A file photograph of former  Fianna Fáil senator Averil Power with party leader Micheál Martin. As she announced her departure from Fianna Fáil, Ms Power said it was “simply not fit for government”. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Senator claims Fianna Fáil a party without leadership and not fit for government

Aidan Gavin (left) of  DTZ Sherry FitzGerald,   former governor of Maryland  Martin O’Malley  and  Mark FitzGerald  of Sherry FitzGerald Group.

Former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley praises Yes win in same-sex marriage referendum

Taoiseach  Enda Kenny appeared far more enthused by the same sex marriage referendum than the vote in the age of presidential eligibility. Photograph: Reuters

Analysis: Voters take their cue from unenthusiastic, distracted politicians

Voters have rejected the opportunity to reduce the minimum age for candidates from 35 to 21 years of age.

Kenny says this referendum ‘sidelined’ because attention was on same-sex marriage

Tally counter Rhonda Donaghy  at the RDS count centre. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

‘Something very, very big happened ...There was a big mobilisation of the electorate’

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Simon Coveney met with members of Fine Gael LGBT this morning as they canvassed for a Yes vote in the upcoming Marriage Equality referendum. Photograph: DAVE MEEHAN

‘Hopefully now this will have a happy ending’ says Simon Coveney

Gerry Adams’s  handshake with Prince Charles  came after Sinn Féin held a series of meetings with a number of victims’ groups in the North as well as sceptical elements within the party on both sides of the Border. Photograph: Brian Lawless/AFP/Getty Images

Party leader’s meeting with Prince Charles is another historic milestone for Sinn Féin

Former president of Ireland Mary McAleese speaking at a Belong To Yes event on “Why my family will be voting Yes” in the Same-sex Marriage Referendum at the Wood Quay conference centre, Dublin, on May 19th, 2015. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Justin endured ‘torture’ over church teaching on homosexuality, says ex-president

Calling on families across Ireland to vote Yes in the same-sex marriage referendum on Friday, Mrs McAleese, seen here with husband Martin, said same-sex marriage posed no threat to heterosexual marriage. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times.

Former President speaks of ‘hopes and fears’ for son, Justin, who is gay at LGBT event in Dublin

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams and the North’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness will meet Prince Charles in Galway on Tuesday. Photograph: Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images.

Private meeting scheduled to take place in Galway on Tuesday

A campaign poster in Dublin encouraging voters to vote No to same-sex marriage  ahead of the  referendum on the issue. Photograph:  Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

David Quinn of Iona Institute says many ‘new Irish’ to vote No in marriage referendum

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has  insisted it is “absolutely incorrect” to say the same-sex marriage referendum will lead to “widespread surrogacy”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Minister for Justice says same-sex marriage referendum about right to marry

File photograph of Mountjoy Prison. Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald    has said the allocation of stab vests to prison officers is being kept under review. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister for Justice comments after stabbing to death of inmate in Cork Prison

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald at the GRA Annual Delegate Conference last month at the Mount Wolseley Hotel, Tullow, Co Carlow.

Body to draw up Garda code of ethics, play key role in appointing senior management

Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland programme, Ms Burton said children would continue to grow up in Ireland in a variety of family types. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Simon Coveney criticises dishonest campaign run by some on the No side

David Leach pictured in 2002. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Tánaiste Joan Burton salutes ‘hardworking and valued servant to the party’

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny: ‘Are the Irish people going to deny their own kith and kin the right to have a marriage contracted in civil law if that’s what they wish to do?’  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Kenny defends wording on the referendum ballot papers

Ibrahim Halawa: being tried as part of a mass court action against almost 500 people.

Department says release of Dublin student unlikely while trial is ongoing

 Leader of the Scottish Conservatives Ruth Davidson and Jen Wilson:  “ “Now that the step’s been taken the sky hasn’t fallen in in Scotland,” Ms Davidson said. “It’s just as it’s always been. Scotland hasn’t changed.”  Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Couple says debate in Ireland similar to discussion in Scotland before Scottish parliament legislated for same-sex marriage las(...)

Simon Coveney watches as Taoiseach Enda Kenny pins a ‘Yes’ badge onto Health Minister, Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins.

