David Drumm: the discovery of the taped phone calls was “quite significant”. Photograph: Collins Courts

Gerard Walsh believes case shows ‘following orders’ defence will not work anymore

Former chief executive of Anglo Irish Bank David Drumm: multimillion annual salary and bonuses from Anglo sustained him in a luxurious lifestyle. Photograph: Collins Courts

Dubliner’s personal fortune was wrapped up in his efforts to keep ailing bank open

A coloured scanning electron micrograph of a cell of a cervical carcinoma. File photograph: Getty Images

HSE phones woman to apologise while she is getting post-cancer-treatment wig

John Concannon: will retain the assistant secretary pay grade of between €122,313 and €139,728  for his new appointment. Photograph: Alan Betson

After move to new post civil servant’s official title will be director general of Global Ireland

Outgoing president of the Confederation of British Industry Paul Drechsler said the problems around Brexit were so great that solutions could not be delayed until October.

Paul Drechsler, outgoing president of CBI, warns of ‘another moment of danger’

David Drumm arriving at the Criminal Courts of Justice  in Dublin on Wednesday where Judge Karen O’Connor jailed him for conspiracy to defraud and false accounting. Photograph: Collins Courts

Judge says former banker engaged in ‘grossly reprehensible behaviour’ in 2008 conspiracy

Former Anglo Irish Bank chief David Drumm’s position as the highest-ranking executive at Anglo weighed heavily in the judge’s ruling. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Former chief’s jail term reflects lead role at Anglo but others are serving longer in UK, US

David Drumm, arriving at the Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin on Wednesday for  his sentencing hearing. Photograph: Collins Courts

It took years to bring former Anglo chief to justice and he had to endure an excruciating wait of his own for his sentence

David Drumm arrives at the Criminal Courts of Justice on Parkgate Street in Dublin  for his sentencing hearing. Photograph: Collins Courts

Former chief executive is most senior Anglo official to be convicted

 Minister for Children Katherine Zappone  said the report made for “difficult reading”.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Damning health watchdog report calls for urgent action at child protection agency

Eva Boyle, an inspector manager in Hiqa’s children’s team, told a press conference that investigators raised concerns about 10 cases within the sample of 164 closed cases to Tusla’s management for reopening. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

Report by the State health watchdog found evidence of poor record-keeping

Hiqa investigated the mishandling of a false allegation against Garda whistleblower Sergeant Maurice McCabe. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Hiqa says systems failures in State’s child protection agency pose a risk to children

Marian House, which is located next to the congregation’s headquarters, Kimmage Manor, is due to close.

Spiritans, founders of Blackrock College and Rockwell, to shut Marian House in Dublin

The Health Service Executive  has dealt with more than 25,000 calls since the CervicalCheck crisis began. File photograph: Getty Images

Provider contracted laboratories to take out insurance for at least €22.6m per claim

Developer Seán Dunne. On July 10th, a US court will hear  an application from Mr Dunne’s bankruptcy trustee seeking an additional loan to fund the investigation and administration of Mr Dunne’s bankruptcy estate.

Approval sought for $250,000 loan from Nama and Ulster Bank to fund investigation

Niall Burgess, secretary general, at Iveagh House: “It is about putting the right people with the right skills into the right place at the right time.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Niall Burgess identifies gaps in Spanish and Chinese as missions set to increase

Tokyo, Japan: the country is Ireland’s biggest trading partner in Asia  but it is one of the most expensive locations in the Irish network of 80 overseas diplomatic missions

New building will be biggest ever capital investment by Department of Foreign Affairs

Vicky Phelan who settled a High Court action after her cancer was missed in a smear test three years before she was diagnosed. Photograph: Collins Courts

Officials warn disclosures ‘could be more harmful than beneficial’ amid smear test inquiry

Dr Gabriel Scally, who is carrying  out a scoping enquiry into the CervicalCheck screening programme, said most records requested by him only landed on his desk at the end of last week. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Failures and delays to disclose have hampered scoping inquiry right from the start

Trinity College Dublin says Hillary Clinton will receive an honorary degree from the university and deliver a public lecture on Friday, June 22nd. Photograph: Getty Images

Former candidate and man she claims cost her 2016 election visit on Friday of next week

