Taoiseach Micheál Martin lays a wreath on Talbot Street during a ceremony marking the 48th anniversary of the Dublin and Monaghan bombings. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Martin tells memorial event Government committed to seeking out truth of bombings

‘We in Labour have been saying for some time now that Ireland needs a pay rise,’ Bacik said. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Unions are pushing for wage increases that keep pace with the recent surge in inflation

John Francis Morrissey and his wife, Nicola

John Francis Morrissey set up subscription site with help from controversial firm

Author Roddy Doyle and DCU geographer Ruth McManus at the Citizens’ Assembly in the Grand Hotel, Malahide on Saturday. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Group asked to consider and report to Oireachtas on new local government structures for Dublin

Taoiseach Micheál Martin, commenting on the dispute, said a council should not use its advertising budget to try to influence the editorial content of a local radio station. Photograph: Getty Images

Station’s managing director says independent investigation needed into council’s attempts at editorial interference

The Irish Times disclosed emails in which David Minogue sought to lay down three ‘criteria’ for the station’s coverage of the council in the context of the council taking out advertising. Photograph: iStock

Independent investigation into editorial interference attempts needed, station director says

If the Kinahans are eventually made to leave Dubai, it will not be because it is something that Dubai wants, says Christopher Davidson, but Dubai is not in a position to resist pressure from Abu Dhabi

Oil-rich Abu Dhabi depends on US for security and will not want to attract its disfavour

Documents shown to The Irish Times have revealed how a screening conducted by the Dubai authorities deemed the Kinahan brothers to be ‘low risk’ as they set up trade in the UAE

An unprecedented insight into the inner workings of the Kinahan family in the UAE

Belfast: A number of companies have been registered with the UK’s Companies House at addresses in residential areas without appearing to have any actual connection to the properties. Photograph: iStock

More than 70 cases since start of the year, and the number is still growing, says expert

The managing director of South East Radio has said he will not be ‘negotiating the freedom of the press’ with Wexford County Council. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Eamonn Buttle criticises response of councillors to email in latest development in row

Twitter described OpenBack as a mobile platform that helps make apps more engaging. Photograph: Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP via Getty Images

OpenBack system puts privacy first, Twitter says, and team will now join Bluebird product unit

Taoiseach Micheál Martin pictured at the launch of a new report from the National Economic and Social Council - Shared Island: Shared Opportunity – at  Dublin Castle on Tuesday.

‘There can be no connection between advertising sponsorship and editorial control’ he says

Minister for Trade Leo Varadkar has launched a new trade and investment strategy. File photograph: PA

Leo Varadkar says we shouldn’t take our current success in trade for granted

Leo Varadkar: ‘What we want to avoid is the fool’s paradise of using borrowed money to help people with the cost of living.’ Photograph:  Damien Storan/PA Wire

Temporary VAT reduction planned on gas and electricity but not on car fuel or heating oil

Last month the authorities in Spain seized a €110 million superyacht owned by a BVI company that is in turn owned by the  35-year-old stepdaughter of Russian businessman Sergei Chemezov. Photograph: iStock

Holytown is owned by stepdaughter of Putin’s close associate, Sergey Chemezov

Russian president Vladimir Putin and Rostec chief executive Sergei Chemezov at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow in 2017. Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/AFP via Getty Images

Sergey Chemezov is chief executive of Russian state-owned military-industrial giant Rostec

‘We are now presented with even more serious attempts aimed at controlling our independence,’ says managing director of South East Radio Eamonn Buttle. Photograph: iStock

Station executive says council is using public funds to control what is said about it on air

The Aughinish Alumina Refinery on the Shannon Estuary near Foynes Co Limerick

Chair of Russian aluminium giant Rusal said there must be an independent investigation

The latest Irish national Eurobarometer survey found that 83 per cent of Irish people are satisfied with how Irish democracy works. Photograph: iStock

Irish public also satisfied with Government’s handling of the pandemic

Irish-registered entities called limited partnerships are being marketed in Russia, Ukraine and central Asia as de facto offshore vehicles suitable for holding assets in ways that hide the identity of their true owners. Photograph: iStock

