Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: asked if willingness of Opposition parties to participate in campaign would be taken on board. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

EU ‘all-purpose whipping boy’ for English nationalists over past 30 years, says Martin

Michael Healy-Rae: claimed that in the past 25 days the medical card unit had stopped issuing discretionary cards. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Halving of incontinence pads supply to woman (99) ‘unacceptable’, says Kenny

Minister for Local Government Simon Coveney said there should be time allowed for a proper discussion on the water charges issue. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Suspension of charges will allow ‘proper discussion of issue’, Minister tells Dáil

New Labour leader: Articulate, combative and effective in parliamentary debate, liberal on social issues, Brendan Howlin is described as a competent minister who had a good working relationship with civil servants, but who is never off-guard, whether dealing with media or party members. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Labour leadership by coronation before small monarchy of seven TDs, five Senators

 Catherine Murphy TD: calling for an essential “cultural shift to answer questions fully”, she said the change was not just about TDs and Ministers but also the Civil Service. Photograph: Alan Betson

Reforms will give all TDs a greater voice in Oireachtas affairs, says Chief Whip

Minister for Education Richard Bruton: did not give  personal view on establishment of  education ombudsman as ‘views are only in development’. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Minister for Education Richard Bruton pledges to give matter ‘priority attention’

  Michael Healy-Rae: “This is not a good way to start politics. This is gerrymandering of the worst type”, he said in a Dáil row over the extension of a deadline for nominations for the role of Leas Cheann Comhairle. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Fine Gael criticised in heated exchanges over Leas Ceann Comhairle deadline extension

 Minister for Regional Development, Rural Affairs, Arts and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys:   Sinn Féin TD Peadar Tóibín said Ms Humphreys’s new department “will not fully function nor will it have its staff for another eight weeks”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister for Gaeltacht says being lectured puts people off and damages the language

AAA-PBP TD Richard Boyd Barrett described a fracking test by oil company Infrastrata on land in Co Antrim owned by Northern Ireland Water as “significant and alarming”. File photograph: Getty Images

Richard Boyd Barrett says three water reservoirs closed despite claims of no danger

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald was forced to correct the Dáil record after claiming the Ceann Comhairle had allowed a deadline extension for the nomination of Leas Ceann Comhairle. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Michael Healy-Rae criticises ‘disgraceful’ deadline extension in heated exchanges

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone said the new Bill provided an improvement to the rights of children. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Katherine Zappone says legislation provides significant improvements in rights of child

 An Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and  Equality Frances Fitzgerald: “I believe our focus now should be on taking all the steps necessary in ensuring this does not happen again and that we have a policing service that serves all of the citizens of this country to the highest standard.”  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Minister for Justice insists she has ‘every confidence’ in Nóirín O’Sullivan

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald (left) has insisted she has every confidence in Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan (right) to implement policing reforms recommended by the O’Higgins commission into alleged Garda malpractice. TD Clare Daly said it was time for Ms O’Sullivan ‘to go’. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times.

Clare Daly warns Frances Fitzgerald to act or Nóirín O’Sullivan will ‘take you with her’

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said it would be “going down a very dangerous route’’ if they insisted, not that they could, that all legal privilege between clients and lawyers should be in the public domain. File photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Remarks follow claim O’Sullivan’s counsel said McCabe acted in malice in O’Higgins inquiry

Government Chief Whip Regina Doherty said issues of concern include Irish Water.

Enda Kenny: Biggest challenge for everyone is ‘attitudinal change’

Minister for Communications Denis Naughten: says  the post office network “is an issue close to my heart”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Irish Postmasters’ Union says Government needs to show commitment to communities

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has described the minority government agreement between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil as ‘very clear’. File photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Taoiseach says the minority government agreement between FG and FF is ‘very clear’

Enda Kenny is expected to announce his Minister of State appointments this week and his 11 Taoiseach’s nominees for the Seanad shortly after.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Fianna Fáil’s Denis O’Donovan confirmed by sources as Cathaoirleach of the new Seanad

Enda Kenny after being re-elected as Taoiseach of the 32nd Dáil. Photograph: Maxwell’s

Taoiseach pays tribute to Labour who ‘know what it means to act in national interest’

Joan Burton  outside Leinster House  after the announcement that Enda Kenny had been voted in as Taoiseach. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Fine Gael leader becomes first to lead his party into second administration: 59 to 49

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone said one of the Dáil’s collective tasks was “to end child poverty”. Photograph: The Irish Times

Leo Varadkar says there is an opportunity for Fine Gael to have third successive term

Minister for Transport Shane Ross: “We believe that in the last few weeks we have agreed a programme that would bring a radical change in Irish politics”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Denis Naughten: This is first Government since 1948 with Independent members

