Julian de Spáinn, general secretary of Conradh na Gaeilge, Micheál Martin, of  Fianna Fáil, Aengus Ó Snodaigh, of Sinn Féin, and Seán Kyne, of Fine Gael, at the Mansion House, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Conradh na Gaeilge claims 1,100 new jobs in Gaeltacht could be created through scheme

Cllr Jerry O’Dea, the Metropolitan Mayor of Limerick, has confirmed he was involved in a traffic incident in December 2014. In a statement, emailed to The Irish Times, Mr O’Dea said: “Following the accident, I co-operated fully with An Garda Síochána and subsequently made no further contact with An Garda Síochána about the issue.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

O’Dea confirms he was involved in traffic incident for which he was not prosecuted

Pat Deering pictured with party leader Enda Kenny: “I do not see any benefit in going in November. We will have more of a benefit from the budget in February.” Photograph: Liam Sweeney.

Deputies give mixed views on the best timing for getting themselves re-elected

Renua Ireland leader Lucinda Creighton. The party will make the flat rate suggestion in its pre-budget submission. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Party believe new system would provide incentive to work and encourage job growth

Taoiseach Enda Kenny  with Tánaiste Joan Burton at Heuston Station for the launch of the capital investment plan: with an election in the offing, there was a nakely political edge to the announcement. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Message was ‘recession is over’ but many projects were in earlier programmes

French president Francois Hollande looks on a globe during an exhibition promoting the Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21). Photograph: Michel Euler/AFP/Getty Images

COP21 summit aims for commitments to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius

Tánaiste Joan Burton with Minister of State for Business and Employment Ged Nash speaking following the forum on the living wage at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Analysis: Senior party sources don’t believe Kenny will go to the polls before Christmas

The 16.5km metro line connecting Dublin city centre with Dublin airport and Swords is the centre piece of the Government’s €27 billion capital plan which was published on Tuesday.

Capital plan projects include children’s hospital, maternity services, motorway upgrades

Multibillion euro expenditure by Coalition over next six years will be geared to drive recovery. Photograph: Reuters

Government to announce major plan for infrastructure over next six years

Fianna Fáil selection candidates for the Dún Laoghaire Rathdown constituency: Mary Hanafin (left) Cormac Devlin and Kate Feeney. Photograph: The Irish Times

Party expected to add former minister Mary Hanafin to ticket after high-profile campaign

Fianna Fáil selection candidates for the Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Constituency -  Mary Hanafin (left) Cormac Devlin and Kate Feeney pictured prior to their selection convention in Killiney, Co Dublin, September 28th, 2015. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Internal FF polling shows ex-minister is party’s best chance of taking seat in constituency

 This year’s March for Choice  at Merrion Square, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Deputies say Tánaiste’s referendum promise reflects widespread view within the party

Former minister Mary Hanafin is thought to have the support of the majority of long-serving Fianna Fáil activists  in Dún Laoghaire. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Former minister Mary Hanafin thought to have backing from majority of long-serving activists

Johnny Ronan:  his statement  to the poireachtas banking inquiry will stand unless he or his legal representatives  ask  for it to be changed. Photograph: Collins

Alan Shatter describes phrase as ‘offensive and despicable’

The search was triggered by a report that the underbidder, New York-based Fortress Capital Formations, had written to the Taoiseach in February 2014 complaining about “business practices” during Project Eagle

Email found after three days, but asks about bid, rather than complain about practices

A second councillor has resigned from Sinn Féin in the Cork East constituency as an internal row coninues in the party. Cllr June Murphy from Fermoy confirmed on Friday she was quitting the party.

