In a detailed briefing today, Simon  Coveney told his Government colleagues that a no-deal Brexit could still be avoided but that the UK government had to come up with a solution and indicate what it wants. File photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

Tánaiste warns Cabinet against relaxing no-deal preparations over coming months

 A file photograph of Theresa Lowe and Frank McNamara at the Launch of Senator Joan Freeman’s  presidential campaign. File photograph: Tom Honan/ The Irish Times.

High Court told couple’s financial woes linked to unpaid music royalties

Facebook’s representation, dating back to Enda Kenny’s time as taoiseach, came as efforts were being made to overhaul data privacy laws across the EU. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Company was worried that big EU states would block Ireland from running one-stop shop on data protection

Email in which developer seeks help from former taoiseach put into evidence in US trial

US president Donald Trump is expected to arrive at Doonbeg on June 5th. Photograph: Yuri Gripas/Reuters

Doonbeg residents say US president would be warmly welcomed due to his support of area

Dromoland Castle, Co Clare: The five-star hotel was included in a recent security sweep by Irish and US officials. Photograph: Rhona Cashman

Hotelier says short lead-in for presidential visit is ‘very rare’ but hotel can accommodate

Seamus Lawless (39) was a part of an eight-member climbing expedition when he went missing after he reportedly fell. Photograph: Seamus Lawless/Facebook

Bray man Seamus Lawless reportedly fell while descending the world’s highest peak

Former senator George Mitchell in Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Former US peace broker heralds arrival of DLA Piper as it plans to grow to 100 jobs

Helen Dixon, head of the Irish Data Protection Commission, said she had not heard of any WhatsApp users contacting the regulator to say they had been directly affected by the hack.

Data commissioner in frequent contact with messaging firm to see if EU users are affected

Under plans being worked on by US officials, Donald Trump may return to Doonbeg from France on June 7th before flying back to the US.

US president in line to come to Ireland in early June after state visit to UK

US president Donald Trump with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the White House last March. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Taoiseach may meet US president at Dromoland Castle between June 5th and 7th

Holyhead was adopting a “suck-it-and-see approach” to dealing with post-Brexit life, the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly heard. Photograph: AFP

Dublin Port bemoans vast expense on preparing for no-deal exit that might not happen

Lord Alf Dubs told the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly  that abortion could be passed into law by Northern Ireland’s devolved assembly if party talks restored the power-sharing government in Belfast. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty Images

Gathering hears argument that human rights ‘not a devolved matter’

Andrew Rosindell: ‘A completely fresh start is needed, and this time it will be a different type of negotiation.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

UK politicians at British-Irish assembly in Wicklow want new leader and new approach

Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook: The  company announced plans last year to add a further 5,000 jobs to its Irish operation in the coming years, with a move to a new headquarters in Ballsbridge, Dublin. Photograph: Lino Mirgeler/AFP/Getty Images

Taoiseach wrote to tech executive pledging to help social media giant ‘realise your plans’

Minister for Communications Richard Bruton at the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly in the Druids Glen Hotel, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

FF to press Ministers on whether the decision on contract with private firm is reversible

DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson  said: ‘We need to get to a place where we agree that there were things that went wrong and should never have happened and we move on’. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Brexit and centenaries will bring ‘five years of difficult discussion’, says DUP MP

Minister for Climate Action Richard Bruton is pictured at a meeting of the  British Irish Parliamentary Assembly at  the Druids Glen Hotel in Co Wicklow. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Bruton warns businesses they face issues if changes not made to address global warming

Minister for Communications Richard Bruton declined to comment on the estimate given last week by Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed, who said the bidder was investing almost €200 million of equity in the plan. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister declines to say how much cash the consortium is investing

The Royal Princess, the luxury cruise liner,  berthed in Dublin in 2018. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Ross tells Arlene Foster Cork and Belfast trying to fill gap left by Dublin’s ship limits

Social Democrats TD Catherine Murphy is believed to be considering a range of possibilities and seeking advice on her options in relation to the commission of inquiry. Photograph: Alan Betson

Politician to resist efforts to reveal source of details behind Dáil statements on O’Brien

