Eoin Ó Broin, Sinn Féin housing spokesman, said housing supports now represented ‘an indefinite and ever-growing expenditure’ which could soon hit €1 billion a year.

Two key housing supports accounted for 27% of housing budget in 2017

The research paper also found that the renewable technologies are more often used by wealthy households

Dublin academics find Government policy may have opposite effect to that intended

Retired education professor Áine Hyland said “substantive issues relating to education were almost never brought to the attention” of the Tusla board.   Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Áine Hyland says education issues were ignored and her views were never sought

Work in progress at the national children’s hospital site at St James’s Hospital, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Draft Public Accounts Committee report is set to recommend mechanism to manage costs

Waterford TD  John Deasy has called for the entire Waterford Fine Gael organisation to be suspended and for party headquarters to intervene in the constituency. File image: Stephen Collins / Collins Photos

Unsuccessful candidate said she was ‘intimidated’ at meeting to vote no confidence in TD

The woman reportedly fell onto rocks at Tullan Strand, Bundoran, gardaí said. File image:  Alan Betson

Gardaí said they are investigating reported fall onto rocks at Tullan Strand

(Left to rigth) Women’s Aid chief executive Sarah Benson, Vodafone chief executive  Anne O’Leary, and Det Chief Supt Declan Daly at launch of BrightSky, a free app providing information on domestic abuse and sexual violence. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

App allowing victims to discreetly make a journal of incidents launched in Dublin

Fine Gael TD John Deasy has implicitly criticised how the leadership of his party has handled what he sees as issues with the Waterford Fine Gael organisation. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

TD says ‘the entire Waterford organisation needs to be stood down and reviewed’

Harry McCann: giving up his role as a referee because of the abuse and violent threats he has received. Photograph: James Forde

Referees’ society condemns ‘epidemic’ of poor treatment of match officials

Carolan Lennon, the company’s chief executive, will tell the Oireachtas communications committee that “it is clear to us that we can build rural fibre infrastructure at a lower cost than is currently envisaged in the plans”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Company to tell TDs it can do rollout much cheaper than €5bn National Broadband Plan

Prof Stephen Kinsella of University of Limerick says “The appropriate time to consider changes to the fiscal architecture of the State is now, while these risks are, as yet, unrealised.”

Prof Kinsella will suggest the introduction of new “fiscal stress tests” in order to better prepare for a downturn

Harry McCann says he was intimidated while refereeing an underage game

FAI says it is yet to receive report on the incident during an underage match

Central Bank spokesman said it was the companies’ responsibility to satisfy themselves of their obligations. Photograph: iStock

Central Bank sends letter notifying that unauthorised selling would be criminal offence

From left,  Kieran Mulvey, chairman of Sport Ireland, Donal Conway, president of the FAI, and Aidan Horan, chairman of the governance review group, at FAI headquarters in Abbotstown. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Failure to endorse reforms could endanger sponsorship contracts, president warns

Kieran Mulvey, chairman of Sport Ireland, Donal Conway, president of the FAI, and Aidan Horan, chairman of the Governance Review Group, at the FAI headquarters in Abbotstown where the report from the Governance Review Group was presented. Photograph:  Crispin Rodwell

FAI reforms may be a hard sell within the organisation but there is no plan B

FAI headquarters in Abbotstown: Morale among the staff is said to be, understandably, at a low ebb. Photograph: Inpho

Expert group set up in wake of controversy over departure of former ceo John Delaney

OPW’s property deals have been under the spotlight since ‘overpayment’ of €21m for   Department of Health move to Miesian Plaza. Photograph: Bryan James Brophy

Former OPW staffer alleges major value-for-money failures in State body

DCU is planning to submit this year’s accounts by the end of February 2020

Issue arose from the consolidation of different parts of college, PAC hears

Impression of Salesforce Tower – to the immediate left of the Central Bank’s docklands headquarters: Ronan Group Real Estate, which saw its application for extra storeys on the Salesforce Tower rejected last month, criticised the new plans.

