Threshold statement: ‘Threshold wishes to apologise for the lack of clarify and any public misinformation arising around the concept of a ‘viewing fee’ being a growing phenomenon’ Photograph: iStock

Housing charity says it ‘incorrectly characterised’ upfront tenant payment to media

Bishop of Limerick and Killaloe Kenneth Kearon said the church believed the constitutional reference to blasphemy was “largely obsolete”. Photograph: Cian Reinhardt

Church recognises fundamental right to freedom of expression ‘within limits’

Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi:  was last seen entering the Saudi  diplomatic mission in Istanbul on October 2nd.

Business group caves to pressure following presumed killing of dissident journalist

Mary Casey with a photograph of her father, Jack McCann,  who was killed in an IRA attack on a customs post in 1972. Photograph: Simon Carswell

Fears that re-emergence of Border will lead to return of Troubles

Haulier Stephen Heasley  at Manfreight  in Portadown, Co Armagh. Photograph: Liam McBurney for The Irish Times

To truly understand Brexit, haul €60,000 worth of food from Northern Ireland to England via Dublin

DUP leader Arlene Foster and deputy leader Nigel Dodds: with Conservatives, they argue the backstop would split the North economically and constitutionally from the rest of the UK.  Photograph: Michael McHugh/PA

Brussels seeking to keep North aligned with customs union and parts of single market

 A defaced ‘Welcome to Northern Ireland’ sign is displayed on the Border in Derry. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty

The Border is a sticking point in Brexit negotiations, but why?

Theresa May and members of her Cabinet in her country retreat Chequers in July 2018. Photograph: Joel Rouse via Getty Images

Chequers sparked resignation of ministers but what exactly is it?

Carwyn Jones, first minister of Wales, in Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin.

Carwyn Jones concerned about temporary deal as EU-UK talks intensify in Brussels

09/10/2018(L to R) Tanaiste & Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade with special responsibility for Brexit Simon Coveney TD &  Minister for European affairs Helen McEntee TDduring a press briefing on brexit as part of Budget 2019 in Government Buildings, Merrion Street, Dublin.Photo Gareth Chaney Collins

‘We are going to be investing a lot of money in a whole series of things that we hope will be wasted’

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney during a press briefing on Brexit as part of Budget 2019, in Government Buildings, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Tánaiste says UK is to provide a backstop proposal as he launches budget measures

Paschal Donohoe said the Government had been “clear on our objectives” around Brexit, “robust in our negotiations and thorough in our planning”.

Donohoe calls UK’s exit ‘political, economic and diplomatic challenge of our generation’

British prime minister Theresa May’s official spokesman said on Monday there could be no legally binding withdrawal agreement without a precise political declaration about the future relationship between Britain and the EU. File photograph: Matt Dunham/PA Wire

Theresa May’s spokesman says ‘there remain big issues to work through’

Old Dublin Road between Dundalk and Newry: under the EU version of the backstop, potentially dangerous goods and public health products would have to meet EU rules, requiring Brussels to check compliance post-Brexit. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Brussels supervision of product compliance necessary, NI businesses figures told by EU

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney said the Government had “a whole series of contingency plans in place”.

New legislation and amendments to existing laws will be presented if UK crashes out of EU

 Chris Winning, Margaret Horgan, Una Scally and  Tánaiste  Simon Coveney,  at the Getting Ireland Brexit Ready conference in Cork. Photograph: Julien Behal

First Government Brexit-ready conference hears of concerns from fishermen and SMEs

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney said: “We have simply heard concepts from the UK so what’s required is an intensification of the negotiations in Brussels.” Photograph: Julien Behal

Tánaiste predicts a ‘bumpy few weeks’ as talks enter a critical phase

  ECB headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany. Looking back at the government’s decision to guarantee the Irish banks  10 years ago,  with no help forthcoming from the ECB, taoiseach Brian Cowen was left with no good options

‘Even if we had known that the banks were bust on the night of September 29th, it is not obvious what we could have done’

Sean Dunne was described by the judge as a “deeply dishonest” witness who clearly told lies. Photograph: Collins

Developer gets longest bankruptcy extension for ‘deliberate’ failure to co-operate

The latest UK proposal is viewed on the Irish side as a hybrid version of a previous proposal, tabled by the UK  in June, that would keep the UK aligned with the EU on customs, but for a time-limited period. Photograph: Getty Images

