The Royal Princess cruise ship. Photograph: Conor McCabe

Consultation process opened on how port would fund €108m new terminal facilities

Fr O’Reilly said he sat and listened to Seán Quinn for 10 or 12 minutes and said ‘nothing’ during their tense meeting.

Fr Oliver O’Reilly told detectives ‘no hard evidence’ behind the claims in his homily

 We have a cunning plan, say the EU and the UK about what could be a Blackadder Brexit. File photograph: BBC

All sides conceded ground for a compromise deal that is short on detail and long on hope

Goldy Hyder urged the Irish Government to ratify the EU-Canada trade deal, Ceta. Photograph: iStock

Goldy Hyder says firms seeking stability want to avoid ‘short-term pain’ of UK’s exit

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (right) with British prime minister Boris Johnson during a Brexit summit in Brussels. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

The nuts and bolts of Johnson's plans for Northern Ireland are fraught with difficulty

In an effort to maintain an open Irish border, the EU is outsourcing checks on goods coming on to the island of Ireland – and possibly into the EU market. Photograph: Alan Betson

Small print on operational details of complex Irish Sea border checks has yet to be written

British prime minister Boris Johnson.  Photograph: Christopher Furlong/PA Wire

EU and UK negotiators reach a new Brexit agreement that would avoid a hard border

Alastair Campbell  addresses The Phil debating society  at Trinity College Dublin Photograph: Laura Hutton

Former No 10 press secretary expects extension and ‘anything can happen territory’

Under new legislation, a person will be deemed not to have agreed to be a donor if they had, while alive, registered their wish not to become one. Photograph: Peter Dazeley via Getty

Donor group says creating an opt-out-only register is a ‘huge missed opportunity’

Emma DeSouza and her husband Jake. The couple spoke of being “devastated” at the UK immigration tribunal ruling and the “personal cost” of the long-running legal battle. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Nationality case against UK has been ‘all consuming’, Irish woman says

 Kevin Lunney, who was abducted and tortured last month. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Brother of attacked executive Kevin Lunney has property vandalised in Co Fermanagh

Emma DeSouza and her US born husband Jake.Ms DeSouza is considering further legal action. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach backs Emma DeSouza’s case: British law ‘out of step’ with NI peace treaty

Emma DeSouza and her US born husband Jake . Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Ruling means NI people are British citizens under UK law even if they identify as Irish

 Leo Varadkar meeting with UK prime minister Boris Johnson at Thornton Manor Hotel last week. Photograph: PA

Where Boris Johnson and Leo Varadkar found their pathway to a possible compromise

A proposal may emerge from the negotiating “tunnel” where Northern Ireland still could remain fully part of the UK customs union. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

EU technocrats struggling with compromise already dismissed by some as an option

DUP leader Arlene Foster. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty

Party’s objections to ‘double customs’ idea presents hurdle to Boris Johnson

 Boris Johnson  in Downing Street, London this week. File photograph: Peter Summers/Getty

Then London mayor told ex-EU commissioner his Euroscepticism was ‘a bit of fun’

Former president Mary Robinson is pictured in Iveagh House in Dublin where she delivered the Michael Sweetman Memorial Lecture on Friday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Former president likens climate change activists to protests over apartheid and slavery

A truck passes a former customs post in Jonesborough, Co Armagh. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Non-violent non-compliance would render Boris Johnson’s plan ‘unworkable’, says one

‘Apart from the risk of fire, stockpiling could also lead to chemicals being stored in close proximity to other chemicals that are incompatible with one another.’ Photograph: iStock

Health and Safety Authority urges businesses to review storage of hazardous substances

Virginia International Logistics has used a truck powered by renewable gas to transport  processed beef from  Ballyjamesduff, Co Cavan, to Caen in northern France, a return trip of 1,121km

Virginia firm urges State to invest in network of gas stations to help switch from diesel

The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson   spoke for   40 minutes by telephone on Tuesday afternoon. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

