Fine Gael Maria Bailey. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Reports that Fine Gael TD is dropping case against Dublin hotel

Minister for Culture Josepha Madigan said the result represented ‘groundswell of compassion’ in Irish society, with other recent referendum results. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Josepha Madigan says result is indication of electorate’s ‘kindness and understanding’

 Green Reit site at the corner of Molesworth Street and Dawson Street: Irish portfolio is valued at €1.5 billion.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Exchequer will lose out due to law giving Irish property investor CGT carve-out, says party

It has emerged that the costs of the National Broadband Plan will stay on the State balance sheet

Sinn Féin TD accuses Government of ‘giving with one hand and taking with the other’

The full cost of the National Broadband Plan will be included on the State’s balance sheet. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Government accused of ‘privatising profits and socialising costs’ of public infrastructure

Talks between MM Capital and Tesco have collapsed. Photograph: Tom Honan

Developer claims retailer is making revamp ‘financially and logistically unfeasible’

It is thought that most staff who have been given packages have seen them limited to statutory redundancy. Photograph: iStock

National Union of Journalists describes redundancy terms as ‘miserly’

An OpenHydro turbine. At its peak, the tidal energy company had predicted €1 billion in revenue by 2026.

Action against French warship company part of effort to recoup €1.4 million in grants

Included in the sale were 128 units at Northern Cross in Dublin.

State’s largest private landlord set to pay about €285 million for apartments

Dún Laoghaire harbour. Photograph: Frank Miller

Group led by Richard Boyd Barrett argued the development would damage Dublin Bay

People with disabilities gather outside Leinster House on Tuesday ahead of final talks with the  Minister for Health, Simon Harris, to save RehabCare. Photograph: Justin Farrelly

Government was warned disability service faced closure if increased funding not agreed

The newspaper was initially launched in September 2015 as a digital-only product. Photograph: iStock

Irish print edition of UK newspaper to cease publication with small number to continue working on digital product

The monastic settlement on Skellig Michael off the coast of Co Kerry

Poor weather delayed start of tourist season on Kerry island where Star Wars was filmed

As a majority State-owned bank, the large-scale sale of family home loans could prove particularly problematic for AIB. Photographr: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Bank’s latest sale of non-performing loans will focus on corporate rather than family debt

Speaking on Monday night, Iona Institute member David Quinn welcomed Facebook’s reversal. He said the block on the image ‘invites you to think it’s going to be a picture of an aborted foetus’. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Computer-generated image of foetus had been blurred and users were given warning

An impression of Salesforce Tower located   to the immediate left of the Central Bank’s Docklands headquarters

US multinational tech company targeted a Minister, civil servants and advisers

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said the lives of young perpetrators and their families are also ruined by knife crime. File photograph: Bryan O Brien/The Irish Times

Dr Diarmuid Martin said he has been shocked and saddened by recent stabbing incidents involving young people

The 10 largest cases are likely to include the €1.6bn claim made by Revenue on drug company Perrigo. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Rulings in most cases unlikely this year as Tax Appeals Commission tackles backlog

The bureau was based at the Knock shrine in Co Mayo. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Bureau set up in 1968 to introduce couples to each other

Flags are flown during the Saoradh Easter commemoration at Milltown Cemetery in Belfast in April. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

NUJ ‘will not accept either threats or lectures’ from Saoradh

Front Line Defenders executive director Andrew Anderson said that work of transgender human rights defenders in particular should be recognised ‘in light of the targeted violence and backlash they face’.

‘Our sexual orientation is just one aspect that defines us as human beings’

 Work in progress at the National Children’s Hospital, site at St James Hospital, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Some PwC consultants who advised HSE on project working on investigation of overspend

In 2016, Ulster Bank was fined €3.3 million for breaches of the Money-laundering and Terrorist Financing Act. Photograph: iStock

Both Ulster Bank and BoI have fallen foul before for enforcement failings in other cases

The VAT gap – the difference between the amount the European Commission expects to take in and what member states actually bring in – is €147.2 billion. Photograph: iStock

It is an evolution of VAT fraud that focused on high-value goods such as computer chips

The European system of carbon trading was infiltrated in 2009 and 2010 by fraudsters who took advantage of the fact carbon credits could be traded without VAT between EU countries.  Photograph: John Giles/PA

Leaked files reveal dealings by fraudsters abusing carbon credits trade without VAT

The Correctiv files show that Carbon Warehouse  set up an Irish subsidiary, Carbon Warehouse Limited. Its office was in a nondescript building on North Strand Road, Dublin 3. Photograph: Alan Betson

Leaked files reveal Irish banks and shell companies were used in transactions involving companies and individuals under investigat(...)

Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council   rejected a proposal  from Hasbro to build a studio in the old Stena Line terminal

US children’s entertainment giant Hasbro submitted tender with Irish animation studio

Barry O’Mahony and Tiernan Kennedy of Umba: the fintech start-up  already has 170,000 customers in Africa, many of whom lack access to basic banking facilities, but can use Umba’s smartphone app. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Umba secures investment to penetrate growing African mobile payments sector

The IAASA has lodged an action against auditors CPA Ireland, which will come before Justice Peter Kelly  on May 20th.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Audit found ‘extravagance’ at Positive Action, with former director jailed for theft

A resident was unable to use their bathroom as it was not wheelchair-accessible. Photograph:  Ron Chapple/Getty Images

Hiqa team found multiple issues affecting residents’ quality of life at centre in Co Meath

‘Serious violence is often part of the scenario here and we prison officers pay the inevitable price.’ Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times/File

‘Overcrowding provides the perfect atmosphere for the bully to thrive,’ says POA

Linda Murray, who leads Play Activity and Leisure Ireland, said that 61 play centres had been facing closure as no insurer was willing to offer them a premium in Ireland.  Photograph: iStock

Owner of Navan centre says her policy will be cheaper this year after broker helped out

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin looks on as President Michael D Higgins signs a book of condolence for victims of the Sri Lanka bombings in the Pro-Cathedral. Photograph:  John McElroy

Trinity academic warns against ‘sinister agenda’ promoted in wake of deadly bombings

Leo Varadkar and British prime minister Theresa May after the funeral of Lyra McKee at St Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast. Photograph: EPA

Varadkar, May announce negotiations to restart Stormont will begin on May 7th

DUP leader Arlene Foster and Sinn Fein party leader Mary Lou McDonald and Sinn Fein deputy leader  Michelle O’Neill attend the funeral service of journalist Lyra McKee. Photograph: Charles McQuillan / POOL / AFP/Getty Images

Priest who spoke at Lyra McKee’s funeral urged politicians to take example from her ‘determined doggedness’

Cork City Fire Brigade responds to an incident during Storm Hannah. Photograph: Cork City Fire Brigade/Twitter

Highest level of weather warning has led to flights and ferry sailings being cancelled

 David Waddell, husband of Mary Raftery, at the exhibition of her work in Dublin City University. Photograph: Julien Behal

Mary Raftery was ‘absolutely determined’ to share the stories of institutional abuse

Holding the  sausage of the year award in the 1980s are Feargal Quinn and butcher Maurice Hobbs. Jimmy Canavan is third from left on the second row.

The late Feargal Quinn ‘used to come around every Christmas and shake hands’

Senator Shane Ross (left) with Feargal Quinn and members of the Independent Alliance outside Leinster House in 2015. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Politicians and business community praise ex-senator and founder of Superquinn chain

The advert, which ran in the Times Ireland this week, is an almost exact replica of an image used in a letter sent by property developer Johnny Ronan to the Minister for Housing

When published, the adverts did not contain any indication of who was behind them

Denis O’Brien from Mitchelstown, Cork at the IFA protest held outside the AIB agm in Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Farmers hold protest outside AIB agm in Dublin over offloading of loans

Helen Dixon, Data Protection Commissioner will appear before the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation in Washington. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Helen Dixon to appear before US senate committee for hearings on data privacy

A computer generated impression of Salesforce Tower – to the immediate left of the Central Bank’s docklands headquarters.

Company linked to developer makes application for judicial review of interpretation

Site of the  Bessborough Mother and Baby Home in  Blackrock, Cork city:  was operated by the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary  nuns. Photograph: Provision

Bessborough, Bethany, Castlepollard, Pelletstown and Sean Ross: what we have learned

A pair of baby shoes with the message ‘Bury us with dignity’ hangs on a wall at the site of the Tuam mother-and-baby home. Photograph: Andy Newman

Tuam home commission dismisses archaeologist’s suggestion of ‘burial vault’

‘Clear many of the children who died in the Tuam Home are buried in the chambers’

Historian Catherine Corless  at her home, in Tuam. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

Historian whose work led to establishment of commission says ‘the whole truth’ is out

Ryanair CTO John Hurley and Boxever CEO Dave O’Flanagan at Ryanair’s head office in Swords. Photograph: Tom Honan

Deal with Irish technology company will allow airline to better target customers

Investigations mainly revolve around circumstances in which a €100,000 loan was given by former FAI chief executive John Delaney to the football association in April 2017. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

If failure to keep proper accounting records proven, then potential sanctions can be serious

 Former FAI CEO John Delaney: Three members of the board were aware of the €100,000 loan from Mr Delaney at the time the financial statements were signed off. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

No indication Deloitte was made aware of Delaney loan in 2017 financial statements

Minister for Sport Shane Ross addresses the Oireachtas Committee on Tuesday. Photograph: screengrab

