Minister  for Health Simon Harris attended the alcohol debate in Seanad Éireann to support his Minister of State Marcella Corcoran Kenny who is being pressed on policy by FG Senators. Photographs: The Irish Times

Former minister for health tells House men in their 20s presenting with cirrhosis of liver

Independent TD claims inheritance tax being avoided and relief being abused by well-off

Government Chief Whip Regina Doherty accused Micheál Martin of “completely undermining” the business committee  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fianna Fáil voted for week off in business committee, Government Chief Whip claims

Paul Murphy was repeatedly warned by Leas Cheann Comhairle Pat ‘The Cope’ Gallagher of long-standing practice in the Dáil that a court case could not be discussed.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Paul Murphy questions how right to protest can be maintained after youth’s conviction

 Minister for Health Simon Harris says the Citizens’ Assembly should be allowed to conclude its deliberations and make its recommendations. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister declines to give second hearing to AAA-PBP Bill on Eighth Amendment repeal

A number of weeks ago Regina  Doherty proposed to the business committee that the Dáil should sit during the mid-term because of the lengthy summer break. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

FF had initially voted in business committee for the break before later voting against

 Micheál Martin speaking at the Annual Fianna Fáil Wolfe Tone Commemoration in Bodenstown, Co Kildare.Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Government Chief Whip says FF leader has ‘taken a pop’ at FG at every opportunity

Members of the Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland are due to hold the first of seven one-day strikes on Thursday. Photograph: Eric Luke

Special treatment for striking gardaí and teachers ‘unacceptable’, Impact cautions

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald: said students from a large number of countries such as the US and Brazil as well as members of the European Economic Area  do not require visas to study in Ireland.Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Saudi Arabia in second place, followed by China and India

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has insisted his party is committed to the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Party leader clarifies FF’s position on legislation following lobbying by drinks industry

  Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar has criticised Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister responds after FF leader criticises his ‘PR-obsessed’ tenure in health portfolio

Speaking at the annual Fianna Fáil Wolfe Tone Commemoration in Bodenstown, Co, Kildare, party leader Micheál Martin described the actions of the London government on Brexit as “little short of shambolic”. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Micheál Martin says British ministers have been ‘cavalier and grossly unprofessional’

 Minister of State for Health Marcella Corcoran Kennedy who is steering the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill through the Seanad and Dáil. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Objections to advertising restrictions, label information and segregating drink in shops

John Halligan, Minister of State for Training and Skills, submitted two questions to Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald about refugees and the refugee resettlement programme. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister defies Government norms by issuing parliamentary question to Fitzgerald

Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald: unfair that TDs would have pay restored to €92,000. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Minister hits out at Sinn Féin claims TDs only take industrial wage

Independent TD Michael Lowry has called for a golf club close to the Garda College in Templemore, Co Tipperary, not to be closed for the expansion of the training facility. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Independent TD says the facility should not be affected by expansion at Templemore

Minister for Heritage Heather Humphreys has defended the company managing the 1916 site at Moore Street. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Sinn Féin TD questions links between heritage site’s manager and retail developer

Mary-Lou McDonald and Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar engaged in sharp Dáil exchanges on Thursday in a row over politicians’ pay. Photographs: Collins

McDonald and Varadkar in sharp Dáil exchanges over €5,400 politician repayment

Taoiseach Enda Kenny:  “There is no political direction being given to [the Citizens’ Assembly]  and there is no political cul-de-sac being put in place.”   Photograph: PA Wire

Brendan Howlin introduces legislation to regulate ‘rogue crisis pregnancy agencies’

Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe: says “it remains open to members of the Oireachtas to forgo the restoration of the pay reduction”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin will introduce motion to halt ‘unfair’ increment, David Cullinane tells Minister

The Government’s national strategy for the rental sector will be published by the end of the year, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Taoiseach defends Budget 2017 amid claims that there is ‘nothing in it for tenants’

