Enjoying the sun at Bodrum, Turkey. The slump in theTurkish Lira is proving a boon for euro zone tourists. Photograph:  Chris McGrath/Getty Images

The slump in the Turkish lira is a delight for Irish tourists

Sharon Corr performs at a fertility clinic in Barcelona. Photograph: Institut Marquès

The Corrs musician plays an ‘emotional’ gig at a fertility clinic in Barcelona

While M&S’s trading is solid in the Republic, it is a different story in the UK where the chain plans to close  about 10 per cent of its network by 2022

M&S says move ‘biggest-ever price investment in the Republic’ as 200 stores to close in UK

Tesco Ireland said it remained committed to tackling the issue of food waste. File photograph: Reuters

UK retailer takes labels off fruit and veg to stop people binning edible food

Barrys tea is working to take micro-plastics out of its tea bags

Many tea brands use polypropylene to help tea bags retain shape

The cask of 32-year-old Single Pot Still Redbreast Whiskey was cracked open by makers Irish Distillers and put into 816 bottles

Redbreast 32-year-old whiskey was sold on members-only website

Pricewatch: Irish couples spend an average of €25,000 on their royal occasion

Ditch the chocolate fountain: Kristen Wiig had the right idea in ‘Bridemaids’.

Slash the invitation list, go on a booze cruise, pay less for the dress . . . but don’t skimp on the Tayto sandwiches at midnight

Red Bull Flugtag entrants at Dún Laoghaire Harbour: The Wrong Brothers Team. Photograph: Tom Honan

Red Bull Flugtag’s 43 plummeting entries linger for seconds before falling into sea

Marian Harkin: “I have been diagnosed with vocal dysphonia. But I don’t shout about it. I  can’t shout about it.”

People with disabilities face obstacles to political participation, seminar told

Sinead McCarthy told the Ray D’Arcy Show on RTÉ Radio One she was forced to choose between travelling to Liverpool for a “compassionate induction” or taking her pregnancy to full term in Ireland, despite the fact there was no chance her baby could survive outside the womb. File photograph: Getty Images

Sinead McCarthy speaks of having to carry her baby Grace to full term despite fatal foetal abnormality

Ryanair has cut the time in which passengers can check-in at no cost by half

Airline says changes introduced to give paying customers more time to select seats

The Sky customers had 90 days to activate the “claim” emails. Photograph: David Jones/PA Wire

Readers were unaware of ‘claim’ emails that needed to be activated to get televisions

AA accepts that the customer’s no-claims bonus cert should have been accepted without question. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

‘I genuinely feel that the AA are being unnecessarily difficult,’ reader complains

“Since my daughter was born in 2005 with cleft lip and palate, we would have had a very active policy, with ongoing treatments and surgeries.” Photograph: iStock

One woman who cancelled her cover over the phone found that she was still being billed

Vicki ordered a dishwasher from Littlewoods but it was badly damaged when delivered. Photograph: iStock

Vicki asked for a replacement as soon as possible but was told this was not possible

People queueing for passport control in ‘stifling’ heat at Faro Airport last weekend. File photograph: @BrendaDonohue/Twitter

Portuguese authorities face criticism after passengers forced to wait up to three hours

A family had a frustrating experience with Ryanair earlier this month.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Pricewatch: Family say they were told to buy new tickets after making complaint

Faro Airport: “It looks like passport control operators have gone on a lightning strike,” Brenda Donohue of RTÉ tweeted

Aer Lingus crew delay flight as hundreds wait to get through passport control

Voters going to the polls in the 1983 abortion referendum.  File photograph: Pat Langan/The Irish Times

Time running out for people to ensure they can take part in May 25th referendum

Things which help demonstrate a borrower’s desirability to a bank include savings and paying rent. Photograph: iStock

Buying a house has never been more difficult but there are ways to endear yourself to your bank and find your dream home

Armed gardaí seized €500,000 worth of drugs and arrested three men in a raid on an ‘illicit pill-making factory’ in Co Kildare on Sunday afternoon. File photograph: David Sleator

Three men arrested after officers break up ‘illicit pill-making factory’ in Celbridge

Members of the Together for Yes campaign in Athlone on Sunday. Photograph: Liam Kidney

Group embarks on 12-day trip to push for repeal of ‘unforgiving’ Eighth Amendment

Willow Wheelers set off on their 29th annual 100-mile cycle, from  Blackrock to Kinnegad and back again. Photograph: Tom Honan.

The current and past pupils of Willow Park and Blackrock College hope to raise €60,000

Say cheese! No, don’t: Ruby Harris Pope follows the rules for a baby’s passport photograph: No sleeping, smiling or sobbing. And definitely no drooling.

