Site of the  Bessborough Mother and Baby Home in  Blackrock, Cork city:  was operated by the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary  nuns. Photograph: Provision

Bessborough, Bethany, Castlepollard, Pelletstown and Sean Ross: what we have learned

A pair of baby shoes with the message ‘Bury us with dignity’ hangs on a wall at the site of the Tuam mother-and-baby home. Photograph: Andy Newman

Tuam home commission dismisses archaeologist’s suggestion of ‘burial vault’

‘Clear many of the children who died in the Tuam Home are buried in the chambers’

Historian Catherine Corless  at her home, in Tuam. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

Historian whose work led to establishment of commission says ‘the whole truth’ is out

Ryanair CTO John Hurley and Boxever CEO Dave O’Flanagan at Ryanair’s head office in Swords. Photograph: Tom Honan

Deal with Irish technology company will allow airline to better target customers

Investigations mainly revolve around circumstances in which a €100,000 loan was given by former FAI chief executive John Delaney to the football association in April 2017. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

If failure to keep proper accounting records proven, then potential sanctions can be serious

 Former FAI CEO John Delaney: Three members of the board were aware of the €100,000 loan from Mr Delaney at the time the financial statements were signed off. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

No indication Deloitte was made aware of Delaney loan in 2017 financial statements

Minister for Sport Shane Ross addresses the Oireachtas Committee on Tuesday. Photograph: screengrab

‘The board is part of the problem’, Shane Ross tells Oireachtas Committee

Paddy Cosgrave revealed he was behind the campaign in a post on his own Facebook page and on the Irish Tax Agency website . Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Web summit founder confirmed he is behind the anonymous Irish Tax Agency site

 Paddy Cosgrave, who claimed the advert, which aims to highlight Ireland’s “indefensible tax structure”, had reached one million Facebook users. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Paddy Cosgrave targeted European Facebook users about Ireland’s corporate tax system

John Delaney: offer to step aside temporarily was greeted with astonishment by members of the parliamentary committee examining governance within the FAI who expected him to step down. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Members of Oireachtas committee say association’s latest action ‘insulting’

John Delaney leaves the Carlton hotel near Dublin Airport on Monday after a meeting with the board of the FAI. Phototgraph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Honorary secretary and honorary treasurer have both resigned from board voluntarily

The page, called Irish Tax Agency, is displaying ads to users in ten European countries with the tagline “reduce your taxes on global revenue to 1 per cent”.

Transparency campaigners concerned by anonymous nature of Facebook page

FAI executive vice-president John Delaney giving evidence during his appearance at the Joint Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport. Videograb: Oireachtas TV/PA Wire

Football association says it is taking ‘urgent steps’ to address concerns over handling of finances

Former FAI CEO John Delaney: €100,000 loan controversy. Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

Secretary of Kerry District League says former chief executive told him he intends to step down

A screengrab from a video which claims to show gardaí removing supporters from the stand at Turner’s Cross last night. Video: via Twitter

Former club chairman Jonathan O’Brien was briefly removed from stadium

The message that was on the website on Saturday morning.

Pharmaceutical industry body suspected site may have been ‘compromised’

 Aidan Brogan, chief executive of Datalex,  at the company’s office at East Point, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Lawyers contacted Paschal Taggart as company's share price collapsed at start of year

Property developer Garrett Kelleher is disputing the judgement, arguing in legal filings that it ‘contains manifest errors of law and mistakenly overlooks material allegations’.

