Minster for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan who has described the likely Yes vote as ‘a great day for tolerance, inclusion, pluralism, and a great signature for what we are’.

Flanagan, who led Coalition campaign for Yes, welcomes ‘great day for tolerance, inclusion’

Fianna Fáil byelection candidate for Carlow-Kilkenny Bobby Aylward. Photograph: Pat Moore.

Tally figures have Aylward at 28%, Fitzgerald at 21% and Funchion at 16%

Richard Bruton: said the Government was sitting down with stakeholders to see how the potential of the regions could be best developed

Barry Cowen says a two-tier recovery is under way

Charlie Flanagan: “said the Taoiseach emphasised the need to allow the undocumented Irish to come out of the shadows and be free to travel home for family events’’

Minister said he raised Irish issue when he met US vice-president Joe Biden in Boston

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: under pressure to deliver badly-needed victory in Carlow-Kilkenny Dáil byelection. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Pressure on Martin to steady party ship, boost morale and secure leadership with win

Senator Timmy Dooley: thanked the Tánaiste for her history lesson

Smiles all round until hospital deaths and homeless children are mentioned

Maureen O’Sullivan: issues around safety

Independent TD Maureen O’Sullivan says children not in natural family environment

Senator Cáit Keane suggested funding for the childcare sector should be provided by Enterprise Ireland. Photograph: Eric Luke

Fine Gael Senator says investing in childcare would save money in long run

Simon Harris, Minister of State for Finance: he said to vote against the proposed resolution in directors’ remuneration would have been a significant and serious matter and could be perceived as interfering in a commercial entity, damaging Ireland and bank investments. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Shane Ross insists Minister should have opposed pay levels and helped shareholders

Taoiseach Enda Kenny was replying in the Dáil to Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin and Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams on the issue of the death of a baby in  Cavan hospital. File photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Monitoring by Hiqa to be complete by end of year in wake of baby’s death, says Taoiseach

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin: “The prudent and right approach is to prepare for the exit in an orderly way.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister says early agreement will help with assignment of resources and fiscal planning

Bertie Ahern and Brian Cowen are each paid €80,810 annually. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Mary Lou McDonald says small number of people ’overpaid and over-pensioned’

Taoiseach Enda Kenny  responded to the Health Information and Quality Authority report on problems at the Midland Regional Hospital in Portlaoise. File photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins

Kenny responds to Hiqa report on issues at Portlaoise hospital

Mr Kenny said the fact that “people in the greatest hour of need were not treated with compassion, respect and dignity is an indictment of a health service in some locations”. Photograph: Getty Images

Kenny responds to ‘disturbing’ Hiqa report on myriad problems at Portlaoise hospital

Former taosiaech Bertie Ahern (left) and then minister for finance Brian Cowen pictured in 2008. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Mary Lou McDonald says some former politicians ‘overpaid and over-pensioned’

The James Connolly monument located opposite Liberty Hall in Dublin City centre. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Bill on collective bargaining represents progress in workers’ rights says Tánaiste

Talks between the Government and unions on restoring pay levels for about 300,000 staff across the public service get under way on Tuesday. Photograph: PA

Siptu general president Jack O’Connor calls for emphasis on low paid in upcoming talks

Tánaiste and Labour leader Joan Burton  said the Irish election would be about economic recovery and would be very different to the UK contest.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Tánaiste contrasts impending cuts in UK with economic recovery in Ireland

Eamonn Maloney (Labour): introduced  Private Member’s legislation allowing for the sale of criminal assets in two years rather than the current seven years.

Seized criminal assets should be disposed of in two years, Labour TD tells Dáil

Introducing the Thirty-Fourth Amendment of the Constitution Bill 2015, Socialist Party TD Ruth Coppinger said cases had emerged, due to the 1983 abortion amendment, which had appalled people throughout the country and internationally. File photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Minister rejects move by Ruth Coppinger to delete eighth amendment from Constitution

Tanaiste Joan Burton

Joan Burton defends Government’s decision to legislate for attachment orders

Independent Senator John Crown

Independent Senator says waiting list figures embarrassing in modern western country

 Minster of Finance Michael Noonan

Minister for Finance to meet banks to discuss variable rates

Remarks by Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton (right), aimed at Sinn Féin TDs and other members of the Opposition refusing to pay water charges, were made during heated Dáil exchanges on Thursday with Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald (left). Photographs: The Irish Times

Joan Burton’s remarks made in heated Dáil exchanges with SF’s Mary Lou McDonald

Michael Noonan in the Dáil. File image.