‘The board is part of the problem’, Shane Ross tells Oireachtas Committee

Paddy Cosgrave revealed he was behind the campaign in a post on his own Facebook page and on the Irish Tax Agency website . Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Web summit founder confirmed he is behind the anonymous Irish Tax Agency site

 Paddy Cosgrave, who claimed the advert, which aims to highlight Ireland’s “indefensible tax structure”, had reached one million Facebook users. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Paddy Cosgrave targeted European Facebook users about Ireland’s corporate tax system

John Delaney: offer to step aside temporarily was greeted with astonishment by members of the parliamentary committee examining governance within the FAI who expected him to step down. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Members of Oireachtas committee say association’s latest action ‘insulting’

John Delaney leaves the Carlton hotel near Dublin Airport on Monday after a meeting with the board of the FAI. Phototgraph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Honorary secretary and honorary treasurer have both resigned from board voluntarily

The page, called Irish Tax Agency, is displaying ads to users in ten European countries with the tagline “reduce your taxes on global revenue to 1 per cent”.

Transparency campaigners concerned by anonymous nature of Facebook page

FAI executive vice-president John Delaney giving evidence during his appearance at the Joint Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport. Videograb: Oireachtas TV/PA Wire

Football association says it is taking ‘urgent steps’ to address concerns over handling of finances

Former FAI CEO John Delaney: €100,000 loan controversy. Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

Secretary of Kerry District League says former chief executive told him he intends to step down

A screengrab from a video which claims to show gardaí removing supporters from the stand at Turner’s Cross last night. Video: via Twitter

Former club chairman Jonathan O’Brien was briefly removed from stadium

The message that was on the website on Saturday morning.

Pharmaceutical industry body suspected site may have been ‘compromised’

 Aidan Brogan, chief executive of Datalex,  at the company’s office at East Point, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Lawyers contacted Paschal Taggart as company's share price collapsed at start of year

Property developer Garrett Kelleher is disputing the judgement, arguing in legal filings that it ‘contains manifest errors of law and mistakenly overlooks material allegations’.

Garrett Kelleher’s case dismissed in March as Nama not subject to US court’s jurisdiction

Leo Varadkar said John Delaney is not a public servant, and therefore not accountable to the Oireachtas. Photographer: Jasper Juinen

Delaney was ‘within his legal rights’ to stay silent but FAI must be accountable, says Taoiseach

President of the RIAI David Browne:   urges the Government to establish cost and performance benchmarks for buildings, as well as standardised pre-qualification processes for both public and private sectors. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

RIAI blames State bureaucracy, time frames, risk shifting and poor procurement skills

John Delaney arrives with other FAI officials to attend the  Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport at Leinster House. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Fine Gael TD says he paid for tickets, ‘but I would accept if I was working in hindsight, I wouldn’t have done things this way’

Minister for Health Simon Harris “instinctively” agrees with a doctor’s suggestion that unvaccinated children should be barred from attending schools or creches. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Health says there may be constitutional issues around a ban

John Delaney, right, and FAI president Donal Conway. Photograph:  Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Suspension of funding by Sport Ireland heaps pressure on FAI to get house in order

 Sally O’Neill was killed following a road incident in Guatemala. Photograph: Mark Stedman/Trocaire/PA

‘Her courage and fearlessness were outstanding’ - tributes to Trócaire figure

Artist’s impression of the new national children’s hospital. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Consultants PwC finds changing builder at this stage would increase final cost of project

Tesco argues that the current design would see it unable to receive deliveries.  Photograph: Tom Honan

Mm Capital says objection means redesign of shopping centre may be ‘shelved indefinitely’

Report found gap between  most expensive and the cheapest two-bed apartments in Dublin is less than elsewhere. Mount St Anne’s, Dublin 6. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Report by Goodbody highlights gap in affordability in rental market

Statistics show that Ireland is undergoing a historic shift in its traditional pattern of home ownership.

Ireland is undergoing a shift from owning to renting. What does this mean for people?

Dr Johnny Ryan, speaking in a former role at The Irish Times, has filed a complaint against the Interactive Advertising Bureau Europe.

Submission to data protection body relates to ‘cookie wall’ that blocks users from IAB Europe site unless they give permissions

High levels of fraudulent or exaggerated claims are often suggested as a reason for the expensive premiums charged to Irish consumers. Photograph: iStock

FBD tells Oireachtas committee it believes 20% of insurance claims to it are fraudulent

A coal depot in Shanghai. The ban on smoky coal was first promised in 2015. Photograph: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

The introduction of the long-promised measure had been scheduled for September

Sinn Féin claim the saving could build 2,000 extra homes. File photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

Sinn Féin says approved housing bodies cheaper; Government disputes claim

Fahy Law plans to bring the first of up to 20 ‘lead cases’, which will determine the outcome of other cases, to the High Court in October.

