Tánaiste and former minister for justice Frances Fitzgerald said a controversial  email  was only unearthed in her department last Thursday and until it came to light, she had no memory of it.

Another embarrassing disclosure for Government

Barry Walsh is the vice chairman of the Fine Gael executive council.

Party member ‘deeply regrets tone and language’ in some Tweets and apologises

Barry Walsh is a member  of the Fine Gael executive council.

Surprising that FG executive council member not pulled up on posts before this week

Fine Gael National Executive member Barry Walsh who faces a party  disciplinary process over abusive tweets. Rolling News

Member of FG National Executive used term ‘bitch’ to describe women on social media

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams will outline plans for his future at the weekend.

Party to vote on motion calling for repeal of 8th Amendment at Ard Fheis

House prices have increased by over 450 per cent since 1995

Inside Politics: ESRI predicts prices will increase 20 per cent over the next three years

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy:  will bring a memorandum to Cabinet looking to reduce the size of local electoral areas within councils. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Report favours single mayor elected every five years, with strong executive powers

The Policing Authority is understood to have asked for approval to appoint a police officer from the PSNI to the rank of Garda Superintendent. Photograph: Alan Betson.

Policing Authority makes its first senior appointment from ranks of North’s police service

Most people have done things they regret when intoxicated.

Indisputable that other states spend less and have better health services, says Taoiseach

The Simon Community tweeted: “Other countries use a broader definition of homelessness when gathering their statistics.” File photograph: Getty Images

Taoiseach backs claim that housing strategy works in comparison to other countries

Leo Varadkar during his leadership campaign launch earlier this year. Friday night’s speech at the Fine Gael National Conference will be a test of his appeal to younger voters. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Taoiseach will talk about Republic of Opportunity, but won’t mention rival parties

Séamus Morris: “Having been subjected to a litany of bullying behaviour by some party members seeking to stymie honesty and transparency, I cannot continue to support or be a member of the Sinn Féin party,” he said.

More than 10 councillors have resigned or been expelled from party in past year

Photograph:  Joe St Leger

Liability caused by application of mortgage interest relief after wrongful switching

Harlad Malmgren and daughter Pippa: special advisers to many US presidents

Harald was adviser to four consecutive presidents and daughter Pippa followed him into the White House

 Simon Harris is understood to be willing to make  minor adjustments  to the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill.

Minister prepared to ‘tweak’ contentious Public Health Alcohol Bill being debated by Senators

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar wearing a shamrock poppy badge while speaking at the Dáil.

Sinn Féin says it was mistake for Varadkar to wear poppy in Dáil as emblem is divisive

The Paradise Papers have revealed how people secretly invest vast amounts of cash in offshore tax havens. Photograph: EPA

Inside Politics: Legal offshore tax arrangements are a source of frustration for ordinary taxpayers

Sean Kelly MEP: “I do know that Peadar and those who joined the PSNI at the time are owed a great debt of gratitude from the country. They are heroes . . .” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Sean Kelly urges resolution of Kickhams Creggan club dispute with Peadar Heffron

Families  have condemned the judge’s report as ‘rude and aggressive’ and ‘a shambles’. Photograph: Tom Lawlor

Retired judge Pat McCartan found no new inquiry into tragedy warranted

Eoghan Murphy is expected to bring a memorandum to this week’s Cabinet meeting with proposed terms of reference to set up a local government boundaries committee. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Independent Alliance Ministers to ‘fiercly oppose’ Eoghan Murphy’s plans

Alan Shatter resigned as minister for justice in 2014 amid controversy over his Department’s handling of the whistleblower Maurice McCabe case. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins.

Former justice minister says the party’s politics now ‘too much smoke and mirrors’

Taffic pictured in Dublin’s College Green. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Brian Hayes says Government needs to support Opposition stance

Labour’s Dublin spokesman Kevin Humphreys: “You need one clear voice who speaks for the whole of the city. People in Tallaght and in Swords primarily think of themselves as Dubliners.”   Photograph: Alan Betson

‘Dublin is not four different cities and there would be no co-ordination’

Noel O’Donoghue from Bandon talks to local Dáil Deputy Jim Daly using Skype. Technology aids constituents in one of the biggest constituencies in the State.

Jim Daly hosts additional clinics online using laptop to reduce delays and queues for people

Dublin Senator Neale Richmond: “There is an obvious gap in the workplace of skilled staff in the hospitality sector with trained chefs and experienced waiting staff increasingly hard to find for employers.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Neale Richmond seeks longer list of jobs for which foreign workers might be eligible

There will  be a civil Bill aimed at strengthening the oversight and governance of corporations and executives.