Government dragging its heels on addressing these secretive structures

Studies suggest  there might be up to 17,000 undocumented people, including up to 3,000 children, in the State. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Thousands have completed six-month online application process

The Central Statistics Office has asked the public to ensure their information is recorded accurately. Photograph: Jason Clarke

Each individual legally required to record information in place they sleep tonight

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Michael McGrath says the measures will   potentially reduce the cost of office space for the Civil Service. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins Photos

Working remotely could allow civil servants buy more affordable homes, says Minister

‘This is probably the second highest fundraising appeal in recent history, second to the [Indian Ocean] tsunami in 2004.’

From 'dignity kits' for women to cash transfers, helping Ukraine is a complex logistical challenge

Irish property developers (from left) Tony Fitzpatrick, Paddy Shovlin and Patrick Fitzpatrick. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Paddy Shovlin, Tony and Patrick Fitzpatrick retained interest in land near Warsaw

The public debate on transgender issues has become increasingly fraught. Photograph: iStock

Controversy is making it harder to develop care model for teens with gender dysphoria

Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Mya and Zara Akinsowon from Baldoyle in Dublin at the launch of the 2022 Census campaign at Government Buildings. Photograph: Jason Clarke

CSO working on way to introduce question on gender identity for 2027 census

The UK government has placed sanctions on the owner of Chelsea Football Club, Roman Abramovich. Photograph: Anthony Anex/EPA

Russian oligarch has been sanctioned by the UK government

Company information should be made easier to access immediately to help fight the flow of ‘dirty money’ through Ireland, Transparency International Ireland  has said. Photograph: iStock

Transparency group says huge Irish financial services sector not adequately policed

All of the mortgages registered against aircraft worth hundreds of millions of euro by a Russian-owned leasing company based in Dublin were settled on the day Ukraine was invaded, company filings show.

Links exist between SB Leasing and AIB, Flynn O’Driscoll solicitors and EY auditors

The Courts of Criminal Justice, Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Three-year strategy to review ways of dealing with minor crimes aside from prosecutions

Bobby-Leigh Swaine standing on a flooded street in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford in late December

Michael McGrath’s decision comes just months after heavy flooding in Wexford

‘I haven’t yet estimated what it will mean in extra spending but it will be at least €20 a week,’ says taxi driver Philip O’Brien. Photograph: Colm Keena

Soaring cost of fuel ‘cuts a big hole’ in fares, says taxi driver

 The logo of Russian oil producer Rosneft on its headquarters in Moscow. Photograph:   Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP via Getty Images

Energy giant Rosneft gained access to huge amounts of Western money through Dublin-based company

Nóirín O’Sullivan was appointed  Garda commissioner in 2014 and was the first woman to fill the role. Photograph: Laura Hutton

The Garda's relationship with the community sets it apart, says Nóirín O’Sullivan

Minister for Justice Helen McEntee said she shared the objective that the criminal justice system should treat victims with dignity and empathy.

Speakers tell of shared sense that to others their cases were about the crimes not them

Soldiers of the National People’s Army in East Berlin. Photograph: David Turnley/Getty Images

An Irishman’s Diary

The additional tax revenue to be raised from the carbon tax in the period to 2030 is to go into a €9.5 billion Climate Action Fund, with €3 billion to be used to target fuel poverty by way of social welfare.   Photograph: iStock

Price increase should not go ahead in middle of ‘cost of living crisis’, says Doherty

An ‘anti-establishment’ tone that exists on social media is influencing people’s attitudes towards politicians, an Oireachtas committee has been told. Photograph: Getty Images

Peter Feeney says aggressive, misogynistic comments online are affecting public responses

Two men  died when the Special Air Services members who were monitoring a mushroom shed in a field opened fire. Photograph: iStock