Ophir Kariv, the Israeli ambassador, described the Occupied Territories Bill as ‘the most extreme, anti-Israel piece of legislation in the western world’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Israel’s envoy accuses boycott supporters of pushing an anti-Israel agenda

Sarah McTernan will represent Ireland in the Eurovision  in Tel Aviv. Photograph: Lili Forberg

Campaigners reject claims they are being ‘anti-Israel’ and say they are not extremist

US Democrats John Delaney, Beto O’Rourke and Joe Biden who all aim to be the party’s presidential candidate next year. Photographs: Christopher Goodney, Lucy Nicholson, Joe Buglewicz/Bloomberg, Reuters

Biden’s claim to be ‘only real Irish man’ in 2020 race for White House has set off jovial debate

Gardaí made four arrests after an attack on a Dublin taxi driver. Stock image: Alan Betson

Four arrests after driver ‘overpowered and seriously assaulted' in Crumlin on Monday

   Ann Flynn with her daughter Norma Flynn and grandson Tadhg Gleeson at the memorial in Donadea Forest Park to her Kildare-born US marine son Liam Flynn who was killed in 2015. Photograph: Alan Betson

Mother of special forces soldier killed in 2015 helicopter crash in ‘no man’s land’ over move

A survey of recently returned Irish citizens last year found that applying for driving licences was among the biggest challenges they experienced after moving home. Photograph: iStock

Rise in UK licence exchanges delaying driver training for applicants from US and Canada

The driver had a phone and cash stolen in the incident on Monday morning. File photograph: Alan Betson

Four youths questioned over incident in early hours of Monday

Publican Louis Fitzgerald said his staff were spending hours every day travelling long distances to and from work because of a shortage of affordable housing. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Housing crisis affecting staff, businessman behind some of Dublin’s leading bars says

Bankrupt developer Seán Dunne and his wife, Gayle Killilea. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Long-running action against Carlow developer and wife goes before jury in Connecticut

Champion jockey Ruby Walsh, who announced his retirement during this week’s Punchestown Festival. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Price proves irrelevant as racing punters enjoy good times again at Co Kildare track

The watchdog is investigating the FAI after it emerged   its chief executive John Delaney gave the association a €100,000 loan to cover a cash shortfall at the organisation in 2017

Watchdog asks High Court to decide on football body’s ‘legally privileged’ records

 Punchestown Festival on Friday where two industry representatives met  the agriculture counsellor at the Irish permanent representation to the EU in Brussels. Photograph: PA Wire

Irish and British officials meet at Punchestown to discuss how UK exit will affect racing

Fine Gael TD Fergus O’Dowd, Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan and Garda Commissioner Drew Harris. Photograph: Simon Carswell

Police chief seeks to reassure public over escalating violence in Co Louth town

Support for Ireland remaining in the EU rose above 90 per cent for the first time last year, to 92 per cent. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA

Survey for pro-EU group shows support for EU membership at highest level in six years

Ruby Walsh celebrates winning the Coral Punchestown Gold Cup on Kemboy at Punchestown. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Gold Cup win on favoured turf caps 24-year career for Kildare native Ruby Walsh

 John de Chastelain in  Dublin. “The public wished to see the instruments of their pain being dismantled in a such a way that they could say, ‘well. now we know it is all done’.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Former decommissioning chief says any hardening of Border due to Brexit ‘a tremendous shame’

Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan and Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald:  The party believes the British government should legislate at Westminster for abortion, same-sex marriage and an Irish language act for the North if the DUP refuses to agree. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Mary Lou McDonald calls for ‘plan B’ in case talks to restore powersharing fail

Property developer Seán Dunne and his wife, Gayle Killilea.

