It is unsurprising that a flash look at European consumer confidence earlier this month found levels had “plummeted” by five points in the euro zone and by 4.5 points across the wider EU. Photograph: Getty Images

Euroz one business and consumer confidence survey due as are Irish unemployment figures

Researchers from Trinity College Dublin examined data relating to people aged more than 70 as care-givers, childminders and active members of society, and considered the economic impact of their potential lack of social interaction during the pandemic. Image: iStock.

Report on economic and social contribution of over 70s released in response to pandemic

The first Covid-19 payments, for approximately 90 per cent of claims received between March 13th and 19th, were issued last Friday.

Volume normally experienced over 10 months being filed in as many working days

Dublin Airport Police personnel applauding front-line healthcare workers tonight at Dublin Airport. Photograph: Julien Behal

Grateful nation unites in a show of solidarity with under pressure medical personnel

The markets will await US manufacturing, services and composite purchasing managers’ index flash for March. Photograph: Getty

Dramatic fall in activity inevitable in various measures over the weeks and months ahead

Lufthansa are due to file their results, but the focus for aviation is on the immediate future

This Week: Results from Trinity Biotech, Diaceutics, Lufthansa and Accenture

People pass graffiti reminding people to wash their hands on the window of a bar in Dublin’s city centre. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

Total of 119 cases confirmed on island of Ireland as Trump declares national emergency in US

Racegoers at day three of the Cheltenham Festival. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Coveney says racing festival would not have been held if it was in Ireland

The Irish Road Hauliers’ Association has sought clarity from the Department of Transport on whether drivers can get single cabins on ferries or be allowed to sleep in their trucks. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

First company to announce restrictions says virus can significantly impact supply chains

The numbers of those waiting on hospital trolleys has declined sharply this week due to the spread of coronavirus. File photograph: iStock

Drop may reflect GPs’ reluctance to refer patients amid coronavirus outbreak

Minister for Health Simon Harris: pointed out that the Health Products Regulatory Authority was responsible for the regulation of medical devices. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Surgeon contacted Minister over concerns about an earlier model of Magec rods

MBA focus: Swiss business school places focus on leadership in a rapidly changing world

 Tourists on  St Andrew’s Street, Dublin. Tourism is likely to be affected by the coronavirus. Photograph: Alan Betson

Dublin Chambers’ Leaders Series takes place; results from Aryzta and Tullow Oil

Joan Huber (53), originally from Coolcuslaugh near Killarney, Co Kerry, was found dead following an apparent murder-suicide in the Canyon Country area of the city of Reno, Nevada, US. File photograph: Google Street View

Joan Huber (53), originally from Kerry, found dead after apparent murder-suicide

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Wipes, which are favoured by many for their ease of use, found on 12.2% of our shoreline

 Mental Health Commission chairman John Saunders (left), chief executive John Farrelly (right) and  Minister of State for Mental Health Jim Daly at the launch of the commission’s plan for 2019-2022. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

Mental Health Commission report finds treatment is effective, says chief executive

 Newly elected TD’s from left Jennifer Carroll Mac Neill (FG),  Holly Cairns (Soc Dems) and Claire Kerrane (SF) spoke at the National Women’s Council of Ireland ‘Celebrate the Changemakers’ conference in advance of International Women’s Day. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

NWCI hears Ireland now ranked 99th in the world for female representation

Private sector renters are almost four times as likely to be unable to pay for heating, while 28 per cent have faced arrears in utility bills, the report says.

Debt should be seen as ‘a national policy’ rather than ‘an issue of blame’, says Tasc report

 Bandon Community Hospital, which cares for 25 people, was found not to be in compliance with nine regulations when inspectors visited last December. Photograph: Friends of Bandon Community Hospital/Facebook

Hiqa finds Bandon hospital outsources activities while Midleton facility relies on temporary staff

Some titanium Magec Model X rods, used in small children with severe scoliosis, were found to be defective. Photograph: iStock

All children fitted with recalled rods will be monitored regularly and assessed by X-ray

Chris Izart, director, Owl Pest Control, in Tallaght, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Pest-control firms say restricted use of poison is behind rise of rodents in food premises

Hewlett Packard Enterprises, Urban Outfitters, Hostelworld, Abercrombie & Fitch and Campbell’s Soup also posted results this week. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Talent Summit is in the Convention Centre; Cairn Homes and Trinity Biotech post results

Gardaí said the male driver of the jeep was taken to Cavan General Hospital as a precaution. File  photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Driver and passenger pronounced dead at scene of collision with jeep on Friday evening

Claire Cahill of the Scoliosis Advocacy Network said she was not satisfied by the CHI statement and said patients should be scheduled for follow-up appointments and, where necessary, new X-rays. Photograph: iStock

X-ray reviews show ‘no concerns’ for Irish children fitted with Magec scoliosis device

The Simon Communities  said the latest statistics show 4,400 single adults in emergency accommodation, an overall increase of 7.2% since January 2019. File photograph: The Irish Times

Over 3,570 children in emergency accommodation, marking an increase of 152

The Magec system was designed to allow for external lengthening of rods using magnets, as the child’s spine develops, without the need for multiple surgeries.

