Who was mayor of London until May this year? Photograph:  EPA/Jeremy Lempin

‘Dublin isn’t competing with Limerick or Waterford. Its rivals include London, Paris, Edinburgh, Berlin, Madrid, Barcelona. It’s c(...)

Simon Harris, Leo Varadkar, Katherine Zappone and Simon Coveney.

Part two of our rundown of how Ministers performed over Government’s first 100 days

Senator Kevin Humphreys: “We need somebody who stands up for Dublin and articulates the real needs for the city.”

Dublin-based Kevin Humphreys says Cabinet’s programme largely focused on rural Ireland

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has found his footing in this administration; Richard Bruton has gone about his work quietly while Michael Noonan has numbers to crunch ahead of the budget. But Shane Ross has failed to shine. Photograph: The Irish Times

While colleagues are showing improvement, Shane Ross reveals little enthusiasm for the job

Minister Denis Naughten: “There are no chances of me joining Fianna Fáil or Fine Gael or the Green Party for that matter.” Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Independent Minister who fell out with Taoiseach in 2011 praises his leadership

Finian McGrath: “I want to ensure that every adult with intellectual disability and physical disability will have rights to services in the state and the right to equality of treatment.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Minister of State for Disability Issues Finian McGrath says further delays unjustifiable

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar is to launch a survey of 20,000 self-employed people to find out if they are willing to pay higher social insurance in return for more State benefits. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Review aims to determine if group is willing to pay higher PRSI in return for entitlements

The Independent Alliance’s John Halligan  and Shane Ross  at Leinster House.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Isolated Alliance members set to recruit ‘boots on the ground’ in Government Buildings

Independent Minister for Transport Shane Ross.  File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Analysis: Ministers have been running the State through deals and diluted solutions

Independent Minister of State calls for prostitution to be regulated

 Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charlie Flanagan at Iveagh House, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Charlie Flanagan says member states acknowledge State’s ‘unique’ circumstances

Minister for Communications Denis Naughten has announced plans for a new National Cyber Security Centre. Photograph: Alan Betson

New National Cyber Security Centre will aim to prevent attacks on digital databases

The proposed ‘smart’ agricultural policy allows an increase in agricultural production while at the same time fulfilling our Green House Gas emissions targets. File photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images.

Analysis: Motive behind climate study admirable but may prove to be wishful thinking

James Reilly: criticised at the Fine Gael meeting. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Inside Politics: Reappointed deputy leader James Reilly takes brunt of criticism at party meeting

Make no mistake about it. Enda Kenny’s career as Taoiseach and Fine Gael leader is drawing to a close. But how quickly? This year or next? File photograph: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images

Taoiseach responded poorly to difficult week but likely to still be in place for budget

 Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams  at Leinster House on Kildare Street, Dublin. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Sinn Féin leader says Government needs to review strategy for dealing with Britain

Theresa May, pictured with her husband Phil, is on course to succeed David Cameron as British prime minister. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Inside Politics: Insects fossilise in rocks quicker than a FG leadership decision

Minister for Health Simon Harris said the last thing the country or Fine Gael needed was ‘instability, navel-gazing and uncertainty’. Photograph: The Irish Times

Minister for Health says it is ‘premature’ for backbench TDs to call for Enda Kenny to step down

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said on Monday he had no ‘intention of being diverted from that work that I have undertaken and for which I have received a mandate to fulfil’.

Fine Gael leader tries to calm speculation on his future by saying he has a mandate to fulfil

Limelight: Kenny’s demeanour this week seemed resigned, exhausted, unsure. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

There will be no heave against Enda Kenny – if he goes when he says he will

Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Close supporters of Mr  Kenny are considering tabling a motion of confidence in his leadership to the party’s TDs and Senators this week. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Move is designed to ‘draw a line’ under Fine Gael leadership row

Taoiseach Enda Kenny. “If the election is less than a year away,” said a Fine Gael TD, “He’s a lame duck and has to go.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Vacuum in weakening Fine Gael as early election in prospect after con of ‘new politics’

Joe O’Toole has repeated his support for water charges and the polluter pays principle

Inside Politics: Chairman faces calls for resignation after repeating support for water charges

 Senator Catherine Noone as she addresses the morning session of the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly with on left Aengus O Snodaigh TD and on right Margaret Murphy O Mahony TD. Photograph:  Maxwell’s

British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly debates implications of Brexit

Mary Ann O’Brien: “You must remember there was €4 billion of State funding swilling around in the charities sector with no proper oversight.”