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin: Mushroom industry is in a very serious crisis. Photograph: The Irish Times

At least six of 60 producers have gone bust since Brexit vote, Sinn Féin TD says

Independent Alliance TD Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran making his maiden Dáil speech. Image:

Independent Alliance TD congratulates Enda Kenny on his re-election as Taoiseach

Jim O’Callaghan has sharply criticised Britain’s preparation for Brexit as “abysmal”. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

ECHR to be replaced with ‘some ambiguous unknown British Bill of Rights’ - O’Callaghan

A call has been made for the HSE to show ‘more humanity’ and halt plans to move people with mental and physical disabilities who have been living in a care facility for 40 years back into the community.

FG’s Paul Coghlan calls for ‘more humanity’ over proposal for residents of Kerry facility

Minister Simon Harris said there was an increase of more than 4 per cent in the numbers attending in the first half of this year compared to the same period last year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

15% non-attendance rate ‘costs health service a great deal’ and increases waiting lists

Gerry Adams: “the Government should be proactive about setting out contingencies to protect and promote the national interests of the entire island of Ireland”

All 15 secretaries general in London last week for talks with British counterparts

Garda reservists during a  passing out parade  at the Garda College in Templemore recently. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Deploying reservists with no ‘power of arrest’ will not reassure public, says Labour leader

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has defended Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald over her response to the threatened Garda strike. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Taoiseach says Frances Fitzgerald is taking ‘a very responsible view’ of the situation

Builders would be “cutting off their nose to spite their face” if they raised prices steeply. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Estate agents and builders say rises of up to €45,000 unrelated to first-time buyer rebate

Finian McGrath: the Minister of State  said “we’re just coming out of the recession and we’re going into Brexit”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

All TDs and Ministers ’should take the hit’ and forgo rises, says Finian McGrath

Catherine Connolly: “this trade agreement opens us up to neoliberal policies without any regulation”

Minister calls on Catherine Connolly to ‘suspend judgment’ for final document

Catherine Martin: called on the Minister to accept the “urgent need to have a contingency plan in place”

Catherine Martin says there should be ‘plan B’ for Junior Cert marking

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald:  said  rise due to the Taoiseach  would bring “his salary to an even €200,000”. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

No clarity yet on whether all TDs and Senators will refuse restoration of salary

Ministers will not take pay rises of €12,000 due to them next spring under public sector pay deals, the Department of Public Expenditure has said. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Sinn Féin calls on Government to ‘put a stop’ to pay increase of over €5,000 for TDs

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: said only policy and structural elements of the Epsen Act (education for persons with special education needs) have been implemented. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Micheál Martin says legislation passed 11 years ago has still not been fully implemented

Independent TD Mattie McGrath  has renewed his call for a land tax on purchases in excess of 750 acres. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Independent TD accuses horse industry of ‘gobbling up’ huge tracts of lands

The victorious Dublin team following the All-Ireland senior football championship final replay in  Croke Park, Dublin. Fine Gael Seanad members have accused the GAA of discriminating against Senators. Photograph: ©INPHO/James Crombie

FG members claim the Seanad was not given the chance to buy final tickets

Minister for Transport Shane Ross: said he would not take lectures from Micheál Martin “when his prime achievement in making announcements [as minister for health] was spending money on consultancy reports, some of the time which he didn’t even read”. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Ross claims FF leader known as ‘minister for reports’ when in health portfolio

‘The details and the dates will be published when the Bill is published.’ Taoiseach Enda Kenny said.

