The personal details of new Irish citizens remain online indefinitely after publication by the Government’s official gazette. Photograph: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Data Protection Commissioner says making the information public is stipulated by law

Drinks were labelled either “vodka and tonic” or “tonic water” and participants were not told the amount of alcohol they received. Photograph: The Irish Times

Rate of sexual assault on women between 16 and 24 four times higher than any other age

The research hypothesis was that those taking action against badgers might actually contribute to maintaining bovine TB. Photograph: Getty Images

Interference with badger setts rare but clustered in known ‘TB hotspots in cattle’

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe with Supt Con O Donohoe during a briefing from the Road Safety Authority. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

RSA warns another 100 people may die this year unless road behaviour changes

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe and Garda Síochána Supt Con O’Donohoe during a press briefing from the Road Safety Authority. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

RSA warns that another 100 people will die this year unless behaviour changes

 Lorry drivers stretch their legs outside their trucks on the M20 in Kent late in July amid delays due to the migrant crisis in Calais, France. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Transport spokesman Timmy Dooley in France to meet Irish hauliers

 College Green, Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Car park users walk no more than 300 to 400 metres to final destination, survey says

French ambassador Jean-Pierre Thébault, Gerry Curran of the National Union of Journalists and former Dublin lord mayor Christy Burke at an event held in Dublin earlier this year in commemoration of the Charlie Hebdo victims. Photograph; Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

French ambassador pays tribute to Ireland’s solidarity in wake of Charlie Hebdo attacks

‘The Voice UK’ singer and anti-racism campaigner Sharon Murphy: “Whatever made you different was used to hurt.” Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Genocide does not start with gas chamber ‘but with whispers’, says Holocaust survivor

Grant funding cut in three years from €57.6 million to €9.9 million in three years

Gardaí at the house where  Marie Quigley was found dead  near Hackballscross, Co Louth. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Quigley and Beagan families are well-known in close-knit parish of Kilkerley in Dundalk

Gorta Self Help chairman Tom Kitt: board decided to enter formal discussions. Photograph:  Frank Miller

Irish aid agencies are in discussions after board approval of move

A woman in her 70s has died following a crash involving three vehicles in Co Limerick.

Victim, in her 70s, was passenger in car travelling on N21 near Rathkeale

The Department of Health stressed the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill is a “top priority” for Leo Varadkar. File photograph: Johnny Green/PA Wire

Delay creates doubts about Bill to introduce minimum pricing passing by end of year

John Dunne says damage to social fabric and individuals an ‘enormous personal regret’

David Begg, former General Secretary of ICTU & non-executive director of the central bank and CBFSAI.

Former union head excludes IMF from criticism

Senator Mary Ann O’Brien has accussed the EPA of not “bringing to heel” industrial polluters

Senator says in many cases the agency had chosen not to believe the concerns of citizens

Fianna Fáil Senator Terry Leyden suggested the Seanad be held at Farmleigh in Phoenix Park. File photograph: Alan Betson

Senator Maurice Cummins rules out venue as renovation of roof is delayed until 2016

Paul Dunne’s time at University of Alabama and at Blackrock College in Dublin was mentioned in the Seanad. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA

Éamonn Coghlan calls for Government to make Ireland a leader in sports tourism

Under the current civil debt legislation, utility companies including Irish Water as well as sole traders can apply to the courts to recover payment of debts ranging from €500 to €4,000.

Bill a ‘panicked reaction’ following public’s ‘huge lack of buy-in’ on water charges

Fianna Fáil Seanad leader Darragh O’Brien has called for the intervention of Minister for Health Leo Varadkar into the case of his constituent Colm Callaghan, who “requires life saving medical attention and an operation that is only available in Canada”.

Insurance company says they will only pay €22,000 out of €200,000 cost of surgery

FF Senator says David Cameron highlighted gull dangers after dog killed

Jillian van Turnhout, Alliance chief executive, and Dr Nóirín Hayes, chairperson of the Children’s Rights Alliance. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Another law in 2014 with the same provisions also not implemented, Seanad told

Labour’s Ivana Bacik pointed out that lenient sentencing in rape cases was being appealed.

Cathaoirleach says role of judiciary and separation of powers must be recognised

Independent TD John Halligan clashed with the Tánaiste in the Dáil. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Uproar when Tánaiste says no Independents offered to give up leader’s allowance

Legislation aimed at Dunnes Stores business model of ’exploitation, pure and simple’

Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice, wants legislation introduced  to cut the pensions now being restored to former taoisigh, ministers and senior civil servants.

