Lucinda Creighton, leader of Renua Ireland,  during the party’s first think-in in Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Party tries to inject some adrenaline into comatose concept with Dublin event

 Lucinda Creighton and Declan Ganley at a Renua Ireland think-in in Wood Quay, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Declan Ganley urges party not to shy away from big ideas at first think-in in Dublin

Enda Kenny: got his “spake” in first without his detractors being in a position to challenge his version of events. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Report’s unwieldy format could be seen as a master class in ‘dark arts of spin’

Exchequer returns for August show that tax receipts for the first eight months of the year came to €27.3bn. Photograph: Getty Images

Latest exchequer returns indicate that revenue almost €1.4bn ahead of projections

Tom Moloney, Tom Treacy and Ollie Robinson, former hurlers and committee members of Tynagh Abbey-Duniry GAA Club. Photograph: The Irish Times

The sport is huge here but All-Ireland glory has proved elusive, writes Harry McGee

Minister for Foreign Affairs  Charlie Flanagan: “A collapse of the institutions will undoubtedly result in a vacuum.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Charlie Flanagan says North’s parties must focus on principles of Belfast Agreement

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan said “nobody believes the IRA has disbanded”.  File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Comments reflect Government sentiment SF must deal with issue in more expansive way

Cllrs Sean Haughey and Deirdre Heney  at the recent FF Dublin Bay North selection convention. There is major division in party  over whether Mr Haughey should be added to ticket. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Party says it is confident it will meet the 30 per cent gender quota for upcoming election

Migrants rush into Serbia over the border with Macedonia last week. Fianna Fáil spokesman on Europe Timmy Dooley criticised Minister’s refusal to step up  response to the crisis.  Photograph: Darko Vojinovic/AP Photo

FF says Government’s unwillingness to receive more than 600 ‘unacceptable’

Independent TD Clare Daly. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Clare Daly criticises internal investigations into complaints against senior officer

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan said it seemed clear to him that a solution would not be found within Northern Ireland and that some form of talks involving both governments would be required. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minister believes crisis will not end until Sinn Féin ensures IRA is ‘put out of business’

Harry McGee and Gerry Hanlon on the walk at the Ridge of Capard in the Slieve Blooms. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

Forage with Wild Food Mary, dine at the gorgeous 17th-century Roundwood House and discover a lost village in the Slieve Blooms: La(...)

Lucinda Creighton launched Renua’s policy on public procurement at the Dáil yesterday. Photograph: Sara Freund

Government spends about €13 million a year on goods from private sector providers

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

State’s low carbon Bill lacks binding goals and will not achieve the EU’s 2020 targets

Renua Ireland leader Lucinda Creighton has called on the Oireachtas banking inquiry to be reconvened immediately to deal with the evidence of the former chief executive of the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (IBRC). Photograph: Dave Meehan.

TD says Mike Aynsley claim that department wanted asset sold to lower bidder a ‘bombshell’

Michael Lowry: TD spent most of his allowance on PR and consultancy in the second half  of 2014. Photograph: Courts Collins

PR and consultancy fees, opinion polls and entertainment among TDs’ expenditure

Judge Patrick McCartan outside Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. Photograph: Collins Courts

Patrick McCartan was a left-wing politician and principal of a criminal law practice

Brian Ó Domhnaill: investigation on hold for three years after he launched a legal challenge. Photograph: Alan Betson

Former councillor Brian Ó Domhnaill argued those hearing case should be bilingual

During the Mahon tribunal in 2008, Gráinne Carruth admitted sterling amounts had been lodged to accounts associated with then taoiseach Bertie Ahern. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Former secretary of Bertie Ahern buys Fianna Fáil building to use as family home

Joseph Curtin of the IIEA pictured speaking at the Leadership From in Climate Smart Agriculture held in the RDS on Thursday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Survey shows that vast majority of experts believe State should take a leadership role

 Gerard Craughwell:  third senatorial call in as many years for summer meeting.  Photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