Residential tower of 25 storeys could create ‘gateway’ to city, says Dublin City Council

Owen Keegan warned the housing committee that developing the social housing on the docklands site would be an expensive task. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

‘We’re acquiring that land’ says council chief executive Owen Keegan

Armed Support Unit members used ‘non-lethal options’ to apprehend the man. Photograph: Collins

‘Non-lethal options’ used to apprehend suspect who is now being treated in hospital

Majella Moynihan first requested files relating to her disciplinary process in late 2004, but the request was rejected. Photograph: RTÉ

Majella Moynihan told unredacted versions of the files had been lost or destroyed

Majella Moynihan:  was 22 when she was charged, under Garda Síochána regulations, with having premarital sex with another garda and with having given “birth to a child outside wedlock”. Photograph: RTÉ

Former garda may seek pension and lost earnings for discipline over 1980s pregnancy

Siblings Isaac, Kezia, Enoch and Ammi Burke, who were banned for life from all student societies at NUI Galway in 2014

Burkes, who allege college engaged in religious discrimination, ‘pressing for justice’

“Majella Moynihan  laid bare a litany of shocking and disgraceful behaviours on the part of the Garda Siochana,” the GRA said.  File photograph: RTE

‘We would expect our ban-ghardaí to be moral in every way’, head of Garda representative body said in 1985

Majella Moynihan says she felt ‘overwhelmed’ after documentary was broadcast. Photograph: supplied by RTE

Commissioner Drew Harris will give a ‘personal apology’ to former garda

Paddy Jackson arriving at Belfast Crown Court for his rape trial last year. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Distiller makes statement on Facebook after rugby club’s signing of Irish ex-international

Helicopter from Ireland’s first  charity air ambulance service. Photograph: Don MacMonagle

Charity Irish Community Rapid Response €400,000 for air base in Co Cork

Pat Hickey was charged with alleged ticket touting in Brazil in 2016. He denies all accusations.

Organisation does not know full amount paid under legal fees insurance, says president

Diageo said earlier this week it had ‘serious concerns’ regarding the signing of Paddy Jackson but did not at that time make any reference to its lucrative sponsorship deal with the club. File photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Signing ‘not consistent’ with company values, owners of Guinness have said

A ban on smoky coal was first introduced in Dublin in 1990, and has been adopted by many towns and cities across the country. Photograph: Getty Images

Clean Air Alliance urges Government to put public health ahead of ‘vested interests’

Minister for the Environment Richard Bruton announced a delay to the long-awaited ban on bituminous – or ‘smoky’ – coal. Photograph: Tom Honan

Growing gap between air quality in areas with and without smoky coal ban – report

Breda Flood, Co Wexford: An active member of the GAA, during winter nighttime games, the air quality is so poor Ms Flood cannot be on the sidelines. Photograph: Patrick Browne

‘A lot of the pollution . . . is a massive contributing factor to chest infections’

Air particulate pollution attacks every cell in the body – Prof John Sodeau

Maria Thorgaard Sonne, described as being approximately 4’11” height, of slim build with long dark hair and green eyes, was reported missing by family members to gardaí on Monday evening.

Maria Thorgaard Sonne failed to return to her Dublin 8 home after school

A challenge taken by a firm linked to Denis O’Brien represents the biggest potential hurdle to the timely completion of the Siteserv inquiry, according to the judge leading the investigation. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Judge leading investigation into controversial sale issues warning in latest report

The report notes that if revenues had been diverted into a prudence account in recent years, a larger exchequer deficit would have been recorded as it ‘would not have been masked by surprise corporation tax receipts’. File photograph: Getty

Windfall in corporate tax revenues not for services or tax cuts, warns advisory council

The Irish Fiscal Advisory Council’s assessment criticises in-year increases to budgets, for example health. File photograph: Getty

Fiscal watchdog finds State risks ‘repeating mistakes of the past

A ban on the fuel was first introduced in Dublin in 1990. Photograph: iStock

Minister announced halt on ban day after he was told of emmissions threat in rural areas

 Hospital staff are in dispute with the HSE over a claimed failure to implement pay increases arising from a job evaluation scheme. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin.

