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

Former chief executive of Anglo Irish Bank David Drumm has pleaded guilty to to authorising unlawful loans to 10 property developers to buy shares in Anglo. he will be sentenced on Tuesday.   Photograph: Collins Courts

Former Anglo Irish ceo pleaded guilty to authorising unlawful loans to 10 developers

Papal Cross in Phoenix Park: It took less than two weeks for tickets to the closing Mass of the pope’s six-day visit to be booked out, with 400,000 snapped up in the first 48 hours. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Public tickets for events during visit of Pope Francis in August have been fully allocated

Ruth Negga will play Hamlet at the Gate Theatre. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Leading theatres, festivals and groups sign up to policy to increase female involvement

Lorraine Walsh: “Imagine seven surgeries to try and preserve fertility and allow us to have the children we so desperately longed for, followed by failed IVF because the surgery depleted my ovarian reserve due to compromised blood supply.”  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Galway woman Lorraine Walsh says cancer testing saved her life but let her down deeply

Dr Gabriel Scally, who led the Government scoping inquiry into the CervicalCheck scandal. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Patient representatives in Government review of cancer screening call for action

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was ‘at pains to stress that this was a private lunch, as if his comments within the Irish consul general’s residence in New York were somehow sacrosanct’. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Taoiseach’s unscripted comments to private US gathering reveal a persistent case of tin ear

Eleanor McEvoy: “A Woman’s Heart”,  on which she was a co-writer, helped launch her career. “If it happened now, I would be earning nothing from it.” Photograph : Aidan Crawley

Songwriter disappointed at EU vote against copyright Bill to pay creators in digital age

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on Wednesday clarified his New York remarks in the Dáil and said he “strongly believed that a free press was important in a democracy”. Photograph: Laura Hutton/PA Wire

Taoiseach in robust exchange with guest at event where views on media stunned some

Leo Varadkar told a private lunch gathering in New York on Tuesday that he sympathised with Donald Trump’s view of the media, saying the media was not interested in the truth but in the story. Photographer: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

Taoiseach expected to address issue in Dáil after saying he sympathised with Trump’s views

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  ringing the opening bell of the NYSE in New York, July 3rd.

Taoiseach in private remarks criticises media interest in the story rather than the truth

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney: to meet  UK cabinet office minister David Lidington and chancellor of the exchequer Philip Hammond in London on Wednesday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister set to emphasise Britain must deliver legally on December commitments

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  ringing the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday. Kim Haughton

Leo Varadkar says he wants to see confidence and supply arrangement extended

Bono joked that ‘the worst thing’ he could say about Canada was that they are ‘nice’. Photograph: Kim Haughton

Varadkar and Coveney attend Ireland’s formal launch for UN Security Council seat in New York

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar laying a wreath at UN Building in New York to the 88 Irish peacekeepers who died during 60 years of unbroken service for the UN.  Photograph: Kim Haughton

Varadkar sees Ireland ‘at the heart of UN decision-making to advance international peace, security and development’

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar laying a wreath at UN Building in New York to Irish who died on UN peacekeeping missions. Photograph: Kim Haughton

Taoiseach says important for Ireland to have a place where ‘important decisions are made’

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar:  has travelled to the United States to launch Ireland’s election campaign for a seat on the United Nations Security Council. File Photograph: Laura Hutton/PA Wire

Taoiseach rejects claims of complacency by Minister of State Finian McGrath

U2 on stage at Madison Square Garden in New York. Photograph: Ross Stewart

U2 frontman backs Ireland’s bid for UN Security Council place

Ireland’s 2001-2002 membership of the UN Security Council, dominated by the response to the 9/11 attacks, was the last time Ireland held one of its 10 non-permanent seats.

Despite criticism of costs, body shows Irish ability to ‘solve problems beyond our shores’

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar   in Brussels last week. He will be attending a series of events in New York on Monday marking the formal launch of Ireland’s bid for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council.  Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Varadkar says seat would put Irish at heart of international decision-making

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: “I really would appeal to people to heed the advice and not to use hosepipes”. Photograph:  Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

Varadkar calls on citizens to turn off tap while brushing teeth during heatwave

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Tánaiste Simon Coveney answer questions from reporters during their visit to New York. Photograph: Simon Carswell/The Irish Times

Leader denies claims that Tipperary TD got commitments on funding for local hospital

At the end of his recent trial on Anglo’s fraudulent deposits, former Anglo chief executive David Drumm cut a defeated figure. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Former bank chief avoids another trial by accepting illegality over ‘Maple 10’ loans

Declan Flynn, whose killers left him bleeding so severely that he died of asphyxia, essentially choking on his own blood.