Gerard Craughwell wants Upper House to discuss Eurostat ruling on Irish Water

Cllr James Charity was being lined up to run in the Galway West constituency for Renua but will now revert to running as an Independent. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

James Charity quits over Lucinda Creighton’s party’s ‘U-turn’ on water charges

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan being questioned about  Irish Water at the launch of Activate Capital. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Eurostat decision is just the latest in a long line of setbacks for the controversial utility

 John Tierney managing director of Irish Water. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A chronological look at the utility from setup to Eurostat ruling

Retired Supreme Court judge Nial Fennelly is chairing the commission. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Commission investigating Martin Callinan’s retirement and phone recordings in stations

Lucinda Creighton, party leader of Renua, launches a ten point plan for ‘Collaring the White Collar Criminals’ in front of Leinster House. Photograph: Sara Freund / The Irish Times

Lucinda Creighton unveils policy paper to tackle white collar crime

The total paid by the Exchequer to non-party members of the Dáil and Seanad in 2014 was €812,989 - €563,859 to TDs and €249,000 to non-party members of the Seanad. Photograph: Thinkstock

Standards in Public Office Commission says 39 complaints were made last year

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald has withdrawn a request for the Public Accounts Committee to reconvene urgently for a discussion on a land deal involving National Assets Management Agency. Photograph: Aidan Crawley.

Sinn Féin removes statement from website claiming agency involved in ‘off market’ deal

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton with Government Ministers at the final Cabinet meeting before the summer recess in Lissadell House, Sligo. Photograph: The Irish Times

Homeowners assured by Minister for Finance that property tax will be frozen in 2017

Leaders confirmed they would advocate a return to power for the Coalition. Photograph: The Irish Times

Kenny and Burton say Labour and Fine Gael will go to people on their own manifestos

Ministers Michael Noonan and Alex White prior to the final Cabinet meeting at Lissadell House, Sligo before the summer recess. Photograph: The Irish Times

Goodwill garnered over bailout exit and recovery impaired by unexpected events

The Government has nominated High Court judge Ms Justice Iseult O’Malley for appointment to the Supreme Court

Richard Humphreys and Tony O’Connor nominated as judges of the High Court

Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD and Government Ministers meeting Edward Walsh his wife Constance Cassidy and their children at Lissadell House, Sligo. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Noonan pledges ‘no sudden shocks’ as Cabinet meets in Lissadell House

Labour has dismissed FG strategist Frank Flanney’s MacGill Summer School proposal of  a joint campaign for the general election. Photograph: The Irish Times

Negative reaction to Frank Flannery suggestion as Ministers reject unified platform

Tánaiste Joan Burton with Sinn Féin’s Padraig Mac Lochlainn and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin at the MacGill Summer School in Glenties. Photograph: North West Newspix

Burton says Coalition has worked well while Martin expects ‘negative’ Fine Gael campaign

Cllr Jackie  Cahill, a former president of the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association, was the surprise winner of the selection convention

Successful candidates lost out in earlier selection convention to Cllr Jackie Cahill

Micheál Martin said his predecessors as Fianna Fáil leader, Bertie Ahern and Brian Cowen, had given evidence that was “strong and robust and also matter of fact”. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill /The Irish Times

Bertie Ahern and Brian Cowen gave ‘strong and robust’ evidence, says Martin

Tánaiste Joan Burton responded to comments comparing the Coalition to a “bad marriage” at MacGill Summer School. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Tánaiste says any disagreements have not impacted Coalition’s effectiveness

Renua leader Lucinda Creighton has described criticisms of tribunals of inquiry made by former taoiseach Bertie Ahern as a “bit rich”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Renua set to launch new policy paper on white collar crime later this week

Fine Gael and Labour’s best chance of re-election would be to contest the general election as a government and not as individual parties, political strategist Frank Flannery has said. Photograph: North West Newspix.

