Former interim chief executive of Console David Hall said the charity regulator needed more power. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Services would have ‘fallen over’ without staff who worked unpaid, says David Hall

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams. File photograph: Collins

Adams says issue not about dragging Unionists into united Ireland, but a different relationship

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan has rejected Government claims that his party set over-ambitious 2020 carbon emission targets for Ireland while in office.

Eamon Ryan accuses the Government of wanting ‘to turn this green country brown’

One in Four director Maeve Lewis said the department “claims it has completely adequate child protection policies in place in Irish schools but that’s a bit of a joke”. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Decision shows department ‘does not fully accept child protection responsibilities’

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan:  said Ireland had the third-highest per capita emissions in Europe and was   only one of two EU countries  not going to meet the international commitments by 2020. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Eamon Ryan accuses Government of seeking to ‘turn this green country brown’

People Before Profit TD Bríd Smith highlighted incidents where people affected by serious illnesses receive pain relief through the use of cannabis. Photograph: Getty Images

Bríd Smith says regulation authority would be responsible for operational costs, not State

In an angry outburst during Leaders’ Questions, Green Party leader Eamon Ryan said Ireland had the third highest per capita emissions in Europe and was also only one of two countries in the EU which was not going to meet the international commitments it made to cut emissions by 2020. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister tells Eamon Ryan government had to renegotiate his 2020 target for achievable one

Minister of State for Heritage Michael Ring said the reported amount Nama is seeking for the 4,900 acres of land is “not a high price”. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Concern raised after question over planned sale of land above Glenasmole reservoir

Independent Senator Billy Lawless said 25 of the 28 EU member states provide a vote to citizens abroad and 125 countries worldwide do. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Senator Billy Lawless says Ireland must decide to embrace diaspora or ‘focus inward’

Minister for Health Simon Harris: “We will put the money in place in the budget in October.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Louise O’Reilly: Children qualifying for domiciliary care cannot wait until next year

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: supported the Taoiseach’s move to raise the concerns of Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon about Brexit

Kenny says North might in long-term ‘want to extract itself from the UK’ to join country that continued as EU member

Enda Kenny has  defended the decision by the chairman of Nama to write to the State’s ethics watchdog, two years after the agency became aware of potential ethics breaches by a member of its Northern Ireland advisory board. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Taoiseach also claims report into agency’s Project Eagle sale is ‘practically completed’

Independent Senator Michael McDowell has expressed his opposition to the proposed introduction of financial penalties for the abuse of Oireachtas privilege. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Former PD leader reminds Seanad of court action brought by Denis O’Brien

The Irish Flag at Leinster House flying at half mast in memory of the 84 victims of last week’s  Nice terror attack. A minute’s silence was observed in the Dáil on Tuesday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins.

Fianna Fáil leader says ‘France must not stop being France, Europe must not stop being Europe’

The Low Pay Commission’s recommendation that the minimum wage be increased by 10 cent an hour is disappointing, Labour leader Brendan Howlin has said.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Labour leader says Low Pay Commisison plan would mean €11.50 living wage target not hit until 2029

“Not So Green: Debunking the Myths around Irish Agriculture”  claims the amount of methane produced per head of cattle has increased in Ireland since 1990. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Report says amount of methane produced per head of cattle has increased since 1990

A 30-year-old man is in a critical condition following an assault in Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim, on Sunday. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to the attack in Carrick-on-Shannon on Sunday

Liam and MJ Conway from Wicklow enjjoy weather on   Bray Seafront on Monday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Met Éireann issues temperature warning as hottest day expected

Director of Social Justice Ireland Dr Seán Healy: said Government should focus on investing in infrastructure rather than giving tax cuts to attract ‘Brexit refugees’.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Social Justice Ireland chief in favour of €1bn spend on broadband and social housing

Fine Gael Senator Paudie Coffey criticised the water Bill, which will suspend billing on domestic water charges for nine months. Photograph:  Colin Keegan

Suspension happening because ‘Fianna Fáil over-promised on water in last election’

Minister of State Damien English: introduced the legislation which has already been passed by the Dáil

Randomly picked panel no better than selecting from a football match, Seanad hears