DUP rejects Irish Sea checks reportedly being considered in British version of ‘backstop’

Seán Dunne: ‘I find it difficult to conceive of a bankrupt who could be more obstructive and less co-operative,’ said Ms Justice Caroline Costello in a scathing judgment. Photograph: Collins Courts

High Court blames builder’s ‘wilful and deliberate’ failure to co-operate with official

Warnings about the threats to the constitutional integrity of the UK raised the political temperature in the Brexit negotiations and the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier (above) has since the summer been trying to “de-dramatise” the backstop in order to resolve the last big remaining issue to agree a withdrawal treaty. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/ AFP/Getty Images

EU negotiators work on softening ‘backstop’ plan to give political cover for compromise

British prime minister Theresa May inspects a family farm in Bangor, Co Down, in March of this year. File photograph: Getty Images

EU working on minimised checks plan in bid to sell Border guarantee compromise to UK

 Former minister for finance, the late Brian Lenihan: explained the €440 billion guarantee was no bailout but necessary to maintain “the bloodstream of our banking system”.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Simon Carswell reported the bailout as finance correspondent a decade ago today

The then minister for finance, Brian Lenihan, during a  press conference at Government Buildings in September 2008 where he said the government had decided to guarantee all deposits in Irish banks. Photograph. Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland.

By September 2008, it was obvious something had to be done to save Anglo

More than 3,000 adults and children were saved from homelessness last year as a result of accommodation provided by Dublin Simon Community.  File photographer: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

Charity reports number housed in its units increased by 89% between 2016 and last year

DUP Leader Arlene Foster: Said there was “no party narrative” by the DUP to discredit former minister Jonathan Bell over the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme controversy. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Party leader provides written statement to inquiry into North’s botched energy scheme

The trial is the first of its kind to investigate aspirin’s use as an anti-cancer agent involving such a large group of patients with early-stage cancer. Photograph: Getty Images

Some 300 Irish volunteers to take part in study which coincides with Cancer Week

EU leaders were not impressed with Theresa May rehashing the UK’s “red line” conditions and needlessly setting new ones, by effectively saying it was Chequers or nothing. Photograph: Jack Taylor/AFP/Getty Images

Little progress made, but acrimony grows and there’s even talk of backstop to a backstop

 Theresa May and Leo Varadkar attend a bilateral meeting during the informal summit of European Union leaders in Salzburg, Austria on Thursday. Photograph: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters

Brexit is a ‘lose, lose, lose’ damage limitation exercise, Simon Coveney says

Minister for Health Simon Harris at launch of the HSE’s HPV Vaccine Information Campaign at the Royal Hibernian Academy Gallery, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Health committee told waiting period is unnecessary and without medical reason

Dr Mary Favier said doctors were ‘only starting’ to have conversations about abortion because, until the referendum, the ban on abortion had a ‘serious chilling effect’ in medicine. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/ The Irish Times

Anti-abortion doctors call for protection to extend to those who refuse to refer patients on

Dr Peter Boylan: criticised the three-day waiting period for a woman seeking a termination within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Oireachtas health committee is told start date for GP-led structure from early next year is ‘challenging’

Men place candles during a candlelight vigil for the victims of the Berkeley balcony collapse in Berkeley, California in 2015. Photograph: Reuters

Governor signs Bill that requires external decks to be examined by January 2025

Paddy McKillen. IBRC sued Mr McKillen in the Irish courts in July 2014 to recover 25 per cent of the €45 million loan extended by the bank to the Belfast developer. File photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Former Anglo Irish Bank liquidators say US court bid an attempt to ‘end-run’ Irish case

A vineyard in one of the disputed settlements. Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has said the Government opposes Israeli settlements on Palestinian lands. File photograph: Getty Images

European Commission warns Irish official that Bill would be in breach of EU trade rules

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has denied that he and the Government performed a U-turn on whether to introduce mandatory open disclosure in the health service. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Varadkar defends late removal of compulsory reporting policy in last year’s legislation

Dr Gabriel Scally:  said he only learned of CPL’s outsourcing of Irish smears in recent weeks and that he will compile a supplementary report for Minister for Health Simon Harris once he has investigated this further. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Scally report finds a third of screeners sent to CPL in Austin, Texas were outsourced

Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists chairman Dr Peter Boylan: “That sort of behaviour brings the medical profession into disrepute and it damages the trust between patents and doctors: one of the pillars on which the relationship is built.” File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Dr Peter Boylan urges consultants to apologise to women for ‘unacceptable’ behaviour

 Dr Gabriel Scally during the launch of his report into the CervicalCheck screening programme, in Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

System ‘doomed to fail’ due to ‘demonstrable’ governance deficit, report says

Dr Gabriel Scally during the launch of the Scally report into the CervicalCheck screening programme on  Wednesday.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

CPL sent tests to labs in Florida, Nevada and Hawaii, but CervicalCheck did not know

Vicky Phelan leaving Government buildings this afternoon. Photo: Nick Bradshaw

Patient representatives want Scally recommendations implemented immediately

Dr Gabriel Scally told reporters  affected women ‘would really like someone to say sorry and someone who means it, to say sorry’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

CervicalCheck report author says patients would like ‘ someone who means it, to say sorry’

Ohio businessman Ed Crawford, who has emerged as the front-runner to become the next US ambassador to Ireland, at the opening of an Irish Cultural Garden in Cleveland. Image: YouTube.

Trump fundraiser set to be America’s representative in Ireland

Sir Keir Starmer: ‘The message I hope to send the prime minister is that Ireland cannot pay the price of your failed negotiating strategy’ Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty

Sir Keir Starmer says no deal would be ‘catastrophic’ for Ireland

President Donald Trump, seen here speaking  during a ceremony on the 17th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks on Tuesday,  has   cancelled his planned visit to Ireland in November. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

Irish government said visit ‘postponed’ for ‘scheduling reasons’ while White House said no final decision made

Lucinda Creighton is one of three new board members appointed to Horse Sport Ireland, the governing body of equestrian sports. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Former Renua leader, who has lifelong interest in horses, will earn €8,100 a year in fees

Minister for Health Simon Harris said it was regrettable some of findings from the Scally report had emerged before families were briefed.

Vicky Phelan, the woman whose case revealed controversy, says finding is a ‘whitewash’

Dr Gabriel Scally yesterday briefed Minister for Health Simon Harris ahead of the publication of his 200-page report on Wednesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister for Health briefed on report about cervical screening controversy

Negotiations with the labs continue as a key report into the CervicalCheck scandal is due to be published. File photograph: Getty Images

HSE in negotiations with Quest Diagnostics and Medlab Pathology on extending contracts

Vicky phelan

Vicky Phelan and others affected have sought details on report before publication

President Michael D Higgins praised the achievements of the women’s movement at the   in Dublin Castle on Sunday night. Photograph:   Gareth Chaney Collins

President tells meeting of parliamentarians women’s movement ‘more vibrant’ than ever

Fine Gael Senator Neale Richmond said: “Such a spike is clearly tied to the Brexit referendum and the uncertainty that has prevailed since the vote.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Surge from 98 British people taking Irish citizenship in 2016 to 529 in 2017 attributed to Brexit vote

  Former US president Bill Clinton and Irish businessman Denis O’Brien shake hands at the Concern Worldwide 50 years Tackling Extreme Poverty Conference in Dublin Castle on Friday. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

International aid agency looks to its next 50 years in a smaller, more insecure world

 Frances O’Keeffe, one of  Concern’s longest-serving volunteers and a board member of the 50-year-old humanitarian group. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov / Photocall Ireland

Frances O’Keeffe’s volunteer work with Concern stretches back three decades

 A spokeswoman for Dr Gabriel Scally said it was a matter for the Minister to determine a date for the publication of his report on CervicalCheck. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Dr Gabriel Scally’s scoping inquiry has been forwarded to the Attorney General

 President Michael D Higgins speaking at the Concern Worldwide 50 conference in Dublin Castle on Friday. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland.

President says China, France, Russia, UK and US are embarking on ‘new arms race’

File image of Amina Mohammed at Iveagh House, Dublin. Photograph: Conor Healy Photography

Amina Mohammed calls for the body to highlight its successes ahead of Dublin visit

Sir Ivan Rogers, the former chief Brussels adviser to David Cameron and Theresa May, has warned against a ‘no-deal Brexit’. File photograph: EPA

Former Brussels adviser to Cameron calls on both sides to take a more conciliatory approach to talks

Polish MEP Danuta Hubner chairs a European Parliament committee that must sign off on any Brexit treaty. Photograph: Carl Gibney/DCU

Influential MEP Danuta Hubner says EU is open to suggestions on avoiding hard border

Worst-case post-Brexit scenario involves goods being profiled and subjected to checks and most animal and “plant origin” products being subject to Border controls, says Revenue’s Carol-Ann O’Keeffe.

