US vice-president Mike Pence: confirmed that he would be meeting Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, President Michael D Higgins and Tánaiste Simon Coveney ‘while celebrating my Irish roots’.  Photograph: Shawn Thew/EPA

Tánaiste to accompany US vice-president on visit to Cliffs of Moher during two-day visit

Border fears: “It would be a lot better to have an actual proper conversation now rather than wait until the 11th hour when we are in the worst possible situation.”  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Alternative proposals backer urges Dublin to talk to London about no-deal

An attempted ATM robbery in Virginia, Co Cavan: the ability to fight all-island crime such as the recent wave of ATM robberies could be affected by a no-deal Brexit. Photograph: Garda Press Office

Study for north-south group warns of disruption and delay to extradition

Rebecca Windrum and Alesha McAloon with their goats Millie & Minnie at the Virginia Agricultural Show in Cavan on Wednesday afternoon. Photograph: Lorraine Teevan

Clouds appear over 78th annual Cavan show as farmers struggle to predict political future

Lorry drivers faced hours-long delays at the port over recent days after Dublin Ferryport Terminal was closed for two days following the death of a truck driver. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Truckers fear port delays are a foretaste of disruption to come from a no-deal Brexit

A High Court judge has said he would approve a debt write-off of about €3m for musical director Frank McNamara and his wife Theresa Lowe, the former RTÉ presenter. File photograph: Tom Honan

Judge first seeks clarification around discrepancies on musical director’s inheritance

Freight trucks at Rosslare Europort in Co Wexford: Industry groups  warn delays at English ports could hit the transport of fresh food and time-sensitive produce. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA

Industry groups seek logistical options as fears of no-deal Brexit and port delays grow

British prime minister Boris Johnson spoke with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar by phone on Monday evening. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Pool/EPA

British PM had proposed alternative guarantees for the Border in lieu of backstop

Rosslare Europort in Co Wexford: details around the various types of solutions under review in Dublin and Brussels for Border checks in the absence of infrastructure remain under wraps. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Planning for a no-deal UK exit intensifies as EU bureaucrats return from summer break

Owen Cooke, chairman of transport group Independent Express and the Pallet Network storage, at North West Business Park in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Brinkmanship represents ‘massive working capital drag on business’, trade body says

Only a fraction of the landlords who have rented out properties on AirBnB and other home-sharing websites have registered them under the Government’s new short-term letting rules. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Local authorities receive just a handful of notifications of short-term rental properties

The two couples must present themselves before the High Court next Wednesday in relation to their failure to leave the site at Cabragh Bridge as ordered. Photograph: Getty Images

Tipperary County Council seeks removal of families in deal to house six other families

Dún Laoghaire District Court.

Sean O’Neill accused of stealing Department of Social Protection money

Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin. File photograph: Frank Miller

Data Protection Commissioner responds to OPW move to remove books over GDPR fears

Judge Jacqueline Linnane was told earlier this month that Ronan Ryan and his wife Pamela Flood (above), a former Miss Ireland, had not paid a cent off their mortgage on the Clontarf property for nine years and had then only made a single payment in February. File photograph: Dave Meehan

Judge rules against fund’s court bid to set aside cert protecting Ronan Ryan from debts

Margaret Casey of Tipperary Rural Traveller Project at Cabragh Bridge, Thurles, last year. Photograph: Alan Betson

Tipperary council seeks removal of unofficial site as condition of deal to house six families

Caitlin Vennard and Cormac McGrady at Yosemite National Park in California in 2012.  The Co Down man   was deported from the US in 2013.

Co Down native says Cork man Keith Byrne should ‘take it on the chin’ if sent home

Simon Coveney appears on BBC TV’s The Andrew Marr Show in London, Britain, July 21st, 2019. Photograph: Jeff Overs/BBC/Reuters

Tánaiste says it is like saying ‘give me what I want or I’m going to burn the house down’

 British Labour peer, Lord Andrew Adonis, a pro-EU Remainer, photographed at the IIEA. Photograph: Alan Betson

Adonis describes Boris Johnson as ‘naked opportunist who doesn’t believe in Brexit’

Lisa Smith: the suspected Isis supporter has  said she did not commit any crimes in the name of the terrorist group

Politicians say Lisa Smith can come back to Dundalk if she is found not to pose threat

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney arrives for the National Day of Commemoration ceremony in Dublin on Sunday. Mr Coveney has warned online platforms of their responsibility to police the “ever-evolving threat” of disinformation. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Tánaiste says claims of disinformation on North and Brexit came from ‘reputable’ body

