Taoiseach Enda Kenny has “no plan” for Brexit, Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald claimed. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Enda Kenny says Sinn Féin ‘want to blame everybody without taking responsibility’

Brendan Howlin: the Labour leader said the Taoiseach had not indicated where the money came from, and whether it cost €128m or €175m

Payment is first part of approach that includes Lansdowne Road successor

Fianna Fáil finance spokesman Michael McGrath said it was unacceptable “that funds who call all the shots in relation to loans remain beyond the ambit of regulation”

McGrath says if Minister does not deal with vulture funds issue ‘this House will move to deal with it’

Charlie Flanagan: he said the North’s parties had to be mindful of their responsibility to re-establish the devolved institutions on the far side of polling day

Taoiseach says there is unfinished business in delivering on Belfast Agreement

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams: he claimed the British government had failed to honour commitments because the Government did not hold it to account. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Taoiseach insists Government will work as co-guarantors of Belfast Agreement

The Public Health (Alcohol) Bill was quietly withdrawn last year after a filibuster. The real winner was the drinks industry which skilfully outmanoeuvred the Government

What to watch out for in 2017 as this Government gets set to publish its legislative list

The scene at the removal of TK Whitaker at the Church of the Sacred Heart, Donnybrook, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Civil servant revolutionised the Irish economy, says Archbishop

TK Whitaker was described by Taoiseach Enda Kenny as a national treasure. Photograph: The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny pays tribute to outstanding patriot and man of rare vision

Bats entertainment: first minister Ian Paisley and  Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, who were nicknamed  the “Chuckle Brothers”. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker

From 2007 to 2017, a timeline of the Northern Assembly's political ups and downs

Duck is a field in  southwestern France. France ordered a massive culling of ducks in three regions most affected by a severe outbreak of bird flu. Photograph: Regis Duvignau/Reuters

Department of Agriculture says duck found with avian H5N8 strain only case in the State

A Wednesday deadline has been set by the High Court for campaigners, who took over the building on December 17th, to vacate Apollo House following a case taken by developers who propose to knock the building for redevelopment. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Thirty still in building will be accommodated two hostels ‘appropriate to their needs’

Landlords are not allowed to use Airbnb for the short-term letting of their properties unless they get the proper permissions, the Minister for Housing has confirmed. File photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg/Getty Images

Simon Coveney says rentals through the website should be subject to B&B standards

Paudie Coffey, a Waterford-based Fine Gael Senator, has rejected claims that his party is the landlords’ party.

Paudie Coffey claims Government’s strategy aims to bring certainty to the rental sector

Simon Coveney has appealed to homeless people in Apollo House to ‘work with us’ towards a transition for them to hostels. Photograph: Eric Luke

Minister for Housing says system should have space for ‘everybody who wants a bed’

Senator Gabrielle McFadden: “We cannot simply bring them into the country, throw them into units and leave them there without any supports”

Condolences expressed in Seanad for attacks in Berlin and killing of Russian ambassador

Minister for Sport Shane Ross: under the Bill, an Irish driving licence-holder disqualified in the UK will also be disqualified in Ireland and vice versa. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Further legal advice to be sought before Sinn Féin rickshaw amendment implemented

Francis Fitzgerald said many of the actions required under the convention were being implemented on a daily basis under current legislation. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Bills will allow Ireland to ratify Council of Europe convention combating violence against women

The Criminal Assets Bureau (Cab)seized €28 million in assets between 2011 and 2015, according to Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald.

Minister for Justice says other countries want to develop Cab model because of its success

 Gillian Bowler who died on Wednesday aged 64 after a long illness. Photograph: Collins Photos

Funeral hears tributes for ‘tough but fair’ businesswoman who died aged 64

Meath County Council has confirmed it was the target of an attempted cyber crime. In a statement on Saturday the council said a sophisticated attempt had beenmade to steal just over €4 million.