Fitzmaurice wants new law to cut State pensions of more than €100,000 per annum

Minister  for Defence Simon Coveney:  thanked Lieut Gen Conor O’Boyle   for “his distinguished service and important contribution” as chief of staff. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Legislation passed to facilitate promotion Rear Adm Mark Mellett

Gerry Adams: “The house was occupied for days by the Parachute regiment. They destroyed everything.” Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin leader names 11 killed when internment introduced in 1971

During a debate on Northern Ireland, Independent TD Mick  Wallace questioned the sale of the Northern Ireland loan portfolio of 850 properties. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

TD asks about role of Nama NI adviser Frank Cushnahan and Cerberus/Pimco legal teams

Chief executive of the National Asset Management Agency Brendan McDonagh who has asked gardaí to investigate claims about the agency made in the Dáil by Independent TD Mick Wallace.

Wallace alleges Nama did not enforce guarantees provided by barristers and bankers

Mick Wallace has claimed a construction company made two cash payments to exit  National Asset Management Agency.

Taoiseach says TD must bring allegations to gardaí or the Public Accounts Committee

Socialist TD says he has been asking the same question for two months without success

Taoiseach says environment has improved and entrepreneurs winning in more markets

Catherine Murphy will form group with Róisín Shortall and Stephen Donnelly. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Catherine Murphy, Róisín Shortall and Stephen Donnelly will launch group on Wednesday

Fine Gael Minister of State for Public Expenditure and Reform Simon Harris. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

It is now legal to criticise Henry VIII’s second marriage and for everyone to eat oatmeal

 President Micheal D Higgins laying a wreath on behalf of the Irish people during the National Day of Commemoration at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

President pays respects at Kilmainham event on National Day of Commemoration

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys (fourth from right) led wreath-laying to commemorate the dead of the first and second World Wars at a ceremony at the National War Memorial Gardens in Islandbridge, Dublin on July 11th, 2015. To the left are newly elected Dublin Lord Mayor Cllr Críona Ní Dhálaigh and Lord Mayor of Belfast Cllr Arder Carson. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Veterans of British forces and Defence Forces members attend annual commemoration

Stephen Donnelly, Róisín Shortall and Catherine Murphy

‘We are excited to be working together to offer a new credible political choice’

The boat to Inisbofin off the coast of Mayo. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Farming flourished with EU membership but fishing suffered, Dáil told

Provisions of a new Bill on child grooming include the offence of communicating with a child, online or offline, to do anything that would constitute sexual exploitation.

Child grooming Bill introduced as Ireland pressured to outline protection measures

Senator Mary White called for an increase on the inheritance tax threshold. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Fianna Fáil claims anti-Dublin bias, but Labour says inheritance perpetuates inequality

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: he insisted the scheme had brought about an end to years of uncertainty and costs for the women

Minister says judge is independent as Sinn Féin claims process is demeaning

Emmet Stagg, chief whip of the Labour party, criticised the lone parent welfare cuts.

Emmet Stagg sent email to constituent criticising the cuts introduced by Burton

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: Michael Noonan will have follow-up meeting with the banks.

Taoiseach says Central Bank has to request legislation to deal with interest rates

Senator Sean Barrett said “a single page was all that appeared in the Oireachtas Library about the sale of Aer Lingus”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Barrett worried about sale of Aer Lingus, post-code system and electricity generation

Niall Collins asked the Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald, what were the recruitment projections for the next three years. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Fitzgerald confirms personnel strength of An Garda Síochána was 12,772 at end of May

Brendan Howlin gave the figure during a short Dáil debate on the 2016 Estimates for the Houses of the Oireachtas Commission. Photograph: Eric Luke

€3.38 million for ‘termination allowances’ for TDs and Senators who lose seats

 Richard Boyd Barrett said the Government was “just terrified” of the mass movement against charges. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

TD claims legislation on non-payment of charges ‘admission of defeat by Government’

Minister for Enterprise Richard Bruton has refused calls Sinn Féin leader Gerry   Adams TD and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin TD for a formal commission of investigation into the sales process around Nama’s Project Eagle. File photograph: Eric Luke The Irish Times

‘Nama found to have dealt properly’ with Project Eagle process, says Minister

Former lord mayor of Dublin Catherine Byrne was speaking during a six-hour debate on the Civil Debt Bill. File photograph: Frank Miller

FG’s Catherine Byrne defends Burton’s ‘guts’ for tough decisions

People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd-Barrett poses for a picture at the anti-water charges protest at the Central Bank in Dublin last February.Photograph: Dave Meehan

FF says Minister must tell Dáil how many Irish Water customers would be liable

Patrick O’Donovan TD, Fine Gael: said “ordinary working people” in rural areas were “sick to the back teeth of listening to people give out” about them receiving the €100 grant. Photograph:  Brian Gavin

Minister says €540 million payment from local government fund ’well flagged’