 Fine Gael Senator Paudie Coffey said his party’s water charges Bill was ‘essentially postponing the day’.  Photograph: Sara Freund/The Irish Times

Labour Senator asks if Minister sought Attorney General’s advice on legality of Bill

Social Democrats TD Stephen Donnelly  claimed that vulture funds “are about to pull off the largest avoidance of tax on Irish profits in the history of the State”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Social Democrats TD says tax losses to State likely to be ‘tens of billions of euro’

Responding to a question about Irish Water issuing bills to commercial customers in two local authority areas, Minister of State Damien English said the legislation to suspend charges was for domestic water charges only and that ‘it is very clear that Irish Water is here to say’. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

SF TD says move to transfer commercial water charges to utility is ‘underhanded’

Tánaiste   Frances Fitzgerald has confirmed she intends to publish legislation in the autumn which will allow for the refusal of bail for repeat offenders. File photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald confirms plan to publish Bill after Dáil’s summer recess

Micheál Martin: has called for the UK’s article 50 to be triggered sooner rather than later

Howlin says outside experts needed as many civil servants have ‘Eurocentric’ mindset

Michael Creed: “You’re into building walls and cutting off contact. I’m into improving our relations with these countries and thereby bringing pressure to bear so we can achieve our objectives”

Clare Daly says Government should use trade with Egypt to deliver human rights

Exports to China of Irish greyhounds have stopped because airlines will not transport them, Minister of State for Agriculture Andrew Doyle has said. File photograph: Getty Images/ThinkStock

Andrew Doyle says a ban by Department of Agriculture would be ineffective

Fianna Fáil TD John Lahart: “They are the voices of clients who, most disturbingly, seem to be the very last to be considered as talk of a wind-down of Console gains traction.”

Minister insists service users, patients, staff, counsellors at forefront of actions

Donegal TD Thomas Pringle said feral heifers on a farm in Co Monaghan shouls have been dealt with in a way that would not have been “as visible and as shocking for many people, to see soldiers through the fields shooting these cattle”.

Minister for Agriculture said situation was a no win one for his department

Independents4 Change TD Mick Wallace has claimed that a former ‘big player’ in Nama used insider knowledge to purchase the site of the Harcourt Street Garda control centre. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Wexford TD asks Taoiseach why Harcourt Street Garda premises sold to ‘vulture fund’

 Minister of State for Disabilities Finian McGrath called on members of the Public Accounts Committee  to question the St John of God’s executives in  wake of revelations. Photograph: Alan Betson

Gino Kenny calls for St John of God’s chief and executives receiving bonuses to resign

 Social Democrat TDs Stephen Donnelly, Catherine Murphy and Róisín Shortall at the launch of the Social Democrats private member’s motion regarding regulation in the charity sector. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Stephen Donnelly tells Dáil debt buyer paid €250 corporation tax on €300m profit

Fianna Fáil environment spokesman Barry Cowen said former minister for the environment Alan  Kelly was “the king of climbdowns” during a row in the Dáil. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

War of words breaks out at committee stage debate of Water Services (Amendment) Bill

Green Party TD Catherine Martin: “I met the Egyptian ambassador but I regret to say I took nothing from that meeting that could give confidence or hope”

Green Party leader urges consideration of cutting official relations with Egypt

Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys said Mick Barry’s figures were from a Council of Europe project and many European countries were not included in the figures, including 10 EU countries.  File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Mick Barry claims Ireland spends sixth of European average on area, based on GDP

Sinn Féin agriculture spokesman Martin Ferris called for an independent investigation into the incident outside Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan in which the five Red Limousin heifers were shot dead by the Defence Forces after attempts to move them failed. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Sinn Féin calls for investigation into incident in Co Monaghan in which soldiers shot five cows

Omaima (left), Fatima and Somaia Halawa, sisters of Ibrahim Halawa, campaign for his release. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

All-party delegation to be set up to visit Egyptian parliament and Mr Halawa in jail

Social Democrats TD Stephen Donnelly claimed US investment firm Oaktree Capital Management bought thousands of mortgages for €80 million but expected to make €400 million and their accounts were a “master class in tax avoidance”. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Stephen Donnelly says Government facilitating tax avoidance by investment firms

A Bill on fatal foetal abnormalities proposed by Independents4Change TD  Mick Wallace has been defeated  by 95 to 45 in a Dáil vote. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Mick Wallace’s legislation, which divided minority Government, loses by 95 to 45

Independents 4 Change TD Clare Daly: has claimed it will be 2018 before the issue of fatal foetal abnormalities is dealt with. Photograph:  Fergal Phillips.

