Boris Johnson and Leo Varadkar in Brussels on Thursday. This week’s Brexit deal left all but a fraction of the agreement negotiated with Theresa May intact. Photograph: EPA

Business Week: also in the news was tourism; energy; trade; and criticism of the budget

The New Year’s Festival takes place over two days with four events from December 31st until January 1st.

Tourism chiefs hope four events over two days will help sector as Brexit bites

A new report notes a surge in cannabis-related admissions to general and psychiatric hospitals  from 2008 to 2016. File photograph: David Bebber/Reuters

New report voices concerns over the increased potency of the drug

Met Éireann’s forecast for Monday is for heavy and persistent rain, with a risk of flooding and thunder in some areas. File photograph Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Met Éireann status yellow rain warning in place for 13 counties until midnight

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar met UK premier Boris Johnson at Thornton Manor in Liverpool this week.

Business Week: Also in the news was the budget; corporation tax; and the banks

The jackpot had been rolling over since July 23rd and this week for the first time in the 15-year history of the game, it hit its maximum allowed limit of €190 million on five consecutive occasions.

Winning ticket in Tuesday’s draw was sold in the UK

UK prime minister Boris Johnson delivering his speech  on the final day of the Conservative Party conference. Photograph: Getty Images

Business Week: also in the news are Budget 2020; the economy; and fossil fuel struggles

A key benefit of the facilities is that they can store power that is generated by wind farms.

Gore Street has 30 megawatt battery storage located in counties Kildare and Wexford

In a statement on Friday, Aryzta, which is the maker of Cuisine de France, said it had received a binding offer.

Cuisine de France owner agrees €156 million sale of 43% stake in French frozen foods firm

Insurance companies have claimed the cost of premiums is due to the increased cost of claims and fraud. Photograph: iStock

Executives from AIG, Aviva, and Zurich were before the Oireachtas finance committee

Front Line Defenders executive director Andrew Anderson said that five activists were prevented from travelling to Dublin.

About 120 activists from 80 countries attending Front Line Defenders conference

A still from a video of the whale posted on social media. Photograph: Stella Maris Rowing Club/Facebook.

Irish Whale and Dolphin Group has asked the public to supply photographs and video

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney said the plan was “no basis for an agreement”.

Tánaiste says Government hasn’t seen plans yet but leaked details ‘no basis’ for deal

One in Four chief executive Maeve Lewis:  the group was forced to turn people away last year.

One in Four saw surge in requests for help after Belfast rape trial and during Pope Francis visit

Phil Hogan confirmed his appointment as the EU’s next trade commissioner on Tuesday.

Former Fine Gael TD will now take the lead role in the next phase of EU-UK Brexit talks

The recall affects certain Avensis, Corolla, Avensis Verso, and Yaris passenger vehicles.

Company says inflators may cause metal fragments to enter vehicle at high speed

 Minister for  Planning   Eoghan Murphy  and Evelyn Cusack of Met Éireann during a meeting of the National Emergency Co-ordination Group  in Dublin on Tuesday in preparation for the arrival of Storm Lorenzo. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

National emergency group warns of high seas, severe winds and heavy rain coming

The risk of dying from cancer before the age of 75 was about one in 10 for women and one in eight for men. File photograph: Getty

National cancer registry report also reveals men over 30% more likely to die from illness

Should patients have any concerns in relation to this matter, they should consult their doctor or pharmacist.

Notice has been issued by PharmaSwiss as the pens may fail to produce an injection

UK prime minister Boris Johnson gesturing while answering questions on the proroguing of parliament. Photograph: Jessica Taylor / Getty Images

Business Week: also in the news was Budget 2020; fossil fuels; and commercial meltdown

Central Bank deputy governor for prudential regulation Ed Sibley made the remarks on Friday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Regulator criticises firms for being unprepared, and warns on technology and climate

The Cliffs of Moher on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, which is one of the State’s biggest tourist attractions.