NYPD police chief James O’Neill in Dublin. The commissioner will be a guest speaker at this year’s I.NY Festival which takes place in Limerick in October. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Commissioner in charge of largest US police force says policing has to have ‘right number’

European Commission president-designate Ursula von der Leyen considers the proposed EU-UK withdrawal agreement a good deal “that we need to stick to without any question”. Photograph: Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty

Top EU nominee repeats strong support for Border backstop as ‘absolutely necessary’

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan: The insurance industry has been “quick to blame the courts” and  he wants “good faith” from it in addressing high premiums.   Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA

Flanagan asks industry to ‘act hastily’ to cut premiums before judicial review of payouts

Jeffrey Donaldson said he would be urging the incoming British prime minister to engage with Dublin to ‘try and resolve these difficulties in advance of the impending deadline in October’.

Jeffrey Donaldson: EU unlikely to object if ‘understanding’ reached with London on Border

Herve Olivieri and Jaques Mention, veterans of the Algerian and Tunisian war, watch as the Aer Corps performs a flyover. Photograph: Alan Betson

UN peacekeeping veterans say Government could honour army by ‘looking after them’

An 11th night Bonfire in Cluan Place, Belfast. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

‘It is the first time in a long time that loyalists have won’, says activist Jamie Bryson

UN high commissioner for refugees Filippo Grandi speaks to  Simon Carswell in Dublin this week. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell/The Irish Times

Interview: Filippo Grandi condemns EU for ‘irresponsible’ winding down of Mediterranean sea rescues

Dominic Grieve told an audience in Dublin that the chances of a border poll on Irish unification ‘go up’ if Britain leaves the EU without a deal in October. Photograph: Simon Carswell

Ex-UK attorney general ‘worried’ about loyalist violence in wake of a no-deal exit

John Kyle, Progressive Unionist Party councillor at Belfast City Hall. Photograph: Simon Carswell

Councillor says loyalists adopt ‘ostrich approach’ by not talking about united Ireland

Bonfire builders complete their structure near the peace wall in west Belfast on July 9th. Photograph:  Paul Faith/AFP/Getty

‘Street loyalists’ warn against ‘dangerous’ talk on hard border and Irish unification

A 12th of July parade through Tandragee. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times.

Annual Orange parades celebrate a centuries-old Protestant victory over Catholics

 Orange Order grand secretary Mervyn Gibson, at the Museum of Orange Heritage,  Belfast. Photograph: Liam McBurney

Order’s grand secretary says talk of a united Ireland is a ‘scare tactic’ used by politicians

Margaret Casey of the Tipperary Rural Traveller Project speaking after presidential candidate Peter Casey visited Cabragh Bridge. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘Top of the range’ houses built for Traveller families remain vacant due to long-running standoff

Donald Trump jnr and Eric Trump  in Doonbeg, Co Clare, last month. Businesses in the village have reported a surge in interest from visitors as a result of US president Donald Trump’s June visit. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

US protocol means Clare hotel had to charge ‘close to cost’ for White House entourage

The American Ireland Fund is seeking to recover damaged of $958,000 and exemplary damages of $1.9 million against Karla Stover.

American Ireland Fund claims former director admitted conduct by ‘pleading the fifth’

A cruise ship docked at Dublin Port.

Campaigners acknowledge statements made ‘without providing a sufficient factual basis’

Former British Conservative minister Greg Hands co-chairman of the Alternative Arrangements Commission, pictured in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Group proposing solutions to Border dilemma ‘advertise’ their ideas on visit to Dublin

There is a legal mechanism that can work through the worst cases - and keep people in their homes. Photograph: iStock

Personal insolvency advisers say there are debt solutions to keep people in their homes

It is proposed  the four cent levy will come into force at the start of September and be collected from the country’s pig-slaughtering plants. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister believes pork sector can grow in China, Mexico, Thailand and Ukraine

One historian posits that Protestants’ propensity to be ‘more sparing with the doughnuts’ may be one reason for their lower mortality rates. Photograph: iStock

CSO data supports views of historians that Protestants benefit from ‘thriftier’ lifestyles

AirBnB claims its business  generated more than €500m for the Irish economy in 2018. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister says it will be months before benefit of July 1st changes are felt in housing crisis

Michael D’Arcy, the Minister of State responsible for the insurance sector, said he went along to a Fine Gael  fundraiser attended by lawyers because he felt it was important to engage with the sector. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

About 50 barristers pay up to €600 a plate to attend function with Michael D’Arcy

Sherry Perreault, head of ethics and lobbying regulations at the Standards in Public Office Commission,  called on the Government to introduce changes giving the regulator additional powers to impose fines to tackle post-employment breaches.