Dr Gabriel Scally: his inquiry will not be able to meet its deadline of a final report by the end of June. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Department and HSE under fire for late handover and format of documents

Dr Gabriel Scally: found it “disappointing and unclear” why records prepared in electronic form were not handed over in that format, making it impossible to search them. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Stephen Teap ‘extremely disappointed’ at ‘drip-feed’ and ‘last-minute paper-bombing’

Graffiti is seen on  well-known Irish bar and restaurant Brownes Irish Market in Kansas City, which claims to be the oldest Irish business in North America. Photograph: Brownes Irish Market

‘Immigrants not welcome’ sprayed on Brownes Irish Market, which was founded in 1887

 Cypriot foreign minister Nikos Christodoulides  welcomes  Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Simon Coveney at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nicosia, Cyprus, at the weekend. Photograph: Katia Christodoulou/EPA

Taoiseach says Government always viewed October as deadline for Border deal

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: “There shouldn’t be any delay in providing patients with their medical records.” Photograph: Laura Hutton/PA Wire

Varadkar says retrieving medical records ‘not as simple as taking book out of library’

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with Tánaiste Simon Coveney at the launch of the Global Ireland 2025 plan in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Ukraine, Morocco among new embassies and consulate for LA under global expansion

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said we ‘don’t need 4,000 GPs to provide this service’.   Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Varadkar is not concerned that GPs might seek to block roll-out of abortion next year

Former Anglo Irish Bank executive David Drumm: guilty of two fraud charges after denying arranging dishonest or fraudulent multibillion-euro transfers to boost the failed Irish lender’s books in the months before it went bust. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Conviction of Anglo’s most senior executive a message to white-collar criminals

UK Brexit secretary David Davis, a hard Brexiteer who threatened resignation if the backstop was not time-limited. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

And what exactly is this ‘backstop’ solution that people are talking about?

Minister for Culture Josepha Madigan has already proposed in a Private Members’ Bill to reduce the waiting time for a divorce from four years to two. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Josepha Madigan claims there is an ‘appetite’ to deal with the issue in legislation

DUP leader Arlene Foster has criticisedTaoiseach Leo Varadkar’s decision to open the Féile an Phobail festival in Belfast. Photograph: Eric Luke

DUP leader concerned about message of opening event linked to prison officer killing

 Katie Taylor said she had been appalled “by the misuse of my name and image during the reporting of this incident. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

‘You didn’t deserve this heartache; I’m so sorry for your loss’, she told family of Bobby Messett who was shot dead

Former Anglo Irish Bank executive David Drumm outside Dublin’s Central Criminal Court, after he was found guilty of two fraud charges. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Conviction of former chief executive most significant in nine-year Anglo investigation

 Former chief executive of Anglo Irish Bank David Drumm (51) leaves the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court  where he was found guilty of conspiracy to defraud. Photograph: Collins Courts

This was the third courtroom banker has been defeated in over the past four years

David Drumm outside Dublin’s Central Criminal Court after he was found guilty. Photo:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Banker faces potentially a long jail term on conspiracy to defraud and up to 10 years for false accounting

Former chief executive  of Anglo Irish Bank, David Drumm (51), with an address in Skerries, Co Dublin,  at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on Wednesday, as the jury were still deliberating on a verdict in his fraud trial. Photograph: Collins Courts

Most damaging fallout of sit-it-out strategy was five months in maximum-security jail

Michael Bloomberg, right, pictured at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland meeting Dermot Desmond and Prof John Hyland, president of the RCSI. Photograph: Julien Behal Photography

Businessman-turned-politician says future president needs skills to get elected and govern

Failure to agree a deal on the withdrawal by the UK’s formal exit from the EU on March 29th, 2019, could provide “the kind of salutary shock that would be needed for both sides to get their acts together”, claims Sir Michael Leigh.