Package includes two new Bills providing stricter monitoring of financial institutions

Ibrahim Halawa with Fr Seamus Fleming who made a presentation to welcome Ibrahim home after his four years in prison in Cairo. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Ibrahim Halawa’s eventual release was the result of a painstaking official campaign

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar drew a strong distinction between Fine Gael and the Independent Alliance by refusing to say the Garda should be called in to investigate the tracker mortgage scandal. Photograph: Aurore Belot/AFP/Getty Images

Varadkar refuses to say Garda should be called in to investigate mortgage scandal

The special committee’s recommendation was that water services be paid out of general taxation but that those households using more than 1.7 times the average household use would pay for the excess. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

With agreement reached by both parties, it looks certain that the Bill will not become law

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy (left) with   Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on Thursday morning. Photograph:  Orla Murray/SON

‘I wouldn’t like to live in a country where politicians could order in the police as some have suggested’

Ulster Bank chief executive Gerry Mallon: Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said lenders had treated borrowers “disgracefully”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Some banks say it may take them longer for compensation or entitlement decisions

Fianna Fáil’s finance spokesperson Michael McGrath said on Tuesday  gardaí should be directly involved in the investigation and should be examining the evidence.

McGrath does not accept the tracker mortgage issues in different banks a coincidence

Central Bank of Ireland Governor Prof Philip Lane following a meeting with  Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe. Photograph:  Collins

Inside Politics: Paschal Donohoe calls in heads of banks for dressing-down over mortgage scandal

Jeroen Dijsselbloem, president of the Eurogroup, addressing the Institute of International and European Affairs  in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Eurogroup chief says governments need to use economic growth to create ‘fiscal space’

The absence of leading Sinn Féin personalities – or the party’s banners – from the March for Choice in Dublin in September was striking. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Urban-rural divide among party members crystallises in relation to eighth amendment

Irish-American Democrat politician Martin O’Malley

‘I came to Baltimore and saw nothing but opportunity to heal and save a lot of lives’

Fianna Fáil Dublin West TD Jack Chambers said the Government was proposing a 200-fold funding increase for yet another “bureaucratic quango”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Fianna Fáil opposed the Office of Judicial Appointments which will cost €700,000

Minister for Transport Shane Ross, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister of State  Kevin “Boxer” Moran during a media briefing on Storm Ophelia in Dublin on Monday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Government keen not to repeat past mistakes as Taoiseach leads the on-air response

Minister for Transport Shane Ross, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister of State Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran during a media briefing on Storm Ophelia. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Inside Politics: Taoiseach conscious of political response and remained visible over critical 24 hours

Storm Ophelia batters the west Cork coast at the Beacon near Baltimore, on Monday. Photograph: Youen Jacob/Provision

Ireland will experience more intense storm activities as climate change takes hold

 Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe at RTÉ Radio Centre. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

Minister has said pension inequality ‘bonkers’ but that funds not there to fix it

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar before the unveiling of Budget 2018. Photograph: Alan Betson

Brendan Howlin wrote to Standards in Public Office Commission about funding and recruitment

 Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe is likely to reverse the steep increase in stamp duty for non-residential land specifically for a small group of farmers inheriting land from their parents.  File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Donohoe considers exemption for certain farmers inheriting land from relatives

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe addressing members of the media  after appearing on  RTÉ Radio 1’s  ‘Today with Sean O’Rourke’ programme on Wednesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Multitude of measures flagged earlier in the year did not materialise this time

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe’s budget  contained no major political landmines. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Inside Politics: Paschal Donohoe’s budget contains no major political landmines

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar outside Government Buildings, Dublin on Tuesday. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Leo Varadkar previously said communications unit would be cost neutral

Paschal Donohoe: “We are increasing current spending… so that can can continue, step-by-step, to deliver sustainable improvements for all…”

Analysis: Only exception was Vat increase on sunbed use because of the link to cancer

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has increased his scope for spending with one big targeted move for revenue-raising. Photograph: Reuters

Inside Politics: The main money-making change is a steep rise in commercial stamp duty from 2 per cent to 6 per cent

Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon  at  The Ark centre in Temple Bar, Dublin, with  brothers Aidan King (4) and Cillian (6) from Baldoyle, Co Dublin.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Scottish leader says Scotland may seek different options to rest of UK in relationship with EU

John Halligan:  described Kevin “Boxer” Moran  as an “idiot”  in September 2016

Bickering has thrown up question marks about longevity of Independent Alliance

Dara Calleary and Michael McGrath TD during the Fianna Fáil announcement of their budget priorities. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

‘We have contained the worst of Fine Gael’s right-wing tendencies,’ Dara Calleary says

