Fabricio Hovarth (8) and his brother   Hovarth (5), missing since Friday from Belfast. File photographs: PSNI

Police ‘increasingly concerned’ over Patrick Hovarth (5) and older brother Fabricio (8)

Former president Mary Robinson. She is one of only 121 women  in the 637-member Royal Irish Academy

The review also aims to increase ethnic diversity in the RIA in line with Irish society at large

The offices of the Department of Health on Lower Baggot Street in Dubliny. File photograph: Bryan James Brophy/The Irish Times.

Gardaí strongly suspect the same criminal gang is involved in both ransomware attacks

Glenavy wants consent for 215 apartments in five blocks ranging in height from four to eight storeys, and consent for four apartments in Nullamore House itself and another 16 in proposed extensions. File photograph: Getty

Glenavy Educational Foundation eyes development of 4.67-acre site at Nullamore House

Mount Anville school in South County Dublin. The Society of the Sacred Heart first established a convent and schools in the area in 1865. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Society of the Sacred Heart says schools will not be affected by development

Mullen Park estate in Maynooth, Co Kildare, where a multinational investment company has bought 115 homes. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Ministers and officials wary of chasing away source of funding needed for new projects

Verona Murphy claimed the recommendations in the draft plan for Wexford would shut rural areas and ghettoise towns. Photograph: Fran Veale

Niall Cussen says criticism by Independent TD Verona Murphy ‘unhelpful and inaccurate’

The SHD scheme has been criticised for cutting local councils out of the planning approval process and is set to end next February. File photograph: Bloomberg

Strategic housing development enables developers proceed directly to the planning board

Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon will soon enter talks with  counterparts over WhatsApp’s breaches of GDPR. Photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

Helen Dixon’s European counterparts argue proposed fine of up to €50m is too small

Pádraig Pearse surrendered to British forces on April 30th, 1916, from this terrace of houses on Moore Street at the end of the Easter Rising. File photograph: The Irish Times

‘Legal status’ of Moore Street Preservation Trust emerges as pressing cause for concern

File image showing production of euro coins by the Central Bank of Ireland. Photograph: Mac Innes

Submission raises the prospect of part or all of its 37-acre site being sold for housing

 The Gables, Westminster Court and Torquay Road, Foxrock Village. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Property company makes submission to council on proposal for Gables venue

Stillorgan Leisureplex, one of the sites to be developed by Kennedy Wilson, which owns the nearby Stillorgan Shopping Centre. Photograph: Alan Betson

Objections lodged on claim council has underestimating housing demand

Restaurants  allowed provide takeaway service for the remainder of the year. Photograph: iStock

Council fees for using street furniture outside hotels, restaurants and pubs also waived

Dún Laoghaire Pier: The core strategy in the plan is to target an increase of 40,375 to 258,375 in the council area population in 2028. Photograph: Tom Honan

Draft county development plan will lead to ‘surplus lands zoned’, regulators claim

New Supreme Court judge Gerard Hogan. Photograph: Collins Courts

Procedures approved to appoint chief justice to succeed Frank Clarke

Stylist Danny Law with customer Amy Smith at the Strand & Lock salon in Birmingham, England, where hairdressers reopened on April 12th. Ireland’s Hair and Beauty Industry Confederation has called for supports for the sector ahead of it reopening in the State. Photograph: Richard Vernalls/PA Wire

Reopening grant and tax concessions needed after Covid-19 shutdown, says confederation

Former Bóthar chief executive Peter Ireton who died over the weekend. Photograph: Press 22

Death of charity’s former chief executive described locally as a ‘personal tragedy’

Women had more early starts, late finishes and sought more time off to look after children and elderly family members. Photograph: Getty Images

Women took on more family duties in pandemic than male colleagues, survey shows

The Red Cow Moran Hotel. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Government battling shortage of rooms after adding 16 countries to list last Thursday

Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman has asked officials to advance proposals by the end of this month, after which he will meet church leaders to discuss the findings of the commission of investigation into the homes. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Church leaders asked to make significant contributions to a compensation scheme

Majella Connolly, who was born in St Patrick’s mother and baby home on the Navan Road, places a child’s shoe on a tree at Áras an Uachtaráin. Photograph: Tom Honan

Government aim in complex talks is to move quickly and avoid mistakes of past

Bernie Madoff walks out of court after a bail hearing in Manhattan in January, 2009. Photograph: Hiroko Masuike/Getty

Fraudster was serving 150-year sentence for creating world’s largest Ponzi scheme

In a formal review of its first five years, the Authority said it had established itself as an effective body with a ‘maturing’ relationship with the Garda as senior members and staff increasingly accept oversight and recognise its benefits. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Review notes concerns about the Authority’s relationship with representative bodies

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald. Party members were told that members should elicit more information from users so they can ‘tag them as a social media engaged and follow up with a canvass on their doorstep’, according to an internal document. Photograph: Collins

Helen Dixon’s office raises concerns over use of online data to match with home address

People arriving from Dublin Airport to the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Santry, Dublin, the State’s first hotel quarantine centre. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Constitutional challenge must clear high bar given size of State’s health emergency

 Eight cases of the Breton variant were identified among a cluster of 79 coronavirus patients in hospital in the town of Lannion in mid-March.

Scientists examining if Covid variant first discovered in Brittany can ‘hide’ from tests

Violence on Saturday night at Cloughfern in the loyalist Rathcoole area of Newtownabbey, Belfast. Photograph: Alan Lewis/Photopress

Flare-up follows renewed political wrangling over alleged Covid breaches by Sinn Féin

Staff were later told the   email was a fake and had been sent out as part of an information security awareness programme. Photograph: iStock

Email erroneously warning of close contact to a positive case was designed to test security awareness

Constant stream of calls, emails and text messages leaves many workers feeling they are never off duty, particularly now with so many working from home. File photograph: Joe Giddens/ PA Wire/Paul Scott/The Irish Times

Plan does not ban contact outside working hours but aims to allow staff to switch off

The Beacon Hospital came under severe Government criticism for vaccinating 20 teachers and staff at the private Co Wicklow school attended by the children of its chief executive. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Claims hospital offered Covid-19 vaccine to health insurance figures with whom it did business

A spokeswoman for the Beacon had no comment on Tuesday when asked about the claim of HSE permission. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

HSE says it ‘certainly did not approve’ of move to give surplus doses to school staff

The Beacon Hospital in Dublin. Coronavirus vaccine operations at the private hospital have been suspended after it used spare doses to vaccinate teachers at a private school. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Michael Cullen has survived first onslaught of the controversy but now faces review

The Beacon Hospital in Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Twenty teachers and staff in a fee-paying school received ‘leftover’ vaccines in the private hospital last week

Cairn Homes had previously received permission for 611 apartments, town houses, a public park and cafes on D4 site. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Victory for objectors as Cairn’s plans for former RTÉ lands thrown out by High Court

What will happen to time, going forward? Photograph: David Sleator

Contentious move to abolish mandatory seasonal clock changes ‘not top priority now’

 Michael Lowry arriving at Dublin Castle where  the Moriarty tribunal sat.Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Cross-border police help sought from Eurojust as CAB investigation broadens scope

John Corrigan has been chairman of the IAIM since December 2016, the year after he became Davy chairman. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Move not linked to Davy controversy, Irish Association of Investment Managers says

The disclosure is likely to intensify demands for an independent examination of the stockbroker’s affairs. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Stockbroker disputes review finding, which was not publicly disclosed by stock exchange

 Digicel  was once a cash cow for Denis  O’Brien. Between 2012 and 2014 he received dividends totalling $1.1 billion from the compnay.

