Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin:  part of the Haddington Road agreement “is the winding back of some of the pay reductions during the course of 2016 and 2017 and into 2018, if I recall”.   Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Government will implement Haddington Road pay deal in full for those on €65,000+

Olivia Mitchell: “We can be deluded and, if we make a decision about the president in a moment of temporary delusion, we will live with the consequences of it for seven years.” Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Olivia Mitchell says ’no irresistible groundswell of support’ to drop age from 35 to 21

Alan Kelly: If a household has not registered by this date, “it will not be able to receive this €100 grant”. Photograph: The Irish Times

Alan Kelly says revised water charges in Ireland ‘among lowest levels in Europe’

Local communities hould be informed before a decision is taken to close a post office, Taoiseach says. Photograph: Frank Miller

TD claims Tánaiste wants social welfare recipients to move from post office to bank

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has expressed his support for Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly

Enda Kenny says need for ‘fairness’ and ‘compliance’ in paying charge

 Renua Ireland leader Lucinda Creighton said the idea that you could have discussions about all aspects of the establishment of a major utility, yet have no notes of those meetings, was “just not credible”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Lack of documentation about set-up of Irish Water ‘appalling’ and ‘unacceptable’

Former government minister Pat Carey described the gay marriage referendum as unique in Ireland, because “it is an exercise in civic engagement which has not been tried before”. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Yes voters cannot be taken for granted, warns former minister Pat Carey

Professor Frank Murray, president of the Royal College of Physicians Ireland, believes tackling the pricing and availability of alcohol is the most effective way to deal with overconsumption. Picture by Fergal Phillips.

Prof Frank Murray also called for a reduction in the number of off-licences

Jan O’Sullivan: ‘It’s about time you and your own party took responsibility in all of this.’

Jan O’Sullivan accuses SF of putting onus on abused to come forward

Brendan Smith: ‘When we go on a journey along the Border, we may at times be on our own networks of 3 or Vodafone but suddenly a British network can be used, leaving us with exorbitant charges for transacting business and making or receiving call.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fianna Fáil TD says border areas victims of bad EU decision making

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: she said complexities had been well debated “as well as the issues that need further work and I am committed to proceeding in that vein”. Photograph: David Sleator

Dáil passes landmark Bill to reform and update family law but concerns remain

Minister for Education Jan O Sullivan said Sinn Féin was putting the onus on victims to come forward. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Mary Lou McDonald: party routinely brings forward information to authorities

Minister for Heritage Heather Humphreys said: “My job is to protect the national monument and that is where my function lies.”

SF criticises ’disgraceful derelict state of national monument’ at Moore Street

Maureen O’Sullivan: she  repeated her call in the Dáil that every primary school in the State should be a Gaelscoil or all-Irish school for its first two or three years to increase the number of Irish speakers.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Enda Kenny insists on Irish as Mick Wallace asks for reply in English

 Seán Ó Fearghaíl, Fianna Fáil chief whip, has called for an independent inquiry into IRA sexual  abuse following claims made by Paudie McGahon. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Party’s chief whip says need to stop Sinn Féin ‘cover up’ following Paudie McGahon claims

Gerry Adams: “Paudie feels badly let down. Nothing I may say may change that, but I have to say that it is a matter of very, very deep regret for me and he does need support and he does need justice.” Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill.

Martin criticises republican ‘con job’ in light of BBC investigation into claims

Enda Kenny told Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams that when the Stormont Agreement was reached in December, it was accepted and signed off on. Photograph: Eric Luke

Gerry Adams claims DUP intent on reneging on welfare commitments in Stormont deal

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has told the Dáil the treatment of  Co Louth man Paudie McGahon (above), who alleged sexual abuse by a senior IRA member was a “matter of very, very deep regret for me”. Photograph: BBC screengrab

SF leader speaks ahead of BBC TV Spotlight show on alleged victim Paudie McGahon

 Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams with  Martin McGuinness at their party’s ardfheis in Derry on Saturday. Photograph:  Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin ardfheis hears party will prevent the privatisation of public bus routes if elected

