The probability of a conventional military attack on Ireland’s territory is considered as low but the security environment can be “volatile and unpredictable”, Minister for Defence Simon Coveney has warned.

Late night Dáil debate held on Government’s White Paper on Defence

Taoiseach  Enda Kenny said he was glad Greek authorities had now tabled a new paper. ‘It’s the basis for discussions and negotiation,’ Mr Kenny told the Dáil.

Kenny says he did cut VAT - on tourism - and notes this sector is fundamental to Greece

House prices in Dublin are now 10.4 per cent higher than at the same time last year, and 6.1 per cent nationally. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Average asking price for Dublin house is €282,000, says report

Broadcaster and author presented award-winning show ‘Trom agus Eadrom’

A reward has been offered for information leading to the return of 100 animals stolen from a farm in the midlands. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Farmers’ association condemns Westmeath raid that saw theft of 75 cattle and 25 sheep

Homeless man says he lost his clothes while sunbathing naked

Garth Brooks in Croke Park, where he was due to play five concerts last year.  File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Timmy Dooley says Government’s proposed regulation changes will not address concerns

Fianna Fáil TD Colm Keaveney has introduced a bill in the Dáil to allow electronic devices for people with sight difficulties so that they can vote independently. File  photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

FF TD introduces bill on electronically assisted voting for those with vision problems

Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys: “I want to see it [the National Concert Hall] developed  as a world-class venue that showcases the highest standard of musical excellence.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Dáil debates Bill to put NCH on equal footing with other national cultural institutions

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney: “we must take sides at different times, on different issues and in different conflicts”

Neutrality is about ability to take sides ‘without being tied down to military alliances’

Kevin Joyce and Hugh Doherty were killed while serving on a UN mission in south Lebanon.

Review carried out following campaign by family, soldiers critical of original inquiry

Fianna Fáil’s Dara Calleary. Mr Calleary criticised the Government position on minimum wage during a debate on the low pay commission bill. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Department of Finance tells low pay commission any rise would reduce employment

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams TD during a protest outside Clerys on O’Connell Street in Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Dáil hears GAA failed in bid to buy Spawell Centre, which was sold to Arnotts buyer

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said about 32,000 people would ‘transition’ out of the lone-parent payment. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Enda Kenny says Government cannot allow families to remain ’locked into joblessness’

Michael Noonan: Minister has said credit unions can apply to have their  restrictions reviewed. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

51% of the 376 operating credit unions are subject to lending restrictions, says Minister

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan (right) talks to Luis de Guindos, Spain’s economy minister at an emergency meeting of European finance ministers in Brussels on Monday. Photograph: Bloomberg

Taoiseach rejects claims Mr Noonan ‘stabbed the Greek people in the chest’

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney said there has been no impact on beef prices ‘and we are pretty confident that all of the new markets we have opened and the ambition that we have for growth in those markets this year and into next year can still move ahead as planned’. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

World Organisation for Animal Health thanks Minister for being upfront

Minister of State for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan (left) is to Berkeley in California at the request of the Taoiseach following the deaths of six Irish students. Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin paid tribute in the Dáil to the work of  Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan since the incident occurred yesterday. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times.

TDs stood for minute’s silence before House suspended for two hours

 Independent TD Mick Wallace at Leinster House. Mr Wallace has accused Nama of engaging in ’fire sales’ of assets. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Mick Wallace calls for independent inquiry into how asset management agency works

Taoiseach  Enda Kenny. Mr Kenny has criticised the ‘appalling’ treatment of Clerys workers.    File photograph: Etienne Laurent/EPA

Taoiseach speaks on job losses following sudden closure of Dublin department store

Independent TD Mattie McGrath. Mr McGrath has claimed that Irish Water is a ‘wild animal’ and that the Government has rejected legislation that would ‘tame the beast’. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Mattie McGrath claims new legislation would ‘tame the beast’ that is utility company

Minister of State Paudie Coffey said “strong progress” had been made with more than two-thirds of unfinished estates of the more than 3,000 registered by local authorities in 2011. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Local authorities have power to pursue banks who have responsibility to pay, says Paudie Coffey

Tánaiste Joan Burton said Irish consular officials had visited Ibrahim Halawa more than 40 times, the most recent visit earlier this week.

