Lucinda Creighton. “Seriously, this is going on for the last 25 years and just because a new party is emerging . . . the main Government party is changing.” Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

‘Political movement will not become vehicle for single-issue candidates’

Tánaiste Joan Burton has rejected the idea that the Government’s forthcoming spring economic statement will include a five-year tax reform plan. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Tánaiste denies spring statement to include plan as Fine Gael MEP voices support for reform

Sinn Féin TD Jonathan O’Brien is not seeking an apology from Labour’s Eric Byrne for commenting on his brother’s situation during a Leaders’ Questions exchange. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Labour’s Eric Byrne commented on Sinn Féin TD’s brother during Leaders’ Questions

Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes was critical of the approach taken to a number of member states’ tax affairs by certain MEPs. Photograph: The Irish Times

Brian Hayes: Ireland has nothing to apologise for

Patrick Honohan told the Oireachtas banking inquiry that a request for help from Depfa Bank was turned down during the height of the financial crisis.

Released documents say German bank was not covered by Irish or German authorities

Des Cahill: I don’t remember verbatim what he said but as soon as he said ‘it’s Patrick Honohan’ I knew it was important. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

RTÉ sports presenter picked up phone when Central Bank governer rang Morning Ireland

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin: “I read speculation of it having a five-year tax plan. I discussed that with Michael Noonan and he is as perplexed as I am. There is no such intention.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Brendan Howlin ‘perplexed’ by suggestions for tax plan in spring statement

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin and Prof Yvonne Galligan with FF Senators Mary White (back left) and  Averil Power at the report launch of the Markievicz Commission. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Party to select between 20 and 27 women to run in general election

Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin (right) said Mr Varadkar wanted to “ keep the head down” until the General Election and get out of the Department of Health as soon as possible. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

‘You’re just a wet week in the job come back to me in 12 months and we’ll compare notes’

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