Senator Jim Walsh (FF): “In circumstances where a [deceased] baby like that has not been taken from the [late] mother during an autopsy, families might still wish to have that unborn baby recognised in its own right as an individual.’’

Family very anxious unborn baby would be recognised as an individual, says Jim Walsh

‘Danno’ Halloran (first left), with sound engineer Mick Nolan, Barbara Fitzgerald, Colm Brennan, Linda Sherlock and John Ellis at the opening of the RTÉ radio studio in Dáil Éireann in 1986. Photograph: © RTÉ Stills Library

Halloran was a news and duty editor at RTÉ and a founding editor of Oireachtas TV

John Halligan (left) and Shane Ross of the Independent Alliance group, at Leinster House. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Party profile: Independent Alliance likely to demand ministerial role

  Minister for Health Leo Varadkar:  “We are moving away from an ambulance service that is just about transporting people to hospital, to one which ensures that they are given emergency treatment by paramedics, both in their homes and at the roadside.”   Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister under pressure on ambulance service in final health question time

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: “She was not in a position to speak or to defend herself, and the whistleblower is clear that the most appalling acts were perpetrated in this case.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Micheál Martin says abuse case is harrowing as a child was left vulnerable for so long

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is expected to name election day on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach intends to visit President on Wednesday to seek dissolution of current Dáil

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said a commission of investigation could run parallel with a Garda investigation.

Taoiseach tells Dáil case of person known as Grace is a ‘serious legacy issue’

Sinead Ahern at the Labour Party conference in Mullingar: said it would be difficult to say what the mood of the party would be after the election. Photograph: Aidan Crawley.

View from the floor: Some say party should stay only if strong enough to influence policy

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Alan Kelly. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

‘I am sure as a Government we are going to agree on a date.’ says Minister

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin: “People will want to know that what is on offer can be provided for.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Brendan Howlin denies Coalition making excessive election promises

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: Jean-Claude Trichet “did not threaten me”. Photograph: The Irish Times

Minister reacts to Social Democrats charge of misleading Dáil on Trichet bondholder stance

Sinn Féin vice-president Mary Lou McDonald: “Once again, the Labour Party is throwing around election promises like confetti at a wake,’’ she said. “Does the Tánaiste really believe that people have short memories?’’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Long weekend for TDs as they await Enda Kenny’s visit to the Park

Social Democrat TD Stephen Donnelly TD: he said the Government had been elected on a clear mandate to burn the bondholders. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Social Democrats deputy Stephen Donnelly calls for Minister for Finance’s resignation

Former minister for finance Brian Lenihan was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in December 2009 and died in June 2011. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

‘It would not surprise’ Micheal McGrath if pressure contributed to minister’s illness

Senator Gerard Craughwell:  says the officer was placed 11th in the order of merit, with the top nine applicants promoted. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Senator Gerard Craughwell says officer had been forced to retire two years early

Limerick TD Dan Neville:  Described by Minister of State for Health Kathleen Lynch as “one of the pioneers” in raising mental health issue in the Dáil. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Dan Neville suggests national forum of groups working in suicide prevention

Senator Catherine Noone: ‘It is simply about getting children to make healthier choices.’ Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Catherine Noone says one-in-four children are either overweight or obese

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said €13.6 billion was being allocated for health services this year.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

FF leader says Government approved plan which has left acute hospitals short by €100m

 A patient on a trolley in a corridor in the  Accident and Emergency Department of St James’s Hospital. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Government has approved plan which left acute hospitals short by €100m, says Martin

Part of the crowd at the launch of Independent TD Michael Lowry’s election campaign in the Anner Hotel in Thurles

Local consensus is that Independent TD will again top poll in Tipperary heartland

John Bruton was part of a guard of honour at the 50th anniversary of the Rising in 1966. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Former taoiseach says politicians, not soldiers, should lecture on the Proclamation

Defences Forces personnel march past the GPO in a previous  1916 commemoration. Former taoiseach John Bruton has criticised plans  to have Army personnel visiting schools as part of the 1916 centenary. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Ex-taoiseach says non-political force ‘should be kept separate’ from any political advocacy

Eoin Mac Neill “was equally and utterly tough when it came to 1922 and the Civil War…he was absolutely clear that violence could be used’’, his grandson,  former minister for justice and former tánaiste Michael McDowell has said. File photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Nationalist leader was ‘quite prepared’ to use violence, says grandson Michael McDowell

Minister for State Michael Ring: said the increased activity in the past four years meant tourism had been a major contributor to job creation. Photograph: Sportsfile

Minister of State says growth of industry has also created jobs

Fianna Fáil Senator Paschal Mooney (right): said rural people could see the impact of Government policies. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