The all-party Budgetary Oversight Committee, chaired by Fine Gael TD Josepha Madigan, will begin a review of Local Property Tax during this Dáil session.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Paschal Donohoe keen to avoid big hike in charges when six-year valuations freeze ends

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney: had a 30-minute meeting with US trade secretary Wilbur Ross. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Aviation company significant to economy and peace process, Minister tells Washington

There has been a lack of buzz around Paschal Donohoe’s budget. Photograph: The Irish Times

Inside Politics: Previous ministers for finance went for the grand gesture, inflicted savage cuts or had schemes that backfired

Catalan separatists wave flags in Barcelona. Photograph: Enrique Calvo/Reuters

Ministers agree police force was ‘excessive’ but strongly disagree on legitimacy of vote

 Barry Cowen: “With the right policy instruments in place this could translate into over 20,000 additional residential units in a short space of time”

Barry Cowen says Government will not oppose measures to allow families be housed

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Katherine Zappone will commence all provisions of Children First Act in December

Sherry Perreault, head of lobbying regulation at the Standards in Public Office Commission, says the introduction of a register has improved transparency in the industry. Photograph: Eric Luke

Many former political advisers now lobby for influence on issues such as drink legislation

Protesters at the March for Choice in Dublin.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Party defends its decision not to take a formal role in the abortion rights rally in Dublin

Ciaran Conlon. The former special adviser to Richard Bruton and Fine Gael official has lobbied on behalf of Responsible Retailing of Alcohol in Ireland. Photograph: Collins

Ex-Fine Gael senators are also working as lobbyists on the controversial legislation

Brian Lenihan, Eileen Lemass, Charles Haughey and Gerry Collins at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Eddie Kelly

Irish politicians have turned ‘pulling a fast one’ into an art form

Mary Lou McDonald stopped in front of the Taoiseach’s seat to remonstrate with him before leaving the chamber.

There was a sense in Fine Gael that Enda Kenny hadn’t sufficiently taken on Sinn Féin

The Road Traffic Bill introduced by Minister for Transport Shane Ross  has caused divisions. Photograph: iStock

Analysis: Rural publicans have fought against harsher laws for more than 20 years

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Vote to give Oireachtas committees more power failed over fears of parallel justice system

Seán Canney, Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran , Finian McGrath, John Halligan and Shane Ross at Government Buildings. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Independent Alliance TD criticises the proposed legislation as ‘disproportionate’

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Britain’s prime minister Theresa May shaking hands at a joint press conference after talks at 10 Downing Street in London in June. Photograph: Photograph: Photograph: Philip Toscano/WPA Pool/Getty Images

Taoiseach says he will emphasise the importance of free trade between Ireland and the UK

Leo Varadkar will  have to find new Fine Gael voters. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Varadkar needs to negate a reputation for not delivering on what he promises

President Michael D Higgins, his wife Sabina, Anna May McHugh with competitors at the National Ploughing Championships in Tullamore, Co Offaly. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

At the ploughing championships, Michael D Higgins also bemoaned rural decline

President Michael D Higgins shakes hands with field steward Jim Dempsey from Kells, Co Meath. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Micheál Martin, Gerry Adams and Michael D Higgins led the political posse at Tullamore

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy, speaks to the media about the Residential Tenancies Boardâ’ s latest Quarterly Rent Index Report on the opening day of the National Ploughing Championships in Screggan, Co Offaly. Photograph: Laura Hutton/Collins Photo Agency

Rental costs up 6.6% in year to June, setting new record, Residential Tenancies Board finds

Sinn Féin has expelled three Wicklow councillors

Gerry Adams says party has perhaps been ‘too patient’ in dealing with local disputes

Leader of Fianna Fáil Micheál Martin with members of the Fianna Fáil  parliamentary party ahead of the party’s think-in  in Longford, on Monday. Photograph: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie

Fianna Fáil think-in focuses on complaints about Government spin rather than policy

Eamon Ryan  with Catherine Martin: Mr Ryan says the Greens are well positioned to make considerable gains in the local elections in 2019, and in the next general election.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Leader Eamon Ryan says Greens well positioned to to make big gains in elections

The CSO said more than 4,600 enumerators were involved in collecting census data from every house in the country, and they recorded vacant dwellings in their area using “detailed methodology applied consistently over the past three consecutive Censuses”. File photograph: Enda O’Dowd

Office responds to Fingal council finding that vacant-home levels in its area were far lower

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy has said all possible solutions to the housing crisis would be looked at. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Dublin study indicates that census data on unoccupied houses and apartments is inaccurate

Solidarity TD Ruth Coppinger and People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

Group says party led by Gerry Adams has ‘moved to right’ since last general election

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan has warned against the return of bedsits. Photograph Cyril Byrne

Eamon Ryan fears bringing back bedsits will see a ‘lowering of standards’ for occupiers

