World Economic Forum  in Davos. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty

World Economic Forum in Switzerland, Euro zone consumer confidence flash

File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Prisoner unable to leave cell because no walking stick was available

A Citroen C5 Aircross SUV Hybrid is plugged to a charging station at Brussels Motor Show, Belgium on January 9th. Photograph:  Francois Lenoir/Reuters

The week in business: Delta Airlines, Citigroup, JP Morgan & Chase results; US business optimism index, inflation

The move to bring in tighter rules on what people are exposed to online will be welcomed by many campaigners and parents. Photograph: iStock

Proposed legislation aims to make firms responsible for combating harmful web activity

Figures for the year show there were 46 workplace deaths of all kinds, an 18% increase on 2018 (39) and the end of a downward trend since 2015. Photograph: iStock

HSA says fatalities will continue to rise unless smaller firms stop ‘cutting corners’

Robert Bradshaw photographed with his wife Mary.  Photograph: courtesy of the Bradshaw Family

Robert Bradshaw left paralysed since slipping off a wall on Cork building site in 2014

An Bord Pleanála has given the go-ahead for the scheme at the site of Brady’s pub on the Old Navan Road in Castleknock, west Dublin.

New rules are ‘steadily dismantling high quality community planning’, says Labour TD

Five low-risk lifestyle factors were then measured in each – never smoking, healthy weight, at least 30 minutes of daily physical activity, moderate alcohol intake, and a good diet. Photograph: iStock

Research quantifies how many extra years one can expect in return for good health

According to the annual CSO Facts & Figures report average rainfall in 2018 was 1,224 millimetres compared to 912 millimetres in 1971. Photograph: Haydn West/PA

New report shows changes in Irish society, housing prices and health care

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys pointed out that spreading regional development was a priority.

Up to 42% of FDI related events took place in Dublin

 Migratory Whooper swans in North Wicklow in January 2015. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Experts believe Bewick’s swans are soon to be a thing of the past on Irish shores

Statistics from Department of Housing give insight into the numbers relying on payment

British prime minister Boris Johnson at Pendulum Summit 2019.

Business diary of the week: Euro zone and Irish retail sales to be published

Former president Mary McAleese says Pope Francis has prompted debate within the church but has not been the ‘great reformer’ many expected. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Former president says pontiff has managed to stir debate within Catholic Church

The PSNI are appealing for information about the collision in west Belfast on Friday afternoon. File photograph: PA Wire

Eoin Hamill suffers fatal injuries in crash on Springfield Road

A woman signs a book of condolence at RTÉ radio centre in Donnybrook, Dublin, for broadcaster Marian Finucane who died aged 69 on Thursday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

‘She was a brilliant journalist who shied away from celebrity,’ says Miriam O’Callaghan

An 85-year-old pedestrian has died following a road incident in Co Offaly on Thursday.  File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The pedestrian was hit by a vehicle in the Mountheaton area on Thursday evening

President Michael D Higgins said the country had lost a “deeply respected, trusted and much loved broadcaster” who had become central to her profession.  Photograph:  Dara Mac Dónaill

President, colleagues and politicians recall her skill and trailblazing feminist legacy

RTÉ broadcaster  Marian Finucane, pictured in 2010. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

President leads tributes to ‘superb’ radio presenter after her sudden death at home

 Minister Pascal Donohoe: met management and parents who had children at the company’s Glasnevin crèche last Friday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Deregistration of four controversial Hyde & Seek crèches delayed by ongoing legal proceedings

Major roads out of the capital and other cities are likely to begin getting congested by midday. File photograph: The Irish Times

Weather alert in place as major roads out of Dublin and other cities see heavy traffic

Irish shops are still waiting for a bump in festive trade this week, Retail Excellence, the industry lobby has said.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Irish shops are still waiting for a bump in festive trade this weekend

The Government will not “bail out” creches with an insurance subsidy due to rising premium prices, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said. Photograph: Screenshot of Pat Kenny interview Virgin Media One

Funding to be provided but Taoiseach says it is not related to crisis in Pat Kenny interview

Researchers found that people who engaged in arts activities once or twice a year had a 14 per cent lower risk of dying at any time during the follow-up period, the BMJ reported. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Engagement with arts every few months lowers risk of dying by 31 per cent, study finds

A juvenile corncrake, caught, tagged, and released by researchers in Co Roscommon in 2002. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Number of protected birds has dropped by 85 per cent since the 1970s

An umbrella wasteland at Dublin’s College Green after commuters had battled with wind and rain on Wednesday. Photograph: Irish Times