Taoiseach asked if Government to make ’St Patrick’s day gift’ to welfare recipients

Budget 2017: Fianna Fáil health spokesman Billy Kelleher said the downward trend in smoking was positive but there was a particular propensity among young girls to take up smoking. Photograph: The Irish Times

Kenny moves to implement measure to help ‘us achieve a tobacco-free Ireland by 2025’

Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe confirmed a €120m rise in childcare funding to €465m next year

Minister for Public Expenditure says there will be €1.2bn for Housing Action Plan

Fianna Fáil finance spokesman Michael McGrath: told  the Dáil that clear leadership was needed to navigate the enormous challenges Brexit posed

Party’s finance spokesman warns first-time buyer’s grant could increase house prices

Eanna Ó Cochláin. Photograph:

Minister says case complicated by severe counter-drugs actions of president Duterte

Funeral of Michael McCoy at St Maelruain’s Church in Tallaght. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

Hundreds attend the funeral of the conservationist who died after being attacked on the Dublin Mountains

Leo Varadkar: “I don’t think somebody who is 18 or 19, many of whom are living at home with their parents, should be getting €188 a week. I don’t think that’s good for them.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Leo Varadkar refuses to commit to reversing cuts in €188-a-week allowance

Willie O’Dea of Fianna Fáil: “Growing older increasingly seems to mean growing colder.”Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Varadkar hopes to increase fuel allowance in budget but ‘cannot guarantee it at this stage’

Protesters outside the Russian Embassy in Dublin against the killing of civilians in Aleppo. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Minister rules out expulsion of Russian ambassador to Ireland as a response to atrocities

Colm Burke: “There is a 10-year strategy committee and I am seeking to have Senators appointed to that committee. I now understand that Sinn Féin is opposing that.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin indicates contentious issue a matter for Committee on Procedure and Privileges

Sinn Féin TD Pat Buckley: said he could not describe “the hurt and sense of loss experienced  when family members are told that one of their own has died by suicide”

Party says 24/7 crisis intervention service most immediate concern in mental health

Taoiseach Enda Kenny told the Dáil that although the post office network had  been  reduced significantly over the past 15 years, it is still an important entity.  Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Clare GP warns ‘if the Government does not act, it will passively strangle post offices’

Senator Neale Richmond described Brexit as an absolute disaster for the Irish economy.

European Medical Agency to move from London once Brexit negotiations completed

Enda Kenny said he had ’absolute confidence’ in both the Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan and France Fitzgerald. ‘I have no reason not to,’ he said. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Enda Kenny tells Dáil judge may be appointed to deal with ‘protected disclosures’

Enda Kenny: ‘We have put in place a whole series of agendas to deal with the issues that are arising,” he said. They are looking at financial assistance for small firms’

FF warns that UK’s departure from EU is a ‘doomsday scenario’ for many Irish firms

Ireland is one of the few EU member states without effective hate crime legislation, Fianna Fáil spokeswoman on disability Margaret Murphy O’Mahony (fourth from left) said. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Sinn Féin rejects FF hate crime Bill, labelling it a ‘frightening example of lazy legislating’

People Before Profit TD Bríd Smith: “Any reputable polling company would never conduct a selection of 100 people.” Photograph:   Gareth Chaney Collins

Taoiseach Enda Kenny sets aside €2 million for process, which will report by June 2017

Taoiseach Enda Kenny told the Dáil the Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has received correspondence from gardaí under the Protected Disclosures Act 2014. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Taoiseach confirms Tánaiste has received ‘protected disclosures’ from senior officers

The Government has been adamant it will introduce plain tobacco and cigarette packaging despite threats from the tobacco industry of legal action and the loss of 87 jobs in Mullingar following the decision to close the Imperial Tobacco manufacturing plant. File photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Health warnings with graphic images of health consequences to dominate packaging

A Syrian medical staff member inspects the damage at the site of a medical facility after it was reportedly hit by Syrian regime barrel bombs on October 1st in the rebel-held neighbourhood of al-Sakhour, in the northern city of Aleppo. Photograph: Thaer Mohammed/AFP/Getty Images

Flanagan made State’s abhorrence of bombing perfectly clear to ambassador, says Kenny

Rival demonstrations about abortion laws on O’Connell Street, Dublin, in 2013. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Ruth Coppinger calls for referendum on future of Eighth Amendment in Dáil debate

Irish Water meter photographed by Alan Betson

Paying for water is back in the news after Sinn Féin set out to embarrass Fianna Fáil over its apparent U-turn. And that’s without(...)