An Irish Government has never before been created in circumstances as farcical as the new minority administration, former minister for the environment Alan Kelly has said. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Sinn Féin says Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael agreement ‘biggest scam in history of Irish politics’

Clare Daly TD: “I can’t take much more”. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

TDs distracted by absence of Independent Alliance as group and party leaders speak

Simon Harris, Shane Ross, Denis Naughten, Katherine Zappone, Mary Mitchell O’Connor all appointed

TD Paul Murphy: he said  he  paid his own fees in the District Court but legal fees ballooned in the move to the Circuit Court and could be over €100,000. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

TD blames expense of Circuit Court as others ask how someone paid €87,258 qualifies for aid

Labour TD Willie Penrose said industrial-sized farms were what resulted from unlimited production and allowing it so quickly. Photograph: Cyril Byrne /The Irish Times

Change needed in ‘lopsided’ allocation of agriculture resources, says Labour TD

Paul Murphy sharply criticised TDs who earlier raised his case during a debate on crime and criminal gangs and called on them to withdraw their remarks and apologise. Photograph: Collins Courts.

Alan Farrell tells TDs application a ‘crime on the taxpayer who are footing the bill’

Fianna Fáil Senator Denis O’Donovan is in the running to be the new Cathaoirleach of the Seanad. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Micheál Martin chooses new Senator Catherine Ardagh as House leader

Headquarters of the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘Full-blown public inquiry’ one of options to be considered on sales including Siteserv

Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny. Fine Gael will present the five rural TDs, the Independent Alliance, Maureen O’Sullivan and Michael Healy-Rae with a Programme for Government on Thursday morning. Photograph: Thiery Charlier/AFP/Getty

Talks conclude without deal but there is optimism issues will be ironed out on Thursday

Django Unchained: depicted the treatment of black people in America during a tragic period in US history

Party leader had not used the word in a derogatory manner but in irony

Ivana Bacik: who retained her seat. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Labour transfers secure Seanad election for former Fine Gael TDs who lost Dáil seats

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald is in breach of a statutory obligation to publish the O’Higgins Garda whistleblower report “as soon as possible”, her predecessor Alan Shatter has claimed. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister for Justice in breach of statutory obligation, says predecessor Alan Shatter

Labour’s Kevin Humphries, who lost his Dublin Bay South Dáil seat in the general election, has been elected to the Seanad. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins.

Disability campaigner one of nine Independents FG will rely on to pass legislation

Minister of State and former TD Aodháin Ó Riordáin was last night elected to the Industrial and Commercial panel of the Seanad. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

FG Senator Paul Coghlan described as ‘Lazarus’ by party colleagues after recovery

Frances Black, running as an Independent, but supported by Sinn Féin, has been  elected to the Industrial and Commercial panel of the Seanad on the 27th count. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

FG Senator Catherine Noone re-elected on 25th count, FF’s Cllr Catherine Ardagh also in

Lynn Ruane, president of Trinity College Students Union, with her daughters Jaelynne and Jordanne. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

TCD student leader Lynn Ruane and Alice-Mary Higgins, daughter of President, elected

Former Fine Gael TD Jerry Buttimer has been elected to the Seanad

A ‘dogfight’ to ensue on Wednesday as counting begins on Industrial and Commercial panel

Green Party candidate and former surfing champion Grace O’Sullivan was elected to the Agricultural panel, overcoming Fianna Fáil’s Michael Smith despite his higher vote. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Fianna Fáil pays for poor vote management as party loses seat on Agricultural panel

Senator Gerard Craughwell has retained his seat on the Labour vocational panel. File photograph: Dave Meehan

Sinn Féin continue strong performance with Fine Gael’s Maurice Cummins likely to lose out

Sinn Féin Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Green Party’s Grace O’Sullivan is expected to be elected after Rose Conway-Walsh’s win

Newly elected Fine Gael Senator Kieran O’Donnell: ‘My objective is to represent the people of Limerick and to regain my Dáil seat at the next election.’ Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Sinn Féin’s Fintan Warfield (24), an ex-Wolfe Tone and councillor, first senator elected

Thirteen former TDs who lost their Dáil seats are running for the Seanad. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin expected to win big following success in 2014 local elections

Sinn Féin speaker Eamon MacDomhnaill who works in the delivery of water services, said it was “absolutely ludicrous” that water meters had become the symbol of the anti-austerity campaign.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne /The Irish Times

State cannot achieve sustainable water service without meters, says SF party member

“Domestic violence is a social crime,” said Lynn Boylan MEP. “It is our duty as a society to put in place every possible measure to help those who find themselves in such a terrible situation.”  File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