Family want public to know more of Dubliner’s life than its ending in Fairview Park

Pramit Ghose former managing partner of liquidated Bloxham Stockbrokers directed to furnish a full record of transactions

High Court seeks full record on money managed for brain-damaged man

Michael Breslin’s action against IBRC centres on a claim that in 2009, after Drumm had left the bank, Anglo reneged on a October 2008 deal to fund a £63 million (€71 million) hotel on Waterloo Road in London. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Co Meath native sues in US claiming Anglo fraudulently induced €10m guarantee

Emma Mhic Mhathúna: “They’re playing a very hard game,” she said of the lab involved in the negotiations. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Kerry mother of five describes six-hour mediation as ‘draining’ as she seeks settlement

David Drumm: the discovery of the taped phone calls was “quite significant”. Photograph: Collins Courts

Gerard Walsh believes case shows ‘following orders’ defence will not work anymore

Former chief executive of Anglo Irish Bank David Drumm: multimillion annual salary and bonuses from Anglo sustained him in a luxurious lifestyle. Photograph: Collins Courts

Dubliner’s personal fortune was wrapped up in his efforts to keep ailing bank open

A coloured scanning electron micrograph of a cell of a cervical carcinoma. File photograph: Getty Images

HSE phones woman to apologise while she is getting post-cancer-treatment wig

John Concannon: will retain the assistant secretary pay grade of between €122,313 and €139,728  for his new appointment. Photograph: Alan Betson

After move to new post civil servant’s official title will be director general of Global Ireland

Outgoing president of the Confederation of British Industry Paul Drechsler said the problems around Brexit were so great that solutions could not be delayed until October.

Paul Drechsler, outgoing president of CBI, warns of ‘another moment of danger’

David Drumm arriving at the Criminal Courts of Justice  in Dublin on Wednesday where Judge Karen O’Connor jailed him for conspiracy to defraud and false accounting. Photograph: Collins Courts

Judge says former banker engaged in ‘grossly reprehensible behaviour’ in 2008 conspiracy

Former Anglo Irish Bank chief David Drumm’s position as the highest-ranking executive at Anglo weighed heavily in the judge’s ruling. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Former chief’s jail term reflects lead role at Anglo but others are serving longer in UK, US

David Drumm, arriving at the Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin on Wednesday for  his sentencing hearing. Photograph: Collins Courts

It took years to bring former Anglo chief to justice and he had to endure an excruciating wait of his own for his sentence

David Drumm arrives at the Criminal Courts of Justice on Parkgate Street in Dublin  for his sentencing hearing. Photograph: Collins Courts

Former chief executive is most senior Anglo official to be convicted

 Minister for Children Katherine Zappone  said the report made for “difficult reading”.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Damning health watchdog report calls for urgent action at child protection agency

Eva Boyle, an inspector manager in Hiqa’s children’s team, told a press conference that investigators raised concerns about 10 cases within the sample of 164 closed cases to Tusla’s management for reopening. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

Report by the State health watchdog found evidence of poor record-keeping

Hiqa investigated the mishandling of a false allegation against Garda whistleblower Sergeant Maurice McCabe. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Hiqa says systems failures in State’s child protection agency pose a risk to children

Marian House, which is located next to the congregation’s headquarters, Kimmage Manor, is due to close.

Spiritans, founders of Blackrock College and Rockwell, to shut Marian House in Dublin

The Health Service Executive  has dealt with more than 25,000 calls since the CervicalCheck crisis began. File photograph: Getty Images

Provider contracted laboratories to take out insurance for at least €22.6m per claim

Developer Seán Dunne. On July 10th, a US court will hear  an application from Mr Dunne’s bankruptcy trustee seeking an additional loan to fund the investigation and administration of Mr Dunne’s bankruptcy estate.

