Mary Lou McDonald: said there was a crisis in the management of homelessness

SF deputy leader notes 2,000 children among those without a home last month

The Minister for Finance Michael Noonan. “Encouragingly, Ireland has successfully exited the excessive deficit procedure in a timely and durable manner’’

Minister for Finance paints optimistic picture of economic growth

The Government is to consider the possibility of establishing a ‘fan zone’ in Dublin for soccer fans to watch Ireland take on France on big screens. Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

Tributes from all sides of the Dáil as Tánaiste describes victory as ‘a momentous win’

Fianna Fáil finance spokesman Michael McGrath has called for speedier Government action on the rising cost of motor insurance. Stock photograph: Akio Kon/Bloomberg via Getty Images

FF finance spokesman Michael McGrath says there has been a 60% increase since 2014

 Minister for Housing Simon Coveney  arriving at a meeting with waste industry representatives in Tallaght, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Minister rejects SF Seanad motion to annul regulation governing refuse charges

 Senator David Norris with colleagues before the first sitting of 25th Seanad at LeInster House, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Ivana Bacik ‘dismayed’ by Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers’s leave stance

 Senator David Norris: a reluctant supporter of Britain staying in the EU.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Flanagan says Ireland wants UK to remain in European Union as a ‘friend’

 Brendan Howlin:  Criticised Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s plan for a ‘rainy day fund’  in the Government’s summer economic statement.  “Even if it could be used to pay down debt, it would be more reasonable than simply leaving money on deposit.’’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Money should be spent on schools, health services and roads, says Labour leader

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Simon Coveney arriving at a meeting with waste industry representatives at Tallaght, Co Dublin, on Monday. Photograph: Eric Luke

Taoiseach responds to claims that waste legislation has caused ‘anger and anxiety’

‘We are a mature Republic, so we must seek a debate to discuss the economy and the fact that there are 2.2 billion people in the Commonwealth’ Fine Gael Senator Frank Feighan said.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Frank Feighan says relations are at ‘all-time high’ and Queen only had titular role

Jo Cox was attacked by a man, who inflicted fatal injuries. Photograph: EPA

Taoiseach describes slain Labour representative as ‘talented and dedicated politician’

Simon Coveney arrives at a meeting with waste industry representatives in Tallaght, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Agency says ‘nobody disposing same quantities of waste will face additional charges’

Increased funding alone will not resolve the health services’ difficulties,  Minister for Health Simon Harris said. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Focus needed on more effective health and social care service, says Minister

Simon Coveney is due tomeet with bin companies next Wednesday. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons /The Irish Times

Dáil told Coveney to demand explanation for increased charges

Joan Collins: an exorbitant increase in waste charges from July 1st. Photograph: The Irish Times

Independent TD Joan Collins rails against ‘sharp practice’ by waste companies

The Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald. She said the Bill was comprehensive and while the Government would not oppose it at second stage it contained a number of points which might benefit from further consideration

Fianna Fáil justice spokesman Jim O’Callaghan says there would be clear criteria for the granting of parole

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny  outside St Laurence O’Toole School in Dublin’s north inner city during his visit to the area. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Taoiseach accuses Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams of politicising problems in the area

Enda Kenny: “If there is a consensus and people have a vote, they will have the right to vote according to their conscience.”  Photograph: Press Association

Ruth Coppinger says abortion assembly a ‘charade’ and accuses Kenny of not listening

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: said there was €7 million in an offshore account, and there were allegations of fixers’ fees. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Micheál Martin insists position on Project Eagle becoming more and more untenable

Minister Shane Ross: “I welcome the stated commitment of the DAA to work closely with all stakeholders, including local residents and community groups, on the north runway project.’’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister for Transport says he will not allow a State monopoly to bully any local group

 Sinn Féin housing spokesman Eoin Ó Broin moved his party’s Private Member’s Rent Certainty Bill in the Dáil on Tuesday night. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Plan would break link with fundamental means to determine rent - Simon Coveney