Initial one-day action by staff could lead to five more days of disruption

Outgoing Central Bank governor Philip Lane: ‘We believe there may be merit in allowing more enhanced flexibility with respect to remuneration’ of certain banking staff. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne

Ex-governor Philip Lane tells Minister that ‘variable pay’ is vital to retain critical staff

Outgoing Central Bank governor Philip Lane: pay cap “may limit the recruitment pool for senior leadership roles”. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Philip Lane advises pay restrictions creating danger of bank staff departing to other jobs

Minister for Sport Shane Ross with undisputed lightweight world boxing champion Katie Taylor   at Dublin Airport on Tuesday.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins.

Minister for Sport says Government ‘sorry’ decision to hire Noel Mooney has been made

Piles of logs await processing at the UPM paper mill in Kajaani, Finland. File Photograph: Bob Strong/Reuters

Funding does not go far enough to impact renewable energy targets - Bioenergy chief

Katie Taylor, Lightweight World Boxing Champion during homecoming celebrations at Dublin Airport, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Wicklow County Council holding event to mark boxer’s success on Bray Seafront on Friday

Irish solar energy has attracted increased levels of interest as improved technologies have made it possible to generate power from solar panels  in the Irish climate

IFSC-headquartered developer predicts its US portfolio will grow to a total value of €336m

David Browne, president of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland,  said co-living bedrooms of less than 25-30sq m would be “in my opinion, too small”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

David Browne also highlights positives of schemes planned for Dublin

Prof Patrick Honohan, former governor of the Central Bank, has criticised the culture and practice at the regulator prior to the financial crash. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Patrick Honohan asserts a ‘culture of entitlement’ remains in the sector

A 2016 file photograph of Minister for Sport Shane Ross (R) and then FAI chief executive John Delaney. Photograph: ©INPHO/James Crombie

Mooney appointment not consistent with need for new faces in FAI, Minister says

Once a person has had their permission to remain in the State removed and exhausted due process, they are served with a notification of intention to deport. Photograph: iStock

Person must be considered a danger to security of the State before status is revoked

Leo Varadkar conceded in January that the estimated final cost for the commission could exceed €30m.

Cregan commission inquiring into sale of construction services group to Denis O’Brien

Department of Finance secretary general Derek Moran. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Officials say €500,000 limit causes senior management to go elsewhere for higher pay

Minister for Justice  Charlie Flanagan has said the insurance industry is ‘profiteering’. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Charlie Flanagan demands firms be ‘transparent’ about premium increases

Under the International Protection Act 2015, residency permissions can be revoked by the Minister for Justice when the holder is convicted of a crime. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

Depending on the nature of the crime, residency permissions can be lost

Central Bank of Ireland Governor Philip Lane. Photograph: Tom Honan for The Irish Times.

Bank employs more than 2,000 people,records profits of almost €3bn

The growth in victims of crime using the Victim Support at Court (VSAC) service was entirely driven by courts outside the Criminal Courts of Justice (CCJ) in Dublin. File photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times.

Use of Victim Support at Court (VSAC) service may double in next three years, group says

 Hamid Sanambar who was shot dead yesterday pictured here, at the scene of the murder of Sean Little last week. Photograph: Collins Dublin

Officers investigating Hamid Sanambar shooting to review ambulance footage

Maria Bailey said she had been the subject of ‘clickbait’. Photograph: Tom Honan

TD said she was not seeking damages for swing fall, only medical expenses

Maria Bailey . ‘I had my beer in my hand and then I was reaching for my friend’s, she had a bottle of wine...I then found myself on the floor’. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill

Simon Harris says TD’s radio interview ‘unfortunate’ and ‘blaming lots of others’

Maria Bailey told a Sunday newspaper she wanted to ‘draw a line in the sand’ on the issue, insisting that she had been hurt in the incident and left with €7,000 worth of medical bills. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown TD pursued action after 2015 fall off swing in Dean hotel, Dublin

Campaigners for a united Ireland have called on the Government to prepare the ground for a Border poll in the coming years in the wake of the new survey

Exit poll finds 60% of those surveyed rate the importance of the Irish language as seven or higher on a scale where 10 is ‘extreme(...)