UK consultants do not see an invisible border being agreed until deal on EU-UK trade

 David Drumm leaving court in March. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Drumm remanded on bail until June 20th for sentencing after ‘humanitarian’ plea

The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, has been increasing pressure on London to propose more concrete solutions in time for the summit. Photograph: EPA/BALAZS MOHAI

Irish officials expect new British proposals on Border this week

Tony O’Brien, former director general of the HSE: got approval from shareholders in Evofem at its annual meeting in San Diego on May 8th to acquire 2,057 shares, two days before he stepped down from HSE role. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Sign-off agreed on director share-buying at US firm as cancer controversy deepened

Bill Flynn (right) in New York with then Northern Ireland deputy first minister Seamus Mallon, in 2000. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA

Irish-American businessman a pivotal player in building political support in US for pact

 DUP leader Arlene Foster: “For us our only red line is that we are not treated any different from the rest of the United Kingdom, that there are no trade barriers put up between Northern Ireland and our biggest market, which, of course, is Great Britain.”  Photograph: PA Wire

Leader Arlene Foster rejects plan for special joint EU-UK status for Northern Ireland

Men place candles during a candlelight vigil for the victims of the Berkeley balcony collapse in Berkeley, California. Photograph: Reuters/ Elijah Nouvelage

US firm said Dublin students who stepped off deck before it fell were among settlements

The flag of Kazakhstan. A premises for an embassy had been lined up close to Fitzwilliam Square in Dublin. Photograph: Getty Images

Diplomat rejects suggestion his government applied to open consulate in Ireland

DUP MP Sammy Wilson said  none of the mooted proposals had been discussed with his party. File image: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images

Brexiteer MP Sammy Wilson says reported David Davis proposals were ‘at best contradictory’

Britain’s Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union  David Davis. Photograph: Getty

Department of Foreign Affairs urges UK to engage with EU ‘in a more detailed way’

Gerry Adams , Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald,  and Sinn Féin vice-president Michelle O’Neill in Gormanstown, Co Meath. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Filings show the bulk of the money came from annual dinner in New York

Tánaiste Simon Coveney said at this stage of Brexit negotiations, Ireland needs to be protected. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Tánaiste jokes that one of his English uncles voted to leave EU – ‘the one I don’t talk to’

Emma Mhic Mhathúna: “Nobody knows what they are doing, it is not co-ordinated and what is going to happen is everyone is going to get frustrated.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Terminally ill woman says travel and cost of childcare to make appointments taking toll

Dr Andrew O’Regan from Medical Alliance for the Eighth. Photograph: Collins

Medics call on Harris to extend protections for conscientious objectors in legislation

Vicky Phelan: sued the HSE and the lab for missing her cancer in a 2011 smear test. She was diagnosed with cancer in 2014. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Emails show department queried screening service’s view of Limerick woman’s action

Siobhán Donohue, Amy Walsh, Aoife Lowry, Gaye Edwards and Caroline McCarthy of Terminations for Medical Reasons, and master of the National Maternity Hospital Rhona Mahony. Photograph: Maxwell

Campaigners for terminations for medical reasons overwhelmed by landslide vote

The HSE contacted the woman yesterday and agreed to meet her at her home early next month.

Woman told two smear tests which initially showed no abnormalities were wrong

Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon: from Friday she will have attention-grabbing fines at her disposal. Photograph: Seán Breithaupt and Yvette Monahan/Getty Images

Helen Dixon says her office needs to at least double to cope with its expected workload

Emma Mhic Mhathúna: “I am terminally ill, and I need the money now, to set things up for my children. I can’t afford to be waiting around.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

‘I need the money now, not when I’m dead,’ says terminally ill woman on plans for court

Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon:  “We wouldn’t be investigating if we didn’t think there was a basis to investigate.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Commissioner preparing to investigate alleged data breach at media company

Vicky Phelan said  John Gleeson still had questions to answer about his role in the failure to tell affected women and to conceal audit results from the families of patients who had died. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Cancer-screening service intended to tell medics, but not patients, of audit results

Fine Gael TD Kate O’Connell told health officials: “In the world of science, we like to separate fact and feelings.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Health official tells PAC she had no idea news of diagnoses had not been passed on

New legal actions heap pressure on response to CervicalCheck controversy

Labour TD Alan Kelly expressed dismay that the only achievement in six months since a colposcopists’ meeting in terms of informing women about the clinical audit was “a leaflet” for patients.

Newly released records show doctors were unhappy onus was on them to tell women

Stephanie O’Keeffe, the HSE’s national director of health and wellbeing, said she did not know most patients were not being told about issues with smear tests until Vicky  Phelan’s case emerged. File photograph: Aidan Crawley.

