Douglas Carswell: He said the Irish Government had “played a blinder tactically” in putting the backstop central in the withdrawal agreement but had been “strategically stupid” if its intention was “to bind Britain in” and minimise the consequences of Brexit. Photograph: Getty Images

UK to crash out of EU in October, predicts Douglas Carswell

Trucks and trailers lined up at Rosslare Europort. Photograph: Alan Betson

Site is part of €7.8m spent by the State buying land and developing properties at Dublin port, Dublin airport and Rosslare port

Arlene Foster. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Forged email to Barnier purports to show DUP leader’s support for EU’s Brexit position

Digital researchers found that a fake Irish Facebook account was among 16 used to spread disinformation. Photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

Disinformation campaign believed to be first co-ordinated effort targeting Irish divisions

Freight in Dublin Port. Photograph: Alan Betson

Managers accept invite to discuss credit card spending, Brexit and cruise-ship business

The criminal indictment was filed in the US district court.

Four executives of Canadian-Irish group charged PacNet over alleged mass mail fraud

The board of Dublin Port Company has asked accountants Mazars to carry out an independent review of spending on company credit cards and official entertainment. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Port managers spent €500,000 on flights, restaurants and entertainment

Carlow developer Seán Dunne made an offer to Bertie Ahern in an email that emerged in the recent US court case taken by Mr Dunne’s bankruptcy trustee against the developer and his wife, Gayle Killilea. Photograph: Douglas Healey

Developer offered the then TD a commission for finding a Chinese buyer for the property

Culloville Village crossroads: The UK document specifies 142 areas of joint North-South co-operation, from congenital heart disease to alcohol misuse. Photograph: Alan Betson

UK’s report on 2017 scoping exercise sets out 142 areas of cross-Border co-operation

The fire at the Caiseal Mara Hotel in Moville led to longer-than-intended use of emergency accommodatioin. Photograph: North West Newspix

State to use emergency accommodation for direct provision for longer than intended

US president Donald Trump with schoolchildren in Doonbeg: “Come on, come on, let them up,” he said to the Secret Service agents. Photograph: Abbi Shanahan/Brian Shanahan/Reuters

Trump beckons over Clohanes schoolchildren who sang for him at Doonbeg course

Hugh McNally, a distant cousin of Mr Trump’s vice-president, Mike Pence, managed to secure a one-to-one meeting with the US president on Friday afternoon as he finished his round of golf at his family’s resort. Photograph: Kevin Kenny, Doonbeg Golf Club

Bar owner is distant cousin of US vice-president Mike Pence

Local residents, pupils and teachers from Clohanes National School meeting US President Donald Trump at his golf resort in Doonbeg, Co Clare. Photograph: PA Wire

‘He was asking was there going to be any future presidents there,’ pupil says

Lorcan O’Connor, chief executive of CIÉ,  at Heuston Station, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Interview: Lorcan O’Connor has big plans for easing congestion and improving public transport

Donald  jnr (second right), and Eric Trump (centre),  in Doonbeg,  with   golf resort director of membership Brendan Murphy (in green tie). Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

US president will take to Co Clare links ahead of his chief of staff and Irish ambassador

US president Donald Trump seated beside his wife Melania and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders in the restaurant at his hotel and golf resort in Doonbeg on Thursday evening. Photograph: Stephen Kearon

Ireland’s ambassador to the US Dan Mulhall and Senator Mark Daly in attendance

US president Donald Trump’s sons Eric and Donald Trump jnr visit a local pub in Doonbeg village on Wednesday. Photograph:  Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Eric and Donald jnr claim Irish support for their father’s visit ‘outweighed’ protests ‘by 10 to 1’

 Trump supporter Paul Markham awaits the arrival of the US President in the village of Doonbeg in Co Clare. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

West Clare village abuzz ahead of US president’s arrival at his golf resort on Wednesday

Marine One, carrying US president Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump, comes in to land at Doonbeg, Co Clare. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

High security in Clare as US president spends night at his Doonbeg resort after Varadkar meeting

Gayle Killilea sold  Belgravia House in Englefield Green in Surrey for €10.2 million (£9 million).