Strategist says despite frequent alliances in coalition, parties don’t really like each other

Kevin O’ Malley, US ambassador to Ireland, and his wife Dena, with former tánaiste Michael McDowell SC and Dr Joe Mulholland, director of the Patrick MacGill Summer School at the opening in Glenties, Co Donegal on Sunday night

MacGill Summer School: Former tánaiste says next ceann comhairle by secret ballot

Green Party leader  Eamon Ryan: “What we have now is a situation where even traditional Gaeltacht areas are declining.”   Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Green Party says Irish could be all but extinct in a generation

Colm McCarthy at Leinster House.  Photograph: Collins

Economist speaks at ‘Working for the Best, Preparing for the Worst’ session

 A protester is led away from the Dáil entrance during anti-water charge protests last night. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Opposition launches scathing attack on payment levels of just 43% of customers

Mick Wallace: Further questions focus on Project Eagle, the £1.2bn sale of a NI property portfolio. Photograph: The Irish Times

Independent TD Mick Wallace makes four additional accusations concerning agency

Mick Wallace: the Wexford TD has played a game of very pointed questions, asked in the Dáil under parliamentary privilege. Photograph: Eric Luke

Most serious of TD’s statements was that official demanded cash from developer

Elizabeth Arnett of Irish Water and  Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly insisted  Irish Water  was  on target, even though both studiously refused to say what those targets are.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Analysis: All ‘on track’ for Irish Water, say Arnett and Kelly, despite the icebergs

Chief executive of the National Asset Management Agency Brendan McDonagh who has asked gardaí to investigate claims about the agency made in the Dáil by Independent TD Mick Wallace.

Wallace alleges Nama did not enforce guarantees provided by barristers and bankers

Mick Wallace has made new  allegations under Dáil privilege  relating to the National Assets Management Agency.

Independent TD has described that State-owned property firm as ‘secret society’

Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos talks with ministers and Syriza lawmakers attends a parliamentary session in Athens. Photograph: Reuters

Agreement represents big political setback for Sinn Féin which chained itself to Syriza

A Coalition poll has shown a  12-point increase in positive sentiment among the 23-34 age group. Photograph: Getty Images

Poll results are seen as encouraging for Fine Gael and Labour’s election prospects

Minister for Communications Alex White: Conradh na Gaeilge said the Eircode problem was acknowledged by Mr White’s department earlier this year. Photograph: Alan Betson

Conradh na Gaeilge claims up to 50,000 gaps for place names in Irish language

 Mick Wallace: used Dáil privilege to reveal a northern politician or party may have been the intended beneficiary of a £7m sum lodged in an offshore account. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

TD says information will back his call for new inquiry

Pensioners reach for their queue numbers outside of the National Bank of Greece, as they wait to withdraw their benefits. Photograph: Andreas Solaro/ AFP/Getty Images

If a deal is agreed, it will be seen as a betrayal by some Syriza supporters.

A Palestinian child sits in front of the rubble of buildings which were destroyed in the summer of 2014 in the southern Gaza Strip.

Dr Mads Gilbert claims brutality of assaults on Gaza has increased over years

In a leaked email that caused embarrassment to the Labour leadership, party whip Emmet Stagg expressed the view that the policy initiative of his party leader was a “bad decision”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Very mixed views in party on Joan Burton’s policy over job activation measure

The Taoiseach suggested that some reforms in relation to the functions of the Seanad be proceeded with, as recommended by a working group chaired by former senator Maurice Manning. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Taoiseach Enda Kenny suggests reform in EU legislation and public policy consultation

Emmet Stagg: “I simply fail to see how cutting the income of the very ones who are making a real effort to improve the lot of their families and themselves helps.”