‘Sophisticated’ attempt made to steal over €4 million in October

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney said there was nobody more aware than he was of the challenges that homeless families and individuals faced. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister says Apollo House takeover not way to deal with homelessness situation

A number of TDs wore “Home Sweet Home” T-shirts in support of demonstrators who are occupying the Apollo House office block in Dublin city centre.

Anne Rabbitte appeals to Minister to assist those aiding homeless in Dublin office block

A number of TDs wore T-shirts in the Dáil with the “Home Sweet Home” design representing the group supporting action to help the homeless and the Irish Housing Network. Image: Screengrab from Oireachtas TV

Fianna Fáil abstains in vote as some TDs wear T-shirts supporting Apollo House occupation

Catherine Connolly: The Galway West TD described the Bill as a ‘perfect document’ for landlords and friends of the Government.

Independent TD Catherine Connolly says increase of 4% ‘equates to homelessness’

The National Transport Authority  will have the right to regulate rickshaw drivers after an amendment introduced  by Sinn Féin was passed in a vote.

National Transport Authority given right to regulate rickshaw drivers

Social Democrats TD Catherine Murphy: the commuter belt is spoken about as some sort of small peripheral part of Dublin and “there has to be new thinking”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil ‘genuflect before the free market’ on rent, says Paul Murphy

Mr Kelleher claimed the funding available would not deliver the healthcare system promised in the plan

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald says plan has the largest health budget in State’s history

The limit on rent increases at 4 per cent a year will remain, which is being seen as a significant victory for Fine Gael. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael reach agreement over proposed 4% cap on rent increases

 Seán Fleming, chairman of the Public Accounts Committee: Said almost 17,000 companies were struck off by the Companies Registration Office between 2013 and 2015. “The vast majority will have no assets but a minority will.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

No system to monitor transfer of assets from dissolved companies, says PAC chairman

Minister of State for National Drugs Strategy Catherine Byrne: asked  HSE how it planned to reconfigure addiction services in the west to ensure people with “an alcohol addiction will be catered for in the coming weeks”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

HSE West criteria for addiction counselling ‘unacceptable’, says Trevor Ó Clochartaigh

An engraving depicting devastation triggered by the Great Famine shows  the starving Irish outside a workhouse and is dated between 1846-1847. Archive photograph: Getty Images

Peadar Tóibín says biggest event to befall people of Ireland should be commemorated

MInister for Children Katherine Zappone: questions tabled in Dáil Éireann

Five AAA-PBP TDs among those who failed to attend for questions to Minister for Children

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the US senate claim about Ireland’s tax system had been disproved. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Enda Kenny tells the Dáil: ‘We have not been and never will be a brass plate location’

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny has corrected the Dáil record over comments he made in relation to Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams.  File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Taoiseach had accused Sinn Féin leader of driving Stack brothers in blacked-out van

Lough Derg: spending on flood defences is set to double.

Fianna Fáil says the €480 million pledged for next five years must be fully used

Senator Alice Mary Higgins: told by  Leo Varadkar that  he intended to make pensions a big issue in 2017. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Independent Senator says Independent News & Media issue is ‘shocking betrayal of trust’

Enda Kenny: Taoiseach’s  private office has secure corporate email accounts for conducting day-to-day business on his behalf. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

Enda Kenny says email address does not receive sensitive Government data

Lough Derg in the  Shannon River basin. Nothing had been done in terms of dredging or maintenance for years, Minister of State Seán Canney for the Office of Public Works  said. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Action needs to be taken to avoid clogging river despite possible EU opposition, says Minister

The defeat in the Dáil is a setback for the  confidence and supply arrangement Fine Gael has with Fianna Fáil. Photograph: Alan Betson

SF motion aimed to end practice of 65-year-olds going on jobseeker’s benefit for year

 Denis Naughten: “I believe we need to bring people with us.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

People have to be persuaded, not lectured, on climate change, Minister tells Eamon Ryan

