Tom Monaghan (95) of Monaghans Cashmere, South Anne Street, Dublin: “I am an emotional person by any standards and I just couldn’t bear the thought of being there today when the shutters came down again,” he said. “It was hard enough the first time.” Photograph: Alan Betson

‘I am an emotional person ... I couldn’t bear thought of being there when shutters came down again’

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From beauty and books to toys and tech, there’s a huge selection of homegrown companies to choose from

The most popular destination to and from the State’s main airports was London-Heathrow with over 2.5 million (2,505,600) passengers travelling on this route last year. Photograph: iStock

Last year 10.8 million overseas trips were made by non-residents to the State

Eoin Wright of Foundation Hair,  Dublin: ‘Once the 5km travel limit came in people started cancelling as they felt they couldn’t travel into us from outside the city.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

‘We have gone through closing and the reopening already,’ says optimistic Dublin stylist

Getting a refund for returned goods was far from straightforward for three readers. Photograph: iStock

Readers’ queries: What are my rights when bringing back unwanted or faulty goods?

When the reader wrote to Pricewatch he said he was at his ‘wits end’. Photograph: iStock

Pricewatch: Reader threatened by debt collectors for bill he was not aware of

From left, Niamh and Sorcha O’Rourke from Dublin dining in one of the greenhouses at Acapulco, on South Great George’s Street, Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan

Acapulco restaurant offers a warm socially distanced outdoor dining experience

Reader has been a member for 22 years and changed her policy before her renewal due last August. Photograph: iStock

Pricewatch: Reader left with bill of between €1,000 and €2,000 due to ‘miscommunication’

Chief executive of the Irish Travel Agents Association Pat Dawson said Ryanair was refusing to pay money back to travel agents

Airlines still owe €25 million to Irish consumers in flight cancellations

Dr Laura Lenihan says she doesn’t  mind that there are no tax cuts aimed at people in her  position.

Galway-based GP wonders if spending set aside for intensive care beds is sufficient

In order to ensure the salary of full-time worker on minimum wage will remain outside the top rate of USC, the ceiling of the second USC rate band will be increased. Photograph: iStock

Wine-loving electric vehicle motorists working from home should be left quietly pleased

Sitting on Santa’s knee  will be out this year for so many obvious reasons. Photograph: iStock

Pricewatch: It’s not Halloween yet, but to prevent a festive fright, best be prepared

Optician Julie Neylon, who set up an online gift shop she called Wild Atlantic Living

In an already chaotic year, these hardy souls started new businesses amid a pandemic

Sanitising self-check in kiosks at Dublin Airport. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

EU-wide rules to replace green list would open up incoming and outgoing travel

The number of people waiting for hospital care continues to climb significantly as a result of delays caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Photograph: iStock

Pandemic forced cancellation of all non-urgent hospital work in spring

People who wear face visors instead of masks to protect themselves from Covid-19 may be putting themselves at greater risk from the illness with older people particularly vulnerable, one of the State’s leading virologists has warned. Photograph: Chesnot/Getty Images)

People who wear face visors instead of masks may be at greater risk from Covid-19

An empty check-in area at Terminal 1 in Dublin Airport. The rise in Covid across Europe now means no countries qualifiy for Ireland’s green list. Photograph: Alan Betson

Rising Covid rates across Europe push all countries beyond Ireland’s restrictions threshold

Ashford Castle

Because of Level 3 lockdown, the location of the hotel has become very important

The Westbury Hotel in Dublin, name best hotel in Ireland at the Condé Nast Traveller Reader Choice Awards 2020. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Annual Readers’ Choice represents ‘inspiration for all the adventures we can’t wait to have’

 Queues  outside Smyths store in Carrickmines, Co Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Threats of another lockdown sends people scrambling to get early Christmas presents

A shop on Dublin’s Henry street closing down due to liquidation in September. Photograph: Alan Betson/ The Irish Times

But retailers express relief at decision not to move to Level 5 measures

Were our couple to drop everything and race to Cong, Co Mayo, right now they could have themselves an overnight stay in one of the best hotels in the world – Ashford Castle. File photograph: Getty

Those with a keen eye on price will save hundreds of euro on meals and trips away

From left, Benny McCabe, Kevin Crian and Ronan Wilmot  hold a protest every Tuesday against racism across Dublin since the murder of George Floyd. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

‘In a way, when you are a grandfather you are deemed by society to be irrelevant’

 Minister for Education Norma Foley has said some 6,500 students were affected by the errors. Photograph: PA

CAO to determine which students are entitled to offer of a different third level course

Gardaí said Covid-19 legislation had not provided it ‘with any additional powers to search a person or enter a private dwelling’.