Labour whip’s private views on changes to scheme different from Joan Burton’s

Fianna Fáil’s candidate  for Dublin North West will be Paul McAuliffe. Photograph:  Conor McCabe

Councillor was elected unopposed after the other nominee, Laura Reid, withdrew

Dick Spring, who last night said he had made contact with Alan Curran. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

James Curran was a passenger in the other car involved in Co Tipperary collision 30 years ago

British prime minister David Cameron greets Taoiseach Enda Kenny outside 10 Downing street on Thursday for a bilateral meeting. Photograph: EPA

Cameron and Kenny express determination to implement NI Stormont House Agreement

Taoiseach  Enda Kenny is greeted by British Prime Minister David Cameron  on the steps of 10 Downing Street  ahead of their meeting. Photograph: Niklas Halle’n/AFP/Getty Images

Leaders discuss economic situation and ‘legacy issues’ relating to Northern Ireland

Taoiseach Enda Kenny (left) with British prime minister David Cameron during  a press conference at 10 Downing Street in London. Mr Kenny expressed surprise and disappointment at the tone of the article written by the New York Times on the Berkeley tragedy that portrayed Irish students on J1 visas in the United States in a negative light. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire.

McAleese says article showed ‘sociopathic dissociation’ from suffering of Irish families

Michael Noonan: “My great regret that Greece, which was on the cusp of recovery at the start of 2015, has now gone back into recession”

Minister says parliamentary approval for any deal would be needed in some EU countries before summer recess

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has accepted an invitation to attend a commemorative banquet to mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Presence at London event will highlight role played by Irish at battle 200 years ago

Every address in the State will be allocated a unique seven-digit code.

Some 2.2m homes and businesses to get seven-digit codes under Eircode system

The late Brian Lenihan, who died in 2011, is featured in the first of the RTÉ Legacy series. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Programme also highlights pressure of the late politician’s lack of financial expertise

Fianna Fáil finance spokesman Michael McGrath wrote earlier this week to banking inquiry chairman Ciarán Lynch contending that Denis O’Brien should appear as a witness.

Michael McGrath says businessman could provide an important contribution

Róisín Shortall said they had received queries from prospective members of the party, which will style itself as centre-left. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Róisín Shortall, Stephen Donnelly, Catherine Murphy and Katherine Zappone involved

An Irish Times Ipsos/MRBI political poll in May 2015 put  support for Independents at 24 per cent.

Analysis: It is conceivable 25% of TD’s in the next Dáil will belong to no major party

Independent TDs Catherine Murphy, Stephen Donnelly and Róisín Shortall: in talks in talks on forming a new party.

Alliance of prominent Independents would challenge potential Shane Ross grouping

New media mergers guidelines have described  a holding or voting strength of over 20 per cent as  constituting a significant interest in a media company.

Alex White says ‘media plurality is essential to the health of our democracy’

Catherine Murphy TD  outside Leinster House before the start of the debate on IBRC. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Noonan’s adjustments are to likely to appease some Opposition concerns

The Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Alan Kelly, at the publishing of   a new national strategy to reduce exposure to lead in drinking water. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Irish Water data shows that up to 200,000 homes face health risks from lead pipes

Tánaiste Joan Burton said she could conceive of no circumstances where Ireland would leave the European Union. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Tánaiste says idea of passports at Border between North and South is ‘abhorrent’

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: said to have considered some of the Opposition suggestions to be reasonable. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Minister unwilling to give ground on some demands, including earlier deadline

Sinn Féin finance spokesman Pearse Doherty proposed the Bill as a response to the current levels of variable interest rates being levied by banks on home owners. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Bill would give Central Bank new powers to set out maximum rate of interest

Businessman Denis O’Brien. The Dáil is to debate the terms of the commission of investigation into the sale of Siteserv to a company controlled by Mr O’Brien over two days. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Government agrees to discussion amid increasing pressure to wider terms of inquiry

Former chairman of the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (IBRC) Alan Dukes said the head of asset management at the bank played no part in the decision-making process around the sale of Siteserv.