Wife of bankrupt developer lists law professor and retired US judge as expert witnesses

Sir Anthony O’Reilly: says he is married to a Bahamian citizen and has been a permanent resident in the Bahamas for more than 20 years. Photograph:  ©INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan

Businessman seeks court order on Bahamian bankruptcy to block former nurse’s claim

US congressman Richard Neal said the UK and EU must preserve the sanctity of the Belfast Agreement. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Congressman warns Brussels an accord is unlikely if it would imperil Belfast Agreement

Leo Varadkar  and Nancy Pelosi at Government Buildings, Dublin. Ms Pelosi indicated she would look at the possibility of attaching the Irish visa Bill to a routine funding Bill being passed by Congress. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Democrat says she will help renewed push in Congress to pass extension of E3 visas to Irish

From left to right: DUP MP Gavin Robinson, party leader Arlene Foster, MEP candidate Diane Dodds and Westminster leader Nigel Dodds launch Mrs Dodds’s campaign for the European election. Photograph: Michael McHugh/PA Wire

Party’s social media commercials are being shown mostly to people over the age of 55

Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi talks with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Government Buildings in Dublin. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne - Pool/Getty Images

Taoiseach tells Nancy Pelosi at State dinner the Belfast Agreement is ‘still unfulfilled’

European Research Group chairman Jacob Rees-Mogg was involved in “frank exchanges” on the Border issue with the US delegation, led by Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Visiting delegation attempts to disabuse ERG of ‘conspiracy-type thinking’ in heated talks

US House of Representatives speaker Nancy Pelosi makes a speech at Iveagh House, Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Democratic leader warns that UK-US trade is ‘not in the cards’ if peace deal is undermined

US House of Representatives speaker Nancy Pelosi addressing the London School of Economics in London. Photographer: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

US House of Representatives speaker in London ahead of Ireland trip

‘Unfortunately, some [businesses] will react by postponing any preparations.’ Photograph: Revenue

Traders unlikely to hire new staff to handle Brexit arrangements in absence of clarity

A file photograph of trucks waiting for a ferry to Dublin in Holyhead, Wales last October. File image: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images.

Anti-trafficking work by UK immigration officials saw some waiting over an hour at port

 Kevin O’Connell: he expressed confusion at how Ian Drennan  could submit a 3,000-page report to the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation on the failed investigation but not a 415-page report to the committee

Former official tells watchdog he is ‘at a loss’ over why report cannot be submitted to Oireachtas

Kevin O’Connell, a former legal adviser with the ODCE,  admitted shredding relevant papers in the case in a moment of ‘panic’. Photograph: Collins Courts

Ex-ODCE adviser wants to know why watchdog did not submit Seán FitzPatrick trial report

British prime minister Theresa May  during a news conference following the EU  leaders’ summit in  Brussels where the Brexit extension was announced. Photograph:  Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

Haulage association says extra six months is an opportunity for the Government and State agencies to refine contingency planning

 Dublin Port: The new charges and restrictions will apply from June 1st to one of three container terminals at the port. Photograph: Alan Betson

State’s busiest port reduces ‘dwell time’ for freight to free up capacity ahead of UK exit

Billy Kelleher (above) said  Dáil had to find a mechanism to provide Ian Drennan with ‘some form of immunity’. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Fianna Fáil deputy calls failure to publish report ‘an outrageous affront’ to democracy

Ships in Dublin Port being loaded with goods for export. File photo. Photographer: Dara MacDonaill

Haulier group says State will not cope with no deal regardless of customs registrations

Former chairman  of Anglo Irish Bank Seán FitzPatrick leaving court in 2012. Mr FitzPatrick was accused of providing false information to Anglo Irish Bank auditors Ernst & Young, now EY, over his loans at the bank. Photograph: Eric Luke

State watchdog withdraws offer of report on FitzPatrick trial over legal protection fears

 EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier: EU and Irish officials will find “operational solutions” to check goods moving south into the Republic while maintaining an open border. Photograph:  Charles McQuillan

EU would provide technical aid for customs training but costs of personnel to fall on State

Minister for Health Simon Harris during a Healthy Ireland Campaign event  at Richmond Barracks, Inchicore, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister defends decision as 80,000 women forced to wait up to 33 weeks for results

Books in the Law Library in the Four Courts, Dublin. Photograph: David Sleator

One in seven solicitors on 19,000-strong Irish register are English and Welsh lawyers