Council for Civil Liberties also concerned at policy allowing gardaí to seize UCC ID cards

The garden at the five-star Merrion Hotel, Dublin. There are some 1,750 five-star rooms in Dublin and all the 5-star hotels including the Merrion, the Shelbourne and the Marker remain open. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Survey shows B&B in a five-star hotel now available for less than €200 for two people

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said economic conditions this year were ‘exceptionally difficult’. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Export sector still strong but Department of Finance predicts slower growth

Gardaí were called to a site close to the river Corrib at the Engineering Building on the NUI Galway campus

Large gatherings of students in city centre and at parties condemned as ‘insanity’

The average cost of renting a home was put at €1,226 at the end of June compare to €1,233 at the end of March. Photograph: iStock

Year-on-year growth rate nationwide at lowest level since 2012, RTB figures show

An image from Twitter showing large numbers of students gathering in Galway on Monday night.  Photograph: Cllr Eddie Hoare via Twitter account

Up to 1,000 young people gathered close to Spanish Arch as university term started

Dr Kevin Nolan from UCD using Schlieren imaging to illustrate the effectiveness of masks and how Covid-19 particles can move in the air. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

Importance of wearing masks demonstrated by experiments

Covid-19 travel restrictions and a  reduction in international flights meant Irish residents have been unable to send or receive mail from Australia and New Zealand in recent months. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Letters and parcels services will resume from September 29th and will include Singapore

The boat with its engine which was stolen. Photograph: Ray Ryan

Thieves take equipment from Lough Corrib vessel ‘with surgical precision’

Groups representing Irish and EU aviation and tourism – including Ryanair and Aer Lingus – have called for the European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen to introduce an EU-wide testing protocol to avoid quarantines and reopen borders. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz / AFP

As countries enter and leave the travel green list and airlines call for less restrictions, some passengers are still awaiting fli(...)

The reader said she had been getting the run around for months over an apartment booking in Spain. Photograph: iStock

Pricewatch readers’ queries: €3,800 refund on its way after months of stonewalling

People eating outside the Green Land Cafe in Fairview, Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan

Outdoor bookings and demand for takeaways increase as new restrictions bite

The Irish Hairdressers Federation says the Covid-related closures between March and June have shown the important role of local hairdressers in Irish society. Photograph: Getty Images

Irish Hairdressers Federation also calling for subsidies to school trainees in ‘fragile sector’

A quick glance might have left shoppers with the distinct impression that the labels were clear signs of good news. Photograph: iStock

Pricewatch: Could the Government have chosen a better way to spend the €440m?

‘This might be the most traditional Christmas than we have seen for many years.’

Forget large groups, this winter is all about early planning and intimate gatherings

Temple Bar area on Friday night.   Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Many businesses could see a raft of closures in the weeks before Christmas

Garda checkpoints will also be established throughout the county with personnel from surrounding counties focussing on patrols of destination public amenities and open spaces. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Operation Fanacht will see high visibility of gardaí on foot, in cars and on bikes

Artist’s Kevin Bohan and Marianne O’Dwyer opened their Beatles’ inspired exhibition at the Aston Place venue on Friday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

‘There’s not a whole lot going on is there?’

Foley’s on the Mall in Lismore, Co Waterford. Caitlin and Eugene Lyons bought their pub seven years ago and ‘poured [their] hearts and souls into it’.

Covid-19 has sounded the death knell for hostelries all around the country creating a buyer’s market for those prepared to invest

Traditional handweaving at Studio Donegal

Pricewatch: Last week we listed homegrown websites, but there’s always room for more

The precise details of the EU traffic-light system will be agreed  at an EU Council of Ministers meeting on October 15th. Photograph: Getty Images

Conor Pope: We are likely to have the ‘green list’ for another month, before it is replaced by an EU-wide traffic-light system

Publicans in Dublin have reacted angrily to the news they will have to further delay reopening their drink-only establishments. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Licensed Vintners Association says pubs are paying the price for Government shortfalls

Passenger numbers at Dublin Airport have been hugely reduced as a result of the pandemic. Photograph: Collins

Current approach to restrictions will be replaced by EU-wide traffic light system

Shopping online doesn’t mean you can’t shop local. Photograph: iStock

Pricewatch asked for your favourite sites for shopping local – the response was massive

Operators will have to keep customers informed of any roaming charges they could incur if and when they use mobile devices in the UK post-Brexit. Photograph: iStock

Irish phone operators legally allowed to introduce charges from December 31st

Some 31 per cent of children play online games with people they don’t know in real life.