Firm plans to bring first test cases to High Court in October

Children’s play centre – It has been claimed that the high level of payouts isdriving insurers away. File photograph: iStock

Linda Murray who owns a business in Navan tells committee premiums up 300% in a year

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys said up to 300 freight, brokerage and cargo agents and clerks will be permitted work permits in the context of Brexit. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Initiative aims to boost construction sector labour supply and manage Brexit workload

The scene in Castleblayney, Co Monaghan, where a digger was used to pull a cash machine from a wall during a theft. Photograph: Philip Fitzpatrick

Gardaí investigating Castleblaney incident as number of ATM thefts near Border rises

Connaught House on Burlington Road in Dublin, where the offices of IBRC are. Photograph: Alan Betson

One of the last significant actions the State-owned bad bank will take

FAI executive vice president John Delaney adjusts his tie during Ireland’s Uefa Euro 2020 qualifying match against Georgia at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on March 26th. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Sport Ireland will appear before Oireachtas committee on Wednesday

Minister of State for Disability Issues Finian McGrath has apologised to gardaí and families of drink-driving road crash victims.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

Minister says calls for his resignation after policing comments are matter for the Taoiseach

Since 2012, the fire service has inspected 7,809 premises, including 890 apartments. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

Cost of corrective action poses challenges for owners’ management firms

Ryanair has been named as one of Europe’s top 10 carbon emitters in a survey by the Transport & Environment NGO. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Responding to NGO survey, spokesman says airline Europe’s ‘greenest and cleanest’

The worst performing departmental website was the Department of Foreign Affairs, which had 96 trackers detected on it. Photograph: iStock

Some departments and local authorities are reviewing cookie policies

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Mr Varadkar’s partner Matt and friends with Kylie Minogue at the singer’s gig at the 3Arena last year. Photograph: Tiernan Brady/Twitter

Department of the Taoiseach twice refused request for letter to be released under FoI

FAI executive vice president John Delaney adjusts his tie during Ireland’s Uefa Euro 2020 qualifying match against Georgia at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on March 26th. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Mazars to conduct ‘an independent and in-depth’ examination of association

Minister of State for Disability Issues Finian McGrath said ‘a police force - like teachers, nurses - guards should always be non-political’. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

Minister of State made remarks on enforcement methods of new drink driving laws

Console founder and chief executive Paul Kelly, together with his wife Patricia and son Tim,  spent €500,000 on groceries, clothes and foreign trips.   Photograph:  Mark Stedman/

Bermingham & Co and Condron & Associates audited disgraced Irish charity for seven years

Senator David Norris described the alleged hazing as reported by the UT as a ‘stupid Anglo American piece of nonsense which can sometimes be quite dangerous’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

David Norris says: ‘When I joined, they simply dipped my tie into a pint of stout’

IBRC, formed from the remains of Anglo Irish Bank and Irish Nationwide Building Society, was the first Irish entity to engage in the large-scale sale of non-performing loans. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Agenda: State is still entangled in financial sector via Nama, IBRC and Quinn Insurance

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: Nama says the “best financial return may be achievable only over a longer time horizon than 2020/2021” due to expected zoning and infrastructural initiatives. Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

State toxic loans agency says delaying 2021 wind-down plan could lead to ‘significant gain’

Ann Kean and Patrick Halpin at their home, Aberdeen Lodge, which is also a guesthouse in Sandymount, Dublin speaking to representatives of receivers appointed by Goldman Sachs who were attempting to take possession of the property. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Solicitor and receiver attempt to repossess property in suburb of Sandymount

Ann Keane and Patrick Halpin pictured at Aberdeen Lodge on Thursday. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Owners of Aberdeen Lodge have offered to repay €1.25m in debt secured on the property

Insurance Ireland said all claims settlements are conducted in line with relevant codes of practice. Photograph: iStock

Review finds insurance companies deter customers from appointing loss assessors

Bette Browne from Malahide, and Sabrina Joyce Kemper from Portmarnock, protesting outside previous  An Bord Pleanala hearing on plans for the  Clonshaugh sewage plant. Photograph: Fran Veale

At public meeting in Dublin planners hear concerns about smells from €500m plant

The industry criticism comes after  Revenue was warned that film-makers who may be inflating their budgets to secure outsized tax breaks were playing “catch my if you can” with the taxman.

Lobby accuses revenue of dragging its feet over information on section 481 scheme

Offsetting sedentary periods with exercise or other physical activity will not totally eliminate the risk to health brought about by sitting down too much, researchers say. Photograph: iStock

Sedentary activity contributes to almost 70,000 deaths in Britain annually, study finds

Richard Bruton:  he  is  working with the Attorney General to “finalise a legally robust plan which will improve air quality by reducing particulate matter in the air”

Delay to nationwide ban has also provoked strong criticism from fuel distributors who have invested large sums in clean fuel plant(...)

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