Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: “I do not anticipate the next government, if my party leads it, being able to change the funding model for healthcare substantially.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister says he is not sure compulsory health insurance right for Ireland

Clare Daly TD: “The Minister’s stance has exposed the utter hypocrisy of western authorities in respect of this matter.”

Independent TD Clare Daly warns of strong Dáil resistance

Seán Crowe TD:   said the work of the Lariam inquiry group was positive news for those who had been affected. .Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin TD tells of harrowing stories from serving and former soldiers

 Fianna Fail leader Micheál Martin: he said there would be  less need for inquiries if questions had been answered.   Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Taoiseach denies his department holds on to information

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said while the outcome of the vote by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation was expected, industrial action by emergency department nurses would not sort out the challenges being faced. File photograph: Woohae Cho/Bloomberg

Morale at all-time low in emergency departments, says FF leader Micheál Martin

UN armoured and transport vehicles outside the Radisson Hotel in Bamako, Mali, During a terrorist assault there on November 20th, 2015. File photograph: EPA

Government has ‘incredibly fluid’ take on what it means to be neutral state - Clare Daly

Thomas Pringle said  Irish fishermen account for less than 20 per cent of fish caught in Irish waters every year. Photograph: Chris Furlong/Getty Images

The Donegal South West TD says EU stole fishing stocks when Ireland joined in 1973

DUP Leader Peter Robinson announced he was standing down as First Minister and DUP ldeader. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

New Labour Senator Maíría Cahill says DUP leader was ‘courteous and respectful’

Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin:  said Taoiseach Enda Kenny “breaks promise after promise, believing that media management will take care of everything’’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Dáil broadside follows Government abandoning universal health insurance proposal

Fianna Fáil candidate Paschal Mooney: said he was glad the parties in the North had seen a little bit of reality. Photograph: Collins

“Thank God they are not calling this one historic,” says Ned O’Sullivan

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said today Fine Gael remains committed to implementing universal health care in Ireland. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Micheál Martin asks Enda Kenny how he got its implementation so wrong

Senator David Norris: “It is a very serious charge and was leaked, I presume, by the Garda . . . it is very shocking stuff’’

David Norris claims strong case for looking at operations of Irish media

“Bees by their nature do not respect, regard or identify with borders. They do not fly over large expanses of water either, which is an advantage in our case”

Labour Senator says Ireland imports 90% of honey consumed

Traffic is an issue in Tipperary town where thousands of vehicals a day pass through the main street. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Business closures and job losses trigger calls locally for Government-sponsored task force

Tánaiste says efforts being made to attract nurses to return home

The final stages of the Marriage Bill 2015, giving effect to the Yes vote in last May’s referendum, was passed by the Seanad on Thursday.

Minister for Justice says it is a ‘joyous day’ and weddings by Christmas

Joan Burton told the Dáil on Thursday Iarnród Éireann had said it was willing to share the benefits arising from future productivity measures undertaken by the drivers. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil spokesman Timmy Dooley accuses Government of ‘hands-off ’ approach

Joe McHugh: “This bottom-up approach is also Unesco’s favoured policy.” Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Minister of State Joe McHugh says strong local support required

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr James Reilly. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister says initiative benefits from being under remit of Child and Family Agency

  Taoiseach   Enda Kenny: “Paramilitarism in all its vestiges must be removed”. Photograph: Sam Boal/

Taoiseach reiterates that time for living with ‘constructive ambiguity’ is over

File photograph of Independent Senator David Norris. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Senator makes suggestion during the introduction of the Marriage Bill in the Seanad

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny said a report on paramilitaries in the North raised matters of very serious concern. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach claims findings raise questions about existence of illegal organisations

 Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said: “We are experiencing a two-tier recovery which is threatening to deliver a two-tier economy and society. What is worst about this is that it is not happening by accident; it is the direct result of the unjust and unfair policies of this Government.’’ File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

FF chief following Thatcher in seeking to criminalise republican struggle, retorts Adams

Enda Kenny: “This is  a very sensitive issue . . . I hope the matter can be dealt with today.”  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Taoiseach tells Dáil locals should have been spoken to before rehousing Travellers

The Taoiseach has ruled out Government intervention in the property market to curb the cost of rental accommodation. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fine Gael source says Alan Kelly’s housing plans ‘barely economically viable’