FG Senator Eamonn Coghlan defends Coalition record

Tánaiste Joan Burton said 100 extra scoliosis operations were carried out this year – “a 51 per cent increase on the previous year”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

SF deputy leader says 250 children with scoliosis awaiting treatment

Ms Burton asked: “Have you finished your tsunami of hate and invective there? Are you sure you finished it?” Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Tánaiste accuses Mary Lou McDonald of engaging in a ‘tsunami of hate and invective’

Independent TD Shane Ross sought the appointment of a “crony’’ to a State board in the lifetime of the current Dáil, Labour TD Arthur Spring has claimed. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Arthur Spring makes claim as Burton criticised during confidence motion debate

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny: “We had to rebuild all of that structure, Deputy Martin, you have no credibility, zero, zilch, nothing.’’  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Government does not know what it is like for homeless people to have to live in hotels - FF chief

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton. File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Tánaiste under fire following appointment of David Begg as chair of Pensions Authority

Minister of State with Special Rsponsibility for the OPW Simon Harris. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister responds to Fianna Fáil’s calls for new body to manage impact of floooding

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton. Mr Kenny has again ruled out increasing rent supplement to deal with the homelessness crisis. File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Opposition criticises Government’s housing policy after airing of ‘My Homeless Family’

FAI chief executive John Delaney reportedly visited local soccer clubs and a barber shop with Alan Kelly in his Tipperary constituency and urged people to vote for him. File photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Burton and Donohoe reject claim that FAI chief executive’s canvassing is ‘inappropriate’

 Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin insisted “a balanced presentation’’ of the report revealed Ireland’s economic rebound was remarkably strong. File photograph: Gareth chaney Collins

Minister insists commission’s report should be read in full and is ‘by and large’ supportive

Emma Coffey at the Fianna Fáil ardfheis at Citywest, Dublin. She believes a UK exit from the EU would be a massive blow to Ireland’s relationship with Britain. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil’s Brendan Smith tells ardfheis party would set up agency to deal with issue

Emma Coffey at the Fianna Fáil Ardfheis at Citywest, Dublin. “I cannot definitively rule out a coalition with Fine Gael.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Party upbeat ahead of election with most against partnership with leading group

It is not inevitable that the current Government will be returned to power in the general election, Fianna Fáil TD Éamon Ó Cuív has said. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

As Fianna Fáil ardfheis begins, Gerry Adams refuses to rule out coalition with Martin’s party

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: said Sinn Féin’s policy was almost childlike, promising to spend an extra €5 billion in health and billions on education and housing.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Government rounds on Sinn Féin as it defends its record to date

“It is of real importance to young students who have given five years of study that their papers would be examined dispassionately, accurately and professionally.’’ Photograph: Eric Luke

O’Sullivan says training period should be extended from two days to at least a week

Brian Walsh: Thanked for his service to the House.  Photograph: The Irish Times

Tribute extended to Galway West TD obliged to withdraw candidacy from general election

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin: “Rarely did we get the attention of our national broadcaster and national media generally, yet we     had severe flooding that impacted across all of Monaghan  and in Cavan.”  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Kenny says he will not oppose Opposition proposals for single authority for river basin

“No one watching Mark Coughlan’s report on Prime Time last Thursday night could have had a scintilla of confidence in the so-called EPA,’’ Labour Senator John  Whelan has said. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

John Whelan highlights controversy over emissions from Enva waste plant in Portlaoise

 Flood defence work on the banks of the  River Shannon in Athlone, Co Westmeath. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Taoiseach responds to criticism over lack of preparation for flooding along the Shannon

 Fourteen hours in witness box: Joanne Hayes at the Kerry babies tribunal in June 1985. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

State Papers 1985: Media coverage of case sparked anger in some quarters

President Michael D Higgins signed a number of pieces of legislation on Christmas Day. Photograph: Alan Betson

Legislation signed includes Bills on tax appeals and bankruptcy system

 Mary Lou McDonald:  “There are 68,000 people waiting for inpatient treatment . . . well done!’’  Photograph:  Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Joan Burton and Mary Lou McDonald clash on state of the health services

Independent TD Mick Wallace: “Last year alone, we gave permits for US civilian charter planes to carry 190 tons of bullets; they flew over Ireland to go to Afghanistan.’’ Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Mick Wallace again insists US planes carrying weapons and munitions

Taoiseach Enda Kenny was critical of Sinn Féin policies. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams accuses Taoiseach of ‘spoofing’ about health service

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin:  bottom line was there was no extra provision for high-tech drug scheme. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Micheál Martin says cystic fibrosis patients will need help to pay for new drug, Orkambi

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

Labour’s Michael McNamara complains about guillotining of legislation in Dáil

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has insisted there will be no change in the rules governing the allocation of medical cards.

