Executive lead of the FAI Paul Cooke and outgoing president Donal Conway during the FAI accounts press conference last week. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Association’s decision to cancel Oireachtas committee appearance described as ‘disappointing’

The  FAI HQ in Abbotstown, Dublin. ‘Once it runs out of cash, the directors will be forced to petition the courts or the creditors to wind up the company,’ said Aiden Murphy of Crowe. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Sporting body to meet with sponsors SSE Airtricity to discuss revelations of €55m debt

CPL Fuels has been pushing for the introduction of a long-delayed nationwide smoky coal ban by the Government

Fuel samples bought in areas covered by ban found to have three times sulphur limit

The long-awaited enforcement notice follows a damning investigation into the public services card project in August

Move is likely to be the first salvo in a lengthy legal battle between the Data Protection Commissioner and Regina Doherty’s depar(...)

The first four areas to be serviced  will be the areas around the cities of Limerick, Kilkenny and Galway, and around Carrigaline, south of Cork city.

Phase one of the national plan is focused on locations in east, midlands and around cities

 FAI: stark revisions to seemingly positive results in recent years. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Revised results show John Delaney would have been paid almost €3m over three years

Former FAI chief executive John Delaney was due a total of €2.943m over the course of his final three years.

New figures show former chief would have been paid much more than previously thought

Former chief executive John Delaney received severance package of €462,000

An in-depth review of the Irish greyhound industry has recommended the closure of four tracks next year.

Tracks in Co Donegal, Longford, Co Wexford and Co Cork suggested for closure

SSE Airtricity League club award winners with FAI Director of Competitions Fran Gavin and  SSE Airtricity sponsorship manager Leanne Shiel at Knightsbrook Hotel in Trim, Co Meath. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Senior source expects financial results presented by organisation to be ‘horrific’

A measure under consideration is a free energy-efficiency upgrade for landlords who participate in the Housing Assistance Payment scheme.

Rental sector proposals include minimum BER levels and tenant compensation for cold

Irish Water crews are responding to a pump failure at the Ringsend wastewater treatment plant in Dublin.

Spokesman for utility firm says issue is ‘low level’ but increases risk of storm water overflows

The discovery was made on Wednesday evening at Belview Port near Waterford city.

Males from Albania in good health and likely to be returned to France on Thursday

Money mules are usually held by unconnected third parties, who are approached by recruiters and asked to allow their accounts be used for a transaction in exchange for a fee of a few hundred euros. Photograph: iStock

Users allow accounts to be used by organised criminals to help launder proceeds of crime

Three Ireland has decided not to renew its sponsorship with the embattled Football Association of Ireland (FAI).

Deal with telecoms firm, which has invested €30m in past decade, due to expire in July

Minister for Sport Shane Ross said stakeholders would ‘continue to be concerned’ until the FAI was ‘led by completely independent people’. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Paul Cooke named ‘executive lead’ by the football organisation on Tuesday

A consultation has been taking place throughout the Archdiocese in an effort, he said, “to strengthen the bond between family, parish and schools in preparing children for sacraments”. Photograph: iStock

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin says new approach, centred on parents and parishes, should begin immediately

Paul Cooke has stepped in as ‘executive lead’ of the FAI. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Minister of Sport Shane Ross sticks to red lines on the restoration of funding

Boy B, one of two teenagers jailed for the murder of Ana Kriégel, has appealed his conviction.

Teenager was sentenced last month to 15 years over death of schoolgirl

Shane Ross: “The FAI’s reform agenda needs to be strongly led in a manner that allows normality to return to football in Ireland as quickly as possible.”  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Shane Ross says football body’s next chief should be ‘completely independent’

Seán Quinn. File photo. Photograph: Collins

QIH makes written request for the return of two company vehicles from former owner

The project at 15 Ushers Island in Dublin “will undermine, diminish and devalue a site of cultural heritage importance”, according to the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Plan for house featured in The Dead needs to be ‘reconsidered fully’

Construction of the new Kevin Street Garda station in Dublin went over budget by about €3 million. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Row has broken out between OPW and developer JJ Rhatigan over cost overruns

Lisa Smith leaves  a  Turkish Airlines plane  at Dublin Airport  with a pink blanket over her head. Photograph: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie

Garda interview with Smith last ‘piece of the puzzle’ before file can be sent to DPP

Christopher Hughes (34) (left) and his brother Ronan (40), from Armagh, whom British police said were crucial to their inquiries. Photograph: HO/Essex Police/AFP via Getty

Christopher Hughes and his brother named as suspects after 39 found dead in trailer

A company controlled by the Irish Greyhound Board has taken a High Court action against animal rights activists protesting at its stadiums.

Irish Greyhound Board refuses to comment on action taken by company it controls

Avalon House hostel on the corner of Aungier Street in Dublin city centre. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Protest against the planned 150-bed facility will go ahead tonight despite decision

Gardaí released images of the haul.