As internal tensions continue in constituency, party asks June Murphy to vacate seat

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

Rural crime is high on the party political agenda at the ploughing championships. Photograph: Getty Images

Government pledging tough action ahead of hard-fought campaign, writes Harry McGee

The latest legislative programme, released  by Government Chief Whip Paul Kehoe, shows that 13 of the 34 priority Bills for this autumn already appeared on the list published in January this year. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Over a third of promised Bills in autumn programme on priority list since January

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin with Mary Fitzpatrick, who won automatic selection last week to be the sole candidate in her Dublin constituency, and Pat ‘The Cope’ Gallagher. Photograph: The Irish Times

Gender quota rules applied in Galway East and Louth constituencies

In a volatile and fickle world even the largest party is not immune from car-crash elections – Fine Gael in 2002 and Fianna Fáil in 2007 bear testament to that. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

What’s the best survival strategy for a TD hoping to cling to their seat?

The decision paves the way for Fianna Fáil’s Mary Fitzpatrick to be selected in Dublin Central. Photograph: The Irish Times

Party members in Dublin South Central and Dublin Central told candidates must be women

Chief Justice Susan Denham and two other judges delivered a mild rebuke to the Government this week. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Difficulties were caused by referendum being signed into the Constitution before Supreme Court could consider a challenge to the(...)

A radical Green Party proposal suggests the RTÉ site at Montrose (above) should be used for high-density housing, and that RTÉ itself should move to the city centre. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Eamon Ryan says broadcaster should quit 30-acre site and move to city centre location

Gino Kenny, Joe Higgins,  Clare Daly and  Richard Boyd Barrett during a United Left Alliance press conference  in Dublin in 2011. The alliance won five seats in the 2011 general election but fell apart before too long. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Analysis: Personality rather than policy saw United Left Alliance fall apart before long

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he will be happy to conduct a live television debate with Fianna Fail leader Micheál Martin.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Taoiseach agrees in principle to live leaders debate during general election campaign

Micheál Martin: Day-to-day delivery of water provision and sewage services should be returned to councils. Photograph: The Irish Times

Micheál Martin proposes new agency that would retain strategic control of services

Ulster Unionist Party leader Mike Nesbitt (right) after speaking to the media at Stormont in Belfast. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Northern Secretary to outline basis for negotiations to resolve political deadlock

Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness speaks to reporters at Stormont Castle in Belfast on Monday. Photograph: Getty

Unionist parties indicate they will not participate in talks unless preconditions are met

A tourist writes a message on a section of the Peace Wall in the  Shankill area of west Belfast in Northern Ireland. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

First Minister says he does not want vacated Stormont posts going to Sinn Féin or SDLP

DUP party leader and Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson at a press conference at Stormont  this week. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

‘The unconditional release of Bobby Storey will lend itself to the Sinn Féin narrative that the crisis itself has been contrived’ (...)

Mary Lou McDonald, Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness  at  Sinn Féin’s party think-in yesterday. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Stage-managed Sinn Féin think-in serves as a metaphor for isolation

 SDLP party leader Alastair McDonnell leads his party past a painting of the late Ian Paisley, at Stormont yesterday. Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Eastablishment of commission seen as possible way of resolving deadlock

A Syrian refugee carries his child as he crosses the border from Greece into Macedonia. Photograph: Reuters

Republic to voice concerns at EU over cost of 4,000 refugees on domestic expenditure

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan leaving the Dáil on his way to Belfast yesterday . Photograph: Alan Betson

Coalition employs twin-track approach in dealing with Sinn Féin

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. He said he would reluctantly and “with regret” support a temporary suspension of the Assembly as the better of two bad options

Flanagan says weekend is final chance for parties to prevent collapse

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker. Photograph: Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images

Government will agree to accommodate group from Syria, Eritrea and Iraq

Cork City Hall: politicians in urban and rural areas are divided on plans to merge Cork city and county councils. Photograph: Getty Images

FF leader says city’s status would be undermined and region would lose out

The sun rise behind a migrants’ make-shift camp near Roszke village on the Hungarian-Serbian border. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Lessons from the past should inform the Government’s approach to crisis

Two committee members disagreed with the conclusion and argued trenchantly for a two-council solution. Photograph: Getty Images