Data analysis by recruitment website Indeed shows shortage of labour in the industry

The Irish Farmers’ Association president Joe Healy (right), pictured recently with Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed. File photograph: Tom Honan

Irish Farmers’ Association calls for state aid rules to be lifted to provide help to sector

‘Employers don’t expect you to have a wealth of experience’

Tips for graduates looking to make structured start to their careers

Minister of State with responsibility for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor said  “some students are suffering serious harm. Some are dying and lives are shattered.” File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Minister of State Mary Mitchell O’Connor says statistics on student drug use anecdotal

Relatives of those who manned the EIRE sign in Dalkey gather with those who helped restore it. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw / The Irish Times

Sign was designed to inform fighter pilots of State’s neutrality in the second World War

The winner of Saturday’s €5.3m Lotto jackpot has made contact with National Lottery headquarters. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

National Lottery confirms arrangements are being made for collection of prize

‘Younger generations are saying they are interested in certain causes and will select employers based on what they are doing on them.’ Photograph: iStock

One of the key advantages for companies is attracting and retaining talent

Thousands of creatures have been killed during the unexplained destruction of a ‘unique little gem’ of a nature reserve in south Dublin, conservationists have said.

Conservationists estimate thousands of creatures killed in destruction of parcel of wetland

The Beef Plan Movement says it intends to hold ‘all stakeholders accountable to beef farmers’.

Factories are contacting laid-off employees to inform them operations are up and running

Human beings ‘are still going to be needed to interpret data and put nuance on things that computers are not yet able to do’

Key skills include teamwork, problem-solving and adaptability

Luxembourg prime minister Xavier Bettel gestures during a news conference after his meeting with Boris Johnson. Photograph: Reuters

Business Week: also in the news was corporate tax; the budget; Ryanair; and Stripe

Mainstay Medical is an Irish medical device company targeting chronic back pain.

Company submits application for pre-market approval to US regulator

‘ESB continues to invest in energy infrastructure to help deliver a low-carbon energy future’

State gets dividend of €38m, bringing total paid to exchequer in last 10 years to €1.2bn

Applegreen chief executive Bob Etchingham said he was ‘very pleased’ with the trading performance. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Applegreen, which has major presence in the Republic, UK and US, issues warning

The group of TDs and Senator gathered to call for mass participation in the strike which coincides with the opening of a UN climate summit in New York.

Activists criticise Blackrock College on letter urging parents to not let sons attend event

 Blackrock College, Dublin says ‘lights in the corridors, offices and classrooms will be turned off’ on Friday but pupils were told not to attend the  climate rally.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Blackrock College writes to parents urging them to ensure sons do not take part

The dispute, which has been ongoing for months, has brought the Irish beef industry to a standstill. File photograph: Getty

Processors say 6,000 people temporarily laid off due to blockades

Conor Horgan, postgraduate researcher, and Dr Tim O’Sullivan, who spearheaded the UCC research. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

Significant threat to health from infections evolving to become resistant to antibiotics

An undated handout photo issued by the PSNI of Saoirse Smyth, who was last seen in Belfast in April 2017.

Saoirse Smyth, who has distinctive red hair, was last seen in Belfast in April 2017

More than 250,000 visitors are to descend on Co Carlow this week for the annual National Ploughing Championships. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Preview: Event will take place in Fenagh, Co Carlow, from Tuesday to Thursday

UK prime minister Boris Johnson gesticulates as Taoiseach Leo Varadkar delivers remarks at Government buildings.

Business Week: also in the news was Budget 2020; ECB stimulus; and the Bernard Shaw

JD Wetherspoon chairman Tim Martin, who is one of the most outspoken proponents of Brexit in the UK.

Tim Martin, chairman of pub chain, attacks Tory rebels and House of Commons speaker

Construction workers lay bricks on the Cairn Homes Plc Marianella residential construction site in Dublin.

Company said programme will begin immediately and may continue until March 31st

First-time buyers Nikki Willis  and Rob Pallin: they   finalised the purchase of a property in Dublin last month

Latest CSO figures show the first fall in property prices in Dublin for seven years

The latest figures from the Central Statistics Office show residential property prices nationally rose by 2.3% in the 12 months to July. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

High-end market hit by Brexit uncertainty as people ‘scared to do anything’, says expert

Glanbia Ireland’s dedicated gluten-free machinery harvesting Barra gluten-free oats  in Moyle, Co Carlow

Food giant seeking farmers whose lands meet criteria to sow premium grain

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions urged Meat Industry Ireland and employers’ body Ibec to urgently work to resolve the dispute

Talks to resume on Friday or Monday after farmers agree to lift pickets at meat plants

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan welcomed the decision by Cabinet to extend the scheme for three more years.

Cost of extending Abhaile for three years will be €17.2m, when it will be wound down

The Irish Defence Forces crossing the Slaney River during a mission readiness exercise in the Glen of Imaal, Co Wicklow. President Michael D Higgins said    many are understandably concerned about the ability to attract and retain people of the highest calibre in the Defence Forces. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Working conditions of members ought to be ‘exemplary’ in society, says President

EU rules dictate that compulsory physical checks must take place on live animals. at border inspection posts.

