Left to Right: Ken Early, Eamon Dunphy, Mary Hannigan, Tommie Gorman, Emmet Malone

Part two of an In The News special on the farce and the tragedy of Saipan

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern called for both sides to ‘keep it to the Irish issues; what we need to do is to solve the protocol’.  Photograph: Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Partnership arrangement between the governments ‘effectively gone’, he says

President Michael D Higgins and The Late Late Show host Ryan Tubridy on Friday. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Higgins steps up criticism of billionaires seeking to control public discourse

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy hailed Irish support ‘since the early days of the war” and stressed the need for Europe-wide unity in the face of “tyranny’.  Photograph: Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP

Ceann Comhairle says Ukrainian resolve is a demonstration of ‘what patriotism means’

Contrary to what many people who have contacted The Irish Times said, the hotel industry claimed there was “excellent value to be had throughout the country”.

Of the few hotel rooms available in Dublin for a weekend in June, most cost €200+ a night

Bono and Taras Topolya, a member of the band Antytila and who now serves in the Ukrainian army, perform in Khreshatyk metro station in Kyiv. Photograph: Oleg Petrasyuk/EPA

Ukrainian soldier performs on stage with U2 stars after Zelenskiy invitation

Ukrainian Armed Forces hold a drill in Eastern Ukraine in Februry amid escalation on the border with Russia. Photograph: Sergey Kozlov/EPA

In the News: Reporter Daniel McLaughlin on how people have been changed by conflict

The digital Covid certificate expires after nine months or 270 days. But don’t worry – you still have options. Photograph: iStock

In February the rules changed and the Digital Covid Cert expires after nine months - that might impact summer travel for some

 Actor Johnny Depp is sueing his ex-wife actor Amber Heard for libel in Fairfax County Circuit Court after she wrote an op-ed piece in The Washington Post in 2018 referring to herself as a ‘public figure representing domestic abuse’. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/Pool Photo via AP

In The News: Journalist Nick Wallis on the trial being streamed around the world

Neuendorf House in Majorca, Spain is among the 30 properties

Ireland’s Home of the Year among 30 properties offering stays in auction for Ukraine

Three women, all in their 50s, were taken from the water. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Gardaí and emergency services rushed to the North Beach in Greystones

Musk has launched a $46 billion (€42 billion) hostile takeover bid of Twitter. Photograph: AP Photo/Susan Walsh

In The News podcast: The past, present and future of the world’s ‘town square’

Irish MEPs Clare Daly and Mick Wallace have both featured prominently on Russian and Chinese state-run media in recent months. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

In The News podcast: Naomi O’Leary shares her investigation into the two Irish MEPs

The hotel chain is offering a one-off payment of €3,000 plus the promise of free accommodation in hotels around the world. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

New hotel is recruiting for help to uncover the capital’s gems for guests

Despite the complications, people are keen to get travelling again following a difficult couple of years due to the pandemic. Photograph: iStock

Make sure you have all the necessary boxes ticked before you head for the airport

Oleksandr Zavhorodniy left Ireland almost as soon as the conflict started at the end of February.

Oleksandr Zavhorodniy lived in Ireland for almost 20 years and worked as an Aldi assistant manager

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen delivers a speech during a debate at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, April 6th 2022. Photograph: Ronald Wittek/EPA

In The News: Speed of sanctions reflects growing consensus across Europe

Staff were redeployed over the weekend to help manage the queues at Dublin Airport, but some passengers are still reporting delays. Photograph Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Conor Pope shares some tips and tricks to ensure you catch your flight

Protesters outside the Russian embassy in Dublin with signs and Ukrainian flags following the news that four senior officials at the embassy had been asked to leave the State. Photograph: Damien Storan/PA Wire

Why does Russia need more than 30 diplomats in Ireland and what are they all doing?

The problem with estimated readings in a time of rising prices is that the bill for the energy you owe will be based on today’s price. File photograph: Getty Images

Offering lowest rates to all could work against consumers, says price comparison expert

CMO Tony Holohan told the Taoiseach in mid-February it was time to disband the emergency team he headed. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

The team which guided health policy in pandemic times is gone but Covid hasn’t

The Russian Embassy on Orwell Road in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Russian embassy rejects asssertion that activities of staff ‘not in accordance with international standards’

Census 2022 will be used to inform planning of public policy and services in the years ahead, according to the Central Statistics Office. File photograph: Getty

This week’s episode looks at the counting and questions and experts tell us what’s it all for

 Dublin Airport  on Monday morning. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Airport delays likely to get worse leading up to Easter, travel agents say

The number of people getting sick with Covid and the level of disruption the virus is continuing to cause is very, very high. Photograph: iStock