Official queries merits of ‘trusted trader’ status for some sectors after UK quits EU

Patrick Coveney, Greencore Group chief executive

Patrick Coveney says UK could face months of shortages if it fails to reach deal with EU

Greencore chief executive Patrick Coveney: “This idea that no deal is better than a bad deal - well, no deal is a truly bad deal.”

Food group’s Patrick Coveney fears food will rot in trucks if there are delays at ports

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with Minister for Employment and Social Protection Regina Doherty. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Taoiseach asks Martin for talks to extend the confidence-and-supply agreement

The new Garda Commissioner, Drew Harris, after he took a sworn oath at Kevin Street Divisional Headquarters in Dublin. Photograph:  Garda/PA Wire

Party backs new Garda Commissioner but raises concerns over loyalist-RUC collusion

US President Donald Trump plans to visit Ireland in November. Photograph: Yuri Gripas/Reuters

Clare councillor says visit will be ‘great boost for the West of Ireland’

US president Donald Trump is to visit Ireland in November, the White House has announced. Photograph: Yuri Gripas/Reuters

US president will ‘renew the deep and historic ties between our two nations’

David Drumm worked for Micheál Breslin after the former Anglo CEO left Ireland. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Judge says Micheál Breslin cannot sue in US because he is unhappy with Irish court rules

Mr Justice Charles Meenan has said he is on track to complete his work identifying mechanisms for avoiding adversarial proceedings in CervicalCheck cases.

Mr Justice Charles Meenan said he has held meetings with affected women and families

If  both Sean Gallagher and Gavin Duffy  get presidential nominations, ‘it will be very, very close’, says Dragons’ Den producer Larry Bass.

Larry Bass, producer of Dragons’ Den, says ‘ego plays factor’ in seeking nomination

 A changed Ireland: Pope Francis  listening to the speech of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photograph: EPA/Vatican Press Office

The mastery of the Taoiseach’s address to Pope Francis was the balance he struck, being both gracious and grave, honest but never (...)

Pope Francis attends the closing Mass at the World Meeting of Families at Phoenix Park in Dublin. Photograph: PA

Pontiff tells single mothers separated from children that to seek them is ‘not a mortal sin’

A former top Vatican official has accused Pope Francis of having known of allegations of sex abuse by a prominent US cardinal for five years before accepting his resignation.  Photograph: PA

Pope dismissive on flight from Ireland to Rome of claims by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano

Colm O Gorman, Director Amnesty International Ireland, and an abuse survivor at   Dublin Castle during the visit of Pope Francis. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/ The Irish Times

Colm O’Gorman said it is ‘mind boggling to me that to ask a pope to tell the damn truth is a radical thing to suggest’

  Pope Francis  receiving a bouquet of flowers from a daughter of  Minister for  Foreign Affairs  Simon Coveney  at Dublin airport. Photograph: EPA

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said he would have appreciated ‘a greater focus on the actions that should follow’

  Pope Francis is greeted on arrival at Dublin Castle by the Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Julien Behal

Varadkar refers to ‘people kept in dark corners, behind closed doors’ whose cries for help went unheard

 Pope Francis said he was ‘very conscious’ of the circumstances of ‘our most vulnerable brothers and sisters’.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Failure has ‘rightly given rise to outrage and remains a source of pain and shame’

Preparations are made at the Phoenix Park in Dublin ahead of Pope Francis’s visit to Ireland. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Pontiff has no plans to announce measures to address clerical abuse during Ireland visit

Flags on sale on a street stall marking the visit of Pope Francis in Dublin EPA/WILL OLIVER

Vatican spokesman says Pope Francis will address ‘cultural problem’ of abuse during Irish visit

Peter Saunders, left,  and Peter Isely of the protest group, Ending Clergy Abuse, attend a news conference ahead of the two-day visit by Pope Francis. Photograph: Reuters/ Hannah McKay

End Clergy Abuse group wants zero tolerance of sex abuse under church law

Abuse survivor Marie Collins takes part in a panel meeting on the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults at the Pastoral Congress at the World Meeting of Families in Dublin, Ireland August 24th, 2018. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Abuse victims ‘don’t need a letter from the pope to know this is a reality’, says survivor Marie Collins