Charities Act 2009 is strong but many of its provisions long-fingered despite scandals

The legislation also deals with the manner in which charities raise funds.  Photograph: Frank Miller

Console controversy latest in series of scandals caused by ineffective legislation

‘Donald Trump has never donated money to Sinn Féin,’ a party spokesman said. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Gerry Adams made a specific reference to the billionaire at a fundraising dinner

Denis O’Brien: consultant’s report examined the media landscape between 2012 and 2014 to see if any change of ownership or control had impacted on diversity. Photograph: Frank Miller

Denis O’Brien’s decision to increase stake in INM did not lead to ‘material reduction in plurality’

Varadkar defends move on basis that more people had been made homeless since review

Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers has warned against triggering Article 50, the mechanism that will start Brexit. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Inside Politics: The prevailing mood seems to be: Lord make me leave, but not yet

Counting of EU referendum votes at the Foyle Arena in Derry. Photograph: Trevor McBride

Largely nationalist constituency bordering Donegal has benefited from EU funding

The leader of the Labour Party in Ireland Brendan Howlin has said he is extremely disappointed at the outcome of the Brexit vote.    Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Result highlights 'fundamental disconnect' between people and political parties in UK

Taoiseach Enda Kenny (centre) during a tour of an Irish recruitment agency in Belfast earlier this month.  Photograph: Paul Faith/Getty Images

Ireland was always going to be more than an interested spectator in the Brexit debate

Sadiq Khan, mayor of London, speaks at a pro-remain campaign event in London. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Inside Politics: Gordon Brown and Sadiq Khan breathed new life into the Remain campaign

A few of the younger Ministers have motivation and Simon Coveney has been very visible. But there are reports of fatigue and poor relations. When does the process to succeed Enda Kenny begin? Photograph: Eric Luke

Inside politics: There will be an existential crisis for the Government every second week

Minister Simon Coveney  said the Government will spend  €1.5 million on a public information campaign to  explain  how the pay-by-weight system will work.   Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Fianna Fáil backs deal to put a stay on introducing a pay-by-weight pricing structure

The UK goes to the polls on Thursday in a referendum on whether to remain in the European Union. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Key figures including Taoiseach, FF and Labour leaders visit Britain to voice concerns

The EU Emissions Trading Scheme offers a market where heavy emitters are obliged to buy carbon credits, the price of which has fallen dramatically since 2008.  Photograph: Christophe Ena/AP

Climate Change Advisory Council says EU trading scheme not working effectively

 Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Simon Coveney arriving at a meeting with waste industry representatives, in Tallaght, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Simon Coveney to bring proposal to Cabinet with aim of capping bin charges at current level

There is a consensus emerging among waste companies, said a source, that households be given an option of retaining, for 12 months, their current scheme or convert to pay-by-weight. Photograph: Getty Images

Scheme would mean deferring pay-by-weight collection initiative across State from July 1st

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten: “It is important to narrow the gap. That means we don’t throw the towel in.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons.

Transport and agriculture pose huge challenges in meeting EU limits, says Minister

Fine Gael TD Regina Doherty: “If they say I am a callous bitch or a bankrupt, I will respond. I will not be rude but I will not be quiet or ignore it any more.”

