Independent Senator David Norris has criticised what he called a ‘surreptitious attempt’ to make ‘savage cuts’ to the salaries of ushers in Leinster House. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Senator alleges ‘surreptitious attempt’ to reduce pay of Oireachtas attendants

 Minister for Children James Reilly said the move should protect children from starting to smoke. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Seanad passes legislation on packaging after technical amendments from Dáil

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: he said it had been the Government’s policy to allow banks to “dictate the pace, shape and nature of arrangements”. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Martin asserts it is time to ‘call a halt’ on policy of giving banks veto over those in difficulties

O’Sullivan appeals to Kenny to act on swimming coach accused of sex abuse

Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton:  the job losses were “a reminder to us that every day is a battle”. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Company believes it has ‘strong future’ in Coolock, despite redundancies

Taoiseach Enda Kenny, who said there was a very high level of co-operation between the Garda and the PSNI. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Gerry Adams claims politicians who verbally attack Sinn Féin ‘very quiet’ about bomb

Independent TD Maureen O’Sullivan has called for the Government to seek the extradition of a “notorious” swimming coach accused of multiple cases of sex abuse. Photograph: Eric Luke

Maureen O’Sullivan appeals to Taoiseach to reopen case of coach living in USA

Bewley’s Cafe in Grafton Street. The famous coffee shop closed for a six-month refurbishment.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

€1.5m rent forces restaurant to downsize, and simplify – but there will be table service

Cllr Shay Brennan has the edge in the Fianna Fáil Dublin South selection convention which is in his father’s old constituency where Mr Brennan senior served as a TD from 1981 until his death in 2008. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Senator Mary White and Cllr Liam Dockery competition in race for volatile constituency

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