Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: he commissioned Dr Don Thornhill, a former public servant, to conduct a review of the tax

It is understood report from Dr Don Thornhill does not favour any specific way to deal with changes to tax

Chairman of the Low Pay Commission Donal de Buitléir, Tánaiste Joan Burton and Taoiseach Enda Kenny during the official launch of the commission’s report on the national minimum wage at Seán O’Casey Community Centre, East Wall, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Low Pay Commission chairman says there is ‘a possibility’ that hours may be reduced

Businessman Des Richardson. File photograph: Eric Luke

Businessman Des Richardson established Galway Races event during Ahern years

The Collins Institute called for a ‘public sector remuneration commission’.

Independent body would recommend pension levels and ways to increase productivity

Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern leaves Leinster House yesterday following his appearance at the Oireachtas  banking inquiry. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Tax relief for construction led to property bubble, claims former taoiseach

 Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern leaving the banking inquiry. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Banking inquiry: Former leader claims Mahon tribunal was reason for resignation

Former taoiseach speaking before the Oireachtas banking inquiry on Thursday

Live: Former taoiseach says his governments did not squander Celtic Tiger boom

The Taoiseach told the parliamentary party meeting on Wednesday night that a lot of work remained to be done before the election. Photograph: Getty Images

Party intends to have selection conventions completed by beginning of October

Anne Ferris’s application to rejoin  Labour’s parliamentary party  was agreed unanimously, and she is likely to stand for Labour in the general election. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

TD lost whip over vote on motion calling for abortions in case of fatal foetal abnormality

Dermot McCarthy appearing at the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry on Wednesday, July 15th, 2015. Photograph: Oireachtas TV

Dermot McCarthy, top civil servant during FF-led governments, at inquiry

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny  and his wife Fionnuala voting in the Local and European election’s at the polling station in St. Anthony’s national school, Castlebar, Co Mayo last year. Photograph: Keith Heneghan

Speculation rife over date of next general election

Utility company takes in €30 million for first three months of 2015 as 46% pay the bill

Company takes in €30 million for first three months of 2015

Taoiseach Enda Kenny arrives for a meeting in Brussels of the leaders of the 19 countries that use the euro currency, on July 12th, 2015. Photograph: Jean-Christophe Verhaegen/AFP/Getty Images

Involvement of IMF, establishment of €50bn fund were ‘main sticking points’ of discussion

A woman burns the flag of the ruling party Syriza, while surrounded by journalists, in front of the Greek parliament in Athens during an anti-EU demonstration in Athens on Monday. Photograph: Louise Gouliamak/AFP/Getty

Street protests as negotiations on a third bailout for Greece will take at least four weeks, eurogroup predicts

 Enda Kenny: “It is important to keep in mind what Europe and the euro zone is about.” Photograph: Jean-Christophe Verhaegen/AFP/Getty Images

Europe must not look back in 10 years’ time and realise it could have saved situation

 Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: said to have attempted to keep discussions going at fraught times during Saturday evening’s meeting of euro zone finance ministers. File Photograph: EPA

Irish stance is that Greece must stay in euro with no debt writedown

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras faces a battle to contain a rebellion in his Syriza party should he agree a three-day deadline to adopt austerity measures and keep Greece in the euro.  Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

Enda Kenny says Greek government must demonstrate it is serious about reform

German finance minister  Wolfgang Schäuble  arrives at  a euro group meeting in Brussels, Belgium, on the fate of Greece, on July 11th, 2015. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Finnish threat leaves bailout talks in Brussels on knife edge

Minister for Finance Michael  Noonan struck a hopeful note that agreement in Europe over  Greece can be reached and said he was entering Saturday’s meeting in Brussels “on the basis that it will be possible to put a sustainable medium term programme in place”. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

Kenny says he remains hopeful third bailout programme will be approved

Frances Fitzgerald said: “the new provision for independent review by the courts is an important reform to protect distressed mortgage-holders.” File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Review process will only apply where debts were built up before start of 2015

