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


Acute hospitals also face restrictions as figures show HSE deficit nearing €170 million

The researchers said they would use the data to build a brain tumour information system and ‘interrogate biologic and genetic data across a range of tumour types’.  Photograph: iStock

Request to use data from 9,000 Irish patients refused over patient consent considerations

Robert Watt,  secretary general of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, made the comments during an email exchange with David McRedmond,  chief executive of An Post. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Comments made in email exchange on merits and risks of shifting many public services online

A full list of the affected products and batch numbers is available on fsai.ie. Photograph: iStock

Celtic Pure says its supermarket own-brand water recalled as precautionary measure

Officials from the Department of Communications want to make it mandatory that ducting for high-speed broadband be included for new house planning permission to be obtained.

Government officials want to make cabling mandatory to obtain planning permission

 Minister for Communications Richard Bruton announcing details of a reform of the TV licence fee at the Department of Communications in Dublin on Friday. Photograph: Michelle Devane/PA Wire

Multimillion euro investment in database of premises required to improve collection rate

Swimmers take part in a dip in the Liffey in advance of the 100th Liffey Swim on Saturday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/ The Irish Times

Dublin City Council says results significantly exceed acceptable levels for bathing waters

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton TD at the announcement of  changes to how the TV licence fee will be collected. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Government to put job traditionally done by An Post out to tender later this year

Sinn Féin TD Eoin Ó Broin: “The Government cannot continue to ignore its responsibility in assisting homeowners with Celtic Tiger-era latent defects.”  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Sinn Féin to publish private member's Bill for redress for owners of defective properties

The prospect of overruns at the Cork project was recently flagged by TII in a warning to Minister for Transport Shane Ross

Government accused of using same ‘flawed’ approach that led to overspend on NCH

Dr Ciara Martin and  Eilísh Hardiman of Children’s Health Ireland and radiographer Dineo Hunters at the children’s urgent care centre at Connolly Hospital. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Pay restoration a national issue, Children’s Health Ireland chief executive says

Workers attend an emergency meeting at the Mountdillon Bord na Móna plant. File photograph: Shelley Corcoran

Chief executive says lay-offs at Mountdillon will cease until it has ‘greater clarity’

AIB is 75 per cent owned by the taxpayer.

Bank to sell family home mortgages worth hundreds of millions of euro

The Ombudsman said that on some occasions an individual who may have been unaware of an overpayment demand  only realised it was outstanding when they began to draw down their State pension. Photograph: Getty Images

Department sought thousands in overpayments with having little or no documentation

Donal Conway, who will controversially seek re-election to the FAI board

A contentious agm will decide if the organisation's president is elected for another term

Minister for the Environment  Richard Bruton: ‘It will be about getting people to sign up to pledges for change’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

'Name and shame' element for companies will be part of new approach, says Minister

Minister for Climate Action Richard Bruton. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Richard Bruton told climate change is ‘bigger than Brexit or the National Broadband Plan’

Speaking outside the MacGill Summer School in Glenties, Co Donegal, Micheál Martin said the degree of Josepha Madigan’s involvement in the Maria Bailey case ‘should be fully transparent and should be clarified’. File photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil leader also claims report on Bailey case is ‘inconsistent’

The site of the new national children’s hospital, in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Shake-up to change how the State spends money on projects that cost more than €1bn

 Newly elected Conservative party leader Boris Johnson s outside the Conservative leadership headquarters. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Fianna Fáil leader says incoming UK PM ‘failed to show’ understanding’ of Belfast Agreement

SDLP  wants greater economic integration between North and South. Photograph: Getty

‘Pluralist new Ireland won’t be built on narrow electoral win slipped through in period of chaos’

Mr Justice Peter Charleton told the MacGill Summer School there were ‘clear and obvious dangers’ in the way tribunals are run in Ireland. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister says he will consider options on the issue after criticism by Judge Peter Charleton

Boris Johnson’s candidacy for the next UK prime minister was ‘rather disappointing’. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Candidate with ‘questionably racist language’ would not meet with stringent checks

Sharon Donnery: Prudent management of the public finances are needed.

