Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has reacted strongly to Minister for Environment Alan Kelly’s description of his recent remarks on water legislation as “silly”.

Minister for Health says he ‘simply stated the facts’ when asked about water legislation

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly criticised Minister for Health Leo Varadkar, for “silly” remarks and for “lecturing” people on the consequences of the legislation not being passed. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Marie Louise O’Donnell appealed for ‘watertight’ guarantee against privatisation

Tánaiste Joan Burton:  said it was a ‘terrible tragedy to visit a family and I sympathise with them’. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Tánaiste tells Dáil she was ‘aware of the case since late on Sunday’ when she received phone call from Minister of Health

 Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly said: “Some comments made previously earlier on in the week by a colleague of mine were unnecessary and probably silly, to be frank - you know, lecturing people as regards the consequences of what happens if they don’t pass this legislation.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Alan Kelly criticises Leo Varadkar for ‘silly’ remarks and ‘lecturing’ people

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said the country is now ‘in a slightly different position’ on the timing of a possible referendum on abortion law followingthe case of a pregnant woman on life support.

Taoiseach says he will not have ‘knee-jerk reaction’ to pregnancy case

Ruth Coppinger TD:  said it was “absolutely ludicrous” to suggest there was a consensus in the House against privatisation of water services. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Government backbencher warns Irish Water ‘far easier’ to privatise than any other State structure

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly says it is not his “intention to see any form of bonus culture in Irish Water”. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

FF’s Cowen claims Minister putting action on bonus payments ‘on the long finger’

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has withdrawn controversial comments that documents relating to the bank guarantee had “disappeared behind radiators”. Photograph: Getty

Micheál Martin challenged him to have the ‘basic decency to withdraw slur’

The Taoiseach has said Gerry Adams won’t allow Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness do a deal on Northern Ireland. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

North’s Deputy First Minister rejects claims in Dáil as ‘laughable’

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