MEP tells SF ardfheis near 5,000 requests for refuge for abused women could not be met

Sinn Fein deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald speaks at the  party’s ardfheis at the Convention Centre in Dublin. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne

Partition of Ireland is the ‘elephant in the room’, ardfheis in Dublin hears

Ireland has 21 separate fire chief fire officers and more than 270 deputy fire officers for a population of 4.5 million while Scotland with a population of five million has one chief fire officer and eight assistant fire officers. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

21 chief fire officers in State, one in four euro for service spent on administration

Sinn Fein deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald. File Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

‘Agreed Ireland’ is possible, says Martin McGuinness using language of John Hume

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan said “the Border’s destiny would not be determined by the sole wishes of the Irish and British governments”, in apparent contradiction of comments by Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers. Photograph: Getty Images

Taoiseach says Ireland must be ‘realistic’ concerning bilateral negotiations with UK

Gemma Hussey:  elected to the NUI panel in 1981. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

No woman elected to the panel since 1981 when Senator Gemma Hussey voted in

Minister for Enterprise Richard Bruton. Photograph: Eric Luke

PIAB system stable but people ‘clearly looking at court awards’, says Minister

Sinn Féin has warned it will take legal action if TDs are not allowed to debate and vote on government regulations they oppose. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Dáil would be ‘acting illegally’ by stopping TDs opposing regulations from debating them

There are 16 candidates on the Trinity Seanad panel. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Dementia activist, barrister, entrepreneur, climate action campaigner among hopefuls

 Senator Averil Power:  said the fact that voters had to be at home or be able to access a sorting office during working hours “highlights the need for online voting”. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Renewed calls for reform and move to online registration and voting for global electorate

Fine Gael and Labour were officially in favour of abolition but most Senators at the time were against. Photograph: Getty Images

Thirteen ex-TDs running in Seanad campaign in attempt to extend Oireachtas careers

Campaigners form a figure 8 at a Dublin rally to appeal for a referendum on repealing the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution. Photograph: Yvette Kelly

Anti-abortion group warns about ‘devastating’ effects of termination

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton at Herb Street Cafe, Grand Canal, Dublin, ahead of the election. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Senior party figures to seek members’ consensus to realign with Fine Gael and Greens

Handout photo of Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin during an  RTÉ Prime Time debate.

Dáil to debate Brexit, health, insurance costs, agriculture - but not water charges

“The worst governments we have had here is where they have been held to ransom by one or two independents,” says  Michael O’Leary. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

McGrath labels comments ‘appalling’ and defends Independent role in complex politics

Trinity College Seanad candidate Sean Melly has written to the Taoiseach expressing his surprise and disappointment that Fine Gael “would attempt to politicise the Trinity College or National University of Ireland panels”.

Trinity candidate Sean Melly surprised FG ‘would attempt to politicise’ university panels

President Michael D Higgins: may have to “consider exercising his absolute discretion to steer a way forward for the 32nd Dáil”. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

‘Abysmal lack of leadership’ may require intervention by President, says Green Party

Enda Kenny defeated by 77 to 52 and Micheál Martin by 91 to 43

Calling for a grant scheme for homeowners in rural towns and villages, there were, John Brassil added, an “enormous number” of empty houses across all local authorities, with one in three houses vacant. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

John Brassil says steps needed to make ‘enormous number’ of empty houses habitable

Fianna Fail leader Micheál Martin  said for progress to be made in talks Fine Gael had to ‘move away from the highly-controlling attitude which defined the last five years’.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Enda Kenny invites Micheál Martin to talks after Dáil fails to elect a taoiseach for third time

NUI chancellor Maurice Manning: If graduates “could register and download their vote online a lot of the problems being experienced at present could be avoided”. Photograph: The Irish Times

Nearly 10,000 voting papers sent back to Trinity College Dublin and 13,000 to NUI

 Independent TD Ruth Coppinger: “The two parties are doing their best to minimise the [water charges] issue and bat it out of the way.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Enda Kenny says he had invited Fianna Fáil leader to have ‘a conversation’ with him

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny said he had invited Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin to “have a conversation”. Photographs: The Irish Times

FG leader makes formal offer for government including FF and Independents

Micheál Martin also loses vote, 95 to 43, with Ruth Coppinger losing, 108 to 10

Workplace Relations Commission chair Kieran Mulvey.  File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Workplace Relations Commission chair says he will ‘sort out’ issue with Siptu leader

Talks about the production areas affected in proposed redundancies at cosmetics manufacturer Yves Rocher will take place between Siptu representatives and company management in the next fortnight.