Sharon Donnery cautions against using corporation tax windfall for current expenditure

Mr Justice Peter Charleton. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Judge suggests curtailing role of legal teams and says rights need to be rebalanced

The Rispa proposal rests on using a mixture of fixed wireless access technologies, alongside the extension of a fibre network into selected rural areas. Photograph: Michael Smith/Getty

Scepticism greets Rispa proposal based on upfront State funding of €900m

In late 2016,  the OPW agreed to a six-year lease for Harcourt Square for an annual rent of €6.01 million. Image: Google Maps

OPW official alleges ‘missed chances’ in renewal of lease for Harcourt Square complex

The original budget for the work to the 273-year-old Leinster House was €8 million. Photograph: Alan Betson

Survey shows sagging floors creating fire safety issue in parliament building

Brendan Grace worked in the entertainment industry for 50 years.

Funeral to take place in the Liberties in Dublin on Monday

A judge has dismissed five fraudulent damages claims for up to €300,000. Photograph: Stock image

Comments follow judge’s dismissal of five €60,000 claims and referral of cases to DPP

Beef magnate Larry Goodman. An investment company controlled by his family, Vevan Unlimited, has accumulated a 2.14 per cent stake in Green Reit. Photograph: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall

Company controlled by beef magnate’s family accumulates stake worth €27.3 million

The strength of constitutional property rights has frequently been cited as a reason why the  Bill cannot be progressed.

Sinn Féin Bill would give mortgage owners a veto on the sale of their loan to a so-called vulture fund

Austin Stack (L) alleged three separate Garda investigations have been carried out in an “uncooperative, disingenuous and disgraceful manner”. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Family argue investigation was flawed, evidence went missing, information ‘supressed’

Sean fleming

Civil servants ‘do not have commerical experience’ to oversee schemes - FF’s Seán Fleming

Last month, an RTÉ Investigates programme raised concerns over the treatment of greyhounds and the potential widespread culling of thousands of animals based on their performances. File photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Chairman will criticise RTÉ allegations over welfare of animals in statement to Oireachtas committee

Eir has raised the prospect of an alternate proposal for the National Broadband Plan. File photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Letter to Bruton says €1 billion broadband claim interferes with procurement process

The Irish Greyhound Board directly owns or controls nine Irish tracks

7,500 owners countrywide, yet last year just two fixed payment notices were served

Greyhound racing at Curraheen Park in  Cork: Claim that up to 6,000 unwanted dogs are culled in knackeries each year provokes anger in dog owners and punters. Photograph:  Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

RTE programme’s figures on culled dogs disputed but traceability issues admitted

An RTÉ broadcast raised concerns over the treatment of greyhounds. File photograph: Peter Kohalmi/AFP/Getty Images

Feed manufacturer Connolly’s Red Mills’ decision follows claims of animal abuse

Minister for Climate Action Richard Bruton halted the Climate Emergency Bill, which had won international support. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Legislation would have made Ireland fifth country in world to ban oil, gas exploration

Eir last week claimed it could deliver the aims of the National Broadband Plan for about €1 billion. Photograph: Michael Smith/Getty Images

David McCourt said it would be inappropriate to discuss matter while tender process is live

More than 40 per cent of trainee medics report being bullied or harrassed in the workplace, with more than one third working 60 hours or more a week

Qualified doctors and nurses cited as main perpetrators of bullying behaviour

Barry’s Tea and FBD Insurance have pulled their sponsorship of greyhound racing following the RTÉ Investigates programme on the industry. Photograph: Peter Kohalmi/AFP/Getty

Dog board and club to go before Oireachtas as sponsors cancel deals over RTÉ revelations

An Oireachtas committee is currently investigating the National Broadband Plan. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Fianna Fáil says David McCourt should make an appearance to address concerns

Barry’s Tea and FBD Insurance have pulled their sponsorship of greyhound racing in the aftermath of an RTÉ programme on the industry. Image: iStock.

Loss of backing from household names follows controversy over documentary on industry

A dug out open septic tank being pumped out. File photograph: Getty

A third of systems that failed inspections during 2013-2018 ‘still not fixed’ – EPA

The common mallard has seen populations numbers decline by more than 40 per cent in 20 years, Birdwatch Ireland says.

State’s biodiversity at risk, Birdwatch Ireland says

Stripe co-founders, Patrick and John Collison. The brothers, and their company, have in the past spoken out about housing problems.  File photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Notes of meetings with Paschal Donohoe and Michael D’Arcy released under FoI

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