Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern  reported as saying Fianna Fáil’s performance was “brutal” at present. Photograph: Alan Betson

Former taoiseach says nothing should be read into comments at election meeting

Workers install water meters outside houses in Fortlawn Estate near Blanchardstown, west Dublin, earlier this year. Picture Colin Keegan/ Collins Dublin. Workers install water meters outside houses in Fortlawn Estate near Blanchardstown, west Dublin, earlier this year. Picture Colin Keegan/ Collins Dublin.

Labour says ‘substantial differences’ remain on broad outline for charges

 Angela Kerins,  former chief executive of Rehab:   Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Committee sets two- week deadline for disclosure of information from charity

Based on the Tesco advert and distorting its slogan into ‘Every Little Hurts’, the Labour Party highlighted six cuts and charges that would be imposed on citizens if Fine Gael was in Government.

Party’s pre-election advert has become a huge embarrassment, writes Harry McGee

Fine Gael’s Simon Harris talking to reporters outside Leinster House. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Fine Gael TD says announcement of amount paid to management consultant ‘concerning’

Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan: is also expected to publish the Government’s new policy strategy on climate change, which will be complementary to the legislation.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan’s Climate Action Bill has been criticised for not including targets

The Government announced that an ambitious (and controversial) plan to export wind energy from the midlands to Britain has foundered. Photograph: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Getty Images

UN panel report and foundering of wind energy plan brings neglected issue back, writes Harry McGee

Former president Mary Robinson:   ’business as usual could not just do any more’.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Former president says we have 20 years to save the world from climate change effects

Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee John McGuinness is to call a special meeting on Wednesday to discuss “very serious” issues

John McGuinness is to call a special meeting to discuss “very serious” issues

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