Key proposal of five-person group is super authority that would serve over 500,000

Renua leader Lucinda Creighton  said the issue of childcare was a huge issue and said the response to it to date was inadequate. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Creche network would be paid for through property tax via a social cohesion fund

Fianna Fáil spokesperson on the environment Barry Cowen says “the Government is significantly understating the extent of the crisis, using figures that are actually two years out of date.”  Photograph: Sara Freund

Number of families on list 45% higher than official figures, claims Barry Cowen

Tánaiste  Joan Burton: Believes the State should accept 5,000 migrants, mainly from Syria and Eritrea. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Tánaiste Joan Burton’s proposal to take in 5,000 not practicable, say Fine Gael

Statistics show 75 per cent of burglaries were committed by 25 per cent of burglars.

Law will include tough measures to tackle repeat offenders

Tánaiste Joan Burton: “We have to respond as human beings to the biggest crisis that has faced Europe.”

New figure appears to have come from Labour Party without Government agreement

Lucinda Creighton, leader of Renua Ireland,  during the party’s first think-in in Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Party tries to inject some adrenaline into comatose concept with Dublin event

 Lucinda Creighton and Declan Ganley at a Renua Ireland think-in in Wood Quay, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Declan Ganley urges party not to shy away from big ideas at first think-in in Dublin

Enda Kenny: got his “spake” in first without his detractors being in a position to challenge his version of events. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Report’s unwieldy format could be seen as a master class in ‘dark arts of spin’

Exchequer returns for August show that tax receipts for the first eight months of the year came to €27.3bn. Photograph: Getty Images

Latest exchequer returns indicate that revenue almost €1.4bn ahead of projections

Tom Moloney, Tom Treacy and Ollie Robinson, former hurlers and committee members of Tynagh Abbey-Duniry GAA Club. Photograph: The Irish Times

The sport is huge here but All-Ireland glory has proved elusive, writes Harry McGee

Minister for Foreign Affairs  Charlie Flanagan: “A collapse of the institutions will undoubtedly result in a vacuum.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Charlie Flanagan says North’s parties must focus on principles of Belfast Agreement

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan said “nobody believes the IRA has disbanded”.  File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Comments reflect Government sentiment SF must deal with issue in more expansive way

Cllrs Sean Haughey and Deirdre Heney  at the recent FF Dublin Bay North selection convention. There is major division in party  over whether Mr Haughey should be added to ticket. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Party says it is confident it will meet the 30 per cent gender quota for upcoming election

Migrants rush into Serbia over the border with Macedonia last week. Fianna Fáil spokesman on Europe Timmy Dooley criticised Minister’s refusal to step up  response to the crisis.  Photograph: Darko Vojinovic/AP Photo

FF says Government’s unwillingness to receive more than 600 ‘unacceptable’

Independent TD Clare Daly. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Clare Daly criticises internal investigations into complaints against senior officer

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan said it seemed clear to him that a solution would not be found within Northern Ireland and that some form of talks involving both governments would be required. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minister believes crisis will not end until Sinn Féin ensures IRA is ‘put out of business’

Harry McGee and Gerry Hanlon on the walk at the Ridge of Capard in the Slieve Blooms. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

Forage with Wild Food Mary, dine at the gorgeous 17th-century Roundwood House and discover a lost village in the Slieve Blooms: La(...)

Lucinda Creighton launched Renua’s policy on public procurement at the Dáil yesterday. Photograph: Sara Freund

Government spends about €13 million a year on goods from private sector providers

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

State’s low carbon Bill lacks binding goals and will not achieve the EU’s 2020 targets

Renua Ireland leader Lucinda Creighton has called on the Oireachtas banking inquiry to be reconvened immediately to deal with the evidence of the former chief executive of the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (IBRC). Photograph: Dave Meehan.