Tánaiste Joan Burton:  “If what you’re saying is correct, you should go to the gardaí, to the board of Nama and to the C&AG.”  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

‘Disturbing allegations’ about ‘largest ever property sale in Ireland’s history’, TD says

Protesters burn their water bills during a protest against the charges on  O’Connell Street in Dublin last month. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

Changes aimed at ensuring payment of bills carried by 63 votes to 34

Mick Wallace speaking in the Dáil on Thursday

Ian Coulter named as partner who left Belfast law firm after ‘diverted’ fees were found

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Greece’s prime minister Alexis Tsipras during an EU summit in Brussels in April. Photograph: John Thys/AFP /Getty Images

Gerry Adams accuses Enda Kenny of being ‘shamefully’ subservient to Brussels

Independent TD Catherine Murphy launched a scathing attack in the Dáil on the Government’s handling of legislation dealing with water services

Minister for Environment Alan Kelly told he deserves a medal for ‘cute hoorism’

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly was accused of failing to give adequate notice to allow Opposition amendments. Photograph: Eric Luke

Heated exchanges and insults mark Dáil debate on tranche of legislative changes

The probability of a conventional military attack on Ireland’s territory is considered as low but the security environment can be “volatile and unpredictable”, Minister for Defence Simon Coveney has warned.

Late night Dáil debate held on Government’s White Paper on Defence

Taoiseach  Enda Kenny said he was glad Greek authorities had now tabled a new paper. ‘It’s the basis for discussions and negotiation,’ Mr Kenny told the Dáil.

Kenny says he did cut VAT - on tourism - and notes this sector is fundamental to Greece

House prices in Dublin are now 10.4 per cent higher than at the same time last year, and 6.1 per cent nationally. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Average asking price for Dublin house is €282,000, says MyHome.ie report

Broadcaster and author presented award-winning show ‘Trom agus Eadrom’

A reward has been offered for information leading to the return of 100 animals stolen from a farm in the midlands. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Farmers’ association condemns Westmeath raid that saw theft of 75 cattle and 25 sheep

Homeless man says he lost his clothes while sunbathing naked

Garth Brooks in Croke Park, where he was due to play five concerts last year.  File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Timmy Dooley says Government’s proposed regulation changes will not address concerns

Fianna Fáil TD Colm Keaveney has introduced a bill in the Dáil to allow electronic devices for people with sight difficulties so that they can vote independently. File  photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

FF TD introduces bill on electronically assisted voting for those with vision problems

Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys: “I want to see it [the National Concert Hall] developed  as a world-class venue that showcases the highest standard of musical excellence.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Dáil debates Bill to put NCH on equal footing with other national cultural institutions

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney: “we must take sides at different times, on different issues and in different conflicts”

Neutrality is about ability to take sides ‘without being tied down to military alliances’

Kevin Joyce and Hugh Doherty were killed while serving on a UN mission in south Lebanon.

Review carried out following campaign by family, soldiers critical of original inquiry

Fianna Fáil’s Dara Calleary. Mr Calleary criticised the Government position on minimum wage during a debate on the low pay commission bill. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Department of Finance tells low pay commission any rise would reduce employment

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams TD during a protest outside Clerys on O’Connell Street in Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Dáil hears GAA failed in bid to buy Spawell Centre, which was sold to Arnotts buyer

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said about 32,000 people would ‘transition’ out of the lone-parent payment. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Enda Kenny says Government cannot allow families to remain ’locked into joblessness’

Michael Noonan: Minister has said credit unions can apply to have their  restrictions reviewed. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

51% of the 376 operating credit unions are subject to lending restrictions, says Minister

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan (right) talks to Luis de Guindos, Spain’s economy minister at an emergency meeting of European finance ministers in Brussels on Monday. Photograph: Bloomberg

Taoiseach rejects claims Mr Noonan ‘stabbed the Greek people in the chest’

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney said there has been no impact on beef prices ‘and we are pretty confident that all of the new markets we have opened and the ambition that we have for growth in those markets this year and into next year can still move ahead as planned’. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

World Organisation for Animal Health thanks Minister for being upfront

Minister of State for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan (left) is to Berkeley in California at the request of the Taoiseach following the deaths of six Irish students. Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin paid tribute in the Dáil to the work of  Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan since the incident occurred yesterday. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times.

