Frank Flannery: “I might talk to Phil Hogan about Galway and Kilkenny in a Leinster final and on a friendly basis with people in the party. Am I talking to people about Fine Gael policy? No.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Former Rehab chief and FG strategist says it would be a ‘positive development’

Former Rehab chief executive and Fine Gael strategist Frank Flannery (right) has denied there was anything ‘cosy’ about a person with links to Fine Gael lobbying a Government of which the party was a member. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Frank Flannery says role in Fine Gael was ‘not unrelated’ to pursuit by committee

Steve Collins,  father of murdered Limerick man Roy Collins, has said the “10-year nightmare” experienced by his family is now over following the conviction of Wayne Dundon (36) and Nathan Killeen (24) for the murder. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Steve Collins says he would advise others to stand up to criminals despite own experience

Jim Power, chief economist, Friends First

Coalition ‘statement of priorities’ includes commitment to publish tax reform plan

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton at the first Cabinet meeting of newly appointed ministers in Áras an Uachtaráin after President Higgins gave them their seals of office. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Five new appointees to senior ministerial team, with Hogan sent to EU Commission

Pope Francis has appointed a Dublin priest, Monsignor Paul Tighe, to a committee tasked with reforming Vatican media relations.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Msgr Paul Tighe to be secretary on group likley to focus spreading pontiff’s message digitally

An infant’s  shoes are held up at  a march of 300 people from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs on Mespil Road to Government Buildings to protest about the death of babies at the Tuam mother-and-baby home.  Photograph: Alan Betson

General Register Office records show 796 children died at an average age of 7.7 months

Donegal has 55 per cent of population with full medical cards; Laois/Offaly has highest proportion of discretionary cards

 Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Finance Michael McGrath said “meddling” had damaged banking inquiry’s credibility. Photograph: Alan Betson

FG TD says measure should eradicate any fears over politicisation of investigation

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