House told statutory agency needed to deal with €1 billion illegal smuggling trade

Michael McGrath: Pensioners will not bee fooled by the budget. Photograph: The Irish Times

Finance spokesman Michael McGrath claims high earners to benefit more

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny  signs a book of condolence which was opened in memory of the victims of the Carrickmines fire in Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Taoiseach Enda Kenny says scene after halting site blaze will stay with him forever

Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney said consideration was being given to alternatives to Lariam.   Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Minister for Defence to receive working group report on anti-malaria drug

Senator Mary White says Dublin residents have complained to her about being placed in the wrong postal district. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister of State urges householders who have complaints to contact An Post

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: “I thank all deputies and everyone who was involved in the campaign.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Bill goes to Seanad and will be law in weeks

Sinn Féin Senator David Cullinane said: “The company talks about €2 billion being raised in revenue from residential customers by 2021. It ignores the fact that almost half of people have not paid.”   Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Calls for Oireachtas debate on company’s future

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald was congratulated by backbenchers and the Opposition on the way in which she processed the legislation through the House. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Amendment moved to reduce notice time for civil partners, legislation now goes to Seanad

Minister of State for Finance Simon Harris: says the Government does not agree with the characterisation of the Irish corporation tax system.

Minister of State for Finance Simon Harris claims Ireland’s corporation tax regime is transparent and robust

 Sinn Féin deputy leader  Mary Lou McDonald. Photograph: Leah Farrell /

Sinn Féin deputy says Bernard McNamara should foot the bill for works at complex

Richard Boyd Barrett said Donald Trump had turned out to be somebody who was whipping up an outrageous and dangerous hysteria against the undocumented, including the Irish. Photograph: Collins

Richard Boyd Barrett criticises welcome Trump received in Ireland

 John O’Leary entering Leinster house in 1967. File photograph: Jimmy McCormack/The Irish Times

Veteran Kerry South politician and former minister of state published memoir this year

Abuse survivor Maíria Cahill: “If I am elected, one of the issues I will highlight is abuse in general, including the area of domestic violence.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

Anti-abuse campaigner accepts nomination offer from party leadership

Fianna Fáil’s Pat ‘The Cope’ Gallagher polled 332 votes from more than 700 members at the selection convention in Letterkenny. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Both Fianna Fáil members elected on first count to compete in five-seat constituency

Senator Paschal Mooney said An Post was “inherently inefficient” in collecting the licence fee.

FG Senator says local stations have significant level of public service content

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said prolific burglars were repeatedly granted bail. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Minister for Justice says it targets ’cohort of persistent offenders’

Talking about Nama, Tánaiste Joan Burton said: “We made a decision that politicians should be removed out of the process.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Tánaiste insists she cannot involve herself in agency

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin said Ireland ranked third in expenditure on the social areas, with only Denmark and Finland spending more.

Mick Wallace claims capital plan investment over six years represented only 1.9% of GDP

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Former justice minister says there should be no undue delay

Independent TD Joan Collins: has called for an increase in minimum wage.  Photograph:  Collins

Ireland scores high on poverty prevention, behind Denmark and Sweden, claims Minister

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said a strategy could be drafted by the Minister for Justice and the Garda Commissioner. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Micheál Martin details burglaries, assaults and accuses Kenny of a weak response

Taoiseach Enda Kenny told the Dáil on Wednesday the Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald and Garda Commissioner were considering  a plan to deal with rural crime.

Kenny tells Dáil situation in relation to rural crime is ‘not as satisfactory as we would wish’

Senator Mary White: ‘Ireland is most ageist in the world.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Mary White criticises delay in introducing BreastCheck for older women

Sinn Féin housing spokesman Dessie Ellis: he 80 new families a month were reporting homelessness and that there were 130 individuals sleeping rough in Dublin every night. Photograph: Alan Betson

Bad planning, governance has led to horrendous situation for thousands – Dessie Ellis

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has backed the Minister for Health’s warning that a high-level public servant will have to be sacked ‘for accountability’ if the hospital trolley crisis is not fixed. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

It is time the Minister signals he is going to require accountability, Taoiseach says

Mother of Independent Kerry South TD Michael Healy-Rae was raised in New York

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: “I would reiterate that the overall objective of the Government’s programme of justice to bring forward necessary changes to improve policing services in the State and to maintain public confidence in the Garda Síochána’’

