Tipperary TD Michael Lowry: “If I’m re-elected I’d be happy to look at it. In principle I’ve no difficulty supporting a government that produces economic policies that are good for the country.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Michael Lowry indicates openness to supporting new Fine Gael-Labour administration

Councillor John Leahy, Lucinda Creighton TD and financial adviser  Eddie Hobbs at the Tara Towers Hotel in Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

Lucinda Creighton and Karl Deeter present code of conduct prohibiting ‘cronyism’

President Michael D Higgins: the Citizens to Separate Church and State group says the referendum on reducing the age of presidential candidates should be stopped until the requirement for presidents to swear a religious oath on entering office is removed. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

Presidents should not have to swear religious oath, says group on separating church and State

Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the Fine Gael National Conference in Castlebar last weekend. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Potential ‘Endapendents’ being courted discreetly by Noonan and Kenny

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: ‘At the moment there are more pressing demands on the health service.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister for Health indicates support ‘in principle’ for publicly funded IVF

Tánaiste and Labour leader Joan Burton said on Wednesday her party will contest the next general election as an independent party.

Tánaiste says achievements Coalition had worked on collectively will be highlighted

Tánaiste Joan Burton has  defended the JobBridge internship scheme. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Tánaiste said it was never expected that all placements would result in permanent jobs

Labour Party leader said on Wednesday that people were free to protest but called on them to respect her party’s right to hold its conference on in Killarney this weekend. Photograph: Collins

Tánaiste says people free to protest wherever they wish, as long as it is within the law

Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar, TD formally opening the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the National Maternity Hospital,  Holles Street, with nine-week-old Oscar, and mother Deborah Larkin from Arklow, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minister says new law will introduce legal mechanism to allow for measure

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