The HSE was the worst performing of six national health service websites surveyed by ePrivacy firm Cookiebot.

Report finds 73% of HSE landing pages contained ‘ad trackers’, the highest rate for public health websites in the EU

Marymount Hospice has a specialist inpatient unit consisting of 44 beds and provides specialist palliative care. Photograph: iStock

Marymount letter to Minister for Health blames pay restoration and seeks extra funds

In addition to income tax exemptions, fees for private schooling for eligible children of executives using the scheme were also eligible for tax relief, up to €5,000 per year for each eligible child.  Photograph: Getty Images

Briefing notes prepared for Taoiseach’s meeting with the American Chamber show the scheme cost the State €18.1m in 2016

The FAI issued a statement describing details of a loan received from its chief executive John Delaney. Photograph: INPHO/Donall Farmer

‘This is the only occasion on which I provided the Association with a short-term loan’

Residents told Dublin City Council the development would be a welcome addition to the city’s North Lotts neighbourhood. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Several North Lotts apartment owners ‘had no knowledge’ objection made in their name

The UK government’s  proposal would see no import tariffs on goods coming from Ireland to Northern Ireland, while London would impose no new checks or controls on such goods. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Locals are concerned the new no-deal proposal may further encourage illicit trade

 The Department of Health’s controversial move to new offices in Miesian Plaza  resulted in “ineffective expenditure”. Photograph: Bryan James Brophy / The Irish Times

Public Accounts Committee makes series of recommendations arising from relocation project

Optal is seeking to diversify its operations away from the UK after Brexit.  Photograph: Prisma by Dukas/UIG via Getty Images

Fast-growing e-money firm chooses Dublin as post-Brexit base of EU operations

Kennas Fitzsimons, son of Jack Fitzsimons, says his father was driven by a desire to make good housing affordable to ordinary rural people.   Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

New posthumous publication defends 1971 book by Jack Fitzsimons

Lahinch native Micheál Ryan, who worked for the United Nations world food programme, was among those killed in the crash outside Addis Ababa. Photograph: Facebook

Norwegian Air has no current plans to withdraw Boeing 737 Max aircraft

The remains of Grenfell Tower in London, after a fire broke out in June 2017, killing 71 people. File photograph: Neil Hall/EPA

Survey undertaken after 71 killed in London’s Grenfell Tower fire

The research found that a quarter of those surveyed would be willing to pay 40 per cent more than their rent in order to own a home. Photograph: iStock

Research finds almost 31% of prospective home buyers surveyed are living with parents

Social Democrats co-leader and TD, Catherine Murphy (front), during a briefing by the Social Democrats on the plinth of Leinster House, Dublin on March 5th. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Four days were set aside in February for Social Democrats TD to appear before inquiry

Eileen O’Sullivan:  diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer in 2013

‘People have died as a result of misinformation. But dead patients don’t talk.’

Bus drivers have been refusing to stop at UCD’s Belfield campus after 10pm citing antisocial behaviour. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

UCD students’ union and Dublin Bus say meeting was positive and agree to work on proposals

Apartments in Costa del Sol in Spain. File photograph: iStock/Getty Images

European Commission calls for €1.2m lump sum penalty after State fails to bring in protections

The owners of  almost 900 Beacon South Quarter apartments had hoped to apply for a loan from the Government’s new Home Building Finance Ireland  fund. Photograph: Eric Luke

Some 900 Dublin apartments with fire-safety defects not eligible for Government fund

CSG report notes the level of labour productivity in Irish building is ‘well below the EU average for construction sectors’. File photo.

Construction Sector Group’s first report also flags shortage of skilled workers

St James’s Wood, Kilmainham. News of fire-safety defects first came to light in December 2018. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Fire safety and other construction issues have dogged Irish apartments

Workers repair a damaged roof on apartments at Churchwell Crescent in Belmayne, Dublin in September 2018. Photograph: Donall Farmer

Residents concerned over balcony flaws and fire safety at north Dublin development

The Priory Hall apartment complex in Dublin, which Dublin City Council had to refurbish due to fire safety issues.  File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Many apartment residents ‘living with leaks, damp, structural and fire safety defects’

Spencer Dock Apartments, Dublin. The apartments, which are located close to the Central Bank, IFSC and silicon docks, can retail for up to €4,500 a month for a two-bed unit. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Apartments close to IFSC, Google and Facebook originally built by Treasury Holdings

Apartment owners at Hyde Square in Kilmainham have been presented with bills of almost €11,000 each for the repair of their decaying roof. Photograph: Google Earth

Residents in four Celtic Tiger-era developments face steep bills, eviction and costly litigation

