Minister for Housing Simon Coveney said he could not be “any clearer on the importance and the implications of the decision we will make next year” in relation to water charges. Photograph: Alan Betson

Debate takes bizarre turn with Kama Sutra, teddy bear, Houdini, Beckett references

Fianna Fáil TD and chairman of the Public Accounts Committee Seán Fleming. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Fianna Fáil TD claims centres would not be refurbished if they refused to join scheme

Dáil water charges debate: Gerry Adams said he regretted not coming up with the Kama Sutra line, before adding that “my teddy bears are virgins”, in reference to his frequent mention of bears on Twitter.

Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin exchange insults during debate on motion to abolish the levy

File photograph of a Horse Racing Ireland event in Dublin. Taoiseach Enda Kenny has refused to be drawn on the controversial re-appointment of Brian Kavanagh as chief executive of Horse Racing Ireland. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin TD raises concerns over re-appointment of chief executive for third term

The Taoiseach said restoration of the Christmas social welfare payment would cost €200 million.  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Howlin asks if Taoiseach will support Leo Varadkar’s call for full restoration

Mr Ross said the 20km/h limit would not be appropriate to all housing estates. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Dáil debates Bill which would allow local authorities introduce 20 km/h speed limits

Minister of State for Defence Paul Kehoe has said the choice of malaria drug was a matter for the Defence Forces. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Lariam ‘most suitable’ anti-malaria drug for serving in sub-Saharan Africa, says Minister

Gerry Adams: accused  Taoiseach Enda Kenny of “not doing the homework” because he had not given any details of the Brexit forum. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Gerry Adams says day of action against UK vote will be staged by group in October

AAA-PBP TDs wear Repeal shirts in the Dáil.

Ruth Coppinger and other AAA-PBP TDs wear sweaters with slogans for Leaders’ Questions

Former Labour TD Ciara Conway: “I will always be a member of the Labour Party for good or bad. I still believe in politics but my time in elected politics is done.” Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Ex-TDs and senator reflect on what comes next, maybe looking for work or Pokémon Go

The checkpoints would test for  the presence of drugs at a   cost of €15 per motorist compared to 16c for alcohol breath tests. Photograph: Eric Luke

Other Bills on agenda after summer recess include water charges and pharmacy fees

Dublin Bus workers on the picket line at Donnybrook bus depot Saturday. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Stoppages to go ahead Tuesday, Wednesday as Minister rules out extra money for company

Independents 4 Change TD  Mick Wallace has spoken out about the latest ‘Spotlight’ allegations concerning Nama. Niall Carson/PA Wire

BBC programme includes secret recording of former Nama adviser receiving £40,000

 Opposition parties have called on Taoiseach Enda Kenny to meet political party leaders in the wake of the Spotlight claims. Photograph: The Irish Times

Secret recording alleges former Nama advisory board member received £40,000

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said it was a “complete distortion” for TDs to say there is an opportunity to “grab a large pot of money” for the Irish exchequer in the EU Apple tax ruling.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Gerry Adams accuses Government of acting ‘once again’ against welfare of Irish citizens

The Dáil reconvened early to debate the Government’s decision to appeal the Apple tax ruling. Photograph: Oireachtas/Screenshot

Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and Labour vote in favour of challenging the EU ruling

Some of the legislation passed could be seen as low-hanging fruit. Photograph: The Irish Times

First 100 days: When Dáil finally got into stride a Bill passed on average once every four days

Sandra Collins disappeared from her home in the seaside village of Killala on December 4th 2000.

Family of missing woman believes there is sufficient evidence to confirm her death

All three unions will meet next week and depending on the outcome of the ballots, will aim to co-ordinate industrial action, which could start later this month. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Ballot follows rejection of 8.25% pay rise recommendation from Labour Court

The State has agreed to purchase 1,983 hectares (4,900 acres) in the Dublin Mountains from the National Asset Management Agency (Nama). File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Ring criticises delay in purchase that will make national park ‘one of Europe’s biggest’

The chairman of Dublin City Council housing committee,  Daithí Doolan (Sinn Féin): says there are three “massive” land banks available immediately for redevelopment in Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Housing Finance Agency restricted as lending has to be on Government balance sheet