Seán Dunne’s US bankruptcy trustee argued house was relevant to case

Gardaí talk to a motorist as they stop drivers outside the entrance to Trump International Golf Links in Doonbeg, Co Clare ahead of a visit of US President Donald Trump. Photograph: Getty Images

West Clare locals see banter and benefits through disruptions from a presidential visit

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with US president Donald Trump  in the Oval Office of the White House during St Patrick’s Day celebrations. Photograph: Jim Young/Reuters

The US has security fears over Chinese telecoms firm due to be part of 5G rollout

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Taoiseach sought meeting with former president despite concerns of officials

About 125,000 driving tests were conducted by the RSA in 2018, with a pass rate of about 53 per cent. Photograph: iStock

Road Safety Authority received 1,705 complaints since 2018 over failed tests

Tommy Haugh carries a US flag to festoon the streets of Doonbeg village ahead of a visit by US president Donald Trump. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Taoiseach not expected among officials joining US president at his Doonbeg golf resort

The incidents are alleged to have happened in Dublin after the province’s Pro14 final victory over Glasgow last month

Man alleged to have been knocked unconscious, while another player urinated in pub

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald was guest speaker at Friends of Sinn Féin’s big fundraising event at the Sheraton Hotel Times Square. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Friends of Sinn Féin takes $5,000 part repayment of loan to Dublin firm for 1916 event

Maria Bailey: claim on radio last week that she was only seeking €7,000 from the hotel to cover her medical expenses. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Group co-operating with review into TD’s now-abandoned personal injury claim

Enda Kenny speaking at the official opening of Facebook offices in Dublin in 2014. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Then-taoiseach told Sheryl Sandberg Ireland would take ‘minimalist’ approach to rules

Marine One. Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Aircraft will take US president between Shannon and Doonbeg, weather permitting

Doonbeg locals Tommy Haugh and Danny Buckley prepare the village for Donald Trump's visit. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Doonbeg cares little about the president’s politics, misogyny or the origins of his money

 Brexit checkpoints under construction at Dublin Port. Photograph: James Forde

State has developed infrastructure at Dublin and Rosslare ports and Dublin airport

The High Court overruled the objections of Promontoria, owned by US private equity giant Cerberus, on Monday, approving a €75,000 write-down on the debts.

High Court overrules fund’s objections and writes €70,000 off firefighter’s mortgage

The final two seats will come down to a battle between Sinn Féin’s incumbent MEP Matt Carthy (above, with Pearse Doherty), Maria Walsh, Peter Casey and, at a push, Saoirse McHugh. Photograph: Michael Mc Laughlin

Transfer-friendliness of contenders tees up long battle for three remaining seats

 MEP candidate Maria Walsh with  party leader and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in Galway earlier this month. Photograph:   Andrew Downes, Xposure

Fine Gael poll-topper’s surplus raises hopes for former Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh

 Mairead McGuinness was elected in Castlebar. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Sitting Fine Gael MEP tops poll with 22 per cent of vote; Matt Carthy in second place

Loans of up to €1.5m are available under the special Government  scheme at a maximum interest rate of 4%. Photograph: Getty Images

Political uncertainty blamed for sanctioning of just one-tenth of the State lending fund

Green Party MEP candidate Saoirse McHugh at Castlebar count centre. Photograph: Michael McLaughlin

Political newcomer overwhelmed by surprise poll and accompanying ‘whirlwind’

 Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon  in her Fitzwilliam Square offices. Dixon wants to extend her role into a second five-year term when her current one ends in September “to continue out the work that we have started”. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Big tech braces for first penalties from Irish regulator under sweeping EU privacy rules

Theresa Lowe and Frank McNamara are seeking to have almost €3 million of their total debts of €3.7 million written off, including the bulk of Tanager’s €2.2 million debt.  Photograph: Tom Honan

Frank McNamara and Theresa Lowe are the latest people to use the personal insolvency law

In January, Trim Circuit Court judge Mary O’Malley Costello approved a personal insolvency arrangement writing down a man’s mortgage from almost €140,000 to €18,500.

