The retirement of previous Garda commissioner Martin Callinan in 2014 caused political controversy at the time, and the Opposition accused Taoiseach Enda  Kenny of effectively sacking him. The Taoiseach rejected the allegations.   File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Interim report of Fennelly Commission due to be sent to Taoiseach next Monday

DUP leader Peter Robinson (centre) will meet British prime minister David Cameron   (right) to try to avoid the collapse of the Stormont institutions. Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has repeated his party’s position that the IRA ‘has gone away’.

DUP not going to let Sinn Féin ‘off the hook’, Dodds says after Northern Secretary meeting

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern: “People should keep it calm.” Photograph: The Irish Times

Former taoiseach appeals for ‘cool heads’ to ensure Stormont survives current crisis

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has said his party has “no special, or particular or specific responsibility” to respond to allegations made about the IRA. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times.

Sinn Féin leader says his party not responsible for responding to claims about IRA

Former minister for justice Michael McDowell. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Ex-minister says Irish and British governments saw inert paramilitary as best option

Sinn Féin’s Brian Stanley: the Laois-Offaly TD said he believed the Minister for Justice had breached code of conduct ‘and we will be looking into this’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Party welcomes Garda review, which it claims will show the IRA no longer exists

Eleventh person arrested by PSNI investigating killing of Kevin McGuigan

 Sinn Féin Laois-Offaly TD Brian Stanley, pictured with Gerry Adams and Mary Lou McDonald, said the party has “no problem” with an assessment of the status of the IRA. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Party accuses Tánaiste Joan Burton of using the killing of two people to criticise Sinn Féin

Brian Stanley  TD said Sinn Féin welcome the IRA assessment. “We have no problem with that, we welcome that. It will show that the army was stood down 10 years ago, that it doesn’t exist.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Eleventh person arrested by PSNI investigating killing of Kevin McGuigan

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Micheál Martin says allegations confirm what his party has ‘believed for some time’

DUP MP  Jeffrey Donaldson. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

UUP threatens to withdraw from Executive over paramilitary link in McGuigan murder

Garda Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan: “I am very much aware that there are a number of individuals, both acting individually and acting in consort, involved in organised crime in a number of the areas mentioned by the Senator”

Gardaí believe IRA no longer exists ‘as a body’ but individuals or groups linked to Provisionals are involved in crime such as fue(...)

Seán Haughey and Deirdre Heney:  The former junior minister  lost the Dublin Bay North selection convention to Dublin city councillor Deirdre Heney. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Séan Haughey to be added in Dublin Bay North, Mary Hanafin in Dún Laoghaire

 Gerry Adams: IRA were not involved in the killing of Kevin McGuigan in east Belfast, Sinn Féin leader says. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Party leader says no action is warranted against Sinn Féin in Assembly

Protesters at one of the many anti-water charge demonstrations since the levy was announced. Photograph: The Irish Times

Linking of grant to water charge payment unlikely until next year at the earliest

Minister of State at the Department of Finance Simon Harris will consider 11 questions on tax and the self-employed. Photograph: Getty Images

Final report will indicate how taxation can be used to encourage entrepreneurship

The Irish Times understands the proposed changes to water charges include linking the €100 water conservation grant to bill payment rather than registration with Irish Water, and significantly extending the period for which the existing water charges caps will apply. File photograph: Regis Duvignau/Reuters

‘Likely scenario’ is Irish Water will not be fully independent for up to 10 years

Tánaiste Joan Burton is expected to raise the transfer pact proposal at the parliamentary party’s away day in Wicklow next month. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Too early to talk about common policy aims for coalition partners, say party sources

Noel Dempsey: Electorate will decide and Fianna Fáil and others could then look at the options that are open to consideration. Photograph: The Irish Times

Party veterans say excluding possibility is unrealistic given likely shape of next Dáil

Dublin MEP Brian Hayes said a common statement of aims from the Coalition in areas such as taxation, childcare and health reform would illustrate the priorities for a second term. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Fine Gael strategist rules out joint manifesto with Labour ahead of general election

Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton: will lay a wreath during the commemoration ceremony honouring Michael Collins and Arthur Griffith. Photograph: Sara Freund

Ceremony commemorating their lives to be held in Glasnevin Cemetery this weekend

Brian Hayes: “campaigns have their own dynamic”, with significant shifts taking place in the final week to 10 days