Sinn Féin leader claims health services will continue to be underfunded

Independent Senator John Crown described the Seanad electoral system as “bizarre, elitist, unbalanced and anachronistic’’. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Independent Senator proposes extending vote to whole electorate

John Halligan: ‘We are talking about people who, in their most desperate moment of life, are being deprived of their humanitarian rights.’ Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Dying with Dignity Bill 2015 would recognise rights of ‘clearly consenting adults’

Taoiseach, Enda Kenny: said the number of patients on trolleys at 8am yesterday was 290, a reduction of 33 per cent on the same day last year.

Taoiseach repeats view that the HSE should be abolished but it would take time

Taoiseach Enda Kenny called on nurses to back away from industrial action by accepting the package which averted strike action. Photograph: The Irish Times

Taoiseach hopeful of deal but FF TD highlights reported €100m deficit in health plan

 Minister of State Simon Harris: “I think all of the councillors involved have very serious issues to reflect on.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Job of local representative has been sullied by actions of some, says Harris

 Speculation that Enda Kenny would not bring the Dáil back after Christmas was dismissed by senior Fine Gael sources. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

FG up 5 percentage points to 31%, Labour up 1 to 8% in Behaviour & Attitudes opinion poll

 Jonathan O’Brien TD:  local representatives would have greater knowledge than the minister. Photograph: Mark Kelleher

Opposition TDs express concern that power could shift from local bodies to Minister

Ballyseedy Massacre monument, Ballyseedy, Co Kerry.

Survivor Stephen Fuller said Civil War divisions should not be passed on to next generation

Senator Darragh O’Brien: it is an entitlement of educators to protect their religious ethos. Photograph: David Sleator

FF Senator accuses Labour of thinking that anyone holding religious belief is inferior

Aerial images of flooding. Photograph: Airman Jamie Martin/Air Corps

Tanaiste warns against relying on UK model to deal with problem

Independent TD  Thomas Pringle: said 78 per cent of over-50s with depression are undiagnosed. Photograph: Collins Courts

Economic ‘engine’ required to fund public services, says Taoiseach

Independent Senator Feargal Quinn introduced the Gradam an Uachtaráin Bill 2015. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Independent Senator insists his proposal is constitutional

The historical significance of 16 Moore Street, as the final headquarters of the 1916 Rising and the location of the last council of war, was the determining factor in placing as preservation order on it in 2007. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Minister for Heritage Heather Humphreys says buildings retain 18th-century elements

Belongings drying out beside a flooded home. Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said he got a sense people living in the areas affected by flooding wanted to know when action would be taken on the problem. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Real sense the Government does not ‘get’ what is happening, says Micheál Martin

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly said the Government could build on the preparatory work under way. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Independent TD Clare Daly criticises Government’s approach to climate change

Fianna Fail TD Robert Troy: “It is a challenge and an opportunity for all of us to do what is right,’’ he told Dáil

Hot air and noise pollution rampant in the body politic in advance of election

 “The Equality [Miscellaneous Provisions] Bill is the key piece of the legislative map that will allow LGBT people to be themselves, get married and have a family without a threat to their job if they work in a religious-run institution,’’ GLEN director of education policy Sandra Irwin-Gowran said. Photograph:  Mark R Cristino/EPA

‘Chilling effect’ for workers in religious-run State institutions removed - Ó Riordáin

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin was speaking during a debate on the final stages of the Health Insurance (Amendment) Bill. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin says health system should be funded by progressive taxation

Staff at the emergency unit in University Hospital Galway work under “extraordinary conditions’’, Taoiseach Enda Kenny told Dáil.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Taoiseach describes department as ‘one of the most inadequate facilities in the country’

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has told the Dáil the emergency department in University Hospital Galway is not fit for purpose. Photograph: The Irish Times

Taoiseach says staff there are working in one of the most inadequate facilities in country

Labour Senator Máiría Cahill. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Labour Senator outlines case of victim who will be homeless by Christmas

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: “The homeless crisis is worse. The numbers sleeping rough in Dublin are on the increase, as well as in Cork, Limerick, Waterford and Galway and across the country”

Taoiseach rejects Opposition demand to increase rent subsidy

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the Residential Tenancies (Amendment) (No 2) Bill would provide stability in the area of those who were homeless because of rent increases. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Opposition leaders insist homelessness problem worse now than it was a year ago

Brendan Smith: calling for a body to clamp down on cross-Border criminality

Brendan Smith claims ’corrosive wave of criminality’ in region

Fine Gael TD John O’Mahony told the Dáil the  members of the Joint Committee on Transport and Communications had become aware that despite regulation, there was evidence of installers of gas boilers operating outside the law. File photograph: Getty Images

FG TD John O’Mahony calls for independent expert to conduct thorough investigation of sector

The latest monthly performance report for September, published by the HSE on Thursday, shows that 2,244 patients were waiting longer than 18 months for inpatient and day procedures, while 5,442 were waiting more than 15 months. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

No ‘simple or quick fix solution’ to emergency department problems, says Varadkar

Minister for Childre Dr James Reilly: said the most important requirements for young people leaving care included continuity of relationships and secure suitable accommodation

Dr James Reilly says aim is to assist young people in independent living

Fianna Fáil’s finance spokesman Michael McGrath: said up to 300,000 variable-rate mortgage customers were being ripped off by their banks.