Minister welcomes Referendum Commission’s move to clarify adoption rights

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny: ‘Are the Irish people going to deny their own kith and kin the right to have a marriage contracted in civil law if that’s what they wish to do?’  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Kenny criticises treatment of parents of Portlaoise babies

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has said he would commit Sinn Féin in government in the Republic to abolishing the property tax and water charges; reforming the Universal Social Charge to ease the burden on lower earners, and increasing employers’ PRSI to address the deficit in the Social Insurance Fund. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Low and middle-income earners ‘severely penalised’ by Coalition, says Sinn Féin chief

Taoiseach Enda Kenny pins a Yes badge onto  Minister for Health Leo Varadkar watched by Jerry Buttimer TD, Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney  and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald  during the  launch of  Fine Gael’s campaign for a Yes vote in the forthcoming Marriage Equality Referendum in Dublin last month. Photograph: Collins

‘It will not change definitions’ . . . it merely makes marriage available to those excluded

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the Government was ‘well aware’ of the concerns   flagged by the European Commission.

Moscovici warns Ireland must proceed with fiscal consolidation to tackle high public debt

“The most westerly constituency is not only red, white and blue, it’s represented,” said the UUP’s Tom Elliott. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

‘In our hearts this seat will always be Bobby Sands,’ says Gildernew

Sinn Féin MP Pat Doherty speaks following  his re-election in West Tyrone. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

MP describes area as ‘Republican constituency’ after winning vote for fourth time

Landlords may have misunderstood a new measure stating that a tenant’s deposit can be retained until water charges for a rental property have been paid, Minister for Children James Reilly has said.

Minister James Reilly insists measures will have ‘minimal impact on landlords’

Taoiseach Enda Kenny  photographed at the BeLonG To Office in Dublin where he had a meeting with young LGBT people about the impact of the Marriage Equality Referendum. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Young woman cries as she tells Taoiseach ‘other girls my age have the right to marry’

 Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: “There should never be a conflict between what is good for staff and what is good for patients”. File photograph: Collins

Minister says it would be hard to back pay deal which came at expense of services

‘Obviously, none of this has done Sinn Féin any harm electorally, given that the party is going from strength to strength. Party leader Gerry Adams, TD for Louth, and the North’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness have made clear they are not for turning on the issue of abstentionism.’  Above,  McGuinness (left), and Adams with  Michelle Gildernew   during the launch of the party’s general election manifesto in Dungannon, CoTyrone. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

‘Michelle Gildernew’s recent description of herself as a never-say-never type of person prompted a flurry of speculation the party(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin has said the Low Pay Commission being discussed at Cabinet on Wednesday will ensure workers take home a “decent” wage.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times.

Brendan Howlin speaks ahead of Cabinet discussion on minimum wage

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin said on Wednesday the Government was planning to introduce legislation with a “general provision for debt whereby people wouldn’t go to jail. I think we’re all concerned about people going to jail for two hours for not paying their TV  licence”.

‘We’re all concerned about people going to jail for two hours for not paying their TV licence’

File photograph of David Quinn  of the Iona Institute (centre) speaking with David Fieldsend and Conor Lenihan outside Buswells Hotel. Photograph: David Sleator

Group says Yes vote would result in ‘profound changes’ to legal view of family

Councils across the State have reported busy days ahead of today’s deadline to register to vote in the forthcoming referendums. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Union of students says it was involved in registering more than 27,633 voters

Independent Senator Katherine Zappone has said she is ‘worried’ about the outcome of the forthcoming same-sex marriage referendum. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Independent Senator claims No campaign in same-sex marriage vote is ‘challenging’

Minister Alan Kelly pictured at the official opening of Grand Canal View , Bluebell.Tenants got the keys to 19 New Dublin City Councils Homes in Bluebell this afternoon. Photograph: Collins Dublin.

Kelly frustrated by boarded-up social housing and says they need to be regenerated

John O’Mahony said Mayo and Galway West shared similar issues that he had worked on during his time in the Dáil. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

FG deputy suggested gender quota legislation was behind request for him to move

Mayo TD Dara Calleary said some 3,000 members are expected to attend the RDS in Dublin for the Fianna Fáil ard fheis this weekend.