Strategist Hayes says statement could be released just a month from polling day

Fianna Fáil Dublin spokesman Darragh O’Brien  said 616 family homes were subject to repossession orders in  the first six months of the year. File photograph: Chris Ison/PA Wire

Department insists Minister in regular contact with officials during summer break

Fianna Fáil  leader Micheál Martin has previously ruled out a coalition with Fine Gael. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Many in Fine Gael would undoubtedly enjoy Fianna Fáil as junior partner in government

 Willie O’Dea: Responding to comments from Fianna Fáil finance spokesman Michael McGrath. Photograph: Alan Betson

Willie O’Dea says voting with minority government on case-by-case basis a possibility

Party says domestic wealth creators not valued by the Irish State. Photograph: The Irish Times

Cost of extending tax credit €290m and removing top USC rate €62m – Creighton

Fianna Fáil’s Michael McGrath said: “The numbers are such that there would need to be a spectacular collapse of the Fine Gael vote and a substantial increase in Fianna Fáil support to overturn that.” File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Finance spokesman believes party would be ‘arrogant’ to insist on being the majority

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: he commissioned Dr Don Thornhill, a former public servant, to conduct a review of the tax

It is understood report from Dr Don Thornhill does not favour any specific way to deal with changes to tax

Chairman of the Low Pay Commission Donal de Buitléir, Tánaiste Joan Burton and Taoiseach Enda Kenny during the official launch of the commission’s report on the national minimum wage at Seán O’Casey Community Centre, East Wall, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Low Pay Commission chairman says there is ‘a possibility’ that hours may be reduced

Businessman Des Richardson. File photograph: Eric Luke

Businessman Des Richardson established Galway Races event during Ahern years

The Collins Institute called for a ‘public sector remuneration commission’.

Independent body would recommend pension levels and ways to increase productivity

Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern leaves Leinster House yesterday following his appearance at the Oireachtas  banking inquiry. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Tax relief for construction led to property bubble, claims former taoiseach

 Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern leaving the banking inquiry. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Banking inquiry: Former leader claims Mahon tribunal was reason for resignation

Former taoiseach speaking before the Oireachtas banking inquiry on Thursday

Live: Former taoiseach says his governments did not squander Celtic Tiger boom

The Taoiseach told the parliamentary party meeting on Wednesday night that a lot of work remained to be done before the election. Photograph: Getty Images

Party intends to have selection conventions completed by beginning of October

Anne Ferris’s application to rejoin  Labour’s parliamentary party  was agreed unanimously, and she is likely to stand for Labour in the general election. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

TD lost whip over vote on motion calling for abortions in case of fatal foetal abnormality

Dermot McCarthy appearing at the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry on Wednesday, July 15th, 2015. Photograph: Oireachtas TV

Dermot McCarthy, top civil servant during FF-led governments, at inquiry

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny  and his wife Fionnuala voting in the Local and European election’s at the polling station in St. Anthony’s national school, Castlebar, Co Mayo last year. Photograph: Keith Heneghan

Speculation rife over date of next general election

Utility company takes in €30 million for first three months of 2015 as 46% pay the bill

Company takes in €30 million for first three months of 2015

Taoiseach Enda Kenny arrives for a meeting in Brussels of the leaders of the 19 countries that use the euro currency, on July 12th, 2015. Photograph: Jean-Christophe Verhaegen/AFP/Getty Images

Involvement of IMF, establishment of €50bn fund were ‘main sticking points’ of discussion

A woman burns the flag of the ruling party Syriza, while surrounded by journalists, in front of the Greek parliament in Athens during an anti-EU demonstration in Athens on Monday. Photograph: Louise Gouliamak/AFP/Getty

Street protests as negotiations on a third bailout for Greece will take at least four weeks, eurogroup predicts

 Enda Kenny: “It is important to keep in mind what Europe and the euro zone is about.” Photograph: Jean-Christophe Verhaegen/AFP/Getty Images

Europe must not look back in 10 years’ time and realise it could have saved situation

 Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: said to have attempted to keep discussions going at fraught times during Saturday evening’s meeting of euro zone finance ministers. File Photograph: EPA

Irish stance is that Greece must stay in euro with no debt writedown

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras faces a battle to contain a rebellion in his Syriza party should he agree a three-day deadline to adopt austerity measures and keep Greece in the euro.  Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

Enda Kenny says Greek government must demonstrate it is serious about reform

German finance minister  Wolfgang Schäuble  arrives at  a euro group meeting in Brussels, Belgium, on the fate of Greece, on July 11th, 2015. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Finnish threat leaves bailout talks in Brussels on knife edge

