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

A sign is seen during an anti-Brexit demonstration outside the Houses of Parliament in London. File photograph: Hannah McKay

As March 29th approaches, could the UK postpone or cancel Brexit?

The INAB says it wants firms to consider what in their supply chains may now need EU safety certification, not just British approval. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Labs and manufacturers will require approval to certify products in EU after Brexit

In preparation for a “no deal” UK exit from the EU, HM Revenue and Customs has unveiled measures to help British importers bringing EU goods into the UK from continental Europe by reducing the amount of information they must provide and to delay the payment of duties

Temporary procedures to make it easier for UK companies importing EU goods on lorries

Win any (pub) argument with our Brexicon. These pro- and anti-Brexit protesters outside the British parliament have definitely read it. File photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

From Bino to Remoaner, we give you the essential tools to hold a Brexit pub conversation

Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Regulator frustrated at OPW’s inability to identify suitable offices as workforce trebles

Phil Hogan: he declined to discuss the size of any potential EU package of financial supports

EU agriculture commissioner Phil Hogan ‘satisfied’ Brussels can provide aid in ‘any exceptional circumstances’

Minister for Climate Action and the Environment Richard Bruton: his climate plan will be implemented if Britain has an orderly exit from the EU. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

Plan to lead world in tackling carbon emissions may be ‘paused’ if UK crashes out of EU

Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed warned of an ’existential challenge’ to the beef industry from the UK crashing out of the EU. Photograph: Getty Images

IFA says beef farmers face ‘wipeout’ if UK crashes out of EU

Ian Drennan said he “remained available to assist the committee in whatever way possible and would attend before the committee on whatever date specified in due course.” Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill / THE IRISH TIMES

Business committee may call ODCE as part of scrutiny of new law strengthening watchdog

Lars Karlsson, a former director of customs in Sweden, said that there had been little examination of whether or not technology could provide a solution to the Border question

Former Swedish customs director says technology ‘really there’ to avoid hard border

Ireland cricket international George Dockrell at the North County’s cricket grounds

Once a key run-saving player, the cricket backstop has become obsolete

Switzerland’s former president Micheline Calmy-Rey, pictured in 2011. Photograph: AFP photo/pool/Cem Oksuz/Getty Images

Micheline Calmy-Rey, former Swiss president urges consideration of ‘pragmatic’ options

Paul Wilson, the vice-chairman of Monaghan Mushrooms. Photograph: DCU

Irish firms say Britain could apply zero tariffs on food to keep low prices after exiting EU

With fewer than 60 days before the UK leaves the EU, demand for passports has caused post offices in Northern Ireland to run out of forms. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Department prepares for 300,000 extra requests in event of UK crashing out of EU

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was urged by one correspondent to “take a leaf out of Thatcher’s book” in relation to Brexit negotiations. Photograph: Tom Honan

Taoiseach receives mix of praise, promises of votes and abuse over Government’s stance

An Asda in south London. Photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images

Academics warn fruit and vegetable intake will fall due to higher prices on food imports

HGVs with five axles or more are prohibited  from Dublin city centre between 7am and 7pm seven days a week. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ban would be lifted only in ‘exceptional circumstances’ if tunnel closed, council says

Cars and trucks exit the DFDS Seaways Newhaven-Dieppe ferry ’Cote d’Albatre’ in  October  2018 in Dieppe’s harbour, northwestern France. Photograph: Charly Triballeau/AFP/Getty

Idea of cargo ships travelling directly to French ports to bypass the UK floated

Dublin Port is planning an information campaign for hauliers in the weeks leading up to the UK leaving the EU on March 29th, setting out strict rules to ensure they have correct customs numbers and declaration forms completed before heading into the port in order to prevent traffic jams. Photographer: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg/Getty Images

Hauliers warned not to enter Port without customs paperwork for UK-bound goods

Patricia Callan,  director of the Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland:  “We have six weeks to go and I need to know what to put on my product in April.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

All-island group says drinks manufacturers under pressure to plan for hard Irish Border

Michael D’Arcy, Minister for Financial Services and Insurance and Jane Howard, CEO, Ulster Bank. Photograph:  Paul Sherwood

D’Arcy warns companies will not be able to ‘skip queue’ for authorisation after UK exit

Flags tied to railings outside parliament in London:  The Irish Government’s no-deal Brexit Bill attempts to cover all likely areas of change. Photograph: Kirsty Wigglesworth

State’s 95-page legislation document covers healthcare, education and social protection

A ‘No Border, No Brexit’ sticker on a road sign in front of the peace statue entitled ‘Hands Across the Divide’ in Derry. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Legislation covers issues ranging from social welfare to immigration controls

The Irish Border between Dundalk, Co Louth and Newry, Co Down. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Brexiteers incorrect to claim no change will happen, according to Niall Cody

The Central Bank’s Michael Hodson addressing the conference on Thursday. Photograph: Paul Sherwood.