Meeting to hear calls for a Minister for Dublin and a Minister for Older People

Former Fianna Fáil minister Mary Hanafin has denied saying  her party stands for nothing.

Former minister says comments in leaked minutes misrepresented what she had said

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe has called for the debate on the forthcoming same-sex marriage referendum to have a  ‘responsible tone’. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Minister says Government preparing ‘positive agenda’ for same-sex marriage vote

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe said there are a variety of views in Government in relation to the State’s stake in Aer Lingus. Photograph: PA

Minister says a recommendation on what to do with State’s 25 per cent will be issued soon

Prof Ray Kinsella, of Mothers and Fathers Matter. The group has launched a campaign for a No vote in the same-sex marriage referendum.  File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Group says children cannot be taken ‘out of equation’ in same-sex marriage vote

The battle for Leinster House: Some TDs are budgeting for two general elections in 2016.

Analysis: Some TDs are cautious about reliability of coalition options in 2016

 Minister for Justice  Frances Fitzgerald: burglary  ‘very traumatic’ for the victim. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Repeat burglars to face longer jail terms and tougher bail rules, says Frances Fitzgerald

Spokesman for Fine Gael said party supports reducing age of candidates

‘Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin insisted he had not found recent comments by Fine Gael Ministers about increased productivity being the quid pro quo for pay rises in any way unhelpful.’

Analysis: FG ministers say deal needs reforms to work practices, but it’s a trickier path for Labour

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has dismissed the concern that not supporting the same-sex marriage referendum will affect funding. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Concern that lack of same-sex marriage support will affect funding is a ‘red herring’

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald is to a memo to Cabinet proposing the introduction of tough new measures for repeat burglars including consecutive sentences and tougher bail restrictions.

Fitzgerald to propose stronger powers for judges to refuse bail to serial burglars

Taoiseach Enda Kenny says he Government needs to look at the ‘consequences of any such decision’ by the UK to exit the European Union. Photograph: Inpho

London think tank suggests UK exit would be more costly for Ireland than for the UK itself

‘John O’Mahony said he was being treated as a “movable feast” to ensure Fine Gael complied with the legislation. He was asked by Fine Gael headquarters to transfer to Galway West ahead of the election, leaving Michelle Mulherin (above)  to contest in Mayo along with Kenny and Michael Ring.’  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The threat to reduce funding was the only way to ‘concentrate the mind’, Phil Hogan said

The inquiry prompted the resignation of former taoiseach Bertie Ahern from Fianna Fáil. Photograph: The Irish Times

Material relating to the €158m planning investigation shelved as inquiry finally dissolves

 Minister for Health Leo Varadkar. “The time has come for pay restoration but we don’t want to lose the productivity gains from Croke Park and Haddington Road. If anything, we’d like more.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister seeks additional productivity in return for reversal of emergency pay cuts

Terence Flanagan TD has said his “brain freeze” during an RTE Radio interview made him review his work/life balance. Photograph: Dara MacDonaill

Renua Ireland TD was ‘completely exhausted’ in the run up to ‘car crash’ radio interview

MacGill Summer School director Joe Mulholland has confirmed US Ambassador to Ireland Kevin O’Malley will open the event this summer. Photograph: Eric Luke

Annual event will take place in Glenties, Co Donegal this year

Future Voices founder Mairead Healy said the Youth:Elect programme was inspired by her organisation’s experience that young people were often not interested in politics because they felt “disenfranchised” from the political system.  File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Youth:Elect scheme aims to equip 20-somethings to stand in 2016 general election

Mr Justice Kevin Cross. “A referendum is an occasion when a decision is made not by the government, the Houses of the Oireachtas or by the courts, but by the people who vote”

Commission chairman says every Irish citizen 18 or over on polling day entitled to vote

Mary Lou McDonald alleged last December a number of prominent individuals had links to Ansbacher offshore accounts following information released by a whistleblower. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Sinn Féin deputy leader’s comments were found to be an abuse of Dáil privilege

Dublin Fianna Fáil councillor David McGuinness has resigned from the party. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times.

