Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe speak to  Anne Donnelly on Hope Avenue as they canvass in Dublin Central. Photograph: Douglas O’Connor

Healthcare, housing and the cost of childcare are among the big issues in this campaign

Peter Casey is standing in both Dublin West and Donegal. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Controversial politician to run as an ‘obvious protest vote’ against Leo Varadkar

Fine Gael Senator and a former TD Kieran O’Donnell, who narrowly missed out on the fourth seat in the 2016 election, should be the heir apparent for Michael Noonan’s seat. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

If there is a ‘Green wave’ nationally, it should wash through Limerick with election of Leddin

Even the “Votegate” controversy in the Dáil seems unlikely to hurt Fianna Fáil TD Niall Collins in his re-election bid, given that he is the party’s only candidate in the constituency. File photograph: Alan Betson

‘Votegate’ controversy seems unlikely to hurt Niall Collins in his re-election bid

Fergus O’Dowd, a former Fine Gael junior minister and TD since 2002, looks guaranteed to be re-elected. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

‘No one wants to be the person who loses Gerry Adams’s seat,’ notes one of Sinn Féin’s candidates

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan  visit Drogheda on Friday, where teenager  Keane Mulready-Woods was murdered and his body dismembered. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Violent crime now central election issue as Varadkar promises more resources

Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin with  election candidates Ged Nash(Left), Duncan Smith and Annie Hoey. .Photograph: Alan Betson

Labour bids for commuter votes with plan to move away from city-centric job creation

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar greeted by an officer at Drogheda Garda Station on Friday. Photograph: Alan Betson

Taoiseach pledges to put teenager’s killers behind bars

Fianna Fáil MEP Billy Kelleher has sent  a letter to Tánaiste Simon Coveney concerning the rights of Irish/EU citizens in Northern Ireland. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Billy Kelleher wants rights of Irish/EU citizens in North protected from dilution by UK

Garda inquiry begins following discovery of limbs in a housing estate in Coolock. Photograph: Sarah Burns

Garda inquiry begins following discovery of limbs in a housing estate in Coolock

Speculation within Fine Gael suggests Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will dissolve the Dáil this week and call the election for either February 7th or 14th.  File photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

PAC chairman fears some voters will not be eligible if new register is not valid until February 15th

Storm Brendan throwing up  waves on   Strangford Lough in Co Down. Photograph:  Alan Lewis- Photopress

Thousands of homes left without power as wind and flooding warnings remain in place

Taxi at the scene of shooting, Bridge of Peace, Drogheda. Photograph: Ciara Wilkinson

Man in 30s thought to have been an unintended victim of the attack

Ashley Bombita died on Monday morning, two days after she was injured in a single vehicle road crash.

Ashley Bombita (11) died on Monday from injuries sustained in road crash in Lucan

Dr Caroline Mason Mohan, currently director of public health in the National Screening Service, will replace Dr Lorraine Doherty as clinical director of CervicalCheck on an interim basis. Photograph: Brendan Fitzsimmons

Dr Lorraine Doherty moving to become HSE’s clinical director for health protection

File photograph: Frank Miller

Gardaí say individual sustained non-life threatening injuries in attack in Kilbarrack

Branches of the Irish Coast Guard were alerted to the man’s difficulty at Lahinch. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin.

Search and rescue helicopters called out to incidents in Co Clare and near Howth Head

Iran’s ambassador to Ireland Masoud Eslami speaking to the media at the Iranian embassy in Dublin on Friday in front of a photograph of General Qassem Suleimani, who was killed in a US air strike. Photograph: Alan Betson

Shannon Airport, Trump’s Doonbeg will not be targeted, Tehran’s envoy tells journalists

 Brexit Party MEP Claire Fox said: ‘I think that the status quo [at Stormont], as it was, and the political status quo, as it was, was not good enough.’ File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

UK’s departure ‘disruptive in positive sense’ for North claims Brexit Party’s Claire Fox

The Irish Embassy in Beijing. The Department of Foreign Affairs is launching a strategy document  aimed at growing two-way trade between Ireland and the  Asia-Pacific region from €56 billion in 2018 to €100 billion by 2025