Drugs have a street value of approximately €16,000, gardaí say

A report on the FAI’s finances by consultancy firm Kosi has been referred to the Garda. File photograph: Inpho

Ross insists ‘alternative mechanisms’ will support clubs while Garda investigates

IHREC chief commissioner Emily Logan warned of “a worrying trend that has seen many countries in Europe and further afield” succumb to populism, unilateralism and racism. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Human rights body cites recent remarks in criticism of developing shift in discourse

Report criticises Ireland’s record on human trafficking, amid intense focus on this area following  the discovery of 16 migrants in a trailer bound for Rosslare in November. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA

Human rights body highlights many failures to comply with UN anti-racism obligations

Minister for Sport Shane Ross said Sport Ireland had decided to refer the report on the FAI’s finances to the Garda after discussing the final version at board level. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Audit was expanded to assess financial package accompanying Delaney exit

The FAI said it will ‘co-operate fully with any Garda  investigation into FAI affairs on the back of the decision by the CEO of Sport Ireland to refer the report to An Garda Síochána’.

Members of Oireachtas sport committee disagree as in-depth audit referred to Garda

The report was delayed after Sport Ireland decided to expand its scope to examine the severance package given to John Delaney as part of his agreed exit from the FAI earlier this year. File photograph: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Sport Ireland commissioned the report into the financial affairs of football’s governing body

Architect’s impression of the Ronan Group’s planned development at Tara Street and the quays in Dublin.

Dublin Chamber of Commerce says council’s new height limits ‘lack ambition’

About 75 per cent of all card fraud occurs online. Photograph: Getty Images

Gardaí say shoppers should be careful about high value products at low prices

File photograph shows an Apache Pizza outlet on Pearse Street in Dublin 2. The Advertising Standards Authority of Ireland  upheld, in part, two complaints the Irish Heart Foundation made about online advertisements by Apache Pizza. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Advocacy group claimed adverts encouraged unhealthy eating habits in children

The Environmental Protection Agency has expanded its network of air-quality monitoring stations in recent years, but experts said more needed to be done. File photograph: Getty

Analysis of 73 towns indicates only 10 with monitoring points, reveals watchdog study

Site expansion and the related investment will be taken in stages and are subject to change based on business, economic, and other factors, an Intel spokeswoman said. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Further judicial challenge to permission has not been ruled out by objectors to the project

Police officers drive away a lorry in which 39 dead bodies were discovered in Grays, Essex. File photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP via Getty

Several people from North and Republic questioned over Vietnamese migrants’ deaths

Garda at Rosslare Europort in Co Wexford, onboard a Stena Line ferry after 16 people were discovered in a sealed trailer on the ship sailing from France. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Two children among migrants found in truck trailer on Stena ferry

Social Democrats co-leader Catherine Murphy was originally directed to appear at the Cregan commission in May. File photograph: Alan Betson

Social Democrats TD fears being forced to reveal source of information about O’Brien

Farmers protesting outside the Dáil. The  IFA  has accused the Sustainability Energy Authority of Ireland of  “straying outside its remit”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Delegates to energy conference are told that red meat will not be served

Gardaí in Athlone are investigating a number of threats to kill or do serious harm to people which have been made on social media in recent days. File photograph: Getty Images/Flickr RF

Gardaí are investigating whether threats are related to machete attack in Co Fermanagh

Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty says advice from the Attorney General and external lawyers was that  the mandatory use of the card across government was permitted.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Minister says she will respond to an enforcement notice ‘if it ever arrives’

The scene at Rosslare Europort in Co Wexford, after 16 people were found alive in the back of a truck on a ferry sailing from France. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Gardaí investigating how 16 men came to be in back of lorry on sailing from Cherbourg

Two passengers  in their 20s were taken to hospital but their injuries are not thought to be life-threatening. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Single vehicle incident took place on the N24 at Killaloan in the outskirts of Clonmel

“An increasing number of older people are experiencing fear about retirement due to worries about income adequacy,” a spokeswoman for Age Action Ireland said.

Over 34,000 mortgages held by people aged 60 or above who still owe at least €100,000

Concerns have been raised about people finishing their working lives and entering into retirement without paying down their mortgages. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA

More than 9,300 mortgages held by over-60s in arrears and of questionable sustainability

Turbulent priest? Fr Oliver O’Reilly delivers a sermon condeming the attack on Kevin Lunney at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Ballyconnell. Photograph: Lorraine Teevan

Priestly brotherhood backs Fr O’Reilly in sermon row after assault on Kevin Lunney

Mr Justice Peter Charleton. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Peter Charleton’s preferred fruit, coffee and oatcakes in list for judicial assistant

Hobnobs: a superior biscuit

Document lists practical duties of Justice Peter Charleton’s assistant in precise detail

The recall affects seven categories of baby gates and associated pieces of equipment. Stock photograph: iStock

Retailer emails Irish customers about safety standards of some Cuggl infant equipment

Independent TD Noel Grealish. File photograph: Alan Betson

Warning on statistics on migrant money flows comes in wake of TD’s remarks on the issue

The outcome of the process will play a role in the Government’s decision whether to support a funding application for the controversial Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminal at Shannon.