UK ‘take it or leave it’ approach to Brexit unacceptable, says Coveney

Getting set for Brexit: Paschal Donohoe has earmarked €1.2 billion to prepare for Brexit with just three weeks to go until the UK is due to leave the EU. File photograph: Getty

Government says UK’s exit from EU is a ‘challenge that Ireland has the measure of’

 Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe’s budget speech is broadcast on multiple televisions at Harvey Norman Airside Retail Park. Photograph: Alan Betson

Donohoe announces carbon tax rise and €1.2bn package to tackle no-deal scenario

The Border on the M1/A1 Dublin to Belfast road as viewed from the northern side. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty

Boris Johnson’s Brexit plan stirs confusion at Border’s busiest crossing

A disused Irish border vehicle registration and customs facilitation office outside Dundalk. File photograph: Paul  Faith/AFP/Getty Images

UK prime minister hopes to replace backstop with his ‘two borders, four years’ proposals

British prime minister Boris Johnson giving his speech at the Conservative Party Conference at the Manchester Convention Centre. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

British prime minister proposes creation of all-island regulatory zone for goods in Ireland

British prime minister Boris Johnson arrives to deliver his keynote speech to delegates on the final day of the annual Conservative Party conference at the Manchester Central convention complex. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP via Getty Images.

PM says his proposal would allow the UK ‘whole and entire to withdraw from the EU’

 Border Communities Against Brexit posted two photographs online of seven brand new customs patrol cars arriving at a Revenue Commissioners yard in the Border town on Tuesday.

Community group urges Government to be open about future of Border in no-deal Brexit

Tony Lunney listens to Fr Oliver O’Reilly’s sermon condeming the attack on his brother Kevin. Photograph: Lorraine Teevan

Tony Lunney praises his brother’s resilience following abduction and torture

Paul Kehoe: “Prudent planning in relation to all situations that may require a Defence Forces response, including by the Naval Service and the Air Corps, is undertaken by the Defences Forces.” Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Industry concerned about ‘flashpoints’ over access to waters if UK leaves EU without deal

Ireland’s former ambassador to the US and Germany Michael Collins, who has retired after 46 years’ service. Photograph: Alan Betson

Michael Collins on Brexit, the peace process and the quest for a UN Security Council seat

Kevin Lunney, who was abducted and attacked earlier this month, was ‘enormously grateful for the support’, a spokesman said.

Fr Ollie O’Reilly says ‘dogs in the street’ know ‘paymaster’ behind assault on businessman

Fr Oliver O’Reilly condemned the ‘paymaster or paymasters’ behind the attack on 50-year-old father of six Kevin Lunney (above) during his homily to parishioners at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Ballyconnell. File photograph: Lorraine Teevan

Cleric advised to ‘mind my own business’ after rebuke of ‘Mafia-style group’ from pulpit

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe:  the “rainy day fund” will be worth €2bn by the end of the year

Union says the impact of a disorderly exit on poorest households ‘not generally appreciated’

An average of 2,700 lorries and other HGVs pass through Dublin Port every day. Photograph: Getty Images

Officials identify sites in Dublin for lorries to park if port becomes congested by checks

Billy Gilpin, director of train operations at Iarnród Éireann said the company normally kept two months of fuel supply for CIE’s buses and trains. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Iarnrod Eireann adding to more than three months of fuel to ensure ‘security of supply’

British prime minister Boris Johnson returns to Downing Street on Wednesday morning after his trip to the UN in New York.  Photograph: Matt Dunham

Britain’s leader faces uncertain future and narrowing options after a brutal court ruling

Minister for Health Simon Harris and  HPRA chief executive Lorraine Nolan. File photograph: Naoise Culhane

Health authority warns ‘no absolute guarantees’ on critical medicines such as insulin

 President of the Supreme Court Brenda Hale reads the court’s judgement in London on Tuesday, September 24th. Photograph: Getty

What does the British supreme court’s ruling mean for Boris Johnson and for Brexit?

