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

Former chairman  of Anglo Irish Bank Seán FitzPatrick leaving court in 2012. Mr FitzPatrick was accused of providing false information to Anglo Irish Bank auditors Ernst & Young, now EY, over his loans at the bank. Photograph: Eric Luke

State watchdog withdraws offer of report on FitzPatrick trial over legal protection fears

 EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier: EU and Irish officials will find “operational solutions” to check goods moving south into the Republic while maintaining an open border. Photograph:  Charles McQuillan

EU would provide technical aid for customs training but costs of personnel to fall on State

Minister for Health Simon Harris during a Healthy Ireland Campaign event  at Richmond Barracks, Inchicore, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister defends decision as 80,000 women forced to wait up to 33 weeks for results

Books in the Law Library in the Four Courts, Dublin. Photograph: David Sleator

One in seven solicitors on 19,000-strong Irish register are English and Welsh lawyers

Theresa May promised on a visit to Belfast in February to review the concerns of Irish citizens in Northern Ireland about how British immigration rules treat their rights to be Irish under the 1998 Belfast Agreement.  Photograph: Getty Images

Equality official urges UK to be ‘open and transparent’ in assessing rights for Northern Irish

EU Brexit chief negotiator Michel Barnier, who will meet Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney and Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe in Dublin on Monday. Photograph: Jean-Francois Monier/AFP/Getty Images

EU negotiator Michel Barnier due in Dublin to discuss no-deal plans with Government

Gerard Hogan, advocate general of the European Court of Justice. Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography

EU advocate general Gerard Hogan says exit may ‘rupture’ Anglo-Irish legal ties

Northern Secretary Karen Bradley. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Northern Secretary appears to suggest Irish citizens in North could not vote in Border poll

New customs posts in Dublin Port. Photograph: Jason Forde

If Brexit happens companies who have not registered will not be able to move goods in and out of Britain

Minister of State for European Affairs Helen McEntee said the Government has been ‘actively exploring ways in which we can protect access to EU entitlements for Irish citizens in Northern Ireland wherever possible’ if there is a hard Brexit. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

“Government ‘actively seeking’ outcome of UK review promised by Theresa May

EU and Irish officials are exploring the possibility of carrying out “factory gate” customs checks. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Major recruitment of customs officers needed to manage farm- or factory-gate checks

People take part in an anti-Brexit rally at the Irish border near Carrickcarnan, Co Louth in January. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Department of Agriculture says it will be ready for food inspections if there is no deal

Border Communities Against Brexit holding protests on Old Belfast Road, on the northern side of the Border, on Saturday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Academic calls for special arrangements in talks to protect rights of Irish in the North

Seán Quinn’s daughters Aoife, Brenda, Colette and Ciara outside the Four Courts. Photograph: Collins Courts

End of labyrinthine litigation marks generational shift in family’s battle with bank

Seán Quinn’s daughters, Aoife, Brenda, Colette and Ciara, and son Seán jnr, have agreed a deal with the State-owned Irish Bank Resolution Corporation. Photograph: Collins Courts

Judgment of €440m to be stayed if Quinn children help IBRC secure property portfolio

Les Allamby, chief commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Activist calls for UK to clarify changes to law, says it creates ‘two tiers of Irish citizens’

Port of Cork could handle a ferry service or two to the UK most likely to Fishguard, Swansea or Bristol immediately after a no-deal Brexit.

Port of Cork could handle traffic for 12 weeks but needs €500,000 to make preparations

‘If judges are taken off the pitch, it could have problems for the practical administration of justice.’ Photograph: Nicolas Nadjar

Chief justice issues warning after Government moves to allow public inquiries

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Mr Justice Frank Clarke, AG Séamus Woulfe and Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland Sir Declan Morgan after a panel discussion, Judicial co-operation after Brexit. Photograph: Alan Betson

Irish-British judicial co-operation ‘won’t be perfect’ after UK’s exit, warns Chief Justice

‘MV Laureline’ in Dublin Port ahead of its first direct journey to mainland Europe on Friday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

‘MV Laureline’ has 5.4 km of lorry space to meet new demand for UK-bypassing freight

The case demonstrates the use of personal insolvency arrangements in family law case settlements. Photograph: iStock

Arrangement involves some debts being repaid with help from wife’s parents

Michael Dixon, of Dixon Transport,  in a   warehouse   full of   goods because of Brexit. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Surge in demand for space in Dublin as firms seek to protect supplies in case of a disorderly UK exit

