“I’m forever getting involved in altercations with randomerrs over injustices I perceive”

A recent row in Dublin Zoo involved a child feeding broccoli to the sealions.

John Mulcahy at home in Ranelagh with his dog Bonnie in 2009. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Trinity graduate started ‘Phoenix’ in 1983 and edited satirical magazine for many years

Barney Cully of Cully’s Craft Bakery, Ava, Co Cavan as he gets ready for National Bread Week, which starts on Monday.

More than 40 per cent of those surveyed said bread made them feel happy

Barry John Crowe from Cavan who holds the record for the most sausages made in a minute in the lastest  Guinness World Records. Photograph: PA

Guinness World Record holder Barry John Crowe started making sausages at the age of eight

Only 40% of millennials believe they will be financially better off than their parents, while only 31% think they will be happier. Photograph: iStock

Survey finds most young people think they will have less money than older generation

 The puppeteer, Eugene Lambert. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh / THE IRISH TIMES

From ‘Wanderly Wagon’ to the Safe Cross Code, the theatre is full of memories for children of the ’60s and ’70s

The most common virus detected on  security trays was the rhinovirus which causes the common cold. Photograph: i Stock

Dublin Airport says security trays are ‘cleaned on a continuous cycle’

My gang: The Boomtown Rats. I can vividly recall watching the band performing Lookin’ After Number One on The Late Late Show in 1977. Photograph: Fin Costello/Redferns

Conor Pope: The Boomtown Rats, Bowie, Toasted Heretic, Shakira, Cyndi Lauper and, ahem, Gary Glitter

A basket of leading consumer food brands in Ireland.

Drinks firm leads ‘Checkout Magazine’s’ Top 100 Brands survey for 14th year running

No reputable organisation will ever contact a customer seeking details such as passwords or bank account numbers.

Activities of criminals targeting vulnerable people are becoming wearyingly familiar

Students starting college for the first time this September have been warned of the dangers which may be found in their new homes. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

NSAI urges students to ensure their housing meets health and safety requirements

DHL had noted the shipment was delivered on July 16th but I had not received it. Photograph: Ralph Orlowski/ Bloomberg

‘I ordered the bed because I need it, why can’t they now send me out another one?’

The company refused to let the customer speak to a supervisor.

‘I’m 54 and in all my time I have never experienced anything like it’

Several other readers have been in touch with us in recent months with very similar stories. File photograph: Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

‘My heart sinks at the thought of ringing again and going around in the same circles’

Flight attendants Megan La Salle from Philadelphia and  Christy Parks from Delaware soaking up the All-Ireland atmosphere in the Big Tree pub. Photograph: Conor Pope

Northerners’ pre-match nerves turn out to be justified as Dublin cruise to four-in-a-row

 Irish Rail is to reduce the number of trains stopping at the  town’s station from 12 to 9 between 6.00am and 9.30am on weekdays. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Move prompts anger among local commuters who say service is already over-crowded

We got a response from Liberty which was remarkable only for the manner in which it completely ignored its customer’s concerns.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Liberty’s revealing response shows a blasé attitude to customer’s concerns

Consumers who shop online have more rights than those who shop in regular shops. Photograph: iStock

Under EU law, consumers are entitled to a full refund which includes the cost of delivery

Parents contribute about €46 million a year to schools, and many parents have said they feel pressurised into doing so.

Fine Gael promised us free school books more than 80 years ago. We’re still waiting

An extra hour of daylight in winter would see energy costs and carbon emissions fall. Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

Businesses and schools to open and close in darkness for months if EU ends clock change

The proportion of people with access to the internet at home has remained steady at 89 per cent, with the vast majority using smartphones to go online, the research found.

Hundreds of thousands see no need, feel they lack skills or live in area not linked to web

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Conor Pope feared he boarded the property rollercoaster too late when he bought his Stoneybatter home, turns out it was just geari(...)

Michelle Fowler at home in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Permanent TSB says retired garda’s job was to find location of people

Minister for Sport, Shane Ross. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Disadvantaged areas set to receive higher priority following Wesley grant controversy

There was a dress for an eight-year-old with a price tag of £5,050 – and no, that is not a misprint. Photograph: Istock

Despite my outrage at the prices, I resolved not to leave without buying at least one thing

Given the impact of the mass flight cancellations announced by Ryanair last year, it is unsurprising that cancellations made up more than 60 per cent of complaints dealt with by ECC Ireland, the report said. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Air travel most common complaint, while furniture and electronics also problematic

Pope Francis at the Croke Park celebrations. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Pontiff met and talked to families who shared their stories and posed for selfies with children

A view  from City Hall, Dame Street, Dublin, during the Pope’s   drive through the city centre on Saturday afternoon. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Many commented on the speed at which motorcade travelled through the city centre

Pope Francis planted a tree during his visit to Áras an Uachtaráin, watched by President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

President Higgins spoke to pope about hurt caused by child sex abuse perpetrated by some within the Catholic Church

Ciara Reid: ‘I’d like to be part of history’.