In wake of Jo Cox murder, Government Chief Whip no longer willing to stay silent

A loyalist mural in the Tiger’s Bay area of Belfast calling for Britain to vote to leave the European Union in the June 23rd referendum. Photograph: Stephen Davison

Few who support the idea of staying in European Union can be found on the streets

Simon Coveney:  Believed the test in 2014 set the bar too high. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Coveney signals intention to rekindle proposals for office holders in big urban centres

Demonstrators outside Government Buildings urging the repeal of the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Enda Kenny and Micheál Martin committed to consultative process before any decision

Minister for the Environment: the objective is to “take the political heat out of this issue so we can get down to what makes sense on providing safe water in Ireland in a cost-effective manner”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Minister hopes commission will take ‘political heat’ out of contentious issue

The Government is introducing a second free year for preschool children. Photograph: iStock

Government publishes programme of key priorities for its first year of its term

Enda Kenny and David Cameron at 10 Downing Street last January. Mr Kenny will next week make a direct plea to Irish people living in Britain, and voters with an Irish heritage, to vote to remain in the EU.  Photograph: Matt Dunham/PA Wire

Taoiseach to appear at press conference in Manchester alongside prime minister

Enda Kenny will visit three UK cities to campaign for Britain to remain in the EU. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Taoiseach says time important to assess issue, repeats support for citizens’ assembly

 Senators before the first sitting of the 25th Seanad at Leinster House, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Representatives propose major changes to Upper House on first day of the 25th Seanad

Fine Gael TD  Kate O’Connell said many of her colleagues in Fine Gael were “allergic” to the issue of the 8th amendment and did not want to engage. Photograph: Alan Betson

Kate O’Connell ‘deeply suspicious’ of increase in ministers of state

MPs Boris Johnson (R) and Michael Gove address workers during a Vote Leave campaign visit in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England. Photograph: Getty Images

Inside Politics: Britain leaving would begin a debate about our role in the EU

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan said most Fine Gael Cabinet members, including Taoiseach Enda Kenny, will visit the United Kingdom between now and June 23rd to emphasise  that the UK staying within the EU would be good for it and also good for Ireland. Photograph: Getty Images

Mary Mitchell O’Connor says talks on July 1st will focus on outcome of EU referendum

Gary Broderick, Director of the Saol Project, which helps women in dealing with addictions and with prison rehabilitation, pictured with After-Care worker Belinda Nugent, a former client of the project. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Emergency reaction to recent drug-gang deaths in Dublin is not enough

The combination of a taskforce, a mini-Cab and saturation policing forms part of the classic political response. File photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Putting more gardaí on the streets ignores the causes of crime, say experts

Eamonn Cumberton (29), from Mountjoy Street, Dublin leaves the Bridewell Garda station before arriving at the District Court, Dublin where he was charged with the murder of Michael Barr who was shot dead at the Sunset House PubPhotograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Force under scrutiny as additional resources sought in fight against organised crime

Billy Lawless: Said he had not worked out the logistics of how he would attend sittings, or what the expenses would be. Photograph: The Irish Times

Chicago-based appointee denies cronyism concerning internship for Kenny’s daughter

 John Paul Phelan: the election of the chair will be the first to use the D’Hondt system, which allots chairs of committees in proportion to the size of the party or grouping. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Kilkenny Fine Gael TD will chair group scrutinising key decisions underlying budget

Alan Kelly will have to settle for a position below Howlin, and is likely to be a brooding, bulky presence in a parliamentary party too small to pretend he isn’t there.

Brendan Howlin must bring the party back to its core and reclaim working-class votes

The process that resulted in Brendan Howlin becoming the new leader of the Labour Party was seamless. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Analysis: In the end it was a coronation for the new Labour leader, writes Harry McGee

By appointing 18 junior ministers, Enda Kenny has stretched the toleration point to its limits, and possibly beyond. All the more so because 15 of the Ministers of State are from his own party, Fine Gael. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

There is no rationale for 15 FG Ministers of State other than keeping ambitious TDs sweet

Speaking rights: Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Fianna Fáil’s Micheál Martin, Labour’s Brendan Howlin, Social Democrat Catherine Murphy, Independent Michael Fitzmaurice and Richard Boyd Barrett of AAA-PBP. Photographs: The Irish Times