Financial services companies seeking must be properly capitalised, Brexit event told

There has been a big rise  in the number of businesses registering for customs numbers to allow them to continue trading with the United Kingdom after it leaves the European Union. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images.

Revenue says big increase in number of businesses registering

Jacob Rees-Mogg, chairman of the European Research Group (ERG),  speaks above a photograph of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, during a meeting of pro-Brexit think tank the Bruges Group in London on Wednesday. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Hiring accelerated to deal with up to 20 million customs forms, a 12-fold increase

A sign in Derry calling for no border in Ireland . File photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Oireachtas committee told hard border would lead to fears ‘we are going backwards’

Women who are taller than 5ft 9in are more likely to live into their 90s than women who are shorter than 5ft 3in, according to research published in a top journal. File photograph: Getty Images

Sixty minutes of daily physical activity offers the best chance of extending life to 90 years

Bryan Mason of Moatlands, Ratoath was fined €200 at Dublin District Court on Monday for paying, giving, offering or promising to pay a prostitute for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity with a prostitute

65-year-old fined €200 under 2017 law after being caught in a raid on west Dublin brothel

A spokesman for Minister for Transport Shane Ross’s department said  the rules in force in Ireland covering the ownership and control of airlines were “not changing as a result of Brexit”. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Watchdog says rules ‘have not changed in 25 years, nor will they change after Brexit’

President Michael D Higgins will tell an audience including the Taoiseach and descendants of those elected to the first Dáil that the country is  entering “the most difficult part of our decade of centenaries”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

State must face ‘most difficult’ part of decade of centenaries ‘with sympathy and empathy’

“The new inspections will strengthen our child protection systems even more.” Photograph: Getty Images

Schools will normally receive 24-48 hours’ notice about the new inspections

Anthony O’Reilly in 2005. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/PA

US bankruptcy filings show ex-Heinz boss had assets €23m and debts of €170m

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

Port will be State’s single busiest outpost for customs checks and inspections after Brexit

Dublin Port spent €93 million on port infrastructure in 2018 and plans to invest a further €147 million this year.

Ireland’s busiest port reports growth of 4.3% for 2018, with 38m tonnes passing through

Master of the High Court Edmund Honohan: says he broke three internal windows with a hammer he brought into the Four Courts from his home to facilitate ventilation.

Edmund Honohan told cost ‘waste of scarce resources’ and further damage will be billed

Shane Ross identified the Irish, UK and French ports, in particular Dublin, Rosslare, Dover in England and Calais in France, the main “pinch-points” where delays would emerge. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Deliveries of perishable and short shelflife goods face delays at ports if UK crashes out

 A demonstration featuring a paper mâché Theresa May outside the Houses of Parliament in London. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty

No confidence motion throws up several possibilities including a general election

In her letter, British prime minister Theresa May accepts that the backstop represents ‘a fair compromise’ but tries to find common concerns on both sides. Photograph: Ben Birchall/AFP/Getty Images

For Brexiteers, reassurances fall short of legal guarantee that ‘backstop’ will be avoided

Emily Logan: “Ireland must seek to protect the rights of those who face the greatest barriers to justice.” File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Emily Logan warns of ‘repressive measures’ being used against rights groups in Europe

Last call for volunteers to administer the rationing system is said to have been in around 2010 and 2011. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Civil service volunteers wanted to administer system of fuel rationing from ‘strategically located’ stations

The American Ireland Fund is seeking damages of between $200,000 and $1 million in the case, according to court records.