 Nacreous clouds over Crawfordsburn, photographed  by Andy McCrea from Bangor

Largest, most detailed image of a constellation ever taken, among ‘Images of Starlight’

Staff at Dublin Bus are voting on industrial action after rejecting an 8.25 per cent pay increase recommendation from the Labour Court

Minister for Transport Shane Ross urged to intervene after unions reject 8.25% pay rise

Figures released to SF finance spokesman Pearse Doherty reveal there are 500 pensioners in the top category of pension earnings, receiving more than €100,000 in payments annually. Photograph: Getty Images

Pearse Doherty: Figures ‘obscene’ as economy struggles with low pay and austerity

Gardaí have engaged in a targeted bank holiday enforcement campaign and since July 1st more than 500 people have been arrested on suspicion of drink driving. Photograph: Getty Images

Fatalities on Republic’s routes now at 108 to date – a rise of 18 on the same period in 2015

Sandra Collins disappeared from her home town of Killala on December 4th 2000

Siblings of Sandra Collins believe there is enough evidence to confirm her death

The Magazine Fort in the Phoenix Park, which will be open for limited public guided tours from this Sunday.  Photograph: Fran Veale

In 1916 rebels planned to blow up the ammunitions storage depot which was built in 1734

 Hiqa’s report follows an unannounced inspection of the National Liver Transplant Unit at St Vincent’s University Hospital  in March this year. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Authority highlights inadequate isolation facilities at St Vincent’s University Hospital

Nearly one per cent of the world’s population are asylum seekers, refugees or migrants forcibly displaced in their own countries, the highest number in recorded history. File photograph: AFP/Getty Images

State ‘miles behind’ with only ‘pathetic’ 311 of 4,000 refugees committed to taken in

The State is expected to buy almost 5,000 acres at Glenasmole Valley in the Dublin mountain from Nama. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Michael Ring expresses concern over the price the agency is seeking for the land

There were 89 fatal collisions and 93 fatalities from July 21st last to year to the same date this year.

Authority calls for drivers to ‘return to basics’ after more than 500 arrests in July

Former interim chief executive of Console David Hall said the charity regulator needed more power. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Services would have ‘fallen over’ without staff who worked unpaid, says David Hall

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams. File photograph: Collins

Adams says issue not about dragging Unionists into united Ireland, but a different relationship

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan has rejected Government claims that his party set over-ambitious 2020 carbon emission targets for Ireland while in office.

Eamon Ryan accuses the Government of wanting ‘to turn this green country brown’

One in Four director Maeve Lewis said the department “claims it has completely adequate child protection policies in place in Irish schools but that’s a bit of a joke”. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Decision shows department ‘does not fully accept child protection responsibilities’

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan:  said Ireland had the third-highest per capita emissions in Europe and was   only one of two EU countries  not going to meet the international commitments by 2020. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Eamon Ryan accuses Government of seeking to ‘turn this green country brown’

People Before Profit TD Bríd Smith highlighted incidents where people affected by serious illnesses receive pain relief through the use of cannabis. Photograph: Getty Images

Bríd Smith says regulation authority would be responsible for operational costs, not State

In an angry outburst during Leaders’ Questions, Green Party leader Eamon Ryan said Ireland had the third highest per capita emissions in Europe and was also only one of two countries in the EU which was not going to meet the international commitments it made to cut emissions by 2020. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister tells Eamon Ryan government had to renegotiate his 2020 target for achievable one

Minister of State for Heritage Michael Ring said the reported amount Nama is seeking for the 4,900 acres of land is “not a high price”. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Concern raised after question over planned sale of land above Glenasmole reservoir

Independent Senator Billy Lawless said 25 of the 28 EU member states provide a vote to citizens abroad and 125 countries worldwide do. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Senator Billy Lawless says Ireland must decide to embrace diaspora or ‘focus inward’

Minister for Health Simon Harris: “We will put the money in place in the budget in October.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Louise O’Reilly: Children qualifying for domiciliary care cannot wait until next year

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: supported the Taoiseach’s move to raise the concerns of Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon about Brexit

Kenny says North might in long-term ‘want to extract itself from the UK’ to join country that continued as EU member