Approval sought for $250,000 loan from Nama and Ulster Bank to fund investigation

Niall Burgess, secretary general, at Iveagh House: “It is about putting the right people with the right skills into the right place at the right time.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Niall Burgess identifies gaps in Spanish and Chinese as missions set to increase

Tokyo, Japan: the country is Ireland’s biggest trading partner in Asia  but it is one of the most expensive locations in the Irish network of 80 overseas diplomatic missions

New building will be biggest ever capital investment by Department of Foreign Affairs

Vicky Phelan who settled a High Court action after her cancer was missed in a smear test three years before she was diagnosed. Photograph: Collins Courts

Officials warn disclosures ‘could be more harmful than beneficial’ amid smear test inquiry

Dr Gabriel Scally, who is carrying  out a scoping enquiry into the CervicalCheck screening programme, said most records requested by him only landed on his desk at the end of last week. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Failures and delays to disclose have hampered scoping inquiry right from the start

Trinity College Dublin says Hillary Clinton will receive an honorary degree from the university and deliver a public lecture on Friday, June 22nd. Photograph: Getty Images

Former candidate and man she claims cost her 2016 election visit on Friday of next week

Dr Gabriel Scally: his inquiry will not be able to meet its deadline of a final report by the end of June. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Department and HSE under fire for late handover and format of documents

Dr Gabriel Scally: found it “disappointing and unclear” why records prepared in electronic form were not handed over in that format, making it impossible to search them. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Stephen Teap ‘extremely disappointed’ at ‘drip-feed’ and ‘last-minute paper-bombing’

Graffiti is seen on  well-known Irish bar and restaurant Brownes Irish Market in Kansas City, which claims to be the oldest Irish business in North America. Photograph: Brownes Irish Market

‘Immigrants not welcome’ sprayed on Brownes Irish Market, which was founded in 1887

 Cypriot foreign minister Nikos Christodoulides  welcomes  Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Simon Coveney at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nicosia, Cyprus, at the weekend. Photograph: Katia Christodoulou/EPA

Taoiseach says Government always viewed October as deadline for Border deal

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: “There shouldn’t be any delay in providing patients with their medical records.” Photograph: Laura Hutton/PA Wire

Varadkar says retrieving medical records ‘not as simple as taking book out of library’

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with Tánaiste Simon Coveney at the launch of the Global Ireland 2025 plan in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Ukraine, Morocco among new embassies and consulate for LA under global expansion

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said we ‘don’t need 4,000 GPs to provide this service’.   Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Varadkar is not concerned that GPs might seek to block roll-out of abortion next year

Former Anglo Irish Bank executive David Drumm: guilty of two fraud charges after denying arranging dishonest or fraudulent multibillion-euro transfers to boost the failed Irish lender’s books in the months before it went bust. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Conviction of Anglo’s most senior executive a message to white-collar criminals

UK Brexit secretary David Davis, a hard Brexiteer who threatened resignation if the backstop was not time-limited. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

And what exactly is this ‘backstop’ solution that people are talking about?

Minister for Culture Josepha Madigan has already proposed in a Private Members’ Bill to reduce the waiting time for a divorce from four years to two. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Josepha Madigan claims there is an ‘appetite’ to deal with the issue in legislation

DUP leader Arlene Foster has criticisedTaoiseach Leo Varadkar’s decision to open the Féile an Phobail festival in Belfast. Photograph: Eric Luke

DUP leader concerned about message of opening event linked to prison officer killing

 Katie Taylor said she had been appalled “by the misuse of my name and image during the reporting of this incident. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

‘You didn’t deserve this heartache; I’m so sorry for your loss’, she told family of Bobby Messett who was shot dead

Former Anglo Irish Bank executive David Drumm outside Dublin’s Central Criminal Court, after he was found guilty of two fraud charges. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Conviction of former chief executive most significant in nine-year Anglo investigation

 Former chief executive of Anglo Irish Bank David Drumm (51) leaves the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court  where he was found guilty of conspiracy to defraud. Photograph: Collins Courts

This was the third courtroom banker has been defeated in over the past four years

David Drumm outside Dublin’s Central Criminal Court after he was found guilty. Photo:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Banker faces potentially a long jail term on conspiracy to defraud and up to 10 years for false accounting

Former chief executive  of Anglo Irish Bank, David Drumm (51), with an address in Skerries, Co Dublin,  at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on Wednesday, as the jury were still deliberating on a verdict in his fraud trial. Photograph: Collins Courts

Most damaging fallout of sit-it-out strategy was five months in maximum-security jail

Michael Bloomberg, right, pictured at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland meeting Dermot Desmond and Prof John Hyland, president of the RCSI. Photograph: Julien Behal Photography

Businessman-turned-politician says future president needs skills to get elected and govern

Failure to agree a deal on the withdrawal by the UK’s formal exit from the EU on March 29th, 2019, could provide “the kind of salutary shock that would be needed for both sides to get their acts together”, claims Sir Michael Leigh.