Taoiseach tells Independents 4 Change TD that Bill introduced by Mick Wallace is flawed

The Dublin Airport Authority intends to build a new runway, planning permission for which it received in 2007, valid for 10 years and with 31 conditions. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Shane Ross says authority willing to pay above market price if people feel need to move

Clare Daly claimed that under the process the Taoiseach was establishing it would be at least 2018 before any proposal was forthcoming to deal with fatal foetal abnormality cases. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Bill introduced by Mick Wallace ‘inadequate’ and ‘bad for women’, says Enda Kenny

Mattie McGrath, Bernard Durkan, Sean Crowe and Pat ‘The Cope’ Gallagher are contesting the Leas Cheann Comhairle position.

Four candidates involved in second attempt to elect deputy speaker

Kevin Humphreys: “I am deeply worried when I hear officeholders using terms such as ‘I do not know whether the Bill is anti-constitutional and I do not care.’”   Photograph: David Sleator

Senator Kevin Humphreys levels accusations in Seanad over abortion Bill

Ibrahim Halawa: People Before Profit TD Bríd Smith has called for Ireland’s Ambassador to Egypt to be recalled in protest at his continued detention.

Charlie Flanagan insists Government is doing everything to help Ibrahim Halawa

Councillors’ associations are meeting Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar on Wednesday to discuss the issue

Senator Paddy Burke says annual €16,500 pay not enough

Documents relating to suicide bereavement counselling charity Console are removed from a storage container in Tougher Business Park, Kildare on July 4th. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Powers delayed until September 5th to allow recruitment of more staff for regulator

Micheál Martin has  rejected claims that Fianna Fáil had approved the appointment of former senator Joe O’Toole as chairman of the expert commission on water services. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Enda Kenny defends former senator being made chairman on expert commission on water

Candles at the site of a suicide-bombing attack which took place two days earlier in Baghdad’s Karrada neighbourhood. Photograph: Sabah Arar/AFP/Getty Images

Micheál Martin asks whether Government in position to give extra aid to groups in region

Nurse registration: delays continuing to have “a significant negative impact on many services employing nurses and midwives across the healthcare sector”. Photograph: Frank Miller

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland figures show delays in processing nurses

Pioneering cardiologist and health campaigner Risteard Mulcahy who has died at the age of 94. Photograph: Joe St Ledger/The Irish Times

Son of Free State general was an historian, environmentalist and founder of Irish Heart Foundation

Cllr Bríd Smith from People Before Profit,  outside the EU Offices in Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

TD Bríd Smith says Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership holds key to future of British politics

A Fianna Fáil amendment to allow for the establishment of a commission of investigation into the sale of loans by Nama if necessary once the outstanding criminal investigations have been concluded, was accepted by 105 votes to 38. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

House votes to allow commission of investigation when UK, US inquiry ends

People receiving diagnoses should “listen to the medical experts and not some self appointed moral police who will look down on the rest of us from their lofty perches,” Kate O’Connell said.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Simon Harris tells Dáil during abortion debate he hopes there will be a referendum on Eighth amendment

Omaima Fatima and Somaia Halawa sisters of Ibrahim Halawa who is in prison in Egypt, at their home in Dublin in 2014. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Eamon Ryan says Egypt treating State with contempt yet still doing trade deals with it

Garda Representative Association members during a protest over Garda salaries at Leinster House, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Michael Lowry calls on Government to remedy ‘derisory’ pay for new gardaí

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan challenged the Independents 4 Change TDs to “make the allegations outside the House if you’re so sure of your ground” Photograph: Eric Luke

Wallace, Daly and SF accuse Fianna Fáil of U-turn on Project Eagle investigation

 Independent TD Thomas Pringle

TD asks if Taoiseach remained at EU meeting while Nato Secretary General attended

 Independent TD Mick Wallace asked if Fianna Fáil had been ‘got to’ or had done a deal with the Government. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Noonan says Independents’ allegations like Mad Hatter: ‘Verdict first, trial afterwards’