New York governor Andrew Cuomo tweeted his support for the pride centre, writing that it was ‘way past time’ that it be permitted to march in the Staten Island parade. Photograph: Nathaniel Brooks/New York Times

Staten Island Pride Center has been refused permission to march in parade since 2011

NUI Maynooth. File Photograph: Alan Betson

Housing expert says people are spending less on food and education due to the cost of housing

Home for Good said a referendum would be an ‘important part’ of bringing about change. File photograph: Laura Hutton/

Home for Good say wording should include right to dignity, shelter and safety

Grid Finance will continue raising finance on its Block and Beam accounts, which allow investments up to and above €3 million from individual lenders, respectively. Photograph: Michael Sohn/AP Photo

Peer-to-peer platform steps back from small investors in absence of regulation

Glenveagh Homes says providing housing for older people could be used as a means of satisfying a builder’s social housing obligations. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Glenveagh claims strict design standards for apartments could be relaxed for older people

Nama sold the debt secured on the former John Player cigarette factory on the South Circular Road  to US property investor Hines in a refinancing deal. Photograph: Alan Betson

PAC says sites such as Poolbeg and Player Wills left too long in undeveloped limbo

The proposed legislation will see the time spent living apart by couples before becoming eligible for divorce be cut from four years out of the preceding five to two years out of the previous three. File photograph: iStock

Vote will take place on May 24th, the same date as the local and European elections

According to some reports, phone users are encouraged to make contact with someone named ‘Momo’ on the WhatsApp messaging platform.

Social networking giant says it will remove content that promotes the phenomenon

Ellie Kisyombe says she sought asylum immediately after arriving at Dublin airport in 2010. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Catherine Murphy and Róisín Shortall concerned at allegation of backstory inaccuracy

Michael Shine has been investigated and put on trial for cases stretching back to the mid-1960s. Photograph: Collins Courts

Drogheda hospital order insurers have already settled more than 200 abuse claims

The departure of  three board members from the Social Democrats marks a deepening crisis for the party as it struggles to address issues around the candidacy of Ellie Kisyombe. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Board members resign over party’s response to claims about local election candidate

Ellie Kisyombe is a candidate for the Social Democrats in the upcoming local elections. FIle photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Party chairman and vice-chair step down in protest over its response to claims about candidate

A Jump Bike in Los Angeles. Photograph: Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images

Possibility of vandalism by some operators against competitors also cited by council

A sea route to Germany via the Netherlands or Belgium could help circumnavigate customs issues following a hard Brexit if any issues were to emerge with the UK landbridge. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Former taoiseach extolled virtues of product delivery path to Germany that bypasses UK

Cattle grazing in Co Galway. Changes to state aid rules means member states can move more quickly to help farmers in crisis. Photograph: Getty.

Maximum aid that can be distributed per farm over three years to rise to €25,000

A security company acting on behalf of the Dublin City Sheriff took possession of Pembroke Street offices  occupied by Gerald  Kean, left, a week ago.  File photograph: Alan Betson

Solicitor also owes over €100,000 to Revenue but says ‘if I owe money, I work to pay it off’

The average time to swap a UK driving licence for its Irish equivalent is about 17 days. Photograph:  Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty

Driving permits will need replaced by Irish equivalent if no withdrawal accord, RSA warns

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney. Photograph: Hannah McKay/Reuters

Coveney responds to UK threat to import Brazilian beef on a tariff-free quota

Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty: has asked the finance committee to accelerate scrutiny of the Bill. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

Government and Central Bank warning against SF move to halt sales of mortgages

Simon Coveney and   minister of foreign affairs of Malta, Carmelo Abela  speak with a colleague during an European Foreign Affairs Council meeting, in Brussels earlier this month. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/ EPA

Carmelo Abela warns record number of nationalists, populists could be elected to Brussels

Bam’s bid for the hospital project was €178 million lower than the next highest bid received, from contractor John Sisk. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/ PA Wire

Construction firm acknowledges ‘perceived’ overrun has led to political turmoil

Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty says she is expecting to receive a new report on the effectiveness of the JobPath scheme shortly. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Penalties meted out for transgressions including failing to keep an appointment

Incentive programmes designed to stimulate construction may prove controversial given the history of such programmes during the Celtic Tiger. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

IHBA calls for extension of help-to-buy and affordable loan schemes

Dún Laoghaire pier. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Groups or individuals who will provide positive impact on the town wanted

Mary Ryan who was last seen in Waterford. Photograph: Garda Press Office

Mary Ryan was last seen at Clonard Park in Waterford

Tom Costello, who has since resigned as the chair of the National Paediatric Hospital’s Development board. Photograph: Ray Lohan for The Irish Times

Agreement was to cover issues relating to finance, building and main contractor Bam

 Eamonn Murphy at the Four Courts after the HSE  secured a High Court order against his website. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Campaigner’s previous site was alleged to be confusingly similar to HSE crisis pregnancy hub

James Lawless: he said Working Links’ collapse called into question the ‘privatisation of welfare’.