Fianna Fáil finance spokesman Michael McGrath calls for sanctions on banks breaking consumer law

Tánaiste Joan Burton: said the State’s industrial relations machinery was at the disposal of the parties in the nurses’ dispute. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Joan Burton asked by Sinn Féin deputy leader if she still has confidence in Leo Varadkar

Row centres on correspondence between Nama nd Independent TD Mick Wallace   Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

TD made new claims in Dáil regarding Northern Ireland loans sale

Labour Minister of State Seán Sherlock: he suggested Sinn Féin should consider if it would continue to refuse to take it seats in Westminster. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

SF leader says Tánaiste’s remarks ‘barely comprehensible and have no credibility’

Fine Gael TD John Deasy: “When the High Court judge heading the commission of investigation refers to a potential waste of taxpayers’ money, the first step should be to conduct such an analysis and circulate the outcome to everyone involved.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

TD says revised assessment needed on inquiry that is estimated to take eight years

Independent TD Tom Fleming: “Unfortunately, in the rest of rural Ireland, employment growth is practically nil.’’ Photograph: Don MacMonagle

Independent TD urges Government to give equal opportunities to non-urban areas

Leo Varadkar: Fianna Fáil Senator Darragh O’Brien has accused the Minister for Health of reacting only when there was a crisis. Photograph:  Cyril Byrne

Minister for Health lacks forward planning and leadership, says Darragh O’Brien

Labour TD Michael McNamara has said politicians facing criminal charges should not learn about them in the media. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Taoiseach confirms Bill establishing policing authority to be passed before Christmas

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny

Kenny says Gerry Adams only Opposition TD to reply to his letter on issue

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: “I do not anticipate the next government, if my party leads it, being able to change the funding model for healthcare substantially.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister says he is not sure compulsory health insurance right for Ireland

Clare Daly TD: “The Minister’s stance has exposed the utter hypocrisy of western authorities in respect of this matter.”

Independent TD Clare Daly warns of strong Dáil resistance

Seán Crowe TD:   said the work of the Lariam inquiry group was positive news for those who had been affected. .Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin TD tells of harrowing stories from serving and former soldiers

 Fianna Fail leader Micheál Martin: he said there would be  less need for inquiries if questions had been answered.   Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Taoiseach denies his department holds on to information

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said while the outcome of the vote by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation was expected, industrial action by emergency department nurses would not sort out the challenges being faced. File photograph: Woohae Cho/Bloomberg

Morale at all-time low in emergency departments, says FF leader Micheál Martin

UN armoured and transport vehicles outside the Radisson Hotel in Bamako, Mali, During a terrorist assault there on November 20th, 2015. File photograph: EPA

Government has ‘incredibly fluid’ take on what it means to be neutral state - Clare Daly

Thomas Pringle said  Irish fishermen account for less than 20 per cent of fish caught in Irish waters every year. Photograph: Chris Furlong/Getty Images

The Donegal South West TD says EU stole fishing stocks when Ireland joined in 1973

DUP Leader Peter Robinson announced he was standing down as First Minister and DUP ldeader. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

New Labour Senator Maíría Cahill says DUP leader was ‘courteous and respectful’

Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin:  said Taoiseach Enda Kenny “breaks promise after promise, believing that media management will take care of everything’’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Dáil broadside follows Government abandoning universal health insurance proposal

Fianna Fáil candidate Paschal Mooney: said he was glad the parties in the North had seen a little bit of reality. Photograph: Collins

“Thank God they are not calling this one historic,” says Ned O’Sullivan

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said today Fine Gael remains committed to implementing universal health care in Ireland. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Micheál Martin asks Enda Kenny how he got its implementation so wrong

Senator David Norris: “It is a very serious charge and was leaked, I presume, by the Garda . . . it is very shocking stuff’’

David Norris claims strong case for looking at operations of Irish media

“Bees by their nature do not respect, regard or identify with borders. They do not fly over large expanses of water either, which is an advantage in our case”

Labour Senator says Ireland imports 90% of honey consumed

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