Guangzhou and Shenzhen among cities being considered in expansion into Asia-Pacific

The coffin arrives at the funeral of broadcaster Marian Finucane at St Brigid’s Church in Kill, Co Kildare. Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

‘She will be remembered for her keen intellect, warmth, wit, and kindness,’ mourners told

A file image of DJ  Larry Gogan at the RTÉ studios. Photograph: Eric Luke Staff Photographer

Radio DJ worked in broadcasting for almost six decades including 40 years at 2FM

Shoppers walk along Donegall Place in Belfast. Photograph: Hollie Adams/Bloomberg

Business groups in the region want compensation for disruption caused by UK’s exit

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  says he will consider the timing of the election over the Christmas break. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

FG leader becomes party’s fifth-longest-serving Taoiseach on Christmas Day

The Leixlip water treatment plant where ‘turbidity’ or cloudy water due to suspended particles forced a temporary shutdown affecting 600,000 people. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Irish Water records reveal four alarms about cloudy water unheeded at the Kildare facility

Bank of Ireland will face a €133,000 write-off on the mortgage over the course of the financial rescue plan. Photograph: Dave Walsh/VW Pics via Getty

Insolvency plan approved for woman after husband bankrupted over business failure

 A killer whale that was washed up in Co Waterford. Photograph: Clare Scott

Whales found to have toxicity levels that may have caused significant health effects

Scottish National Party’s Nicola Sturgeon: “Boris Johnson has a mandate to take England out of the EU but he must accept that I have a mandate to give Scotland a choice for an alternative future.” Photograph:  Andrew Milligan

Landslide for Scotland’s nationalists on anti-Brexit push tees up fight with Tories

Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson reacts as she loses her East Dumbartonshire constituency. Photograph: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

Jo Swinson stands down after anti-Brexit plan backfires and she loses her own seat

Conservative party supporters Johnnie Burke-Gaffney and Paula Jensen pose beside a cardboard cut-out of Boris Johnson as they celebrate the Tories’ election win in London. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

Young Tories celebrate stunning election win as Labour and Lib Dem supporters reflect on ‘disaster’

Faiza Shaheen, Labour candidate in Chingford and Woodford Green in north London: pitching herself as  a local working girl fighting for working people who “were on the raw end of Iain Duncan Smith’s cruel and heartless welfare reforms”. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

Faiza Shaheen looks to score election upset by turfing out former Tory leader in London

Former Conservative attorney general Dominic Grieve campaigning in Beaconsfield: “He is reckless, he is egocentric and he is, I’m afraid, a pathological liar,” he said of Boris Johnson. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

Ousted anti-Brexit Tory rebel Dominic Grieve seeks to overturn his own 25,000-vote majority

First-time Tory candidate Fay Jones. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

Conservatives appeal to leavers in Brecon as friends seek unity over political differences

On the canvass: Olivia Malone,  a student from Wexford  studying politics in Manchester, believes  this election is more divisive than  Irish abortion  referendum. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

Labour primes canvassers for doorstep anger in ‘knife-edge’ constituency of Crewe

Kevin Harper, whose father emigrated from Kilkeel, Co Down, is the Brexit party’s candidate for the Bolsover area. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

Brexit and Corbyn make unthinkable possible as Labour risks loss of old mining country

Jayne Doddsworth,  a People’s Vote campaigner,  sees this election about being “head rather than heart”.   Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

Push for ‘head over heart’ tactical votes as Lib Dems target heavy Remain seat in Sheffield

Jane Aitchison, a former Socialist Party member who once called Tories ‘lower than vermin’, is the Labour Party’s candidate in the ultra-marginal constituency of Pudsey. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

Voters in West Yorkshire ditching life-long allegiances in topsy-turvy campaign

Chris Gray outside the Facebook Ireland offices at Grand Canal Dock in Dublin. He is suing Facebook Ireland and CPL Solutions for psychological injuries he claims he suffered as a result of his work. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Cases follow claim of ‘psychological injuries’ by former content moderator Chris Gray

