Simon Coveney: “We need to get significant reassurance from the UN and if possible from the Israeli and Syrian side . . . that we can operate a UN mission in relative safety.”  Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Minister for Defence says UN mandate for mission needs to be changed

Sinn Féin’s Cathal King: to contest Dublin South West byelection. Photograph: South Dublin County Council

Women’s Council ‘disappointed’ over selection of Cathal King in Dublin South West

 Fine Gael TD Regina Doherty: disagreed with  pro-choice view that women in Ireland did not have determination over their own bodies. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Regina Doherty said clear legislation would have to replace article 40.3.3 if it was removed

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton: have developed a respectful working relationship. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

What’s on the agenda for the first Cabinet meeting after the holidays?

Byelections are to be held later this year to fill vacancies arising following the election of former Fine Gael Dublin South West TD Brian Hayes (R)  and former Independent TD for Roscommon-South Leitrim Luke ’Ming’ Flanagan  to the European Parliament. A byelection will also be required to replace Fine Gael’s Carlow Kilkenny TD Phil Hogan (L), who has been appointed to the European Commission. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

Vacancies in Dublin South-West, Roscommon-South Leitrim and Carlow-Kilkenny

Olivia Mitchell: “The regime we have satisfies nobody’s aspirations and fails those involved again and again. The only way forward that I can see is to take [article 40.3.3] out of the Constitution altogethe. ” Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

Olivia Mitchell says current regime is not working and satisfies no one’s aspirations

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has accused the Government of being ‘too passive’ on the peace process.  Photograph: Alan Betson /The Irish Times

Sinn Féin leader calls on Taoiseach to ‘emulate’ late Albert Reynolds

 Sharon Papo (right) and Amber Weiss walk through San Francisco City Hall after exchanging wedding vows  on  June 17th, 2008. File photograph: Erin Siegal/Reuters

Officials working on Bill to be required if electorate back measure in poll next year

Palestinians in Gaza City celebrate  what they said was a victory over Israel following the announcement of a  ceasefire. Photograph:  Mohammed Salem/Reuters

Minister says Irish Government remains committed to two-state solution

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