Between signing forms and taking non-smiling baby photos it’s quite the production. And that’s before you try to find a respected (...)

Patent expert Ellen ‘t Hoen questioned whether the prices pharmaceutical firms charged could ever be justified. Photograph: Getty Images

Spiralling expense of drugs means even wealthiest states struggling to pay prices

Four flavours of yoghurt have been recalled. They are the toffee;  lemon and lime; raspberry and pomegranate and strawberry flavours. Photograph: Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) website

Retailer wants Simply Better ranges returned as a precautionary measure

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy said the level of homelessness remained “a challenge”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Current reporting model needs to be reformed due to errors, Minister says

The Government has estimated the tax on sugar sweetened drinks will yield about €40 million in a full year. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Group says move is ‘most important’ step yet in fight against childhood obesity

The sugar tax has focused the minds of manufacturers who have been racing to market with reformulated products which will avoid the tax. Photograph: Getty Images

Tax will see price of some sugar-sweetened drinks rise 60c for a two-litre bottle

Pricewatch reckons a good consumer needs to follow 24 commandments to make sure they get the most out of life

Pricewatch’s top tips to help you become a smarter shopper and get the most out of life

Blind Tennis: ‘How you move the ball becomes much more difficult. It is a very challenging sport.’

Players from 13 countries hit Dublin this week for the Blind Tennis World Championships

Issues that led to the disappearance of money from accounts ‘have been resolved’

Error by staff member saw money vanish from customer accounts

In some instances, customers have had their Ulster Bank credit and debit cards declined when making purchases. Photograph: Alan Betson

Customers will not be out of pocket as a result of computer issue, bank promises

Irish Ferries has had to cancel about 2,300 bookings in July. Photograph: Eric Luke

Q&A: Travel plans for thousands of holidaymakers thrown into disarray

The Irish Ferries cancellations are due to delays in the delivery of the “WB Yeats”  from a  German shipyard

Sailing cancellations between July 12th and July 29th may hit up to 10,000 customers

Jayna McCloskey (9) and Max Barrett (9) at the launch of Safefood’s report, which shows that families with children spent on average €1,037 last year on highly processed food such as crisps, chocolate and sweets.

Pricewatch: Average Irish family spends a fifth of its food budget on ‘treats’

Former INM majority shareholder Sir Anthony O’Reilly and pupils from Belvedere College choir at an event held in his honour at Old Belvedere Rugby Club on Saturday. Photograph: Conor Pope

Corporate law regulator criticised media company’s governance and management

Former INM majority shareholder  Tony O’Reilly and pupils from Belvedere College choir at an event held in his honour at the Old Belvedere Rugby Club on Saturday. Photograph: Conor Pope

Former majority shareholder of INM is all smiles at an event in his honour in Dublin 4

The Irish Ferries vessel the ’Oscar Wilde’. File photograph

Company emails passengers saying delivery of new boat delayed

The launch of the MV Celine the World’s largest sea ro- ro vessel in Dublin by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on Friday.Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Hundreds attend christening of world’s largest short sea roll-on roll-off vessel

Checking in bags costs you time and money - it can easily add €70 to the price of a return flight to Spain at the height of summer.

You can breeze through the airport with these time-saving, money-saving tricks

The Bank of Ireland: dozens and dozens of the bank’s customers are complaining of the lag between transactions happening and their balances updating. Photograph: Frantzesco Kangaris/Bloomberg

Your consumer queries answered: ‘I discovered I was €455.87 overdrawn’

Young Mayo artist Hetty Lawlor was the overall winner of the Texaco Children’s Art competition with her picture  entitled ‘Grainne’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Hetty Lawlor takes overall prize 34 years after her father Jimmy took home top prize

“All those who don’t bother packing their travel insurance are making a mistake. The mere sight of the medical bills that can be incurred as a result of an overseas illness would be enough to give you a heart attack.” File photograph: iStockPhoto

Pricewatch: Mere sight of medical bills due to overseas illness might give you a heart attack

Airbus  plans to create a “hotel-like living space” with sleeping, office and dining areas. Photograph: Airbus

Flying hasn’t really gotten any faster, so airlines are focusing on making it more comfortable

The proposed new limits – based on an analysis of data from nearly 600,000 drinkers in 19 countries – are significantly lower than the HSE’s current guidelines.

Proposed alcohol limit, based on 600,000-drinker analysis, would lower HSE advice

The research was published to promote healthy eating.