Minister for Finance to receive bank review of rates ’in the coming days’

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: said that while the threat to Ireland from  terrorism was generally considered to be low, the Garda was keeping it under continuous review. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Important that Ireland not seen as haven for terrorists, Frances Fitzgerald tells Dáil

Senator Marie Moloney says jobs being lost at regional level

Enda Kenny accused the Fianna Fáil leader of using his  “usual populist line’’.

FF leader renews demand for end to banks’ veto

 Alex White: deputised for Tánaiste Joan  Burton at Opposition Leaders’ Questions. Photograph: Alan Betson

Seán Fleming compares Alex White to ventriloquist’s dummy after prepared reply

 Eamon Gilmore: said recovery was still at risk and must not be squandered. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Dún Laoghaire TD makes first major Dáil speech since resigning Labour leadership

Senator Denis O’Donovan. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Denis O’Donovan calls for Seanad debate on ‘lack of societal respect’ for law and order

Independent TD Tom Fleming

Taoiseach points to progress made in job creation

Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Opposition renews criticism of Government’s handling of probe

Tánaiste Joan Burton: “We do not need, and cannot afford, the instability and mismanagement that would be inevitable if the parties opposite had any influence in government.”  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

FF leader says wide gap betwen Government’s rhetoric and people’s lives

Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD at the launch of Fine Gael’s Marriage Equality campaign at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin, earlier this week.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Opposition renews criticism of Government’s handling of controversy

 Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: Enda Kenny has strongly defended Mr Noonan’s handling of the inquiry into the controversial sale of Siteserv in 2012. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Taoiseach says he has ‘absolute confidence’ in Minister for Finance

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brandan Howlin: ‘This Government is committed to pension provision and to sustaining the value of those pensions.’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Minister says unwinding public service pay cuts will take time

Sinn Féin finance spokesman Pearse Doherty: said  the Government had opted for ‘an election salvo, trying to suggest to the people that the bad old days are behind them’. Photograph: Eric Luke

‘It does not take a bloodhound to smell an election,’ says Pearse Doherty

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has defended Minister for Finance Michael Noonan’s handling of the inquiry into the controversial 2012 sale of Siteserv.

Enda Kenny says he has ‘absolute confidence’ in Minister for Finance

Party leader Micheál Martin speaking during the Fianna Fáil ardfheis in the RDS over the weekend. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Dublin delegate claims some TDs open to sharing power after next election

Brian Lenihan’s brother, former TD and minister of state Conor Lenihan: “The matter is in the hands of my lawyer.”  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Conor Lenihan ‘surprised’ at decision not to hear evidence from late minister’s relatives

Fianna Fáil’s spokesman on justice and equality Niall Collins TD says the referendum is about the fundamental issue of equality. Photograph: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

Dublin delegate accuses party of going for ‘pink vote’ to win next election

Fianna Fáil justice spokesman Niall Collins said he supported a Yes vote in the same sex marriage referendum as ‘we are a progressive republican party with a long, proud and progressive track record in promoting equality’.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Delegate says party being dictated to on issue by ‘global corporations in the IT industry’

Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin shakes hand with a delegate at the party’s ardfheis at the RDS. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/ The Irish Times.

Delegate tells ardfheis talk of party going into government is ‘arrogance beyond belief’

Labour Senator John Whelan. Mr Whelan has called for wind farm decibel levels  to be considered in the drafting of new energy regulations.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Labour’s John Whelan claims noise can have a negative effect on those living nearby

People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett  has claimed that the Dún Laoghaire housing list is growing by 100 cases per month. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Richard Boyd Barrett says promised houses not enough to meet demand in area

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald says the new authority brings a broad range of  perspectives to bear on decision-making. Photograph: Barry Cronin

Frances Fitzgerald insists body is not exclusive and has broad range of perspectives

FF’s Daragh O’Brien told the Seanad Fianna Fáil had argued against the inclusion of the veto in the personal insolvency legislation and, unfortunately, the issue had come home to roost.

Senators call on Minister for Finance to address Seanad on the issue

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams: spoke of the horror of the deaths of an estimated 900 people, many because traffickers had locked them in the hold of the ship that sank. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Kenny responds to Gerry Adams’ concern for people persecuted in search of better life

Gerard Craughwell: “Taking the average payment made to councillors; to say we are treating local elected representatives in a shabby way is an understatement.” Photograph: Dave Meehan

Claim that €16,950 paid to local representatives does not compensate for work they do

 Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan: he said he would continue to ask the British government to give them access to an independent legal person and original documents it had relating to the bombings. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

State has sought UK documents on Dublin and Monaghan bombings without success

Taoiseach Enda Kenny  expects “a much more focused response” to the Mediterranean migrant crisis arising from the emergency meeting of EU leaders on the issue  on Thursday. File photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Mediterranean migrants persecuted and fleeing for better life, says Gerry Adams

Ireland’s 136 identified bathing waters now have to meet standards almost twice as strict as those which previously applied. Three-quarters of Irish bathing waters qualified for the new classification of “excellent’’ quality. File photograph:  Thinkstock/Getty Images

Seven locations fail the test and are classified as ‘poor’ quality

Brian Cowen: ‘Of course, mistakes were made.’ Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Former taoiseach denies overruling Brian Lenihan on bank guarantee

Labour TD Arthur Spring criticised the attitude of State agencies to the employment conditions of some workers.

