Joan Burton: ‘We have had a managed process of recovery in this economy’. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Burton says managed economic recovery in Ireland

Minister of State for Health Kathleen Lynch: hospital is ‘actively recruiting nursing staff’. Photograph: Alan Betson

TDs critical of ‘undue delay’ in opening facility in Cork

Minister Paschal Donohoe told the Seanad that tourism numbers were very positive, and more visitors would mean more jobs. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Tourism numbers up every year since 2011, with more than three million visitors to Ireland in first five months of 2015

 Enda Kenny: ‘The Minister has given [the banks] a warning.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Michael Noonan monitoring bank progress on lowering rates, says Taoiseach

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has indicated that action may be taken against the banks in the budget if they fail to reduce variable mortgage interest rates.

Taoiseach says Department of Finance monitoring reductions in variable rates

Minister of State for the Marine Tom Hayes has said  paid car-parking in Howth harbour,  Dublin, is being considered. Photograph: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography

Other factors must be taken into account before a final decision is made, says Minister

Armed police patrol Marhaba beach, where 38 people were killed in a terrorist attack in Sousse. Flowers have been laid in honour of the dead. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Enda Kenny expresses sadness and horror at deaths of Irish holidaymakers

Senator Mark Daly: said Germany seemed to forget the 1953 London debt agreement whereby nearly 50% of its debt was written off. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

‘EU and euro zone ministers continuing to beat and punish Greece until its morale improves or it does what they want’

 Dara Calleary (Fianna Fáil): asked if it was acceptable that a consultant had gone on maternity leave  and would not be replaced until September.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister Alex White promises one further consultant from October

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: said the banks responsible for breaching the code of conduct should be named and shamed and should have some penalty imposed

Kenny calls for public and swift Central Bank response

Joan Burton: “My priority is to ensure that as a society we arrive at a situation in which lone parents have the same opportunities as everyone else to access employment, training and education’’

Joan Burton rejects Opposition criticism of changes to lone-parent allowance

Senator David Norris praised O’Connell Street cleaners.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Independent Senator calls for new commission to oversee rejuvenation of Dublin

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: told the Seanad he is putting “key building blocks” in place for universal healthcare. Photograph: Alan Betson

Leo Varadkar admits ‘a lot of work remains to be undertaken’ to make this a possibility

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 said the difference between gross income and net income should be taken into account when talking about tax cuts. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Minister for Finance asked in Dáil about plans to cut top rate of tax in next budget

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’

Sinn Féin vice-president Mary Lou McDonald: ‘The British and its military forces actively colluded with unionist paramilitaries to cause the deaths of many hundreds of people in the conflict.’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Mary Lou McDonald addresses party’s Wolfe Tone commemoration in Bodenstown

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys.  The Government lost a Seanad vote on a demand that Ms Humphreys should address the House on the sale of paintings from  Russborough House. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Senators demand Minister address Seanad on auction of works from Beit collection

 Head of Dominican Monk by Rubens, which is one of the  paintings in the Beit collection.

Minister had to address Seanad on paintings controversy after Government lost vote

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan:  “The wounds inflicted by collusion, which threaten to destroy trust in the State’s most fundamental responsibility, namely, protecting its citizens, are deep and slow to heal.’’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Flanagan says RTÉ documentary presented shocking account of collusion

Incumbent on Natrium Ltd, the new owners of Clerys, to engage with the staff and their trade unions, Minister of State for Jobs Ged Nash told the Seanad.

Minister of State for Jobs Gerald Nash says store closure ‘very shocking’

Houses for sale in Dublin. Renua Ireland’s Paul Bradford has criticised the State’s ‘fixation’ with home ownership. File  photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Renua Ireland’s Paul Bradford says Republic must look at long-term rented housing

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. The Taoiseach has rejected claims by Mr Martin that he was involved in ‘spinning’ the Fennelly Commission report. File photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Taoiseach rejects claims by Micheál Martin over ‘selective leaks’ of commission findings

Enda  Kenny said: ‘My heart breaks for the parents who lost children this morning and I can only imagine the fear in the hearts of other parents’.