Politician, who failed to win Dublin West election nomination, claims party ‘in denial’

 The Hiqa report revealed the Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise was removed from a list of 10 small hospitals to be downgraded from 24-hour facilities in 2011. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Minister envisages ‘viable and bright’ future for the facility after €6m extension

 Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan: “I don’t accept that there will be a culling of male TDs”

State funding will be cut unless at least 30 per cent of candidates women

Potential fraud risks in making information available online conceded by Government

Michelle Mulherin is Fine Gael’s only female TD in the Mayo constituency. A Fine Gael source highlighted her strength in her Ballina base, in contrast with John O’Mahony’s loss of 10,000 voters from his area following boundary changes. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

John O’Mahony has been asked to transfer to Galway West for general election

Sinn Féin health spokesman Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin said the Government had decided to maintain the level of services provided at Portlaoise but failed to ensure that the HSE had adequate funding to provide these services. Photograph: Frank Miller

Fianna Fáil spokesman Billy Kelleher says report should be made public immediately

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: reached the end of his tether this week

Micheál Martin loyalists see criticism of party as destructive

Fianna Fáil spokesman on justice Niall Collins:  has called for a special Garda unit to tackle anti-social behaviour in Dublin city centre. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Niall Collins proposes bill to establish special force to improve safety in city centre

Gerry Adams, re-enactor Jim Roche, Martin McGuinness, Mary Lou McDonald, Honor O’Brolchain, and James Connolly Heron, relatives of participants in the 1916 Rising, at the Sinn Fein launch of their 1916 Commemoration Plans at Whites Hotel off Dublin’s O’Connell Street. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Analysis: Video mapping to bring GPO ‘back under shellfire’ for Easter Rising centenary

Fianna Fáil TD John McGuinness has been told to “just put his shoulder to the wheel” after he voiced criticism of the party. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times.

Niall Collins says ‘no wisdom’ in changing leader after run of poor opinion poll results

Virgin Atlantic will tell the Dáil Transport Committee that a sale of the State’s share in Aer Lingus will have significant negative effects on connectivity and ticket prices. Photograph: Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images

Company to warn Dáil committee of ‘significant negative effect’ for consumers

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe recently said “everyone from Richard Branson to Donald Trump” had expressed a view on the possible sale of Aer Lingus. Photograph: Artur Widak/PA Wire

Richard Branson’s VAA to appear at Dáil transport committee on Thursday

Ibrahim Halawa’s family has criticised the Government’s approach to the Egyptian authorities, with his sisters calling on Taoiseach Enda Kenny to intervene in attempts to have him released from jail

Minister rejects allegation that jailed man’s Egyptian heritage influencing Government

Fine Gael TD Mary Mitchell-O’Connor has appealed to Minister for Finance Michael Noonan to produce a “fair and sustainable” property tax model.

Mary Mitchell-O'Connor appeals to reduce property tax ahead of ‘freeze’ lift

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald is expected to announce the recruitment of 250 new gardaí. Photograph:Alan Betson

Minister confirms enrolment of new recruits ahead of AGSI address

 Fianna Fáil spokesman on finance Michael McGrath has said people with variable rate mortgages  are being ‘discriminated against’ by banks. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Michael McGrath claims those with variable rate mortgages are being mistreated

One-fifth of schools in the State are oversubscribed, with Gaelcholáistí, in particular, having an oversubscription rate of about 30 per cent. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Legislation will require all schools to make public all criteria for admissions policies

Paul O’Connell scores a try against Scotland at Murrayfield during Ireland’s final game of this season’s Six Nations. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Minister also wants to add All-Ireland ladies’ football and camogie finals to list

The Seanad sat late on Monday night while the Children and Family Relationships Bill 2015 passed report and final stages, meaning it has almost become law. Minister for Justice Francis Fitzgerald and Senators debated aspects of the proposed legislation for more than eight hours, concluding their discussions after 10.30pm

Taoiseach will present a copy of the Bill to the President to sign and declare it as law

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin’s position will not be under threat if the party fails to win the upcoming byelection in Carlow-Kilkenny, finance spokesman Michael McGrath has insisted.

Michael McGrath says position will not be affected if party fails to win in Carlow-Kilkenny

Public service trade union leaders believe that talks with the Government on pay restoration will now begin in early May.