TDs renew criticism of Dunnes Stores and ‘phenomena of zero-hour contracts’

Senator Marie Moloney  pointed out the woman’s financial circumstances were the same before and after having the card. Photograph: Eric Luke

Minister of State says woman’s income too high to qualify

Minister Leo Varadkar said additional money was being provided for community beds, under the fair deal scheme, to free hospitals of the current level of delayed discharges.

Minister for Health says hospitals hired more staff but saw fewer patients earlier this year

Senator Fidelma Healy-Eames refers to the case of student seeking 600 points

Michael Colreavy, Sinn Féin said demand for visas “indicates the level of demand from young people to go to countries where wages are higher and opportunities plentiful and where there is decency and fairness”.

Michael Colreavy says young people want to emigrate to better job opportunities

Independent Senator Katherine Zappone. Ms Zappone will raise changes to the One-Parent Family Payment in the Seanad.    File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Senator Katherine Zappone accuses State of compelling single parents to work full-time

Mary Hanafin and Micheal Martin  at unveiling of the Fianna Fail party’s programme of events to mark the centenary of the 1916 rising. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Intense battle looming with local councillors for nomination in Dun Laoghaire

Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh, Sinn Féin: said the proposals for Irish citizens living abroad fell far short of what people wanted and deserved. Photograph: Alan Betson

Plans to extend rights to emigrants and those living in the North would need ‘longer run-in’

Mattie McGrath: said he was not making a blanket criticism of judges, but  “I am saying there are serious question marks over some business in the financial courts”.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Minister for Justice says her responsibility is in the policy area

Senator John Whelan: said he was appalled to report to the House that families had been threatened by elements within the Department of Health and the HSE that meagre supports would be withdrawn if they countenanced legal action. Photograph: Eric Luke.

John Whelan calls on Minister for Health to intervene and meet parents

Tánaiste Joan Burton meets striking workers  on the picket line at Dunnes Stores in Henry Street, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Tánaiste’s shopping bag of verbal grenades rattles Opposition

Dunnes Stores workers, also  members of the Mandate trade union, pictured outside the Labour Court in October of last year. File photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

More than 5,000 employees with Mandate union to place pickets at about 100 outlets

Minister of State for Communications Joe McHugh said: “Nobody was more disappointed than I was when I saw the letter”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Department policy could mean closure of all of the post offices, warns Michael Moynihan

FF leader says dispute is ‘like 19th century’

 Paschal Donohoe: connectivity and employment  important issues for  Aer Lingus. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Independent Senator Sean D Barrett questions whether sale in ‘interest of wider society’

 Mick Wallace: “What hope is there for reform as long as the old hierarchy remains in place?  Surely, Taoiseach, you must realise this is a part of the problem and not the solution.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Independent TD also alleges nothing done about ‘serious Garda malpractice’ in Athlone

 Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: “There is no law which says you cannot say whether you attended the commission or not”. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Kenny says he has complied fully with Fennelly investigation into resignation

 Independent TD Mick Wallace: told Dáil that in 2012 a garda told Enda Kenny   about  malpractice in relation to a  superintendent and ‘you gave approval to the promotion of this superintendent’ who is now the subject of  investigations. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

What hope for police reform, TD asks in Dáil and Taoiseach replies that he is addressing it

Taoiseach Enda Kenny takes leaders questions on the Fennelly Commission.

Micheál Martin presses Taoiseach on Garda chief’s resignation

County council chairman John Brassil is based in the north of the constituency, while Norma Moriarty is based in the south. Photograph: David Sleator

Council chairman John Brassil selected to run at weekend convention

Senator David Norris: disgraceful to claim that the Government was anti-child. There was an “offensive and bullying’’ tone involved in the criticism. Photograph: David Norris

Frances Fitzgerald: Rejects criticism saying children’s welfare turns on good parenting

Former Fianna Fáil minister of state John O’Leary  has claimed a meeting he had with Charlie Haughey led him to believe the former taoiseach was aware of the tapping of journalists’ telephones

John O’Leary says in his memoirs he formed the view after meeting with Haughey

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Seán Sherlock has said that the use of Shannon Airport by the US is compatible with the State’s policy of neutrality, in response to a bill proposed by Independent TD Mick Wallace. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Seán Sherlock claims use of Shannon Airport is compatible with policy of neutrality