Omaima (left) Fatima and Somaia Halawa sisters of Ibrahim Halawa who is being detained in Egypt. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Lynn Boylan claims Minister for Foreign Affairs not doing enough to secure release

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald speaking at the party’s ardfheis in Millennium Forum, Derry. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Just one speaker opposes measures as party also votes for repeal of 8th amendment

Sinn Fein spokesman for the diaspora Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh

Jimmy Deenihan ’dropped the ball’ in Government’s new diaspora policy, Senator claims

Mary Lou McDonald speaking at the Sinn Fein ardfheis  in Millennium Forum, Derry. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Deputy leader says Sinn Féin will abolish water charges ’at first opportunity’

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness speaking at the Sinn Fein ardfheis in Derry. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Doherty pledges to abolish water charges, property tax and introduce wealth tax

Martin McGuinness,  Gerry Adams, Mary Lou McDonald and Kathleen Funchion, candidate for the upcoming Carlow and Kilkenny by election at the opening of the Sinn Fein Ard Fheis 2015 in Millennium Forum, Derry.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill /The Irish Times

Sinn Féin ardfheis hears it is quicker to cycle from Derry to Belfast than to take the train

Queen Elizabeth and President Michael D Higgins arrive ina carriage at Windsor Castle. Sinn Féin voted against inviting the any members of the royal family to the 1916 centenary commemorations. Photograph: Alan Betson

Republicans need to do more to build trust with unionists - party chairman says

Pearse Doherty was described as a ‘finance rockstar’ by a Cavan delegate at the opening of the Sinn Féin Ardfheis 2015 in Millennium Forum, Derry. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

SF motion falls that calls for current corporation tax rates to be fully implemented

Willie O’Dea:  people’s rights would “depend on the individual whim of their family doctor” when gender recognition should be “a matter of self-determination by the individual concerned”

Minister says she is ‘proud’ to bring in Bill that progresses rights of transgender people

Senator Fidelma Healy-Eames has claimed that the State is costing its citizens jobs by failing to teach them languages. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Fidelma Healy-Eames makes claims during university entrance requirements discussion

Fianna Fáil public expenditure and reform spokesman Sean Fleming has said the Government should ensure “people do not receive water bills from an entity whose right to exist is not yet determined”. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

People should not receive bills from entity ‘whose right to exist not yet determined’

Sinn Féin TD  Jonathan O’Brien: Told the Dáil there had been a recent spike in muggings and robberies in Cork, which gardaí said was in part due to drugs. Photograph: Alan Betson

Cork now has 500 drug addicts when it had 20 a decade ago, Sinn Féin’s Jonathan O’Brien tells Dáil

Minister of State Kevin Humphreys: The 29 staff operated in two  buildings in Ballybay, which were in “poor condition”

TD claims loss of 30 jobs in Ballybay equivalent to 300 in a town of 15,000

Sinn Féin TD Michael Colreavy:  ‘JobBridge is a form of slavery. Unscrupulous employers are taking advantage of this scheme’

One third of Irish workers earn less than €20,000 with highest level of low pay in EU

On managers’ claims,  Taoiseach Enda Kenny said “obviously the HSE must answer to the Comptroller and Auditor General in respect of it”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Dáil told of retired employee rehired and paid €156,000 for a six-hour week

Independent Senator David Norris has criticised what he called a ‘surreptitious attempt’ to make ‘savage cuts’ to the salaries of ushers in Leinster House. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Senator alleges ‘surreptitious attempt’ to reduce pay of Oireachtas attendants

 Minister for Children James Reilly said the move should protect children from starting to smoke. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Seanad passes legislation on packaging after technical amendments from Dáil

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: he said it had been the Government’s policy to allow banks to “dictate the pace, shape and nature of arrangements”. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Martin asserts it is time to ‘call a halt’ on policy of giving banks veto over those in difficulties

O’Sullivan appeals to Kenny to act on swimming coach accused of sex abuse

Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton:  the job losses were “a reminder to us that every day is a battle”. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Company believes it has ‘strong future’ in Coolock, despite redundancies

Taoiseach Enda Kenny, who said there was a very high level of co-operation between the Garda and the PSNI. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Gerry Adams claims politicians who verbally attack Sinn Féin ‘very quiet’ about bomb