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  has hit back at reports suggesting that the State will come under pressure from larger EU countries to change its stance on Brexit. File photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Taoiseach dismisses reports the State will come under EU pressure to compromise

Chief executive of the Road Safety Authority Moyagh Murdock (R) and Minister of State for European Affairs Helen McEntee during a visit to the National Driver Licence Service in Santry, Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Government warns those still driving with UK licences they could face prosecution

 Freight in Dublin Port. File photo.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Revenue reports boost in applications for EORI numbers to trade with ‘third country’

Dublin Port: Traders must complete an export declaration for the UK, an import declaration for the Irish Revenue Commissioners and a safety and security declaration for the EU. Photograph: Alan Betson

Importers and exporters urged to ‘get organised’ to deal with flood of new paperwork

 Kevin Lunney (pictured in Dublin last May) sustained a broken leg and other  severe injuries after being abducted in the Border area.  File image: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Family of Sean Quinn said it was ‘absolutely horrified’ and angered by the Co Fermanagh attack

Jerry Wheels from Tralee, Co Kerry, with  horses Larry and Elton, on day one of the National Ploughing Championships in Ballintrane, Fenagh, Co Carlow. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

At the National Ploughing Championships, the main focus is on finding common ground

President Michael D Higgins opens the ploughing championships. Photograph: Paul Sherwood

President opens ploughing championships expressing concern for vulnerable farmers

Louth TD Declan Breathnach, centre, at a protest outside Government Buildings in 2017. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

‘Some ideas are very good’ but must work within backstop, says Declan Breathnach

A deer pictured at the Phoenix Park this week. Photograph: Tom Honan

President urges people to mow grass less and let weeds flower to protect biodiversity

Aidan Flynn, general manager at the FTA Ireland has suggested that ferry arrivals could be staggered to avoid traffic build-ups.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Lorries need parking near Dublin Airport in case congestion blocks port – industry

 Phil Hogan raised   possibility that the UK may not ultimately exit the EU given that the upcoming election could lead to a new government with a different mandate from the British people.  Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Newly nominated EU trade commissioner raised possibility at event in Dublin’s RDS

Operation Purge will mean port-bound trucks travelling in through the tunnel are redirected at Dublin Port and sent back out the tunnel’s north bore. File photograph: Alan Betson

‘Operation Purge’ seeks to stop port congestion spilling into city and on to motorways

The Port of Dover is a trading cog worth £122bn (€136bn) a year in the engine of the UK’s economy. Photograph: Simon Carswell

Dover, UK’s busiest port, could become its biggest pinch-point after October 31st

Lara Spirit, co-founder of London-based group Vote For Your Future, set up to encourage young people to register to vote.  Photograph: Simon Carswell

Boris Johnson’s actions and expected election lead to surge in voter registrations

US vice-president Mike Pence  at Shannon Airport

Wicklow firm says sum is ‘global figure for multiple services’ including other vendors

Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald delivering her keynote address during a party meeting at the Carrickdale Hotel and Spa in Dundalk. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Mary Lou McDonald praises English mechanic William Hampton for ‘robust statement’

 Irish actor Owen McDonnell in St Albans: “Voting for the Liberal Democrats is not a protest vote; it is a vote that can make a meaningful difference to the way the country is going.” Photograph: Simon Carswell

London commuter town of St Albans targeted by Lib Dems in anti-Brexit fightback

Jeff Wyatt, a businessman from Milton Keynes and a pro-Brexit protester at the Houses of Parliament in London. Photograph: Simon Carswell

Unparliamentary language dominates the street discourse at the gates of parliament

DUP MP Sammy Wilson: ‘We don’t feel we are alone on this. There will always be a residual, albeit not very many, but 30 or 40 within the Conservative Party, who would say: ‘We draw a line on that’.’ Photograph: Isabel Infantes/AFP/Getty

