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

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