Unwelcome prospect of continued unsettled weather ahead of Christmas break

Kevin Lunney (50) was abducted as he drove towards his home in Co Fermanagh on September 17th. He was beaten and released  some two hours later. File photograph: BBC Spotlight

Resumption of some ‘low level’ activity in the Cavan-Fermanagh Border area reported

The 39-bed Elm Mount Unit at St Vincent’s University Hospital said the issue was now high risk. Photograph: Google Street View

Elm Mount Unit at St Vincent’s hospital fails compliance test for four consecutive years

On Monday and Tuesday, the European Central Bank will hold its biennial conference on household finance and consumption in Dublin. File photograph: Getty

FedEx, Accenture and Nike figures due along with euro zone trade and inflation numbers

A robber stole a cash box and fled in a white van in Dundrum. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/THE IRISH TIMES

Man with gun threatens employee delivering cash box in Dublin suburb of Dundrum

A range of counterfeit goods seized in Co Tipperary on Thursday. Photograph courtesy: An Garda Síochána.

Clothes found in Tipperary house raid, gardaí say

The Komori printer purchased for the Houses of the Oireachtas was too big for its designated room so remedial works had to take place. Photograph: RTÉ News.

Dáil Clerk pursuing financial contribution from manufacturer with €2m spend forecast

Tega Agberhiere (17) who suffered serious injuries during an acid attack in Waterford. File photograph: Damian Tiernan via Twitter

‘We just want justice for those boys because the injuries are for life; they will be scarred for life’

Of particular note was the rise in deaths from cocaine use from 42 in 2016 to 53 in 2017, an increase of 26 per cent. Photograph: iStock

Report finds a third of drug poisoning deaths in 2017 involved alcohol

The Night Cafe emergency shelter in Dublin run by Merchants Quay Ireland for  homeless people. Photograph: Tom Honan

New mothers being placed into ‘one night only’ emergency accommodation

The arrest rate so far this year stands at just one third of 2018 when 938 drivers were caught on suspicion of intoxication.   File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin.

Christmas road campaign so far finds 264 under influence of alcohol and 37 for drugs

The Lyric FM move from Limerick had formed part of its overhaul plans but prompted a fierce local opposition.

Broadcaster delays move until next September at least following Government request

An  image of the proposed development at the former Techrete site in Howth,  Co Dublin. Image: courtesy Marlet.

Application is the fourth attempt to develop derelict former Techrete site near village’s Dart station

 FAI president Donal Conway at the publication of the association’s  accounts at  Abbotstown in  Dublin last Friday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Siptu does not expect to receive details of nature or extent of job cuts until January

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 more information that’s out there the less likely you will see scandals in the future,’ said John Devitt, chief executive of TI Ireland, which produced the report. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Two local authorities rank lowest in study measuring efforts to curb potential corruption

How would markets react if  Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is elected as prime minister? Photograph: EPA/NEIL HALL

Irish trade figures and new car sales data

A male teenager has died following a collision between a motorbike and a car in Dublin on Friday evening. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The male teenager was driving a motorbike when the crash occurred in Cabra

The Supreme Court ruling was welcomed by Women’s Aid and the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre.

Ruling a positive message for those suffering domestic abuse, Women’s Aid says

Officers also seized a sum of money and a number of debit and credit cards they believe were obtained through the opening of bank accounts using false identities. Photograph: iStock

Arrests come following operation targeting Romanian organised crime group

Part of the Garda haul following the raid.

Items seized include ‘elements of a cannabis grow house’ and substantial amount of cash

Eight migrants discovered ‘hiding’ onboard a cargo ship at a port near Waterford city on Wednesday have been deported to France from Rosslare Europort in Co Wexford (pictured). File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Men, believed to be from Albania, returned to France where they have registered as migrants

The IFA  blocking of the Aldi distribution centre at Naas, Co Kildare, on Thursday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Twelve-hour action at major Aldi distribution centre in Kildare was the latest in long-running series of beef price protests

The Co Kildare club, which has produced top level players including Ireland international Joey Carbery, has said it was now under “serious threat”.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

140-year-old Co Kildare club says it is under ‘serious threat’ due to two claims

The youngest gestational age baby admitted was born at just 23 weeks while the lowest birth weight was less than 500g. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Changes comes due to new early identification system of infection risk at NMH

Ethan O’Brien and Luke McLoughlin at the results of an art competition for  the International Day of People with Disabilities. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Lobbying coalition says €20m in additional annual funding would cover shortfalls

A report published by the Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa)  criticised the institutional setting of the home. Photograph: iStock

Report positive about staff interaction with residents ‘seen to be warm at all times’

Through inaction, Ireland may be in breach of several international rights covenants as well as domestic and Constitutional law.