In The News podcast: As case numbers surge, prospects of a quick end to crisis look remote

From taking a quick shower to leaving your computer on, here's a breakdown on how much it costs you. Photograph: iStock

The price of energy has soared due in no small part to the Russian invasion of Ukraine

Bord Gáis Energy said the increases would add around €350 a year to the average household’s annual gas bill and €340 to the average annual electricity bill. File photograph: Nigel Roddis/Reuters

Consumers warned other domestic energy providers will follow suit in volatile market

Bord Gáis Energy announced that from the middle of next month gas and electricity bills are to climb by 39% and 27% respectively. File photograph: Getty

Every other company on the market will have to follow suit, sooner rather than later

Each rise of 10 cent a litre adds €120 to the annual cost of keeping the average car on the road. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Soaring price of crude oil set to feed into forecourt prices within weeks

The price of Brent crude oil was around $125 in the middle of last week. At the start of the pandemic two years ago the price was around $15 a barrel. Photograph: Getty Images

The pace at which our world is being turned on its head is almost dizzying

In recent years, some high profile NFTs – that’s Non Fungible Tokens, in case you are wondering – have changed hands for incredible sums. Photograph: iStock

In The News: With lines of code selling for tens of millions, are NFTs the future of digital art?

Eamon Ryan said the Taoiseach was working with EU colleagues on the issue of taxes on energy.   Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Providers say much of the petrol and diesel being sold bought before excise duty cut

Fuel prices displayed at a Circle K service station on Glasnevin Avenue in Dublin. A  cut in the excise duty on fuel has been announced by the  Government.  Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA

Dáil votes for excise duty cut but Opposition TDs say reductions are not enough

Soaring energy prices have been driving prices higher in recent months and Ireland imports virtually all of its flour, mainly from Britain.  Photograph: Fethi Belaid/AFP/Getty Images

Higher costs of wheat on international markets and soaring energy prices will drive up prices

Most of us will be worse off by about €2,000 in 2022 because of higher energy costs. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Consumers know they will lose more as a result of spikes in fuel, electricity and gas

Petrol and diesel prices in Ireland are at the highest level on record with the current average just short of €2 per litre. Photograph: iStock

A 20 cent reduction in excise duty will save the average motorist €240 a year

Refugees from Ukraine arrive at the train station in Przemysl, eastern Poland, near the Ukrainian-Polish border, to be relocated to other destinations, on March 9th, 2022. Photograph: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP via Getty Images

In the News: People fleeing Russian invasion land face a new reality

The Central Bank assessed call wait times, call abandonment rates and resourcing levels across the retail banks and painted a dismal picture of the level of customer care on offer. Photograph: Getty

Central Bank says it will be putting pressure on institutions to up their game

In Dublin the average price of a home last year was €506,667 compared with a national sales figure of €326,457. Photograph: iStock

In The News: Why are prices climbing so fast and could we be facing another crash?

For many Irish households the cost of groceries is second only to a mortgage or rent

Pricewatch: Many Irish homes already feel the recent spike in costs

‘The reality is that this year for anything red the value isn’t there,’   says Catherine Dollard. Photograph: Getty

Prices for a dozen red roses range from €30 to €100 with florists saying they face losses

Retrofitted houses at College View, Wexford town. Photograph: Patrick Browne for passivehouseplus.ie

Why do it? For the environment and a warmer, more valuable home

Some 17 per cent of those polled said they had been forced to cut back on essentials, including food, due to rising energy prices. Photograph: iStock

Report highlights problems facing households as a result of the spike in cost of living

Minister of State at the Department of Finance Seán Fleming. Mr Fleming advised people to shop around for offers from other utility providers and suppliers, ‘rather than just complaining about what the Government is going to do for me’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister’s call for people to shop around amid rising cost of living could hardly be more tone deaf

Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar is set to become Taoiseach, for the second time, under the first rotating leader coalition in the history of the State in December.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

In the News podcast: Shadow of GP contract hangs over Varadkar’s accession to Taoiseach

Young Chef of the Year Gráinne Mullins. Photograph: Andrew Downes/Xposure

With the Covid-19 restrictions lifted, retail is learning live with the new normal

Public Sector Magazine awarded eir an excellence in customer services management award, to the bemusement of many onlookers. Photograph: Maxwells

Eir has often featured in The Irish Times after disgruntled customers got in touch

Eddie Lough at Our Lady’s Hospital in Ennis, Co Clare: Before Our Lady’s closed 20 years ago, the former assistant chief nursing officer took it upon himself to salvage its extensive paper archives. Photograph: Eamon Ward

In the News podcast: Thousands of people were placed in institutions – often for decades