Taoiseach and Minister for Foreign Affairs told of Halawa hunger strike last week

 Shane Ross: “I’m not suggesting that whoever is appointed eventually is flawed”, but “everybody in this House knows that those who are going to sit in judgment in such tribunals are political appointees”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Independent TD says problem is that ‘we have insiders judging insiders’

Paul Murphy claimed the Government “is hiding the figures”  and using “scare tactics” to get people to sign up to Irish Water. Photograph: DAVE MEEHAN

TD says figures are ‘on the floor’, as 800,000 households have passed pay-by date

Minister of State for Education Damien English acknowledged there had been too much focus on third level education.  Photograph: The Irish Times

40% rise in number of apprentices since 2013 is evidence of change, English tells Dáil

Independent Socialist Clare Daly said the only reason there was a commission was that businessman Denis O’Brien, had overstepped the mark. Screengrab: Oireachtas/The Irish Times

Clare Daly tells Dáil Coalition could no longer cover for ‘friendly oligarch’ Denis O’Brien

Kurdish Syrian refugees in a truck at the Turkish-Syrian border, near the southeastern town of Suruc, in Sanliurfa province. Photograph: Murad Sezer/Reuters

Naval Service praised for LE Eithne rescue of 1,2000 refugees from Mediterranean Sea

Independent TD Catherine Murphy said she had no knowledge of anything or any information provided to her having been stolen, despite allegations from Denis O’Brien’s spokesman.

Pearse Doherty claims proposal rejected three times by bank’s credit committee

Crews from the LÉ Eithne rescuing migrants from a small craft in the Mediterranean at the weekend. Photograph: Irish Defence Forces /PA Wire

Praise for LÉ Eithne over rescue of almost 1,200 migrants from Mediterranean Sea

The An Bord Pleanála debate over the ESB headquarters on Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin, continued on Friday. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Clare Hogan says architect Arthur Gibney did not think headquarters should be listed

An environmental impact statement (EIS) on the latest ESB plan for Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin,  is the subject of an oral hearing by An Bord Pleanála this week. Photograph courtesy of ESB An environmental impact statement on the latest ESB plan for Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin, is the subject of an oral hearing by An Bord Pleanála this week. Photograph courtesy of ESB

ESB redevelopment would help Georgian Dublin ‘be inscribed on the World Heritage list’

Clare Daly: the silence was loud when she took to her feet for her first round of questions. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

TDs fall silent in awe as Independent socialist rises to take on Taoiseach

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: ‘I did not see the report you refer to. Neither did the Minister for Transport.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

Enda Kenny claims 635 jobs will be created at Aer Lingus as a result of sale to IAG

During the Order of Business on Wednesday, Renua leader Lucinda  Creighton said: “I want to ask the Taoiseach to unequivocally reject the demand of Siteserv and Denis O’Brien to change the record of the House and interfere with the independence of the House.” File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Letter calling for record to be amended a bid to ‘interfere with independence of the House’

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said the sale of Aer Lingus would result in job creation, new routes and the Minister for Finance would have a veto over the sale of the valuable Heathrow slots under the deal with IAG, owners of British Airways and Iberian. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos.

Kenny criticised for not reading report on impact of sale which warns of 40% job cuts

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin accused the Government of adopting a “slippery, sleeveen’’ approach to sale of Aer Lingus.

Sinn Féin claims deal is wrong for Ireland and Labour knows it

IAG boss Willie Walsh: Labour’s Seanad leader Ivana Bacik said she had made her view clear that she did not agree with the sale of the Government’s stake in Aer Lingus to IAG. Photographer: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Transport economist says BA has no flights from Scotland or any regional airport to US

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: “Modelled on the highly successful national cancer programme, it will provide the leadership and have the authority to deliver the strategy and to drive reform and standardise care across all 19 maternity units’’

Leo Varadkar says national programme will improve all maternity services

Senator David Norris in the courtyard at Dublin Castle for the result of the referendum on marriage equality. He was praised in the Seanad for his decades-long campaign for gay rights

Schools with different ethos entitled to transmit values dear to them, says Rónán Mullen

The highest turnout in any referendum was for the 1972 question on joining the EEC, when 70.88 per cent of the electorate cast their ballot

Divorce, abortion, joining the EU, changing the electoral system had more voters

 Dave Power, Mount merrion and Paul Byrne, Swords wait for the official results, in the court yard of Dublin Castle on Saturday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Tánaiste says legislation could be passed before summer

Eamon Gilmore at the count centre in the RDS. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Former tánaiste championed same-sex marriage issue when he was Labour leader

Minister Leo Varadkar: ‘To me, this had the feeling of a social movement or a social revolution.’ Photograph: Collins

‘I’ve no plans to get married or anything like that at the moment’

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’

 Voters pictured at the Polling Station this morning at St Joseph’s School, Navan Road, Dublin. Photograph: Collins

Urban localities showing turnout of up to 20 per cent but lower in rural areas

Newly-married couple Anne Fox (nee Cole) and Vincent Fox cast their votes in Dublin in  the referendum on their wedding day. Photograph: Getty

Most people with jobs set to vote in same-sex marriage and presidential referendums between 7pm and 10pm

AIB has  emailed  its employees to encourage them to vote in Friday’s referendums as part of what it called its ‘diversity agenda’. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Bank asks managers to be flexible to enable staff to cast their referendum ballots

