Brendan Howlin: ‘We had a period of time at the beginning of this year, the early months of this year, where the Government lost focus. We didn’t manage the whole Irish Water thing well.’ Photograph: Frank Miller

Minister for Public Expenditure expects tensions with Varadkar over funding to continue

The following is the list of events which lead to the review of the Department of Justice

Palestinian refugees perform Eid al-Fitr prayers at Al-Baqaa Palestinian refugee camp. The Seanad is being recalled from its summer break and Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan is preparing to address Senators about Ireland’s approach to the ongoing crisis in Gaza. Photograph: Muhammad Hamed/Reuters

New Foreign Affairs Minister set to address Upper House

Minister for Agriculture and Defence Simon Coveney Coveney said the Government had blundered over the last six months but would demonstrate a fresh agenda-setting energy ahead of the  budget. Photograph: Alan Betson

Coveney signals increase in take-home pay whether through ‘tax credits or USC’

Simon Coveney: would like to visit Irish peace
keeping troops in the Golan Heights as soon as possible

State can benefit from job creation and testing advanced technologies

General view of  election posters along the N11 near Cabinteely, Co Dublin during the campaign.Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Local authorities charged €150 fee per item for failure to take material from lamp posts

Prof John McHale, chairman of the Fiscal Advisory Council, last night said the Government needs to stick to an adjustment of €2 billion in the budget. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Government plans to ease tax burden on low- and middle-income families

Economist Colm McCarthy: is among the members of the expert group that presented an initial report suggesting a framework for a 14-month investigation into the €64 billion bailout.

Disagreement on the cross-party committee on the scope and time frame of the inquiry

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / THE IRISH TIMES

Minister says measure would tackle homelessness and house shortages

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