No matter what happens next, the world of work has changed for ever. Photograph: Getty

From remote working and buying local to discovering Ireland and showing respect

Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise Leo Varadkar:  ‘It’s really good news for customers.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Watchdog will have new powers to punish companies with fines of €10m or more

People who were fully vaccinated before May 1st last year could face issues

Rules come into force this week setting nine-month expiry limit on digital Covid cert

Bono and The Edge recorded acoustic version of Sunday Bloody Sunday

Video includes images from the shooting that claimed 14 lives in Derry

Romance fraud has surged in Ireland, with lonely people falling victim to elaborate scams

The recommendation from the World Health Organisation is that a cloth mask should have at least three layers of fabric. Many do not. Photograph: iStock

Does single use really mean single use? And do visors work?

In the News: As much as 80 per cent of how we age is controlled by how we live

Labour Party leader Alan Kelly: he  said the credit on electrical bills was ‘a joke’, ‘tokenistic’ and ‘actually insulting’

Varadkar calls on employers to give pay increases to workers if they can afford them

More than 1,200 Irish citizens sought help from Irish Embassies and Consulates overseas last year. File photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Deaths, missing persons, and arrests were among the cases handled by officials abroad

‘Right now there is tons of availability out there and I would hate people to think prices were about to get to a silly level, they are not,’ says ITAA president Paul Hackett. Photograph: iStock

‘Phenomenal’ demand since restrictions eased and prices will peak in summer

Laura Brien of the Health Insurance Authority says that although prices have gone up over recent years for many policies, their level of cover has changed, often to consumers’ detriment. Photograph: iStock

Examine your plan’s benefits and see if there are any cheaper options

More than one million people will see their policies renewed in  January, and will risk getting a bad deal unless they act quickly. Photograph: iStock

Many of us are paying over the odds for medical cover, but are reluctant to switch

A Ryanair flight prepares to land at Dublin Airport in 2021, when the number of flights in Irish airspace increased on the previous year. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Air traffic over Ireland fell by 60% in first half of last year before rebounding later in 2021

Some 26 per cent of the most recent cross-border purchases were made on Amazon, with AliExpress in second place on 19 per cent and eBay in third on 10 per cent. Photograph: iStock

Increased fees due to Brexit and new EU laws on VAT

JP Cowley on his farm near Easkey, Co Sligo: Proposals would have had serious implications especially for the dairy sector.  Photograph: James Connolly

‘Seeking to change the rules because other countries fail to implement them is not acceptable’

Much of the talk on Wednesday is about when and how Ireland will reopen. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

In the News podcast: With case numbers falling, growing optimism of better times ahead

Upgrade hassle. Photograph: Getty

Shocking electricity hikes, alcohol pricing, Ryanair refunds and PCR challenges

Saturday saw the first ‘must be won’ lottery jackpot draw after the top prize remained unclaimed on 62 occasions. Photograph: The Irish Times

‘Will be won’ draw was introduced after the jackpot rolled over for 62 occasions

The Monastery or Ad Deir in Petra: Flights to Petra in Jordan are up by 22 per cent this year as interest in long-haul holidays picks up. Photograph: iStock

From short-haul trips to epic adventures, this could be the year for your dream holiday

Child’s eye view of Place de l’Opéra, Paris. Photograph: Getty Images

Not just for romance or partying, city breaks can be a great way to travel with the family, as Conor Pope found out in Paris

It has been the worst of weeks for UK prime minister Boris Johnson. Photograph: Michael M Santiago/Getty

In the News: Future of UK prime minister is hanging in the balance after more party revelations

Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Opinion: I am a liar, a fool and a sheep, said those who disapproved of my vaccine message

Use more lists and get into the habit of only buying what you need. Photograph: iStock

Pricewatch: There’s quite a stretch until the next pay day, so here’s a few cost-cutting tips

It is still the season to be jolly – although you might not feel like that –  so we have another bank of good news stories to get the new year off to a positive start. Photograph: iStock

From easy exchanges to community spirit, tales of stellar customer service

The Meath Hunt’s pack out for daily exercise on St Stephen’s Day with  huntsman John Henry, ‘Whipper’ Barry Finnegan and huntsman Kenny Henry. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Warning that issue is impacting wider equine industry with costs having spiralled

‘The hotel in Finland did their best to help me ... but nothing could change the fact that I was thousands of miles from home, and separated from my husband and little girls.’ Photograph: Susan Haddon

From Covid-only gatherings to postponing celebrations, readers share their stories

The funeral of poet Thomas Kinsella  at the Victorian Chapel, Mount Jerome Crematorium. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