TD says Mike Aynsley claim that department wanted asset sold to lower bidder a ‘bombshell’

Michael Lowry: TD spent most of his allowance on PR and consultancy in the second half  of 2014. Photograph: Courts Collins

PR and consultancy fees, opinion polls and entertainment among TDs’ expenditure

Judge Patrick McCartan outside Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. Photograph: Collins Courts

Patrick McCartan was a left-wing politician and principal of a criminal law practice

Brian Ó Domhnaill: investigation on hold for three years after he launched a legal challenge. Photograph: Alan Betson

Former councillor Brian Ó Domhnaill argued those hearing case should be bilingual

During the Mahon tribunal in 2008, Gráinne Carruth admitted sterling amounts had been lodged to accounts associated with then taoiseach Bertie Ahern. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Former secretary of Bertie Ahern buys Fianna Fáil building to use as family home

Joseph Curtin of the IIEA pictured speaking at the Leadership From in Climate Smart Agriculture held in the RDS on Thursday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Survey shows that vast majority of experts believe State should take a leadership role

 Gerard Craughwell:  third senatorial call in as many years for summer meeting.  Photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

Gerard Craughwell wants Upper House to discuss Eurostat ruling on Irish Water

Cllr James Charity was being lined up to run in the Galway West constituency for Renua but will now revert to running as an Independent. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

James Charity quits over Lucinda Creighton’s party’s ‘U-turn’ on water charges

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan being questioned about  Irish Water at the launch of Activate Capital. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Eurostat decision is just the latest in a long line of setbacks for the controversial utility

 John Tierney managing director of Irish Water. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A chronological look at the utility from setup to Eurostat ruling

Retired Supreme Court judge Nial Fennelly is chairing the commission. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Commission investigating Martin Callinan’s retirement and phone recordings in stations

Lucinda Creighton, party leader of Renua, launches a ten point plan for ‘Collaring the White Collar Criminals’ in front of Leinster House. Photograph: Sara Freund / The Irish Times

Lucinda Creighton unveils policy paper to tackle white collar crime

The total paid by the Exchequer to non-party members of the Dáil and Seanad in 2014 was €812,989 - €563,859 to TDs and €249,000 to non-party members of the Seanad. Photograph: Thinkstock

Standards in Public Office Commission says 39 complaints were made last year

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald has withdrawn a request for the Public Accounts Committee to reconvene urgently for a discussion on a land deal involving National Assets Management Agency. Photograph: Aidan Crawley.

Sinn Féin removes statement from website claiming agency involved in ‘off market’ deal

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton with Government Ministers at the final Cabinet meeting before the summer recess in Lissadell House, Sligo. Photograph: The Irish Times

Homeowners assured by Minister for Finance that property tax will be frozen in 2017

Leaders confirmed they would advocate a return to power for the Coalition. Photograph: The Irish Times

Kenny and Burton say Labour and Fine Gael will go to people on their own manifestos

Ministers Michael Noonan and Alex White prior to the final Cabinet meeting at Lissadell House, Sligo before the summer recess. Photograph: The Irish Times

Goodwill garnered over bailout exit and recovery impaired by unexpected events

The Government has nominated High Court judge Ms Justice Iseult O’Malley for appointment to the Supreme Court

Richard Humphreys and Tony O’Connor nominated as judges of the High Court

Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD and Government Ministers meeting Edward Walsh his wife Constance Cassidy and their children at Lissadell House, Sligo. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Noonan pledges ‘no sudden shocks’ as Cabinet meets in Lissadell House

Labour has dismissed FG strategist Frank Flanney’s MacGill Summer School proposal of  a joint campaign for the general election. Photograph: The Irish Times

Negative reaction to Frank Flannery suggestion as Ministers reject unified platform

Tánaiste Joan Burton with Sinn Féin’s Padraig Mac Lochlainn and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin at the MacGill Summer School in Glenties. Photograph: North West Newspix

