Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Paschal Donohoe: “My department has a critical role to play in supporting economic recovery and enhancing our future economic and social development.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Graham Doyle has ‘superb mix of skills’ for new role at Department of Transport

Longboat Quay Apartments in Dublin’s Docklands.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Alan Kelly to hold ‘detailed discussions’ with Longboat Quay residents

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has again declined to comment on the likely date of the election. Photograph: PA

Enda Kenny says he is focused on the publication of the Budget next Tuesday

A proposal to use the customer databases of cable and satellite providers Sky and UPC to track down television licence fee evaders has been rejected.

Coalition set to refuse proposal which would have given An Post access to TV firm records

Renua Ireland, led by Lucinda Creighton, has called for the abolition of the TV licence fee and the movement of RTÉ to a model that is directly funded by commercial revenue. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Motor tax should be replaced with levy on fuel, flat tax of 23% proposed by Creighton’s party

Richard Boyd Barrett said Labour has ‘imposed crushing austerity on working people’. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

People Before Profit TD says union should decide on party support on a case by case basis

Renua Ireland leader Lucinda Creighton has called on Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin to ‘calm public disquiet’ following controversy over the absence of a prosecution in a road traffic accident involving a Limerick Fianna Fáil councillor. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Lucinda Creighton says case showed need ‘for root and branch reform of administration’

Mr Kenny said Ireland had “come a long way from the dark days when having a disability banished men, women and children to the margins of society”. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Public service employment target of people with disabilities to increase from 3% to 6%

Colm O’Reardon (second from left) is a brother of Labour Minister of State Aodhán Ó Ríordáin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Colm O’Reardon will become a deputy secretary general in Leo Varadkar’s department

Ministers move to quash growing talk of poll taking place in November

Fianna Fáil’s public expenditure spokesman Seán Fleming has  insisted the Government’s capital spending plan is heavily dependent on private investment. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

No guarantee Coalition can secure necessary investment to deliver projects - Fleming

Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan welcomed the “significant” capital funding over the next six years of €3.8 billion for projects under the remit of her department. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Initiative includes funds for 19,000 primary spaces and 43,000 at post primary

The Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Alan Kelly, said he agreed with a lot of the President’s comments about homelessness.Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Minister ‘agrees’ with President’s comments about homelessness ‘failure’ in Ireland

Former bookmaker and Fine Gael TD Ivan Yates said sources had told him the election would be held on November 20th. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

Former bookmaker and FG minister Ivan Yates earlier predicted November 20th poll

Dara Murphy: “I do regret if people feel that I did something inappropriate.” Photograph: The Irish Times / Dara Mac Dónaill

‘Had Dara Murphy claimed the taxi fare of €350 you would be asking me about that’

A revised proposal for a metro linking Dublin city centre to Dublin airport is among the key elements of the captial spending plan to be published on Tuesday.

Howlin says plan to ensure regional balance in economy and ease pressures in education

Former greek finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis speaks during the 43rd annual Fete de la Rose political meeting last August  in Frangy-en-Bresse, France. Photograph:  Jean-Philippe Ksiazek/AFP/Getty Images

Former Greek finance minister to be key draw for annual festival

 Minister for Health Leo Varadkar. File Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Labour’s Alex White says Independents have ‘superficial’ attraction to electorate

Glenna Lynch. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Businesswoman famously grilled then presidential frontrunner Seán Gallagher on TV

  File photo  of a prostitute talking to a driver. Photograph: PA Wire

Person offering sexual services will not be guilty of a crime

 Russborough House in Blessington, Co Wicklow. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Alfred Beit Foundation wants 100% relief on art that is bought and donated to the State

People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

TD says party will be judged on whether they ‘jump for government’ after general election

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: “This important new Bill provides for wide ranging reform of our laws, including stronger sanctions, aimed at protecting children from sexual exploitation; child abuse material and online grooming.” File photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

Minister says legislation will protect children online with crimes carrying prison sentences

Charlie Flanagan says he detects “a willingness on the part of the party leaders to move forward” on the North talks. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Minister for Foreign Affairs says ‘chart has been set’ in attempt to end Stormont crisis

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin says Labour want to ‘have a very sharp focus on work paying’.Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Minister says people on low income should take home as much of that as possible

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter has not requested speaking time for debate

Labour TD for Dublin Mid-West Robert Dowds who has decided not to contest the next general election.