Minister for Finance Michael  Noonan struck a hopeful note that agreement in Europe over  Greece can be reached and said he was entering Saturday’s meeting in Brussels “on the basis that it will be possible to put a sustainable medium term programme in place”. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

Kenny says he remains hopeful third bailout programme will be approved

Frances Fitzgerald said: “the new provision for independent review by the courts is an important reform to protect distressed mortgage-holders.” File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Review process will only apply where debts were built up before start of 2015

Joan Burton described events at Clerys as “predatory capitalism”. She said she would “use every legal avenue to vindicate the State and taxpayers’ rights”

Burton may need legal go-ahead for plan for senior civil servant to sit on committee

Former taoiseach Brian Cowen said legislation should be changed to ensure former senior politicians did not get pension increases. Photograph: Brian Lawless

Former taoiseach speaks as Kenny calls on ex-ministers to decline increase in payment

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern’s €134,000 a year pension will increase by €2,000. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Bertie Ahern and Brian Cowen will benefit from Howlin’s new pay and pensions deal

Interior of the  Learjet 45 aircraft at Casement Aerodrome in Baldonnel. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

Taoiseach collected after meeting councillors and opening constituency office

Finance minister Michael Noonan said:  “There were no specific demands for haircuts and I know from previous meetings it wouldn’t be acceptable to any of the other countries.” Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

Greek government is expected to submit a written bailout proposal on Wednesday

All 28 European Union leaders are due to meet next Sunday to discuss support for Greece. Photograph:   Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Merkel says finance available if Greek proposals ‘satisfactory’

Richard Boyd Barrett TD and Ruth Coppinger TD,  with activist Michella Russell (left), at a press conference announcing details of an anti-water charges protest outside the Dáil on Wednesday, July 1st, at 6pm. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Still not known exactly how many people have paid their first bills to semi-state

 Minister for Health Leo Varadkar,   writing in Wednesday’s Irish Times,  says serious questions about the level of funding for healthcare must be answered if the country aspires to an adequate health system. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Health says serious questions about health funding must be answered

Irish Water managing director John Tierney. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Householders who register with company by today’s deadline will qualify for allowance

 People wait in line to withdraw cash from an ATM after Greece closed its banks. Photograph:  Milos Bicanski/Getty Images

Taoiseach urges Syriza-led government to return to negotiations

Universal health insurance  would abolish Ireland’s existing two-tier system with a single tier system by effectively making everyone a private patient Photograph: Andrew Wong/Reuters

Report casts doubt on viability of Government health plan as costs far higher than thought

 Seán Haughey: surprisingly defeated by Deirdre Heney at the Fianna Fáil convention for the Dublin Bay North constituency.   Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

TD Peter Fitzpatrick decides to run for Fine Gael after previously ruling himself out

Eoghan Ó Neachtain assisting German chancellor Angela Merkel in  Dublin in 2008. Photograph: Eric Luke

Spokesman worked for Bertie Ahern, Brian Cowen and Enda Kenny

Tánaiste’s comments make sharpening of Coalition rhetoric in Greek crisis

Peter Fitzpatrick had suggested he could run for a different part amid rumours of Fine Gael putting an extra candidate forward in Louth. File photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Louth TD reconsidered announcement after meeting with Taoiseach Enda Kenny

Fine Gael TD John Deasy: has pushed for Enterprise Ireland to assess the underutilised harbours. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Enterprise Ireland must promote business, says Fine Gael TD John Deasy

There is some concern in the Coaltion that the improvements in direct provision system, as well as a recovering economy, could make Ireland a destination country for immigrants. Photograph: Getty Images

Fitzgerald: Numbers arriving via UK has potential to exert pressure on services

Sinn Féin sources said a blog called ‘An Rebel Óg’, which criticised Cork East TD Sandra McLellan and the party generally, was included in the review.

Party not saying why Cllr Kieran McCarthy expelled and Cllr Melissa Mullane suspended

Scene at  D’Olier  Street during 1916

Dublin location favoured as thousands expected at centrepiece Easter Saturday function

Sinn Féin’s ard comhairle on Sunday agreed to expel Cork county councillor Kieran McCarthy (above) and suspend Melissa Mullane, also a Cork county councillor. Photograph: Sinn Féin

Party not saying why Cllr Kieran McCarthy expelled and Cllr Melissa Mullane suspended

Mary Mitchell O’Connor won the Fine Gael selection convention in Dún Laoghaire: The party has now held 18 conventions and picked 11 female candidates. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Party strategists say FF will have to add higher number of women to election tickets

One of the aims of the capital spending plan will be to try and make more land suitable for private housing development to help with the housing crisis, especially around Dublin.