Veterinary Ireland says Government is unprepared for extra burden of inspections

An image from last month showing indepdendent farmers protesting outside the  Dawn Meats plant at Grannagh on the Waterford/ Kilkenny. Photograph: PA

Meat Industry Ireland says decisions to cease processing operations had ‘not been taken lightly’

Damian McDonald, IFA director general, Joe Healy IFA president, and Angus Woods, IFA National Livestock Committee chairman arrive for talks last month. Photograph: Tom Honan

Michael Creed urges all parties to take a step back from action to allow space for meaningful talks

Officers aboard the Revenue Customs Cutter Faire boarded an Italian-registered ship off Dublin.

Search of Italian ship off Dublin comes after surveillance operation

Britain’s Leader of the House of Commons Jacob Rees-Mogg relaxing on the front benches. Photograph: Getty Images

Business Week: also in the news was the banks; exchequer figures, and corporates

Central Bank director general for financial conduct Derville Rowland presented new guidelines for firms on Friday.

The Central Bank has issued a new set of guidelines for firms on terrorism obligations

Calum McGrath and Aaron Miller, from Sligo, shelter from the rain at Electric Picnic 2019 in Stradbally. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Rain levels in west of Ireland was nearly four times higher than average - Met Éireann report

Dieticians have warned that a balanced diet is neccesary for nutritional reasons as much as to combat obesity.

Irish eat less than half of recommended fruit and veg, say Nutrition and Dietetic Institute

The use of e-scooters is illegal on public roads or in public places in Ireland. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

‘A car salesman is not going to sit down with you and explain the rules of the road’

‘No matter how much you dream about winning the Lotto, you’re never quite prepared for it when it actually happens,’ the man said

Winning ticket paid for at filling station after man got €10 tip at work

Independent farmers and supporters outside the Dawn Meats plant at Grannagh on the Waterford/ Kilkenny border last week. A blockade of around a dozen meat plants is continuing on Monday.

Picketing of meat plants enters second week as row over beef prices for farmers continues

Minister with Responsibility for the Office of Public Works Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran visited the area  and said compensation would be made available to people whose houses were damaged. Photograph: Kevin Boxer Moran Twitter account

Flooding caused by a breach of embankment in Shannon which was followed by high tides

John Bercow, speaker of the House of Commons, called Boris Johnson’s move a “constitutional outrage”.

Business Week: also in the news was trade; economic signposts; Huawei, Apple, and jobs

Mr Kipling maker Premier Foods has announced a number of changes at boardroom level. Photograph: Reuters

Former boss Gavin Darby left in January after pressure from shareholders

Grafton chief executive Gavin Slark said the company was pleased with its progress in the face of UK uncertainty. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Increase in housing helps DIY stores report double-digit growth in operating profit

Fr Tony Coote was conferred with an honorary doctorate of science by UCD last December. He is pictured here with Archbishop of Dublin Dr Diarmuid Martin and his mother Patricia. Photograph: Colm Mahady/Fennells

Priest from Mount Merrion raised €600,000 for motor neurone causes in a walk last year

Medical Council chief executive Bill Prasifka said most complaints against doctors related to “communication issues”.

Consultant alleged to have made multiple remarks on sex, gender, and maternity leave

Electric scooters are currently not regulated in Ireland and are technically illegal. Photograph: Bloomberg via Getty Images

Government report says ban would be counterproductive and difficult to enforce

A number of Garda units were alerted and the offending car was discovered crashed a short distance away.

Man arrested as cocaine with a street value of €10,000 was recovered from his car

Gardaí have appealed to anyone with information to contact Drogheda Garda Station on 041 987 4200.

Suspicious fire broke out at a house in Rathmullen Park, Drogheda last month

Fans are assisted by medical personnel after a lightning strike during the third round of the Tour Championship.

Co Tyrone student was among six injured as he watched progress of Rory McIlroy

Protests over beef prices in recent weeks closed some 20 meat processing plants across the State

Beef Plan Movement says it is ‘imperative protests are quelled’ ahead of Chinese trade visit

Most people said that mental health difficulties often affected their overall experience in college. File photograph: Getty

USI report on mental health finds that almost one in four ‘very unlikely’ to seek help

Ken O’Connor, owner of the Spar Texaco Service Station in Enniskerry, Co Wicklow where the winning ticket was sold. Photograph: Mac Innes Photography/PA Wire

Winner of 15th largest jackpot in Lotto history made contact with National Lottery on Monday

Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson places his foot on the table during a meeting with French president Emmanuel Macron. Photograph: Getty Images

Business Week: also in the news were recession fears; China; and home building

Justin Bickle, outgoing chiuef executive, John Mulcahy, chairman, and Stephen Garvey, incoming chief executive.