‘In January my faith was shattered when our daughter was diagnosed with leukemia’

The pope’s children: JP Saunders, John Paul Fitzgerald and Sean Paul Cafferty. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

One in 10 Irish boys born in 1980 was named after the former pontiff. We catch up with some

“Sometimes it’s for productive purposes ... but more often it’s for no other reason than it is there.”

Conor Pope: For all its brilliance, my phone makes it impossible for me to switch off

Anne Griffin was the first to be employed after Dublin was confirmed as the venue for the Meeting of Families. Photograph:  Enda O’Dowd

Behind-the-scenes preparations for the papal visit and World Meeting of Families began with one person two years ago

Passengers were taken off the 6.25am Ryanair Cork to Stansted flight on August 11th, and the plane then flew other passengers to Wroclaw in Poland. Photograph: Thomas Frey/AFP/Getty Images

London-bound passengers claim they were taken off to allow plane to travel to Poland

The survey shows that seven in 10 students say they have to take part-time jobs to offset third level costs while more than a third skip lectures to work.   Photograph: Alan Betson

Students unions say on-campus housing booked out in most third-level institutions

Pictured at the launch of the Brown Thomas Christmas shop in Dublin were model Isabelle Traber and Hannah O’ Brien (4). Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.

Brown Thomas unapologetic about selling festive decorations and fake trees in August

Former Workplace Relations Commission chairman Kieran Mulvey during Mediation talks between Ryanair and Ialpa, the pilots’ union,  at Dublin Airport. Photograph:  Collins

Both sides have agreed not to make any public comment during mediation

Poor Alexa has been in our lives for barely a week and already I’m starting to sound like an abusive husband while my offspring are coming across like scions of the Trump dynasty barking at the help.

Conor Pope: Before she came I controlled Spotify with a Stalinist fist and no one changed or chose music without my stern nod. Not(...)

Papal Mass co-ordinator Fr Damian McNeice has recruited 4,000 servers for the event. Photograph: Conor Pope

Agencies co-ordinate to facilitate largest outdoor event in Europe this year

Seatwave’s website on Monday morning, with a notice about its closure at the top of the screen. Photograph: Steatwave.ie

Company announces new ‘fan-to-fan’ ticket exchange in place of resale operations

Pope Francis waves before his Angelus prayer after a Mass for Italian youths at St Peter’s Square in the Vatican. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP

The World Meeting of Families explained and how it will affect transport in Dublin

ATM skimming devices were used in Kildare and Blanchardstown earlier this week. File photograph: Getty Images

Moldovan duo’s bail applications denied and both remanded to appear in court on Friday

Hundreds of  Ryanair flights are  being cancelled as pilots in many European cities have given notice of strikes against the carrier on Friday. Photograph:  Jasper Juinen/Getty Images

Passengers hit by strike must be offered refund or rerouting

The Irish consumer can spend as little as 50 cent for beer and cider while the price of a single standard gin drink is 60 cent, according to a pricing survey by Alcohol Action Ireland.

Campaigners call for move on minimum pricing to tackle ‘remarkable affordability’

white (albino) laboratory wistar rat on board during experiment

Food safety officers find rodent droppings in Dublin supermarket

Pope John Paul II’s visit to Ballybrit Racecourse in Galway in 1979. Escorts hold umbrellas over the priests who are administering Holy Communion.

Conor Pope: My surname had given me an interest in the papacy that wasn’t shared by my peers

The figures do not take account of the recent raft of energy price increases announced here earlier this summer. File photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA

Eurostat finds gas prices in Ireland second highest in EU while Irish electricity prices are fourth highest in EU

Pricewatch has been getting a large volume of complaints about Aer Lingus in recent weeks. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Pricewatch: A reader has been trying for almost a year to resolve a complaint, with no success. The airline finally responds

If you are looking for a trip you will always pay more if your break starts at a weekend.