Personal loans of €2.65 million owing by the 65-year-old woman to consumer lender Cabot Financial are being written off in exchange for a once-off payment of €1,432. Photograph: iStock

Deal reached as part of 65-year-old’s personal insolvency arrangement

The largest number of extra staff are being deployed at Dublin Port , the country’s busiest port. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Additional 400 staff in place for UK’s original exit date as more businesses prepare for exit

Molly Martens, above, Jason Corbett’s second wife, who along with her father Thomas Martens, a retired FBI agent, was convicted of second-degree murder in the death of the 39-year-old Limerick man  in 2015. File photograph: Donnie Roberts/The Dispatch

Sister of murdered Limerick man says ruling removes his children from Martens family

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade  Simon Coveney: had 192 letters from the public between November and February about the UK’s departure from the EU. Photograph: Yves Herman

Complaints, queries and comments dominate correspondence to Coveney on UK exit

Prime Minister Theresa May making her statement on Brexit to the House of Commons. Photograph:  PA

Three junior ministers resign before defying whip to back amendment tabled by Tory Oliver Letwin

The information leaflets say that avoiding a hard border remains a priority for the Government “in all circumstances”. Photographer: Bryn Colton/Bloomberg

Leaflets distributed to 5,000 public offices to help public prepare for UK’s exit from EU

US senator Chris Murphy: ‘I worry that the only voice that is getting through in the Brexit debate is [Trump’s].’ Photograph: James Forde

Connecticut Democrat Chris Murphy says UK ‘cannot compromise sanctity’ of peace

Jockey Paul Townend and trainer Willie Mullins with the Gold Cup following the winning ride on Al Boum Photo in the Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty

Trainer savours moment of respect from English punters in Brexit-tarnished times

Trainer Willie Mullins, the biggest transporter of horses to Cheltenham this year, says he is ’not at all’ worried about the UK’s exit from the EU and the potential impact it might have on the movement of animals. File photograph: David Davies/PA Wire.

Cheltenham’s most successful trainer says racing will manage changes from UK exit

Racegoers  at Cheltenham Racecourse. One local hotel orders up to 20 times its usual supply of kegs for the week of the festival. Photograph: Glyn Kirk / AFP/Getty Images

Hoteliers and retailers worry what Brexit might mean for jump racing’s biggest festival

Horse trainer Terence O’Brien from Carrigtwohill, Co Cork, in the winners’ enclosure after his horse Articulum came third at 25-1 in the Arkle Chase. Photograph: Simon Carswell

‘If you have a horse good enough, you will put it through,’ says trainer Terence O’Brien

Bryony Frost, on board Frodon, became the first female jockey to win a Grade One chase at Cheltenham on Thursday. Photograph: PA

The coarseness raging in the Brexit debates at Westminster had drifted up the M4

Racegoers react during the 2.50 Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

Nama escapee Sean Mulryan completes his return as he wins his own sponsored race

Former taoiseach Brian Cowen made the comments at the Cheltenham racing festival. File photograph: Eric Luke

Former taoiseach says Brexiteers seem to be finding reasons ‘not to support’ divorce deal

 Espoir D’Allen ridden by Mark Walsh races to victory during the Champion Hurdle Challenge at Cheltenham. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Meath trainer’s victory in Champion Hurdle lights up first day of jump-racing festival

The statue of Arkle overlooks the parade ring ahead of the 2019 Cheltenham Festival: “The potential [Brexit] delays at ports and all the paperwork are  going to have a massive knock-on effect.”  Photograph:  Simon Cooper/PA

Irish and British horseracing and breeding industry would be unsaddled by crash-out

Family members of the victims involved in a plane crash react at Addis Ababa international airport Sunday. Photograph: Mulugeta Ayene/AP

Pilot sent out distress call minutres before four-month old aircraft crashed

John McConnell at Rock View Stables with Hannon, who is running at  Cheltenham. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

A third of horses are travelling from Ireland to racing’s biggest festival before UK quits EU

The Government has ruled out leasing ships in the event that the route to mainland Europe is affected by Brexit. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Brexit briefing papers show legal complications of managing a crash-out scenario

The number of customs, safety and security, and transit declarations filled out after Brexit may surge from five million annually to about 50 million if the UK crashes out.

