Central Bank Governor Patrick Honohan accepts there is a lot of opposition to plans to require  homebuyers have one fifth of the  purchase price on deposit. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Final decision on controversial issue of 20 per cent deposit on houses to be addressed

Independent TD Michael Lowry has denied that a note he sent to Taoiseach Enda Kenny about reappointing his former PR adviser to the National Transport Authority was sexist and reflected cronyism. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

TD described former PR adviser as ‘bright, intelligent and not bad looking’

The Dail Chamber.  TDs  will always expect to receive or make phone calls of a highly or sensitive nature.

Analysis: Valid reasons why Oireachtas members shouldn’t have call records monitored

The Central Bank Act 1942 have statutorily prohibited the bank from disclosing a huge array of confidential documents

Banking inquiry Bill will allow only very limited scope in using information

Colm O Gorman, Mary Murphy, Tom Arnold  and Michael Mc Dowell at the Convention on the Constitution in February 2014. Photogaph: Cyril Byrne

People to vote on same-sex marriage and age of eligibility for presidential candidates

Who of today’s strong performers could become tomorrow’s political figureheads?

Mick Wallace: The system is broken. Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

Garda whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe submits new dossier on penalty points

Irish Water says the  changes announced last November “have had no net impact Irish Water’s total income”.   Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney

Leaked EU Commission report expressed concerns over independence of the body

The European Commission is critical of the significant changes made to the water charging structure introduced by Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly.    Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Report expresses fears that cuts create ‘uncertainty’ over Irish Water’s finances

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