Theresa May promised on a visit to Belfast in February to review the concerns of Irish citizens in Northern Ireland about how British immigration rules treat their rights to be Irish under the 1998 Belfast Agreement.  Photograph: Getty Images

Equality official urges UK to be ‘open and transparent’ in assessing rights for Northern Irish

EU Brexit chief negotiator Michel Barnier, who will meet Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney and Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe in Dublin on Monday. Photograph: Jean-Francois Monier/AFP/Getty Images

EU negotiator Michel Barnier due in Dublin to discuss no-deal plans with Government

Gerard Hogan, advocate general of the European Court of Justice. Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography

EU advocate general Gerard Hogan says exit may ‘rupture’ Anglo-Irish legal ties

Northern Secretary Karen Bradley. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Northern Secretary appears to suggest Irish citizens in North could not vote in Border poll

New customs posts in Dublin Port. Photograph: Jason Forde

If Brexit happens companies who have not registered will not be able to move goods in and out of Britain

Minister of State for European Affairs Helen McEntee said the Government has been ‘actively exploring ways in which we can protect access to EU entitlements for Irish citizens in Northern Ireland wherever possible’ if there is a hard Brexit. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

“Government ‘actively seeking’ outcome of UK review promised by Theresa May

EU and Irish officials are exploring the possibility of carrying out “factory gate” customs checks. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Major recruitment of customs officers needed to manage farm- or factory-gate checks

People take part in an anti-Brexit rally at the Irish border near Carrickcarnan, Co Louth in January. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Department of Agriculture says it will be ready for food inspections if there is no deal

Border Communities Against Brexit holding protests on Old Belfast Road, on the northern side of the Border, on Saturday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Academic calls for special arrangements in talks to protect rights of Irish in the North

Seán Quinn’s daughters Aoife, Brenda, Colette and Ciara outside the Four Courts. Photograph: Collins Courts

End of labyrinthine litigation marks generational shift in family’s battle with bank

Seán Quinn’s daughters, Aoife, Brenda, Colette and Ciara, and son Seán jnr, have agreed a deal with the State-owned Irish Bank Resolution Corporation. Photograph: Collins Courts

Judgment of €440m to be stayed if Quinn children help IBRC secure property portfolio

Les Allamby, chief commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Activist calls for UK to clarify changes to law, says it creates ‘two tiers of Irish citizens’

Port of Cork could handle a ferry service or two to the UK most likely to Fishguard, Swansea or Bristol immediately after a no-deal Brexit.

Port of Cork could handle traffic for 12 weeks but needs €500,000 to make preparations

‘If judges are taken off the pitch, it could have problems for the practical administration of justice.’ Photograph: Nicolas Nadjar

Chief justice issues warning after Government moves to allow public inquiries

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Mr Justice Frank Clarke, AG Séamus Woulfe and Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland Sir Declan Morgan after a panel discussion, Judicial co-operation after Brexit. Photograph: Alan Betson

Irish-British judicial co-operation ‘won’t be perfect’ after UK’s exit, warns Chief Justice

‘MV Laureline’ in Dublin Port ahead of its first direct journey to mainland Europe on Friday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

‘MV Laureline’ has 5.4 km of lorry space to meet new demand for UK-bypassing freight

The case demonstrates the use of personal insolvency arrangements in family law case settlements. Photograph: iStock

Arrangement involves some debts being repaid with help from wife’s parents

Michael Dixon, of Dixon Transport,  in a   warehouse   full of   goods because of Brexit. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Surge in demand for space in Dublin as firms seek to protect supplies in case of a disorderly UK exit

Personal loans of €2.65 million owing by the 65-year-old woman to consumer lender Cabot Financial are being written off in exchange for a once-off payment of €1,432. Photograph: iStock

Deal reached as part of 65-year-old’s personal insolvency arrangement

The largest number of extra staff are being deployed at Dublin Port , the country’s busiest port. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Additional 400 staff in place for UK’s original exit date as more businesses prepare for exit

Molly Martens, above, Jason Corbett’s second wife, who along with her father Thomas Martens, a retired FBI agent, was convicted of second-degree murder in the death of the 39-year-old Limerick man  in 2015. File photograph: Donnie Roberts/The Dispatch