Independent TD Maureen O’Sullivan has called for the Government to seek the extradition of a “notorious” swimming coach accused of multiple cases of sex abuse. Photograph: Eric Luke

Maureen O’Sullivan appeals to Taoiseach to reopen case of coach living in USA

Bewley’s Cafe in Grafton Street. The famous coffee shop closed for a six-month refurbishment.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

€1.5m rent forces restaurant to downsize, and simplify – but there will be table service

Cllr Shay Brennan has the edge in the Fianna Fáil Dublin South selection convention which is in his father’s old constituency where Mr Brennan senior served as a TD from 1981 until his death in 2008. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Senator Mary White and Cllr Liam Dockery competition in race for volatile constituency

Lucinda Creighton has claimed that because Enda Kenny “wants the referendum to pass he will therefore muddy the waters and leave the surrogacy issue until a later date”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Lucinda Creighton says Taoiseach wants ‘to muddy the waters’ on contentious issue

Tánaiste Joan Burton told the Dáil that it was important that Ireland has banks “which function properly as banks and which lend credit”. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Repossession cases before courts increased 10-fold since 2013, when law changed - SF

 Feargal Quinn: “Delighted at the attention being given in recent days to problems in the border area.”

Difficulties policing 34 Border crossings in Dundalk area to deal with fuel laundering and cigarette smuggling outlined

Caoimhghin Ó Caoláin: “there is no evidence of any country in which a competitive insurance system has kept costs under control”

Sinn Féin points to WHO warning that competition between insurers does not cut costs

Alan Shatter: “enormously confused” by the proposals Mr Varadkar announced

Former minister also criticises chopping of Family Bill measures to deal with ‘hate-filled parents’

Enda Kenny highlighted protests on Monday at the home of Fine Gael Meath West TD Ray Butler. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Ruth Coppinger claims Government trying to criminalise water protest movement

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald: she said the Bill would not change the situation of the vast majority of children or change the rights of most children in terms of parentag. Photograph: Barbara Lindberg.

Interests of children and stability of affected families central, says Frances Fitzgerald

Micheál Martin: “It raises all sorts of questions about the level of enforcement.” Photograph: The Irish Times

Taoiseach: Co-operation between agencies on both sides of Border substantial, successful

Minister for Tourism for Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan (right) and Minister for Tourism Paschal Donohoe unveiling plans for global St Patrick’s Day celebrations. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Charlie Flanagan praises role of Irish diplomats in St Patrick’s Day ‘greening’

Elle Woods from Loughrey during the 2014 Easter Rising anniversary commemorations.Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Charlie Flanagan warns not to allow centenary commemorations to become a divisive issue

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan at the Fine Gael National Conference 2015 in Castlebar, Co Mayo. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Enda Kenny says Minister informed him about eye procedure at ‘very beginning’

Minister Paschal Donohoe during the Securing the Recovery session at the Fine Gael National Conference 2015. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister for Tourism Paschal Donohoe says increase will lead 50,000 new jobs

Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald TD speaking on ‘Crackdown on Crime’ at the Fine Gael National Conference 2015 in the Mayo Convention Centre, Castlebar. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Garda victim support offices to be established in every Garda division

Minister for Jobs and Enterprise Richard Bruton told the Fine Gael national conference that full employment was within Ireland’s grasp twice and “twice that was snatched from us by bad policies”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill /The Irish Times

Minister for Jobs says enterprise policies hadn’t reflected Ireland’s economic needs

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said: “while China has formally lifted its ban on Irish beef, the next step will require a Chinese veterinary inspection to approve individual processing plants for export.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Enda Kenny was speaking at the opening of the Fine Gael national conference in Castlebar

Niall Collins:  FF justice spokesman critical of Taoiseach’s ‘amazing statement’. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Minister denies Derek Brockwell’s escape was due to lack of resources

Jan O’Sullivan: independent review of hardship fund to be commissioned. Photograph: Eric Luke

Cuts to fund a ‘false economy’ if student has to drop out of college, Averil Power argues