Monika Bickert, head of global policy management at Facebook:  ‘These jobs can be very challenging. That goes for the full-time employees as well as the contractors.’ Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Content moderators ‘suffering injuries’ to protect internet users from harmful material

A former content moderator is suing Facebook Ireland for psychological injuries he claims he suffered as a result of his work

Former content moderater claims psychological injuries from ‘graphic and violent’ posts

Darragh Mackin, solicitor for Lisa Smith,  at Kevin Street Garda Station in Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Proving membership of a terrorist group can be easier than proving terrorist activity

Lisa Smith is being asked by Special Branch counterterrorism detectives about her movements, activities and communications in Europe, Africa and the Middle East since she converted to Islam about a decade ago. Photograph: BBC

Going to a particular location is not a terrorist offence, says Darragh Mackin

Tony Robbins is accused of sexual misconduct in the Buzzfeed News articles, an allegation he strenuously denies. Photograph: Dave Kotinsky/Getty

Lawyer for US-based Robbins dismisses ‘libel tourism’ claim over defamation action

Ryan report is not undermined by gross overcalculation of figure, professor claims

Lalini Veerassamy, chief of mission of International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in Ireland, has pointed to ways Direct Provision could be improved. Photograph: Alan Betson

Expert says concerns around housing should not be linked to migrants

The Irish Road Haulage Association wants the Government to work with British and French officials to catch migrants who  conceal themselves in lorries. Photograph: Franck Robichon/EPA

Hauliers want an Irish, British and French taskforce to target break-ins to trucks

The headquarters of Quinn Industrial Holdings, near the village of Derrylin, Northern Ireland. Photograph: New York Times

Emails sent in 2011 show QIH managers helping pro-Quinn Facebook lobby group

Breffni O’Connor (30), is believed to have slipped into the water at the port of Ancona on the Adriatic Sea after returning to a yacht from a local disco in the early hours of Saturday morning. File photograph: Facebook

Woman (30) slipped into sea at Ancona on return to yacht on which she worked as crew

Former Chairman of Anglo Irish Bank, Sean Fitzpatrick, pictured at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court in 2017. Photograph: Collins Courts

Former Anglo banker and wife lodge planning application to Wicklow County Council

How responsible lorry drivers are if they are caught transporting illegal migrants depends on the country in which the migrants are found. Photograph:  Chris Furlong/Getty Images

Drivers are responsible for the contents of their lorries and can face heavy sanctions

Smoking rates are higher in more deprived areas, at 24 per cent of the population, than in more affluent areas (14 per cent), and higher among those who are unemployed, at 40 per cent.

High rate of obesity ‘a great cause of concern’, says Minister

Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson: Loyalists object to his proposed deal on the basis it  will create an “economic united Ireland”. Photograph: Frank Augstein/AFP

Len McCluskey says people could be ‘blown up’ in Northern Irish and British ports

Galway West TD Noel Grealish has been criticised this week for singling out Nigerian-born residents, using misstated figures that exceed State calculations on the amount being remitted. File photograph: Alan Betson

Commission says campaign debates should not be characterised by discriminatory discourse

The laneway where Quinn Industrial Holdings director Kevin Lunney was abducted is cordoned off by PSNI. Photograph: Ronan McGrade/Pacemaker

Falling police numbers and a culture of mistrust makes the job difficult and perilous

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan during a symposium on defamation law reform, at the Royal Irish Academy,  Dublin, on Thursday.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Size of libel awards by juries and duration of cases has made Irish system ‘a laughing stock’

Galway West TD Noel Grealish. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Galway West TD said €3.54bn sent from State to Nigeria over eight year period

 BBC handout file photo of Kevin Lunney,  on the BBC Spotlight programme.

Lunney attacked on way from work in Quinn Industrial Holdings

The laneway where Kevin Lunney was abducted. Photograph: Ronan McGrade/Pacemaker Press

Cyril McGuinness suspected of arson attacks on car and tractor owned by Garda members

Robert O’Rourke (71) and his wife Christina (66) will be entitled to stay in their home at Woodside, Clontarf until their deaths or in circumstances where they agree to sell the property.