‘It is truly terrible to have such a serious and sad incident at the beginning of a summer’

Minister for Communications Alex White: Said Ireland was the only country in the EU, or the OECD, without a postcode system. Photograph: Alan Betson

FF disappointed that postcode contract awarded to Capita and not to An Post

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charles Flanagan: Islamic State’s barbaric violence and culture of hatred is a threat to freedom and human dignity. Photograph: The Irish Times

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan says State working with EU allies on threat

Minister of State for Jobs Gerald Nash said the Bill would provide for a new framework to replace the former sectoral registered employment agreements.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Minister of State Gerald Nash says measure significant for workers and employers

 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’

Sinn Féin Senator David Cullinane, pictured with party leader Gerry Adams, said a Department of Social Protection form showed clear bias towards financial institutions. Photographer: Dara Mac Donaill

Senator Marie Louise O’Donnell tell that Seanad that post offices are the ‘real’ bank

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said the Government would have provided for the recruitment of a total of 550 extra gardaí by next September.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Minister for Justice introduces Bill setting up independent policing authority

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said it was not for him to discuss any individual company’s business. Photograph: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Kenny insists House had no authority to interfere with courts

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

Kenny insists Dáil had no right to interfere with court hearing on privilege

Senator Averil Power claimed Fianna Fáil failed to launch a sufficiently strong canvass in support of the same-sex marriage referendum, and was critical of the party leadership before resigning last month. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Ned O’Sullivan to take on education brief formerly held by Dublin Bay North politician

Senator Averil Power announcing her resignation from the Fianna Fail party on the plinth outside Leinster House last week. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Ned O’Sullivan said she added to party’s diversity and urban appeal while a member

David Norris: “When the Fianna Fáil government denationalised Aer Lingus, I spoke and voted against that.” Photograph: Eric Luke/THE IRISH TIMES

Independent David Norris insists Ireland should have a State-owned airline

The Dáil has approved the sale of the State’s stake in Aer Lingus to International Airlines Group. File photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Clare TD expresses concerns about connectivity as motion passed by 74 votes to 51

Joan Burton: “It has no impact or inference for employment in Aer Lingus in Ireland.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Company is committed to regular interaction with unions, Joan Burton insists

Michael McNamara said he was not prepared “to gamble with what I believe is the key to the economic development of all of this State.” Photograph: Eric Luke/ THE IRISH TIMES

Labour’s Michael McNamara votes against Government motion on Aer Lingus sale

Enda Kenny 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: Frank Miller

Labour backbencher Michael McNamara voted against the Government’s motion

Independent TD Catherine Murphy has claimed in the Dáil  it was known “Denis O’Brien felt confident enough in his dealings with IBRC that he could write to Kieran Wallace, the special liquidator, to demand that the same favourable terms, extended to him by way of verbal agreement, be continued’’. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Catherine Murphy claims businessman paid 1.25% when 7.5% ‘arguably should’ have applied

Labour Party TD Michael McNamara. File Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Clare’s Michael McNamara set to lose party whip over issue

Labour Senator Ivana Bacik: ‘I wonder why Fianna Fáil privatised Aer Lingus in 2006. I wonder why Fianna Fáil got rid of the government’s controlling share.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

Heated exchanges between Ivana Bacik and FF on proposed deal

Independent TD Shane Ross: ‘One could have a headquarters with two men and a dog and we can be sure that is what we will have eventually.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

James Reilly rounds on Fianna Fail for criticising the deal

Minister for Trasport Paschal Donohoe: “It is envisaged that by the end of 2016, a new net 150 jobs will have been created in Aer Lingus , rising to a new net total of 635 jobs by 2020.”  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Opposition sharply critical of move to sell 25.1% State stake in airline

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

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: ‘I do not believe in abortion on demand, but there are very sensitive stories in respect of fatal foetal abnormalities and other issues.’ Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

No referendum on eighth amendment in Government’s lifetime, Enda Kenny tells Dáil

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: “It is better to take that time now so as to provide complete reassurance on the probity and independence of the entire process from start to finish.”

Total of 319 complaints referred to panel of counsel

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

Bobby Aylward (centre) has his hand raised by Carlow-Kilkenny Fianna Fáil colleague John McGuinness on his arrival at Leinster House after winning a byelection in the constituency at the weekend. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

Martin denies issues with Power overshadowing Carlow-Kilkenny byelection win

The funeral mass of Bill O’Herlihy will take place on Friday at 11.30am at the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour in Foxrock in Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Broadcaster will be buried at Shanganagh Cemetery after funeral mass in Foxrock

Bill O’Herlihy at the launch of his autobiography in 2012, We’ll Leave it There So,  with his wife Hilary and his daughters Sally Conlon (left) and Jill O’Herlihy-Ryan. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Career spanned newspaper journalism, broadcasting, PR and ‘national handler’

 Martin Mansergh pictured at an  Easter Rising commemoration in  Arbour Hill in April. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Selection convention for new Tipperary constituency to take place on Thursday

Minster for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan who has described the likely Yes vote as ‘a great day for tolerance, inclusion, pluralism, and a great signature for what we are’.