Turas Nua has been caught up in administration of UK contractor Working Links

Former president Mary Robinson: ‘This is really very serious and we don’t have much time.’ Photograph: Donall Farmer/The Irish Times

Former president acknowledges start of ‘real Government attention’ to climate change

Demonstrations will take place at Intreo offices across the country. Photograph: Eric Luke

Demonstrations to take place at Intreo offices on Monday over demands on pension rights

Dunne’s service station on the Abbeyleix Road in Co Laois where the incident is understood to have taken place. Photograph: Google Street View

Shot was fired inside Defence Forces vehicle after soliders stopped for a rest in Abbeyleix

Members of the Fingal Battalion Direct Action Group.outside Minister for Health Simon Harris’s house last weekend. Photograph: Facebook

Minister says leaders of cervical check programme ‘botched’ audit of smear test results

Minister for Health Simon Harris. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister says he wants ‘everyone to continue doing what they’ve signed up to do’

Bam Construction:  Courtesy of deals with the State, or State-backed firms, schools, courthouses, roads, tunnels, medical facilities and even sewerage schemes have supplemented the firm’s steady flow of work. Photograph: Tom Honan

Large international firm has worked on many key infrastructural projects for State

Solicitor Gerald Kean said he had underestimated how difficult it would be to  find a new office at short notice.  Photograph: Collions

‘I was taken by surprise when the sheriff moved into my property this morning’

The report also finds that the build-to-rent sector tends to supply apartments to the premium end of the market “unsuitable for people on average incomes”. Photograph: iStock

Department of Finance report warns about dangers of concentrations of ownership

Eir will tell the PAC the company invested €7 million in its bid to become the operator for the National Broadband Plan, before pulling out of the process.

Commercial, regulatory and governance issues set to add to costs, company to argue

Johnny Ronan: Ronan Group Real Estate (RGRE) is thought to  to have seen off competition from Balfour Beatty and Hines to secure the major project.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Town Centre Three to encompass office development and space for 358 apartments

Partenay Unlimited, a company linked to several of Denis O’Brien’s property investments, owns the land. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Hotel being developed by a firm controlled by a nephew of O’Brien despite local objections

Imagine Communications Group chief executive Seán Bolger will flag seven “existential threats” to the National Broadband Plan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Plan faces significant risk of overspend and delays, Imagine group chief to tell committee

A spokesman for Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty said that “while this letter seeks to determine the level of disruption which may occur during the action taken”  the Minister has no intention of reducing any funding to schemes as a result of the action.  File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Letter stated funding of schemes will be reviewed ‘having regard to the industrial action taken’

Lord Mayor of Dublin Nial Ring. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Two men who assisted are being invited to the Mansion House for tea

Approval has now been given to conduct a competition for a contracted civilian consultant at pay rates equivalent to those available in the HSE. File photograph: Alan Betson

Defence Forces had faced challenge over failure to treat soldiers for psychological injuries

The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has warned students about risks associated with services provided by ‘rogue’ crisis pregnancy agencies run by pro-life campaigners as part of its SHAG (Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance) campaign. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

USI to legally provide ‘all-options’ pregnancy advice for first time as part of SHAG week campaign

INMO general secretary Phil Ní Sheaghdha at the Labour Court. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

INMO general secretary describes Labour Court recommendation as ‘progress’

Criminal Courts of Justice, Dublin. The average fees paid to one of the top 10 earning solicitors’ firms, including VAT, came to €473,417 in 2018. Photograph: Frank Miller

Claim by Law Society that ‘resilience and integrity’ of system is under threat

Chief Justice Frank Clarke praised practitioners of sports law in Ireland, saying it was a unique area of law which combined expertise and precedent from many other specialities. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Size of organisation and proliferation of online betting increases risk, barrister says

New Beginnings is led by barrister and debt advisor Ross Maguire. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Debt advisory firm agrees deal with property investment house RoundShield Partners

The Marker Residence apartment complex at Grand Canal Square in Dublin.