Frances Fitzgerald says code of ethics to be established

Michael McGrath: “There is no building and there is no supply, and the problem is only going to get worse”

FF finance spokesman Michael McGrath calls for immediate Government action

Fianna Fáil’s Michael McGrath suggested they give people hope and discuss solutions. Photograph: Alan Betson

Meath FG TD Ray Butler made it local: ‘Fianna Fáil only built nine social houses in Trim’

The establishment of an independent policing authority will deliver “a sea-change’’ in Garda oversight in the State, Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has told the Dáil. Photograph: Jason Clarke

Objective of reform ‘to bring forward necessary changes to improve policing services’

Crowds celebrate  at Dublin Castle upon hearing the results of the Referendum on Marriage Equality in May. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Introduction of Marriage Bill greeted with applause from TDs and the public gallery

Socialist Party TD Paul Murphy has claimed in the Dáil that An Garda Síochána is targeting anti-water charge protesters. Photograph: Dave Meehan.

Taoiseach tells Socialist Party TD operations of Garda Síochána a matter for the force

Mary Lou McDonald: “The moment he chose to stand over that disgusting remark, the commissioner’s goose was cooked.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Sinn Féin would not have objected to Cabinet decision to seek commissioner’s resignation

 Tánaiste Joan Burton: “It is also clear from the report that Mr Callinan dealt with the circumstances of the retirement in an extremely dignified fashion.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Ministers round on Fianna Fáil leader over resignation of former Garda Commissioner

The Dáil  resumed on Tuesday with the Opposition  accusing Fine Gael and Labour of showing contempt for the House. Screengrab: Oireachtas TV

Criticisms of Coalition over Fennelly report findings during confidence Dáil debate

Lucinda Creighton: Position on referendum in line with party policy. Photograph: Sara Freund

Creighton declares no fear of vote on any issue ‘because, ulitmately, people will decide’

Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Budget bounce and volume of legislation factors in general election timing, say TDs

Alexis Fitzgerald’s coffin outside the Church of Mary Immaculate  of Sinners in Rathmines, Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Michael D Higgins leads mourners at funeral of ex-Fine Gael TD and lord mayor of Dublin

Joan Burton said constitutional issues prevented the introduction of legislation. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Dáil term concludes with blazing row about political pensions and allowances

Mary Lou McDonald said the Tánaiste was a Fine Gael mouthpiece.

Tánaiste rejects SF deputy leader’s criticism of Government policy

 Mary Lou McDonald:  “The Taoiseach and his cronies in government have stuck their hands in the pockets of working people. ”   Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Taoiseach says he hopes and expects more people will pay

Fianna Fáil Seanad leader Darragh O’Brien said: “We have been trying to get answers from Minister for Health Leo Varadkar” on the filling of a pancreas transplant surgeon post in Beaumont Hospital. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Prof John Crown says there is a lack of co-ordination in transplant policy

Utility company takes in €30 million for first three months of 2015 as 46% pay the bill

Sympathy expressed with the plight of Greek people and support given for new bailout

Micheál Martin has renewed his call for a commission of inquiry into Nama’s Northern loan portfolio.

Martin claims Minister for Finance failed to highlight ’serious issues’ involved

The Taoiseach has said the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) should be told of any alleged illegality in the sale by the National Asset Management Agency (Nama) of its Northern Ireland loan portfolio. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

SF’s Mary Lou McDonald raises questions on disposal of Northern Ireland loan portfolio

Paul Murphy: told the Dáil that a young homeless couple are in “horrific” emergency accommodation conditions. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Socialist Party TD Paul Murphy says vomit and food on floor and unwashed mattresses

Sinn Féin TD Peadar Toibin alleged duplicity was at the heart of “the Clerys debacle’’. “All the [workers] have received from the Labour Party so far is a two-faced response,’’ he added. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Tánaiste says workers have to be looked after first after criticism from SF’s Peadar Toibin

A recent report by the Alone organisation showed more than a third of older people in long-term nursing homes had low to medium dependency needs. Photograph: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Sixteen per cent of population will be aged over 65 in 10 years, deputy tells Dáil

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: told the Seanad that an additional €3 million has been provided to facilitate the appointment of 19 staff. Photograph: Dave Meehan

