Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said the estimate for State Claims Agency costs in 2013 was €154 million but the actual outgoings were €119.7 million, which represented a 22 per cent saving. Photograph: Eric Luke

Minister says State Claims Agency achieved 22 per cent savings in 2013

Interns at Leinster House: L to R, Sheelan Yousefizadeh, TD Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, Ebisinbofa Charles Titus, TD Tony McLoughlin and Larysa Karankovich. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

In Crosscare project immigrants who intern with TDs learn a lot but have plenty to teach

People taking part in the Ballyhea Bondholders Bail-out Protest. Photograph: Eric Luke

Honohan confirmed refinancing of promissory note bonds

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan is to retain special adviser Sarah Kavanagh and has appointed Susie O’Connor as his communications director. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Sarah Kavanagh to stay on as special adviser while Susie O’Connor takes communications role

Seán Kyne: his advise to Joe McHugh is to keep practising and speaking with as many different people as possible. Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

Seán Kyne advises new Minister for Gaeltacht Affairs to ‘keep practising’ the teanga

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin: said much would depend on the terms of reference presented to the Dáil in the autumn

Minister says Judge Yvonne Murphy ‘ideally suited’ to challenging role

Catherine Murphy: said “we stand to repeat the mistakes of the past if we do not act to address the grossly discriminatory laws that govern abortion”

Mistakes of the past will be repeated if 31-year-old decision not revisited, says Independent TD

Anne Ferris: “I never played childhood games with this sister. I never fought with her over toys”

Mother-and-baby home inquiry must also deal with laundries, adoption, church, says Anne Ferris

In a poignant speech to the Dáil, Labour TD Anne Ferris (59) said  “before that day two weeks ago, I had never laid eyes on my sister”.  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Mother-and-baby homes inquiry must be all-encompassing and honest, says TD

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