Call for €50m in EU funding to train staff to process surge in post-Brexit customs forms

 EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier at the Ireland V France Six Nations rugby match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

EU’s Brexit negotiator grimaces through French display on Dublin visit to watch rugby

Sean Dunne filed for bankruptcy in the United States in 2013 with debts of more than €700 million. File photograph: Collins Courts

Bankrupt developer objects to third contempt ruling in long-running US legal case

Kevin O’Connell: “long been looking forward to the full set of facts” being heard. File photograph: Collins

Kevin O’Connell to appear after watchdog’s report reviewed on FitzPatrick trial

Ray Ryan, assistant principal in the customs division of the Revenue Commissioners, speaking at the Freight Transport Association Ireland conference at Johnstown House, Enfield, Co Meath. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Freight firms told Brexit will lead to surge in customs documents from 1.7m to 20m a year

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney speaks to the media during a press brieifing in the courtyard of Government Buildings in Dublin on Tuesday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Tánaiste stresses Irish and EU desire to help UK pass a deal in crucial Commons vote

Enda Kenny:  an internal Facebook  email said  Mr Kenny told company   executives at a private meeting in January 2013 that he “could exercise significant influence” during Ireland’s presidency of the EU. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Creighton rejects claims that former leader pushed for web giant as ‘absolute nonsense’

Trucks, trailers and freight lined up at Rosslare Euro Port after importation.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Group wants contingency plans for no-deal Brexit intensified and shared with industry

A philosophical Ruby Walsh on  Brexit: ‘What will happen will happen’ Photograph: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Cheltenham Festival’s all-time leading jockey says sport will cope with extra red tape, taxes

Hygeia chief executive John Byrne: “It is the not knowing that is the most difficult part of it.” Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Galway businesses bracing for UK crashing out of EU without agreement

A lorry is sealed with a Dublin Port stamp. Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

Applying EU health checks on UK food imports ‘difficult’ in a hard exit, say State vets

Former taoiseach Enda Kenny. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Data commissioner responds to reports ex-taoiseach helped firm influence EU laws

Delaying Brexit by extending the Article 50 exit process makes sense, Mr Trojan said, but only if Westminster votes for the EU-UK divorce deal on March 12th and needs “a couple of months” to ratify the agreement. Photograph: iStock

‘What will you solve with a short extension?’ Carlo Trojan asks Brexit event in Galway

The handover of Ian Drennan’s report to the committee has been complicated by the issue of whether the document would be subject to privilege granting him legal immunity from defamation actions. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Corporate enforcer requests privilege from committee before providing 450-page report

Blockades known as ‘dragon’s teeth’ sit by the side of a Border crossing. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

UUP’s Steve Aiken claims there is a ‘massive sort of schism’ within biggest unionist party

Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Watchdog has 16 investigations ongoing into Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Twitter, Apple and LinkedIn

The Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe (right), with his French counterpart, Bruno Le Maire at Government Buildings. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Donohoe says Republic ‘will not be a block on such an extension’

Chief financial officer Caitriona O’Kelly: “It just became absolutely okay to make absolute racial comments in the UK.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

‘Brexit refugees’ who have chosen to leave Britain for Ireland talk to Simon Carswell

Kevin O’Connell, a legal adviser with the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement  who dealt with witnesses from EY, Anglo’s auditors from 2002 to 2008. File photograph: Collins Courts

Oireachtas panel agrees to invite former ODCE legal adviser Kevin O’Connell to testify

There is little that Brexit does not touch. The Bill even includes a measure to continue to protect the pilots of ships steering boats into the State’s harbours and ports should the UK leave without a deal

Government hopes omnibus Bill will ‘sit on a shelf’ and not be needed by March 29th

Leo Varadkar: “I wonder, if Fianna Fáil was 5-10% ahead in the polls for the last year, would they be quite so willing to facilitate us?” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Congress will not support trade deal with UK that undermines Border, says Taoiseach

Financial support of €5.75 million is being given by Enterprise Ireland to the Cork-based Carbery Group, the manufacturer of Dubliner cheddar cheese, to cope with the effects of Brexit.