Court approves personal insolvency case that gives fund 72% stake in Clontarf house

Minister of State for Financial Services Michael D’Arcy. Garda representative groups reacted angrily to Mr D’Arcy’s criticism that senior gardaí had ‘let down’ QIH executive Kevin Lunney. Photograph: Alan Betson

Request for intensive policing came as escalating vandalism risked loss of life

The burnt out oil tanker at the offices of the Aventas group, Ballyconnell, formerly Quinns, in December 2013. Photograph: Pacemaker

Timeline of events: Attacks on former Quinn Group businesses and managers began in 2011

Adrian Barden became emotional watching the first television interview this week by Kevin Lunney, above, and his graphic recounting of the prolonged assault. Photograph: BBC

Adrian Barden pleased action being taken but wants paymaster brought to justice

Cyril McGuinness leaving Dublin District Court, October 2014.  Photograph: Collins Courts.

Profile of career criminal’s Europe-wide smuggling scams, ATM thefts and illegal dumping

Cyril McGuinness leaving Dublin District Court in 2014. Photograph: Collins Courts

Cyril McGuinness, aka Dublin Jimmy, died of apparent heart attack in English police raid

Cyril McGuinness leaving Dublin District Court in 2014 when he appeared charged under the Road Traffic Act. Photograph: Collins.

Documentation, laptops and other evidence seized by police in Derbyshire operation

Peter Sheridan, a former RUC and PSNI assistant chief constable, said  threats made policing ‘much more difficult along the Border’. Photograph: Trevor McBride

Former PSNI constable says Northern Border area ‘still not normal policing environment’

Lavinia Kerwick: ‘When we support each other, we grow stronger. When we hear each other, we all learn.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Campaigner says victims ‘would be lost’ without Dublin Rape Crisis Centre

 Kevin Lunney during his interview on BBC Northern Ireland’s Spotlight programme broadcast on Tuesday night.  Photograph: BBC Spotlight/BBC/PA Wire

Quinn Industrial Holdings chief Liam McCaffrey says interview with his attacked colleague brought back ‘all the horror in one fell(...)

The Taoiseach spoke about his own background growing up as the son of an Indian immigrant and “a person of colour” in west Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

But Varadkar says people need to ‘to call out the scaremongering’ on housing asylum seekers

Kevin Lunney: ‘I felt that I was going to die on the road.’ Photograph: BBC Spotlight

Assailants told businessman they had to ‘mark’ him in attack to make him remember

A still from the BBC Spotlight interview with Quinn Industrial Holdings director Kevin Lunney, who was abducted from outside his Co Fermanagh home last month and tortured before being dumped on a road in Co Cavan. Photograph: BBC Spotlight

BBC interview to be broadcast just hours after meeting between QIH and Garda chief

Gay Byrne’s accountant and friend Russell Murphy, who embezzled €250,000 from his savings. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

Despite sitting at the top of the ratings at RTÉ, he lost his savings twice, 20 years apart

Seán Quinn accused the priest of “telling lies” from the altar. File image: Collins

Cleric confirms businessman wrote to him about Cavan priest’s ‘paymaster’ homily

Larne port. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

Lorry drivers on Scotland-Northern Ireland ferry flummoxed about customs checks plan

Photograph: iStock

Report shows rise in number of pupils with special needs in mainstream schools

A photograph of a man appearing to read out the latest death threat against the directors of Quinn Industrial Holdings is being examined by the PSNI. Photograph: Courtesy of the Irish News

Man in balaclava pictured reading letter threatening to kill directors of Border firm

Part of Leixlip Water Treatment Plant, in Co Kildare where ‘issues’ were detected in the water supply. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Irish Water, council criticised for failure to install shutdown at Leixlip treatment plant

Businessman Kevin Lunney was kidnapped on Tuesday, September 17th, on a roadway in Co Fermanagh as he drove home from work.File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Varadkar promises extra security resources for Border area amid meeting with Garda chief

A masked man was photographed with a statement threatening directors of Quinn Industrial Holdings (QIH) this week. Photograph: Courtesy of the Irish News

Chief executive says region could become ungovernable

Cavan-Monaghan TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin: “The people responsible need to cease their activities immediately.”