Women involved in packaging mainly affected along with ancillary services

The Dublin Port tunnel has reopened in both directions following an incident involving a tanker. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Smoke but ‘no fire’ as turbo blows; Road was closed in both directions

 Siptu will later this week announce further planned Luas stoppages for May. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Industrial action expected on April 23rd and 24th after no developments on resolution

The small garden known as ‘Buncloch’ or Foundation Stone in Farmleigh. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Chelsea Flower Show gold medal winner Mary Reynolds created design

 Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl: “I hope that at our first meeting on Wednesday we will quickly agree a number of substantial reforms that could be brought to the House for agreement on 6th April,” he said. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Seán Ó Fearghaíl to chair reform committee of 15 deputies from various parties

 Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: he said the core agreement “focused solely on trying to block the main migration route to Europe through tougher border controls enforcement”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Taoiseach tells Dáil debate core intention of EU-Turkey deal is tackling people smugglers

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has expressed disappointment at the delay in the establishment of the hotspots in Greece and Italy.Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

‘Absolutely no delay or hesitation on Irish side,’ Department of Justice sources say

Fianna Fáil finance spokesman Michael McGrath is to  publish legislation dealing with mortgage holders, tenants and buy-to-let properties and SMEs whose loans are sold on. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Proposed PRTB buy-to-let code of conduct faces opposition from financial institutions

Michael Healy Rae (with his brother Danny, right):  says he did nothing “ethically or morally” wrong in purchasing a property at an Allsop auction last year. He had protested in 2013 at a sale of distressed properties by the British company.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Kerry TD would not have bid in public at RDS if he ‘wanted to do anything underhand’

 Aodhán Ó Riordáin: battling for   nomination to run for  industrial and commercial panel.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Aodhán Ó Riordáin in competition with outgoing Senators for nomination

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly: a spokesman for the department was unable to say whether it could intervene in the matter. Photograph: Eric Luke

More than 60 families get notice to quit homes as Goldman Sachs fund moves to sell

Part of the Cruise Park development. Photograph: Google Street

Paschal Donohoe: Inappropriate, unfair for notices to go to families to quit their home

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny speaking to a Garda as he arrived at Lenister House on Thursday morning. Mr Kenny, Fianna Fáil’s Micheál Martin, Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams and Richard boyd Barrett of AAA-PBP all failed to gain enough support to win a vote on who should be the next taoiseach. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

House to return on March 22nd and April 6th as talks on forming government go on

Fine Gael’s Andrew Doyle came second, with Independent TD Maureen O’Sullivan third

Irish motorists could help cut transport carbon emissions in Ireland by 70 per cent by choosing one of more than 300 models of car, according to a leading climate scientist. File photograph: PA/PA Wire

Moratorium on fracking and offshore gas needed ‘if we’re serious about climate change’

  There are more than two candidates for the remaining Labour places, including former minister of state Aodhán Ó Ríordáin. Photograph: Eric Luke

An elitist nursery and retirement home, TDs criticise it but look to it if they lose Dáil seat

Willie Penrose with  Labour’s Joe Revington at the count centre in Longford. Photograph: Michelle Ghee

Four candidates elected after a six day marathon count in Longford-Westmeath

James Bannon: Deeply hurt by a negative social media campaign against both Government TDs

’People can be faceless on social media set-ups and destroy people’s characters,’ the Fine Gael TD said

James Bannon says he may legally challenge election result after 14th count elimination

James Bannon and Willie Penrose at the Longford-Westmeath election count in Kenagh, Longford. Photograph: Michelle Ghee.

Peter Burke expected to be elected, Willie Penrose or James Bannon to miss out

Seán Haughey with his wife Orla in the RDS: “Politics is not easy and this must be a very difficult night for [Averil Power]. Democracy can be cruel.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Bríd Smith of AAA-PBP says Labour Party deserved battering at polls over policies

 Finian McGrath is elected on the fourth day of the Dublin Bay North count at the RDS. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Dublin Bay North: Fifth TD elected of five

 Tommy Broughan  is elected on the fourth day of the Dublin Bay North count at the RDS. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Dublin Bay North: Third TD elected of five

Seán Haughey at the Dublin Bay North count in the RDS. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Dublin Bay North: Second TD elected of five

Defeat means Labour facing uphill battle to retain speaking rights in the Dáil

Liam Twomey and Catherine Byrne

Dublin South-Central: Third TD elected of four

Meath East: Third TD elected of three

Dublin South-Central: Second TD elected of four

 Kate O Connell Fine Gael with son Pierce O’Connell (5) at the count centre in the RDS

Dublin Bay South: Fourth TD elected of four

 Green Party leader Eamon Ryan and deputy leader Catherine Martin celebrate their election at the count centre in the RDS. Photograph: Eric Luke

Dublin Bay South: First TD elected of four

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