Families could find accommodation in a lovely beachside location for less than €600

Doctors examine an X-ray in the orthopaedic unit of the Mater hospital in Dublin. Older consumers are likely to have a greater requirement for full orthopaedic cover, the HIA report says. Photographic: Bryan O’Brien

Consumers reluctant to switch insurer despite potential savings, watchdog finds

 June Tinsley, Barnardos; Daisy O’Connor (6); Fergus Finlay, Barnardos chief executive and Patrick Regan (6). Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Barnardos calls on Government to remove significant financial strain on parents

Pictured (from left) Daisy O’Connor (6); Fergus Finlay, Barnardos CEO and  Patrick Regan (6). Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Charity says parents forced to subsidise education system

Where excess body weight gathers could have a major impact on the brain health of older people. File photograph: Matt Morton/PA

Cross-Border research suggests location of fat deposits could influence brain health

Evelyn Gaynor, store manager at Veritas, with some of the range of Pope Francis memorabilia and souvenirs on sale at  on Dublin’s Abbey Street. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

T-shirts, rosary beads, mugs and umbrellas all emblazoned with image of Pope Francis

While I like a free lunch as much as the next weary hack, the thought of reaching the qualifying age for the Old People’s Bus was (...)

Eating undercooked burgers risks contamination with lethal E. coli bug, FSAI says

Gavin Duffy at a  pro-hunting demonstration at  the Green Party annual convention in 2010. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Businessman and presidential hopeful is a member of Louth Hunt

Reckitt Benckiser say two products have not passed the requirements for burst pressure towards the end of the shelf life.

Real Feel Latex-Free and Latex Free Polyisoprene cited as having shelf-life problem

Photograph:  Joe Raedle/Getty

Heatwave leads to 11% jump in lager sales and 27% rise in bottled water in 12-week period

Jabra Elite sport earphones

From Jabra elite to Apple earphones and Dre Powerbeats – all you need to know

Passengers experience the sharp end of airline travel. File photograph: The Irish Times

Pricewatch: readers outline several complaints and the carrier responds to them

Gerry Scully who lives beside the  site where  Japanese knotweed is growing at O’Devaney Gardens  off the North Circular Road, Dublin. Photograph:  Tom Honan

Council declines to outline steps it has taken to tackle the aggressive and invasive weed

Japanese knotweed. “The plant poses less of a risk to buildings and other structures than many woody species, particularly trees.” Photograph: Getty Images

In the UK the weed is widely believed to pose significant risk of damage to buildings within 7m of the above-ground portions

Brian O’Callaghan-Westropp was on his honeymoon with his new wife Zoe Holohan in Mati when a devastating fire hit the town on Monday.

Brian O’Callaghan-Westropp died while on honeymoon with wife Zoe Holohan

Brian O’Callaghan-Westropp and Zoe Holohan on their wedding day on Thursday.

Brian O’Callaghan-Westropp was killed while on his honeymoon in Greece

 Parents helped cover the costs 85 per cent of the time, according to research. Photograph: iStock

Vast majority of 18 to 24 year olds happy for their parents to pick up the holiday tab

Conor Pope: a 30-second Google search confirmed the email I received to be a scam. Photograph: Getty

Conor Pope: I smelled a rat when a blackmail message arrived. Actually, I smelled several

Homeowners in Wales were awarded  compensation when their homes became unsaleabe because Network Rail failed to clear knotweed on their land.

Former Labour Party TD accuses Dublin City Council of taking ‘ostrich attitude’ to problem

Zoe Holohan and Brian O’Callaghan-Westropp are understood to have been separated as they fled the blaze which broke out in the town of Mati, some 30km from Athens, on Monday.

Brian O’Callaghan-Westropp became separated from his wife as they fled the blaze

It doesn’t look like much but Japanese knotweed is a threat to homes

Council warns homeowners they will have to kill Europe’s most hated weed themselves

According to the AA’s annual survey of motoring costs, the average cost of running a family car comes in at €10,691, up €20 on last year’s figure. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

AA survey finds motorists paying more overall due to forecourt pump expenses

Two of the surviving puppies pictued at the Madra Rescue Centre in Galway. Photograph: Madra

Emaciated and severely dehydrated dogs found after ‘distressing sounds’ heard

An Airport Police officer holding a trophy and an oxygen cannister in Lost and Found. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Real treasures – and trash – turn up in ‘lost and found’, much of it never to be reclaimed

Ms Justice Isobel Kennedy has been nominated as chairwoman of the Referendum Commission  set up to oversee the upcoming referendum on proposals aimed at removing a constitutional provision which outlaws blasphemy. File photograph: Alan Betson