Mr McCaughey (23) and Mr Grew (37) died in 1990 near Loughall, Co Armagh

A Ukrainian state border guard stands watch at the border crossing between Ukraine and Belarus,  in Vilcha, Ukraine, as tensions continue to grow in relation to Russia’s military build-up. Photograph: Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Washington vows to defend Nato territory as Scholz plans last-ditch diplomatic efforts

Senator Mary Seery Kearney: Parents of children due to be born to surrogate mothers in Ukraine “will want to be there to protect their babies in what will potentially be a conflict”. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Clinics may charge to look after 14 babies due to surrogate mothers if parents cannot travel

 Vera Jourova,  Commissioner for Values and Transparency, says  900 journalists in 20 member states suffered physical injuries last year. Photograph: Joel Saget / AFP via Getty

Commission calls on member states to pursue and prosecute all attacks on journalists

Under the Government’s Birth Information and Tracing Bill, adopted people are to gain a right of access to their birth certificate information. Photograph: iStock

People who are formally adopted are precluded from making such claims

Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh: believes the idea of an ombudsman is not the best model for protecting heritage structures as the objective would be to act “before rather than after the effect”. Photograph: Sara Freund

Changes to law on national monuments sent heritage protection ‘back into the Stone Age’

Retired Garda sergeant William Hughes at the Disclosures Tribunal in Dublin Castle. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Sgt William Hughes claims he was targeted after complaining about woman’s case

Handwashing, being extra careful when you cough or sneeze, getting rid of used tissues safely and making sure your workplace is adequately ventilated, are all still advised. Photograph: iStock

Government’s ‘transitional protocol’ provides guidance for firms and employees

 Stella McConnon, granddaughter of trade union leader Jim Larkin, lays a wreath on his grave in Glasnevin at a ceremony marking 75 years since his death.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Event marking 75 years since Jim Larkin’s death hears of need to eradicate low pay

Businessman Karl Fitzpatrick made critical comments about Wexford County Council on a morning show on South East Radio, triggering a long dispute with the county manager. Photograph: Patrick Browne

County manager overstepped the mark in dispute with businessman and radio station

Wexford County Council headquarters: the Standards in Public Office Commission (Sipo) found that Tom Enright seriously contravened provisions of the Local Government Act

Tom Enright receives standing ovation at Wexford council meeting after Sipo report

 Legislation aimed at forcing councils to publish more information as to why they have not collected the derelict sites levy has been drafted by Sinn Féin. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

TD says new legislation on levy would ‘tie everyone down’ and increase transparency

Wexford County Council chief executive Tom Enright   threatened to withdraw council advertising from South East Radio during a dispute over coverage.  Photograph: Twitter

Tom Enright contravened code of conduct in emails from Wexford County Council

Courts service: ‘Every effort will be made to conduct as much business as is possible’

Priority to be given to urgent matters such as domestic violence applications

Cllr Séamus Treanor claimed he had been the subject of ‘a total witch-hunt’. Photograph: David Sleator

Cllr Séamus Treanor says no law exists that censures a councillor for expressing views

Criminal jury trials listed in the Dublin Circuit Court for next week have been postponed because of the high number of Covid cases. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Courts Service discusses impact of Omicron with judiciary, legal professions and gardaí

Cllr Séamus Treanor. A leaflet issued by the councillor  during the May 2019 local elections included statements about immigrants and housing that Sipo has found were inaccurate.  Photograph: David Sleator

Leaflet from Independent councillor Séamus Treanor xenophobic, Sipo inquiry finds

Figures released by the Garda Press Office show that, up to December 14th, 5,957 people were issued with a summons or charged in relation to the possession of drugs for their own use. Photograph: iStock

Fall in number brought to court for possession comes amid international trend towards legalisation

Report found that teenagers who experimented with e-cigarettes were at an increased risk of becoming cigarette smokers. Photograph: iStock

Campaigners claim global tobacco giants are a significant influence on Ireland’s vaping market

HSE to consider reducing the nicotine content of tobacco products to make them less addictive, banning filters and putting health warnings on   individual cigarettes. Photograph:  Martin Rickett/ PA Wire