Enda Kenny has  defended the decision by the chairman of Nama to write to the State’s ethics watchdog, two years after the agency became aware of potential ethics breaches by a member of its Northern Ireland advisory board. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Taoiseach also claims report into agency’s Project Eagle sale is ‘practically completed’

Independent Senator Michael McDowell has expressed his opposition to the proposed introduction of financial penalties for the abuse of Oireachtas privilege. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Former PD leader reminds Seanad of court action brought by Denis O’Brien

The Irish Flag at Leinster House flying at half mast in memory of the 84 victims of last week’s  Nice terror attack. A minute’s silence was observed in the Dáil on Tuesday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins.

Fianna Fáil leader says ‘France must not stop being France, Europe must not stop being Europe’

The Low Pay Commission’s recommendation that the minimum wage be increased by 10 cent an hour is disappointing, Labour leader Brendan Howlin has said.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Labour leader says Low Pay Commisison plan would mean €11.50 living wage target not hit until 2029

“Not So Green: Debunking the Myths around Irish Agriculture”  claims the amount of methane produced per head of cattle has increased in Ireland since 1990. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Report says amount of methane produced per head of cattle has increased since 1990

A 30-year-old man is in a critical condition following an assault in Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim, on Sunday. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to the attack in Carrick-on-Shannon on Sunday

Liam and MJ Conway from Wicklow enjjoy weather on   Bray Seafront on Monday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Met Éireann issues temperature warning as hottest day expected

Director of Social Justice Ireland Dr Seán Healy: said Government should focus on investing in infrastructure rather than giving tax cuts to attract ‘Brexit refugees’.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Social Justice Ireland chief in favour of €1bn spend on broadband and social housing

Fine Gael Senator Paudie Coffey criticised the water Bill, which will suspend billing on domestic water charges for nine months. Photograph:  Colin Keegan

Suspension happening because ‘Fianna Fáil over-promised on water in last election’

Minister of State Damien English: introduced the legislation which has already been passed by the Dáil

Randomly picked panel no better than selecting from a football match, Seanad hears

 Fine Gael Senator Paudie Coffey said his party’s water charges Bill was ‘essentially postponing the day’.  Photograph: Sara Freund/The Irish Times

Labour Senator asks if Minister sought Attorney General’s advice on legality of Bill

Social Democrats TD Stephen Donnelly  claimed that vulture funds “are about to pull off the largest avoidance of tax on Irish profits in the history of the State”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Social Democrats TD says tax losses to State likely to be ‘tens of billions of euro’

Responding to a question about Irish Water issuing bills to commercial customers in two local authority areas, Minister of State Damien English said the legislation to suspend charges was for domestic water charges only and that ‘it is very clear that Irish Water is here to say’. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

SF TD says move to transfer commercial water charges to utility is ‘underhanded’

Tánaiste   Frances Fitzgerald has confirmed she intends to publish legislation in the autumn which will allow for the refusal of bail for repeat offenders. File photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald confirms plan to publish Bill after Dáil’s summer recess

Micheál Martin: has called for the UK’s article 50 to be triggered sooner rather than later

Howlin says outside experts needed as many civil servants have ‘Eurocentric’ mindset

Michael Creed: “You’re into building walls and cutting off contact. I’m into improving our relations with these countries and thereby bringing pressure to bear so we can achieve our objectives”

Clare Daly says Government should use trade with Egypt to deliver human rights

Exports to China of Irish greyhounds have stopped because airlines will not transport them, Minister of State for Agriculture Andrew Doyle has said. File photograph: Getty Images/ThinkStock

Andrew Doyle says a ban by Department of Agriculture would be ineffective

Fianna Fáil TD John Lahart: “They are the voices of clients who, most disturbingly, seem to be the very last to be considered as talk of a wind-down of Console gains traction.”

Minister insists service users, patients, staff, counsellors at forefront of actions

Donegal TD Thomas Pringle said feral heifers on a farm in Co Monaghan shouls have been dealt with in a way that would not have been “as visible and as shocking for many people, to see soldiers through the fields shooting these cattle”.