 Amnesty International and other campaign partners demanding repeal of the 8th Amendment outside the Dáil last April. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Taoiseach says ‘it is pointless rushing into a referendum’ without consensus

Sinn Féin justice spokesman Jonathan O’Brien is to raise in the Dáil the wrongful prosecution of motorists without National Car Test certificates despite them having paid fixed charge penalties. File photograph: Dara MacDónaill

Jonathan O’Brien tables motion on actions against motorists who had paid penalties

Fine Gael’s Richard Bruton. “I absolutely sympathise with and understand the concern of Deputies for any woman with a fatal foetal abnormality”

Opposition TDs demand issue be speedily resolved

Minister for Education Richard Bruton has told the Dáil that the issuing of carer’s allowance has been a problem for as long as he had been in politics.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Minister says payments have been bone of contention throughout his political career

Opposition TDs urge action on Eighth Amendment to Constitution

The Taoiseach  said if Gerry  Adams wanted to give him evidence of why there should be a commission of investigation into Nama “in this jurisdiction’’, he would be prepared to listen to it.  File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Taoiseach pressed by Sinn Féin leader for inquiry on sale of agency’s northern loan book

Deasy’s intervention, born out of considerable frustration with what is playing out in the Dáil, underlined what many TDs, cross-party, feel. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

John Deasy echoed sentiments of many in raising ‘futility’ of voting on Labour motion

Frank Feighan’s political rehabilitation coincides with a contented personal life. Divorced for some time, his partner Elaine Mooney from Castlerea, a Sligo-based teacher, is four months pregnant.

Former Roscommon TD and new Senator subjected to five years of ‘hatred and vilification’

 Fine Gael TD Helen McEntee: committed to developing youth mental health services.

Minister of State wants cross-departmental approach to tackling problem

Minister for Health Simon Harris said some 94 per cent of patients were being seen within a 15-month target and 60 per cent within the six-month period. “However, we must continue to try to do better,’’ he added Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for Health talks of further investment in services

Fianna Fáil candidate Pat ‘The Cope’ Gallagher (left) and Fine Gael TD Bernard Durkan who were both defeated in a vote for Leas Cheann Comhairle

Ceann Comhairle urges party whips to meet and treat the issue ‘with some urgency’

Professor Michael Barry, head of the National Centre for Pharmaeconomics, said the NCPE has a good track record in negotiations with drugs companies. Photograph: Getty Images

Health authorities criticised for refusing to fund ‘game-changing’ cystic fibrosis drug

Roísín Shortall: said the essential problem with the Irish health service was the absence of an overall coherent plan

Roísín Shortall calls for NHS-type model

 Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump  talks to supporters and the media during a speech on veteran affairs in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York, New York,  May 31st,  2016. Photograph: Jason Szenes/EPA

Taoiseach tells Dáil that Americans have alternative candidate to vote for

Former head of the Government Information Service Bart Cronin (left) with with P. J. Mara in Feburary 1992. Photograph: Peter Thursfield /The Irish Times

Close ally of FF minister George Colley in his early public service years

 Regina Doherty: asked if she thought an audit would turn up other cases in other policing districts, she said: “Absolutely.’’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Regina Doherty says Garda audit called for by Policing Authority would reveal new cases

The Department of Health is expected to announce that, in the future, ministers will decide which new life-saving drugs are made available. File photograph: Getty Images

Department of Health to announce transfer of powers from the HSE to the Government

 Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. File photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Party members were unaware that three choices would be made by Micheál Martin

US air force F16s  arrive at Shannon Airport. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny says Defence Forces provides aid when requested at the airport

Richard Bruton, Minister for Education: “The Croke Park hours are a valuable resource within the school system.” Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Education minister warns of danger of being outside public service agreements

