The Government will build and refurbish 35,000 social housing units over the next five years, Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has said.  Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

Minister for the Environment says neglect of such programmes in recent years ‘deplorable’

Minister for the Arts Heather Humphreys:  appointed two Fine Gael members, John McNulty and Sheila O’Regan, to the board of the Irish Museum of Modern Art.   Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Department of Public Expenditure and Reform guidelines a response to McNulty controversy

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: has abandoned moves by her predecessor, Alan Shatter, to lower the age of sexual consent from 17 to 16. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

New legislation will also strengthen laws on grooming, child pornography and harassment

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin at the party’s 75th Ard Fheis in Killarney earlier this year: the party is  now effectively on election footing. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Two largest Opposition parties are set to begin process of selecting candidates

 Ms Cahill was responding to reports the Government is considering a cross-Border inquiry. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Scale of problem should be discovered before all-island investigation begins

Minister for the  Community Alan Kelly:  bringing a memorandum on his social housing strategy to the weekly Cabinet meeting. Photograph: Alan Betson

Cabinet set to approve scheme for new and refurbished houses and flats

Only one national plebiscite has taken place since State’s foundation

 “Our job now is to continue to make long-overdue improvements to our water services and to win the confidence of the public in the process.” Head of Irish Water, John Tierney, reacts to new water package. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Ervia and Irish Water say new package does much to clarify and restore public trust

The success or otherwise of the new water strategy will be gauged by the volume of new registrations over the next month or so. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Analysis: The Government will need a spectacular 2015 to put this debacle behind it

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