Garrett Kelleher’s case dismissed in March as Nama not subject to US court’s jurisdiction

Leo Varadkar said John Delaney is not a public servant, and therefore not accountable to the Oireachtas. Photographer: Jasper Juinen

Delaney was ‘within his legal rights’ to stay silent but FAI must be accountable, says Taoiseach

President of the RIAI David Browne:   urges the Government to establish cost and performance benchmarks for buildings, as well as standardised pre-qualification processes for both public and private sectors. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

RIAI blames State bureaucracy, time frames, risk shifting and poor procurement skills

John Delaney arrives with other FAI officials to attend the  Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport at Leinster House. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Fine Gael TD says he paid for tickets, ‘but I would accept if I was working in hindsight, I wouldn’t have done things this way’

Minister for Health Simon Harris “instinctively” agrees with a doctor’s suggestion that unvaccinated children should be barred from attending schools or creches. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Health says there may be constitutional issues around a ban

John Delaney, right, and FAI president Donal Conway. Photograph:  Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Suspension of funding by Sport Ireland heaps pressure on FAI to get house in order

 Sally O’Neill was killed following a road incident in Guatemala. Photograph: Mark Stedman/Trocaire/PA

‘Her courage and fearlessness were outstanding’ - tributes to Trócaire figure

Artist’s impression of the new national children’s hospital. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Consultants PwC finds changing builder at this stage would increase final cost of project

Tesco argues that the current design would see it unable to receive deliveries.  Photograph: Tom Honan

Mm Capital says objection means redesign of shopping centre may be ‘shelved indefinitely’

Report found gap between  most expensive and the cheapest two-bed apartments in Dublin is less than elsewhere. Mount St Anne’s, Dublin 6. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Report by Goodbody highlights gap in affordability in rental market

Statistics show that Ireland is undergoing a historic shift in its traditional pattern of home ownership.

Ireland is undergoing a shift from owning to renting. What does this mean for people?

Dr Johnny Ryan, speaking in a former role at The Irish Times, has filed a complaint against the Interactive Advertising Bureau Europe.

Submission to data protection body relates to ‘cookie wall’ that blocks users from IAB Europe site unless they give permissions

High levels of fraudulent or exaggerated claims are often suggested as a reason for the expensive premiums charged to Irish consumers. Photograph: iStock

FBD tells Oireachtas committee it believes 20% of insurance claims to it are fraudulent

A coal depot in Shanghai. The ban on smoky coal was first promised in 2015. Photograph: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

The introduction of the long-promised measure had been scheduled for September

Sinn Féin claim the saving could build 2,000 extra homes. File photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

Sinn Féin says approved housing bodies cheaper; Government disputes claim

Fahy Law plans to bring the first of up to 20 ‘lead cases’, which will determine the outcome of other cases, to the High Court in October.

Firm plans to bring first test cases to High Court in October

Children’s play centre – It has been claimed that the high level of payouts isdriving insurers away. File photograph: iStock

Linda Murray who owns a business in Navan tells committee premiums up 300% in a year

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys said up to 300 freight, brokerage and cargo agents and clerks will be permitted work permits in the context of Brexit. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Initiative aims to boost construction sector labour supply and manage Brexit workload

The scene in Castleblayney, Co Monaghan, where a digger was used to pull a cash machine from a wall during a theft. Photograph: Philip Fitzpatrick

Gardaí investigating Castleblaney incident as number of ATM thefts near Border rises

Connaught House on Burlington Road in Dublin, where the offices of IBRC are. Photograph: Alan Betson

One of the last significant actions the State-owned bad bank will take

FAI executive vice president John Delaney adjusts his tie during Ireland’s Uefa Euro 2020 qualifying match against Georgia at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on March 26th. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Sport Ireland will appear before Oireachtas committee on Wednesday

Minister of State for Disability Issues Finian McGrath has apologised to gardaí and families of drink-driving road crash victims.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

Minister says calls for his resignation after policing comments are matter for the Taoiseach

Since 2012, the fire service has inspected 7,809 premises, including 890 apartments. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

Cost of corrective action poses challenges for owners’ management firms

Ryanair has been named as one of Europe’s top 10 carbon emitters in a survey by the Transport & Environment NGO. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Responding to NGO survey, spokesman says airline Europe’s ‘greenest and cleanest’

The worst performing departmental website was the Department of Foreign Affairs, which had 96 trackers detected on it. Photograph: iStock