Tánaiste and Minister for Equality Frances Fitzgerald pointed out that the Government had committed €31 million to helping those with disabilities. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Tánaiste rejects Gerry Adams’s criticism over 14 programmes that have lost public funding

Former CEO of Irish Water John Tierney. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Catherine Connolly said instead of ‘heads on a platter’ Government should have taken stock

Labour leader Brendan Howlin  said ‘if you accept that we are bound by the EU law’ then such an obligation takes primacy over both domestic law and the Constitution.  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Tánaiste insists Government operates ’within the Constitutional advice it receives’

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar:  “We must put the interests of Ireland first in the coming years.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Stable, prosperous and outward-looking UK in everyone’s interests, Taoiseach Kenny says

Richard Boyd Barrett, speaking during the Dáil debate on the UK’s vote to leave the EU, said it was necessary to  address  “far right-wing and Nazi manifestations”  in other parts of Europe. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Anti-Austerity Alliance-People Before Profit TD says reasons for Leave vote must be tackled

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald said membership of the EU “led to real changes for women through removal of the working ban for married women and the equal pay directive”. Photograph: The Irish Times

Fitzgerald warns of setback if UK withdraws from European arrest warrant or Europol

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan said there had been a ‘spike’ in applications from people in Northern Ireland, Britain and elsewhere who feared they would no longer have the right to free movement. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Please apply outside of summer season, Foreign Affairs Minister tells Brexit applicants

Micheál Martin:  Scotland implements all EU laws and would not need to be reviewed for its standards of governance and ability to implement such laws. Photograph: The Irish Times

FF leader says Ireland does not have UK’s ‘nostalgia for empire or fear of outsiders’

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: “Cross- party approach will be valuable in the time ahead”.

Government will prioritise peace process, common travel area and border

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: says Bill will allow new fathers, including fathers of adopted children, to take paternity leave and a minimum paternity benefit of €230 a week for two weeks. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Tánaiste says ‘groundbreaking’ legislation brings State into line with EU

Fianna Fáil local government spokesman Barry Cowen said the Government needed to “to end the failed [water charges] regime”. File photograph: Getty Images

Nine-month suspension to billing does not affect existing arrears, says Simon Coveney

Ardmore Rusty (left) and Doomore Dave, chase during a coursing meet in  Clonmel, Co Tipperary. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Heather Humphreys opposes outright ban on practice after motion from Independent TD

Senator Lynn Ruane: she said comments about people “walking across empty blister packs” were a red herring. “We walk across empty cans and bottles every day”

Legislation part of attempt to tackle serious crime in inner-city Dublin

Tommy Broughan: he accused Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald and former justice minister Alan Shatter of “stonewalling”

Tánaiste says ‘full regard will be had’ for evidence definitively proving cause of fire

Catherine Murphy: said it was time for the Government to end its “deference” to the EU, “the mindset that we’re somehow subservient because of our size, our location, our level of indebtedness”

Tánaiste says Brexit debate has thrown into relief citizens’ views on the EU

The Government is to consider the possibility of establishing a ‘fan zone’ in Dublin for soccer fans to watch Ireland take on France on big screens. Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

Tributes from all sides of the Dáil as Tánaiste describes victory as ‘a momentous win’

Michael Healy-Rea told Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald: “I personally know of people who have gone blind. I can give your their names, addresses and PPS numbers.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Kerry TD raises case of man refused medical card despite inflammation of brain

  Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald described the Women’s Aid report’s results as “very disturbing”.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

Minister examining issue of including protections for women in dating relationships

Fianna Fáil TD Fiona O’Loughlin listens as party spokeswoman on the arts Niamh Smyth answers questions from reporters outside the Dáil. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Cross-party calls for return to ‘Renaissance’ of arts when Michael D Higgins was minister

Clare Daly: Called on the Minister to undertake a “root and branch review” of pension governance in Ireland. Photograph: Alan Betson

Independent TD says employee with 44 years service to get nothing in sudden shutdown

 Fianna Fáil TDs Fiona O’Loughlin, Niamh Smyth and Barry Cowen  following discussion on the arts at Leinster House, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Sinn Féin’s Peadar Tóibín criticises revamped arts portfolio during debate