Making tobacco firms pay for related health costs being explored in bid to end smoking

The percentage of second-level students who went on to higher education was 66.1 per cent in 2020, up from 62.1 per cent the previous year. Photograph: iStock

Places in higher education increased due to predicted grades for Leaving Cert

A report in July from the Residential Tenancies Board showed the number of tenancies registered with it peaked in 2016, at 319, 822, and has since been falling, with a drop of almost 22,000 between the end of 2016 and the end of last year. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Tenant rights, caps on rent and investment yields appear to be forcing landlords out

Taoiseach and leader of Fianna Fáil Micheál Martin. The party recently said  it  was cancelling the ‘super draw’ because it was faced by a potentially lengthy and costly judicial review. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Chay Bowes says cancellation of Fianna Fáil’s fundraising draw a ‘great result’

The vaccination centre opened for business at 8.30 am but some people who wanted the jab began turning up well before that. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Two-hour queues didn’t deter people from getting their booster vaccine in Citywest

French ambassador to Ireland Vincent Guérend. Photograph: French Embassy

Ambassador to Ireland discusses priorities for French presidency of Council of European Union

The Lord Ashcroft Polls survey involved 3,301 adults in Northern Ireland being interviewed online and the results being weighted to be representative of all adults in Northern Ireland. Photograph: iStock

Most of those surveyed believe vote 10 years from now would result in a united Ireland

Alerts were raised within the health service over eight weeks that the IT system might be compromised, but the significance of the alerts was not identified at the time.  Photograph: iStock

HSE did not respond appropriately to ‘noisy and unstealthy actions’ by criminal gang

Alerts were raised within the health service over eight weeks that the IT system might be compromised, but the significance of the alerts was not identified at the time.  Photograph: iStock

Ransomware attack could be repeated and HSE is taking steps to mitigate risk, says Reid

A total of 6,174 people were supported by Simon’s rough sleeping and outreach teams

Ending of moratorium on evictions ‘has seen homelessness grow in last few months’

The creche group said it was ‘now growing in trust that the schemes will be delivered’. Photograph: iStock

Safari had planned to raise prices almost 25% and says Minister failed to respond to queries

There are approximately 4,600 childcare providers in the State, most of which are small, standalone operations providing care for 11-22 children.

‘Exodus’ of professional childcarers to ‘more lucrative’ careers at all-time high

Cork County Council employees  prepare pumps for expected flooding  after Met Éireann issues a status red weather warning.  Photograph: Andy Gibson

Status red warning for Cork, Kerry and Clare as people advised to stay at home

 Lost Lane off Dublin’s Grafton Street. Nightclubs are among the businessses affected by the latest Covid-19 restrictions. Photograph: Alan Betson

New claimants can apply for support linked to previous income if they lose jobs due to restrictions

Ireland is regularly cited as the third-ranked country in the world in terms of gambling spend per head of adult population, after Australia and Singapore. Photograph: Getty Images

Problem gambling in Ireland has risen during Covid, the industry remains unregulated

Chemotherapy is a life-saving treatment for those who need it, but can result in a range of negative side effects, including temporary nausea and hair loss. Photograph: iStock

Results apply to women who have hormone-driven, hormone-sensitive cancer

Cape Town International Airport. A number of countries have introduced travel bans and restrictions on passengers from southern African countries in a bid to contain the new variant. Photograph: Nic Bothma/EPA

UK to require arrivals from outside CTA to take PCR test amid Omicron concern

 Several thousand people marched down O’Connell Street in Dublin on Saturday to protest against Covid public health measures. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Speaker tells crowd ‘hate speech towards unvaccinated people has become the norm’

South Africa: Travel restrictions were reintroduced on Friday in a push to contain a new strain of Covid as the WHO designated the Omicron variant as being of concern. Photograph: Kim Ludbrook

Ireland to review UK requirement for passenger PCR test by second day of arrival

The cast of the Helix Panto, ‘Red Riding Hood’ rehearsing ahead of this year’s show. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minister says a new €2 million fund will open on Monday to support this sector