Some departments and local authorities are reviewing cookie policies

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Mr Varadkar’s partner Matt and friends with Kylie Minogue at the singer’s gig at the 3Arena last year. Photograph: Tiernan Brady/Twitter

Department of the Taoiseach twice refused request for letter to be released under FoI

FAI executive vice president John Delaney adjusts his tie during Ireland’s Uefa Euro 2020 qualifying match against Georgia at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on March 26th. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Mazars to conduct ‘an independent and in-depth’ examination of association

Minister of State for Disability Issues Finian McGrath said ‘a police force - like teachers, nurses - guards should always be non-political’. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

Minister of State made remarks on enforcement methods of new drink driving laws

Console founder and chief executive Paul Kelly, together with his wife Patricia and son Tim,  spent €500,000 on groceries, clothes and foreign trips.   Photograph:  Mark Stedman/

Bermingham & Co and Condron & Associates audited disgraced Irish charity for seven years

Senator David Norris described the alleged hazing as reported by the UT as a ‘stupid Anglo American piece of nonsense which can sometimes be quite dangerous’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

David Norris says: ‘When I joined, they simply dipped my tie into a pint of stout’

IBRC, formed from the remains of Anglo Irish Bank and Irish Nationwide Building Society, was the first Irish entity to engage in the large-scale sale of non-performing loans. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Agenda: State is still entangled in financial sector via Nama, IBRC and Quinn Insurance

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: Nama says the “best financial return may be achievable only over a longer time horizon than 2020/2021” due to expected zoning and infrastructural initiatives. Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

State toxic loans agency says delaying 2021 wind-down plan could lead to ‘significant gain’

Ann Kean and Patrick Halpin at their home, Aberdeen Lodge, which is also a guesthouse in Sandymount, Dublin speaking to representatives of receivers appointed by Goldman Sachs who were attempting to take possession of the property. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Solicitor and receiver attempt to repossess property in suburb of Sandymount

Ann Keane and Patrick Halpin pictured at Aberdeen Lodge on Thursday. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Owners of Aberdeen Lodge have offered to repay €1.25m in debt secured on the property

Insurance Ireland said all claims settlements are conducted in line with relevant codes of practice. Photograph: iStock

Review finds insurance companies deter customers from appointing loss assessors

Bette Browne from Malahide, and Sabrina Joyce Kemper from Portmarnock, protesting outside previous  An Bord Pleanala hearing on plans for the  Clonshaugh sewage plant. Photograph: Fran Veale

At public meeting in Dublin planners hear concerns about smells from €500m plant

The industry criticism comes after  Revenue was warned that film-makers who may be inflating their budgets to secure outsized tax breaks were playing “catch my if you can” with the taxman.

Lobby accuses revenue of dragging its feet over information on section 481 scheme

Offsetting sedentary periods with exercise or other physical activity will not totally eliminate the risk to health brought about by sitting down too much, researchers say. Photograph: iStock

Sedentary activity contributes to almost 70,000 deaths in Britain annually, study finds

Richard Bruton:  he  is  working with the Attorney General to “finalise a legally robust plan which will improve air quality by reducing particulate matter in the air”

Delay to nationwide ban has also provoked strong criticism from fuel distributors who have invested large sums in clean fuel plant(...)

In a briefing note prepared for chairman Niall Cody, Revenue officials said the team of tax inspectors tasked with policing sanctions for manipulating Ireland’s tax-break scheme for films was under resourced. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Finance Bill introduced stricter penalties after claim producers might have manipulated system

A preliminary investigation by management company KPM uncovered a range of potential fire safety issues at Simonsridge. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Developer Shannon Homes told to conduct assessment on 632-unit Simonsridge build

A photo posted by Leo Varadkar on hisTwitter account in July 2017  jogging in Phoenix Park with Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau. Photograph: @campaignforleo/PA Wire

Update of Taoiseach’s social media persona was to ‘heighten awareness’ of his Instagram account

