Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has sponsored the Registration of Lobbying Bill 2014, which allows for a “cooling-off” period of one year. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Transparency International urges fines for officials who fail to comply with rulings

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton  after their first joint press conference in July. Coalition members in fear of losing their seats in the next election after poor opinion poll ratings.   Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Poor opinion polls and water charges leave Ministers in fear for seats

Mairia Cahill: alleges that she was raped by an IRA member in 1997 and forced to attend a republican-style court along with her alleged abuser.

Sinn Féin giving names of republicans suspected of sexual assault to gardaí

Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan started their successful book club when they presented a daytime television programme

First-time author and mother of four tweeted she was “celebrating while breastfeeding”

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: “I think is very important for Irish emigrants who are immigrants to the US ... have the right to come home and the right to travel back.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Kenny wants US president to allow stranded immigrants ‘right to travel’

Water charge protestors outside Leinster House in Dublin yesterday. Photovgraph: PA

Coalition focus is on level of charges but for many water is issue that broke camel’s back

 Tánaiste  Joan Burton says she is ‘satisfied’ Irish Water will pass Eurostat test. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Tánaiste expresses confidence as Taoiseach says Government made mistakes

Fianna Fáil TD Willie O’Dea said  by his count the Government had performed “10 U-turns” on water charges.

Analysis: The worst thing you can say about an Irish politician is they are out of touch

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has said he hopes Irish Water “amicably” follows through on a decision to not pay staff bonuses for this year given the “difficulties” at the utility company. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Siptu to meet management at utility company over decision to cancel 2014 payments

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