Telecom company struggles to refinance in face of $6.7bn debt

Leo Varadkar  meeting his British counterpart Theresa May in Dublin on February 8th. Photograph: AFP

As schism between UK and EU deepens, companies are caught in the middle of political brinkmanship

Construction cranes on the Dublin skyline. With building professionals in short supply, recruitment executives are on a global hunt for construction staff. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Creation of 385,000 jobs since 2013 has taken Ireland to the cusp of full employment

The exact shape Brexit will take remains uncertain. Photograph: ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images

Regulators expect to approve applications from 100 financial institutions

Ireland has ramped up plans to expand its diplomatic footprint as Brexit looms, with the opening of more than a dozen new missions in locations as diverse as Latin America, India, Africa, the Middle East and New Zealand.  Photographer: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Simon Coveney plans biggest expansion of embassy network since Independence

Stephen Glancey, chief executive of C&C, in the company’s warehouse. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Exporters act to protect €65bn trade link as uncertainty frustrates long-term planning

The Venezuelan authorities took control of a Smurfit Kappa plant last month after a state agency charged the company with price speculation and destabilising the economy. Photograph:  Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Dublin complains to government after group charged with price speculation

Russian sanctions may force closure of Rusal plant near Limerick with Europe-wide implications

The Rusal plant, open for 35 years, is seen as a strongly positive example of inward investment policy.

Workers at Rusal’s Askeaton plant nervously eye battle beyond their control

Like the UK, Ireland is a common law jurisdiction with an English-language legal system, as well as specialist lawyers and an established commercial court to fast-track business cases

UK departure from the EU raises questions about status of British courts

As China’s aviation sector expands rapidly to meet surging domestic demand for air travel, Dublin is emerging as a major hub for Beijing’s growing ambitions in the aircraft leasing market.

Fears sector is expanding too fast as Beijing uses Dublin as bridgehead for growth

A Syrian child receives treatment after an alleged chemical attack, at a field hospital in Saraqib, Idlib province, northern Syria. Photograph:  EPA

Syrian regime denies responsibility for strike in Idlib province that killed more than 50

US vice-president Mike Pence  with Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg  after a meeting at Nato  headquarters in Brussels on Monday. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

Vice-president says Trump administration will seek ways to bolster the relationship

2014: TK Whitaker during a gathering organised by the SDLP to honour his life. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

TK Whitaker: Economic overview – Whitaker felt de Valera and Lemass benefitted in ascribing new economic plan to others

Some 80% of the cyber attacks at the European Commission last year could be considered “harmful”, said an official.

Co-operation with Nato stepped up amid fears over Russian meddling in elections

The European Parliament vote in favour of suspending EU membership talks with Turkey is non-binding. Photograph: Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Resolution says president’s crackdown violates rights protected by constitution

At a press conference at the end of an EU-Canada summit where they signed the agreement on the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), a planned EU-Canada free trade agreement, in Brussels, were (from left) EU Council president Donald Tusk, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau  and president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker. Photograph:  EPA/Stephanie Lecocq

Full implementation of deal that could boost trade by 20% rests with national parliaments

International Monetary Fund  managing director Christine Lagarde: fund’s involvement in euro zone programmes had been a “qualified success” in the face of unprecedented systemic challenge. Photograph: Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images

Internal review finds commission influenced staff; Lagarde rejects ‘premise’ of report

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe  during an Irish Times Business Podcast interview with Arthur Beesley on Wednesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minister in podcast interview warns of reduced scope for spending increases and tax cuts

The risk of economic overheating means action might be required this autumn to pull back in the 2017 budget from mooted spending increases and tax cuts

Government is at risk this year of breaching the very fiscal rules it pledged to observe only weeks ago

The Government should resist any temptation to add to planned tax cuts or spending increases due to the risk of overheating in the economy, the OECD has warned.