New recruits to the Ethiopian National Defence Force hold Ethiopian national flags during the send-off ceremony in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Wednesday. Photograph: Amanuel Sileshi /AFP via Getty Images

Coveney responds as Ethiopian government orders Irish diplomatic staff to leave

Nurses at the hospital became concerned about the doctor and a number made statements to the gardaí. Photograph: iStock

Doctor worked in Irish hospital system for a number of years before returning to Pakistan

Former garda commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan: ‘It was vicious, and incredibly upsetting’. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Allegations against former garda commissioner have been dismissed by tribunal

Former Garda commissioner, Nóirín O’Sullivan in the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin. ‘It is dehumanising to be at the centre of this vortex.’  Photograph: Laura Hutton

Former commissioner and Frances Fitzgerald speak about Disclosures Tribunal findings

Dr Catherine Motherway: ‘We know what worked the last time and we do need an abrupt halt. We need the tap turned off.’

System can’t cope with predicted Covid demand for ICU beds, says Dr Catherine Motherway

The Chinese vaccines CoronaVac (also known as Sinovac) and SinoPharm (BIBP) are now cited in the definition of who has been vaccinated against Covid-19. Photograph: Alan Betson

CoronaVac and SinoPharm now cited in definition of vaccinated person

Minister for Justice Helen McEntee. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Some 11,000 applications to be decided this year after Covid slowed system in 2020

United Nations Human Rights Commission is conducting a periodic review of Ireland’s human rights record. Photograph: Denis Balibouse/Reuters

Comments made during periodic review of Ireland’s human rights record

The marked fuel was being sold as ‘diesel for road-going vehicles’, which attracts higher VAT and excise duty. Photograph: iStock

Man and woman disqualified for 15 years for ‘extreme’ case of fraud

Seán Quinn was at one stage one of Ireland’s richest business figures, if not the richest. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Former billionaire ‘not aware’ of any investigation since he emerged from bankruptcy

Seán Quinn jnr, Aoife Quinn and Brenda Quinn at the Four Courts in 2019. Photograph: Collins Courts

The move comes after successful applications under EU’s ‘right to be forgotten’ regime

QuinnBet has experienced a number of years of strong growth, with profits in 2018 having been €157,705.  Photograph: iStock

Turnover at the business, which is owned by the family of Seán Quinn, was €8.8m

The director of a major US organ donation programme says unvaccinated people should not receive organ donations because of their risk of dying from Covid-19. Photograph: Alan Betson

Irish Donor Network rejects ‘dogmatic’ view of US expert on use of ‘scarce resource’

Medical Council office at Kingram Place, Dublin 2:  Dr Gustavo Granados Paucar has been found guilty of poor professional practice.

Doctor found guilty of poor professional practice ‘wasn’t thinking adequately’

Claire Loftus, Director of Public Prosecutions, finishes her 10-year tenure at the end of this week

Director of Public Prosecutions received 8% more files in 2020

Independent Cllr Séamus Treanor. Photograph: David Sleator

Standards in Public Office Commission holds hearing into material from Séamus Treanor

An aerial view of the area concerned.

Application states ‘altars, confession box, crucifix, plaque, pews, tabernacle, statues and stations of the cross’ due to be remov(...)

Minister for Education Norma Foley announces that 100 extra teachers are to be recruited on a full-time basis to provide substitute cover. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

Principals warn pupils could be sent home due to substitution cover shortage

Averil Deverell was the first woman to appear before the Supreme Court and the Court of Criminal Appeal

Frances Kyle and Averil Deverell were first women barristers in Britain and Ireland

Chapters Bookshop, Parnell St, Dublin

Dublin city centre shop sold extensive range of new and second-hand books

A site on Prussia Street where people were evicted  in Dublin City centre. Photograph: Damien Eagers

Irish Council for Civil Liberties calls for clarification of Garda role in eviction

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney said the Government has not received detailed evidence to support the claims made by Israel

Simon Coveney also expresses concern at Israeli move against groups funded by Irish Aid

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