Study of family supermarket shops found €1,037 a year spent on snacks and treats

A levy should be imposed on big tech companies to protect quality journalism and to “take down parasites” who should have to pay for reporters’ work, according to  journalist Olivia O’Leary.  Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Journalist says Government ‘too scared’ to impose levy on internet companies

“It’s not goodbye yet,” said owner Mary Cremin. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Owners of cherished bar Pat and Mary Cremin opt to retire and sell business

The tracker mortgage scandal involving Bank of Ireland and other banks highlighted the lack of class action remedies, but this may be corrected by new proposals from the European Commission.

Proposals from EU Commission would also allow for large fines on rogue traders

A Lidl spokeswoman dismissed the Aldi survey for having ‘numerous discrepancies’ and by its own calculations, it was the cheapest supermarket in Ireland. File photograph: Eric Luke

Survey indicated margin of less than 1 per cent between the German discounters

Up the Dubs: one of the Ha’penny Bridge banners put up by the city council. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

GAA partisan plastic ‘completely inappropriate’ for eye-catching Ha’penny Bridge

Traders, as well as consumers, need to be aware that the sales contract is with the seller and so it is up to them to provide redress. Photograph: iStock

A handy cut-out-and-keep Q&A to help you the next time something stops working


Rape Crisis Network Ireland group calls for ‘radical’ alternatives to trial-based procedure

Sleep deprived: 80 per cent of Irish workers said a lack of sleep had affected their energy and mood in the past month. Photograph: FangXiaNuo/E+

Almost 80% suffer from lack of sleep, but less than 1% of men admit drinking too much

Jessica O’Shea (11) from Dublin looks  at a model she made as part of a workhshop for children at the Ark in Temple Bar. Photograph: Mark Stedman.

Project at Temple Bar’s Ark asked young people to re-imagine a city for themselves

If you think your company’s use of your data is “causing or likely to cause substantial damage or distress” then Data Protection Commissioner or even the courts. Photograph: iStock

The Data Protection Commissioner is to conduct an investigation into an alleged data breach at Independent News & Media

Sri Lanka: five days in a suite in a fairly high-end beach resort costs less than €100. Photograph: iStock

Want a budget break? Conor Pope finds the best destinations, how to get there and what to do

A Tesco spokesman said, ‘We have strong concerns about a report, paid for by Aldi, that does not compare like-for-like products and is based on a very limited list of products.’  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Price comparison focused on mid-range own-brand supermarket products

Watch out for the  O and I in your passport number or you may be denied entry to the US.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Pricewatch reader shares his tale of woe as a public warning service

Zaleha Kadir Olpin’s controversial Masterchef UK dish of traditional  nasi lemak, served with chicken rendang, which the judges said should have been ‘crispy’. Photograph: BBC

After this week’s Masterchef UK ‘Rendanggate’, we look at other chefs’ blunders

A survey commissioned by Aldi shows the price of own-brand items can vary by up to 47% between different supermarket chains. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Analysts forecast price war as supermarkets battle for customers in improving economy

Tourists sailing near the island of Boracay in the Philippines. Irish residents spent a total of €6,891 million on outbound trips last year. Photograph: Charlie Saceda/Reuters.

Total spend by Irish visiting abroad almost €7 billion last year, according to CSO

Mairéad Ní Chuaig: “The farms tend to be off the beaten track and you get to live with lovely people. It is a way for people with no money to travel the world.”

TG4’s Mairéad Ní Chuaig has been to many far-flung, exotic places, all for the price of a flight

Is there any regulation on selling mobile phones to children and, more especially, mobile phones that cost the same as my first car? Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

Pricewatch reader appalled by shop selling €600 phone to 12-year-old daughter

Urban regeneration: Friedrich Ludewig from Acme Architects on Dublin’s Moore Street.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Friedrich Ludewig wants to create a warren of streets and squares to regenerate the area while respecting its place in history

Johnny Lynch: the man and one of the beasts behind Macroom Mozzarella.

With a herd imported from Italy, Johnny Lynch set up his cheese plant – even though everyone else thought he was mad

 Grace Allen and Emma Ireland from Ballymena enjoying Good Friday drinks in The Auld Dubliner in Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

On the first Good Friday that pubs can legally open, many Dublin publicans said business was quieter than a normal Friday

A street trader at the 1916  site on Moore Street, Dublin, during the anniversary year of 2016. File photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Developer Hammerson says is committed to a vision fitting of ‘unique’ 1916 Rising location

Garda Tony Golden was killed while accompanying Ms Phillips to her house on October 11th, 2015.  Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Adrian Crevan Mackin had history of abuse, including physical violence, towards partner

“The shop assistant showed me a device she said showed the efficacy of polarising layers over nonpolarising ones”

A physics lecturer questions an in-store demonstration the company uses

Oaty goodness:  granolas are put to the test

Pricewatch: we check out the best in berry granolas

‘Stena took my stressful situation, crumpled it up like a piece of paper and tossed it in the bin’

We lost our DIY skills in the boom when we we got notions and hired people to do things for us

John Hanney pictured at his stall at Cumberland Markets on Cumberland Street, Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan

Dublin locals buying and selling everything at Cumberland St market for generations

Michelle Rocca and Van Morrison  in happier times. The singer-songwriter said in a statement: “At my age, I have found it to be a hugely wearying, protracted experience and I’m relieved that it has finally reached a conclusion.”