TDs stood for minute’s silence before House suspended for two hours

 Independent TD Mick Wallace at Leinster House. Mr Wallace has accused Nama of engaging in ’fire sales’ of assets. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Mick Wallace calls for independent inquiry into how asset management agency works

Taoiseach  Enda Kenny. Mr Kenny has criticised the ‘appalling’ treatment of Clerys workers.    File photograph: Etienne Laurent/EPA

Taoiseach speaks on job losses following sudden closure of Dublin department store

Independent TD Mattie McGrath. Mr McGrath has claimed that Irish Water is a ‘wild animal’ and that the Government has rejected legislation that would ‘tame the beast’. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Mattie McGrath claims new legislation would ‘tame the beast’ that is utility company

Minister of State Paudie Coffey said “strong progress” had been made with more than two-thirds of unfinished estates of the more than 3,000 registered by local authorities in 2011. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Local authorities have power to pursue banks who have responsibility to pay, says Paudie Coffey

Tánaiste Joan Burton said Irish consular officials had visited Ibrahim Halawa more than 40 times, the most recent visit earlier this week.

Taoiseach and Minister for Foreign Affairs told of Halawa hunger strike last week

 Shane Ross: “I’m not suggesting that whoever is appointed eventually is flawed”, but “everybody in this House knows that those who are going to sit in judgment in such tribunals are political appointees”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Independent TD says problem is that ‘we have insiders judging insiders’

Paul Murphy claimed the Government “is hiding the figures”  and using “scare tactics” to get people to sign up to Irish Water. Photograph: DAVE MEEHAN

TD says figures are ‘on the floor’, as 800,000 households have passed pay-by date

Minister of State for Education Damien English acknowledged there had been too much focus on third level education.  Photograph: The Irish Times

40% rise in number of apprentices since 2013 is evidence of change, English tells Dáil

Independent Socialist Clare Daly said the only reason there was a commission was that businessman Denis O’Brien, had overstepped the mark. Screengrab: Oireachtas/The Irish Times

Clare Daly tells Dáil Coalition could no longer cover for ‘friendly oligarch’ Denis O’Brien

Kurdish Syrian refugees in a truck at the Turkish-Syrian border, near the southeastern town of Suruc, in Sanliurfa province. Photograph: Murad Sezer/Reuters

Naval Service praised for LE Eithne rescue of 1,2000 refugees from Mediterranean Sea

Independent TD Catherine Murphy said she had no knowledge of anything or any information provided to her having been stolen, despite allegations from Denis O’Brien’s spokesman.

Pearse Doherty claims proposal rejected three times by bank’s credit committee

Crews from the LÉ Eithne rescuing migrants from a small craft in the Mediterranean at the weekend. Photograph: Irish Defence Forces /PA Wire

Praise for LÉ Eithne over rescue of almost 1,200 migrants from Mediterranean Sea

The An Bord Pleanála debate over the ESB headquarters on Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin, continued on Friday. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Clare Hogan says architect Arthur Gibney did not think headquarters should be listed

An environmental impact statement (EIS) on the latest ESB plan for Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin,  is the subject of an oral hearing by An Bord Pleanála this week. Photograph courtesy of ESB An environmental impact statement on the latest ESB plan for Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin, is the subject of an oral hearing by An Bord Pleanála this week. Photograph courtesy of ESB

ESB redevelopment would help Georgian Dublin ‘be inscribed on the World Heritage list’

Clare Daly: the silence was loud when she took to her feet for her first round of questions. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

TDs fall silent in awe as Independent socialist rises to take on Taoiseach

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: ‘I did not see the report you refer to. Neither did the Minister for Transport.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

Enda Kenny claims 635 jobs will be created at Aer Lingus as a result of sale to IAG

During the Order of Business on Wednesday, Renua leader Lucinda  Creighton said: “I want to ask the Taoiseach to unequivocally reject the demand of Siteserv and Denis O’Brien to change the record of the House and interfere with the independence of the House.” File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Letter calling for record to be amended a bid to ‘interfere with independence of the House’

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said the sale of Aer Lingus would result in job creation, new routes and the Minister for Finance would have a veto over the sale of the valuable Heathrow slots under the deal with IAG, owners of British Airways and Iberian. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos.

Kenny criticised for not reading report on impact of sale which warns of 40% job cuts

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin accused the Government of adopting a “slippery, sleeveen’’ approach to sale of Aer Lingus.

Sinn Féin claims deal is wrong for Ireland and Labour knows it

IAG boss Willie Walsh: Labour’s Seanad leader Ivana Bacik said she had made her view clear that she did not agree with the sale of the Government’s stake in Aer Lingus to IAG. Photographer: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Transport economist says BA has no flights from Scotland or any regional airport to US

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: “Modelled on the highly successful national cancer programme, it will provide the leadership and have the authority to deliver the strategy and to drive reform and standardise care across all 19 maternity units’’

Leo Varadkar says national programme will improve all maternity services

Senator David Norris in the courtyard at Dublin Castle for the result of the referendum on marriage equality. He was praised in the Seanad for his decades-long campaign for gay rights

Schools with different ethos entitled to transmit values dear to them, says Rónán Mullen

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