Ex-American Ireland Fund employee seeks to keep credit card payments private in US

British  prime minister Theresa May during  prime minister’s questions  in the House of Commons  on January 9th.  Photograph: AFP Photo/Mark Duffy/Getty Images

Delaying, revoking, postponing Brexit – the options

 Michael Creed: Government would seek hundreds of millions of euro in financial aid from Brussels if the UK crashes out.  Photograph: Colm Mahady / Fennells

EU may need to pay €500 million in farmer supports if Britain crashes out

Aer Lingus owner IAG also owns Iberia and British Airways. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Brussels tells airlines they must be 50% EU owned to retain flying rights across bloc

Sir Anthony O’Reilly:  The one-time billionaire is seeking a declaration in a Pittsburgh court   to prevent Sabina Vidunas reopening her long-running civil action against him seeking damages. File photograph: David Sleator

Ex-nurse suing Sir Anthony over his promise of millions of dollars in company shares

A mural in Dover by British artist Banksy depicts a workman chipping away at one of the stars on an EU-themed flag. Photograph: Lyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images

Department of Business yet to ask Brussels for flexibility to cope with no-deal UK exit

German minister for foreign affairs Heiko Maas speaks at the  Global Ireland 2025: Making it Happen conference, at  Dublin Castle. Photograph: PA

If such a request is made ‘and is justified’ Ireland will not stand in the way, says Minister

Lorries parked in a queue during a trial at the former Manston Airport site in Kent. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

Operation Brock aimed at testing UK’s ability to ease congestion near Channel ports

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: “Ultimately, I believe in the politics of engagement rather than the politics of boycott.” Photograph: Donall Farmer

Varadkar warns of ‘double standard’ if diplomats attend male-only events elsewhere

 Louise Phelan, president and Mark Redmond, CEO of the American Chamber of Commerce (centre) join members of the Friendly Sons of St Patrick Cincinnati choir under the direction of Dan Shea at the 2014  Independence Day Lunch in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘It’s time to drag Irish America into the 21st century’ Varadkar is told

 Shipping containers and freight in Dublin Port. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Additional capacity could ease congestion in Dublin Port, says chief executive

Pleasure boats sit anchored in front of a ship docked at the Port of Dublin. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images

State’s busiest port has been planning for border checks on UK imports since late 2017

Third generation fruit and vegetable wholesaler Justin Leonard believes Simon Coveney’s no-deal Brexit plans are “disingenuous” and too little too late.  Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

‘We are in the 11th hour and suddenly everyone is saying: let’s put a plan together’

Yellow vest protesters confront gardaí at KBC’s Irish headquarters on Sandwith Street, Dublin, on Saturday. Photograph: RollingNews

Financial Services Union urges KBC Bank to protect vulnerable staff as protests escalate

 Shipping freight in Dublin Port. Almost 90%  of roll-on, roll-off road freight in Ireland  passed through the port in 2017. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Government has said it is looking to build offices for an additional 144 staff that will be required within Dublin Port

Martina Fitzgerald became RTÉ’s political correspondent five years ago. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Reporter departs broadcaster two weeks after being replaced as political correspondent

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Simon Coveney. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Government action plan is long on problems posed by a hard Brexit, but short on solutions

The Irish Pharmacy Union said the contingency plan for a no-deal Brexit was ‘long overdue’ but the pharmacies needed ‘clear guidance and practical solutions’ to benefit patients. Photograph: EPA

Industry wants more ‘on the ground’ information and supports for affected businesses

The no-deal plans  include the purchase of land at Dublin Port and Rosslare to prevent congestion  from new customs, sanitary and animal health checks at the sea ports.

Document outlines measures for a disorderly UK exit from European Union

The Revenue Commissioners have made plans for emergency medicines coming into the State to be fast-tracked at customs entry points after Brexit. File photograph: Jason Clarke Photography

Revenue makes plans to avoid disruption to supplies after UK’s exit from the EU

Revenue officials are said to be busy inspecting warehouses for authorisation in time to handle goods from the UK before it leaves the EU on March 29th, 2019, as companies step up no-deal planning.

More firms seeking sign-off for duty-exempt storage to hold UK goods after March

Lorries bound for Europe at Dover Port in Kent: 53 per cent of Irish goods exports with the rest of the world, not including Britain, pass through the UK in terms of volume. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA

Continued British membership to minimise curbs for Irish firms using ‘landbridge’ to EU

Journalist Joanna Bell (left) with Kim Kardashian. File photograph: Joanna Bell/Twitter

Daily Mail journalist apologises for disrupting ambassador’s speech at London party

The Government is putting in place contingency plans for Irish ports in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Photograph: Eric Luke

More than 80% of freight transport crossing the UK ‘landbridge” between the Republic and continental Europe passes through Dublin (...)

