Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: “If applicants co-operate with the process, some will have decisions in weeks and the rest within six months. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Main purpose of newlegislation is to cut time spent in direct provision, says Fitzgerald

Minister for State warns public following reports of the alleged stretching of petrol, using kerosene or other substances. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / THE IRISH TIMES

Harris urges motorists to buy fuel from reputable dealers

Burton was bursting to refer to the CSO figures and she finally got her way when she said that Ireland was probably the strongest growing economy in Europe. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons /THE IRISH TIMES

Ministers and backbenchers euphoric at latest economic news

Senator David Norris said the 1916 Rising leaders were ‘traitors to their own cause’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Ned O’Sullivan accuses Senator of driving ‘coach and four’ through Rising history

Independent TD Joan Collins has urged Labour to distance itself from Government promises of tax cuts in next month’s budget. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Joan Collins asks Tánaiste to prioritise reversal of social welfare cutbacks

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly: told the Dáil that regulator was considering the approach to compensating households where the water supply was not fit for human consumption.    Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil moves Private Members’ Bill to exempt affected homes from water charge

 Catherine Murphy:  says she will discuss the matter   later with Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Independent TD Catherine Murphy asks if standing orders changed to allow expansion of technical group

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said that the wide range of ministerial portfolios assigned to Albert Reynolds in his early political career prepared him well for his role as taoiseach in the early 1990s.  Photograph: Paddy Whelan /The Irish Times

‘From the outset, he was passionate about peace,’ Enda Kenny says

Taoiseach accuses FF leader of hypocrisy in Dáil exchange

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