A Medical Council fitness-to-practise hearing was told Dr Muthulingam Kasiraj had been unaware of the basics of life support and did not know how to call 999. He was also allegedly unable to conduct a neurological examination and did not appear to know what herpes simplex, a cold sore, was.  File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Dr Muthulingam Kasiraj faces 24 claims of professional misconduct or poor performance

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: hospitalised earlier this month after contracting cellulitis, a bacterial skin infection.  Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

News of Minister for Finance’s demise greatly exaggerated, Dáil hears

Former tánaiste Joan Burton and  Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar were accused of playing politics before the general election over a school in their Dublin West constituency. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Richard Bruton denies government played politics over development in Clonsilla

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney said he could not be “any clearer on the importance and the implications of the decision we will make next year” in relation to water charges. Photograph: Alan Betson

Debate takes bizarre turn with Kama Sutra, teddy bear, Houdini, Beckett references

Fianna Fáil TD and chairman of the Public Accounts Committee Seán Fleming. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Fianna Fáil TD claims centres would not be refurbished if they refused to join scheme

Dáil water charges debate: Gerry Adams said he regretted not coming up with the Kama Sutra line, before adding that “my teddy bears are virgins”, in reference to his frequent mention of bears on Twitter.

Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin exchange insults during debate on motion to abolish the levy

File photograph of a Horse Racing Ireland event in Dublin. Taoiseach Enda Kenny has refused to be drawn on the controversial re-appointment of Brian Kavanagh as chief executive of Horse Racing Ireland. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin TD raises concerns over re-appointment of chief executive for third term

The Taoiseach said restoration of the Christmas social welfare payment would cost €200 million.  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Howlin asks if Taoiseach will support Leo Varadkar’s call for full restoration

Mr Ross said the 20km/h limit would not be appropriate to all housing estates. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Dáil debates Bill which would allow local authorities introduce 20 km/h speed limits

Minister of State for Defence Paul Kehoe has said the choice of malaria drug was a matter for the Defence Forces. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Lariam ‘most suitable’ anti-malaria drug for serving in sub-Saharan Africa, says Minister

Gerry Adams: accused  Taoiseach Enda Kenny of “not doing the homework” because he had not given any details of the Brexit forum. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Gerry Adams says day of action against UK vote will be staged by group in October

AAA-PBP TDs wear Repeal shirts in the Dáil.

Ruth Coppinger and other AAA-PBP TDs wear sweaters with slogans for Leaders’ Questions

Former Labour TD Ciara Conway: “I will always be a member of the Labour Party for good or bad. I still believe in politics but my time in elected politics is done.” Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Ex-TDs and senator reflect on what comes next, maybe looking for work or Pokémon Go

The checkpoints would test for  the presence of drugs at a   cost of €15 per motorist compared to 16c for alcohol breath tests. Photograph: Eric Luke

Other Bills on agenda after summer recess include water charges and pharmacy fees

Dublin Bus workers on the picket line at Donnybrook bus depot Saturday. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Stoppages to go ahead Tuesday, Wednesday as Minister rules out extra money for company

Independents 4 Change TD  Mick Wallace has spoken out about the latest ‘Spotlight’ allegations concerning Nama. Niall Carson/PA Wire

BBC programme includes secret recording of former Nama adviser receiving £40,000

 Opposition parties have called on Taoiseach Enda Kenny to meet political party leaders in the wake of the Spotlight claims. Photograph: The Irish Times

Secret recording alleges former Nama advisory board member received £40,000

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said it was a “complete distortion” for TDs to say there is an opportunity to “grab a large pot of money” for the Irish exchequer in the EU Apple tax ruling.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Gerry Adams accuses Government of acting ‘once again’ against welfare of Irish citizens

The Dáil reconvened early to debate the Government’s decision to appeal the Apple tax ruling. Photograph: Oireachtas/Screenshot

Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and Labour vote in favour of challenging the EU ruling

Some of the legislation passed could be seen as low-hanging fruit. Photograph: The Irish Times

First 100 days: When Dáil finally got into stride a Bill passed on average once every four days

Sandra Collins disappeared from her home in the seaside village of Killala on December 4th 2000.