‘Farewell ceremony’ in Mount Jerome featured music chosen by the Freeman of Dublin

Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre in Dublin in May. Non-essential retail was shuttered for much of the first half of the year. Photograph: Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Covid, Brexit, rising energy costs and supply chain issues combined to put the squeeze on

The Gaiety Theatre: was due to host The Little Mermaid Pantomime. Photograph: Tom Honan

Producers say they were left with no choice but to pull The Little Mermaid

Chapters bookshop, on Parnell Street, brought the curtain down on almost 40 years of value reading. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Chapters and Rowan Tree cafe will be missed, while the Cobblestone won a reprieve

According to Daft.ie, average rents are climbing by 7 per cent every year while the same website listed less than 2,000 properties to rent across the whole country this week. Photograph: iStock

In The News podcast: Rents are climbing and supply is dwindling

RocDoc’s new facilities will provide additional capacity over Christmas as well as the additional testing requirements for international travel due to the Omicron variant. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Walk-in facilities planned for Swords, Shannon and Cork will create 120 jobs

Proud grandfather Alan Bass from Dublin greets his daughter-in-law Caoimhe Duffy and her son Eanna (seven  months) just  in  from Philadelphia. Photograph: Tom Honan

Christmas joy as siblings, parents and other family members reunite for festive season

Passengers arrive at Lisbon International Airport. The threat from the Omicron variant of Covid-19 has upended travel plans for many people this Christmas. Photograph: iStock

Pat O’Connor was flying to San Francisco at huge expense. Then he did a PCR test

Waiting on arrivals home for Christmas, at Dublin Airport. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Omicron has changed the landscape again, so make sure you know what’s required

Background photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Conor Pope on travelling to and from Ireland as the Omicron Covid-19 threat mounts

Executives at the National Lottery want to stop any future quirks of fate causing seemingly endless Lotto jackpot rollovers. Photograph: iStock

Andrew Algeo to appear before Oireachtas group amid ‘highly unusual’ jackpot rollover

Where did Christmas jumpers come from? How did they become so wildly popular? Is there any end to them? Who knows and no.  Photograph: iStock

Is it Chris Kringle? Or Kris Kindle? Or just plain old Secret Santa?

While nearly two-thirds of people plan to use savings to fund their festive spending 34% said they would have to borrow to fund their Christmas this year. Photograph: iStock

Households with children expect to spend almost twice as much as those without

 ESB crew removing and replacing a damaged single phase transformer near Fassaroe, Co Wicklow.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Dangerous sea conditions forecast for Thursday morning as 13,000 remain without power

When the temperature in the thickest part of the turkey between the leg and breast reaches 75 degrees, it’s cooked and ready to eat.

Safefood advises use of meat thermometer and great care to ensure bird ready to eat

The Gaiety says  that  many tickets  for  performances of the Little Mermaid between December 7th and January 9th will be cancelled so as to meet the 50 per cent capacity requirements. Photograph: Tom Honan for The Irish Times.

Situation most difficult faced by theatre in 150 year history, says producer

From Monday all international travellers to the US will have to produce a negative Covid test carried out within a 24-hour window prior to departure. Photograph:  Brandon Bell/Getty Images

New US rules means international travellers need negative test within 24-hour window

File photograph of The Dublin Flea Market at Newmarket Square in 2015. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

‘We invested our hearts and so much energy into it over an amazing 11 years,’ organisers say

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly suggested that a task force would work with the food industry ‘to combat inequality by improving the quality of the food available’. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Donnelly highlights links between diet and non-communicable diseases which

At the start of the week the Government announced that all incoming travellers except those travelling from Northern Ireland will have to present a negative test result in order to enter the country irrespective of the vaccination status. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

New system due to come into effect on Friday but is now due to be in place from Sunday

Dublin Airport: All arrivals into the State - whether vaccinated or not - will need a clear Covid test result from Friday onwards. Photograph: iStock

New requirement for antigen or PCR test result could add €200 to cost of family holiday

Antigen test kits for sale in a  Dunnes Stores outlet in  Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Wholesale price falls by 25%, as Covid-19 testing kits now available for as low as €1.99

Dublin Airport: all arrivals will need a negative predeparture PCR or antigen test, no matter what their vaccination status. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

New rules for international travel are on the way. Here’s everything you need to know

Ryanair passenger felt it was ‘tasteless’ that the company attenpted to ‘discredit’ him following his complaint. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP

‘Cold and unsympathetic’ Ryanair staff dispute complaint and question passenger’s job

Proof of vaccination will be the must-have item on the slopes this season. Photograph: Getty Images

Bookings from Ireland ‘strong’ but the apres ski is likely to be dialled down this season

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