Joan Burton described events at Clerys as “predatory capitalism”. She said she would “use every legal avenue to vindicate the State and taxpayers’ rights”

Burton may need legal go-ahead for plan for senior civil servant to sit on committee

Former taoiseach Brian Cowen said legislation should be changed to ensure former senior politicians did not get pension increases. Photograph: Brian Lawless

Former taoiseach speaks as Kenny calls on ex-ministers to decline increase in payment

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern’s €134,000 a year pension will increase by €2,000. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Bertie Ahern and Brian Cowen will benefit from Howlin’s new pay and pensions deal

Interior of the  Learjet 45 aircraft at Casement Aerodrome in Baldonnel. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

Taoiseach collected after meeting councillors and opening constituency office

Finance minister Michael Noonan said:  “There were no specific demands for haircuts and I know from previous meetings it wouldn’t be acceptable to any of the other countries.” Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

Greek government is expected to submit a written bailout proposal on Wednesday

All 28 European Union leaders are due to meet next Sunday to discuss support for Greece. Photograph:   Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Merkel says finance available if Greek proposals ‘satisfactory’

Richard Boyd Barrett TD and Ruth Coppinger TD,  with activist Michella Russell (left), at a press conference announcing details of an anti-water charges protest outside the Dáil on Wednesday, July 1st, at 6pm. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Still not known exactly how many people have paid their first bills to semi-state

 Minister for Health Leo Varadkar,   writing in Wednesday’s Irish Times,  says serious questions about the level of funding for healthcare must be answered if the country aspires to an adequate health system. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Health says serious questions about health funding must be answered

Irish Water managing director John Tierney. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Householders who register with company by today’s deadline will qualify for allowance

 People wait in line to withdraw cash from an ATM after Greece closed its banks. Photograph:  Milos Bicanski/Getty Images

Taoiseach urges Syriza-led government to return to negotiations

Universal health insurance  would abolish Ireland’s existing two-tier system with a single tier system by effectively making everyone a private patient Photograph: Andrew Wong/Reuters

Report casts doubt on viability of Government health plan as costs far higher than thought

 Seán Haughey: surprisingly defeated by Deirdre Heney at the Fianna Fáil convention for the Dublin Bay North constituency.   Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

TD Peter Fitzpatrick decides to run for Fine Gael after previously ruling himself out

Eoghan Ó Neachtain assisting German chancellor Angela Merkel in  Dublin in 2008. Photograph: Eric Luke

Spokesman worked for Bertie Ahern, Brian Cowen and Enda Kenny

Tánaiste’s comments make sharpening of Coalition rhetoric in Greek crisis

Peter Fitzpatrick had suggested he could run for a different part amid rumours of Fine Gael putting an extra candidate forward in Louth. File photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Louth TD reconsidered announcement after meeting with Taoiseach Enda Kenny

Fine Gael TD John Deasy: has pushed for Enterprise Ireland to assess the underutilised harbours. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Enterprise Ireland must promote business, says Fine Gael TD John Deasy

There is some concern in the Coaltion that the improvements in direct provision system, as well as a recovering economy, could make Ireland a destination country for immigrants. Photograph: Getty Images

Fitzgerald: Numbers arriving via UK has potential to exert pressure on services

Sinn Féin sources said a blog called ‘An Rebel Óg’, which criticised Cork East TD Sandra McLellan and the party generally, was included in the review.

Party not saying why Cllr Kieran McCarthy expelled and Cllr Melissa Mullane suspended

Scene at  D’Olier  Street during 1916

Dublin location favoured as thousands expected at centrepiece Easter Saturday function

Sinn Féin’s ard comhairle on Sunday agreed to expel Cork county councillor Kieran McCarthy (above) and suspend Melissa Mullane, also a Cork county councillor. Photograph: Sinn Féin

Party not saying why Cllr Kieran McCarthy expelled and Cllr Melissa Mullane suspended

Mary Mitchell O’Connor won the Fine Gael selection convention in Dún Laoghaire: The party has now held 18 conventions and picked 11 female candidates. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Party strategists say FF will have to add higher number of women to election tickets

One of the aims of the capital spending plan will be to try and make more land suitable for private housing development to help with the housing crisis, especially around Dublin.