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney has said the number of people who are homeless in Dublin has dropped ‘for the first time in a very long time’. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Simon Coveney says figures show a decrease in homelessness ‘for first time in a long time’

Legislation to facilitate the Government’s housing and homelessness action plan is a ‘developers’ charter’, an Independent TD has said. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Connolly criticises legislation to fast-track planning on large-scale applications

Resident Carol Wolfe greets Simon Coveney on announcing approval of the regeneration scheme for O’Devaney Gardens, Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

FF’s Barry Cowen hits out at cost of Rebuilding Ireland communications plan

 Leo Varadkar: says Sinn Féin is  “confusing  State pension with  State contributory pension”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar says party’s changes would cost €150m a year

Independent TD Thomas Pringle:  claimed the Department of Justice and Equality and the Department of Health were blaming each other for the failure to ratify the convention before the end of the year. Photograph: Frank Miller

Failure to ratify UN Convention on Rights of People with Disabilities ‘disgraceful carry-on’

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said figures from the Pensions Authority showed that more than 60 per cent of defined benefit schemes met the required standards. Photographer: Christopher Goodney/Bloomberg

Catherine Murphy calls for urgent legislation to deal with defined benefit shutdown

Stuart Cole, director, Adams Fine Art Auctioneers, with actor Sarah Kinlen, holding the historic Patrick Pearse letter which was written from Arbour Hill prison three days before his execution, urging the 1916 rebels to surrender to the British. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Patrick Pearse surrender note: Price too high says Taoiseach after Adams appeals decision

 Pat ‘The Cope’ Gallagher: suggested delegating the vetting process to divisional level for students. Photograph; Dara Mac Donaill

Tánaiste insists e-vetting has sped up process, after TD complains of six-week delays

Christy Moore was the guest of honour at a concert in Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services to mark the ‘Light Up a Life’ event. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Guest of honour Christy Moore performs at gathering and turns on Christmas tree lights

Minister of State Finian McGrath: said he would sign the convention “tomorrow morning if I had the opportunity”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Finian McGrath says ‘blockages’ in legislative system to blame for nine-year delay

Simon Harris says he will “act quickly’’ on a report about legalising medicinal cannabis due at end of January. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Sinn Féin TD hits out at doctor for alleging legislation a ‘Trojan horse’

Clare Daly: the TD highlighted the “phenomenal sums the State Claims Agency has paid out in maternity cases”. Photograph:  Fergal Phillips

First maternity strategy to be implemented in same way as successful cancer strategy

Minister for Local Government Simon Coveney said he would bring a detailed options paper on extending the franchise in presidential elections to Irish citizens outside Ireland. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Sinn Féin accuses Fine Gael, Fianna Fail of offering ’tea and sympathy’ but failing to act

Jan O’Sullivan TD has accused Fianna Fáil of political gamesmanship. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Simon Coveney says strategy, to be published on December 12th, will offer rent certainty

Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed said a vaccine trial in Kilkenny is complete with results expected in 2017

Clare Daly says vaccination talks ongoing for 25 years, as 6,000 badgers culled annually

Richard Bruton:  said  “approval of a drug of this nature has been taken out of the political process”

Micheál Martin says drug is ‘effective in terms of lung function, weight gain, quality of life and independence’

Clare Daly said there was online footage of a hare being hit by dogs, pinned to the ground and subjected to a long battering in Co Offaly. Photograph: The Irish Times

Independents4Change TD claims industry ‘out of control . . . derogatory to call it a sport’

 Mary Robinson: she was entitled to claim €1.2 million tax relief for donating her archive but  said she would not avail of the  credit and   freely “gift” it to NUI Galway. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Sinn Féin TD queries tax relief to well pensioned former politicians on work they did in office

Pope John Paul II greets by Cuban president Fidel Castro at the Palace of the Revolution in Havana just prior to their private talks during the pontiff’s visit in 1998. Photograph: Getty  Images

FF chief Micheál Martin calls for protocols on the deaths of foreign leaders to be checked