CyberSafeIreland studied pre-teenage use of smart devices and social media

Chief executive of the FSAI Dr Pamela Byrne: essential for adequate pest control systems and robust food hygiene practices to be put in place

Food Safety Authority of Ireland makes only two enforcement orders in August

Constance Cassidy: rules “a knee-jerk reaction more for public-relations benefits than for the public’s safety health and welfare”. Photograph: James Connolly

Regulations requiring details of food consumed ‘ill-judged’, says Constance Cassidy

Managing director of Tour America  Mary McKenna had a profitable business until March which employed more than 50 people. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Covid-19: Revenue hit for over 300 travel agents and tour operators since early March

Online orders and deliveries from retailers and restaurants have grown during the pandemic. Photograph: Alan Betson

New research shows shoppers happy to support local businesses who sell online

The Irish Times understands that the part-time employee tested positive for the virus after attending an event outside of work hours. Photograph: iStock

Fast food chain expressed confidence health measures will allow it to continue trading

The Air Corps will perform a fly past over Dublin at 3pm. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Church bells ring out, Air Corp fly over Dublin as National Services’ Day is marked

While you may already be familiar with taking pictures of your food in restaurants, you will now have to get used to taking some of your receipts to claim back tax under the Government’s Stay and Spend Scheme. Photograph: iStock.

Consumers will be able to claim back 25% of tax paid on meals and accommodation up to a certain limit

Some  68%  of Irish people are  planning to limit their use of public transport over the next three months. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Survey finds we are increasingly nervous about shopping, eating out, spending money and using transport

A trainee Santa at The Ministry of Fun’s Summer School at Southwark Cathedral, London, which aims to create Covid-safe Christmas grottos. Photograph: Aaron Chown/PA Wire

Brown Thomas and Arnotts delay decking their halls as retail spending appetite curbed

People have been hit by myriad charges due to the public health crisis. File photograph: Getty

Other service providers likely to follow suit by rolling out price hikes in the weeks ahead

Gardaí recommend downloading a trusted location finder app to give owners  a better chance of getting a stolen phone back. File image: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

People should ‘under no circumstances’ try to track criminals themselves, gardaí say

Internet speed: Only a handful of European countries, including Italy and Greece, fare worse than Ireland.

State placed 51st out of 200-plus countries with mean download rate of under 35mbps

Michele Hallahan, winner of the raffled cottage, pictured as she picked up the keys. Photograph: Conor McKeown

Michele Hallahan initially wanted to remain anonymous

The cottage in Co Mayo.

Raffle by Covid-19 survivors raised close to €1m for frontline healthcare support staff

Currys’ fridge-freezer was bought in September 2018 and it broke down last spring while still under its two-year warranty. Photograph: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Currys’ response to a fridge-freezer problem has provided cold comfort to this elderly couple

EY report found ‘no significant change in those planning to keep cutting or to stay frugal’. Photograph: iStock

Pricewatch: Three reports into sentiment and spending track a gloomy outlook

James Power was born in 1916

The Kilkenny man on his memories of black and tans, and recovering from TB as a child

The winner will be getting a holiday escape upgraded in recent years to include storage heating and a solid fuel stove. They will also receive rights to cut their own turf in the nearby bog.

Money will be used as education fund for support staff in frontline fighting Covid-19

Study indicates obesity increases risk of dying from Covid-19 by almost 50 per cent

Younger adults were more likely to be affected by the issues identified, said the Economic and Social Research Institute. File photograph: Getty

Widespread confusion about how test and trace system operates, ESRI survey reveals

Cork County Council staff haul damaged possessions from the footpath in Bantry, west Cork following severe flooding. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

The fire service in Northern Ireland said 37 people were rescued from flood water

Visitors from France enjoying their visit to Temple Bar in Dublin on March 7th, 2020. Photograph: Alan Betson

As the pandemic has developed, scientific thinking on some key features has changed

Chris Donnelly, principal of St John The Baptist Primary School in West Belfast uses sanitiser on pupils’ hands, as schools in Northern Ireland reopen on Monday. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

Many parents commenting on the NPIC’s Facebook post criticise it for being alarmist

File photo. Photograph: Dara MacDonaill

Support, not sympathy urgently needed for sector, says Vintners’ Federation of Ireland

The Station House Hotel in Clifden, where the golf dinner was held.