Pádraig Mac Lochlainn said he wanted to send the message to businesses working with criminal gangs and to people buying black market cigarettes that “we need the taxes on cigarettes for the health services”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Pádraig Mac Lochlainn says IRA that supported peace process has ‘gone away’

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney: “Significant" role for Defence Forces in 1916 centenary commemorations. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Minister for Defence says there will be a ‘march-past’ at the GPO, amid concerns that Government wanted to ‘tone down’ the milita(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said “those who inflict domestic violence on women bring shame to the nation”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Maureen O’Sullivan calls for funding for services to help violent men

Sinn Féin leader Gerry  Adams said the Taoiseach was paid more than the president of France, which had a population of 64 million. File Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Taoiseach calls on Gerry Adams to explain how his party is the ‘best resourced’

 Ruth Coppinger TD, Socialist Party:  In the Dáil she said gardaí and the courts were being used to “defend corporate interests and the establishment”. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Ruth Coppinger quotes letter from garda saying they are ‘losing credibility with ordinary men and women’

Paul Murphy:  accused by Simon Coveney  of “trying to infer something I do not think is relevant or exists”.

Questions about Goodman company a ‘distraction’, says Minister for Agriculture

 Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney: he would not be drawn  into a debate on “whether or not we should have fox-hunting in Ireland”. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Maureen O’Sullivan says fox-hunting ‘extremely cruel’ and repeats call for ban

Dara Calleary said some companies were abusing zero-hour contracts

Independent Senator Feargal Quinn said the actions of gardaí in a recent jewellery robbery were a “real reminder of the work An Garda Síochána” does. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin Senator expresses concern over the pay and conditions of new recruits

Alan Shatter  has called on Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan to formally request the release from Egyptian prison of Irish citizen Ibrahim Halawa.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Irish citizen has been in Egyptian prison since August 2013 after arrest at protest

Fergus Finlay (far left), chairman of the board for the new campaign to stop out of control drinking, with clinical psychotherapist Joanna Fortune, Labour Relations Commission chief executive Kieran Mulvey, and Áine Lynch from the National Parents Council, at the campaign’s launch. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Senator says most people will think ‘Stop out of Control Drinking’ doesn’t apply to them

Independent TD Tom Fleming:  said  increase in pupil-teacher ratios in rural schools was exacerbated by Government policy.  Photograph: Don McMonagle

Kerry South TD Tom Fleming calls on Kenny to defend rural schools after attending ‘monster meeting’ in Cahersiveen

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendab Howlin said unions and workers should have “realistic” expectations when it comes to the restoration of pay.

Public sector pay talks set to start after first quarter exchequer returns, Dáil hears

Fianna Fáil’s Darragh O’Brien said the blockade of Fingal county councillors was an attack on democracy. Photograph: David Sleator

Verbal abuse not pleasant ‘but it’s not the bloody third World War’: David Norris

Ireland ‘best, smallest country in the world in which to evade tax if you’re wealthy’ - Adams

The Dáil is voting on the TD Clare Daly’s Bill allowing for abortion in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities.

Fatal foetal abnormality Bill defeated as Sinn Féin abstained

The current average age of Revenue staff is 48 years and because of expected retirements the Revenue will need to “fill critical posts at all grades in the next five years”, according to Minister for Finance Michael Noonan. Photograph: Alan Betson

Revenue currently running recruitment process for a panel of tax professionals

A total of 35 diesel fuel laundering operations have been shut down in the State since 2010 with more than three million litres of fuel seized, Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has said. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images.

Noonan says 134 petrol stations closed for rule breaches and three million litres of fuel seized

Minister of State at the Department of the Environment Paudie Coffey said reducing the voting age could lead to a demand for a lowering of the age threshold in other areas including the sale of tobacco and alcohol, the use of sunbeds and access to most social welfare schemes. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Move should be opposed as 16-year-olds fighting ‘hormonal battles’, Mathews tells Dáil

In the Dáil, Richard Boyd Barrett described as “completely unique” the situation in relation to  the Protection of Life in Pregnancy Amendment (Fatal Foetal Abnormalities) Bill. “It has nothing to do with the right to life because you cannot protect a life when we are talking about a condition that is incompatible with life. It can’t be protected. And that is the point of this Bill.”