Reducing requirement for speaking rights among key recommendations for 32nd Dáil

Fine Gael TD Helen McEntee at Leinster House on Kildare Street, Dublin. File  photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Analysis: Enda Kenny must play a careful game with his ministerial appointments

Eoghan Murphy, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, David Stanton and   Regina Doherty launching Fine Gael’s  Oireachtas Reform Programme in March. Photograph: Alan Betson

Delay in forming government means new legislation unlikely to be enacted before July

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has claimed Fianna Fáil legislation to reduce mortgage interest rates is ‘seriously flawed’. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Michael Noonan says proposal ‘seriously flawed’ and Central Bank doesn’t want new powers

The stock of Labour TD Alan Kelly (R), pictured with Brendan Howlin, is low with party colleagues. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Inside Politics: The Government will lose more votes than it wins in the new House

Senior Labour party figures including Seán Sherlock and Jan O’Sullivan are supporting Brendan Howlin (above) for the leadership. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Deputy chief has no backers for leadership as other six party TDs join behind Howlin

Fianna Fáil finance spokesman Michael McGrath: tabled the Central Bank (Variable Rate Mortgages) Bill 2016. Photgraph: Aidan Crawley

Sinn Féin likely to support Fianna Fáil legislation giving Central Bank new powers

M-Pesa: millions of Kenyans use agencies like this one to transfer money by mobile phone. Photograph: Bloomberg

In a country with limited banking and few landlines, cell phones are used to transfer funds by text, to send hungry people money i(...)

New chief whip Regina Doherty speaking at the launch of Fine Gael’s Oireachtas Reform Programme at the Dáil last March, with party members Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, Eoghan Murphy  and David Stanton. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Only five outgoing ministers are in the frame including Damien English and Michael Ring

Under the new programme for government, expected to be published this week, hospital services will be run by statutory trusts which will own their assets and manage the recruitment of their own staff. File photograph: Getty Images

Programme includes special provision of €50m to cut waiting times at hospitals

Minister for Communications, Climate Change and Natural Resources Denis Naughten: “We have an overdependency on imported fuels. Wind farms will play a part in reducing that dependency. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Minister clarifies position after Saturday’s comments in favour of local consultation

The 32nd Dáil will be very different from the last. The working model where government proposes and parliament disposes is gone. Photograph: Michael Quinn

Members of the new ‘coalition’ must get over the small stuff if it is going to work

 Independent TD Denis Naughten, who left Fine Gael over Roscommon hospital issue, is now Minister for   Communications, Climate Change and Natural Resources in Fine Gael-led Government.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Denis Naughten mends ties with Kenny while Shane Ross brings five of his Alliance home

A file image of newly appointed Minister for Social Protection  Leo Varadkar, newly appointed Minister for Education Richard Bruton and Taoiseach Enda Kenny, who has radically reshuffled his ministerial team. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times.

Analysis: A much different ministerial line-up reflects a heavily changed Dáil

Michael Fitzmaurice, a former chair of the Turf-Cutters’ Association, has outstanding issues and was arguing against the tide of EU habitats directives on turf-cutting. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Inside Politics: Will it be a two-year government or a two-month fiasco?

The government to be announced tomorrow will have a very different configuration than anything that has gone before.. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Government will have a very different configuration than anything before, writes Harry McGee

Fianna Fáil TD Jim O’Callaghan outside Leinster House. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Party might find it difficult to play roles of opposition and support

 Independent Kerry TD Danny  Healy Rae (right) with his brother Michael. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Independent Kerry TD says carbon tax costing community massive sums of money

‘Adams has come out with some very strange tweets in his time, but the misjudgement and inappropriateness involved in this one was galling and immediate. The word is racist and a slur. It is not appropriate to use it in any circumstances. Full stop.’ Photograph: Reuters

Inside politics: ‘The misjudgement involved in Adams’ tweet was galling and immediate’

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil  have looked at the workings of  minority governments in countries such as Denmark, New Zealand, Canada, Germany, Sweden and Scotland. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Ireland about to join several countries where a different style of politics takes place

The Northern Ireland Assembly election will take place on Thursday, May 5th. Each of the 18 constituencies – including Newry and Armagh – will elect six Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs).