‘Mislaid’ minutes show IBRC executive managing O’Brien’s loans attended meeting

Commissions of investigations came into being in 2004 when an Act of the same name passed through the Dáil. Photograph: Getty Images

Adversarial approach eschewed in effort to avoid drawn-out process, writes Harry McGee

FF and Sinn Féin urge Government to examine corporate governance issues

 Fianna Fail leader, Micheal Martin said it raised “very serious questions and it represented the Minister misleading the Dáil in a very serious way.”

Noonan denies cover-up after minutes of IBRC board meeting discovered in Department

Senator Gerard Craughwell, who became an Independent member of the Seanad in its byelection last year, has twice applied to a  group of five Independent Senators but has twice been rebuffed.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Gerard Craughwell twice applied to group of five Independents and was twice rebuffed

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

Fianna Fáil TD Bobby Aylward arrives triumphantly at the Dáil after his win in the Carlow-Kilkenny byelection, and Senator Averil Power announces her resignation from Fianna Fáil at Government Buildings. Photographs: Colin Keegan/Collins; Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Hard for Fianna Fáil to escape image its new politics is identical to its old approach

Fianna Fáil has selected a former president of the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association, Jackie Cahill (above) to contest the the new five-seat Tipperary constituency in the general election. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Ex-ICMSA president among general election candidates chosen in several constituencies

Micheal Martin,  leader of Fianna Fáil, and Senator Averil Power in 2011, during a press conference on political reform. Photograph: Gareth Chaney, Collins

Martin’s attempts at modernisation clash with the party’s conservative base

Senator Averil Power after announcing her resignation from the Fianna Fáil party. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Averil Power epitomised the renewed Fianna Fáil, but her resignation won’t scupper Micheál Martin’s leadership

Former tánaiste Eamon Gilmore  made this issue a crusade, and the Labour Party may regain some of its supporters as a result of being the most visible party during the campaign. Photograph: Alan Betson

However, it will be hard to get younger voters to be enthusiastic about the election

In setting out a timeframe that may make the first legal gay marriage in the Irish State possible by September, Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said: “I am very conscious that many couples will want to get married as soon as possible. I am working to make that happen.”  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Fitzgerald ‘very conscious that many couples will want to get married as soon as possible’

Bobby Aylward (Fianna Fáil), who won the Carlow-Kilkenny byelection, canvassing at Piltown, Co Kilkenny, during the campaign. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Sinn Féin in the frame for general election seat after securing 16% of byelection votes

There have been  mutterings about a challenge to Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin should the party not win the Carlow Kilkenny byelection. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

FF has not won a byelection since late Brian Lenihan jnr won seat vacated by his father

One online campaign during the Same-sex Marriage Referendum in Ireland build-up was the #hometovote phenomenon, which had huge purchase with emigrants. In its own way, this imaginative innovation was the perfect illustration of the way in which the Yes campaign had captured public imagination and popular support. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and YouTube now key influencers of younger supporters

Fianna Fáil’s newest TD Bobby Aylward celebrates after winning the Carlow-Kilkenny by-election. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

Fine Gael’s David Fitzgerald finishes in second place with Kathleen Funchion third

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams:   Micheál Martin said:  “It’s time for Gerry Adams to own up and come clean on the scale of cover-ups and kangaroo courts.”    Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Micheál Martin says report directly contradicts Sinn Féin claims that case had no basis

Evidence suggests that, for the first time in an Irish poll, social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have been as influential in the referendum campaign as traditional media.   Photograph:  Dado Ruvic/Reuters

Yes Equality Facebook posts had combined reach of 1.6m during last week of campaign

Alan Shatter: “The High Court decision was delivered today and I wish to read the judgment and reflect upon it.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Former minister’s challenge to parts of Guerin report dismissed on all counts

Tánaiste Joan Burton:  “I just do not see the space for an election.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Tánaiste says preference is for Government to serve full term

Labour Minister Alex White, Senator Ivana Bacik and Cllr Duncan Smith promote their #MakeItHappen campaign for a Yes vote in the same-sex marriage referendum. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill.

Joan Burton urges Yes supporters to seek out undecided friends and family

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