Family of missing woman believes there is sufficient evidence to confirm her death

All three unions will meet next week and depending on the outcome of the ballots, will aim to co-ordinate industrial action, which could start later this month. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Ballot follows rejection of 8.25% pay rise recommendation from Labour Court

The State has agreed to purchase 1,983 hectares (4,900 acres) in the Dublin Mountains from the National Asset Management Agency (Nama). File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Ring criticises delay in purchase that will make national park ‘one of Europe’s biggest’

The chairman of Dublin City Council housing committee,  Daithí Doolan (Sinn Féin): says there are three “massive” land banks available immediately for redevelopment in Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Housing Finance Agency restricted as lending has to be on Government balance sheet

 Nacreous clouds over Crawfordsburn, photographed  by Andy McCrea from Bangor

Largest, most detailed image of a constellation ever taken, among ‘Images of Starlight’

Staff at Dublin Bus are voting on industrial action after rejecting an 8.25 per cent pay increase recommendation from the Labour Court

Minister for Transport Shane Ross urged to intervene after unions reject 8.25% pay rise

Figures released to SF finance spokesman Pearse Doherty reveal there are 500 pensioners in the top category of pension earnings, receiving more than €100,000 in payments annually. Photograph: Getty Images

Pearse Doherty: Figures ‘obscene’ as economy struggles with low pay and austerity

Gardaí have engaged in a targeted bank holiday enforcement campaign and since July 1st more than 500 people have been arrested on suspicion of drink driving. Photograph: Getty Images

Fatalities on Republic’s routes now at 108 to date – a rise of 18 on the same period in 2015

Sandra Collins disappeared from her home town of Killala on December 4th 2000

Siblings of Sandra Collins believe there is enough evidence to confirm her death

The Magazine Fort in the Phoenix Park, which will be open for limited public guided tours from this Sunday.  Photograph: Fran Veale

In 1916 rebels planned to blow up the ammunitions storage depot which was built in 1734

 Hiqa’s report follows an unannounced inspection of the National Liver Transplant Unit at St Vincent’s University Hospital  in March this year. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Authority highlights inadequate isolation facilities at St Vincent’s University Hospital

Nearly one per cent of the world’s population are asylum seekers, refugees or migrants forcibly displaced in their own countries, the highest number in recorded history. File photograph: AFP/Getty Images

State ‘miles behind’ with only ‘pathetic’ 311 of 4,000 refugees committed to taken in

The State is expected to buy almost 5,000 acres at Glenasmole Valley in the Dublin mountain from Nama. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Michael Ring expresses concern over the price the agency is seeking for the land

There were 89 fatal collisions and 93 fatalities from July 21st last to year to the same date this year.

Authority calls for drivers to ‘return to basics’ after more than 500 arrests in July

Former interim chief executive of Console David Hall said the charity regulator needed more power. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Services would have ‘fallen over’ without staff who worked unpaid, says David Hall

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams. File photograph: Collins

Adams says issue not about dragging Unionists into united Ireland, but a different relationship

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan has rejected Government claims that his party set over-ambitious 2020 carbon emission targets for Ireland while in office.

Eamon Ryan accuses the Government of wanting ‘to turn this green country brown’

One in Four director Maeve Lewis said the department “claims it has completely adequate child protection policies in place in Irish schools but that’s a bit of a joke”. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Decision shows department ‘does not fully accept child protection responsibilities’

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan:  said Ireland had the third-highest per capita emissions in Europe and was   only one of two EU countries  not going to meet the international commitments by 2020. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Eamon Ryan accuses Government of seeking to ‘turn this green country brown’

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