Debt-for-equity solution to personal insolvency situation would have set precedent

‘This is not about president Trump; this is about Irish-American relations.’ Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

Minister of State Pat Breen expects security ‘ring of steel’ around Doonbeg golf resort

The Data Protection Commission became Google’s lead data protection regulator under GDPR in late January this year. Photograph: Getty

Regulator to examine suspected infringement in personalised online adverts

US president Donald Trump will visit Co Clare in early June,  the White House said.  Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty

US president to arrive in Shannon on June 5th before attending D-Day ceremonies next day

Following weeks of negotiations, which included differences between the two sides over the location of a possible meeting between US President Donald Trump and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, the White House has indicated   an announcement is imminent.  File photograph:   Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Shannon Airport being considered as a potential venue for a private meeting between the US president and Leo Varadkar

In a detailed briefing today, Simon  Coveney told his Government colleagues that a no-deal Brexit could still be avoided but that the UK government had to come up with a solution and indicate what it wants. File photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

Tánaiste warns Cabinet against relaxing no-deal preparations over coming months

 A file photograph of Theresa Lowe and Frank McNamara at the Launch of Senator Joan Freeman’s  presidential campaign. File photograph: Tom Honan/ The Irish Times.

High Court told couple’s financial woes linked to unpaid music royalties

Facebook’s representation, dating back to Enda Kenny’s time as taoiseach, came as efforts were being made to overhaul data privacy laws across the EU. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Company was worried that big EU states would block Ireland from running one-stop shop on data protection

Email in which developer seeks help from former taoiseach put into evidence in US trial

US president Donald Trump is expected to arrive at Doonbeg on June 5th. Photograph: Yuri Gripas/Reuters

Doonbeg residents say US president would be warmly welcomed due to his support of area

Dromoland Castle, Co Clare: The five-star hotel was included in a recent security sweep by Irish and US officials. Photograph: Rhona Cashman

Hotelier says short lead-in for presidential visit is ‘very rare’ but hotel can accommodate

Seamus Lawless (39) was a part of an eight-member climbing expedition when he went missing after he reportedly fell. Photograph: Seamus Lawless/Facebook

Bray man Seamus Lawless reportedly fell while descending the world’s highest peak

Former senator George Mitchell in Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Former US peace broker heralds arrival of DLA Piper as it plans to grow to 100 jobs

Helen Dixon, head of the Irish Data Protection Commission, said she had not heard of any WhatsApp users contacting the regulator to say they had been directly affected by the hack.

Data commissioner in frequent contact with messaging firm to see if EU users are affected

Under plans being worked on by US officials, Donald Trump may return to Doonbeg from France on June 7th before flying back to the US.

US president in line to come to Ireland in early June after state visit to UK

US president Donald Trump with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the White House last March. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Taoiseach may meet US president at Dromoland Castle between June 5th and 7th

Holyhead was adopting a “suck-it-and-see approach” to dealing with post-Brexit life, the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly heard. Photograph: AFP

Dublin Port bemoans vast expense on preparing for no-deal exit that might not happen

Lord Alf Dubs told the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly  that abortion could be passed into law by Northern Ireland’s devolved assembly if party talks restored the power-sharing government in Belfast. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty Images

Gathering hears argument that human rights ‘not a devolved matter’

Andrew Rosindell: ‘A completely fresh start is needed, and this time it will be a different type of negotiation.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

UK politicians at British-Irish assembly in Wicklow want new leader and new approach

Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook: The  company announced plans last year to add a further 5,000 jobs to its Irish operation in the coming years, with a move to a new headquarters in Ballsbridge, Dublin. Photograph: Lino Mirgeler/AFP/Getty Images

Taoiseach wrote to tech executive pledging to help social media giant ‘realise your plans’

Minister for Communications Richard Bruton at the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly in the Druids Glen Hotel, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

FF to press Ministers on whether the decision on contract with private firm is reversible

DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson  said: ‘We need to get to a place where we agree that there were things that went wrong and should never have happened and we move on’. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Brexit and centenaries will bring ‘five years of difficult discussion’, says DUP MP