Michael D’Arcy, Minister of State for Finance: “The era of insurance companies saying ‘this is the way it is’, that’s not going to continue.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

D’Arcy ‘deeply dissatisfied’ by the behaviour of insurer

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has  indicated ‘cautious support’ for the plan.  Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/ Bloomberg

Minister for Finance to support plan only if all social housing retained for such purpose

Tusla has voiced concerns over the slow progress of an investigation into a protected disclosure. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Child protection agency’s executive voices worries over slow progress of inquiry

The National Driver Licence Service said it was illegal for UK licence holders to drive until they get their Irish permits. Photograph: iStock

500 applications per day being made for Irish permits, RSA confirms

Fianna Fáil sport spokesman Robert Troy said John  Delaney must ‘be ready’ to answer questions about the loan. Photograph:  ©INPHO/ Ryan Byrne

Social Democrats’ Catherine Murphy says she will raise allegations with FAI chief

The HSE was the worst performing of six national health service websites surveyed by eprivacy firm Cookiebot.

Report finds 73 per cent of HSE landing pages contained ‘ad trackers’

Marymount Hospice has a specialist inpatient unit consisting of 44 beds and provides specialist palliative care. Photograph: iStock

Marymount letter to Minister for Health blames pay restoration and seeks extra funds

In addition to income tax exemptions, fees for private schooling for eligible children of executives using the scheme were also eligible for tax relief, up to €5,000 per year for each eligible child.  Photograph: Getty Images

Briefing notes prepared for Taoiseach’s meeting with the American Chamber show the scheme cost the State €18.1m in 2016

The FAI issued a statement describing details of a loan received from its chief executive John Delaney. Photograph: INPHO/Donall Farmer

‘This is the only occasion on which I provided the Association with a short-term loan’

Residents told Dublin City Council the development would be a welcome addition to the city’s North Lotts neighbourhood. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Several North Lotts apartment owners ‘had no knowledge’ objection made in their name

The UK government’s  proposal would see no import tariffs on goods coming from Ireland to Northern Ireland, while London would impose no new checks or controls on such goods. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Locals are concerned the new no-deal proposal may further encourage illicit trade

 The Department of Health’s controversial move to new offices in Miesian Plaza  resulted in “ineffective expenditure”. Photograph: Bryan James Brophy / The Irish Times

Public Accounts Committee makes series of recommendations arising from relocation project

Optal is seeking to diversify its operations away from the UK after Brexit.  Photograph: Prisma by Dukas/UIG via Getty Images

Fast-growing e-money firm chooses Dublin as post-Brexit base of EU operations

Kennas Fitzsimons, son of Jack Fitzsimons, says his father was driven by a desire to make good housing affordable to ordinary rural people.   Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

New posthumous publication defends 1971 book by Jack Fitzsimons

Lahinch native Micheál Ryan, who worked for the United Nations world food programme, was among those killed in the crash outside Addis Ababa. Photograph: Facebook

Norwegian Air has no current plans to withdraw Boeing 737 Max aircraft

The remains of Grenfell Tower in London, after a fire broke out in June 2017, killing 71 people. File photograph: Neil Hall/EPA

Survey undertaken after 71 killed in London’s Grenfell Tower fire

The research found that a quarter of those surveyed would be willing to pay 40 per cent more than their rent in order to own a home. Photograph: iStock

Research finds almost 31% of prospective home buyers surveyed are living with parents

Social Democrats co-leader and TD, Catherine Murphy (front), during a briefing by the Social Democrats on the plinth of Leinster House, Dublin on March 5th. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Four days were set aside in February for Social Democrats TD to appear before inquiry

Eileen O’Sullivan:  diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer in 2013

‘People have died as a result of misinformation. But dead patients don’t talk.’

