Irish Water will ask people to “self report” on medical conditions, which will allow them reduce their water charges bill, the Dáil has heard.

Regulator will rule shortly that those on boil water notices will not have to pay - Tánaiste

Socialist Party TD Clare Daly has congratulated Simon Coveney on his additional appointment as Minister for Defence as well has having responsibility for Agriculture, the Marine and Food. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Daly compliments two potential leaders of Fine Gael

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney accompanied by Lt Col Dennis Harrington (left) Officer Commanding at a review of the 46th Infantry Group, who are due to be deployed with the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force in the Golan Heights. Photograph: Eric Luke /The Irish Times

Government has not yet decided ‘definitely’ to deploy more troops to Golan Heights

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Former minister says the GSOC cannot ‘simply wash their hands’ about leak to newspaper

Senator Jillian van Turnhout: thanked hotels and venues   on both sides of the Border that had  refused to host the so-called toddlers and tiaras beauty pageants. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

He was not saying ‘not in my back yard . . . but our back yard is full’

Enda Kenny moves writ for Friday poll to replace ‘Ming’ Flanagan and Brian Hayes

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar is expected to publish abortion regulations on Friday, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has told the Dáil.

Ruth Coppinger calls for debate on Ms Y’s ‘horrific ordeal’

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter has called for the Garda Ombudsman (GSOC) commissioners to be sacked. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Frances Fitzgerald asks GSOC publish its ‘bugging’ report ‘in the public interest’

Independent Senator Jillian van Turnhout has welcomed the decision of US beauty pageant organisers to cancel their contest in Belfast planned for this coming Saturday. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Jillian van Turnhout describes move as s a victory for ’common sense and people power’

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