Fianna Fáil TD John McGuinness has come out against the majority political opinion and is voting No. Photograph: The Irish Times

‘The Irish Times’ contacted every Dáil and Seanad member

The EBS  company headquarters in Dublin. The banking inquiry has heard that the company did not consult its auditors on its move into commercial and development property lending. File photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Ernst & Young auditor gives evidence on institution’s commercial property loans

Returning officers facilitate early voting in consultation with nursing homes and hospices. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Nursing home residents began last week, while 2,542 islanders can also vote early

Aengus Ó Snodaigh: said the Department of the Environment had not yet released any of the funding pledged

Minister ‘determined to see a very significant increase’ in social housing

 Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan. Mr Flanagan has said that  the Government is not in a position to outline its precise approach to the  issues in the UK’s debate on its future in the EU until its government presents a formal plan. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Minister claims main issues in debate are immigration, labour and ‘over-regulation’

The Migrant Integration Policy Index showed that 30 per cent of working age migrants from outside the EU were not in work, education, training or schools

State performs well in political participation for migrants but poor in work and education

Minister Simon Coveney said it was also inhumane that they had to slaughter cattle because they had TB “when we know that we can get the incidence of TB down”. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Minister for Agriculture responding to concerns over ‘unnecessary’ culling of badgers

Charlie Flanagan: will raise issue with Theresa Villiers

Serious concern about Conservative pledge to scrap UK’s Human Rights Act

Tánaiste Joan Burton: “I have advised the main banks they need to consider their pricing policies.”

FF says banks doing nothing because Government approach is ‘cotton wool exercise’

 Minister for Children Dr James Reilly. Dr Reilly said the Government had ‘no part’ in funding cuts to Catholic marriage support agency Accord. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minister for Children defends Tusla over reduction in money for Catholic agency

Dáil suspended twice as Kenny tells Murphy to ‘toddle along’ in row over water bills

Pat Rabbitte appealed to the Government to fund the refuge which had provided “safe harbour” since 2012 for 64 women and 84 children.

Former minister appeals for funds to prevent vital Tallaght women’s refuge closing

Ceann Comhairle Sean  Barrett repeatedly asked TDs to resume their seats.

Taoiseach accuses TD of thinking he’s Caesar, tells Ruth Coppinger ‘where to go’

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald wearing the “TÁ Comhionannas” badge, which means “Yes Equality”, during questions in the Dáil to Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin on May 12th, 2015. Screengrab: Oireachtas TV

Rules forbid party political emblems - but all parties back Yes to same-sex marriage

Leo Varadkar said the Public Health Alcohol Bill would be the “most far-reaching proposed by any Irish government, with alcohol being addressed for the first time as a public health measure” in a country ranked fifth out of the 28 EU members for alcohol consumption, and second across Europe for binge drinking. File photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Varadkar reiterates Government stance on eliminating very cheap alcohol from stores

Fianna Fáil TD Brendan Smith

TDs concerned about Conservative election pledge to have EU referendum by end of 2017

Sinn Fein deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald arriving at Leinster House, Dublin, on Thursday. “All along you were planning to pickpocket people’s wages, pensions and social welfare payments.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

McDonald says Tánaiste never answered repeated questions about which necessity families should give up to pay water charges (...)

There had been a bomb alert at Mr Adams’s home in Belfast yesterday morning. Photograph: Alan Betson

Gerry Adams claims silence from Government on attacks in recent weeks ’deafening’

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan rounded on Fianna Fail in a sharp attack during a Dail debate on the ongoing controversy over the sale of Siteserv. Photograph: Eric Luke

Government rejects the party’s motion calling for an independent investigation

File photograph of senators  Ivana Bacik and Jillian van Turnhout voting. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Proposals to allow all Irish passport holders to vote will increase electorate by 650,000

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan issued an instruction and made clear to members that they should remain impartial, Frances Fitzgerald said. Photograph: Alan Betson

Nóirín O’Sullivan responds to garda posing with same-sex marriage campaigners

The survey, of 347 people carried out by the Research Centre for the Irish Business Against Litter (Ibal) group, found that 61 per cent believe Ireland is cleaner now than it was 10 years ago while 20 per cent believe it is dirtier. Photograph: Alan Betson

Anti-litter business group launches campaign with survey

A retired judge was appointed by Minister for Defence Simon Coveney to examine what happened on April 27th 1981 when Privates Hugh Doherty and Kevin Joyce were killed in south Lebanon.

Inquiry reviewing killings of Ptes Hugh Doherty and Kevin Joyce now due end May

Artist Robert Ballagh speaking at Arbour Hill. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

99th anniversary of execution of Pearse, Clarke, MacDonagh marked at Arbour Hill

Departmental estimates put number of hares on island in Clontarf between six and 15

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe. Mr Donohoe  has announced an agreement between the Road Safety Authority and the Canadian province of  Manitoba allowing for the exchange of Irish driving licences for Canadian ones. Photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin.

