Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly and Tanaiste Joan Burton at the Labour Party conference at Killarney on Saturday morning . Photograph: Cyril Byrne/ The Irish Times

Minister for the Environment says some landlords feel they can get away with scandalous increases in rent

John Kellegher from Cork North Central seen among a crowd at the Labour Party conference in Killarney on Friday, where Labour Women called for the appeal of the eighth amendment. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Senator Ivana Bacik says 150,000 women travelled for abortion since 1983 amendment

Labour TD Arthur Spring has told the party’s conference that Labour brought Fine Gael with it on many issues. File  photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Kerry TD says party introduced topics like same-sex marriage to its Coalition partner

Minister for the Environment and deputy leader Alan Kelly says Labour will run as an independent party at the next general election, with its own policies. Photograph: Cyril Byrne /The Irish Times

Minister does not rule out election voting pact but says Labour will run independently

Lorraine Higgins said estates faced issues ranging from building companies in receivership to financial institutions holding bonds that could not be accessed because of the preferential creditors’ rules.

Senator Lorraine Higgins says situation replicated around the country

Dr James Reilly: “If a bully tries to intimidate you with actions, you should stand firm and be true to what you believe to be right.”

Minister says Ireland close to becoming first EU country to introduce plain packaging

Independent TD Tom Fleming: ‘The inner parts of towns are becoming denuded of people because of the growth of large multiples on the outskirts.’ Photograph: David Sleator

Many rural towns and villages left behind, says Kerry South TD

Micheál Martin: “More people at risk of dying in our hospitals before the Government decides to get to grips with it”

Fianna Fáil health policy ‘mythical’, says Taoiseach

Gerry Adams told the Dáil on Wednesday the total trolley patients figure of 479 included 40 in Our Lady of Lourdes hospital in his Louth constituency. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Enda Kenny concedes issue ‘a matter of challenge’ for Government in Dáil exchanges

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