A group of asylum seekers from the Eglinton direct provision centre Salthill, Galway,  who gathered to speak to Irish Times journalist Carl O’Brien in Galway recently. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Confidential document warns improving the Irish system increases the risk of asylum seekers from the UK moving to the State for b(...)

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald  said the annual Mabs  report showed  the average disposable income of people using their services was €8.75 a week after all bills were paid. She asked the Tánaiste: “How do you expect or recommend to these families that they pay €500 a year or more for their water. What household essentials do you advise them to cut back on?”

Tánaiste insists supports in place for low-income households

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney says Government had not decided “definitely” to go ahead with sending more troops to the Golan Heights. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Minister rejects reports that Israeli troops rescued Irish

Referendum in run-up to election may force candidates to make regrettable pledges, says Leo Varadkar

A referendum on abortion ‘shouldn’t be done on foot of a tragedy or a very hard case’, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar said. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Candidates may be forced to make commitments they regret, says Minister for Health

Irish Water will ask people to “self report” on medical conditions, which will allow them reduce their water charges bill, the Dáil has heard.

Regulator will rule shortly that those on boil water notices will not have to pay - Tánaiste

Socialist Party TD Clare Daly has congratulated Simon Coveney on his additional appointment as Minister for Defence as well has having responsibility for Agriculture, the Marine and Food. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Daly compliments two potential leaders of Fine Gael

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney accompanied by Lt Col Dennis Harrington (left) Officer Commanding at a review of the 46th Infantry Group, who are due to be deployed with the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force in the Golan Heights. Photograph: Eric Luke /The Irish Times

Government has not yet decided ‘definitely’ to deploy more troops to Golan Heights

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Former minister says the GSOC cannot ‘simply wash their hands’ about leak to newspaper

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