Programme’s manager concedes mistake in not telling women of incorrect smear tests

Vicky Phelan arriving at the Dail prior to her appearance before the Public Accounts Committee earlier this week. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Six out of 11 women in Limerick not told of audit until after Vicky Phelan case settled

Vicky Phelan and Stephen Teap arriving at  Leinster House on Wednesday afertnoon. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Terminally-ill Limerick woman seeking accountability over CervicalCheck scandal

Vicky Phelan arriving at the Dail prior to her appearance before the Public Accounts Committee on Wednesday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Doctors were being ‘put at a disadvantage’ in deciding who should or should not be told

Dr Tony Holohan, chief medical officer at the  Department of Health, is due to appear before the Oireachtas health committee today. Photograph: Eric Luke

Vicky Phelan and Stephen Teap to appear before Public Accounts Committee

Dr Tony Holohan, the State’s chief medical officer, was among the senior officials who were aware of CervicalCheck’s policy on communicating the cancer audit results two years ago. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Doctors told of limits on applying policy for screening services with ‘inherent error rate’

Orla Kelly of Cantillons Solicitors in Cork: “Some people are terminal, they need treatment, and they need the money now to invest in medical care.” Photograph: Diane Cusack Orla Kelly of Cantillons Solicitors in Cork: “Some people are terminal, they need treatment, and they need the money now to invest in medical care.” Photograph: Diane Cusack

Solicitor urges Taoiseach to clarify how State will take over women’s cases against US labs

Dr Gabriel Scally, the independent chair of a scoping inquiry into the CervicalCheck controversy. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

Doctor expresses concern about difficulties he has met in carrying out scoping inquiry

Dr Colm Henry  said he regrets taking at face value Prof Gráinne  Flannelly’s assurances that women would be told of false smear test results,  and regrets assuming that “people were following through on what they told me they were doing”. File photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Email shows clinical director regretted any ‘perceived lack of clarity’ in cancer review

Minister for Health Simon Harris: locals in his home town of Greystones will meet on Sunday at 2pm at the South Beach Car Park to protest at the healthcare failures, Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA

People to take to streets in Greystones and Dublin over CervicalCheck failings

The PAC’s vice-chairman, Labour TD Alan Kelly, insisted that its work would continue. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Public Accounts Committee will continue to hold hearings on CervicalCheck controversy

Chief medical officer  Dr Tony Holohan: both Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Health Simon Harris  expressed confidence in the Government’s most senior adviser on health matters.  Photograph: Dave Meehan

All involved in cancer screening controversy will have to account for actions, says Taoiseach

Stephen and Irene Teap with their two children Noah, age 3 and Oscar, age 5. Irene Teap died last year after receiving incorrect cervical cancer screening results. Picture supplied by Stephen Teap /Facebook

Stephen Teap asks: should Leo Varadkar have known about the 2016 memos?

Limerick woman Vicky Phelan pictured with her solicitor  Cian O’Carroll outside the Four Courts recently. Photograph: Collins

Memos show health chief told in 2016 disclosure of false tests still only a possibility

Dr Gabriel Scally will engage directly with  affected women or their next of kin as part of the inquiry into the smear test scandal.  Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA

Scoping inquiry buys Minister time to consider ways of holding a part-public inquiry

Minister for Health Simon Harris: “We don’t want to go down a big tribunal route that will go on forever and ever.”  Photograph: Tom Honan

Simon Harris explores how to hold ‘bespoke’ inquiry to permit women to testify in public

 Minister for Health Simon Harris: ‘I think it should just be condemned by everybody’. Photograph: Tom Honan.

Posters depicting Minister’s face alongside aborted foetus erected near his Wicklow home

Minister for Health Simon Harris:  said he was not aware of any other issues or scandals relating to the CervicalCheck but could not say for certain.