Minister for Climate Action Richard Bruton is pictured at a meeting of the  British Irish Parliamentary Assembly at  the Druids Glen Hotel in Co Wicklow. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Bruton warns businesses they face issues if changes not made to address global warming

Minister for Communications Richard Bruton declined to comment on the estimate given last week by Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed, who said the bidder was investing almost €200 million of equity in the plan. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister declines to say how much cash the consortium is investing

The Royal Princess, the luxury cruise liner,  berthed in Dublin in 2018. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Ross tells Arlene Foster Cork and Belfast trying to fill gap left by Dublin’s ship limits

Social Democrats TD Catherine Murphy is believed to be considering a range of possibilities and seeking advice on her options in relation to the commission of inquiry. Photograph: Alan Betson

Politician to resist efforts to reveal source of details behind Dáil statements on O’Brien

Ophir Kariv, the Israeli ambassador, described the Occupied Territories Bill as ‘the most extreme, anti-Israel piece of legislation in the western world’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Israel’s envoy accuses boycott supporters of pushing an anti-Israel agenda

Sarah McTernan will represent Ireland in the Eurovision  in Tel Aviv. Photograph: Lili Forberg

Campaigners reject claims they are being ‘anti-Israel’ and say they are not extremist

US Democrats John Delaney, Beto O’Rourke and Joe Biden who all aim to be the party’s presidential candidate next year. Photographs: Christopher Goodney, Lucy Nicholson, Joe Buglewicz/Bloomberg, Reuters

Biden’s claim to be ‘only real Irish man’ in 2020 race for White House has set off jovial debate

Gardaí made four arrests after an attack on a Dublin taxi driver. Stock image: Alan Betson

Four arrests after driver ‘overpowered and seriously assaulted' in Crumlin on Monday

   Ann Flynn with her daughter Norma Flynn and grandson Tadhg Gleeson at the memorial in Donadea Forest Park to her Kildare-born US marine son Liam Flynn who was killed in 2015. Photograph: Alan Betson

Mother of special forces soldier killed in 2015 helicopter crash in ‘no man’s land’ over move

A survey of recently returned Irish citizens last year found that applying for driving licences was among the biggest challenges they experienced after moving home. Photograph: iStock

Rise in UK licence exchanges delaying driver training for applicants from US and Canada

The driver had a phone and cash stolen in the incident on Monday morning. File photograph: Alan Betson

Four youths questioned over incident in early hours of Monday

Publican Louis Fitzgerald said his staff were spending hours every day travelling long distances to and from work because of a shortage of affordable housing. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Housing crisis affecting staff, businessman behind some of Dublin’s leading bars says

Bankrupt developer Seán Dunne and his wife, Gayle Killilea. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Long-running action against Carlow developer and wife goes before jury in Connecticut

Champion jockey Ruby Walsh, who announced his retirement during this week’s Punchestown Festival. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Price proves irrelevant as racing punters enjoy good times again at Co Kildare track

The watchdog is investigating the FAI after it emerged   its chief executive John Delaney gave the association a €100,000 loan to cover a cash shortfall at the organisation in 2017

Watchdog asks High Court to decide on football body’s ‘legally privileged’ records

 Punchestown Festival on Friday where two industry representatives met  the agriculture counsellor at the Irish permanent representation to the EU in Brussels. Photograph: PA Wire

Irish and British officials meet at Punchestown to discuss how UK exit will affect racing

Fine Gael TD Fergus O’Dowd, Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan and Garda Commissioner Drew Harris. Photograph: Simon Carswell

Police chief seeks to reassure public over escalating violence in Co Louth town

Support for Ireland remaining in the EU rose above 90 per cent for the first time last year, to 92 per cent. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA

Survey for pro-EU group shows support for EU membership at highest level in six years

Ruby Walsh celebrates winning the Coral Punchestown Gold Cup on Kemboy at Punchestown. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Gold Cup win on favoured turf caps 24-year career for Kildare native Ruby Walsh

 John de Chastelain in  Dublin. “The public wished to see the instruments of their pain being dismantled in a such a way that they could say, ‘well. now we know it is all done’.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Former decommissioning chief says any hardening of Border due to Brexit ‘a tremendous shame’

Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan and Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald:  The party believes the British government should legislate at Westminster for abortion, same-sex marriage and an Irish language act for the North if the DUP refuses to agree. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Mary Lou McDonald calls for ‘plan B’ in case talks to restore powersharing fail

Property developer Seán Dunne and his wife, Gayle Killilea.