Capital investment plan to fund development projects with at least one substantial scheme

Independent TD Mick Wallace said Nama “cherry picked” its best properties to be sold to American “vulture funds”.  Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Wexford deputy claims ‘cartel’ exists in Dublin rental market

Motorists caught driving while disqualified from the road can be arrested on the spot under new powers available to An Garda Síochána from next week.

New measures to take effect from Monday means drivers could face court on same day

The proposals from Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin are in response to the findings of the Mahon tribunal. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

New public service standards commissioner would replace Sipo and have greater powers

St Luke’s in Drumcondra, Dublin,  the constituency office of former taoiseach Bertie Ahern. Fianna Fáil has finalised a deal to sell  St Luke’s for almost €180,000 above the asking price. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil finalises deal on Bertie Ahern’s former constituency base in Drumcondra

Fianna Fáil leader Michéal Martin. A Fianna Fáil spokesman said all of its fundraising for 2014 came under the €1,500 limit, above which donations must be publicly declared.

Fine Gael raised most money in 2014 with all funds coming from TDs and MEPs

Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Fine Gael and Labour are said to be preparing  individual general election packages, to protect each party from being outflanked on key issues. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Senior figures in both Coalition parties insist vote will not be held before February 2016

The resignation of  Garda commissioner Martin  Callinan (above) in March 2014 caused a political storm. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Parties have 21 days to object to inquiry’s findings on resignation of Garda chief

The Fennelly Commission is investigating the taping of phone calls at Garda stations and is due to produce an interim report on Martin Callinan’s resignation.   File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Report is being sent to interested parties on Thursday

Committee TDs and senators will decide today on whether to call in FAI chief executive John Delaney. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

FAI chief tells them he disclosed everything necessary about Fifa payment, TDs say

The final terms of reference for the IBRC inquiry allows for the investigation of “whether the Minister for Finance (Michael Noonan) or his department was kept informed” of transactions. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Judge sought to head up inquiry as judge Iarfliath O’Neill ruled out

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald said on Monday the investigation would be worthless without examining the role of the department and the Minister. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Taoiseach says commission of investigation into IBRC transactions would be independent

The guidelines will apply across print, broadcast and online and will set out thresholds that specify how many shares or holdings are needed to be able to influence the “direction or policy . . . with regard to news, current affairs or cultural content”. Photograph: Getty Images

Rules say it is ‘undesirable’ for one person to possess excessive influence

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Mr Kenny has said that his focus when calling a general election will be on whether the Coalition has completed their programme for government. File  photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Taoiseach claims main factor is whether Government has completed its objectives

Independent TD Catherine Murphy  outside the Department of Finance after meeting  Minister for Finance Michael Noonan  about the IBRC inquiry. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Cabinet to sign off on terms of reference

Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the North-South Ministerial Council press conference at Dublin Castle on Friday with Tánaiste Joan Burton and Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Tánaiste and Labour leader likes to talk things out. That’s the way she is, says colleague

The Government has shelved plans to reduce the higher rate of income tax in favour of cuts to the unpopular Universal Social Charge in the pre-election budget. Photograph: Getty Images

Taoiseach and Tánaiste indicate policy change to frame final budget before election

 Minister for Finance Michael Noonan. The Government announced last night that the inquiry into IBRC has been upgraded to a Commission of Investigation.   Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Coalition denies Opposition claims of u-turn after upgrading investigation

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan at his press conference in Government Buildings this evening. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Inquiry will examine any transactions involving loss to taxpayer of €10 million or more