Senator David Norris has said that RTÉ’s Oireachtas Report programme is obliged to report on the Seanad. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Senator says broadcast has a duty, ‘however vapid they may consider’ the Upper House

Fine Gael Senator Paul Coghlan has called for action against seagulls in Dublin city centre. File photograph: Vale Wildlife Hospital/PA Wire

Fine Gael’s Paul Coghlan calls for action to prevent birds tearing apart bin bags

 Sinn Féin defence spokesman Aengus Ó Snodaigh questioned the need for Ireland to participate in the partnership given the State’s numerous commitments to UN-mandated missions.

Paul Kehoe will attend the Partnership for Peace summit in Warsaw next month

 Senator Lynn Ruane: Plans to make possession of prescription medication by drug-users illegal are  counter-productive. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Health says if gardaí ask for measure to deal with a problem ‘I feel obliged to act’

Micheál Martin: warned that whatever the result “cool heads should prevail”

Fianna Fáil says there is ‘a lot of prayer and hope’ rather than ‘considered contingency planning ’ if UK leaves EU

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said the Government would have a ‘clear plan’ in place if the UK votes to leave the EU. File photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Micheál Martin had said officials were not prepared for the UK voting to leave the EU

Management of the Central Remedial Clinic (CRC) will be called before an Oireachtas committee to explain a decision to terminate an employees’ pension scheme without notifying staff.  File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Finian McGrath said case raised ‘serious questions of financial corporate governance’

Desmond Crofton, who won his civil action in relation to a Facebook comment. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Rights groups react as court orders Irish man to pay €75,000 over defamatory post

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Tánaiste says South Tipperary General is expected to be one of the hospitals to benefit from ‘further investment in the health se(...)

Frances Fitzgerald:   “What is on the table is the paternity leave legislation which Deputy Burton is a very strong supporter of.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald says no proposals to change way payment made

Minister for Health Simon Harris. He said the two hospitals “are voluntary independent hospitals, and I cannot impose a solution”

Simon Harris warns there is no simple solution in ‘spat’ between National Maternity Hospital and St Vincent’s hospital

Brendan Howlin: “Women have been choked, scalded, strangled, punched, spat at, cut with knives and hit with golf clubs. These are acts of barbarism”

Women’s Aid report on domestic abuse highlights 22,341 attacks within the home

The new Leas-Chathaoirleach Paul Coghlan. He said he agreed with the comments of Independent Senator Michael McDowell that “any one of the candidates would have been fit to occupy the chair”

Fine Gael Senator Paul Coghlan also supported by Fianna Fáil and six Independents

Fine Gael Senator Paul Coghlan has been voted as Leas Chathaoirleach (vice chairman) of the Seanad by 36 votes to 11. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Fianna Fáil supports FG candidate in vote after SF and Labour nominees defeated

 British prime minister David Cameron speaks during  a debate on the UK’s EU membership referendum. Opposition leaders are to be briefed on Thursday about the Government’s strategy if the UK votes to leave the EU. File photograph: Matt Frost/ITV/Rex/ Shutterstock/EPA

Taoiseach Enda Kenny responds to questions about plans if the UK votes to leave the EU

Minister for Health Simon Harris said the National Maternity Hospital was an ‘entirely inappropriate, substandard building’ and ‘utterly unacceptable’ . Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Row over budgets has delayed Holles Street and St Vincent’s move to Elm Park site

Brendan Howlin: said it was time to “move with absolute determination” to implement a national LGBT strategy to tackle hate crimes and workplace discrimination. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Taoiseach commits to focus on implementation of LGBT strategy on discrimination

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: said there was a “real and lethal threat on this island from those so-called dissident paramilitary groups that are fundamentally opposed to peace”. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Alan Kelly criticises Minister’s report of just 1,200 words to justify extension

Donald Trump pictured with his daughter Ivanka. Organisers of protests against the visit to Ireland of US presidential hopeful Donald Trump have criticised remarks by Taoiseach Enda Kenny that he would be happy to meet him. File photograph: Mary Altaffer/AP Photo

Enda Kenny says he would be happy to meet Donald Trump despite thinking his comments are racist and dangerous

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