Garda Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan has confirmed “asset profilers’’ are targeting criminals operating in Dublin’s north inner city following the latest gangland murder. Photograph by Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Fitzgerald says ‘ferocity, intensity and savagery’’ of Dublin gangs unprecedented

Frances Fitzgerald says  new Oireachtas business committee would be established in the coming weeks and would consider the issue. Photograph: Sam Boal/

Any discussion on holiday dates at the moment is ‘speculation’ says Tánaiste

Enda Kenny: “I am happy to state, on the record, that the former minister, in resigning, did not in fact accept responsibility for criticism made in the Guerin report . . .”  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald expresses confidence in Garda Commissioner

Paschal Donohoe: said there were “other things the exchequer will not be able to do” if water charges were abolished. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Michael Fitzmaurice calls for referendum to ensure water supply not privatised

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: said there was a need for the State “to really get into the face of these criminals, assert who is in charge of our country and ensure that crime does not pay”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Gerry Adams blames previous FG and FF governments for closing Garda stations

Former justice minister Alan Shatter. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Taoiseach opening debate on O’Higgins Commission of Investigation

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald are to receive a briefing from Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan on Wednesday on the security situation in Dublin’s north inner city after another gangland killing. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times.

Howlin says criminals thriving on deprivation after latest Hutch-Kinahan murder

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: condemned the murder of Gareth Hutch and the wounding of another man. Photographer: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Taoiseach tells Dáil killers have no respect for life or limb

Minister for Local Government Simon Coveney said there should be time allowed for a proper discussion on the water charges issue. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Suspension of charges will allow ‘proper discussion of issue’, Minister tells Dáil

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is to visit the area in Dublin’s north inner city where the latest gangland killing occurred. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Taoiseach condemns ‘vicious, murderous’ dispute following shooting of Gareth Hutch

Senator Kevin Humphreys: “There were examples of [JobBridge] abuses which were highlighted by the media, but the success stories were not publicised.’’ File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Senator Kevin Humphreys says success stories linked to scheme ‘were not publicised’

Sinn Féin TD Louise O’Reilly: “Many people cannot understand why we start every day with a prayer.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

AAA-PBP deputy Paul Murphy says old party system now dead so Dáil rules need to change

Frances Fitzgerald told the Dáil on Thursday she would inform the House fully of her ongoing contact with the commissioner, in line the legal principles which both of them had to observe. File photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Tánaiste says she fully supports Noirín O’Sullivan in ‘difficult job she is doing’

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: said it was going down a dangerous path to suggest legal instructions be put in the public domain. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Micheál Martin says hearings transcripts are in public domain and must be addressed

Fianna Fáil Finance spokesman Michael McGrath said it was bizarre  there had been  no reference to the  constitutionality  of the Central Bank (Variable Rate Mortgages) Bill 2016 when it was first debated last July. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Amendment on pre-legislative stage not pressed by Minister for Finance to avoid vote

On USC Michael Noonan said the Fianna Fáil position was not too far away from Fine Gael’s

Minister for Finance defends policy to abolish USC despite Pearse Doherty’s ‘reckless’ retort

Frances Fitzgerald is coming under further scrutiny in the Dáil this morning about the matter. Photograph: Screen grab: Oireachtas TV

Fitzgerald expects commissioner to clarify matters surrounding approach to whistleblower’s claims

 An Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and  Equality Frances Fitzgerald: “I believe our focus now should be on taking all the steps necessary in ensuring this does not happen again and that we have a policing service that serves all of the citizens of this country to the highest standard.”  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Minister for Justice insists she has ‘every confidence’ in Nóirín O’Sullivan

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald (left) has insisted she has every confidence in Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan (right) to implement policing reforms recommended by the O’Higgins commission into alleged Garda malpractice. TD Clare Daly said it was time for Ms O’Sullivan ‘to go’. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times.