UK consultants do not see an invisible border being agreed until deal on EU-UK trade

 David Drumm leaving court in March. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Drumm remanded on bail until June 20th for sentencing after ‘humanitarian’ plea

The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, has been increasing pressure on London to propose more concrete solutions in time for the summit. Photograph: EPA/BALAZS MOHAI

Irish officials expect new British proposals on Border this week

Tony O’Brien, former director general of the HSE: got approval from shareholders in Evofem at its annual meeting in San Diego on May 8th to acquire 2,057 shares, two days before he stepped down from HSE role. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Sign-off agreed on director share-buying at US firm as cancer controversy deepened

Bill Flynn (right) in New York with then Northern Ireland deputy first minister Seamus Mallon, in 2000. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA

Irish-American businessman a pivotal player in building political support in US for pact

 DUP leader Arlene Foster: “For us our only red line is that we are not treated any different from the rest of the United Kingdom, that there are no trade barriers put up between Northern Ireland and our biggest market, which, of course, is Great Britain.”  Photograph: PA Wire

Leader Arlene Foster rejects plan for special joint EU-UK status for Northern Ireland

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

US firm said Dublin students who stepped off deck before it fell were among settlements

The flag of Kazakhstan. A premises for an embassy had been lined up close to Fitzwilliam Square in Dublin. Photograph: Getty Images

Diplomat rejects suggestion his government applied to open consulate in Ireland

DUP MP Sammy Wilson said  none of the mooted proposals had been discussed with his party. File image: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images

Brexiteer MP Sammy Wilson says reported David Davis proposals were ‘at best contradictory’

Britain’s Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union  David Davis. Photograph: Getty

Department of Foreign Affairs urges UK to engage with EU ‘in a more detailed way’

Gerry Adams , Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald,  and Sinn Féin vice-president Michelle O’Neill in Gormanstown, Co Meath. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Filings show the bulk of the money came from annual dinner in New York

Tánaiste Simon Coveney said at this stage of Brexit negotiations, Ireland needs to be protected. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Tánaiste jokes that one of his English uncles voted to leave EU – ‘the one I don’t talk to’

Emma Mhic Mhathúna: “Nobody knows what they are doing, it is not co-ordinated and what is going to happen is everyone is going to get frustrated.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Terminally ill woman says travel and cost of childcare to make appointments taking toll

Dr Andrew O’Regan from Medical Alliance for the Eighth. Photograph: Collins

Medics call on Harris to extend protections for conscientious objectors in legislation

Vicky Phelan: sued the HSE and the lab for missing her cancer in a 2011 smear test. She was diagnosed with cancer in 2014. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Emails show department queried screening service’s view of Limerick woman’s action

Siobhán Donohue, Amy Walsh, Aoife Lowry, Gaye Edwards and Caroline McCarthy of Terminations for Medical Reasons, and master of the National Maternity Hospital Rhona Mahony. Photograph: Maxwell

Campaigners for terminations for medical reasons overwhelmed by landslide vote

The HSE contacted the woman yesterday and agreed to meet her at her home early next month.

Woman told two smear tests which initially showed no abnormalities were wrong

Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon: from Friday she will have attention-grabbing fines at her disposal. Photograph: Seán Breithaupt and Yvette Monahan/Getty Images

Helen Dixon says her office needs to at least double to cope with its expected workload

Emma Mhic Mhathúna: “I am terminally ill, and I need the money now, to set things up for my children. I can’t afford to be waiting around.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

‘I need the money now, not when I’m dead,’ says terminally ill woman on plans for court

Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon:  “We wouldn’t be investigating if we didn’t think there was a basis to investigate.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Commissioner preparing to investigate alleged data breach at media company

Vicky Phelan said  John Gleeson still had questions to answer about his role in the failure to tell affected women and to conceal audit results from the families of patients who had died. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Cancer-screening service intended to tell medics, but not patients, of audit results

Fine Gael TD Kate O’Connell told health officials: “In the world of science, we like to separate fact and feelings.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Health official tells PAC she had no idea news of diagnoses had not been passed on

New legal actions heap pressure on response to CervicalCheck controversy

Labour TD Alan Kelly expressed dismay that the only achievement in six months since a colposcopists’ meeting in terms of informing women about the clinical audit was “a leaflet” for patients.

Newly released records show doctors were unhappy onus was on them to tell women

Stephanie O’Keeffe, the HSE’s national director of health and wellbeing, said she did not know most patients were not being told about issues with smear tests until Vicky  Phelan’s case emerged. File photograph: Aidan Crawley.

Programme’s manager concedes mistake in not telling women of incorrect smear tests

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