Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan: “We need to protect international students studying in Ireland.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Government measures aim to prevent flouting of student immigration system

Albert Reynolds and  John Major outside 10 Downing Street in  December 1993.  Reynolds, like his British counterpart at the time, may never have achieved the profile of some of the celebrated – and notorious – politicians who occupied the office of taoiseach. He neither had the charisma of Charles Haughey nor the popular touch of Bertie Ahern, but nonetheless his influence was profound.  Photograph: Reuters/Dylan Martinez

Late former taoiseach may have lacked the personal touch but his influence was profound

Photograph: Matt Kavanagh 6th  An image from September 1994 showing the then taoiseach Albert Reynolds (centre) shaking hands with Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams (left) and SDLP leader John Hume outside Government Buildings after a discussion of ways to advance the peace process following the IRA’s ceasefire announcement of August 31st. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Analysis: He was not slow to venture opinions and could not be persuaded to withdraw

Dr Ambrose McLoughlin: taking up new role with Healthy Ireland. Photograph: David Sleator

Former top civil servant to retain €176,000 salary in new post

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan said she believed the constitutional ban on abortion should be revisited by a future government. Photograph: The Irish Times

Woman was refused an abortion and subsequently had her child delivered by Caesarean section

Minister for Justice Frances  Fitzgerald  declined to comment on the case.  She said, however, that the implementation of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy  Act, which began in January, would be monitored.

As pregnancy continued she became increasingly distressed

Figures supplied by the Revenue Commissioners  show the domicile levy is not having the desired effect. The number of wealthy tax exiles who have paid the levy is small – in the three years for which figures are available, an average of nine people paid each year.

Average of nine non-residents a year pay €200,000 levy introduced in 2010

Policy on switching to public transport, cycling and walking highlighted

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: said the direct provision system was never envisaged as something that would last for more than six months

Intervention by FF foreign affairs spokesman Seán Ó Fearghaíl will place more pressure on Government to review accommodation poli(...)

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