Fine Gael Maria Bailey. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Reports that Fine Gael TD is dropping case against Dublin hotel

Minister for Culture Josepha Madigan said the result represented ‘groundswell of compassion’ in Irish society, with other recent referendum results. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Josepha Madigan says result is indication of electorate’s ‘kindness and understanding’

 Green Reit site at the corner of Molesworth Street and Dawson Street: Irish portfolio is valued at €1.5 billion.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Exchequer will lose out due to law giving Irish property investor CGT carve-out, says party

It has emerged that the costs of the National Broadband Plan will stay on the State balance sheet

Sinn Féin TD accuses Government of ‘giving with one hand and taking with the other’

The full cost of the National Broadband Plan will be included on the State’s balance sheet. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Government accused of ‘privatising profits and socialising costs’ of public infrastructure

Talks between MM Capital and Tesco have collapsed. Photograph: Tom Honan

Developer claims retailer is making revamp ‘financially and logistically unfeasible’

It is thought that most staff who have been given packages have seen them limited to statutory redundancy. Photograph: iStock

National Union of Journalists describes redundancy terms as ‘miserly’

An OpenHydro turbine. At its peak, the tidal energy company had predicted €1 billion in revenue by 2026.

Action against French warship company part of effort to recoup €1.4 million in grants

Included in the sale were 128 units at Northern Cross in Dublin.

State’s largest private landlord set to pay about €285 million for apartments

Dún Laoghaire harbour. Photograph: Frank Miller

Group led by Richard Boyd Barrett argued the development would damage Dublin Bay

People with disabilities gather outside Leinster House on Tuesday ahead of final talks with the  Minister for Health, Simon Harris, to save RehabCare. Photograph: Justin Farrelly

Government was warned disability service faced closure if increased funding not agreed

The newspaper was initially launched in September 2015 as a digital-only product. Photograph: iStock

Irish print edition of UK newspaper to cease publication with small number to continue working on digital product

The monastic settlement on Skellig Michael off the coast of Co Kerry

Poor weather delayed start of tourist season on Kerry island where Star Wars was filmed

As a majority State-owned bank, the large-scale sale of family home loans could prove particularly problematic for AIB. Photographr: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Bank’s latest sale of non-performing loans will focus on corporate rather than family debt

Speaking on Monday night, Iona Institute member David Quinn welcomed Facebook’s reversal. He said the block on the image ‘invites you to think it’s going to be a picture of an aborted foetus’. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Computer-generated image of foetus had been blurred and users were given warning

An impression of Salesforce Tower located   to the immediate left of the Central Bank’s Docklands headquarters

US multinational tech company targeted a Minister, civil servants and advisers

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said the lives of young perpetrators and their families are also ruined by knife crime. File photograph: Bryan O Brien/The Irish Times

Dr Diarmuid Martin said he has been shocked and saddened by recent stabbing incidents involving young people

The 10 largest cases are likely to include the €1.6bn claim made by Revenue on drug company Perrigo. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Rulings in most cases unlikely this year as Tax Appeals Commission tackles backlog

The bureau was based at the Knock shrine in Co Mayo. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Bureau set up in 1968 to introduce couples to each other

Flags are flown during the Saoradh Easter commemoration at Milltown Cemetery in Belfast in April. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

NUJ ‘will not accept either threats or lectures’ from Saoradh

Front Line Defenders executive director Andrew Anderson said that work of transgender human rights defenders in particular should be recognised ‘in light of the targeted violence and backlash they face’.