Dublin Mid-West TD says Labour is not going to be able to retain two seats in constituency

Last month Airbnb contacted users telling them it would supply Revenue with details of income generated by users in the Republic going back to May 1st, 2014. It said host income had always been taxable and it had always made that clear.  Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Ministers must not have checked their ‘e-briefs’ before contacting Noonan

The Coalition is planning targeted pre-school funding as part of the budget.  File photograph: Frank Perry/AFP/GettyImages

Government wants to ensure children with disabilities benefit from free pre-school year

Michael Noonan’s reply to Enda Kenny regarding a constituent’s Airbnb concerns was not revealed. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Taoiseach spoke for constituent who wants changes to taxing of income from website

Sheila Pratschke: “We will build on the findings of this report.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister’s report generally positive, but calls for more transparency in decision-making

Brittish Ambassador to Ireland Dominic Chilcott,  Rev Dr Heather Morris (former President Methodist Church in Ireland) and Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams TD at the Mansion House, Dublin during the launch of the book Uncomfortable Conversations, an initiative for dialogue towards reconciliation. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

British ambassador says British royal family will help secure peace process

Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness speaking at a refugee crisis event at Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast,   September 17th, 2015. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire

Tánaiste Joan Burton says Sinn Féin are ‘seeking to hijack the history of the country’

 Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan speaking to  transition year students at the launch of his department’s  Iveagh Scholars Programme 2015 at Muckross Park College, Donnybrook, in Dublin, On Thursday. Photograph:  Collins

Students in Republic and North can compete for 30 week-long placements in department

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has said “accelerated” talks in Belfast next week will aim to reach consensus on the formation of a new body to monitor paramilitary groups. Photogaph: PA

Minister for Foreign Affairs says that Stormont situation remains ‘fragile’

A woman cycles past a marriage equality mural in the Liberties area of Dublin. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Fitzgerald announces discount for existing unions as Government agrees Marriage Bill

 Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald who brought the  Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill to Cabinet on Wednesday. Photograph: Collins

Law strengthens protections for children from sexual exploitation and grooming

Michael McNamara: expected to rejoin the Labour Party. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Clare TD lost whip in May after voting against sale of State’s Aer Lingus stake to IAG

Enda Kenny: ‘We have to have a plan and a strategy clear’. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Taoiseach says logistics surrounding refugee housing will be made ‘in due course’

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin said the transport element of the plan would “certainly not” be Dublin-centric. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Brendan Howlin says not enough strategic planning done in the past

Taoiseach Enda Kenny he hopes talks to resolve the crisis at Stormont can ‘be got on track’ shortly. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Flanagan and Villiers to meet delegations from some of North’s parties on Wednesday

Laws to allow for same sex marriage are to be considered by Cabinet this morning. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Cabinet gives approval to Bill which follows passing of referendum earlier this year

Joan Burton:  ‘One of the downsides of some of the Opposition in the Dáil at the moment is they’re a bit dismal and a bit negative.’ Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Joan Burton calls Opposition ‘dismal and negative’ seeing nothing right with Ireland

Labour Party leader Joan Burton. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Tánaiste says crowd enjoyed comments such as that party had ‘defeated the Fine Gaelers’

The four Dublin local authorities will view six samples of “cellular modular housing”, from six providers, which have gone on display. Above is the exterior of the Portakabin home. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Minister impressed by ‘excellent quality’ after visiting factory-built houses in capital

Former  party leader Ruairí Quinn  has said Labour has defeated the “Fine Gaelers and the Free Staters, and we have defeated the Fianna Fáilers” and brought this country into the 21st century. Photograph: The Irish Times

Because Labour doesn’t believe in capitalism, ‘we know how to f**king manage’ the economy

Labour Party leader and Tánaiste Joan Burton who said on Tuesday who said she was confident those who took the €100 would pay. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Tánaiste says number who paying water charges - 51% - ‘exactly where we expected it’

Labour Party think-in: Tánaiste and Labour leader Joan Burton, who represents Dublin West, fielded questions about the stability of her political relationship with deputy leader Alan Kelly of Tipperary. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Alternative to Labour a Dáil of ‘discordant voices’, leader tells party gathering

Fine Gael TD Dinny McGinley will not contest the next general election. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

John McNulty will not contest selection convention for new Donegal constituency

Tánaiste and Labour Party leader Joan Burton. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

TDs and Senators to discuss decades-long contracts and affordable purchase schemes

Former President Mary Robinson said the Irish are ‘moved to seek justice and protect the most vulnerable’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Former president says Irish have shown themselves to be ‘citizens of the world’

A Syrian refugee carries his child as he crosses the border from Greece into Macedonia. Photograph: Reuters

Republic to voice concerns at EU over cost of 4,000 refugees on domestic expenditure

Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, said the vast majority of people entering the country are fleeing because of conflict and are “genuine refugees”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

520 of 4,000 people announced currently being resettled under previous programme

Making his exit:  DUP leader Peter Robinson leaves after a press conference at Stormont on September 10th, 2015. Mr Robinson is stepping aside as Northern Ireland First Minister. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Colleague Arlene Foster to step into top role for period - all other DUP Ministers to resign

General Election 2011 Ballot papers at the Dublin City Count Centre at the RDS for the Dublin constituencies. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Contract worth €400,000 will be awarded for supply of ballot papers and posters

Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald said  refugees would start arriving in groups of 50 or 100 within weeks, with more coming before the end of the year. Photograph: Merrion Street

Burton says total will be ‘signficantly higher’ as family members join under reunification rules

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker. Photograph: Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images

Government will agree to accommodate group from Syria, Eritrea and Iraq

Brendan Howlin during the Irish Times’ Inside Politics podcast. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Welcome facility required to assess people’s needs and health status, says Minister

First Minister Peter Robinson warned on Wednesday afternoon that the DUP will collapse the Northern Executive and Assembly if the Stormont Assembly is not adjourned or suspended. Photograph: PA

In wake of arrests of three senior republicans DUP leader warns sittings must be adjourned

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams speaks to the media at  Stormont on Tuesday. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

‘I first met him in the cages of Long Kesh’

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times.

Minister says spending cannot compromise recovery

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin. Photograph: Sara Freund

‘I don’t think it’ll be a stunning shock . . . Ministers want more than . . . is available’

Taoiseach Enda Kenny says he does not “accept that there is a split in the Coalition at all” over the response to the migrant crisis. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Taoiseach says special cabinet meeting will be organised this week to discuss situation

Portrait of a bearded man, by Sir Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640), in three-quarter profile, bust-length, with a white collar and gold chainsoil on oak panel, unframed was earmarked for sale.

Humphreys urges Noonan to consider 100 per cent tax relief for donors who purchase artworks

Ulster Unionist Party leader Mike Nesbitt at Stormont  spoke about his party’s intent to resign from Northern Ireland’s power-sharing executive. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

A decade after decommissioning, there are dead bodies on Belfast’s streets again

 Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers will meet Government Ministers to determine if the collapse of the Stormont powersharing institutions can be prevented. File photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

DUP wants Sinn Féin out of Executive due to alleged IRA involvement in McGuigan killing

 DUP delegation, including Nigel Dodds, after a meeting  regarding the  row over the Provisional IRA. Photograph:  Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Situation in Northern Ireland over IRA is ‘profoundly difficult’, says deputy leader Nigel Dodds

Stephen Farry was speaking after an Alliance delegation met Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers at Stormont on Thursday. File photograph: Paul Faith/PA

Alliance Minister Stephen Farry says party are supporters of monitoring commission

DUP leader Peter Robinson (centre) will meet British prime minister David Cameron   (right) to try to avoid the collapse of the Stormont institutions. Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has repeated his party’s position that the IRA ‘has gone away’.

DUP not going to let Sinn Féin ‘off the hook’, Dodds says after Northern Secretary meeting

 Minister for Defence Simon Coveney with Chief of Staff Lieut Gen Conor O’Boyle at the launch of the Government’s new White Paper on Defence, at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister plans ‘ambitious’ institute to attract international military personnel

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney at the launch of the Government’s White Paper on Defence at Dublin Castle yesterday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Ireland to deploy more women peacekeepers, says Minister for Defence

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney has said he does not believe Sinn Féin is telling the truth about the current status of IRA structures.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

SF TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin says ‘absolutely and clearly’ the IRA no longer exists

Members of the Defence Forces form a Guard of Honour at the State Ceremony to mark the Centenary of the founding of the Irish Volunteers in 2013. File photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Strategy includes employment scheme, new equipment for Army, Navy and Air Corps

Former minister for justice Michael McDowell. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Ex-minister says Irish and British governments saw inert paramilitary as best option

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Micheál Martin says allegations confirm what his party has ‘believed for some time’

DUP MP  Jeffrey Donaldson. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

UUP threatens to withdraw from Executive over paramilitary link in McGuigan murder

Alan Kelly has called on Gerry Adams to say the IRA “will never exist again”.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Recent murders expose ‘interchangability’ of Sinn Féin and IRA, claims Martin

Kevin McGuigan with his grandson Ollie:  McGuigan is believed to have been shot deat in retaliation for the murder of Gerard “Jock” Davison last May

SF chief Gerry Adams says IRA ‘undefeated’ and not involved in killing of former member

 Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly: spokesman said “far too many tenancy and landlord disputes are over deposits”. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Law to end ‘culture’ of landlords not returning deposits could be passed by September

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney: referred to the ‘very nasty murder’ of former IRA member Kevin McGuigan in Belfast. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

FG risks electoral damage if portrayed as undermining NI peace process

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney said he had spoken to both Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald and Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan about the Kevin McGuigan murder investigation.