Role and sourcing of gas to be examined

Rescued migrants arrive at the port of Motril, southern Spain, on July 4th, 2018. Photograph: Alba Feixas/EPA

Rate of increase has levelled off since migrant crisis, according to figures research from US think tank

Independent TD Noel Grealish

TD accused of racism over remarks on Nigerian workers often supports Government in Dáil

Noel Grealish  told the Dáil that €3.54 billion in remittances has been sent from Ireland to Nigeria in the last eight years. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The World Bank says €3.54 billion went to Nigeria in 8 years but CSO says €136 million

Syrian refugees rest inside a temporary accommodation centre in Kokkinotrimithia,  20km from the Cypriot capital Nicosia,  on November 5th. Photograph: Iakovos Hatzistavrou/AFP

Major study finds between 3.9m and 4.8m migrants in Europe without residency permits

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) has said its figures on remittances from Ireland to Nigeria, which are significantly lower than those cited on Tuesday by Galway West TD Noel Grealish, are produced in line with best international practice. Image: iStock.

TD Noel Grealish cited World Bank figures suggesting €3.54bn shipped in eight years

The Commission’s verdict on the Land Development Agency could prove vital for the agency’s development, as a finding that the agency is an anti-competitive state aid could lead to a curtailment of its powers. Photograph: iStock

Government is planning a ‘structured engagement’ with Commission, says official

TDs can claim travel and accommodation allowance payments if they personally attend Leinster House on at least 120 days per year. Attendance records are based on the fobbing-in system. Photograph: Alan Betson/Irish Times

Move comes in wake of successive absentee voting and ‘fobbing in’ controversies in Dáil

Noel Curran, who led the broadcaster until 2016,   said that ‘never before in Europe have we seen the concentration of such power and public reach in a few multinational, mainly US-owned, entities. It’s unprecedented.’  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Licence fee needs to be changed to address evasions, says Noel Curran

A spokesperson for the Houses of the Oireachtas Commission confirmed  correspondence relating to the issue was sent to the commission by Social Democrats co-leader Catherine Murphy. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Catherine Murphy calls for the entire fob-based system to be stood down

 RTÉ HQ at Donnybrook. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Cost-cutting measures floated by management include end to ardfheiseanna coverage

GMI has embarked on genetic research projects with several large Irish hospitals.

Scrutiny of Genomics Medicine Ireland processing of Irish genetic data under way

Three Park Place on Upper Hatch Street, Dublin 2, is one of the most high-profile offices in the city centre.

Firm linked to Johnny Ronan company is taking case against subsidiary of Clancourt

Séamus Dooley NUJ, with chair of the trade union group at RTÉ Shirley Bradshaw, RTÉ correspondent Fran McNulty (R) and Karan O’Loughlin. Photograph: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie

Anger, frustration and gripes about management failings at town hall-style meeting

The RTÉ campus, Donnybrook, Dublin 4, as the broadcaster announced it will cut some 200 jobs next year. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Broadcaster hopes to generate €50m from second land sale at Donnybrook campus

Kath Cottier and Andrew Prior, members of the Construction Defects Alliance lobbying group. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times.

Construction Defects Alliance says ‘hear no evil, see no evil approach’ cannot continue

Dee Forbes: ‘The licence fee system is broken, but it is fixable’

Director general Dee Forbes signals mandatory sign-in for RTÉ player

Two teddy bears and a rose at Glenwood House, where Ana Kriégel was murdered. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Glenwood House would have to be removed from protected structures list to be knocked

In Co Waterford, €3.7m was approved for the Mount Congreve Estate.

Plans for ‘Norman Wexford’ attraction and ‘one of great gardens of the world’ in Waterford

Police officers cordon off the area around the lorry at the scene in Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays, Essex where 39 bodies were discovered. File photograph: Vickie Flores/EPA

Police yet to take witness statement from Monaghan-based Global Trailer Rentals

There was a run on bottled water in shops and supermarkets after a boil water notice last month. Photograph: Alan Betson

Irish Water says heavy rainfall has caused contamination at Leixlip treatment plant

Aviation entrepreneur Ulick McEvaddy who, along with his brother Des, owns 50 hectares of land adjacent to Dublin Airport. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Dublin Airport owner told McEvaddys failure to take up offer would hurt value in future deals

The report found that while Brexit poses  challenges for both exports and imports, “there are significant opportunities for substitution of UK goods by those produced in either Ireland or Germany”.   Photograph: Getty Images

