Independent Wicklow TD Stephen Donnelly has refused to say if he will join a political party before the next general election and whether approaches have already been made to him.

Persistent rumours that Independent Wicklow TD has been approached by Fianna Fáil

Niall Collins: “While I welcome the report’s publication, it is regrettable Minister Fitzgerald delayed its release until after the Dáil rose for the summer recess.”  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

SF says Government cannot shirk responsibility for ‘serious failings’ in department

Leo Varadkar, who will be asked to debate the issue. Photograph: Alan Betson

John Kelly wants ‘feasibility’ of reopening accident and emergency service considered

Fianna Fáil leader  Micheál Martin  keep an eye on any announcements of future electoral intentions by the party’s Senators. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

TDs to decide over the summer if they are going to contest the next general election

Ivana Bacik: said the Minister for Foreign Affairs should be invited to the House when it resumed in September for a debate on the situation in the Middle East

Government urged to play its part in securing permanent ceasefire

Mary Lou McDonald: accused the Tánaiste of “a limp and lily-livered’’ response to the issue ,

Tánaiste rejects Opposition demand for special debate

Minister  of State Kathleen Lynch: “It is the first step along the way to ensuring that all our citizens have GP cover.”    Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Minister accepts amendment lifting ‘gagging clause’ on GPs

An Israeli soldier prays today next to an Israeli self-propelled 155mm howitzer belonging to an artillery unit deployed at an unspecified location next to the Israeli border with Gaza. Photograph: Atef Safadi/EPA

Tánaiste rejects demand for special debate

Minister for Communications Alex White has told the Dáil a public consultation on broadband will take place next year. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Minister for Communications tells Dáil areas of need will be mapped in autumn

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