Catherine Murphy is surrounded by the media after leaving the Four Courts on Tuesday after the High Court clarified that  The Irish Times, RTÉ and other media can report comments by Murphy in the Dáil about businessman Denis O’Brien’s financial affairs. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Scrutiny of IBRC transactions entitled to examine rates charged to large borrowers

Former Tánaiste and Labour leader Eamon Gilmore is set to retire from politics at the next general election. Photograph: Frank Miller

Statement announces he will not contest Dún Laoghaire selection convention

Denis  O’Brien secured an injunction preventing RTÉ from broadcasting a report on the substance of the subject at the centre of Catherine Murphy’s comments. That order was also directed at any person or media outlet on notice of it, including The Irish Times.

Joe Costello glad The Irish Times and RTÉ seeking court permission to report Dáil statement

Catherine Murphy: her comments in the Dáil were published on the Oireachtas website. Photograph: Alan Betson

Independent TD did not abuse privilege when commenting about Dennis O’Brien

Denis  O’Brien secured an injunction preventing RTÉ from broadcasting a report on the substance of the subject at the centre of Independent TD Catherine Murphy’s comments. That order was also directed at any person or media outlet on notice of it, including The Irish Times. Photograph: The Irish Times

‘Irish Times’ and RTÉ seek to publish privileged Dáil comments by Independent TD Catherine Murphy

Businessman Denis O’Brien. File photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Injunction preventing RTÉ broadcast also directed at other media outlets

Minister for Children James Reilly has established a group to examine the issue of childcare, and it is due to issue its final report by the end of June. File photograph: Frank Perry/AFP/Getty Images

Coalition mulls childcare cost measures with lower income groups paying less

Public service staff are expected to receive a boost in earnings of about €1,000 next year under a pay restoration deal being finalised.

Similar pay boost for State employees on the table for 2017

Sale of the 25% stake will yield about €400 million for the State, but any investment will be in the form of public-private partnerships. Photograph: The Irish Times

Sale of Republic’s 25% stake in national carrier to be brought before Dáil Éireann

Despite late assurances by Aer Lingus that it did not envisage compulsory redundancies or outsourcing, the company’s two main unions will opose the deal. Photograph: The Irish Times

National carrier unions, Impact and Siptu, to oppose IAG offer despite assurances on jobs

Aer Lingus chief executive Stephen Kavanagh has told the Minister for Transport he does not foresee compulsory redundancies or outsourcing of jobs in the event of IAG buying the Government’s 25 per cent stake in the company.  File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Aer Lingus ‘does not foresee’ redundancies or outsourcing in IAG deal

The Cabinet has agreed to sell the State’s 25 per cent stake in Aer Lingus.   Fine Gael and Labour believe they have won significant concessions from IAG in relation to the proposal.

Aer Lingus ‘does not foresee’ redundancies or outsourcing in IAG deal

Tánaiste Joan Burton and Taoiseach Enda Kenny in the courtyard at Dublin Castle for the results of the referendum on marriage equality. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny hails outcome as ‘pioneering leadership’ from Ireland

Yes voters celebrate at the central count centre at Dublin Castle on Saturday. The young could easily identify with the cause. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Same-sex marriage campaign is cool; workaday politics not so much

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald, Tánaiste Joan Burton and Taoiseach Enda Kenny celebrate the confirmation of the Yes result in the Same-sex Marriage Referendum at Dublin Castle on May 23rd, 2015. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Signal sent on gay rights will be ‘heard loudly across the living world’, says Taoiseach

Eamon Gilmore at the count centre in the RDS. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Former tánaiste championed same-sex marriage issue when he was Labour leader

Belle Horgan (7 months) from Dublin at the RDS. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Young were given something they could believe in – campaign for and vote for

Linda Cullen and Feargha Ni Bhroan with their twin five-year-old children, Tess and Rosa, after voting in Monkstown polling station, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Same-sex marriage supporters boosted by massive younger voter engagement

Polling stations are set to close after the referendums and byelection in Ireland on May 22nd, 2015. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Polls shut at 10pm as returning officers in Dublin expect 70% showing in some areas

Independent Senator  Fidelma Healy Eames  at a press conference organised by the No side in the same-sex marriage referendum. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Campaigners are in favour of constitutional protection that stops short of marriage

The part of the same-sex marriage referendum ballot paper where voters will mark either Yes or No. The full wording of the amendment is also published on the ballot paper.

