Independent Alliance member Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran proposed the Keeping People in their Homes Bill, 2017. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Government and Central Bank issue warnings over ‘Boxer’ Moran’s proposed legislation

The 9% rate was introduced for special tourism-related activities, such as restaurants, hotels and cinemas.

Department of Finance advises Minister that 9% rate, introduced in 2011, has ‘done its job’

LÉ ‘Samuel Beckett’ during a rescue mission in the Mediterranean last September. For the Naval Service, not being part of the wider EU operation but working in the same theatre on tasks intimately connected to the EU mission has created limitations

Our Mediterranean missions currently based on an arrangement with the Italian government

Leo Varadkar and Paschal Donohoe: the Taoiseach signalled during his Fine Gael leadership campaign that he would accelerate infrastructural projects such as motorways and Metro North. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Money diverted as first of new policies in 10-year capital investment programme

 Leo Varadkar and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

A number of FF TDs believe the Government will fall by the spring of next year

Micheál Martin: has been back on the doors since last year. Photograph: Eric Luke

Micheál Martin is not in favour of an election early next year – but FF will be ready

The site where ‘significant’ quantities of human remains were found buried under the site of a former institution for unmarried mothers run by the Sisters of the Bon Secours. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Department of Children releases update on investigation of mother-and-baby homes

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar had to amend his plan to publish the names of all social welfare fraudsters in order to get the legislation passed. Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography

Deal with FF means only people guilty of defrauding €5,000 or more will be named

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: Indicated the USC will soon be merged with PRSI. Photograph: Collins

Inside Politics: Minister for Finance indictates USC will soon be merged with PRSI

Leo Varadkar at the launch in Dublin of his campaign against welfare fraud, in April 2017. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Only people found guilty of defrauding State of more than €5,000 will be named

Minister for Health Simon Harris is to say that the aim of the new cancer care strategy is to ensure cancer survival rates in the State will be among the best in Europe. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Simon Harris’s plan will warn that the number of cases of the disease will double in 20 years

Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau plays a game of hurling with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Farmleigh House. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Canadian prime minister says two countries should stay ‘positive and progressive’

The Government aims to use the extra property tax  to help cut income tax or build more homes.

Property tax could be doubled on vacant properties in areas of high demand

Paul Murphy during a Solidarity rally at the Tivoli Theatre: will ask the Taoiseach to establish a public inquiry into how the Jobstown  trial proceeded.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Solidarity TD expected to speak about alleged conspiracy during Taoiseach’s Questions

John Deasy TD will work with the Irish embassy in Washington DC and the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin. Photograph:  Cyril Byrne

Waterford TD will look after interests of undocumented Irish following concerns

The report found that house prices in Ireland have risen more in the first six months of 2017 than in the whole of last year

Warning comes as Leo Varadkar orders inquiry into housebuilding costs across Europe

Leo  Varadkar and Paschal  Donohoe are set to use the Summer Economic Statement to give effect to the Taoiseach’s promise, made during the campaign for the Fine Gael leadership, for greater infrastructural spending. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Taoiseach has said Ireland’s economic growth at risk if such spending not increased

A hard Brexit could result in Irish consumers facing higher product prices and a rise in the cost base for Irish manufacturers. Photograph: iStock

Agri-food sector would be worst affected, says risk assessment report

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said ‘I am determined that we find some space to increase the take home pay of two million people who work really hard in this country’. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Taoiseach says he plans to increase take home pay of people who ‘get up every day’ to work

Fine Gael does not really favour Shane  Ross’s proposals. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister for Transport thinks he has a thoroughbred, but the crowd sees a mongrel

Chief Justice Susan Denham: the weakening of her  role in appointments is one of the judges’  main concerns. Photograph: Frank Miller

Five court presidents write to Taoiseach over ‘implications for administration of justice’

 Over the weekend Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan  texted Fine Gael TDs with a message critical of Shane Ross.  Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Move comes in the wake of text message criticising Minister for Transport Shane Ross

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

Minister ‘disappointed’ at Independent Alliance TD’s comments on judge appointments

Mr Justice Peter Kelly pictured in his chambers

Justice Peter Kelly tells private dinner Government is moving with ‘undue haste’

As a US-listed company, Apple would generally employ a more aggressive investment policy on its funds than a sovereign state. Photograph: Bloomberg

Government fears that if tax case is overturned, Apple could seek recompense

Fianna Fáil’s  Michael McGrath and  Micheál Martin at last year’s general election count in Cork.  It is expected that Cork South Central – where both are sitting TDs – will be one of the first constituencies to hold its convention. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Party will hold selection conventions to have candidates in place before summer break

Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe: merger of PRSI and USC  would create “deeper social contract between those who pay taxes and the services that they receive in return”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister for Finance to look at how to deliver key plank of Leo Varadkar’s manifesto

Tanaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald at Templemore Garda College with Garda Commissioner Noirin O Sullivan . Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

The confidence and supply agreement has been tested on a number of occasions in the 13 months it has been in existence

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin criticised over Dáil comments about former attorney general Máire Whelan. Photographs: The Irish Times

Members of judiciary ‘extremely disappointed’ after comments in Dáil about Whelan

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy is expected to announce on Thursday the target set by his predecessor, Simon Coveney, will not be met. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister to say family removal from emergency accommodation falling short of plan

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál  Martin:  said trust between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael had been damaged by the events of the past few days. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Cabinet meeting hears criticisms over nomination of former attorney general

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is appointing junior ministers on Tuesday

Dropped junior minister: ‘He said he had to reward his supporters’

Máire Whelan, who was appointed to the Court of Appeal, with President Michael D Higgins and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Áras an Uachtaráin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Taoiseach also rejected Fianna Fáil claims that an election may be imminent

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: wants the Dáil to sit an extra week. It is due to rise on July 13th but the Government wants to carry out an assessment of pending legislation to see what can be passed. Photograph: Eamonn Farrell/

Leo Varadkar expected to grant demand that former AG’s appointment be reviewed

Minister of State for Disability Issues Finian McGrath. File photograph: Collins

Finian McGrath suggests others wanted position on Court of Appeal

Trinity College  historian Patrick Geoghegan also hosts a radio show. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Varadkar guest at Patrick Geoghegan’s wedding last year

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald and the  Cabinet: Mr Varadkar  is likely to scale down the engagements he will attend and become a “bit more removed”. Photograph:

The Taoiseach is more direct and proactive and less diplomatic than Enda Kenny

Declaring that he was ‘elected to lead but I promise to serve’, Leo Varadkar recommitted himself to the Coalition arrangement. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

The Taoiseach promotes a new generation of Fine Gael as he reshuffles his Cabinet

Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney: Coveney’s big ask was to be given, after the Taoiseach, the next most important position when it comes to Brexit negotiations. Photograph: Gareth Chaney

Cabinet appointments include Finance for Paschal Donohoe, Tánaiste post for Frances Fitzgerald

The talks to establish a new executive at Stormont will have to be high on the agenda for Leo Varadkar’s new Cabinet. Photograph: Paul Faith

Fine Gael will face pressure on many fronts in the months ahead

Leo Varadkar appointed Simon Coveney as his deputy leader. Photograph: Collins

Ministerial casualties not ruled out as Varadkar to make ‘conservative’ changes

Interim report on the future of certain stations brought to Cabinet

Enda Kenny arrives at Government Buildings, Dublin, for his last day as Taoiseach. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Inside Politics: Generation shift in Fine Gael as leader makes way for younger TDs

Good Friday alcohol ban: the Bill tabled by Independent Senator Billy Lawless would have removed the 90-year-old prohibition only for pubs and off-licences. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Broader Bill to cover restaurants, clubs and hotels as well as pubs and off-licences

Fianna Fail leader Micheall Martin during a  press briefing on the plinth of Leinster House. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Round of meetings also leads to Fianna Fáil confirmation that it will facilitate Varadkar’s election as taoiseach

Simon Coveney:  wants a position that would allow him to take on “big briefs” and would make him “a very powerful member of government”. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Post of tánaiste and minister for foreign affairs possible options, says source

Leo Varadkar is expected to be elected taoiseach when the House resumes on Tuesday, June 13th. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Government TDs also want commitment to phase out USC ahead of vote for Taoiseach

Like Enda Kenny, Leo Varadkar will need the support of at least 58 TDs. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Michael Fitzmaurice says he will vote against Varadkar while others are undecided

Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney. Photograph: Alan Betson

Jostling for position begins as Coveney expected to become next tánaiste

Leo Varadkar  at the Mansion House, Dublin, after his election: The vast majority of senior Ministers voted for him, so a major overhaul is not expected. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Big question is what to do with Simon Harris, the Minister for Health who backed Coveney

  Leo Varadkar   is to establish a special Cabinet sub committee on national security when he takes over as Taoiseach. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

President Higgins sends sympathy of Irish people to London victims and their families

Ireland’s next taoiseach:  Leo Varadkar arrives at the Fine Gael count on Friday. Photograph: Alan Betson

