The Coalition parties, led by Joan Burton and Enda Kenny, still remain confident this Government will see out its full term in office. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times.

Coalition parties want to set questions rather than scramble for answers after recent crises

Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald will publish a draft Bill on sexual offences that will focus on combatting child exploitation. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Upcoming legislation will also criminalise first-time purchase of prostitution services

Nine of the so-called ‘Hooded Men’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Case relates to 14 men subjected to hooded and prolonged interrogation in 1971

 Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly at the announcement of the social housing strategy 2020 at Custom House in Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Eric Luke

Coalition will spend €3.8bn on ambitious plan, but Fianna Fáil calls it a ‘stunt’

The programme pledges to provide in the region of 35,000 social housing units between now and 2020. Photograph: The Irish Times

Ambitious strategy backed by substantial budget allocation of €3.8bn over five years

The Government will build and refurbish 35,000 social housing units over the next five years, Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has said.  Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

Minister for the Environment says neglect of such programmes in recent years ‘deplorable’

Minister for the Arts Heather Humphreys:  appointed two Fine Gael members, John McNulty and Sheila O’Regan, to the board of the Irish Museum of Modern Art.   Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Department of Public Expenditure and Reform guidelines a response to McNulty controversy

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: has abandoned moves by her predecessor, Alan Shatter, to lower the age of sexual consent from 17 to 16. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

New legislation will also strengthen laws on grooming, child pornography and harassment

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin at the party’s 75th Ard Fheis in Killarney earlier this year: the party is  now effectively on election footing. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Two largest Opposition parties are set to begin process of selecting candidates

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