TD tells Dáil about daughter with fatal foetal abnormalities

Varadkar says Opposition cannot say with certainty what constitutes ‘incompatible with life’

Independent TD Mick Wallace said 39 patients had to be taxied from Wexford to Waterford Regional Hospital three times a week. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Public service delayed for years because of battle between private companies, Mick Wallace claims

Seán Crowe (Sinn Féin):  said drugs taskforces had suffered funding cuts while having alcohol added to their remit

Trinity statistics show alcohol responsible for 1,500 hospital beds every night

Clare Daly: she told the Dáil that  she had  dealt with a case involving two individuals in Galway who were involved in a property deal in Romania with two gardaí.   Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Independent TD also claims another whistleblower ‘isolated and vulnerable’

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said the Bill would provide for borrowers to “retain protections after their loans are sold” to unregulated financial services providers, which are not bound by the Central Bank codes.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Michael Noonan says borrowers will ‘retain protections after their loans are sold’

Minister for Finance  Michael Noonan (left) laughs with European Commissioner for economics, taxation and customs Pierre Moscovici during an Euro zone finance ministers meeting in Brussels last week. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Ireland’s economic activity could be back to Celtic tiger levels this year - Michael Noonan

Enda Kenny: Called Mr Shatter out of a parliamentary party meeting last year to ask him how he was getting on since he was no longer minister for justice. Photograph: The Irish Times

Government did not shift from position on Garda inquiry commission, says Kenny

TDs have received complaints about kerosene in petrol destroying car engines

Cases of kerosene being added to petrol peaked at 42 last year but fell in past two months

Joan Burton  completely avoided answering the question she was repeatedly asked by Fianna Fáil environment spokesman Barry Cowen: how much implementation is going to cost. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

It’s hard to say how much the water conservation grant will cost – for Joan Burton

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin expressed ‘grave reservations’ about bank Bill. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney

Bank inquiry members could face sanctions if they name a financial institution or person

Fianna Fáil Senator Darragh O’Brien: takeover bid was “no coincidence”.  Photograph: David Sleator

Fianna Fáil Senator Darragh O’Brien says Government wiped airline’s pension liabilities prior to takeover bid by IAG

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has “no plans” to reintroduce funding for school guidance counselling.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

FF says it is ‘high time’ to reverse decision as schools have to cut elsewhere to offer service

End Kenny has confirmed no decision has been made about the offer for the sale of the national airline in the wake of the offer from IAG  which owns British Airways, along with Spanish airlines Iberia and Vueling. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin leaders advise against sale for jobs and connectivity

Peter Mathews TD, formerly of Fine Gael, said there had been a “terrible trail of destruction, loss of life and mutilation” in countries across Europe because they lacked a constitutional provision allowing free votes on issues of conscience. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Ireland in danger of fascism because of party whip system, Independent TD warns

the five main city councils in Ireland collected parking income of almost €50 million in 2013, said Independent Socialist TD Clare Daly. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

155 cars clamped daily in capital, says Sinn Féin transport spokesman Dessie Ellis

 Members of Amnesty International Ireland and the National Union of Journalists gather outside the Saudi Arabian embassy in Dublin on January 22nd, 2015, calling for the release of blogger Raif Badawi, who was  sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes for creating an online forum for public debate. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Minister asked why no outrage against Saudi Arabia for its denial of freedom of speech

Secondary school teachers at Newpark Comprehensive, Newtownpark Avenue, Blackrock, Co Dublin, picket the school over planned junior cycle reforms. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin accuses Government of ‘stubborn refusal’ to heed teachers’ expertise

Tom Fleming TD (Ind): described his own county – Kerry – as an “industrial wasteland”, with major emigration and “no hope”.    Photograph:  Don MacMonagle

Kerry TD Tom Fleming criticises unemployment figures for not reflecting true number of people out of work

 Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: said latest figures would show waiting lists rising – “and they will continue to rise for a number of months, not least because we have had to cancel so many elective surgeries this month”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister says 20,000 more day cases will be dealt with this year with increased budget

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