Dublin firm fined €1,250 for late filing of lobbying returns to public office watchdog

Douglas Carswell: He said the Irish Government had “played a blinder tactically” in putting the backstop central in the withdrawal agreement but had been “strategically stupid” if its intention was “to bind Britain in” and minimise the consequences of Brexit. Photograph: Getty Images

UK to crash out of EU in October, predicts Douglas Carswell

Trucks and trailers lined up at Rosslare Europort. Photograph: Alan Betson

Site is part of €7.8m spent by the State buying land and developing properties at Dublin port, Dublin airport and Rosslare port

Arlene Foster. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Forged email to Barnier purports to show DUP leader’s support for EU’s Brexit position

Digital researchers found that a fake Irish Facebook account was among 16 used to spread disinformation. Photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

Disinformation campaign believed to be first co-ordinated effort targeting Irish divisions

Freight in Dublin Port. Photograph: Alan Betson

Managers accept invite to discuss credit card spending, Brexit and cruise-ship business

The criminal indictment was filed in the US district court.

Four executives of Canadian-Irish group charged PacNet over alleged mass mail fraud

The board of Dublin Port Company has asked accountants Mazars to carry out an independent review of spending on company credit cards and official entertainment. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Port managers spent €500,000 on flights, restaurants and entertainment

Carlow developer Seán Dunne made an offer to Bertie Ahern in an email that emerged in the recent US court case taken by Mr Dunne’s bankruptcy trustee against the developer and his wife, Gayle Killilea. Photograph: Douglas Healey

Developer offered the then TD a commission for finding a Chinese buyer for the property

Culloville Village crossroads: The UK document specifies 142 areas of joint North-South co-operation, from congenital heart disease to alcohol misuse. Photograph: Alan Betson

UK’s report on 2017 scoping exercise sets out 142 areas of cross-Border co-operation

The fire at the Caiseal Mara Hotel in Moville led to longer-than-intended use of emergency accommodatioin. Photograph: North West Newspix

State to use emergency accommodation for direct provision for longer than intended

US president Donald Trump with schoolchildren in Doonbeg: “Come on, come on, let them up,” he said to the Secret Service agents. Photograph: Abbi Shanahan/Brian Shanahan/Reuters

Trump beckons over Clohanes schoolchildren who sang for him at Doonbeg course

Hugh McNally, a distant cousin of Mr Trump’s vice-president, Mike Pence, managed to secure a one-to-one meeting with the US president on Friday afternoon as he finished his round of golf at his family’s resort. Photograph: Kevin Kenny, Doonbeg Golf Club

Bar owner is distant cousin of US vice-president Mike Pence

Local residents, pupils and teachers from Clohanes National School meeting US President Donald Trump at his golf resort in Doonbeg, Co Clare. Photograph: PA Wire

‘He was asking was there going to be any future presidents there,’ pupil says

Lorcan O’Connor, chief executive of CIÉ,  at Heuston Station, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Interview: Lorcan O’Connor has big plans for easing congestion and improving public transport

Donald  jnr (second right), and Eric Trump (centre),  in Doonbeg,  with   golf resort director of membership Brendan Murphy (in green tie). Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

US president will take to Co Clare links ahead of his chief of staff and Irish ambassador

US president Donald Trump seated beside his wife Melania and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders in the restaurant at his hotel and golf resort in Doonbeg on Thursday evening. Photograph: Stephen Kearon

Ireland’s ambassador to the US Dan Mulhall and Senator Mark Daly in attendance

US president Donald Trump’s sons Eric and Donald Trump jnr visit a local pub in Doonbeg village on Wednesday. Photograph:  Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Eric and Donald jnr claim Irish support for their father’s visit ‘outweighed’ protests ‘by 10 to 1’

 Trump supporter Paul Markham awaits the arrival of the US President in the village of Doonbeg in Co Clare. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

West Clare village abuzz ahead of US president’s arrival at his golf resort on Wednesday

Marine One, carrying US president Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump, comes in to land at Doonbeg, Co Clare. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

High security in Clare as US president spends night at his Doonbeg resort after Varadkar meeting

Gayle Killilea sold  Belgravia House in Englefield Green in Surrey for €10.2 million (£9 million).