Clare Daly warns Frances Fitzgerald to act or Nóirín O’Sullivan will ‘take you with her’

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has alleged in heated Dáil exchanges that a Fianna Fáil Bill on mortgage interest rates has caused a reduction in bank share values. Photograph: EPA.

Minority Government under pressure as Opposition backs mortgage interest Bill

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said it would be “going down a very dangerous route’’ if they insisted, not that they could, that all legal privilege between clients and lawyers should be in the public domain. File photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Remarks follow claim O’Sullivan’s counsel said McCabe acted in malice in O’Higgins inquiry

Eyeing the Labour Party leadership: Brendan Howlin (left) and Alan Kelly  attend the party’s annual James Connolly commemoration at Arbour Hill Cemetery, Dublin. Photograph: Barbara Lindberg

Party sources say fellow TDs are reluctant to second leadership contender’s nomination

Finian McGrath, himself a smoker of many years, has repeated his personal view there should be designated areas for smokers in pubs and restaurants.  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Minister of State for Health says there should be designated smoking areas in pubs and restaurants

Margaret Connolly grand daughter of James Connolly speaking with President Micheal D Higgins at the Capuchin Friary during the James Connolly centenary. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Michael D Higgins marks centenary of ‘determined’ and ‘kind’ James Connolly’s death

Brendan Howlin and Alan Kelly at the James Connolly centenary commemoration at Arbour Hill on Sunday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Brendan Howlin says he will do whatever task allocated to him

 Frank Daly, chairman of Nama: “Nama has a commercial remit and its objective must be to get the best financial return for the State.’’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Chairman Frank Daly denies agency under direction of Minister for Finance

 National Asset Management Agency chairman Frank Daly  arrives for the Oireachtas Committee on Housing and Homelessness  meeting at Leinster House on Kildare Street, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Chairman Frank Daly says agency’s remit mostly commercial

Independent TD Finian McGrath said he was getting advice from the Attorney General and would be consulting with his Independent Alliance colleagues. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Minister of State silent on issue as pressure mounts from Government colleagues

 Maeve Regan, managing solicitor of Mercy Law Resource Centre: She told the Oireachtas Committee on Housing and Homelessness that a constitutional amendment would be an enduring, fundamental protection of the principle of a home for every adult and child in the State.  Photograph: Colm Mahady/Fennells

Right to housing would offer ‘floor of protection’ to all, says resource centre solicitor

Master of the High Court Edmond Honohan has warned that a resumption of local authority housebuilding should not result in a repeat of building “Ballymun again”.

Resumption of local authority housebuilding should not result in building ‘Ballymun again’

Sgt Maurice McCabe: his  assertion that woman was told she had no case was ‘inaccurate’, report says

Minibus driver was entitled to have matter dealt with competently, commission says

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Opposition TDs call for Dail debate on commission report

Fine Gael party members Frances Fitzgerald, Leo Varadkar, Michael Noonan and Paschal Donohoe in Trinity College Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Enda Kenny expected to remain as taoiseach until 2017 if minority government is formed

Independent TD Mick Wallace speaks in the Dáil on his visit to refugees in Calais and Dunkirk.

Independent TD says the Republic is complicit in the militarisation of the planet

Enda Kenny said he was ‘obviously very cognisant’ of trying to bring the matter to a successful conclusion as speedily as possible. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Acting Taoiseach says discussions between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are continuing

Fine Gael’s Michael Noonan. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Minister for Finance warns figure might vary depending on number of economic factors

 Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has questioned whether a Fine Gael-Fianna Fáil agreement to suspend water charges would be legal. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister attacks proposed Fine Gael-Fianna Fáil deal on Irish Water during Dáil debate

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny said discussions were underway between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to reach agreement on the formation of a government, while also consulting Independent members

House scheduled to debate Irish Water later today but no vote

Paschal Donohoe and Simon Coveney of Fine Gael arrive for talks with Fianna Fáil on forming a government. Photograph: Dave Meehan/ The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil’s Robert Troy says issues such as mental health not getting enough attention