Know where to go, what the ballot looks like, and don’t risk a fine or spoiling your vote

Sinn Féin says people with a disability are more than twice as likely to be unemployed, and greater efforts must be made to allow those who want to work to do so

Sinn Féin to launch policy documents in coming weeks

Which way? Yes and No posters on Merrion Street, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

On eve of broadcast-moratorium campaigners believe people have made up their minds

Minister for Communications  and Labour Party director of elections  Alex White   puts up a poster urging a Yes vote in the same-sex marriage referendum. Mr White has said there will be ‘no constraint’ on teaching if the referendum passes. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Campaigners also reject constitutional recognition in case of No in referendum

Minister for Communications Alex White said: “There is a long way to go until the general election. I’m not going to make the obvious point - but maybe I will: the only poll is the one that takes place next February or March.” File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Poll shows party stagnant at 7% support - while Fine Gael up four points to 28%

Fianna Fáil justice spokesman Niall Collins said the party would be emailing all members asking them to vote, as well as encouraging others in their social circle to do so. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Almost 66,000 voters have been added to the electoral register ahead of referendum

A spokeswoman for the Fennelly Commission has said it hopes to distribute its interim report on the resignation of Martin Callinan (above) as Garda commissioner by the end of the month. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Fennelly Commission report on former Garda chief stepping down due by month's end

A source confirmed that “strengthened measures” for industrial relations were being discussed. Photograph: Getty Images

Proposal geared to reduce days lost through disputes if future changes are implemented

Waterford Fine Gael TD John Deasy was told the Department of Finance did not contact the stock exchange or the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement about  increased share activity.

PAC questions officials on sale of company to Denis O’Brien’s Millington

The Department of Finance had no records relating to Siteserv until after its sale by the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation to businessman Denis O’Brien.

Officials asked if they had inquired about increased share activity before sale

Senator  Ronan Mullen said the organisations received almost €15 million from Atlantic Philanthropies in recent years. Photograph:  Cyril Byrne

Ronan Mullen accuses philanthropist of ‘bankrolling social change’ over same-sex marriage vote

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan. File photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Revised package announced by Ministers

 Fianna Fáil leader Michael Martin with Carlow-Kilkenny byelection candidate Bobby Aylward at the Fianna Fáil Ardfheis in  Dublin last month. Photograph:  Stephen Collins/Collins

Fine Gael confident that former stalwart Phil Hogan’s seat can be held by David Fitzgerald

Renua Ireland president Eddie Hobbs said it was difficult for new parties to get up and running, indeed it was “near, but not quite, impossible”. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Email tells potential backers Carlow-Kilkenny byelection ‘crucial’ to embryonic party

Accord’s president Bishop Denis Nulty said in a statement he was “very disappointed that Tusla has made this funding decision.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Claims Tusla decision linked to Accord’s opposition to same-sex marriage is rejected

Labour’s  Willie Penrose has championed  the plan which has been backed by the parliamentary party.

Reduction in term from three years to one is not part of Coalition mortgage package

Government sources say  a high proportion of cases where  people in mortgage arrears end up in court happen because borrowers are afraid to respond to their banks. File photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

UK charity will encourage homeowners to avoid court by engaging with lenders

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin: his department will outline the “fiscal space” the Government has for a deal on public service pay. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Government has earmarked between €250m and €300m for pay restoration

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