Seán Dunne’s US bankruptcy trustee argued house was relevant to case

Gardaí talk to a motorist as they stop drivers outside the entrance to Trump International Golf Links in Doonbeg, Co Clare ahead of a visit of US President Donald Trump. Photograph: Getty Images

West Clare locals see banter and benefits through disruptions from a presidential visit

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with US president Donald Trump  in the Oval Office of the White House during St Patrick’s Day celebrations. Photograph: Jim Young/Reuters

The US has security fears over Chinese telecoms firm due to be part of 5G rollout

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Taoiseach sought meeting with former president despite concerns of officials

About 125,000 driving tests were conducted by the RSA in 2018, with a pass rate of about 53 per cent. Photograph: iStock

Road Safety Authority received 1,705 complaints since 2018 over failed tests

Tommy Haugh carries a US flag to festoon the streets of Doonbeg village ahead of a visit by US president Donald Trump. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Taoiseach not expected among officials joining US president at his Doonbeg golf resort

The incidents are alleged to have happened in Dublin after the province’s Pro14 final victory over Glasgow last month

Man alleged to have been knocked unconscious, while another player urinated in pub

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald was guest speaker at Friends of Sinn Féin’s big fundraising event at the Sheraton Hotel Times Square. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Friends of Sinn Féin takes $5,000 part repayment of loan to Dublin firm for 1916 event

Maria Bailey: claim on radio last week that she was only seeking €7,000 from the hotel to cover her medical expenses. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Group co-operating with review into TD’s now-abandoned personal injury claim

Enda Kenny speaking at the official opening of Facebook offices in Dublin in 2014. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Then-taoiseach told Sheryl Sandberg Ireland would take ‘minimalist’ approach to rules

Marine One. Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Aircraft will take US president between Shannon and Doonbeg, weather permitting

Doonbeg locals Tommy Haugh and Danny Buckley prepare the village for Donald Trump's visit. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Doonbeg cares little about the president’s politics, misogyny or the origins of his money

 Brexit checkpoints under construction at Dublin Port. Photograph: James Forde

State has developed infrastructure at Dublin and Rosslare ports and Dublin airport

The High Court overruled the objections of Promontoria, owned by US private equity giant Cerberus, on Monday, approving a €75,000 write-down on the debts.

High Court overrules fund’s objections and writes €70,000 off firefighter’s mortgage

The final two seats will come down to a battle between Sinn Féin’s incumbent MEP Matt Carthy (above, with Pearse Doherty), Maria Walsh, Peter Casey and, at a push, Saoirse McHugh. Photograph: Michael Mc Laughlin

Transfer-friendliness of contenders tees up long battle for three remaining seats

 MEP candidate Maria Walsh with  party leader and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in Galway earlier this month. Photograph:   Andrew Downes, Xposure

Fine Gael poll-topper’s surplus raises hopes for former Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh

 Mairead McGuinness was elected in Castlebar. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Sitting Fine Gael MEP tops poll with 22 per cent of vote; Matt Carthy in second place

Loans of up to €1.5m are available under the special Government  scheme at a maximum interest rate of 4%. Photograph: Getty Images

Political uncertainty blamed for sanctioning of just one-tenth of the State lending fund

Green Party MEP candidate Saoirse McHugh at Castlebar count centre. Photograph: Michael McLaughlin

Political newcomer overwhelmed by surprise poll and accompanying ‘whirlwind’

 Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon  in her Fitzwilliam Square offices. Dixon wants to extend her role into a second five-year term when her current one ends in September “to continue out the work that we have started”. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Big tech braces for first penalties from Irish regulator under sweeping EU privacy rules

Theresa Lowe and Frank McNamara are seeking to have almost €3 million of their total debts of €3.7 million written off, including the bulk of Tanager’s €2.2 million debt.  Photograph: Tom Honan

Frank McNamara and Theresa Lowe are the latest people to use the personal insolvency law

In January, Trim Circuit Court judge Mary O’Malley Costello approved a personal insolvency arrangement writing down a man’s mortgage from almost €140,000 to €18,500.

Debt-for-equity solution to personal insolvency situation would have set precedent

‘This is not about president Trump; this is about Irish-American relations.’ Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

Minister of State Pat Breen expects security ‘ring of steel’ around Doonbeg golf resort

The Data Protection Commission became Google’s lead data protection regulator under GDPR in late January this year. Photograph: Getty

Regulator to examine suspected infringement in personalised online adverts

US president Donald Trump will visit Co Clare in early June,  the White House said.  Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty

US president to arrive in Shannon on June 5th before attending D-Day ceremonies next day

Following weeks of negotiations, which included differences between the two sides over the location of a possible meeting between US President Donald Trump and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, the White House has indicated   an announcement is imminent.  File photograph:   Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Shannon Airport being considered as a potential venue for a private meeting between the US president and Leo Varadkar

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

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