Omnibus Bill would provide financial support to businesses and continue provisions of the CTA

Simon Coveney at the publication of no-deal Brexit legislation. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Tánaiste hopes omnibus Bill to deal with disorderly exit fallout will never be enacted

Eamonn O’Reilly, chief executive of Dublin Port. Mr O’Reilly says Dublin Port will be prepared for a hard-Brexit and customs posts will be functioning for the March 29th deadline. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

OPW agrees deal with Dublin Port to use warehouse for physical inspections of lorries

Minister of State for European Affairs Helen McEntee. File photo. Reuters/Clodagh Kilcoyne

Minister says EU would not support article 50 extension if it prolonged the uncertainty

The number of traders preparing for UK’s departure from the EU has significantly increased, according to Revenue.

Revenue says figures for February are three times the whole month of January

Tánaiste Simon Coveney and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photograph: James Forde

Three-day talks to cover economic interventions and state aid for vulnerable industries

Meat Industry Ireland says  tariffs on Irish beef imports into the UK would be around €750m on current trade levels, effectively pricing Irish beef out of the UK market.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Gove tells British farmers that UK would apply tariffs on food imports in crash-out exit

Irish hauliers could be heavily impacted by Brexit. Photograph:  Maxwell’s Handout/PA

Representative groups say they will require help as hard exit threatens sustainability

Former Anglo Irish Bank chairman Sean Fitzpatrick leaving Dublin Circuit Criminal Court in May 2017 after he was acquitted on all charges. Photograph: Laura Hutton/Collins

ODCE chief to say factors extending ‘well beyond’ watchdog contributed to acquittal

Gerard O’Hare, general manager of Beagan’s, which lies 6km from the Border and has been in business for 60 years. Photograph: Ciara Wilkinson/The Irish Times

Companies not prepared for border checks, hoping Brexit will not happen, says broker

Revenue usually receives 12 applications for the ‘trusted trader’ status each year, but has received 81 in the past three months. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Companies need costly, time-consuming approval for faster trade with non-EU countries

Seán Dunne: Connecticut magistrate Judge Robert Spector found that Mr Dunne failed to provide emails from three Gmail accounts and two accounts connected with his Irish firm Mountbrook to his US bankruptcy trustee. Photograph: Collins Courts

US court criticises bankrupt developer’s ‘recalcitrant behaviour’ in asset transfer case

Tánaiste Simon Coveney said that, ‘deal or no deal’, the UK government had made a commitment and there was an obligation on the EU to ‘find a way of avoiding physical infrastructure on this island’. File photograph: Collins

Tánaiste tells Oireachtas it is ‘incredible’ the UK parliament has allowed it come to this

In his letter, Kevin O’Connell complains he has become ‘the personification’ of all that went wrong, and suggests he is not wholly to blame. Photograph: Collins Courts

Kevin O’Connell asks for public hearing in 10-page letter to Oireachtas committee

Brexit  will mean that Ireland will  no longer be connected to the European electricity network

Ireland is spending ‘far too much time’ thinking about UK, not enough about domestic plans

Businessman Denis O’Brien arrives at the Four Courts on Tuesday, on the fifth day of his libel action against the publisher of the ‘Sunday Business Post’ over articles in March 2015.   Photograph: Collins Courts

O’Brien says articles wrongly meant he was among borrowers linked to financial crisis

One solution being considered under the Government’s no-deal Brexit contingency planning could see lorries being held at Dublin Airport  or elsewhere away from the city

Department looking at parking sites for HGVs as part of no-deal Brexit planning

Work on the primary inspection posts where imported goods will be checked at Dublin Port after Brexit. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

Taoiseach is warned many firms face closure without three-month tax relief measure

A file image of Port of Ramsgate in the  south east England. Seaborne  was awarded a €15. 7m contract  to run ferries from Ramsgate  to Ostend in Belgium. The  company has no ships. Photograph: AFP

Arklow Shipping had numerous talks about ferry service but had ‘no formal agreement’

Dublin Port. A company importing goods from the UK post-Brexit subject to the full VAT rate would have had to pay €23,000 on goods worth €100,000 at the time they were imported. Photograph: Alan Betson

Irish companies can now avail of the relief measure until they make bimonthly returns

Glenn Carr, general manager of the Rosslare Europort

The Irish port closest to mainland Europe sees a brighter future for direct services

Businessman Bill Cullen’s  former car distribution centre near Rosslare has been bought by the State as a temporary facility to carry out checks on UK imports in a no-deal Brexit. Photograph: Eric Luke

OPW has agreed terms on 16-acre site at port to prepare for no-deal border inspections

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