Surgeons advised to consult patients about implanted Magec Model X magnetic rods

‘There is no advantage to leaving it in and there are many advantages to taking it out.’ Photograph: iStock

Audit under way of scoliosis sufferers fitted with Magec System Model X rods

The audit found responsibility for retirement lay with individual employees so staff could end up working beyond the maximum retirement age. Photograph: Alan Betson

Internal HSE audit finds staff at agency are responsible for their own exit process

Cycle to Work, which aims to encourage people to use bikes for transport, came into effect for HSE staff in 2010. Photograph: iStock

Under the system employee pays cost of bike back through a salary deduction over 12 months

The employee returned a timesheet with payment processed through an agency while at the same time (and sometimes by the same manager) these hours were entered on the HSE payroll system. Photograph: iStock

No prosection in case involving €16,000 in wages over 36 shifts, internal audit says

Fake money used in films with a nominal value of almost half a million euro has been found in circulation, An Gard Síochána has said. Image: Garda Facebook Page.

Businesses and consumers told to watch out for fake notes used as film props

Bank of Ireland chief executive Francesca McDonagh pictured at its agm in the RDS last year. The bank will announce its full-year results on Monday, amid a backdrop of uncertainty about the formation of a new Government. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Salesforce, Glanbia and CRH to report; Guaranteed Irish roadshow on future trends takes place in UCC

The MV Alta, a 77m Tanzanian registered cargo ship which had been abandoned and drifting in the Atlantic Ocean for 17 months, washed up on rocks near Ballycotton in east Cork last weekend.   Photograph: Cathal Noonan/AFP via Getty

Materials stored in barrels scheduled to be removed by helicopter after being secured

Patients continue to receive a full selection of hot meals in UHG with one change which is that the main hot meal is served in the evening, rather than at lunchtime. File photograph: Eric Luke

University Hospital Galway says kitchen will open ‘as quickly as possible’

The cargo ship MV Alta on rocks near the village of Ballycotton, Co Cork. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/AFP

A jogger spotted it last weekend on a rocky east Cork shore. But where did it come from?

Street lights, empty roads and relative darkness suggest the race was held in the early hours of the morning.

Two horse-and-carts raced on inbound lane of N7 at Citywest in Dublin last weekend

Street lights, empty roads and relative darkness suggest the race was held in the early hours of the morning.

Carts flanked to front and rear by rows of cars and vans acting as moving cordon

A fixed sprinkler system was not utilised due to the speed at which the vessel became engulfed in smoke, the official accident report found. Photograph: Marine Casualty Investigation Board

Crew of Suzanne II detected blaze and abandoned ship before it sank

People take pictures on rocks next to the docked Westerdam cruise ship in Sihanoukville, Cambodia on Tuesday as authorities checked if any passengers that remained could have the Covid-19 coronavirus. Photograph: Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP  via Getty Images)

Pair being treated in hospital in Japan, Tánaiste confirms in statement

‘What I would do in the morning is actually make it illegal for anybody to drive their kids to school’  a  Dublin City Council official has said. Photograph: iStock

Conference hears of how Dublin might reach ambitious air quality targets by 2030

Investors in Ires Reit may be looking nervously over their shoulders during Thursday’s results announcement.  On Tuesday, following Sinn Féin’s electoral dominance, hundreds of millions of euro evaporated from housing and banking shares.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Kerry Group and Allegion results due on Tuesday; Digital Media Awards on Friday

Mairead O’Leary from UCD LawSoc speaks during the semi-final of the Irish Times Debate 2019-2020 in the cadets’ mess at the  Curragh Camp. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Last semi-final held in cadets’ mess at the Curragh Camp

Aging in cold-blooded organisms such as amphibians linked to high temperatures

Three people were present in the house, but no injuries were sustained. File photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

The attack at Anally Gardens is believed to be connected to an ongoing feud

The Fianna Fáil parliamentary party has given Micheál Martin a mandate to explore coalition options with all parties, except Sinn Féin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Micheál Martin says party is preparing for exploratory talks with Greens and Soc Dems

Former Central Bank governor Philip Lane returns to Dublin this week.

CSO data on Thursday rounds off year in which house prices have begun to calm

The ballot paper template system that helps voters with visual impairments to line up candidates to numbers. Photograph Courtesy: Department of Housing.

