Farmers demonstrate outside the Meadow Meats plant in Rathdowney, Co Laois. Thousands of farmers assembled at 30 meat plants across the country in support of the IFA’s 24-hour beef-price protest. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

Meat industry labels action ‘unnecessary, misguided and counterproductive’

Farmers protest outside the Meadow Meats plant in Rathdowney, Co Laois. Thousands of farmers assembled at 30 meat plants across the country in support of the IFA’s 24-hour beef price protest. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

Ibec group for meat factories saysmove is ‘unnecessary and misguided’

A weekend opinion poll shows Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams’s personal rating down from 47% to 40%. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Public anger with Irish Water see Independents emerge as opinion poll winners

Where’s Mary Lou? Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald usually questions Tánaiste Joan Burton on the issues of the day on a Thursday. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Sinn Féin women are in the firing line as controversy surrounding Maíria Cahill’s claims rages

Derek Nolan, centre: told the Dáil the level of anger on the streets of Galway about Irish Water was off the scale. Photograph: David Sleator

Tánaiste says no bonuses for staff until company operational

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with abuse survivor Mairia Cahill following their meeting at Government Buildings in Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Taoiseach said he would also meet the people referred to by Mr Adams

Catherine Murphy asked Taoiseach Enda Kenny where he placed himself “in this blame game”

Taoiseach again defends the setting up of Irish Water

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has today described Maíria Cahill as “a courageous, confident, brave young woman who is a force to be reckoned with” after a meeting in Government Buildings.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Taoiseach ‘honoured’ to meet ‘courageous’ Maíria Cahill

 Willie O’Dea: has received ’no coherent explanation’ from Irish Water. Photograph: Gareth Chaney, Collins

Minister expects ’seismic’ shift in new body’s response to public

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