Photograph: iStock

Departments of agriculture, children, and public expenditure the biggest spenders

Mairéad McGuinness: Ireland has 11 seats in the European Parliament, which could be increased to 13 after Brexit is completed in 2019. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

State could be allotted more seats after Britain leaves EU, says Mairéad McGuinness

Cabinet subcommittees: Leo Varadkar signalled soon after he succeeded Enda Kenny as Taoiseach that he wanted to reduce the number of groups. Photograph: Maxwells

Five groups rather than 10 will now assess areas of Government policy

 John Tierney worked in local government for 36 years before joining Irish Water. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Firm’s profits increased threefold to €54m according to report by parent company Ervia

Bertie Ahern: “[The British] will increasingly get the backs up of the other 27, excluding Ireland, because we don’t want to get in - there’s nothing for us to get into a dogfight. We have to stay out of that dogfight.”  File photograph: Getty Images

Ex-FF taoiseach says Sinn Féin approach to economy and Europe growing more sensible

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe indicated that the Government would press ahead with its plan to merge USC and PRSI

Minister for Finance hints at budget provisions in speech to Kennedy Summer School

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin’s stance on Sinn Féin makes a reversal of the current arrangement with Fine Gael the most likely outcome of the next election. File photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Martin likely to be next taoiseach but party remains reluctant to pull down Government

 Lisa Marie Sheehy, who was Sinn Féin’s youngest elected councillor in the State. Photograph: Press 22

Analysis: Lisa Marie Sheehy’s allegations follow a number of similar cases in the party

Meeting between OCI president Sarah Keane (pictured) and Minister for Sport Shane Ross is expected early next week. Photograph: Alan Betson

Board of OCI has written to Minister seeking restoration of suspended State funding

The Strategic Communications Unit was set up after Leo Varadkar succeeded Enda Kenny as Taoiseach and is tasked with communicating the message of the Government to the general public. File photograph:  iStockPhoto

Unit strongly criticised by Opposition leaders who say it will promote political propaganda

The public services card has not suddenly appeared on the landscape. It has been around for 12 years in various guises.

Government lacking in efforts to convince it is not trying to smuggle in a national ID card

Fianna Fáil TD Robert Troy  said that upwards of 2.1 million people had this card already and said that instead of issuing threats Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty should be extolling its benefits.  Photograph: Alan Betson

‘What she should be doing is outlining the benefits of the card: You will have less bureaucracy’

 President Michael D Higgins  at Áras an Uachtaráin: Mr Higgins has said he will make a decision on his future in the next year. Photograph: Frank Miller

President Michael D Higgins is seen as a ‘champion of the left’, says Kerry Senator

Ibrahim Halawa: Egyptian president Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has said Mr Halawa will be returned to Ireland once the trial has concluded

Varadkar and Coveney to contact their counterparts in Egypt when court decision known

Micheál Martin: “The decision taken by the Labour Party to shift its policy position shows us that a hard Brexit is far from inevitable”

Micheál Martin describes change in Brexit stance as a ‘positive development’

 Former Green Party leader Trevor Sargent has become a priest in the Church of Ireland.  Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Former minister of state says he will continue to campaign for environmental issues

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (second from left) with Minister of State Joe McHugh, Donegal county senior engineer John McLaughlin and council foreman Edward Ruddy when he visited workers at sites of destruction in Donegal. Photograph: North West Newspix

Government will provide necessary support in wake of flooding, Taoiseach says

Rebuilding Ireland is the policy aiming to eliminate homelessness and  address the shortage in housing by 2021. It appears to be failing. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

We gauge State progress on eliminating homelessness under official policy headings

A clean up operation is under way after torrential rains washed away a section of main road in Quigley’s Point, Co Donegal. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Minister pleads with insurers not to blacklist people from areas devastated by flooding

A collapsed road at Quigley’s Point in Co Donegal, after torrential rain and floods left a trail of destruction. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Kevin Moran calls for ‘substantial’ increase in funds following northwest floods

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. The ESM’s latest report was completed before Mr Varadkar’s Cabinet  halved Michael Noonan’s €1bn ‘rainy-day fund’. Photograph: Cole Burston/Bloomberg

EU bailout fund report says the Irish economy is at risk from ‘external uncertainty’

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy will be launching a review of the Government’s overall housing strategy, Rebuilding Ireland, in early September which will include more proposals to deal with rent prices. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Eoghan Murphy also considering deposit protection scheme for tenants

From his @campaignforleo Twitter account: “Pleased to launch @IrelandWeek this afternoon with @pantibliss, kicks off in Los Angeles this October.”

Policy and positions stated in a safe, bland way – the 140 characters are almost incidental

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