Irish goods may be cheaper due to tariffs imposed on UK imports if hard Brexit occurs

Hines is behind the redevelopment of the former Central Bank building on Dame Street. Image: Google Street View

Hines claims new regulations could add €11,000 to construction cost of each flat

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said there were ‘a lot of people from Georgia and Albania coming in with fake documents and that is a big driver of the increase’ in asylum applications. File image: Colin Keegan/ Collins Dublin

Sinn Féin leader criticises Taoiseach for singling out migrants from Albania and Georgia

This sign on the outskirts of Ballyconnell, Co Cavan a few hundred feet from the border with Co Fermanagh was removed by gardaí. Photograph: Lorraine Teevan

Contractor declined to remove signs because of risks involved, letters show

 Social Democrats co-leader Catherine Murphy. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Request comes after it emerged several TDs clock in to Dáil but do not take part in votes

Two  cars alight and a fallen lamppost blocking the entrance to an estate in Fortunestown, Tallaght on Thursday night. Photograph: Dublin Fire Brigade/Twitter

Dublin Fire Brigade reports no injuries caused by fireworks or bonfires so far tonight

The introduction of body cameras has been requested by frontline Garda groups such as the Garda Representative Association. File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

‘There is no good evidence for the positive impact of their use,’ group says

Truck driver Maurice (Mo) Robinson (25) from Portadown in Northern Ireland, was charged on Saturday with 39 counts of manslaughter. Photograph: Mo Robinson/Facebook

Police are investigating whether deaths of 39 migrants are part of ‘wider conspiracy’

Police outside the Warrington house of an Irish couple who, after 39 migrants were found dead in a refrigerated trailer in Grays, east of London, said they had sold the lorry cab to a company in Ireland. Photograph: Jason Roberts/PA Wire

Three further Irish suspects detained by Essex police

Floral tributes on Eastern Avenue, Grays, Essex, where 39 bodies were discovered in a refrigerated lorry. Photograph:  Kirsty O’Connor/PA

Trailer made two return trips from Britain to Europe before discovery

Deputy Chief Constable Pippa Mills of Essex Police said the force would give no more details about the nationalities of the victims until formal identification had taken place. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/ Reuters

Police say nationality of 39 deceased was ‘now a developing picture’

Floral tributes at the Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays, Essex, after 39 bodies were found inside a lorry trailer on the industrial estate. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Monaghan-based company leased refrigerated trailer to other Border firm

In August 2015, an abandoned truck containing 71 dead migrants was found by the side of a motorway in Nickelsdorf, Austria.  Photograph: EP

There have been several cases of migrants found dead in heavy goods vehicles

The incident occured about 5.30pm on Wednesday outside the City West shopping centre in Dublin. Photograph: Dublin Fire Brigade/Twitter

Man hospitalised , second man arrested in connection with incident in City West

 Low stocks of water at  Lidl in  Castleknock due to the boil water notice issued in the greater Dublin Area by Irish Water. Photograph: Alan Betson

HSE advises households to consider using paper plates to limit need for washing up

Leslie Garvan  on board one of his two fishing boats in  Kilkeel harbor in Northern Ireland. Photograph: James Forde for The Irish Times

In Kilkeel, Co Down, fishermen blame the EU for the industry’s decline, but not all agree

The most common category of metal thieves is organised Irish gangs operating independently in various areas of the country, gardaí say. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Call for change in law to end untraceable cash payments for scrap metal

Gardaí have told waste company Beauparc that cash sales “are acting like seed capital for organised criminal gangs”, the company said. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

State’s largest waste firm says workers too afraid to give evidence against gangs

Nigel Dodds, Boris Johnson and Arlene Foster. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP via Getty

Could disillusionment with the DUP’s Brexit strategy cause it to lose swing votes?

Daniel Mullaney is due to meet officials in the Department of Finance, and also to hold roundtable meetings with large US employers here. File photograph: Thierry Tronnel/Corbis via Getty Images

‘Behind-closed-doors’ meetings with Government will explore US agenda

The Ombudsman Peter Tyndall. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

‘Transparency, accountability’ important at €1.25bn agency, housing committee hears

The State’s new Land Development Agency risks engaging in speculative development and the privatisation of public assets, an Oireachtas committee will be told today. Photograph: iStock.

Land Development Agency’s governance structures and social housing targets raise concerns

In a message posted on the PSNI’s Twitter account, the force said officers were in attendance at a security alert in the Beechwood area of Derry (general view above). File photograph: Google Street View

Officers attending security alert in the Beechwood area of city, says PSNI

An Irish Coast Guard helicopter has been sent to assist with a search off Kilkeel, Co Down, early this morning. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Spokeswoman for HM Coast Guard says PSNI called service at 7.45pm after report

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