Fianna Fáil leader  Micheál Martin  keep an eye on any announcements of future electoral intentions by the party’s Senators. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

TDs to decide over the summer if they are going to contest the next general election

Ivana Bacik: said the Minister for Foreign Affairs should be invited to the House when it resumed in September for a debate on the situation in the Middle East

Government urged to play its part in securing permanent ceasefire

Mary Lou McDonald: accused the Tánaiste of “a limp and lily-livered’’ response to the issue ,

Tánaiste rejects Opposition demand for special debate

Minister  of State Kathleen Lynch: “It is the first step along the way to ensuring that all our citizens have GP cover.”    Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Minister accepts amendment lifting ‘gagging clause’ on GPs

An Israeli soldier prays today next to an Israeli self-propelled 155mm howitzer belonging to an artillery unit deployed at an unspecified location next to the Israeli border with Gaza. Photograph: Atef Safadi/EPA

Tánaiste rejects demand for special debate

Minister for Communications Alex White has told the Dáil a public consultation on broadband will take place next year. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Minister for Communications tells Dáil areas of need will be mapped in autumn

Senator David Norris: ‘I want to push for a visit through this public forum and let the people of Ireland know that the Government is sitting on the matter and doing nothing.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

Independent Senator calls for ‘some movement’ by the Government on the issue

The father (centre)  of Israeli citizen Dror Hanin mourns with others at his funeral in the cemetery in Yahud, Israel, yesterday. Dror Hanin is the first Israeli casualty since the beginning of Israel’s “Operation Protective Edge”. Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA

‘All Israelis and all Palestinians have the right to live in peace and security’

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan. File  Photograph: Scott Eells/Bloomberg

Minister says introduction ‘subject to the policy advice’ of new Minister for Health

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