PSNI has linked Provisional IRA members to the shooting dead of Kevin McGuigan

Protesters at one of the many anti-water charge demonstrations since the levy was announced. Photograph: The Irish Times

Linking of grant to water charge payment unlikely until next year at the earliest

Fianna Fáil’s environment spokesman Barry Cowen has said: “The issue with the policy is that every time Alan Kelly (above) picks up a phone to a journalist his policy on Irish Water changes. It’s become absolutely farcical. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

‘Every time Alan Kelly picks up a phone to a journalist his policy on Irish Water changes’

Fianna Fáil’s environment spokesman Barry Cowen has derided the proposed scheme to relocate homeless Dublin people in rural areas as “crazy”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Party launches rent policy proposing tax relief for negative equity landlords

Minister for Transport and Tourism Paschal Donohoe TD: “Our hotels, our restaurants and our cafes got too expensive for a while and it caused gigantic damage to Irish tourism.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Donohoe says retention of 9% VAT rate is ‘conditional’

The sale of the State’s 25 per cent stake in Aer Lingus to International Airlines Group (IAG) was recommended by the Cabinet in May. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Paschal Donohoe says money from Aer Lingus sale to fund ‘access’ infrastructure projects

Minister for Transport and Tourism Paschal Donohoe has warned the tourist industry against a return to “any perception of rip-off Ireland”.

Retention of 9 per cent VAT rate conditional on offering good value to tourists

Irish Water’s logo.

Fianna Fáil’s Barry Cowen criticises implementation of water charges

British Labour Party leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn. Photograph: Ian Forsyth/Getty Images

Ex-minister says he is ‘not a fan’ of politics of frontrunner in party’s leadership contest

Under new provisions in the Civil Registration (Amendment) Act 2014, registrars now have the right to investigate questionable marriages. Photograph: Marc Debnam/Getty Images

Department of Justice reports ‘statistically improbable patterns of marriage’ in Ireland

Ibrahim Halawa: Arrested after a protest in August 2013 and is being held in an Egyptian prison

Fine Gael TD Pat Breen due in Cairo on Tuesday to discuss case of Irish student

Renua Ireland’s deputy leader Billy Timmins has rejected a claim from Fianna Fáil that the new party has been “ripping off” its policy documents. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Renua launches four-point plan to improve ‘amateur’ budgetary process

Socialist Party TD Paul Murphy: “It’s not a personal hatred of Joan Burton. I don’t know the woman ...  it’s a hatred of what she represents politically which is a complete sell-out of people.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley

‘It’s not a personal hatred of Joan Burton ... it’s a hatred of what she represents politically’

Paul Murphy: “It’s seriously bad practice for the information that we are due to charged to be leaked to the media before anyone due to be changed is informed.” Photograph: The Irish Times

Joan Burton will appear as witness in court if she is called, says Labour spokesman

“Rising prices make home ownership more difficult but they may also drive up rents as well as increase homelessness,” according to risk report.

Government report says low levels of housing supply an ‘immediate issue of concern’

Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy has criticised a decision by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to charge those suspected of involvement in the protest that saw Joan Burton trapped in her car. . Photograph: Eric Luke

Anti-Austerity Alliance TD says Joan Burton is ‘hated’ in Jobstown

 Willie O’Dea: Responding to comments from Fianna Fáil finance spokesman Michael McGrath. Photograph: Alan Betson

Willie O’Dea says voting with minority government on case-by-case basis a possibility

The Watermarque Building in Ringsend, Dublin, where Airbnb’s headquarters is located. Photograph:  Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Room rental site to clarify new obligation to provide income details to Revenue

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe has called on Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin to explain what voters can expect if they vote for the Opposition party. Photograph: Shane O’Neill / Fennell Photography

Paschal Donohoe calls on Micheál Martin to explain what voters can expect if they vote FF

Airbnb hosts must provide “absolute clarity” on any earnings to the Revenue Commissioners, Minister for Tourism Paschal Donohoe has said. Photograph: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg

Paschal Donohoe welcomes Airbnb Revenue Commissioners decision

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