Flanagan, who led Coalition campaign for Yes, welcomes ‘great day for tolerance, inclusion’

Fianna Fáil’s newest TD Bobby Aylward celebrates after winning the Carlow-Kilkenny by-election. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

Fine Gael’s David Fitzgerald finishes in second place with Kathleen Funchion third

Richard Bruton: said the Government was sitting down with stakeholders to see how the potential of the regions could be best developed

Barry Cowen says a two-tier recovery is under way

Charlie Flanagan: “said the Taoiseach emphasised the need to allow the undocumented Irish to come out of the shadows and be free to travel home for family events’’

Minister said he raised Irish issue when he met US vice-president Joe Biden in Boston

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: under pressure to deliver badly-needed victory in Carlow-Kilkenny Dáil byelection. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Pressure on Martin to steady party ship, boost morale and secure leadership with win

Senator Timmy Dooley: thanked the Tánaiste for her history lesson

Smiles all round until hospital deaths and homeless children are mentioned

Maureen O’Sullivan: issues around safety

Independent TD Maureen O’Sullivan says children not in natural family environment

Senator Cáit Keane suggested funding for the childcare sector should be provided by Enterprise Ireland. Photograph: Eric Luke

Fine Gael Senator says investing in childcare would save money in long run

Simon Harris, Minister of State for Finance: he said to vote against the proposed resolution in directors’ remuneration would have been a significant and serious matter and could be perceived as interfering in a commercial entity, damaging Ireland and bank investments. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Shane Ross insists Minister should have opposed pay levels and helped shareholders

Taoiseach Enda Kenny was replying in the Dáil to Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin and Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams on the issue of the death of a baby in  Cavan hospital. File photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Monitoring by Hiqa to be complete by end of year in wake of baby’s death, says Taoiseach

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin: “The prudent and right approach is to prepare for the exit in an orderly way.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister says early agreement will help with assignment of resources and fiscal planning

Bertie Ahern and Brian Cowen are each paid €80,810 annually. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Mary Lou McDonald says small number of people ’overpaid and over-pensioned’

Taoiseach Enda Kenny  responded to the Health Information and Quality Authority report on problems at the Midland Regional Hospital in Portlaoise. File photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins

Kenny responds to Hiqa report on issues at Portlaoise hospital

Mr Kenny said the fact that “people in the greatest hour of need were not treated with compassion, respect and dignity is an indictment of a health service in some locations”. Photograph: Getty Images

Kenny responds to ‘disturbing’ Hiqa report on myriad problems at Portlaoise hospital

Former taosiaech Bertie Ahern (left) and then minister for finance Brian Cowen pictured in 2008. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Mary Lou McDonald says some former politicians ‘overpaid and over-pensioned’

The James Connolly monument located opposite Liberty Hall in Dublin City centre. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Bill on collective bargaining represents progress in workers’ rights says Tánaiste

Talks between the Government and unions on restoring pay levels for about 300,000 staff across the public service get under way on Tuesday. Photograph: PA

Siptu general president Jack O’Connor calls for emphasis on low paid in upcoming talks

Tánaiste and Labour leader Joan Burton  said the Irish election would be about economic recovery and would be very different to the UK contest.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Tánaiste contrasts impending cuts in UK with economic recovery in Ireland

Eamonn Maloney (Labour): introduced  Private Member’s legislation allowing for the sale of criminal assets in two years rather than the current seven years.