No-deal Brexit: about 60 per cent of medicines used in the Republic of Ireland travel through or come from the United Kingdom.  Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

HPRA waives relabelling requirements as industry steps up no-deal preparations

Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald was the guest speaker at a fundraising dinner in New York in November. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Biggest donors to party come from construction industry in New York

John Lynch, skipper of the fishing vessel Eblana: “Fish don’t do borders. They have tails; they move.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Sea frontiers are easily enforced; trawlers must stay within them even if the catch does not

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney, who is managing the State’s response to Brexit. A spokesman for Mr Coveney says further no-deal contingency plans will be published in due course by the Government and the EU. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Business groups including Ibec want detailed plans in light of UK political turmoil

INM’s chief executive, Michael Doorly, promised staff it will revive an “editorial systems committee” as it looks to allay concerns over the security of the emails and other data of journalists.

CEO tells staff company will facilitate audit of its computer systems

Former UK prime minister Sir John Major is pictured speaking at event in Duiblin’s Westin Hotel to mark the 25th Anniversary of the Downing Street Declaration. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

‘Whether you are a Remainer or Leaver, no one can welcome chaos’, ex-PM says

Former Sunday Independent editor Anne Harris says she was told by INM management that her emails were accessed in 2013 as part of an investigation into a leak. Photograph: Alan Betson

Helen Dixon looking into ‘a number of’ disclosures into company in ‘evolving picture’

A large mural depicting the EU flag being chipped away and attributed to the artist Banksy is seen at the Port of Dover. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

Businesses to press Government to disclose no-deal plans if Brexit deal is voted down

Ukip and pro-Brexit supporters in London, Britain. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

What are they thinking? When it comes to Brexit, the answer has several layers

Ireland’s EU commissioner Phil Hogan has said the risk of a disorderly Brexit means new investment in major energy and other infrastructural projects thought to be ‘down the line’ may have to be accelerated. File photograph: Alan Betson

‘Infrastructure requirements arising from a hard Brexit are now real’

Tory MP Priti Patel’s food shortage comments were criticised by EU agriculture commissioner Phil Hogan.

Exploiting shortages for political gain will ensure ‘starvation of British people’, Hogan says

 President Michael D Higgins, receives the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan at Áras an Uachtaráin, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Labour’s Sadiq Khan on Dublin visit tells Theresa May to halt Brexit if deal is rejected

“Divorce is regarded as a normal part of the wear and tear of life.” Photograph: iStock

Government wants to reduce four-year wait for divorce to two years in referendum

“You are effectively in a position where you can’t move on with your life.” Photograph: iStock

Two people describe the ‘cruelty’ of an adversarial process that left them in limbo

John West, former Ireland rugby international Trevor Ringland and John McNally in Holywood. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

On NI’s ‘gold coast’, liberal unionists grapple with a Brexit-induced redrawing of identities

 Students of the Methodist College Belfast  (from left) Joni Mcilroy, Jonathan Mearns, Izaak Carnduff, Hala Heenan, Adam Flanagan, Jake Lowry and Shannon McKeown. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Final-year students at Methodist College in Belfast on what Brexit means for them

The inquiries were ordered last year, by  then minister for justice Frances Fitzgerald, to consider allegations of Garda failings or misconduct in the investigations of the two men. Photograph: Frank Miller

Reports published into 2008 Dublin docks drowning and 1988 Co Offaly hit-and-run

Fernando Nuno La Fuente said he found it “funny” to see his own death reported “because, basically, I’m not dead”.

League censures team for bringing game into disrepute over fake claim about Spaniard

Fernando Nuno La Fuente: Spaniard who Ballybrack FC reported ‘dead’ is alive and well and living in Galway

FAI expected to issue statement on possible punishment for Ballybrack FC

Migrant businesswomen: Lidiane Martins, The Alternut Food Co; Ana Tereza Rodrigues, ‘So You Cake Toppers’; Mariana Cruz, Mariana’s Cakes; Sancha Moran, Sancha’s Parties; Gabriela Szeplaki and Ling Lee, The Alternut Food Co. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Graduates of DCU’s first migrant course for women show off skills with new businesses

Prof George Huxley: “There is a curious madness about [Brexit] which is very, very alarming”

Professor George L Huxley (86) has just become the oldest new citizen of Ireland

Former US ambassador to Ireland Kevin O’Malley was critical of President Trump’s performance in office.

Kevin O’Malley condemns ‘schoolyard bully’ president in hard-hitting Dublin speech

Norway has large fishing and agricultural industries and forms its own policy over these sectors by remaining outside the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy or Common Agricultural Policy. File photograph: iStock

Norway model was previously ruled out because it did not tick Theresa May’s boxes for the kind of Brexit she wants

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