Items on display  at the World Meeting of Families at the RDS. Photograph: Dave Meehan/ The Irish Times

Books about choosing a spouse ‘extremely popular’ at World Meetings of Families exhibit

 Olive Foley, widow of rugby coach Anthony Foley told the World Meeting of Families her husband  ‘would be very proud and very happy’ that all those  he ‘soldiered with’ were joined together ‘as one great family’. Photograph:  Collins

Ronan O’Gara tells congress ‘Axel’ made Munster dressingroom ‘special’

Fr Seán Donohoe,  left, and Conor Hickey of Crosscare  during a panel discussion on homelessness at the World Meeting of Families at the RDS in Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

World Meeting of Families told ‘enormous’ shortage of available housing has led to crisis

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin and President of the World Meeting of Families 2018,  raised concerns about difficulty around the low number of people who have come forward to speak out about abuse during a press conference at Dublin’s RDS. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Archbishop Martin defends Irish Catholic Church’s efforts to tackle abuse

Anne Barrett Doyle said Pope Francis could “contribute enormously to the public record in Ireland” by releasing the names of the 3,400 priests the Vatican had found guilty of abuse under canon law over a decade. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Group hopes prosecution of senior clerics in Australia and US leads to global groundswell

 Former White House press officer Sean Spicer speaking at the IIEA meeting in the Gresham Hotel. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Ex-White House spin doctor tells Dublin audience there was no collusion with Russians

Paul and Ruth Morrissey at the Four Courts on Thursday. Ms Morrissey, who has been told by her doctors  she has less than a year to live, is the fourth women affected by the CervicalCheck scandal to go to court.  Photograph:  Collins Courts

State bid to settle CervicalCheck trial criticised for offering cover to Varadkar, Harris

Solicitors Siobhan Ryan and  Cian O’Carroll outside the Four Courts. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Tipperary solicitors take women’s emotional court battles to the US labs and the HSE

Almost a decade after the banking crisis, the trust of bank customers has been shaken again by the tracker-mortgage scandal. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Central Bank findings show lenders still regard customers as an afterthought

Vicky and Jim Phelan with solicitor Cian O’Carroll in April, following the announcement of Ms Phelan’s High Court settlement. Photograph: Collins Courts

Fourteen more women take action over cancer screening programme claims

Paul and Ruth Morrissey, of Kylemore, Schoolhouse Road, Monaleen, Co Limerick, at the Four Courts on Thursday, the second day of their High Court action. Photograph: Collins Courts

Cervical smear test woman who developed cancer has one to two years to live, High Court hears

Former chief executive of Anglo Irish Bank David Drumm arriving for his sentencing hearing in June. Photograph: Collins Courts

Regulator wants to see evidence to assess role of ex-bankers in fraudulent deposits scheme

The issue was raised by a staff member about the consultant, who was employed on a ‘sessional’ basis and is no longer working at the hospital. Photograph: iStock

Six months of bowel exams at Loughlinstown reviewed over staff member’s concerns about consultant

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: “We need to ensure that we have the strongest possible presence abroad.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Taoiseach told ministers doubling ‘global footprint’ needed in protectionist climate

Britain’s Prince Harry and wife Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex make a courtesy call at the Presidential mansion on the second day of their visit in Dublin. Photograph: Getty Images

‘You’re a bit of a god, aren’t you?’ Prince Harry asks Galway hurler Joe Canning

Ken Glennon removes the Anglo Irish Bank signage and lettering from its former headquarters on  St Stephen’s Green in Dublin following the bank’s closure. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

Analysis: Judge says regulator ‘enthusiastic’ on effort to unwind Quinn’s secret Anglo stake

David Drumm (51)   has received a suspended 15-month sentence as “instigator” of an illegal share-buying scheme aimed at halting Anglo Irish Bank’s sliding share price in July 2008.

‘One would have expected ... alarm bells would have sounded’ at financial regulator when Anglo trying to fix Quinn problem - judge

Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, meets  Brian O’Driscoll and  Ruby Walsh at a garden party in the British ambassador’s Dublin residence. Photograph: Julien Behal Photography.

Brian O'Driscoll asks royal if football is 'coming home' as he and Meghan Markle attend garden party

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