Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett: Was asked by Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin to withdraw comments that Mr Martin said questioned Fianna Fáil’s “motivation”. Photograph: The Irish Times

Vehement Opposition reaction to Ceann Comhairle charge of bid to undermine him

 Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin  leaderwants  has called on the Ceann Comhairle Séan Barrett to withdraw comments ‘questioning Fianna Fáil’s motivation’. Photograph: Collins

Ceann Comhairle has accused Opposition parties of trying to undermine him

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter requested Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett  rule out his handling of claims made by whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe from an inquiry into allegations of Garda malpractice, The Irish Times has learned. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Former minister requested his handling of Garda whistleblower claims be ruled out

The Opposition staged a Dáil walkout yesterday after Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett ruled there would be no debate because of a connected legal action being taken by former minister for justice Alan Shatter. Photograph: Frank Miller /The Irish Times

Decision to rule out debate on inquiry into Garda malpractice claims criticised by Kelly

Workers install water meters outside houses in Fortlawn Estate near Blanchardstown, west Dublin, earlier this year. Picture Colin Keegan/ Collins Dublin. Irish Water contractors  install water meters outside houses in  Blanchardstown, west Dublin. The Department of Social Protection has warned it does not have adequate resources to administer the €100 water conservation grant. Photograph: Collins

Letter says scheme ‘cannot be accommodated under existing budget allocation’

 Minister for the Environment and Labour Deputy Leader Alan Kelly: made his comments at the weekly meeting of the Labour parliamentary party. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Labour Party deputy leader spoke of “constitutional crisis” in party meeting

“If our parliamentary party is anything to go by there’s more chance of Aer Lingus being renationalised than the Government selling its share,” said one Labour source. File photograph:  Artur Widak/PA Wire

Minister gives commitment on connectivity, jobs when review group considers options

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and  Tánaiste Joan Burton: The Coalition is expected to commit to eliminating the deficit by 2018 in its upcoming spring economic statement. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Enda Kenny says spring statement will also set out strategy on tax, jobs and banking

President  Michael D Higgins was heckled during a school visit in Dublin. Photograph:  Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Derek Byrne refuses to apologise and withdraw his use of the word ‘parasite’

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