Less than half the women calling CervicalCheck helpline have received a call back

Ciarán Breen (centre), director of the State Claims Agency, arriving at Leinster House for a meeting of the Oireachtas finance committee. Photograph: Tom Honan

State agency says it cannot accept liability for smear tests carried out by US laboratories

Ciarán Breen (C) - Director of the State Claims Agency pictured arriving at a meeting of the Oireachtas finance committee on Tuesday. Photograph: Tom Honan

Sinn Féin TD accuses State Claims Agency of acting like Pontius Pilate by ‘washing hands’ of women

Vicky Phelan pictured with her solicitor Cian O Carroll outside the Four Courts. Photograph: Collins

Lawyer for terminally ill woman rejects agency’s assurances to treat cases sensitively

Dr Tony Holohan, chief medical officer at the Department of Health, and Dr Colm Henry, chief clinical officer at the HSE. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney Collins

Profiles of chief clinical officer of HSE and chief medical officer at Department of Health

From left,  Dr Jerome Coffey, director, National Cancer Control Programme, Dr Tony Holohan, chief medical officer, Department of Health, and Dr Colm Henry, the HSE’s chief clinical officer,  at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Dr Colm Henry said he took assurances that patients were being informed ‘at face value’

Minister for Health Simon Harris met Opposition spokespersons on health yesterday to discuss the shape and the scope of an inquiry into the delayed diagnosis issue. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

‘Scoping exercise’ before Government decides on commission of investigation

Tony O’Brien, director-general of the HSE, arriving  for a meeting of the Joint Committee on Health, on issues  surrounding the CervicalCheck Programme, at Leinster House on Wednesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Varadkar backs Minister’s consent granted to O’Brien to take up board role at US firm

HSE director general Tony O’Brien became a board member  Evofem Biosciences on January 17th, almost two months before he publicly announced he would be leaving the HSE in August. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

O’Brien received ‘written consent’ to take up role months before finishing at HSE

Tony O Brien, HSE director general: will receive fees totalling $65,000 (€54,000) a year from his work for San Diego-based Evofem Biosciences, a female contraceptive manufacturer. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

O’Brien joined female contraceptive maker before he announced he was leaving HSE

EU chief negotiator on Brexit Michel Barnier speaking to journalists in Newry on Monday. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

EU’s Brexit negotiator presses British for rapid agreement as DUP raises temperature

EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier speaking at the All-Island Civic Forum on Brexit at  the Dundalk Institute of Technology. Photograph:  EPA/Paul McErlane

Varadkar and Barnier put further pressure on UK to suggest detailed border solutions

EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier and  Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at   the  All-Island Civic Forum in Dundalk on Monday. Photograph: EPA/Paul McErlane

EU’s Brexit negotiator responds to DUP leader by saying there is ‘no spirit of revenge’

Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar attending an all All-Island Civic Dialogue on Brexit in Dundalk. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

EU’s chief negotiator says preparations must be made for no agreement on visit to Border area

Minister for Health Simon Harris: the Government will hold a statutory inquiry into the CervicalCheck issue.

HSE says 162 women not told of delayed diagnosis

Vicky Phelan from Annacotty, Co Limerick, was not told about an incorrect 2011 smear test until September 2017, despite a 2014 audit by CervicalCheck showing that the test was wrong. Photograph: Collins Courts

Dr Gráinne Flannelly told Limerick gynaecologist to file audited test results instead

Vicky Phelan  speaking to the media outside the Four Courts on Tuesday. Photograph: Collins Courts

Director general says sorry to Vicky Phelan for delay in being told about incorrect test

David Lidington said London was ‘very determined’ that there should be progress by the next EU summit at the end of June. Photograph: PA

Lidington ‘very determined’ to agree solution but October deadline remains for Brexit deal

Vicky Phelan, from Annacotty, Co Limerick,  speaks to the media on leaving the Four Courts  after the announcement of a settlement of her High Court action for damages. Photograph: Collins Courts

Vicky Phelan row: Simon Harris orders review of screening to ensure best practice

Vicky and Jim Phelan from Annacotty, Co Limerick, leaving the Four Courts on Tuesday after the announcement of a settlement of their High Court action for damages. Photograph: Collins Courts

CervicalCheck director and Limerick doctor clashed over who should tell affected women

Recommendations made by the Timber Industry Brexit Forum include interchangeable customs officials and mutual recognition of customs officials and police. Photograph: iStock

Copy measures in use on US-Canadian and Norwegian-Swedish borders, report suggests

The corporate watchdog wants to find out why it appears data was removed from INM’s premises and subjected to a months-long “interrogation” on the instruction of the then INM chairman, Leslie Buckley,  above. Photograph: Alan Betson

Claims of journalists’ emails being accessed raise ‘very serious public interest issues’

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