An extra €3m has been provided to facilitate 19 appointments, says Minister for Health

Tánaiste cites case of Jean McConville as example of Sinn Féin notion of welfare

Minister of State for Justice Aodhan Ó Riordáin said a register of lincensees was maintained on the PSRA website.  Photograph: Frank Miller

Number of prosecutions already before the courts in the Dublin area, Minister says

Joan Burton: ‘We have had a managed process of recovery in this economy’. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Burton says managed economic recovery in Ireland

Minister of State for Health Kathleen Lynch: hospital is ‘actively recruiting nursing staff’. Photograph: Alan Betson

TDs critical of ‘undue delay’ in opening facility in Cork

Minister Paschal Donohoe told the Seanad that tourism numbers were very positive, and more visitors would mean more jobs. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Tourism numbers up every year since 2011, with more than three million visitors to Ireland in first five months of 2015

 Enda Kenny: ‘The Minister has given [the banks] a warning.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Michael Noonan monitoring bank progress on lowering rates, says Taoiseach

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has indicated that action may be taken against the banks in the budget if they fail to reduce variable mortgage interest rates.

Taoiseach says Department of Finance monitoring reductions in variable rates

Minister of State for the Marine Tom Hayes has said  paid car-parking in Howth harbour,  Dublin, is being considered. Photograph: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography

Other factors must be taken into account before a final decision is made, says Minister

Armed police patrol Marhaba beach, where 38 people were killed in a terrorist attack in Sousse. Flowers have been laid in honour of the dead. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Enda Kenny expresses sadness and horror at deaths of Irish holidaymakers

Senator Mark Daly: said Germany seemed to forget the 1953 London debt agreement whereby nearly 50% of its debt was written off. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

‘EU and euro zone ministers continuing to beat and punish Greece until its morale improves or it does what they want’

 Dara Calleary (Fianna Fáil): asked if it was acceptable that a consultant had gone on maternity leave  and would not be replaced until September.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister Alex White promises one further consultant from October

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: said the banks responsible for breaching the code of conduct should be named and shamed and should have some penalty imposed

Kenny calls for public and swift Central Bank response

Joan Burton: “My priority is to ensure that as a society we arrive at a situation in which lone parents have the same opportunities as everyone else to access employment, training and education’’

Joan Burton rejects Opposition criticism of changes to lone-parent allowance

Senator David Norris praised O’Connell Street cleaners.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Independent Senator calls for new commission to oversee rejuvenation of Dublin

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: told the Seanad he is putting “key building blocks” in place for universal healthcare. Photograph: Alan Betson

Leo Varadkar admits ‘a lot of work remains to be undertaken’ to make this a possibility

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 said the difference between gross income and net income should be taken into account when talking about tax cuts. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Minister for Finance asked in Dáil about plans to cut top rate of tax in next budget

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’

Sinn Féin vice-president Mary Lou McDonald: ‘The British and its military forces actively colluded with unionist paramilitaries to cause the deaths of many hundreds of people in the conflict.’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Mary Lou McDonald addresses party’s Wolfe Tone commemoration in Bodenstown

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys.  The Government lost a Seanad vote on a demand that Ms Humphreys should address the House on the sale of paintings from  Russborough House. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Senators demand Minister address Seanad on auction of works from Beit collection

 Head of Dominican Monk by Rubens, which is one of the  paintings in the Beit collection.

Minister had to address Seanad on paintings controversy after Government lost vote

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan:  “The wounds inflicted by collusion, which threaten to destroy trust in the State’s most fundamental responsibility, namely, protecting its citizens, are deep and slow to heal.’’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Flanagan says RTÉ documentary presented shocking account of collusion

Incumbent on Natrium Ltd, the new owners of Clerys, to engage with the staff and their trade unions, Minister of State for Jobs Ged Nash told the Seanad.

Minister of State for Jobs Gerald Nash says store closure ‘very shocking’

Houses for sale in Dublin. Renua Ireland’s Paul Bradford has criticised the State’s ‘fixation’ with home ownership. File  photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Renua Ireland’s Paul Bradford says Republic must look at long-term rented housing

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. The Taoiseach has rejected claims by Mr Martin that he was involved in ‘spinning’ the Fennelly Commission report. File photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Taoiseach rejects claims by Micheál Martin over ‘selective leaks’ of commission findings

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