Cavan County Council cathaoirleach says ‘we will continue to monitor the situation’

Kevin Lunney, QIH’s chief operations officer and Liam McCaffrey, chief executive. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

John McCartin says directors will not step down as that would put thousands of jobs at risk

Kevin Lunney, QIH’s chief operations officer and Liam McCaffrey, chief executive.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Local managers warned they ‘haven’t learned lesson’ from Lunney attack

Sean Quinn’s interest in his hotels coincides with fresh approaches by the one-time billionaire to become involved in the running of his former building materials business, Quinn Industrial Holdings. Photograph: Collins

Renewed interest in Cavan hotel coincided with bid to buy back building materials firm

US president Donald Trump’s image makers have chosen to make him appear as narcissistic and “probably understand this sort of behaviour has certain advantages”, a QUB researcher said. Photograph: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

People with grandiose narcissism more likely to be ‘mentally tough’, study shows

Donald Tusk: EU has agreed a three-month flexible Brexit extension for the UK. Photograph: EPA/PATRICK SEEGER

Earlier departure possible should UK parliament ratify separation deal

Seán Quinn: in an interview with Channel 4 News, the former businessman named his three former managers  as people who ‘came against me’.   Photograph: Collins

Liam McCaffrey ‘shocked’ at Quinn’s criticism of him, Kevin Lunney and Dara O’Reilly

Bertie Ahern: ‘Talking through it, what are the meanings, clarifying it, understanding how it might work in practice – all of these things are helpful.’ Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Former taoiseach says ‘talking through’ Border solution will help ease loyalist fears

Sean Dunne with his former wife Gayle Killilea at their home in Ballsbridge. Photograph: Derek Speirs

Killilea’s lawyer objects to disclosure of her assets and liabilities to her former husband

Tánaiste Simon Coveney speaking  during the annual Belfast Chamber of Commerce lunch. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Coveney appears to point to further intervention on devolved issues by UK parliament

Some 30% of milk produced in Northern Ireland goes to the Republic. Photograph: iStock

Food industry is ‘completely integrated’ on island of Ireland, say farmers’ groups

Brexit secretary Steve Barclay has said Northern Irish firms will have to complete exit declarations on goods before transport to the rest of the UK. Photograph: Will  Oliver

Businesses seek assurances from London on ‘unfettered access’ to British internal market

Kevin Lunney (left) and Liam McCaffrey, photographed in May 2019. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

McCaffrey says rather than blame others ‘for his ills’ Quinn should ‘look in the mirror’

The Royal Princess cruise ship. Photograph: Conor McCabe

Consultation process opened on how port would fund €108m new terminal facilities

Fr O’Reilly said he sat and listened to Seán Quinn for 10 or 12 minutes and said ‘nothing’ during their tense meeting.

Fr Oliver O’Reilly told detectives ‘no hard evidence’ behind the claims in his homily

 We have a cunning plan, say the EU and the UK about what could be a Blackadder Brexit. File photograph: BBC

All sides conceded ground for a compromise deal that is short on detail and long on hope

Goldy Hyder urged the Irish Government to ratify the EU-Canada trade deal, Ceta. Photograph: iStock

Goldy Hyder says firms seeking stability want to avoid ‘short-term pain’ of UK’s exit

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (right) with British prime minister Boris Johnson during a Brexit summit in Brussels. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

The nuts and bolts of Johnson's plans for Northern Ireland are fraught with difficulty

In an effort to maintain an open Irish border, the EU is outsourcing checks on goods coming on to the island of Ireland – and possibly into the EU market. Photograph: Alan Betson

Small print on operational details of complex Irish Sea border checks has yet to be written

British prime minister Boris Johnson.  Photograph: Christopher Furlong/PA Wire

EU and UK negotiators reach a new Brexit agreement that would avoid a hard border

Alastair Campbell  addresses The Phil debating society  at Trinity College Dublin Photograph: Laura Hutton

Former No 10 press secretary expects extension and ‘anything can happen territory’

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