Inclusion Ireland says Ireland may be in breach of several international rights covenants

The family of Séamus Ludlow. From left: nephew Eoin Larkin, nephew Michael Donelan, nephew Thomas Fox, nephew Brendan Ludlow and solicitor Gavin Booth, Phoenix Law. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Séamus Ludlow was shot in a suspected loyalist paramilitary attack after leaving a Dundalk bar

Half last year’s total business tax receipts came from just 10 companies, believed to include tech giants Apple, Microsoft, Dell, Google and Oracle. Photograph: Paul McErlane/Bloomberg via Getty

Paschal Donohoe will discuss how global economy might affect Irish budgetary policy

Islamic state supporter Lisa Smith could not be stripped of her Irish citizenship in the same way the UK did to one of its own citizens due to a difference in the law between the two countries, a legal conference has heard.   Photograph: BBC

UK-born Shamima Begum had her citizenship revoked by the UK Home Office

A new survey has shown that  87% of people in Ireland had never heard of PrEP. File photograph: Thor Swift/The New York Times

New research shows 87% of survey respondents had never heard of PrEP

The Hyde & Seek creche on Shaw Street, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Parents at a city centre creche worry about finding alternative childcare at short notice

The Hyde & Seek creche on Botanic Road, Glasnevin. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Shortcomings in Hyde & Seek chain highlighted in RTÉ Investigates programme

Farmers protest over beef prices     at St Stephen’s Green, Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins Cllr Padraig Brady

‘There will be no turkeys for Christmas,’ says one farmer, departing Dublin after protests

Many of the tractors in the farmers’ protest in Dublin on Wednesday were said to be those of farming contractors who provide machinery. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

IFA and Beef Plan Movement have no role in events that strangled traffic in Dublin

Some Bank of Ireland customers have expressed concern  that their wages had not arrived in their bank account.

Some customers’ wages were not appearing in accounts

Tractors parked around St Stephen’s Green during the second day of a protest by farmers. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell/The Irish Times

Last tractors leave St Stephen’s Green on Wednesday afternoon after two day of protests

Roddy Doyle  at the Fighting Words centre: ‘Did our grandparents fight for the Leaving Cert? I don’t think so.’ Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Booker Prize-winning author says while Ireland prides itself on creativity the education system almost actively discourages it

In the last 18 months 250 people were trained in the area of frailty care, and they in turn trained 2,500 health care providers. Photograph: Getty

Health care staff training in ‘frailty care’ as part of preparations for ageing population

Munster outhalf JJ Hanrahan  is tackled by Racing 92’s   Virimi Vakatawa during the European Champions Cup Pool 4 game at the weekend.   Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP via Getty Images

Study finds participation in game in Munster more likely to bridge socio-economic divide

Shoppers on Grafton Street in Dublin. The city council has approved its budget for 2020, which includes a 3 per cent rate increase for businesses. Photograph: Artur Widak via Getty

City council approves budget, which will see increase in East Link toll and parking charges

Dell and Abercrombie & Fitch among companies reporting results

Further investigation by gardaí found many of the posters were of Lorraine Clifford-Lee, Fianna Fáil’s candidate in the Dublin Fingal byelection which takes place next Friday.  File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Member of public reported seeing man cutting down posters in Balbriggan

From Sunday, forecasters believe outbreaks of rain in the Munster area will begin in the morning and spread to the north east during the day. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford, Wicklow and Waterford at risk to thundery rain, flooding

President Michael D Higgins:  ‘We more than most should be deeply aware of our moral obligation to welcome those fleeing poverty, famine, persecution, war or natural disaster.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

President made comments while speaking at ceremony honouring 12 Irish emigrants

Nick Henderson of the Irish Refugee Council: “Having a single document that acts as the core of the asylum claim in their own words is really essential.”  Photograph:  Tom Honan

Every step an asylum seeker takes is governed by law that stems from mid-1990s

Heidi Holden, Nick Henderson and Katie Mannion of the Irish Refugee Council. ‘It is not easy to spend a whole day immersing yourself in a story of persecution and suffering,’ says Ms Holden, a case worker. Photograph: Tom Honan

Solicitors and others dealing with harrowing accounts of torture and physical violence

The Government has indicated it will consider all options, including the use of State land for purpose-built models. Photograph: Alan Betson

Rising costs, demand and opposition make the future of accommodation problematic

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: recent comments criticised as a dangerous framing of the complex asylum issue. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Origin and number varies with world events and asylum seekers peaked at 11,634 in 2002

