Vanessa Nee: sister of the late Pte Hugh Doherty who was killed in Lebanon in 1981. Photograph: Declan Doherty

’We lost friends but they lost family members,’ says soldier who served on fatal 1981 mission

Minister For Health James Reilly: care had to be taken with legislation. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Seanad acts to ban smoking in cars when children are passengers

Young deer or fawns in Dublin’s Phoenix Park.Photograph: David Sleator

Sixty one golden eagles released in Ireland since 2001 and 10 chicks reared since 2007

Independent TD John Halligan: said the man was taxed €15.70 on the €20 he earned for participating in the Tús community employment scheme in Waterford, which was an “exploitation of workers. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Burton insists employee is working for €422.20 social welfare and allowances

Mick Wallace: said rents in Dublin were going through the roof because huge numbers of apartments, including ones he developed, “have been sold en bloc as opposed to individually, for less than half the amount that it would cost to build them today”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Government ’in denial’ over housing crisis as families sleep in cars, says TD

 Minister for Health  Dr James Reilly: The ambulance service ‘is under scrutiny in a way that has never happened before. Three reviews are taking place at present with a view to further improve our ambulance service.’  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

James Reilly says would not make sense to have vehicles locked up in a depot after hours

Clare Daly: “Evidence of unlawful Garda activity towards Ian Bailey has been known by this State since 2001 and the DPP’s report.”

Taoiseach says estimate based on belief work of commission will finish this year

Independent Senator David Norris:  supported the call for a debate, and said Fianna Fáil Seanad leader Darragh O’Brien  “as a descendant of Brian Ború . . . should have declared an interest”.

Calls made in Seanad for debate on Battle of Clontarf and on possibility of rejoining Commonwealth

Minister of State Paschal Donohoe said the Attorney General was considering the requirement that in repossession proceedings a court could instruct a lending institution to ‘respect the terms of any tenancy agreement in place’. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Government rejects SF Bill to rebalance repossession rules in favour of home owner

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