Bus drivers have been refusing to stop at UCD’s Belfield campus after 10pm citing antisocial behaviour. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

UCD students’ union and Dublin Bus say meeting was positive and agree to work on proposals

Apartments in Costa del Sol in Spain. File photograph: iStock/Getty Images

European Commission calls for €1.2m lump sum penalty after State fails to bring in protections

The owners of  almost 900 Beacon South Quarter apartments had hoped to apply for a loan from the Government’s new Home Building Finance Ireland  fund. Photograph: Eric Luke

Some 900 Dublin apartments with fire-safety defects not eligible for Government fund

CSG report notes the level of labour productivity in Irish building is ‘well below the EU average for construction sectors’. File photo.

Construction Sector Group’s first report also flags shortage of skilled workers

St James’s Wood, Kilmainham. News of fire-safety defects first came to light in December 2018. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Fire safety and other construction issues have dogged Irish apartments

Workers repair a damaged roof on apartments at Churchwell Crescent in Belmayne, Dublin in September 2018. Photograph: Donall Farmer

Residents concerned over balcony flaws and fire safety at north Dublin development

The Priory Hall apartment complex in Dublin, which Dublin City Council had to refurbish due to fire safety issues.  File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Many apartment residents ‘living with leaks, damp, structural and fire safety defects’

Spencer Dock Apartments, Dublin. The apartments, which are located close to the Central Bank, IFSC and silicon docks, can retail for up to €4,500 a month for a two-bed unit. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Apartments close to IFSC, Google and Facebook originally built by Treasury Holdings

Apartment owners at Hyde Square in Kilmainham have been presented with bills of almost €11,000 each for the repair of their decaying roof. Photograph: Google Earth

Residents in four Celtic Tiger-era developments face steep bills, eviction and costly litigation

New York governor Andrew Cuomo tweeted his support for the pride centre, writing that it was ‘way past time’ that it be permitted to march in the Staten Island parade. Photograph: Nathaniel Brooks/New York Times

Staten Island Pride Center has been refused permission to march in parade since 2011

NUI Maynooth. File Photograph: Alan Betson

Housing expert says people are spending less on food and education due to the cost of housing

Home for Good said a referendum would be an ‘important part’ of bringing about change. File photograph: Laura Hutton/

Home for Good say wording should include right to dignity, shelter and safety

Grid Finance will continue raising finance on its Block and Beam accounts, which allow investments up to and above €3 million from individual lenders, respectively. Photograph: Michael Sohn/AP Photo

Peer-to-peer platform steps back from small investors in absence of regulation

Glenveagh Homes says providing housing for older people could be used as a means of satisfying a builder’s social housing obligations. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Glenveagh claims strict design standards for apartments could be relaxed for older people

Nama sold the debt secured on the former John Player cigarette factory on the South Circular Road  to US property investor Hines in a refinancing deal. Photograph: Alan Betson

PAC says sites such as Poolbeg and Player Wills left too long in undeveloped limbo

The proposed legislation will see the time spent living apart by couples before becoming eligible for divorce be cut from four years out of the preceding five to two years out of the previous three. File photograph: iStock

Vote will take place on May 24th, the same date as the local and European elections

According to some reports, phone users are encouraged to make contact with someone named ‘Momo’ on the WhatsApp messaging platform.

Social networking giant says it will remove content that promotes the phenomenon

Ellie Kisyombe says she sought asylum immediately after arriving at Dublin airport in 2010. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Catherine Murphy and Róisín Shortall concerned at allegation of backstory inaccuracy

Michael Shine has been investigated and put on trial for cases stretching back to the mid-1960s. Photograph: Collins Courts

Drogheda hospital order insurers have already settled more than 200 abuse claims

The departure of  three board members from the Social Democrats marks a deepening crisis for the party as it struggles to address issues around the candidacy of Ellie Kisyombe. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Board members resign over party’s response to claims about local election candidate

Ellie Kisyombe is a candidate for the Social Democrats in the upcoming local elections. FIle photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Party chairman and vice-chair step down in protest over its response to claims about candidate

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