Singer-songwriter’s statement reveals he and Michelle Rocca granted divorce in Dublin

Best country house breakfast: Longueville House, Mallow, Co Cork

Awards recognise the people providing the best start to the day, with two castles on the Wild Atlantic Way taking the top prizes

The value of accounts in longer-term arrears over 360 days remains large, amounting to just under €7.9 billion. File photograph: Alan Betson

Central Bank figures show 87% of restructured mortgage holders meeting repayments

Tonnes of perfectly edible food – worth about €700m – ends up in Irish bins every year

Much of the fruit on sale is labelled as being healthy and wholesome. However, most of it comes entombed in plastic, difficult-to-recycle shrouds. Photograph: iStock

It is estimated retailers here produce 80,000 tonnes of plastic waste every year

 Overflowing Dublin City Council rubbish waste bin by the Grand Canal in Ranelagh, Dublin. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Psychologist Prof Paul Wesley Schultz believes it is more about the environment than the individual: people are far less likely to(...)

When dumped or destroyed or otherwise mistreated, the million of tonnes of electronics discarded across the globe every year pose a real and potentially devastating threat to human health and to the well-being of the planet. Photograph: Frank Miller

When recycled carefully, discarded electronics can provide a rich and lucrative seam of precious metals and other raw materials

Funeral director Colin McAteer at Woodbrook Natural Burial Grounds, Killane, Co Wexford, with his own headstone. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Seeking an ethical departure from this world is not that simple

The price of bread and cereals in the Republic could rise by up to 30 per cent in a hard Brexit scenario

Trade barriers would push up retail prices, ESRI finds

The average rent in Dublin city was put at €1,511, while in the Greater Dublin Area  average rents were said to be €1,103. Photograph: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire

Average monthly rent in Dublin, Kildare, Meath and Wicklow is above €1,000, but rate of increase slows in city

Images from the IFI film archive of the Aran Islands in 1939 taken from the Sean Keating Collection which is made up of some of the earliest colour moving images of the islands.

Thousands of hours of film will be safeguarded from decay

When the carpet fitters lifted the old carpet them made a surprise discovery. Photograph: iStock.

Men pulled up carpet and made discovery in two plastic bags

Bank of Ireland  blocked  Oonagh Taffe’s card even though she had informed them she was in New York. Photograph: Frantzesco Kangaris/Bloomberg

Your consumer queries answered: ‘As it was Sunday there was nothing they could do’

Empty shelves in a supermarket during Storm Emma. Photograph: Reuters / Clodagh Kilcoyne

Pricewatch checks out supermarkets’ response to the Beast from the East

Around quarter of a million disposable coffee cups could be diverted from Irish landfill every day if a 15 cent levy on cups was introduced alongside other environmentally friendly measures. Photograph:  iStock

The Government has proposed a new 15-cent levy on most disposable coffee cups to incentivise the use of reusable cups

If Ireland were reduced to a nation of just 100 people, most of us would live a rotund and middle-aged life within the Pale. Photograph: iStock

The bad news is the Ireland of the Hundred would be mostly fat

According to AA estimates, the average motorist is still paying an extra 25.3 per cent for insurance than they were in November 2015. Photograph: PA

Insurance broker AA says Government attention has wavered and reforms stalled

Panda is unlikely to be acting alone and other waste companies are probably going to pass on increased costs to their customers in the coming weeks. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Fees for mixed dry recyclables coming for some consumers from middle of next month

When Dublin was excluded, the rate of increase in the Republic was put at 13 per cent in the year to January.  Photograph: iStock

Latest CSO figures show property in some areas rising by more than 17%

The first doughnut machine was invented in New York City in 1920.

Krispy Kreme is to open its first Irish outlet in the autumn

‘Long-term lead exposure can damage the nervous system and be especially hazardous for children’ - HSA inspector

Ryanair said staff would  be given the opportunity to make up hours lost to the snow. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

Most other major employers, including Aer Lingus, will pay staff for days lost

“Today, Facebook reminds us all, every single day, whose birthday it is.” Photograph: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

British computer scientist’s proposal led to transformation of services and data access

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