Seized criminal assets should be disposed of in two years, Labour TD tells Dáil

Introducing the Thirty-Fourth Amendment of the Constitution Bill 2015, Socialist Party TD Ruth Coppinger said cases had emerged, due to the 1983 abortion amendment, which had appalled people throughout the country and internationally. File photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Minister rejects move by Ruth Coppinger to delete eighth amendment from Constitution

Tanaiste Joan Burton

Joan Burton defends Government’s decision to legislate for attachment orders

Independent Senator John Crown

Independent Senator says waiting list figures embarrassing in modern western country

 Minster of Finance Michael Noonan

Minister for Finance to meet banks to discuss variable rates

Remarks by Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton (right), aimed at Sinn Féin TDs and other members of the Opposition refusing to pay water charges, were made during heated Dáil exchanges on Thursday with Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald (left). Photographs: The Irish Times

Joan Burton’s remarks made in heated Dáil exchanges with SF’s Mary Lou McDonald

Michael Noonan in the Dáil. File image.

Minister for Finance to receive bank review of rates ’in the coming days’

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: said that while the threat to Ireland from  terrorism was generally considered to be low, the Garda was keeping it under continuous review. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Important that Ireland not seen as haven for terrorists, Frances Fitzgerald tells Dáil

Senator Marie Moloney says jobs being lost at regional level

Enda Kenny accused the Fianna Fáil leader of using his  “usual populist line’’.

FF leader renews demand for end to banks’ veto

 Alex White: deputised for Tánaiste Joan  Burton at Opposition Leaders’ Questions. Photograph: Alan Betson

Seán Fleming compares Alex White to ventriloquist’s dummy after prepared reply

 Eamon Gilmore: said recovery was still at risk and must not be squandered. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Dún Laoghaire TD makes first major Dáil speech since resigning Labour leadership

Senator Denis O’Donovan. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Denis O’Donovan calls for Seanad debate on ‘lack of societal respect’ for law and order

Independent TD Tom Fleming

Taoiseach points to progress made in job creation

Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Opposition renews criticism of Government’s handling of probe

Tánaiste Joan Burton: “We do not need, and cannot afford, the instability and mismanagement that would be inevitable if the parties opposite had any influence in government.”  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

FF leader says wide gap betwen Government’s rhetoric and people’s lives

Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD at the launch of Fine Gael’s Marriage Equality campaign at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin, earlier this week.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Opposition renews criticism of Government’s handling of controversy

 Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: Enda Kenny has strongly defended Mr Noonan’s handling of the inquiry into the controversial sale of Siteserv in 2012. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Taoiseach says he has ‘absolute confidence’ in Minister for Finance

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brandan Howlin: ‘This Government is committed to pension provision and to sustaining the value of those pensions.’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Minister says unwinding public service pay cuts will take time

Sinn Féin finance spokesman Pearse Doherty: said  the Government had opted for ‘an election salvo, trying to suggest to the people that the bad old days are behind them’. Photograph: Eric Luke

‘It does not take a bloodhound to smell an election,’ says Pearse Doherty

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has defended Minister for Finance Michael Noonan’s handling of the inquiry into the controversial 2012 sale of Siteserv.

Enda Kenny says he has ‘absolute confidence’ in Minister for Finance

Party leader Micheál Martin speaking during the Fianna Fáil ardfheis in the RDS over the weekend. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Dublin delegate claims some TDs open to sharing power after next election

Brian Lenihan’s brother, former TD and minister of state Conor Lenihan: “The matter is in the hands of my lawyer.”  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Conor Lenihan ‘surprised’ at decision not to hear evidence from late minister’s relatives

Fianna Fáil’s spokesman on justice and equality Niall Collins TD says the referendum is about the fundamental issue of equality. Photograph: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

Dublin delegate accuses party of going for ‘pink vote’ to win next election

Fianna Fáil justice spokesman Niall Collins said he supported a Yes vote in the same sex marriage referendum as ‘we are a progressive republican party with a long, proud and progressive track record in promoting equality’.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Delegate says party being dictated to on issue by ‘global corporations in the IT industry’

Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin shakes hand with a delegate at the party’s ardfheis at the RDS. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/ The Irish Times.

Delegate tells ardfheis talk of party going into government is ‘arrogance beyond belief’

Labour Senator John Whelan. Mr Whelan has called for wind farm decibel levels  to be considered in the drafting of new energy regulations.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Labour’s John Whelan claims noise can have a negative effect on those living nearby

People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett  has claimed that the Dún Laoghaire housing list is growing by 100 cases per month. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Richard Boyd Barrett says promised houses not enough to meet demand in area

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald says the new authority brings a broad range of  perspectives to bear on decision-making. Photograph: Barry Cronin

Frances Fitzgerald insists body is not exclusive and has broad range of perspectives

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