Taoiseach Enda Kenny with   John McNulty (right). Photograph: Donegal Daily

Taoiseach says he let standards slip and it’s not worth winning a seat in such circumstances

Senator David Norris:  referred to the “squalid matter of the byelection”. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Darragh O’Brien: Seanad being hit by ‘bad, nasty dirty politics on the part of Fine Gael’

 Mary Lou McDonald: said the Taiseach had clearly bought into the politics of the past with his nomination of John McNulty to the Imma board  in order to facilitate him as a Fine Gael candidate in the upcoming Seanad byelection.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Tánaiste insists Seanad byelection controversy is a matter for Fine Gael

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald raised the matter of John McNulty’s appointment to the IMMA board with Tánaiste Joan Burton, saying it appeared to be a case of jobs for the boys. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

SF TD says ‘a stink of cronyism’ surrounds controversy over FG Seanad candidate

Richard Bruton: He  insisted the Government had adopted a ‘prudent’ approach to the economy and people were now seeing the benefits.

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation had considerable vocal back-up from Government backbenchers

Dara Calleary, Fianna Fáil spokesman on jobs, enterprise and innovation: said the Government was ignorant of the problem created by a 1,000 per cent increase in the numbers on health waiting lists. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

FF says Varadkar gets ‘slapped down’ while ‘cheerleaders for disaster’ are promoted

Senator criticises ‘anorak bloggers’ engaging in abusive language

A panel established by the Government is examining 282 cases of alleged Garda misconduct, Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has said. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Minister for Justice tells Dáil number of cases being independently examined higher than estimated

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: said Sinn Féin had opposed every measure to get the country back on an even keel. Photograph: Eric Luke

SF says Government unaware of impact of austerity on people

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