Fine Gael’s new leader had been quietly preparing the ground for months

A look back on Varadkar’s words, sometimes spoken in anger

Leo Varadkar arrives with his parents Ashok (R) and Miriam (L) Varadkar as it is announced that he won the Fine Gael leadership race. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Dublin West TD’s team put a large bet down on carrying the parliamentary party and it paid off

Fine Gael leadership candidates Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney during their debate  at the Red Cow Hotel in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Coveney team maintains he can still win race to succeed Taoiseach Enda Kenny

Simon Coveney  at the publication on May 21st of his road map to change Fine Gael, government and the country. Photograph: Kenneth O Halloran

Analysis: For Coveney it is the party’s soul, for Varadkar supporters it is just a slogan

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald is to bring proposed legislation on reforming the judicial appointments process to Cabinet on Tuesday.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Frances Fitzgerald is to bring legislation demanded by Shane Ross before Ministers

Simon Coveney:   said he could still win the race to succeed Enda Kenny

Sister of TD claimed Mitchell O’Connor is supporting Varadkar to save her ministry

 Minister for Health Simon Harris has this week continued to campaign for Simon Coveney at rallies around the country as some of his  party colleagues speculated about his future. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

There may not be a place for Minister in Cabinet chaired by Leo Varadkar

Fine Gael leadership candidates Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney greet each other in a Dublin hotel at the start of the first of four nights on the hustings. Photograph: Alan Betson

Varadkar says in trying to stand for everyone, the party risked standing for nothing

 Fine Gael Leadership Candidates Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney greet each other at the start of the first of four nights on the Hustings, at the Red Cow Hotel in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Some at hustings criticised that many in parliamentary party had already publicly declared

Leo Varadkar: poised to take the crown. Photograph: Naoise Culhane

Inside Politics: But Varadkar should still avoid cappuccino kids’ fate

Simon Coveney and Kate O’ Connell at Mr  Coveney’s policy document launch at the weekend. Photograph:  Collins

Kate O’Connell previously called Varadkar supporters ‘choirboys’

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney and Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar, who has a commanding lead in the Fine Gael leadership contest so far. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Varadkar’s heartland contains just 10% of FG members who can vote in leadership contest

Simon Coveney, who said he believed he can beat leadership  rival Leo Varadkar in the regional hustings due to begin on Thursday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister says he has sought to convince the members to switch support from Varadkar

Simon Coveney  called Leo Varadkar’s manifesto a “list of spending commitments”. Mr Varadkar’s campaign declined to comment on the criticism

Varadkar backs more infrastructure spending and equalising tax credits for self-employed

 Simon Coveney   took issue with Leo Varadkar’s statement that Fine Gael needs to be for people who get out of bed early in the morning, saying the party needs to represent other people too.  File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Varadkar says Government has to ‘hold the line’ on public sector pay

Leo Varadkar launching his policy manifesto in Smock Alley Theatre, Temple Bar, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Leadership candidate threatens to overturn rival Simon Coveney’s ‘help to buy’ plan

Fine Gael leadership candidate Leo Varadkar at a 5k run in Dublin on Sunday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Centre-right rivals for Fine Gael leadership divided by style rather than policies

Fine Gael Leadership candidate Simon Coveney  at the launch of his policy document in the Dean Hotel in Dublin. The document draws on Fine Gael’s ‘just society’ tradition. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister trailing in Fine Gael leadership race, but says he will see contest through

Fine Gael’s Simon Coveney  at the launch of his campaign for the Fine Gael leadership, on Mount Street, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Analysis: The Minister for Housing is staying in a contest that has effectively ended

 Leo Varadkar at the launch of his leadership campaign for Fine Gael Party in Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Some supporters of Coveney had urged him to withdraw

Varadkar has been preparing for years, his team for months. Numerous people have been involved , but most were in the dark about who else was involved. Everyone fed back to him, but only a select handful knew the full plan

Varadkar co-ordination team had moved into office and were preparing for months

Leo Varadkar has a commanding lead in the Fine Gael leadership race after securing backing form twice as many of the party’s TDs and Senators as Simon Coveney. Photograph: Collins

Coveney hoping for support from large number of undeclared party members

Simon Coveney  and Leo Varadkar are the only declared candidates deemed certain of getting the required eight nominations required for a tilt at the leadership. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

There will be four debates for FG members around the country, beginning on Thursday

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has announced his intention to step down. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Kenny describes Noonan’s contribution to restoration of economy as ‘extraordinary’


Coveney pledges to unite party as Noonan says he will step down as Minister

 Enda Kenny: one source at the Fine Gael meeting said the Taoiseach’s departure was “clinical”

‘Let the games begin,’ said Taoiseach, before leaving the room to a standing ovation

The  newly formed  Cabinet one year ago: change is now in the air as Enda Kenny steps down. Photograph:

Enda Kenny’s replacement as Fine Gael leader must deal with local demands

To be eligible to vote, rank-and-file members must have held membership of the party in 2016 and 2017. Fine Gael officials say there are about 25,000 entitled to cast their ballot.

