industry faced off against protesters

Irish Farmers’ Association’s Damian McDonald, Joe Healy  and Angus Woods: Mr  Healy said beef farmers’ incomes were unsustainable at €8,813 on average. Photograph:  Tom Honan

Beef Plan movement says processor and retailer not farmer get most of consumer price

The Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed, persuaded the grassroots Beef Plan movement to stand down their protests and take part in talks last Friday. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Beef Plan Movement halts nationwide pickets of meat plants to enter into talks

Dermot Desmond’s involvement, through Stamport, stems from the fact that he took control of the Old Belvedere grounds in a little-publicised deal more than a decade ago.  File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Financier involved in dispute over land near Old Belvedere rugby club in Dublin

Agents from the FSAI, who sources say were supported by the Garda in the unannounced inspection, made copies of company and financial records from Celtic Pure during the operation last week. Photograph: iStock

Former employee complaint led to investigation of Co Monaghan company

Facilities for asylum seekers at the East End Hotel in Portarlington pictured by a Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland volunteer. Photograph: MSAI

Woman was left without equipment for her baby for at least three days, volunteers found

The IHREC said it had written to Mr Flanagan to “set out . . . its determination that upcoming appointments to the Commission should be carried out in line with international standards”. Photograph: Garrett White/Collins

Letter from Flanagan to members informed them he would be open to reappointing them

Heather Humphreys: in call to Google said ‘Ireland had already been successful in reducing the burden on platforms’. Photograph: Eric Luke

Minister said Ireland had won significant changes to ‘allay the concerns’ of tech giants

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