Sammy Wilson says alternative backstop would be rejected by 30-40 Conservative MPs

 David Coghlan of Coghlan’s Bakery in Naas, Co Kildare:  they  have plans for “buffer stock” of four weeks to tide them  over the October 31st Brexit date.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Irish bakeries fear higher costs and tariffs, not empty shelves, if UK crashes out of EU

The aftermath of the IRA bombing of Canary Wharf.  Photograph: Matthew Polak/Sygma via Getty

Transcripts reveal horror and shock of the leaders after 1996 blast ended first ceasefire

US president Bill Clinton (L) listens to remarks by British prime minister John Major at an US Air Force base in Pittsburgh in 1994. Photograph: Win McNamee/Reuters

The-then PM said in 1995 people in UK ‘don’t really care what happens elsewhere in the world’

 Nancy Pelosi, above, and other senior Democrats have  warned they would block any proposed trade deal with the UK if Brexit were to damage the Belfast Agreement. File photograph: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg

Consortium tells Pelosi there is ‘growing sense of danger’ to peace from a hard Brexit

Fine Gael local election candidate Mike Taylor in Kilkee. Co Clare’s first openly gay election candidate has criticised the visit of Mike Pence to Co Clare. Photograph: Simon Carswell

US vice-president shares resort with wedding party, golfers and team-building conference

US vice-president Mike Pence last visited Doonbeg in 2013. Photograph: Jacob King/PA Wire

US vice-president chats with locals on walkabout of Doonbeg village before family dinner

US vice-president Mike Pence and the second lady Karen Pence arrive at Shannon Airport for the start of an official visit to Ireland. Photograph: Jacob King/PA Wire

Ireland thanked for use of Shannon Airport - ‘ an important hub for US forces deploying overseas’

Dessie Trainor at his mother’s grave in   Drumcree.  Photograph: Liam McBurney

Catholic man and former British soldier use the stage to find their own route to the past

Former Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Englishman signed will leaving cash to Sinn Féin while living in mobile home in Ireland

President Donald Trump with vice-president Mike Pence. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty

Brexit among topics during Irish-American’s three-day stay in Dublin and Clare

Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson faces fierce opposition for insisting on an October 31st withdrawal from the European Union. rew Parsons/ EPA

Backstop represents the ‘maximum flexibility’ the EU can offer, says Barnier

An image grab taken from Hezbollah’s al-Manar TV on Sunday, shows what the group says is smoke rising during reported shelling from Israel on fields near the border village of Manour Al-Ras in south Lebanon.  Photograph: Al-Manar TV / AFP

Defence Forces tweeted that Irish personnel were ‘out of shelters’ on Sunday evening

Pat Rice in his kitchen which lies on the border – his left leg is in Northern Ireland and his right is in the Republic. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

South Armagh people unsure of impact on them if UK crashes out of EU

Minister for Business  Heather Humphreys; Caroline Keeling, CEO pf Keelings  and Julie Sinnamon, CEO of  Enterprise Ireland at the Keelings farm shop. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Dublin fruit company Keelings expects some short-term food shortages in crash-out exit

US Vice President Mike Pence may be in Ireland as soon as Monday. File photograph: Aubrey Gemignani/Nasa via Getty

US vice president may land in Shannon as early as Monday

Anti-Brexit demonstrators hold placards as they protest outside of Downing Street in London on Wednesday after British prime minister  Boris Johnson announced the suspension of parliament. Photograph: Daniel Sorabji/AFP/Getty Images

New ‘Brits Not Out’ group of British expats to protest outside UK embassy next week

The prospect of a job and a solid economy, these figures show, are not enough for some.

Latest Central Statistics Office figures show more emigrants still leaving than returning

The number of emigrants peaked at 83,000 in 2012. Photograph: iStock

Number of emigrants falls to 54,900, the lowest level recorded since 2008

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

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

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

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’

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