Taoiseach Enda Kenny  with Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin  in Dublin. File photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Party leader claims a new government is needed to solve the issue of Irish Water

Newly elected Fine Gael Senator Kieran O’Donnell: ‘My objective is to represent the people of Limerick and to regain my Dáil seat at the next election.’ Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Sinn Féin’s Fintan Warfield (24), an ex-Wolfe Tone and councillor, first senator elected

Independent TD Mick Wallace said mental health was the health issue raised most during the election campaign in his constituency. Photograph: Eric Luke

Call for improved facilities for mental illness patients in Dáil debate

Acting  Taoiseach Enda Kenny: judgment would ‘potentially’ have an impact in a limited number of cases. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Dáil hears legislation could be introduced within days, if required

Micheál Martin at the Easter Rising commemoration at Arbour Hill. The challenges faced today are “nothing compared to the challenges faced and overcome by the heroes of 1916”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Micheál Martin says he wants his party to embrace change emerging in Irish politics

President Michael D Higgins: may have to “consider exercising his absolute discretion to steer a way forward for the 32nd Dáil”. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

‘Abysmal lack of leadership’ may require intervention by President, says Green Party

Calling for a grant scheme for homeowners in rural towns and villages, there were, John Brassil added, an “enormous number” of empty houses across all local authorities, with one in three houses vacant. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

John Brassil says steps needed to make ‘enormous number’ of empty houses habitable

Fianna Fail leader Micheál Martin  said for progress to be made in talks Fine Gael had to ‘move away from the highly-controlling attitude which defined the last five years’.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Enda Kenny invites Micheál Martin to talks after Dáil fails to elect a taoiseach for third time

Defeated Labour TD Anne Ferris: “Losing your seat is a blow to your self-confidence. I have now joined the ranks of the unemployed and I am hoping something will turn up.’’ Photograph: Fergal Phillips

Anne Ferris talks of blow to self-confidence as she joins the unemployed

 Independent TD Mattie McGrath:  “There has to be a written agreement on how a minority government will function.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Independent TD calls for FG-FF deal on minority government by Thursday

Mattie McGrath: “What would be the point, for instance, in putting a government in power which could fall in a short time?’’

Some not ruling out voting against Kenny and Martin if government talks fail

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan: suggested a minute’s silence could be observed instead of the Dáil prayer and that a bell should be rung for a short break to cool things down when debates became too intense and heated. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Eamon Ryan suggests a minute’s silence could be observed instead of prayer

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny said he had invited Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin to “have a conversation”. Photographs: The Irish Times

FG leader makes formal offer for government including FF and Independents

Micheál Martin also loses vote, 95 to 43, with Ruth Coppinger losing, 108 to 10

Independent TDs (left to right) Noel Grealish, Mattie McGrath, Denis Naughten, Michael Harty and Michael Collins have confirmed they will be abstaining from today’s Dáil vote for taoiseach. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Enda Kenny and Micheál Martin due to finally talk this evening

The report says Denis O’Brien enjoys a dominant position within the print and commercial radio sector. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Report calls for retrospective reform of competition law to restrict influence of individuals

  Acting Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly said he believed there was an imbalance between ownership rights and the public good. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Acting Taoiseach suggests setting up infrastructure fund at Dáil debate on homelessness

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny expressed his ‘sincere and deepest’ sympathy with the relatives of those who lost their lives in Donegal. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

House united in grief and condemnation of terrorist attacks

Sinn Féin party whip, Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD with Louise O’Reilly TD present Sinn Féin’s submission on political reform to the All-Party Oireachtas Committee at Leinster House. Photograph:

Sinn Féin to seek reform of the Upper House which will be elected next month

Sinn Féin’s Eoin Ó Broin says millions of euro, provided through the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund, has already been returned to the European Commission.   Photograph: Alan Betson

Eoin O Broin calls for reform of funding scheme for people who lose their jobs

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