Government cautioned against risk of overheating in economy

Austin Hughes, chief economist at KBC: ‘The most notable area of weakness in the May survey was in relation to the outlook for jobs.’ Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Consumer sentiment may have weakened but employment figures are promising

 Mario Draghi:  The president of the European Central Bank  is unlikely this week to push for an intensified bond-buying or to bring interest rates deeper into negative territory. Photo: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Eurostat says euro zone inflation was expected to be -0.1% in May

Mervyn King, former governor of the Bank of England: “All these temporary arrangements to keep the euro together will not last forever. And it is not obvious to me what plans people are putting in place to ensure its continuation.” Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Temporary arrangements – for Greek debt and the euro – cannot last forever

Google store in China:  Google insists all its tax affairs are fully compliant but a raid on the Paris office by authorities was the latest manoeuvre in a European crackdown on aggressive tax avoidance by large multinationals. Photograph: Chance Chan/Reuters

Washington pushes for ‘aggressive engagement’ with Europe over tax crackdown

Positive trend: All told, employment grew in 12 of the 14 economic sectors measured by the CSO. The increase in the information technology sector was 4.2 per cent, while the administrative sector employment rose 9.8 per cent. Photograph: Getty

Joblessness dips below 8% as 47,000 net new jobs were created over the past year

The total number of people in the labour force in the first quarter of 2016 was 2.16 million, an increase of 13,600 over the year. The number of people not in the labour force in the first quarter was 1.47 million, a rise of 5,300 in the year.

Latest figures show significant drop in youth unemployment

Working on the new Luas line in Dublin: various other projects face indefinite delays because of constraints on the Government’s capital programme, says the CIF

Construction Industry Federation calls on Government to intensify long-term investment

The Brexit referendum on June 23rd has raised doubt over the membership of the third-largest net contributor to the EU budget. Photograph:  Nikolay Doychinov/Reuters

Ireland’s economic growth already likely to increase budget contribution

Prof Brendan Walsh: “He was one of those people who would have had a public profile and who would have participated in radio and television debate but behind it there was  really good quality academic publication too”

Dr Walsh explained economics for the layperson via the media and academically

 Derek Moran, Department of Finance secretary:  sent  pro-forma letters to Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil, Sinn Féin and Labour. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Department of Finance said cuts may have to be offset by other measures under new rules

Enda Kenny TD following his recent election as Taoiseach. His second Government is drawing the same kind of positive judgment in financial markets as his first. Photograph: gareth chaney Collins

Agreement on Government reassures markets that budget deficit will be cut

The Luas line-connection muddle shows that deficient thinking on infrastructure leaves deficient infrastructure in its wake. This imposes large additional costs on the hapless taxpayer

Little consideration given to need for more spending after years of underinvestment

Non-indexation is a core principle in the tax-cutting strategy set out in the programme for government of the minority Fine Gael administration

Net gain from income tax cuts is smaller if tax bands and thresholds are not increased in line with inflation

Ratings agency Fitch argues that the economic impact of a Brexit would be lower for the EU than for the UK, it said the impact on the union would still be palpable.

Ratings agency also says departure would increase political risk

Moody’s has maintained a B rating on Irish debt for much longer than other agencies.  Photograph: Bloomberg

Moody’s says that budget deficit should continue to fall under new government

Tesco’s move on the employment terms of staff who have served the business for two decades or more seems to be in keeping with moves in other companies on comparatively expensive “legacy contracts”

No firm can stand still today, but the pay cuts Tesco seeks must be hard to take for staff

 A billboard advertising pounds sterling to euros money changing services in Newry, Northern Ireland. One big Brexit danger is the possibility of new Border controls. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Arthur Beesley: Exit would call into question beneficial arrangements for traders either side of Irish Sea

Legal Services Regulation Act was signed into law in December after four years of delay, and a long lobbying campaign by the professions. Photograph: The Irish Times

Consumer protection chief Isolde Goggin critical of vested interests

 Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: the new Government has signed up to a big spending package and it will to fall to him  to ensure there is no swerve off course. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Minister of Finance’s next term presents opportunity to consolidate progress

Although the document is decidedly social in its tone, its abundant promises still cost money

Suspension of water charges puts further fiscal burden on administration

According to the draft programme, new investment in public services will allow the new government to recruit additional front-line service professional such as doctors, nurses, gardaí, teachers, and social workers within a reformed and better-managed public service.