Wife of bankrupt developer lists law professor and retired US judge as expert witnesses

Sir Anthony O’Reilly: says he is married to a Bahamian citizen and has been a permanent resident in the Bahamas for more than 20 years. Photograph:  ©INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan

Businessman seeks court order on Bahamian bankruptcy to block former nurse’s claim

US congressman Richard Neal said the UK and EU must preserve the sanctity of the Belfast Agreement. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Congressman warns Brussels an accord is unlikely if it would imperil Belfast Agreement

Leo Varadkar  and Nancy Pelosi at Government Buildings, Dublin. Ms Pelosi indicated she would look at the possibility of attaching the Irish visa Bill to a routine funding Bill being passed by Congress. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Democrat says she will help renewed push in Congress to pass extension of E3 visas to Irish

From left to right: DUP MP Gavin Robinson, party leader Arlene Foster, MEP candidate Diane Dodds and Westminster leader Nigel Dodds launch Mrs Dodds’s campaign for the European election. Photograph: Michael McHugh/PA Wire

Party’s social media commercials are being shown mostly to people over the age of 55

Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi talks with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Government Buildings in Dublin. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne - Pool/Getty Images

Taoiseach tells Nancy Pelosi at State dinner the Belfast Agreement is ‘still unfulfilled’

European Research Group chairman Jacob Rees-Mogg was involved in “frank exchanges” on the Border issue with the US delegation, led by Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Visiting delegation attempts to disabuse ERG of ‘conspiracy-type thinking’ in heated talks

US House of Representatives speaker Nancy Pelosi makes a speech at Iveagh House, Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Democratic leader warns that UK-US trade is ‘not in the cards’ if peace deal is undermined

US House of Representatives speaker Nancy Pelosi addressing the London School of Economics in London. Photographer: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

US House of Representatives speaker in London ahead of Ireland trip

‘Unfortunately, some [businesses] will react by postponing any preparations.’ Photograph: Revenue

Traders unlikely to hire new staff to handle Brexit arrangements in absence of clarity

A file photograph of trucks waiting for a ferry to Dublin in Holyhead, Wales last October. File image: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images.

Anti-trafficking work by UK immigration officials saw some waiting over an hour at port

 Kevin O’Connell: he expressed confusion at how Ian Drennan  could submit a 3,000-page report to the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation on the failed investigation but not a 415-page report to the committee

Former official tells watchdog he is ‘at a loss’ over why report cannot be submitted to Oireachtas

Kevin O’Connell, a former legal adviser with the ODCE,  admitted shredding relevant papers in the case in a moment of ‘panic’. Photograph: Collins Courts

Ex-ODCE adviser wants to know why watchdog did not submit Seán FitzPatrick trial report

British prime minister Theresa May  during a news conference following the EU  leaders’ summit in  Brussels where the Brexit extension was announced. Photograph:  Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

Haulage association says extra six months is an opportunity for the Government and State agencies to refine contingency planning

 Dublin Port: The new charges and restrictions will apply from June 1st to one of three container terminals at the port. Photograph: Alan Betson

State’s busiest port reduces ‘dwell time’ for freight to free up capacity ahead of UK exit

Billy Kelleher (above) said  Dáil had to find a mechanism to provide Ian Drennan with ‘some form of immunity’. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Fianna Fáil deputy calls failure to publish report ‘an outrageous affront’ to democracy

Ships in Dublin Port being loaded with goods for export. File photo. Photographer: Dara MacDonaill

Haulier group says State will not cope with no deal regardless of customs registrations

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