Minister for Agriculture said situation was a no win one for his department

Independents4 Change TD Mick Wallace has claimed that a former ‘big player’ in Nama used insider knowledge to purchase the site of the Harcourt Street Garda control centre. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Wexford TD asks Taoiseach why Harcourt Street Garda premises sold to ‘vulture fund’

 Minister of State for Disabilities Finian McGrath called on members of the Public Accounts Committee  to question the St John of God’s executives in  wake of revelations. Photograph: Alan Betson

Gino Kenny calls for St John of God’s chief and executives receiving bonuses to resign

 Social Democrat TDs Stephen Donnelly, Catherine Murphy and Róisín Shortall at the launch of the Social Democrats private member’s motion regarding regulation in the charity sector. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Stephen Donnelly tells Dáil debt buyer paid €250 corporation tax on €300m profit

Fianna Fáil environment spokesman Barry Cowen said former minister for the environment Alan  Kelly was “the king of climbdowns” during a row in the Dáil. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

War of words breaks out at committee stage debate of Water Services (Amendment) Bill

Green Party TD Catherine Martin: “I met the Egyptian ambassador but I regret to say I took nothing from that meeting that could give confidence or hope”

Green Party leader urges consideration of cutting official relations with Egypt

Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys said Mick Barry’s figures were from a Council of Europe project and many European countries were not included in the figures, including 10 EU countries.  File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Mick Barry claims Ireland spends sixth of European average on area, based on GDP

Sinn Féin agriculture spokesman Martin Ferris called for an independent investigation into the incident outside Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan in which the five Red Limousin heifers were shot dead by the Defence Forces after attempts to move them failed. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Sinn Féin calls for investigation into incident in Co Monaghan in which soldiers shot five cows

Omaima (left), Fatima and Somaia Halawa, sisters of Ibrahim Halawa, campaign for his release. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

All-party delegation to be set up to visit Egyptian parliament and Mr Halawa in jail

Social Democrats TD Stephen Donnelly claimed US investment firm Oaktree Capital Management bought thousands of mortgages for €80 million but expected to make €400 million and their accounts were a “master class in tax avoidance”. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Stephen Donnelly says Government facilitating tax avoidance by investment firms

A Bill on fatal foetal abnormalities proposed by Independents4Change TD  Mick Wallace has been defeated  by 95 to 45 in a Dáil vote. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Mick Wallace’s legislation, which divided minority Government, loses by 95 to 45

Independents 4 Change TD Clare Daly: has claimed it will be 2018 before the issue of fatal foetal abnormalities is dealt with. Photograph:  Fergal Phillips.

Taoiseach tells Independents 4 Change TD that Bill introduced by Mick Wallace is flawed

The Dublin Airport Authority intends to build a new runway, planning permission for which it received in 2007, valid for 10 years and with 31 conditions. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Shane Ross says authority willing to pay above market price if people feel need to move

Clare Daly claimed that under the process the Taoiseach was establishing it would be at least 2018 before any proposal was forthcoming to deal with fatal foetal abnormality cases. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Bill introduced by Mick Wallace ‘inadequate’ and ‘bad for women’, says Enda Kenny

Mattie McGrath, Bernard Durkan, Sean Crowe and Pat ‘The Cope’ Gallagher are contesting the Leas Cheann Comhairle position.

Four candidates involved in second attempt to elect deputy speaker

Kevin Humphreys: “I am deeply worried when I hear officeholders using terms such as ‘I do not know whether the Bill is anti-constitutional and I do not care.’”   Photograph: David Sleator

Senator Kevin Humphreys levels accusations in Seanad over abortion Bill

Ibrahim Halawa: People Before Profit TD Bríd Smith has called for Ireland’s Ambassador to Egypt to be recalled in protest at his continued detention.