Serious shortfalls in new system designed to make private voting easier, says activist

Rick Astley’s well worn campaign pledges may appeal to many of the electorate.

Championing Rick Astley for taoiseach while Ó Ríordáin lets us in on a daily struggle

 Social Democrats Dublin Bay North candidate Cian O’Callaghan launching his party’s Affordable Lives policy in Dublin on Thursday. Photograph : Mark Hilliard

Party supports a ‘complete freeze on all residential rents’ for a number of years

A facial reconstruction of the initially unidentified man discovered in a Galway wood in 2014. Photograph: Garda Press Office

DNA comparison confirmed the man found dead in Galway woods to be a Polish national

Sinn Féin councillor Patricia Ryan. Photograph: Facebook

Patricia Ryan goes on holiday in election week while knives come out in Meath East

LillyRose Wogan (11) asking a question during the Children’s Hustings in The Ark in Temple Bar, Dublin. Photograph: Julien Behal

Politicians on best behaviour as they are quizzed by youngsters on a range of issues

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin and candidate James Collins speak to the media while on a general election canvass at Crescent Shopping Centre in Limerick City.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

McDonald borrows a phrase from Boris while Super Bowl fails to excite TD’s brother

Galway Community Circus training in 2017 at the Claddagh Basin for Wires Crossed - A Balancing act for Europe, one of the key projects of Galway 2020.  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

World record event is part of Galway’s European Capital of Culture 2020 programme

Mark Broderick of Model Heli Services, using a drone at Ballyquirke Lake, Moycullen, Co Galway for  marine and fresh water research. Photograph: Bryan O Brien/The Irish Times

Inaccessibility is limiting how many lakes can be tested, as required by EU water directive

DUP leader Arlene Foster remained steadfastly confident there would be no united Ireland.  Photograph: Jonathan Porter/PressEye

DUP leader calls for ‘neighbourly relations’ during appearance on RTÉ’s Late Late Show

Halo Business Angel Network in Powerscourt, Co Wicklow

Expert insight on hand from conference in Co Wicklow organised by Enterprise Ireland

 Labour leader Brendan Howlin, Taoiseach and Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar, Solidarity-People Before Profit’s Mick Barry, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin, Social Democrats co-leader Catherine Murphy, Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald and Green Party leader Eamon Ryan before the Tonight Show Leaders’ Debate on  Virgin Media One. Photograph:  Maxwells

McDonald dismisses Martin’s assertion that such a move would be unconstitutional

Gardaí recover mobile phones, electronic devices and €20,000 in cash

The scene of a major rescue operation where a child was trapped under a bus in Arklow, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Garry O’Neill

Emergency services, heavy lifting equipment were at scene of incident on town’s Main Street

Screengrabs of  video footage of Constantin Iosca shot by a security firm on behalf of the MIBI.

Constantin Iosca sued Motor Insurers Bureau after bike struck by untraceable car

A detailed drawing of the missing pig teddy, Theodora, drawn by her ’distraught’ owner Imogen.

Family appeals for help finding Imogen’s missing cuddly toy

A message attached to a bouquet left at the house where the three McGinley children’s bodies were found in Newcastle, Co Dublin, last Friday. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Locals and strangers visit Newcastle church to sign book of condolences for family

World Economic Forum  in Davos. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty

World Economic Forum in Switzerland, Euro zone consumer confidence flash

File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Prisoner unable to leave cell because no walking stick was available

A Citroen C5 Aircross SUV Hybrid is plugged to a charging station at Brussels Motor Show, Belgium on January 9th. Photograph:  Francois Lenoir/Reuters

The week in business: Delta Airlines, Citigroup, JP Morgan & Chase results; US business optimism index, inflation

The move to bring in tighter rules on what people are exposed to online will be welcomed by many campaigners and parents. Photograph: iStock

Proposed legislation aims to make firms responsible for combating harmful web activity

Figures for the year show there were 46 workplace deaths of all kinds, an 18% increase on 2018 (39) and the end of a downward trend since 2015. Photograph: iStock

HSA says fatalities will continue to rise unless smaller firms stop ‘cutting corners’

Robert Bradshaw photographed with his wife Mary.  Photograph: courtesy of the Bradshaw Family

Robert Bradshaw left paralysed since slipping off a wall on Cork building site in 2014

An Bord Pleanála has given the go-ahead for the scheme at the site of Brady’s pub on the Old Navan Road in Castleknock, west Dublin.

New rules are ‘steadily dismantling high quality community planning’, says Labour TD

Five low-risk lifestyle factors were then measured in each – never smoking, healthy weight, at least 30 minutes of daily physical activity, moderate alcohol intake, and a good diet. Photograph: iStock

Research quantifies how many extra years one can expect in return for good health

According to the annual CSO Facts & Figures report average rainfall in 2018 was 1,224 millimetres compared to 912 millimetres in 1971. Photograph: Haydn West/PA

New report shows changes in Irish society, housing prices and health care

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys pointed out that spreading regional development was a priority.