Group is currently selling from 13 sites with 800 units sold, signed or reserved

Glenveagh Properties chief executive Justin Bickle is to resign from the homebuilder with immediate effect.

Justin Bickle has led the home builder since its inception and achieved a successful IPO

Kingspan chief executive Gene Murtagh said it was a strong performance from the company.

Company says ‘seismic transformations’ required to address issue of climate change

Irish Rail said it was ‘urgently looking to place an order for new trains’.

State company said it is ‘urgently’ seeking new trains after years of underfunding

The Webbs: Frances,  Jamie and Samantha  from Ballyhaunis, Mayo on the platform. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Stressed or irate passengers describe overcrowding chaos as network pushed to capacity

The jackpot of €11,225,280 - the highest in more than two years - had been rolling since June 12th.

Jackpot was close to being shared after a player in Co Laois fell one number short

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney and Minister of State for European Affairs Helen McEntee: many State schemes and supports exist to assist firms in getting set for Brexit. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney

Importers and exporters urged to get supply chains ready for ‘difficult period ahead’

Amanullah De Sondy, senior lecturer In contemporary Islam at UCC. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision/UCC

UCC academic Amanullah De Sondy says caller told him: ‘I hope you are executed’

The jackpot of €11,225,280 – the highest in more than two years - had been rolling since June 12th.

Win is 15th biggest in game’s history and follows jackpot roll-overs since June 12th

Maria Bailey, a Dún Laoghaire TD, was stripped of her position as chair of the Oireachtas Committee on Housing.

Fine Gael TD was criticised for taking personal injury claim after falling from a swing

Shannondoc said the issue of staff shortages was particularly acute in more rural areas.

Shannondoc claims the permit system for non-EEA nationals is driving locums away

Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin  in the GPO Dublin where he received the An Post International Recognition Award 2019. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Fantasy novelist said he was ‘honoured’ as he received award at GPO, Dublin event

Gardaí are working on the theory Mr Hansard, and other locals, had previously appealed to the suspect to desist from having late night noisy gatherings at his home.

Paddy Hansard was left with head injuries including several bleeds on his brain

Detectives in Granard are investigating an organised crime gang involved in the international sale and distribution of stolen machinery as well as vehicle engines and parts. Photograph: iStock

Organised crime gang involved in sale and distribution of stolen machinery and engines

The bonus system rewards farmers for bringing livestock in before they turn 30 months.

Farmers claim they are not getting a fair price for animals at the factory gate

UK prime minister Boris Johnson accused MPs of “collaboration” with the EU to thwart Brexit.

Business Week: also in the news was global recession fear; aviation woes; and Budget 2020

The Central Bank has announced two new appointments to its senior management team.

Regulator also names new chief information officer

Aminex, the gas explorer and producer, delivered a corporate update to shareholders on Friday.

Company is awaiting approval from Tanzania for a project that could yield $40m

Irish Farmers’ Association representatives Angus Woods, Damian McDonald, and Joe Healy arrive for talks. Photograph: Tom Honan

Issue of bonuses paid for young cattle outstanding as talks to resume on Monday

The Irish Coastguard dispatched its Rescue 118 helicopter from Sligo. File Photograph: Irish Coast Guard / PA

Students at Coláiste Mhachaire Rabhartaigh all back in class after dramatic sea rescue

People in the water at White Rock beach in Killiney, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Beaches were shut on Friday following a wastewater overflow at the plant in Ringsend

The ESB shut down its Lough Ree power station in Lanesborough last month after falling foul of the EPA.

An Taisce has lodged an objection to the EPA’s intention to reissue licence to operate

President of Ireland Michael D Higgins has offered condolences to the family of Nóra Quoirin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

President, Taoiseach and French embassy offer sympathies and thank searchers

The Irish Coastguard dispatched its Rescue 118 helicopter from Sligo (stock image). Photograph: Irish Coast Guard / PA

Local boats assist in rescue as almost a dozen taken to hospital after getting into difficulty

It’s a good idea is to work out a budget for your weekly or monthly spend. Photograph: iStock

Manage your spending by creating and sticking to a realistic budget

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