Leo Varadkar:   ‘It is an attempt to provide a bit of equity across the regions so that people do not face excessive delays just because they happen to live in the wrong place.’ Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Patients have choice to move to another location where waiting lists shorter

Senator Sean Barrett: called for a debate “on what is turning out to be a poll tax”

Barrett says Irish Water failing and close to takeover by commissioner

Mary Lou McDonald: “Not only do we have a threat to the water supply and potential court action, we also discover that the very roof over people’s heads may be in jeopardy”

Burton says Irish Water as big an undertaking as the creation of ESB

Simon Coveney: hopes farmers will “de-risk their farmyards”. Photograph: Collins Photos.

€14 million boost for the horse and greyhound sector

Minister for  Defence Simon Coveney  said the overall defence budget of €897 million and the budgetary process were about “stopping the cuts and maintaining expenditure into next year”. Photograph: Collins

180 Defence Force recruits to be taken on within the next two months

John Halligan said it was “reprehensible”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Independent says worker on €70,000 salary will be up €746 a year

Fianna Fáil spokesman on public expenditure and reform Seán Fleming alleged Mr Howlin had “failed to grapple with” the black hole in the health budget. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Howlin never presented accurate health estimate in any of his three budgets, FF claims

The people have ’risen’ against water charges and ’should not kneel down again’ - Murphy

Fianna Fil finance spokesman Michael McGrath said the certainty ireland has built around its corporation tax offering is beginning to crumble. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/ The Irish Times

Irish soccer team will show ‘a lot more resistance to German pressure’ than Minister

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