Up to 42% of FDI related events took place in Dublin

 Migratory Whooper swans in North Wicklow in January 2015. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Experts believe Bewick’s swans are soon to be a thing of the past on Irish shores

Statistics from Department of Housing give insight into the numbers relying on payment

British prime minister Boris Johnson at Pendulum Summit 2019.

Business diary of the week: Euro zone and Irish retail sales to be published

Former president Mary McAleese says Pope Francis has prompted debate within the church but has not been the ‘great reformer’ many expected. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Former president says pontiff has managed to stir debate within Catholic Church

The PSNI are appealing for information about the collision in west Belfast on Friday afternoon. File photograph: PA Wire

Eoin Hamill suffers fatal injuries in crash on Springfield Road

A woman signs a book of condolence at RTÉ radio centre in Donnybrook, Dublin, for broadcaster Marian Finucane who died aged 69 on Thursday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

‘She was a brilliant journalist who shied away from celebrity,’ says Miriam O’Callaghan

An 85-year-old pedestrian has died following a road incident in Co Offaly on Thursday.  File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The pedestrian was hit by a vehicle in the Mountheaton area on Thursday evening

President Michael D Higgins said the country had lost a “deeply respected, trusted and much loved broadcaster” who had become central to her profession.  Photograph:  Dara Mac Dónaill

President, colleagues and politicians recall her skill and trailblazing feminist legacy

RTÉ broadcaster  Marian Finucane, pictured in 2010. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

President leads tributes to ‘superb’ radio presenter after her sudden death at home

 Minister Pascal Donohoe: met management and parents who had children at the company’s Glasnevin crèche last Friday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Deregistration of four controversial Hyde & Seek crèches delayed by ongoing legal proceedings

Major roads out of the capital and other cities are likely to begin getting congested by midday. File photograph: The Irish Times

Weather alert in place as major roads out of Dublin and other cities see heavy traffic

Irish shops are still waiting for a bump in festive trade this week, Retail Excellence, the industry lobby has said.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Irish shops are still waiting for a bump in festive trade this weekend

The Government will not “bail out” creches with an insurance subsidy due to rising premium prices, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said. Photograph: Screenshot of Pat Kenny interview Virgin Media One

Funding to be provided but Taoiseach says it is not related to crisis in Pat Kenny interview

Researchers found that people who engaged in arts activities once or twice a year had a 14 per cent lower risk of dying at any time during the follow-up period, the BMJ reported. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Engagement with arts every few months lowers risk of dying by 31 per cent, study finds

A juvenile corncrake, caught, tagged, and released by researchers in Co Roscommon in 2002. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Number of protected birds has dropped by 85 per cent since the 1970s

An umbrella wasteland at Dublin’s College Green after commuters had battled with wind and rain on Wednesday. Photograph: Irish Times

Unwelcome prospect of continued unsettled weather ahead of Christmas break

Kevin Lunney (50) was abducted as he drove towards his home in Co Fermanagh on September 17th. He was beaten and released  some two hours later. File photograph: BBC Spotlight

Resumption of some ‘low level’ activity in the Cavan-Fermanagh Border area reported

The 39-bed Elm Mount Unit at St Vincent’s University Hospital said the issue was now high risk. Photograph: Google Street View

Elm Mount Unit at St Vincent’s hospital fails compliance test for four consecutive years

On Monday and Tuesday, the European Central Bank will hold its biennial conference on household finance and consumption in Dublin. File photograph: Getty

FedEx, Accenture and Nike figures due along with euro zone trade and inflation numbers

A robber stole a cash box and fled in a white van in Dundrum. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/THE IRISH TIMES

Man with gun threatens employee delivering cash box in Dublin suburb of Dundrum

A range of counterfeit goods seized in Co Tipperary on Thursday. Photograph courtesy: An Garda Síochána.

Clothes found in Tipperary house raid, gardaí say

The Komori printer purchased for the Houses of the Oireachtas was too big for its designated room so remedial works had to take place. Photograph: RTÉ News.

Dáil Clerk pursuing financial contribution from manufacturer with €2m spend forecast

Tega Agberhiere (17) who suffered serious injuries during an acid attack in Waterford. File photograph: Damian Tiernan via Twitter

‘We just want justice for those boys because the injuries are for life; they will be scarred for life’

Of particular note was the rise in deaths from cocaine use from 42 in 2016 to 53 in 2017, an increase of 26 per cent. Photograph: iStock

Report finds a third of drug poisoning deaths in 2017 involved alcohol

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