Road Safety Authority reaches agreement with Manitoba on exchange of permits

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: ‘We will always have locums.’  Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Errors found in about 100 cases after thousands of X-rays reviewed, says Leo Varadkar

Peadar Tóibín TD:  Characterised the Minister for Finance as “Michael hands-off Noonan”. Photograph: The Irish Times

Sinn Féin TD Peadar Tóibín claims ‘cover-up’ and that Dáil misled over controversial deal

Labour TD Michael McNamara will not lose the party whip, despite voting against the Government on the bill. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Labour TD votes for his own bill which would allow gardaí to strike and join unions

Alex White, Minister for Communication, stressed that the Government had no statutory role in directing banks to cut their interest rate charges.Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Government accused of cover-up and misleading Dáil in Siteserv controversy

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney insisted “the mistakes of the past aren’t going to be repeated”

Simon Coveney insists mistakes of past will not be repeated

The byelection will fill the vacancy left by the appointment of Phil Hogan as EU Commissioner for Agriculture. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Election follows former minister Phil Hogan’s appointment to EU Commission

Taoiseach Enda Kenny who told the Dáil today too many families were still struggling to make ends meet or were out of work and too many families had relatives who had had to emigrate. Photograph: The Irish Times

Taoiseach tells Dáil too many families still struggling to make ends meet

Fianna Fáil finance spokesman Michael McGrath: told Dáil he could not find a single element in the spring statement that would bring short-term benefit to families. Photograph: Alan Betson

Speeches more about ‘raw politics than economic management’, FF spokesman claims

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: ‘I am now confident that all the taxpayers’ money invested in AIB, Bank of Ireland and Permanent TSB will be fully recovered.’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Biggest risk to economy is ‘If I have it I’ll spend it’ approach, says Minister

Senator David Norris ‘pettifogging regulation’ should be corrected for the few people it affected. Photograph: Alan Betson

1980s anomaly prevents gay public servants leaving pension entitlements to partners

The security of the State can be maintained while allowing gardaí to go on strike, a Government backbencher has claimed. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Minister says move would raise most serious issues about maintaining law and order

Tánaiste Joan Burton has called for an independent inquiry by a “competent authority” into the controversial sale of construction services company Siteserv. Photograph: Collins

C&AG or Commission of Inquiry possible but no decision yet by Government – Burton

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said he was looking into the issue of a code of conduct relating to  court orders in the wake of a late night farm repossession carried out by uniformed men with balaclavas and dogs. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

No code of conduct to stop receivers or security firms acting like thugs, says McGrath

Taoiseach Enda Kenny  told the Dáil on Wednesday Freedom of Information  documents would be released on Thursday which would set out  Minister for Finance Michael Noonan’s position on the sale of Siteserve.

Controversial €45m sale raised for second day as Opposition calls for an inquiry

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin raised the sale of Siteserv during leaders’ questions in the Dáil and asked Taoiseach Enda Kenny for an independent inquiry into the  sale.

Harris says IBRC not required to consult Noonan on matter before sale approved

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: gave graphic account of events at Castledermot.

Mattie McGrath claims gardaí observed “terrorist act” in farm repossession

Former Fianna Fáil minister  Mary O’Rourke. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill.

Former minister says she and Conor Lenihan may have ‘matters of importance’ to offer

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin with foreign affairs spokesman Brendan Smith. The party has launched its new policy document and wants to include a Seanad representative for the diaspora.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Party also wants contingency plan prepared in case UK decides to exit EU

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has accused Sinn Féin of “ a deeply sinister attempt to misuse the respect which the Irish people have for 1916” at the party’s annual Arbour Hill commemorations. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil leader says SF remains ‘unfit for participation’ in government at Arbour Hill

A number of “very strange people” are advertising themselves as psychotherapists and counsellors and can do “real harm”, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has warned. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins.

Minister says profession must be regulated as the untrained can do patients ‘real harm’

People taking part in the march against homelessness and treatment of homeless people on Wednesday in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

More than 800 children in emergency hotel and hostel accommodation, Dáil told

Former minister Pat Rabbitte told the Dáil the legislation ‘will make it an offence for a person to send or cause to be sent by means of public electronic communications network’. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Former minister says Bill will support abuse victims and help Garda enforcement

Karen Buckley’s parents, John and Marian Buckley, at a press conference held by Police Scotland on Wednesday.

Department of Foreign Affairs will make their consular services available to the family

NTA decided in 2013 that 10 per cent of the existing market should be tendered following a wide-ranging consultation.

Transport workers have voted to strike on May 1st over route privatisation proposals

The law will affect 40,000 people

Fianna Fáil claims move making up for lost ground in treatment of the elderly

Counsel expected to recommend ’no further action’ in a large proportion of cases

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