‘Our sexual orientation is just one aspect that defines us as human beings’

 Work in progress at the National Children’s Hospital, site at St James Hospital, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Some PwC consultants who advised HSE on project working on investigation of overspend

In 2016, Ulster Bank was fined €3.3 million for breaches of the Money-laundering and Terrorist Financing Act. Photograph: iStock

Both Ulster Bank and BoI have fallen foul before for enforcement failings in other cases

The VAT gap – the difference between the amount the European Commission expects to take in and what member states actually bring in – is €147.2 billion. Photograph: iStock

It is an evolution of VAT fraud that focused on high-value goods such as computer chips

The European system of carbon trading was infiltrated in 2009 and 2010 by fraudsters who took advantage of the fact carbon credits could be traded without VAT between EU countries.  Photograph: John Giles/PA

Leaked files reveal dealings by fraudsters abusing carbon credits trade without VAT

The Correctiv files show that Carbon Warehouse  set up an Irish subsidiary, Carbon Warehouse Limited. Its office was in a nondescript building on North Strand Road, Dublin 3. Photograph: Alan Betson

Leaked files reveal Irish banks and shell companies were used in transactions involving companies and individuals under investigat(...)

Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council   rejected a proposal  from Hasbro to build a studio in the old Stena Line terminal

US children’s entertainment giant Hasbro submitted tender with Irish animation studio

Barry O’Mahony and Tiernan Kennedy of Umba: the fintech start-up  already has 170,000 customers in Africa, many of whom lack access to basic banking facilities, but can use Umba’s smartphone app. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Umba secures investment to penetrate growing African mobile payments sector

The IAASA has lodged an action against auditors CPA Ireland, which will come before Justice Peter Kelly  on May 20th.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Audit found ‘extravagance’ at Positive Action, with former director jailed for theft

A resident was unable to use their bathroom as it was not wheelchair-accessible. Photograph:  Ron Chapple/Getty Images

Hiqa team found multiple issues affecting residents’ quality of life at centre in Co Meath

‘Serious violence is often part of the scenario here and we prison officers pay the inevitable price.’ Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times/File

‘Overcrowding provides the perfect atmosphere for the bully to thrive,’ says POA

Linda Murray, who leads Play Activity and Leisure Ireland, said that 61 play centres had been facing closure as no insurer was willing to offer them a premium in Ireland.  Photograph: iStock

Owner of Navan centre says her policy will be cheaper this year after broker helped out

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin looks on as President Michael D Higgins signs a book of condolence for victims of the Sri Lanka bombings in the Pro-Cathedral. Photograph:  John McElroy

Trinity academic warns against ‘sinister agenda’ promoted in wake of deadly bombings

Leo Varadkar and British prime minister Theresa May after the funeral of Lyra McKee at St Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast. Photograph: EPA

Varadkar, May announce negotiations to restart Stormont will begin on May 7th

DUP leader Arlene Foster and Sinn Fein party leader Mary Lou McDonald and Sinn Fein deputy leader  Michelle O’Neill attend the funeral service of journalist Lyra McKee. Photograph: Charles McQuillan / POOL / AFP/Getty Images

Priest who spoke at Lyra McKee’s funeral urged politicians to take example from her ‘determined doggedness’

Cork City Fire Brigade responds to an incident during Storm Hannah. Photograph: Cork City Fire Brigade/Twitter

Highest level of weather warning has led to flights and ferry sailings being cancelled

 David Waddell, husband of Mary Raftery, at the exhibition of her work in Dublin City University. Photograph: Julien Behal

Mary Raftery was ‘absolutely determined’ to share the stories of institutional abuse

Holding the  sausage of the year award in the 1980s are Feargal Quinn and butcher Maurice Hobbs. Jimmy Canavan is third from left on the second row.

The late Feargal Quinn ‘used to come around every Christmas and shake hands’

Senator Shane Ross (left) with Feargal Quinn and members of the Independent Alliance outside Leinster House in 2015. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Politicians and business community praise ex-senator and founder of Superquinn chain

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