Hogan said he attended event because hotel was assured of compliance by federation

Almost one in five of those under 35 told researchers that there had been at least 5,000 coronavirus deaths so far this year in Ireland.

Nobody talks about the respiratory problem that’s killing twice as many as Covid-19

‘How accurately we view the world can have huge implications for the decisions we make’

A new survey shows other Irish people are not as slim, sad or rich as we think they are

A report shows the Irish consumer can spend as little as 44 cent for a standard drink of cider and 52 cent for a standard beer, with a standard drink of wine costing as little as 59 cent. Photograph: Eric Luke

Call for price control as male low-risk limit available for just €7.65

The Safefood report shows that as a direct result of children experiencing changes in their sleep routine, 49 per cent are eating more unhealthy snacks or treats. Photograph: iStock

Changes during pandemic could lead to rise in childhood obesity, warns research

 Students and primary and post-primary teachers will have to wear face coverings in class when a physical distance of 2m cannot be maintained. Photograph: iStock

Pricewatch: In a time of Covid, the old concerns of costs and policies still remain

A summer’s day in Kinsale: Photograph: Conor Pope

Our reporter and his family discover the highs and lows of holidaying at home

The seized products were discovered when Revenue officers conducted an examination of two vans which had arrived in Dublin Port via Hollyhead. Photograph: Revenue

Revenue officers also seized 308 litres of smuggled alcohol

Children and staff in one of the Montessori rooms were deemed to be close contacts of a person with the illness and will have to self-isolate and be tested for the virus as a result.  File photograph: iStock

Parents informed by management last Sunday but only contacted by HSE on Wednesday

Files are now being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions in each of the latest 14 new cases.

Some 126 suspected breaches of rules detected to date in pubs

The move benefits all customers with annual TaxSaver tickets for Public Service Obligation (PSO) public transport services provided by Dublin Bus, Luas, Iarnród Éireann, Bus Éireann and Go Ahead Ireland. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Customers can apply for refund instead of extension, due to Covid-19 impact

The Status Yellow rainfall warning came into affect at 5pm and will remain in force until 9am on Thursday. File photograph: Getty

Yellow alert in place for Munster and parts of Leinster until Thursday morning

People shopping in Dealz on Henry Street, Dublin, on Monday. Photograph: Tom Honans

Vast majority wearing face coverings, if not always correctly, as new rules come into force

Aer Lingus planes at Dublin Airport. Photograph: Tom Honan.

Readers’ Queries: With Gaelic games called off this year, GAAGO has offered extensions

A view at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, California, US, amid the Covid-19 pandemic. File photograph: Daniel Slim/AFP via Getty Images

Brazil is also due to be targeted as part of State’s so-called red list of Covid-19 hotspots

Pictured at their home in Kilcock, Co Kildare are Claire Kenny and her children Ryan (9), Karina (3) and Shane (7)

Anger and upset as restrictions are imposed in three counties

Leo Oosterweghel at Dublin Zoo before his retirement this weekend after 20 years as director. Photograph: Alan Betson

For director Leo Oosterweghel, who retires this weekend, the zoo is about one thing: ‘We always say, let’s listen to the animals, (...)

The Saw Doctors: joyous music and  irreverent,  beguilingly smart lyrics. Photograph: Terry Thorp/The Irish Times

The Saw Doctors song, released 30 years ago, went on to conquer all before it

Testing for antibodies for Covid-19. Photograph: Epa/Farooq Khan

Glen Murphy (diagnosed in March) and Conor Pope (symptom-free) take an antibody test

Confidence in visiting physical stores increased by five points in the survey, with 61%  of consumers now feeling it is safe to do so, putting Ireland second in Europe in this category. Photograph: Getty Images

Research finds the appetite of consumers for overseas travel decreased slightly during the last month

Countries on the green list that are not linked by direct flights include Greenland, Gibraltar, Monaco and San Marino

Government publishes ‘green list’ of countries considered safer but keeps advisory against all travel abroad

Greenland is one of the 15 countries on the new Government travel green list. Photograph: Getty Images

Conor Pope looks at what the latest travel advisory means

Many people are taking holidays at home as foreign travel is off the table. File photograph of the Waterford Greenway: Bryan O’Brien

Irish Times readers report mixed success in finding a place to stay this summer

Minister for Agriculture Dara Calleary TD. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Travelling contrary to official advice will invalidate cover, even if country on ‘green list’

 Signage in the departures area of Terminal 1 at Dublin Airport. Photograph: Alan Betson

People will not be covered if they travel to countries on safe list, insurers warn

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