Minister for Public Expenditure says Government will be inviting trade unions to talks over public service pay restoration

 Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has described the volume of leaks uncovered by Irish Water as ‘crazy’. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Irish Water claims 7 per cent of all water lost comes from leaking pipes in homes

Taoiseach Enda Kenny takes leaders questions on the Fennelly Commission.

Micheál Martin presses Taoiseach on Garda chief’s resignation

Party commemorations will feature an historical drama show at the GPO.

Live reading of Proclamation outside city centre theatre will provide ‘history in action’

Proposal aimed at helping gardaí identify drivers

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe said the Government will hold another round of discussions with IAG on Tuesday on the possible sale of the State’s Aer Lingus shareholding.

Virgin Atlantic raises concerns about proposed sale with the European Commission

Galway West TD Noel Grealish said he will not be joining any party or loose alliance of Independent TDs in the run-up to the general election.

‘I can better serve the people of Galway as a true independent’ says TD

One of the book’s authors, Paul Gillespie, said one consequence of a British exit would be to change the relationship between Ireland and Britain. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Authors of new book say British exit from EU is not an appealing scenario

Enda Kenny  presents a bowl of shamrocks to Barack Obama on St. Patrick’s Day. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

TD says advocating for immigrants should happen domestically as well as in the US

Peter Casey hopes to win Fine Gael Minister of State for the Gaeltacht Joe McHugh’s seat.

Entrepreneur feels there is ‘room for a strong Independent’ in new 5-seat constituency

 People Before Profit Alliance TD Richard Boyd Barrett. Mr Boyd Barrett, along with Fine Gael TD Tom Hayes, was referred to gardaí  after missing a deadline to disclose donations to the Standards of Public Office. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

TDs miss Standards in Public Office commission deadline to disclose donations

 Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin this morning confirmed the Government would introduce some manner of a mechanism to ensure people who comply with water charges are not disadvantaged. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Government has categorised citizens as either the compliant or the refuseniks

Paul Murphy has said “we’re going to fight on this issue and protest in massive numbers when the Government refuse to listen”. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Ruth Coppinger says charges cannot be taken from wages or welfare without ‘major legislation’

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he wants to see the Portlaoise hospital report published but added two organisations using public money should not be in “court situations”.

Taoiseach says agencies using public money should not be in ‘court situations’

Vice-president Joseph Biden (right) welcomes Taoiseach  Enda Kenny and his wife Fionnuala  to the Naval Observatory on St Patrick’s Day in Washington, DC. Photograph: Getty

US vice-president quipped: ‘Anyone wearing orange is not welcome in here’

Source says Enda Kenny told Gerry Adams something along the lines of, “You need to get your people, or your friends, moving.”  Photograph: Alan Betson

Taoiseach speaks to Sinn Féin leader at speaker’s St Patrick’s Day lunch

Speaker of the House John Boehner, US president Barack Obama and  Taoiseach Enda Kenny after they attended the St Patrick’s Day lunch on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Photograph:  Alex Wong/Getty Images

Kenny in Washington: Contentious US immigration reform ‘somewhat intractable’

US president Barack Obama: Stormont House Agreement offered “great hope for resolution of some long-standing challenges there”. Photograph:  EPA/Dennis Brack/Pool

US president Barack Obama: ‘Still more work to do’ on bringing political stability NI

Taoiseach Enda Kenny being welcomed at the Oval Office by US president Barack Obama during his St Patrick’s Day visit to the White House in Washington. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Sweetness, light and Republican fellowship for Enda Kenny and Barack Obama

Enda Kenny and Barack Obama meet  ahead of a  St Patrick’s Day lunch. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Taoiseach praises US president Barack Obama for his ‘decisiveness’ on the issue

Vice president Joe Biden welcomes Enda Kenny  and his wife Fionnuala Kenny to the Naval Observatory on Tuesday in Washington, DC. Vice President Biden hosted a breakfast for the Irish Prime Minister in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty

Vice-president says ‘genius’ required to ‘lock down’ Stormont Agreement

Green is the colour: Taoiseach Enda Kenny meets and greets. Photograph: Matt Lankes/Enterprise Ireland

Coalition prepared to negotiate but not in a position to be ‘aggressive’ on immigration

Taoiseach stresses importance of enjoying national day in a responsible fashion

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