Minister for Defence Simon Coveney said the term “battle group” was “unfortunate and misleading”. He said this term  described the force size rather than its role and said it was a “standard technical military term for a battalion-sized force with support elements comprising 1,500 personnel”. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Force with 175 Irish personnel ‘better described as peace management force’ - Coveney

Minister of State for Finance Simon Harris: says the Government does not agree with the characterisation of the Irish corporation tax system.

Minister of State for Finance Simon Harris claims Ireland’s corporation tax regime is transparent and robust

Senator David Norris: said the byelection  to fill Jimmy Harte’s seat was a  “complete farce with only 100 voters”

Upper House has 28 Bills to pass before Christmas, Maurice Cummins tells Senators

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has again called for a commission of investigation into Nama’s Project Eagle sale to a US investment company. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Nama executives should attend Stormont and give evidence publicly - Micheál Martin

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter was last night facing a battle at the Fine Gael selection convention to retain the nomination to run again for the Dáil in Dublin Rathdown. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Former justice minister selected over Richmonde at closely fought Fine Gael convention

The Government will listen to any Opposition proposals, the Tánaiste says.

Tánaiste gives clear and lengthy answers to questions that have not been asked

Lucinda Creighton said the docklands authority engaged in a public private partnership with developer Bernard McNamara.

Minister must ensure docklands authority pays for Longboat Quay repairs - Creighton

The animals taken included nine cows, nine calves and about 15 Charolais continental crossbreeds Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times/File Photo

Garda investigation after 75 cattle, 25 sheep taken from farm in Co Westmeath

Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald said of the apartments: “They do not meet fire safety standards, yet the developer, the builders, the architects and the planning authority will not be penalised, and it is the owners who are being asked to foot the bill.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Families in ‘fire hazard’ flats should collaborate with receiver, says Taoiseach

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: puzzled more people are not switching Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Mortgage holders’ inertia preventing them getting better interest rates, says Minister

Independent TD Mick Wallace: ‘A message was passed on to me from a leading member of Cerberus Ireland that I was going to get sorted.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

Independent TD claims investment firm said he would be ‘sorted’ over allegations

  ‘Now why would they say that if I was telling the truth?’ Independent TD Mick Wallaceasked Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

TD tells Dáil leading member of investment firm Cerberus passed a message to him

The aftermath of the 1916 Rising. Photograph: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

Family of 1916 rebels have until Wednesday to register their interest in attending event

The risk of poverty among children rose in 17 of the 28 countries with the biggest in increases in risk in Croatia, Greece, Luxembourg and Malta. Photograph: Getty Images

Report shows risk of poverty among children worsened in 17 of 28 member states

Pope Francis blesses a cross for Maribel Rivera, an employee at the Curran-Fromhold Correction Facility in Philadelphia, during his visit there on Sunday. Photograph: Reuters

Event is world’s largest gathering of Catholic families, held every three years

Fianna Fáil environment spokesman Barry Cowen said the figures,  obtained in a series of information requests to local authorities, showed 2,612 vacant properties. Photograph: Sara Freund

FF’s Barry Cowen says the large number of vacant units was ‘sickening’ during housing crisis

376 gardaí injured to date this year but GRA says figures are ‘completely underreported’

Mick Wallace claimed €45m in “fixer fees” were paid during the sale of the northern Irish property loans to New York company Cerberus in early 2014. Photograph: The Irish Times

Graham’s Cerberus claims follow Wallace’s Dáil allegation

Independent TD Mick Wallace said Cerberus bought the portfolio, known as Project Eagle, for approximately 27 pence on the pound. Photograph: Eric Luke

Tánaiste rejects call by Independent TD for commission of investigation

Sir Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640): Venus and Jupiter oil on oak panel, unframed. Alfred Beit Foundation

Dáil exchange: Coalition accused of allowing Alfred Beit Foundation ‘cannibalise itself’

Independent TD Mick Wallace has made further allegations under Dáil privilege about the largest property sale in Irish history. Photograph: Eric Luke

Claims Cerberus looked to sell loans back to developers before they even bought portfolio

Fianna Fáil has claimed that the Russborough House trust would have been granted full tax relief for its art works if the historic house was based in the Limerick constituency of the Minister for Finance. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Claims that trust would have tax relief if based in Minister for Finance’s constituency

Enda Kenny:  “I am advised that the loan sale was executed in a proper manner.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Losing bidder for NI loan portfolio sent letter complaining about business practices

Eric Byrne: Says that Fairy Castle cairn in Tibradden has also been interfered with. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Labour’s Eric Byrne says monuments being ‘torn to bits’ by scramblers and quad bikers

Paschal Donohoe flags ‘fundamental concerns’ on EU proposals to open the market

Attorney General Maire Whelan SC: An attempt to have her attend the Seanad to answer questions on the circumstances surrounding the resignation of former Garda commissioner Martin Callinan failed. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

FF Senator’s motion about seeking attention in the run up to election, says O’Donnell

Labour’s Jimmy Harte has resigned from the Seanad. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Tributes paid to Donegal man who suffered head injuries in 2013 fall

At least four wheel-related incidents on emergency vehicles in past two years

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe.  Photograph: Collins

Paschal Donohoe says project has to be afordable and suitable for transport needs

 Fianna Fáil  leader Micheál Martin: he said there was “disquieting contradictory evidence” and that Mr Kenny’s evidence was “significantly at variance with the evidence of four very serious personnel involved in this scenario”. Photograph: Sam Boal

Taoiseach says meeting with Callinan would not have taken place had he known about taped calls

 Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly:  “It is to put Cork in a position that it can compete on a regional basis with the conurbation that is around Dublin.”  Photograph: Dave Meehan

Heated exchanges in Dáil over plan to turn city and county councils into single entity

Mary Lou McDonald: “The moment he chose to stand over that disgusting remark, the commissioner’s goose was cooked.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Sinn Féin would not have objected to Cabinet decision to seek commissioner’s resignation

 Tánaiste Joan Burton: “It is also clear from the report that Mr Callinan dealt with the circumstances of the retirement in an extremely dignified fashion.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Ministers round on Fianna Fáil leader over resignation of former Garda Commissioner

 Enda Kenny: The Taoiseach insisting he was vindicated by the Fennelly commission. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Attorney General failed to do ’honourable thing’ for her role in controversy - Martin

The Dáil  resumed on Tuesday with the Opposition  accusing Fine Gael and Labour of showing contempt for the House. Screengrab: Oireachtas TV

Criticisms of Coalition over Fennelly report findings during confidence Dáil debate

Introducing the legislation, Prof Crown said current rules forced ‘healthy, physiologically young 65-year-olds to retire with no regard to their health, competence, experience or, critically, to their dispensability to the health service’. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Independent Senator introduces legislation to end retirement of medical staff at 65

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 report

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

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