Ms Justice Isobel Kennedy to act as chairwoman ahead of October vote

Automated calls claim internet connections have been ‘compromised’

Minister pointed out that in some cases fees of up to €3 per month are applied to gift vouchers after a year. Photograph: iStock

Move comes as Government backs minimum lifespan of five years for such vouchers

The number of parents who have taken out loans to cover the cost of primary school education is 17% compared to 9% last year, according to a Zurich Life Assurance survey. Photograph: PA Wire

Cost of return to school will result in third of parents getting into debt, survey suggests

SEAI is bidding to make it easier to apply for energy-saving grants. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

People can be nudged into doing their bit to save the planet, the SEAI believes

Jim Gannon Chief Executive SEAI and Paul O’Donnell MD of Unipipe examine a Solar Smart Flower. Photograph: Alan Betson

Sunny weather turns minds to reality of Irish homes producing their own electricity

Trampoline folly: What goes up, must come down. Photograph: iStock

Conor Pope: A trampoline accident allowed me to measure their service against Ireland’s

Pricewatch: From the ‘weirdly spongy’ to the ‘wonderfully firm and meaty’

Getting to what’s at the bottom of a Lidl passata

Many fruits and vegetables such as grapes, oranges, dates, herbs, avocados, peppers and potatoes come from Israeli settlement areas. Photograph: iStock

The provenance of many Israeli goods is muddy and the rules can be circumvented

SuperValu in Walkinstown said it was “trying our level best to resume normal operations” as soon as possible. Photograph: Google Street View

Food watchdog obliged Walkinstown supermarket to shut meat, bakery and deli counters

Thai military personnel walk inside the blocking area during rescue operations to save a soccer team at Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai, Thailand. Photograph: Pongmanat Tasiri/EPA

Tourism Authority of Thailand plans to promote cave where soccer team was trapped, but Irish experts recommend caution when engagi(...)

Irish Ferreis says repairs on to Ulysses  more serious than originally anticipated and it will be out of service for up to two weeks. Photograph: Eric Luke

This weekend’s sailing to France cancelled to accommodate Dublin-Holyhead route

Ryanair chief executive  Michael O’Leary.

Airline says all services from Ireland to Europe will operate normally during strike

Conor Pope: the future of my name is in the balance. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

There are barely any Popes. And if he becomes UK PM my name will stop being mine

Minister for Transport  Shane Ross criticised the filibustering from a handful of TDs that delayed the new law and suggested the delays had cost lives. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Shane Ross says figures ‘disappointing’ in mid-year review of road fatalities

Mobile phones: unwillingness to switch providers is not confined to particular social groups, the ESRI finds. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA

ESRI finds up to almost 60% of users have never switched to another telcom firm

Flies were found in food businesses by Food Safety Authority inspectors in June.  Photograph: Getty

Food Safety Authority issued eight closure orders to resturaunts and cafes in June

Vodafone apologised for the disruption the woman faced after she upgraded her phone. Photograph:  Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images

Pricewatch: Woman says firm’s customer service was worst she’s ever experienced

“More motorists are experiencing incidents of bad behaviour on the part of other drivers.” Photograph: iStock

Higher traffic volumes and increased road rage incidents ‘tend to go hand in hand’

Ryanair has described Thursday’s  planned strike as “blackmail”

Fórsa describes airline memo as unhelpful, and insists it has mandate for strike action

A drone captures images of a gorse fire in Sandyford, Dublin. Screen grab: Dublin Fire Brigade video

‘Light showers’ unlikely to have much impact on drought conditions across country

Ryanair  claims the strike has the support of “just 94 of Ryanair’s 350 Irish pilots”

Airline accuses Aer Lingus pilots of interfering in its internal affairs

Ryanair’s Irish-based pilots have called a one-day strike for Thursday, July 12th. Photograph: REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

Irish-based pilots have called a one-day strike for July 12th, and cabin crew in Europe plan industrial action in July

Strangers on a plane: from Rosey Blair’s social-media account of her seat-swapping flight. Photographs: @roseybeeme

When Rosey Blair swapped seats on a flight, the new occupants fell for each other. Cue a stream of social-media posts

Conor Pope: Ryanair passengers hit by strike must be offered refund or rerouting

'I think that the world is a better place with Bono in it.' Photograph: Shane Bevel/The New York Times

Conor Pope: Baptism brought out the trolls, so here are some others things to pounce on

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