Taoiseach Enda Kenny with   John McNulty (right). Photograph: Donegal Daily

Taoiseach says he let standards slip and it’s not worth winning a seat in such circumstances

Will he or won’t he? Michael Noonan faces calls to introduce a prudent budget. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Growning number of experts say Coalition should deliver harsh budget

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has said the Government’s prediction that a family would pay annual water charges of €240 was “a very close estimate”.

Minister welcomes nine month cap at assessed rate

Brendan Howlin this morning said he had previously introduced the portal stateboards.ie (homepage pictured) which informs the public of vacancies and collates expressions of interest in those roles for the Minister.

Minister says 200 posts filled through online public appointments service to date

“We believe that we do not need to make adjustments of a further €2bn. In fact we believe it would hinder as opposed to assist growth into the future,” he said.

Implementation of cuts would delay return to work of 10,000 people, says Ibec economist

Taoiseach Enda Kenny will need to put in a sure-footed performance in the Dáil tomorrow, and at the Fine Gael parliamentary party meeting on Wednesday, to settle frazzled nerves. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Many party members embarrassed about promises of ‘a new way of doing politics’

Tánaiste Joan Burton who said today she was glad the Taoiseach had apologised over the McNulty affair. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Tánaiste re-iterates appointments to State boards should be done publicly

Excerpt from the ballot paper in the forthcoming Seanad byelection.

Jan O’Sullivan will vote for McNulty, says he has necessary qualities to be a good Senator

Samantha Long: “I’m really disgusted by the whole thing. It should have been a woman. It sends out the wrong message that women aren’t valued as much as men.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Woman named by the party’s National Executive as a potential candidate wrote to party officials yesterday

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