Independent TD Tommy Broughan has called for the establishment of a permanent commission  to research levels of pay and wealth in the State as part of his High Pay and Wealth Commission Bill. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Broughan moves High Pay and Wealth Commission Bill to monitor income levels

Colm Keaveney:  said a report had revealed that 3,000 “vulnerable children” were on a  mental health services waiting list, with 400 waiting for longer than one year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Joan Burton tells Colm Keaveney that child mental health services a Government priority

 Mary Lou McDonald said it seemed Labour was about to become Irish Water’s debt collector. Photograph: Eric Luke

Sinn Féin deputy leader challenges Tánaiste on collection of unpaid charges

Maureen O’Sullivan: said certain people were not allowed to register on the Live Register as unemployed, which meant they did not have access to various job-activation programmes, education and training

Tánaiste says Low Pay Commission to report before end of July

Thomas Pringle: said the east region could not continue to sustain the migration rate into it, which was happening because of the absence of jobs in the rest of the country

Independent TD Thomas Pringle calls for greater concentration on regions

Mary Lou McDonald said it seemed Labour was to become Irish Water’s debt collector, “sticking your hand into the pockets of families who are struggling to provide for their children or to pay their mortgage or rent’’. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

Sinn Féin deputy leader asks Joan Burton if she supports moves to collect unpaid charges

Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin:  “To add insult to injury, the independence and autonomy of Leader and rural development companies has been fatally undermined by the Government.”  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Enda Kenny says OECD had recommended a more integrated approach to dealing with those kind of funds

Fine Gael Senator Colm Burke has called for efforts to reduce  the numbers admitted to hospital, particularly from nursing homes. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Fine Gael’s Colm Burke calls for health service to provide community intervention

Paul Murphy TD said Minister Alan Kelly was “swaggering around the place like Nelson from the Simpsons, threatening to rob people’s lunch money’’.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Gerry Adams and Paul Murphy renew criticism of charges

Taoiseach Enda Kenny told the Dáil that the Cabinet will consider proposals from Minister Alan Kelly in relation to legislation for people who refuse to pay water charges. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Paul Murphy accuses Coalition of engaging in ‘an arrogant and bullying approach’

John O’Leary (left),  a Fianna Fáil TD for Kerry South from 1966 to 1997 and a minister of state from 1977 to 1979, with Charles Haughey. Mr O’Leary says in his memoirs that Haughey could be vindictive and many of his supporters were thugs. Photograph: On The Doorsteps, Memoirs of a long-serving TD.

Ex-Fianna Fáil TD and junior minister John O’Leary recalls former taoiseach in memoir

FF leader describes controversy as ‘defining moment’ for Hiqa

Senator Ronan Mullen: legislation facilitates fundamental attack on child’s rights. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Minister for Justice insists legislation in children’s best interests

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he cannot indicate when the Portlaoise hospital report will be published. Photograph: EPA

FF leader claims controversy ‘a very defining moment’ for Hiqa’s independence

John O’Donoghue: his decision not to seek a Fianna Fáil nomination for the next general election clears the way for the  party to run two candidates. Photograph: David Sleator

John O’Donoghue ‘was not wanted on the ticket by the party nationally’, says FF source

Tánaiste Joan Burton has said she hopes the report of the Fennelly commission on events leading to the departure of Martin Callinan as Garda commissioner will be made available as soon as possible. She said she understands the Taoiseach is of the same view. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times.

Fianna Fáil leader accuses Enda Kenny of hiding over inquiry into Martin Callinan departure

Enda Kenny described Liam O’Neill as ‘a very astute political analyst’. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Taoiseach says he was respected by politicians and political writers

Independent Senator Fidelma Healy-Eames has suggested that passing the marriage equality referendum could lead to the end of Mothers’ Day.

Independent Senator Fidelma Healy Eames makes suggestion on Twitter on Sunday

Campaign co-ordinator Helen Lowry, of the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland (MRCI) said  regularising undocumented migrants in Ireland would strengthen the Government’s case for the Irish in the US. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Migrants living in Ireland seek status similar to what Taoiseach is seeking for Irish in US

Micheál Martin: suggested the Government give serious consideration to establishing a commission of inquiry into the allegations aired on ‘Spotlight’.

Mary Lou McDonald under pressure in bitter and heated exchanges

Kerry TD Tom Fleming said Save Rural Ireland had met TDs and Senators to express their views on rural Ireland’s continuing demise. Photograph: Don MacMonagle

Independent Tom Fleming warns about the continuing decline of rural Ireland

 Minister for Health Leo Varadkar introduced emergency legislation.

Fianna Fail Sen ator Diarmuid Wilson calls for major debate on illegal drugs

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