Draft programme outlines commitments running up to 2021

There is no real cause of alarm in that figure: the collection of €4.16 billion in VAT was still ahead of the opening four months of 2015. Although domestic demand drove the most recent phase of recovery, the VAT figures shows that consumers are spending somewhat less than anticipated even after an income tax cut in January.

Some difficult decisions await incoming government

The State collected €14.04 billion in the first third of the year, €1.17 billion more than in 2015 and €475 million more than forecast by the Department of Finance.

Exchequer returns show a VAT shortfall but revenue is well ahead of target

The CSO questioned the logic and consistency of the ruling that a preference share conversion in the nationalised AIB should be classified as a government expenditure. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Decision by EU agency led to bigger deficit for 2015 than estimated by Government

Sterling’s decline in February provides a kind of foretaste of what might well be in store after a vote to leave the EU when the conditions under which the Brexit actually happened would still be unclear. Photograph:  Toby Melville/Reuters

Questions arise over outlook for trade flows, the Border and foreign direct investment

Central Bank governor Philip Lane dismisses notion of statutory limits on mortgage interest rates. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Philip Lane says any legislation to curtail rates could deter potential market entrants

Jose Angel Gurria, secretary-general of the OECD, holds up his organisation’s policy paper on the effects of Brexit during a speech at the London School of Economics on Wednesday. It became the latest international body to warn the UK that leaving the European Union would cause lasting damage to the economy. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Note for TDs and Senators identifies threats to trade and financial markets

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said there were many mechanisms to secure money from those who have not paid water charges,  including attachment orders. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Micheál Martin says FF position is that those who have not paid charges should be pursued

Leo Varadkar, Frances Fitzgerald, Pascal Donohoe and Simon Coveney leaving Trinity College Dublin: The emerging water deal will see a commission of experts established to examine issues such as alternative charging systems. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Ministers tell FG backbenchers deal with FF only prospect of saving Irish Water

The dangers are more acute now than at any time since the height of the global crisis, the department warned.  For one thing, the Brexit referendum looms. Photograph: Andrew Yates/Reuters

Dangers to growth more acute now than at any time since height of the global crisis

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan arriving for talks on government formation, at Trinity College Dublin, yesterday. The prospect of more money becoming available may ease the task of forming a government. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Prospect of more money becoming available may ease the task of forming a government

Fine Gael TDs Paschal Donohoe, Leo Varadkar, Simon Coveney and Frances Fitzgerald arriving for talks on government formation at Trinity College Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil at odds over length of any water charge suspension period

Eurostat’s decision  could mean the next government will be under marginally less pressure in coming years to keep public spending in check.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Statistical ruling on AIB share transaction means there is additional money available

Peter Sutherland: It would be “profoundly misplaced” for Ireland to review its own EU membership if Britain votes to leave. Photograph: Gary O’Neill

Ex-EU commissioner says if Leave side wins ‘then a lot of issues will begin to crystallise’

The Central Bank took the benefit last year of large capital gain as it stepped up the sale of bonds held after the 2013 deal to scrap the Anglo promissory note scheme

Dame Street institution reported €2.1 billion surplus on its operations in 2014

Micheál Martin and Enda Kenny: as talks continue there are fears that the absence of a government with decision-making powers means  policy problems are piling up and there are also concerns about the inherent frailty of any minority administration. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Bickering over the next government brings concerns that lack of a deal could end badly

Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank: insisted the quantitative easing programme was working and interest rates would remain at record low levels for a long time. Photograph: Arne Dedert/EPA

Mario Draghi says criticism of interest rate may be ‘endangering’ bank’s independence

A new report has found Irish business borrowers are paying 80 per cent more for modest commercial loans than the euro zone average. Photograph:  Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Competitiveness council warns of major risks from dysfunctional property market

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