Fine Gael’s party constitution has clear protocols around the ballot for its leader

Simon Coveney  and Leo Varadkar are the only declared candidates deemed certain of getting the required eight nominations required for a tilt at the leadership. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Dublin Minister ahead of Cork Cabinet colleague by 6% among TDs, Senators, Councillors

Taoiseach Enda Kenny  launching the Finite Lives at Government Buildings prior to announcing his resignation.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

‘Very emotional’ Taoiseach to step down from midnight

‘I’ve learned that people actually own you in a very different way than you might ever imagine’: Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Fine Gael leader in pensive mood ahead of ‘announcement’ on his future

Taoiseach Enda Kenny launching The Irish Times’ Nealon’s Guide to the 32nd Dáil and Seanad, edited by Tim Ryan (centre). Photograph: Dave Meehan

Party hierarchy demands clean contest after Enda Kenny stands aside as Fine Gael chief

“In truth, those closest to the Taoiseach say only two people know exactly what is going to happen: Kenny and his wife Fionnuala.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Analysis: Kenny sits atop the steaming pot; ambition, restlessness and loyalty stew below

Leo Varadkar has asked for campaign spending limits to be imposed by Fine Gael, in a move seen as raising the issue of the family wealth of his rival, Minister for Housing Simon Coveney. Photograph:

Minister for Social Protection has sought limit to spending on electioneering

The North-South Interconnector will run on 299 pylons about 50m high from a substation in Woodland, Co Meath, to Clontibret in Co Monaghan, linking the electricity networks in the Republic and Northern Ireland. Photograph: Eric Luke

Regina Doherty and Denis Naughten at odds over laying of cables underground

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has told the Fine Gael parliamentary party meeting on Wednesday evening he will address the issue of his party leadership at next week’s meeting. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Taoiseach widely expected to announce date for his departure as party leader at that stage

There has been public criticism in recent years about the prices charged for event tickets on websites that allow secondary sales.

Company argues against legislation to govern secondary sales of tickets

Leo Varadkar gave a press conference on the steps of Government Buildings challenging Simon Coveney and other potential candidates to a broadcast debate. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Analysis: Despite Enda Kenny staying put for now, leadership contest is already under way

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: backed Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

PAC vice-chairman Alan Kelly urges Fianna Fáil to push for Garda Commissioner’s exit

Preparations for the Fine Gael leadership battle are intensifying, with supporters of Simon Coveney (left) and Leo Varadkar (right) primed for the contest to begin next week.

FG contest: Some in Varadkar camp suggest Coveney at fault for poor showing in 2016 poll

 Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar: ‘I think a TV debate would be a good thing.’   Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister for Social Protection says public should see potential new taoiseach

Of the 64 per cent who voted to allow abortion with “no restrictions as to reason”, 48 per cent chose to allow it up to 12 weeks, and 44 per cent chose to allow it up to 22 weeks. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Oireachtas members unlikely to be as liberal in their views as Citizens’ Assembly

National Maternity Hospital controversy: Parents for Choice protest against the decision to give the new hospital to the Sisters of Charity. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Kieran Mulvey says elements of St Vincent’s agreement will be clarified but deal ‘will stand’

The Citizens’ Assembly recommended by almost two to one that abortion without restriction as to reasons be made available in the State. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

TDs unlikely to liberalise laws to extent proposed by Citizens’ Assembly, say sources

 Labour Party Leader Brendan Howlin: “The challenge now for Labour is not to fight the last election again. But to listen to the people, and to prepare for the election of tomorrow”

Howlin speech to party conference offers broad sweep of positions but little new policy

Evin Ryan: “We need to promote a strong brand that says ‘Yes, we are Labour; Yes, we stand for these policies’”

Delegates at the Wexford gathering are opinionated on how the party should proceed

Reporters gathered outside  a school in Dublin’s north inner city during a visit by Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minster for Justice Frances Fitzgerald last June. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Former TD Joe Costello describes Taoiseach’s taskforce as a distraction tactic

Labour TD Alan Kelly  said it was ‘totally wrong’ and ‘a disgrace’ that a company owned by the Sisters of Charity would own the new maternity hospital site. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Alan Kelly says Health Minister needs to ‘get control’ of the project

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