Sister of murdered Limerick man says ruling removes his children from Martens family

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade  Simon Coveney: had 192 letters from the public between November and February about the UK’s departure from the EU. Photograph: Yves Herman

Complaints, queries and comments dominate correspondence to Coveney on UK exit

Prime Minister Theresa May making her statement on Brexit to the House of Commons. Photograph:  PA

Three junior ministers resign before defying whip to back amendment tabled by Tory Oliver Letwin

The information leaflets say that avoiding a hard border remains a priority for the Government “in all circumstances”. Photographer: Bryn Colton/Bloomberg

Leaflets distributed to 5,000 public offices to help public prepare for UK’s exit from EU

US senator Chris Murphy: ‘I worry that the only voice that is getting through in the Brexit debate is [Trump’s].’ Photograph: James Forde

Connecticut Democrat Chris Murphy says UK ‘cannot compromise sanctity’ of peace

Jockey Paul Townend and trainer Willie Mullins with the Gold Cup following the winning ride on Al Boum Photo in the Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty

Trainer savours moment of respect from English punters in Brexit-tarnished times

Trainer Willie Mullins, the biggest transporter of horses to Cheltenham this year, says he is ’not at all’ worried about the UK’s exit from the EU and the potential impact it might have on the movement of animals. File photograph: David Davies/PA Wire.

Cheltenham’s most successful trainer says racing will manage changes from UK exit

Racegoers  at Cheltenham Racecourse. One local hotel orders up to 20 times its usual supply of kegs for the week of the festival. Photograph: Glyn Kirk / AFP/Getty Images

Hoteliers and retailers worry what Brexit might mean for jump racing’s biggest festival

Horse trainer Terence O’Brien from Carrigtwohill, Co Cork, in the winners’ enclosure after his horse Articulum came third at 25-1 in the Arkle Chase. Photograph: Simon Carswell

‘If you have a horse good enough, you will put it through,’ says trainer Terence O’Brien

Bryony Frost, on board Frodon, became the first female jockey to win a Grade One chase at Cheltenham on Thursday. Photograph: PA

The coarseness raging in the Brexit debates at Westminster had drifted up the M4

Racegoers react during the 2.50 Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

Nama escapee Sean Mulryan completes his return as he wins his own sponsored race

Former taoiseach Brian Cowen made the comments at the Cheltenham racing festival. File photograph: Eric Luke

Former taoiseach says Brexiteers seem to be finding reasons ‘not to support’ divorce deal

 Espoir D’Allen ridden by Mark Walsh races to victory during the Champion Hurdle Challenge at Cheltenham. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Meath trainer’s victory in Champion Hurdle lights up first day of jump-racing festival

The statue of Arkle overlooks the parade ring ahead of the 2019 Cheltenham Festival: “The potential [Brexit] delays at ports and all the paperwork are  going to have a massive knock-on effect.”  Photograph:  Simon Cooper/PA

Irish and British horseracing and breeding industry would be unsaddled by crash-out

Family members of the victims involved in a plane crash react at Addis Ababa international airport Sunday. Photograph: Mulugeta Ayene/AP

Pilot sent out distress call minutres before four-month old aircraft crashed

John McConnell at Rock View Stables with Hannon, who is running at  Cheltenham. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

A third of horses are travelling from Ireland to racing’s biggest festival before UK quits EU

The Government has ruled out leasing ships in the event that the route to mainland Europe is affected by Brexit. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Brexit briefing papers show legal complications of managing a crash-out scenario

The number of customs, safety and security, and transit declarations filled out after Brexit may surge from five million annually to about 50 million if the UK crashes out.

Call for €50m in EU funding to train staff to process surge in post-Brexit customs forms

 EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier at the Ireland V France Six Nations rugby match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

EU’s Brexit negotiator grimaces through French display on Dublin visit to watch rugby

Sean Dunne filed for bankruptcy in the United States in 2013 with debts of more than €700 million. File photograph: Collins Courts

Bankrupt developer objects to third contempt ruling in long-running US legal case

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