Minster for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charlie Flanagan and the Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon, at Iveagh House, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/ The Irish Times

First minister says Scotland is exploring options that would respect people’s Brexit vote

Minister for Local Government Simon Coveney: He said the scheme would allow   members the “freedom and flexibility to use the library at times that suit them.”  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Extended ‘My Open Library’ scheme operating in 20 counties expected to cost €1.94m

The 2015 Statute Law Revision Act expunged 6,000 obsolete laws proclamations, directions and orders made in the 800 years before 1821. File photograph: David Sleator

Overhaul of archaic legislation to be paused to progress other priorities, says Minister

The 1718 Adulteration of Coffee Act sought to counter the “evil-disposed persons” who added water, grease or butter to roasted coffee to increase its weight. Photograph: iStock

Ban on criticism of Henry VIII’s marriage to Anne Boleyn is one of 60,000 laws repealed

 Paul Kehoe: said Sinn Féin’s  Bill was “unnecessary and would impact negatively on Ireland’s ability to contribute positively in the international community”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Paul Kehoe says Ireland’s neutrality as strong as it was during second World War

Independents4Change TD Clare Daly: called on Government to examine the “cabal at the top of the pensions industry”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Clare Daly calls for inquiry into ‘cabal at top of pensions industry’

Labour Senator Kevin Humphreys said young people’s programming had been “the incubator of talent for the broadcasting community and the arts in RTÉ”. File photograph: Davd Sleator/The Irish Times

‘Unacceptable’ that RTÉ director did not tell committee about youth programming decision

Independent Senator Pádraig O Ceidigh was  confirmed as chairman of the water charges committee after a 92 to 39 vote and a suspension of the Dail.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Independent senator confirmed as chair but AAA-PBP TD accuses Government of ‘stitch-up’

Ibrahim Halawa: Arrested in August 2013, his trial has been adjourned 16 times.

Ibrahim Halawa imprisoned for three years without trial after arrest for protest in Cairo

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny defended his message on Twitter about a phone conversation with US vice-president-elect Mike Pence. File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Richard Boyd Barrett attacks US vice-president-elect over his ‘disgusting bigotry’

Grace O’Sullivan (Green):  accused the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government of “incompetence” for its late reaction and said it should start with her Bill, not Fianna Fáil’s. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Coveney to write to European Commission on intent to ban microbeads in cosmetics

Anti-Austerity Alliance TD  Ruth Coppinger in Dublin. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Ruth Coppinger questions Government commitment to tackling domestic violence

The Dáil exchanges occurred in the context of the Domestic Violence Bill which should be published by the end of 2016.

Kenny reacts to strident Coppinger questions on helplines and ‘systematic cuts’ to funding

Late writer William Trevor: Tributes paid in the Seanad. Photograph: Eric Luke

Late writer commended for ‘wonderful contribution to literature and Ireland’

Independent Senator Pádraig Ó Céidigh: described by Taoiseach Enda Kenny as “an outstanding person”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Pádraig Ó Céidigh appointment ‘beyond remit’ of Simon Coveney, Sinn Féin says

Fianna Fáil spokesman for Dublin John Lahart said the BIll provided for a plebiscite of Dublin voters. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Damien English indicates support for move but says Fianna Fáil Bill lacks specifics

Casting votes during the marriage referendum and the age of presidential candidates referendum. Photograph: Alan Betson

This year’s general election cost the State €26.8m and the Lisbon Treaty poll cost €22m

The Housing Agency is co-ordinating preparation of an independent audit of house-building costs,  Simon Coveney said.  File photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

‘We need to benchmark against cost of building houses in other parts of Europe’

 Simon Coveney:  says they tried to keep costs of  expert commission on water to a sensible level. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Coveney defends cost of group looking at €5bn investment programme for Irish Water

Mick Wallace said he had submitted the names in a letter last week to Nama chairman Frank Daly. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

TD alleges businessman thanked Frank Cushnahan for information on ‘acquisition success fees’

Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin is the largest provider of surgery for scoliosis or curvature of the spine. File photograph: AP

Spine curvature in child went from 40 to over 100 degrees while waiting for surgery

Just three TDs were present in the Dáil for a debate on legislation to introduce greater transparency and fairness to school admissions. File photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil’s education spokesman calls quorum saying ‘the attendance here is pitiful’

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: stressed that Ireland had to remain competitive and that meant keeping costs down. Photograph: PA

Gerry Adams says Taoiseach and Cabinet ‘incompetent and unfit to be in office’

 Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton  at Government Buildings, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Richard Bruton claims pupils in 375 schools could miss 10% of their English exams

FF chief Micheál Martin said cyber attacks had potential to do untold damage. Photograph: Getty Images

Kenny indicates that evidence available of such strikes in specific locations in Republic

The Taoiseach said he had the “utmost respect for members of the judiciary, and I always have had that”

Brendan Howlin describes Minister’s comments as ‘most aggressive attack’ on judges

One third of Garda cars are fitted with automatic number plate recognition technology. Photograph: Frank Miller

Tommy Broughan highlights rise in road deaths, decline in Garda traffic personnel

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister for Justice says Government view is that State has been well served by judiciary

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: “The Government will not sacrifice the hard-won gains that have been achieved by the Irish people over the last number of years.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/INPHO

Taoiseach rules out access to industrial relations machinery for Defence Forces

Mick Wallace said the Minister knew that the Commissioner had questioned the motivation, credibility and integrity of Sgt McCabe. Photograph: The Irish Times

Inappropriate to comment on alleged leaks from the O’Higgins inquiry, says Minister

Independent TD Mattie McGrath opposed  locating   the  National Children’s Hospital at St James’s Hospital in Dublin

Ministers for Health and Public Expenditure to bring memo to Government on costs

Members of the Irish Defence Forces on parade during an Easter 1916 commemoration. The Government has “no intention” of allowing the Defence Forces to access the State’s industrial relations machinery in the same way as gardaí, the Taoiseach  said. File photograph: Getty Images

Enda Kenny insists military will not have same access as gardaí had during pay dispute

Ictu said private sector unions would be seeking 4 per cent pay rises.

Enda Kenny ‘stands by Lansdowne Road’; Ictu says agreement must be amended

Ellie Kisyombe at a   Dublin rally  calling for the end to the  direct provision system for asylum seekers. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Over 4,301 people now in direct provision, 2,611 of them for between one and five years

Clare Daly TD highlighted  comments of the UN special rapporteur on torture on Irish prisons when he said  people in solitary confinement “are suffering what constitutes cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and perhaps even torture”.  File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Clare Daly says law should be passed before State’s next sitting at UN rights committee

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: “Nama does not believe that anything illegal happened.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Minister rejects allegation former Fine Gael TD lobbied on behalf of business partners

Labour  leader Brendan Howlin raised  concerns about Donald Trump’s position on immigration which he said was the direct opposite of Ireland’s. Photograph: Dave Meehan

If State wants Trump to help Irish illegals we must address ‘crucial issue’ here – Howlin

Labour leader Brendan Howlin: there were many thousands in Ireland “who live in the shadows of our society”

Howlin says there are up to 26,000 undocumented in Ireland, including thousands of children

Minister for Local Government Simon Coveney said it was “imperative” the Bill to allow a referendum on the future of water services underwent pre-legislative scrutiny. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Coalition and Fianna Fáil warned not to ‘bury’ referendum Bill in committee

Minister for Public Expenditure  Paschal Donohoe: “I don’t believe politicians should set other politicians’ pay.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

SF’s David Cullinane says TDs getting rise of €100 a week but workers getting just €20

 Gerry Adams said Sinn Féin’s four MPs will not take their Westminster seats for Brexit vote. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Sharp exchanges as Micheál Martin accuses SF of hypocrisy for ‘taking Saxon shilling’

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