Burton says Coalition has worked well while Martin expects ‘negative’ Fine Gael campaign

Cllr Jackie  Cahill, a former president of the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association, was the surprise winner of the selection convention

Successful candidates lost out in earlier selection convention to Cllr Jackie Cahill

Micheál Martin said his predecessors as Fianna Fáil leader, Bertie Ahern and Brian Cowen, had given evidence that was “strong and robust and also matter of fact”. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill /The Irish Times

Bertie Ahern and Brian Cowen gave ‘strong and robust’ evidence, says Martin

Tánaiste Joan Burton responded to comments comparing the Coalition to a “bad marriage” at MacGill Summer School. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Tánaiste says any disagreements have not impacted Coalition’s effectiveness

Renua leader Lucinda Creighton has described criticisms of tribunals of inquiry made by former taoiseach Bertie Ahern as a “bit rich”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Renua set to launch new policy paper on white collar crime later this week

Fine Gael and Labour’s best chance of re-election would be to contest the general election as a government and not as individual parties, political strategist Frank Flannery has said. Photograph: North West Newspix.

Strategist says despite frequent alliances in coalition, parties don’t really like each other

Kevin O’ Malley, US ambassador to Ireland, and his wife Dena, with former tánaiste Michael McDowell SC and Dr Joe Mulholland, director of the Patrick MacGill Summer School at the opening in Glenties, Co Donegal on Sunday night

MacGill Summer School: Former tánaiste says next ceann comhairle by secret ballot

Green Party leader  Eamon Ryan: “What we have now is a situation where even traditional Gaeltacht areas are declining.”   Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Green Party says Irish could be all but extinct in a generation

Colm McCarthy at Leinster House.  Photograph: Collins

Economist speaks at ‘Working for the Best, Preparing for the Worst’ session

 A protester is led away from the Dáil entrance during anti-water charge protests last night. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Opposition launches scathing attack on payment levels of just 43% of customers

Mick Wallace: Further questions focus on Project Eagle, the £1.2bn sale of a NI property portfolio. Photograph: The Irish Times

Independent TD Mick Wallace makes four additional accusations concerning agency

Mick Wallace: the Wexford TD has played a game of very pointed questions, asked in the Dáil under parliamentary privilege. Photograph: Eric Luke

Most serious of TD’s statements was that official demanded cash from developer

Elizabeth Arnett of Irish Water and  Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly insisted  Irish Water  was  on target, even though both studiously refused to say what those targets are.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Analysis: All ‘on track’ for Irish Water, say Arnett and Kelly, despite the icebergs

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 made new  allegations under Dáil privilege  relating to the National Assets Management Agency.

Independent TD has described that State-owned property firm as ‘secret society’

Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos talks with ministers and Syriza lawmakers attends a parliamentary session in Athens. Photograph: Reuters

Agreement represents big political setback for Sinn Féin which chained itself to Syriza

A Coalition poll has shown a  12-point increase in positive sentiment among the 23-34 age group. Photograph: Getty Images

Poll results are seen as encouraging for Fine Gael and Labour’s election prospects

Minister for Communications Alex White: Conradh na Gaeilge said the Eircode problem was acknowledged by Mr White’s department earlier this year. Photograph: Alan Betson

Conradh na Gaeilge claims up to 50,000 gaps for place names in Irish language

 Mick Wallace: used Dáil privilege to reveal a northern politician or party may have been the intended beneficiary of a £7m sum lodged in an offshore account. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

TD says information will back his call for new inquiry

Pensioners reach for their queue numbers outside of the National Bank of Greece, as they wait to withdraw their benefits. Photograph: Andreas Solaro/ AFP/Getty Images

If a deal is agreed, it will be seen as a betrayal by some Syriza supporters.

A Palestinian child sits in front of the rubble of buildings which were destroyed in the summer of 2014 in the southern Gaza Strip.

Dr Mads Gilbert claims brutality of assaults on Gaza has increased over years

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