Conor Murphy, who has done a bit of a Lannigan’s Ball dance here, should top the poll again

 Fine Gael’s negotiating team leaving talks in TCD on Tuesday. L to R:   Leo Varadkar, Frances Fitzgerald, Paschal Donohue and Simon Coveney. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Difficulties of reaching deal nothing compared to what comes next

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams. File photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin leader says FF would be ‘off the hook’ on the issue if it allowed Dáil vote

The Northern Ireland Assembly election will take place on Thursday, May 5th. Each of the 18 constituencies – including Foyle – will elect six Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs).

Will return of Martin McGuinness finally swing Derry in Sinn Féin’s direction?

Deputy First Leader of Northern Ireland, Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness, outside the GPO on Dublin’s O’Connell Street, Sunday, April 24th,  where the party  hosted a pageant leading up to a re-enaction of the reading there of the Proclamation by Patrick Pearse.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin event marks 100-year anniversary of Rising with pageantry and re-enactments

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams at the 2016 party ardfheis  in Dublin. Mr Adams has been the party’s leader for three decades now - and counting. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Gerry Adams will not step down at ardfheis. Relatively soon, we are told. When is that?

Joan Burton’s party took a trouncing in the general election. If it goes into government, what’s to prevent its support haemorrhaging even further, to the point of extinction? File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Inside politics: Labour’s rebuild has to happen in opposition, not government

Emmet Stagg: The former Kildare North Labour deputy  said entering a government arrangement would be disastrous for Labour and the idea should be opposed. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Most councillors, TDs and former TDs contacted oppose entering a coalition

While Labour is cool on coalition, Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have discussed the future of Irish Water and the charges

Burton and Howlin sceptical on prospect of coalition, with grassroots ‘very, very, cool’

Maura Hopkins busy canvassing in Wicklow town for the upcoming Seanad Éireann election 2016. Photograph: Garry O’Neill

Sidelights of Irish political life: Car parks, farm lanes and enduring absence from home

Outside the Dáil on Tuesday are Fianna Fáil’s Jim O Callaghan TD and Independent Mattie McGrath TD   as  talks to form a government continue. Photograph: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

Discussions on forming a government to centre on Irish Water, housing and health service

A new government will be radically different from anything we have seen in the State

Inside Politics: The government talks between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil teams were a leak-free zone

 FF leader Micheál Martin: “We will agree to a process which can allow a [minority] government to be formed and for that government to have reasonable security based on a fully transparent framework.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Issues that have potential to bring down a government need to be sorted out in advance

Acting Taoiseach and Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny at Government Buildings. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

FG, FF and Independent TDs say arrangement would need to last for three budgets

Jim O’Callaghan TD:  hosted meeting in his home with Leo Varadkar and with  Enda Kenny’s policy adviser and Micheál Martin’s chief adviser. Photograph:  Jason Clarke Photography

Analysis: Call by Independent Alliance for separate meetings spurs parties to talk

Mood music failed to hit right note for Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny and Fianna Fáil chief Micheál Martin. Photograph Barbara Lindberg.

Fine Gael soundings on deal with FF all very well – but they were talking to wrong people

Fine Gael TDs Paschal Donohoe, Minister for Transport and Michael Ring arrive at Leinster House, Dublin ahead of Fine Gael  parliamentary party meeting. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Some deputies describe partnership offer by acting Taoiseach as bold and brave

Enda Kenny and Micheál Martin have only three options: a minority government, some form of coalition or partnership or another election.

Analysis: There are limited options left now as political talks move to the end game

Enda Kenny and Micheál Martin will meet later today. Their task is not easy: to come up with some agreement that will allow one (or, less likely, both) rule for a minimum defined period of time. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Inside politics: Meeting between FG and FF leaders will overshadow vote on Taoiseach

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