Marker tenants considering legal action, withholding rent following leaks and fire

Minister says he is ‘very confident’ additional hospital costs can be met

Sonar-based images of  U-58 that was sunk on November 17th, 1917 off the Irish coast

Navigation system designed at University of Limerick guided underwater remote operated vehicle Étáin

The Clarence Hotel is one of a number of Dublin hotels reported to be taking legal action against the operators of an escort site. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Dublin hotels move against Spanish firm claiming to offer escort services in their venues

Dublin’s Marker Hotel was evacuated on Saturday night after a fire in a lift shaft. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Once they realised alarm was genuine, they had to fight through thick smoke to escape

Dealing with a non-performing mortgage on a family home  is a daily reality for 64,510 borrowers, according to   the Central Bank. Photograph: Sean Gladwell/Getty

The predicted ‘tsunami’ of home repossessions has not occurred. But the issue remains a tinderbox

Sugar sweetened drinks tax was introduced in Budget 2018 as part of an effort to curb consumer preferences for drinks with heavy sugar content Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Tax was originally projected to bring in €30m in extra revenue for State

Tetrarch owns or manages some of Ireland’s best-known hotels, including the five-star Marker, above,  in Dublin’s Grand Canal Dock. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Joint venture would replace the Irish-owned hotelier’s plan for a public floatation

  “The prisoner should be informed that they have the right to contact their solicitor, and should be given an opportunity to do so as soon as practicable,” Deirdre Malone, executive director of the Irish Penal Reform Trust, said. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Irish Penal Reform Trust says highest level of safeguards must apply

The Barryroe project has been valued at an estimated €1.1 billion. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

Heritage body had challenged awarding of survey licence for exploration project

Exiled Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont speaking at Trinity College Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Interview: Exiled Catalan leader speaks on the impending trial of separatists and Brexit

Bogus self-employment occurs when workers who should be classified as employees are marked as self-employed, which can lead to benefits for employers who otherwise would have to pay PRSI and sick pay. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Oireachtas committee to hear how 24% of construction workers wrongly tax labelled

A spokeswoman for Tesco Ireland said: “Whenever we make changes in our business, colleagues are always the first to know”

Tesco planning to cut 9,000 roles in the UK, and union wants to discuss the possible impact on Irish staff

Workers repair a damaged roof on apartments at Churchwell Crescent in Belmayne, Dublin in September 2018. Photograph: Donall Farmer

Reports reveal ‘substandard’ construction work and fire safety concerns at Belmayne

Master of the High Court Edmund Honohan: His public pronouncements, and the frequency of them, contrasts with the low-profile style adopted by most figures significant in the daily life of the Four Courts. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

‘Eccentric’ Master of High Court has been relieved of debt cases

 John Moran, former secretary general of the  Department of Finance, is involved in the talks between Arrow Global and AIB. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Manchester-based debt investor in talks with banks about long-term investment in bad loans

The wind farm at Bruckana on  the Laois, Kilkenny, Tipperary borders. The Irish Wind Energy Association says the restrictions outlined in the position paper “have the potential to restrict wind-farm development in 29 per cent of the available land in the Republic of Ireland”. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

‘Deeply worrying’ Air Corps draft guidelines outline wind farm restrictions

Former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm pictured leaving court. File photograph:  Collins Courts

Former Anglo Irish Bank chief had been serving his six-year sentence in Mountjoy

Flags tied to railings outside parliament in London:  The Irish Government’s no-deal Brexit Bill attempts to cover all likely areas of change. Photograph: Kirsty Wigglesworth

State’s 95-page legislation document covers healthcare, education and social protection

Photograph: iStock

Central Bank proposes a ban on commission payments by banks to mortgage brokers

Alexandra College, which is located in Milltown in south Dublin, has taken issue with elements of the MetroLink plan. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Fee-paying Dublin school says proposed project would cut off critical access

Joan Bruton: “We have to make sure students aren’t sacrificing their future for relatively or very low-paid employment while they’re in school.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Numbers up 20%, with almost 100 people under 18 earning €20,000 or more in 2017

The Cregan commission is investigating the sale of Siteserv to businessman Denis O’Brien. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Allegations about the sale made by Murphy in Dáil led to establishment of commission

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: “We need to renew our focus on policies that seek to be aware of, or make progress on, income inequality.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

When populists fail to deliver on promises, they will look for scapegoats, says Minister

Premier Irish Golf Tours raised upwards of €100,000 on Linked Finance, and another loan of about the same size on a second peer-to-peer lending site, Grid Finance. Photograph: Inpho

Inquiry launched as Premier Irish Golf Tours closes without repaying six-figure debts

In one instance, it is alleged a Traveller man   had his CV amended to conceal his ethnicity. Photograph: iStock

Participants allege bullying, intimidation and threats in back-to-work programme

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