Mr Ross is due to seek Cabinet approval for the laws which would introduce a number of varied speeding offences, as opposed to the current system of €80 fines and three penalty points for any level of excess speed.  Photograph: iStock

Severity of 30km/h proposal would compel people to challenge, road traffic law expert says

In January 2000, Fianna Fáil’s minister for justice John O’Donoghue was on the verge of bringing policy suggestions to Cabinet. His steerage of the issue had been attacked as a ‘shambles’ by the Progressive Democrats, the junior partner in government. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

European pressure was applied to Ireland to change approach to asylum seekers on welfare

The increase in the weekly allowance for asylum seekers in direct provision came nearly six months after Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe announced that the stipend would go up. Photograph: Alan Betson

Two weeks later the increase was announced in budget package for 2019

RTÉ presenter/reporter Zainab Boladale photographed at RTÉ in Donnybrook, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

‘I just felt really, really fed up and irritated that we were still having this conversation’

 Romanians in the back of a freight truck found trying to enter the country at Rosslare Port in 1998. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

Polls reveal anxieties but for every direct provision protest or fire, voices sing support

David Stanton, Minister of State for Immigration, says there is no appetite here to go the way of some other countries that  provide accommodation in ‘sleeping bags and tents’. Photograph: James Forde

Emergency accommodation is costing about €500,000 a week

Daniel Mackey and Peter Coppinger of, last year’s winners of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. Photograph: Dave Meehan

EasyJet and Home Depot to report; and how to handle ethical dilemmas at work

Direct provision: Pierrot Ngadi, one of the first people to go through the system. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

The origins and current realities of Ireland’s method of housing asylum seekers

Judge Martin Nolan said that while the internet had its advantages, the case exposed “the dark side which allows a man sitting in his house to inflict huge amounts of trauma”. Photograph: Adam Peck/PA

Sentencing of Brendan Doolin comes amid debate on need for new legal mechanisms

If it is something you are very concerned about, and if you believe it is a crime, then you should contact gardaí. Illustration: iStock

More than you might think: persistent harassment is a crime online as much as offline

The assaults have targeted those who offer services online, gardaí said.

Violence is used in ‘terrifying incidents’ for the female and male injured parties

Burglars rammed the front of the Deansrath Family Centre in Clondalkin, shortly before children arrived for their breakfast

More than 120 families without services including pre-school breakfast in Clondalkin

‘This must be a priority for the State if it is going to be serious in trying to reverse the six decades of the assimilationist policy,’ said Patrick Nevin, co-ordinator of the Tallaght Travellers Community Development Project. Photograph: Alan Betson/Irish Times

Oireachtas given detailed breakdown of Travellers’ experiences in education system

Road signs will request a 1m overtaking distance between vehicles and cars in areas with speeding limits of under 50 km/h. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Law comes into force from midnight as cyclist groups call for greater infrastructure

Aryzta chairman Gary McGann and CEO Kevin Toland. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Fáilte Ireland to launch tourism strategy; Aryzta agm to address transparency issues

Mia O’Neill (16) died in September.

Gardaí have copy of note naming individuals but are not investigating alleged harassment

Pat Doyle, chief executive of the Peter McVerry Trust said the research will provide ‘robust evidence’  for  the future education strategies of the State. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

Report calls for better student support instead of expelling or suspending pupils

A recent report from media consultants Mediatique found younger people had watched “considerably less TV” in 2018 than two years previously. Photograph: Andrea Obzerova/iStock

Research shows younger viewers abandoning traditional television faster than anticipated

Skye Gyngell and Darina Allen (left) during a demonstration at Ballymaloe Cookery School. Photograph: Eric Luke

Darina Allen talks to women who don’t lunch, while the FT’s Martin Wolf talks transformation

Last refurbished in 1985, the GPO on O’Connell Street, Dublin  is no longer a ‘healthy or appropriate’ work environment, An Post says. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell/The Irish Times

‘Initial estimate to refurbish the GPO is prohibitively expensive,’ An Post says

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

British police issue appeal to Hughes brothers to hand themselves in

John Banville, at home in Howth, Co Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Investigation concludes caller was able to fake Swedish organisation’s phone number

Gardaí have renewed their appeal for witnesses to the fire. File image: Bryan O’Brien / THE IRISH TIMES

The man, in his 30s, was arrested in Donegal on suspicion of arson

Despite accepting the recommendations, PDForra, the soldiers’ representative organisation, said it had reservations and would continue to push for increased allowances for its 8,500 members

PDForra head says ‘executive do not believe that the recommendations go far enough’

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