Charlie Flanagan insists Government is doing everything to help Ibrahim Halawa

Councillors’ associations are meeting Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar on Wednesday to discuss the issue

Senator Paddy Burke says annual €16,500 pay not enough

Documents relating to suicide bereavement counselling charity Console are removed from a storage container in Tougher Business Park, Kildare on July 4th. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Powers delayed until September 5th to allow recruitment of more staff for regulator

Micheál Martin has  rejected claims that Fianna Fáil had approved the appointment of former senator Joe O’Toole as chairman of the expert commission on water services. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Enda Kenny defends former senator being made chairman on expert commission on water

Candles at the site of a suicide-bombing attack which took place two days earlier in Baghdad’s Karrada neighbourhood. Photograph: Sabah Arar/AFP/Getty Images

Micheál Martin asks whether Government in position to give extra aid to groups in region

Nurse registration: delays continuing to have “a significant negative impact on many services employing nurses and midwives across the healthcare sector”. Photograph: Frank Miller

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland figures show delays in processing nurses

Pioneering cardiologist and health campaigner Risteard Mulcahy who has died at the age of 94. Photograph: Joe St Ledger/The Irish Times

Son of Free State general was an historian, environmentalist and founder of Irish Heart Foundation

Cllr Bríd Smith from People Before Profit,  outside the EU Offices in Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

TD Bríd Smith says Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership holds key to future of British politics

A Fianna Fáil amendment to allow for the establishment of a commission of investigation into the sale of loans by Nama if necessary once the outstanding criminal investigations have been concluded, was accepted by 105 votes to 38. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

House votes to allow commission of investigation when UK, US inquiry ends

People receiving diagnoses should “listen to the medical experts and not some self appointed moral police who will look down on the rest of us from their lofty perches,” Kate O’Connell said.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Simon Harris tells Dáil during abortion debate he hopes there will be a referendum on Eighth amendment

Omaima Fatima and Somaia Halawa sisters of Ibrahim Halawa who is in prison in Egypt, at their home in Dublin in 2014. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Eamon Ryan says Egypt treating State with contempt yet still doing trade deals with it

Garda Representative Association members during a protest over Garda salaries at Leinster House, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Michael Lowry calls on Government to remedy ‘derisory’ pay for new gardaí

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan challenged the Independents 4 Change TDs to “make the allegations outside the House if you’re so sure of your ground” Photograph: Eric Luke

Wallace, Daly and SF accuse Fianna Fáil of U-turn on Project Eagle investigation

 Independent TD Thomas Pringle

TD asks if Taoiseach remained at EU meeting while Nato Secretary General attended

 Independent TD Mick Wallace asked if Fianna Fáil had been ‘got to’ or had done a deal with the Government. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Noonan says Independents’ allegations like Mad Hatter: ‘Verdict first, trial afterwards’

Tánaiste and Minister for Equality Frances Fitzgerald pointed out that the Government had committed €31 million to helping those with disabilities. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Tánaiste rejects Gerry Adams’s criticism over 14 programmes that have lost public funding

Former CEO of Irish Water John Tierney. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Catherine Connolly said instead of ‘heads on a platter’ Government should have taken stock

Labour leader Brendan Howlin  said ‘if you accept that we are bound by the EU law’ then such an obligation takes primacy over both domestic law and the Constitution.  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Tánaiste insists Government operates ’within the Constitutional advice it receives’

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar:  “We must put the interests of Ireland first in the coming years.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Stable, prosperous and outward-looking UK in everyone’s interests, Taoiseach Kenny says

Richard Boyd Barrett, speaking during the Dáil debate on the UK’s vote to leave the EU, said it was necessary to  address  “far right-wing and Nazi manifestations”  in other parts of Europe. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Anti-Austerity Alliance-People Before Profit TD says reasons for Leave vote must be tackled

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald said membership of the EU “led to real changes for women through removal of the working ban for married women and the equal pay directive”. Photograph: The Irish Times

Fitzgerald warns of setback if UK withdraws from European arrest warrant or Europol

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan said there had been a ‘spike’ in applications from people in Northern Ireland, Britain and elsewhere who feared they would no longer have the right to free movement. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Please apply outside of summer season, Foreign Affairs Minister tells Brexit applicants

Micheál Martin:  Scotland implements all EU laws and would not need to be reviewed for its standards of governance and ability to implement such laws. Photograph: The Irish Times

FF leader says Ireland does not have UK’s ‘nostalgia for empire or fear of outsiders’

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: “Cross- party approach will be valuable in the time ahead”.

Government will prioritise peace process, common travel area and border

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