Capital investment plan to fund development projects with at least one substantial scheme

Independent TD Mick Wallace said Nama “cherry picked” its best properties to be sold to American “vulture funds”.  Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Wexford deputy claims ‘cartel’ exists in Dublin rental market

Motorists caught driving while disqualified from the road can be arrested on the spot under new powers available to An Garda Síochána from next week.

New measures to take effect from Monday means drivers could face court on same day

The proposals from Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin are in response to the findings of the Mahon tribunal. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

New public service standards commissioner would replace Sipo and have greater powers

St Luke’s in Drumcondra, Dublin,  the constituency office of former taoiseach Bertie Ahern. Fianna Fáil has finalised a deal to sell  St Luke’s for almost €180,000 above the asking price. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil finalises deal on Bertie Ahern’s former constituency base in Drumcondra

Fianna Fáil leader Michéal Martin. A Fianna Fáil spokesman said all of its fundraising for 2014 came under the €1,500 limit, above which donations must be publicly declared.

Fine Gael raised most money in 2014 with all funds coming from TDs and MEPs

Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Fine Gael and Labour are said to be preparing  individual general election packages, to protect each party from being outflanked on key issues. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Senior figures in both Coalition parties insist vote will not be held before February 2016

The resignation of  Garda commissioner Martin  Callinan (above) in March 2014 caused a political storm. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Parties have 21 days to object to inquiry’s findings on resignation of Garda chief

The Fennelly Commission is investigating the taping of phone calls at Garda stations and is due to produce an interim report on Martin Callinan’s resignation.   File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Report is being sent to interested parties on Thursday

Committee TDs and senators will decide today on whether to call in FAI chief executive John Delaney. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

FAI chief tells them he disclosed everything necessary about Fifa payment, TDs say

The final terms of reference for the IBRC inquiry allows for the investigation of “whether the Minister for Finance (Michael Noonan) or his department was kept informed” of transactions. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Judge sought to head up inquiry as judge Iarfliath O’Neill ruled out

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald said on Monday the investigation would be worthless without examining the role of the department and the Minister. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Taoiseach says commission of investigation into IBRC transactions would be independent

The guidelines will apply across print, broadcast and online and will set out thresholds that specify how many shares or holdings are needed to be able to influence the “direction or policy . . . with regard to news, current affairs or cultural content”. Photograph: Getty Images

Rules say it is ‘undesirable’ for one person to possess excessive influence

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Mr Kenny has said that his focus when calling a general election will be on whether the Coalition has completed their programme for government. File  photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Taoiseach claims main factor is whether Government has completed its objectives

Independent TD Catherine Murphy  outside the Department of Finance after meeting  Minister for Finance Michael Noonan  about the IBRC inquiry. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Cabinet to sign off on terms of reference

Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the North-South Ministerial Council press conference at Dublin Castle on Friday with Tánaiste Joan Burton and Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Tánaiste and Labour leader likes to talk things out. That’s the way she is, says colleague

The Government has shelved plans to reduce the higher rate of income tax in favour of cuts to the unpopular Universal Social Charge in the pre-election budget. Photograph: Getty Images

Taoiseach and Tánaiste indicate policy change to frame final budget before election

 Minister for Finance Michael Noonan. The Government announced last night that the inquiry into IBRC has been upgraded to a Commission of Investigation.   Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Coalition denies Opposition claims of u-turn after upgrading investigation

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan at his press conference in Government Buildings this evening. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Inquiry will examine any transactions involving loss to taxpayer of €10 million or more

Catherine Murphy is surrounded by the media after leaving the Four Courts on Tuesday after the High Court clarified that  The Irish Times, RTÉ and other media can report comments by Murphy in the Dáil about businessman Denis O’Brien’s financial affairs. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Scrutiny of IBRC transactions entitled to examine rates charged to large borrowers

Former Tánaiste and Labour leader Eamon Gilmore is set to retire from politics at the next general election. Photograph: Frank Miller

Statement announces he will not contest Dún Laoghaire selection convention

Denis  O’Brien secured an injunction preventing RTÉ from broadcasting a report on the substance of the subject at the centre of Catherine Murphy’s comments. That order was also directed at any person or media outlet on notice of it, including The Irish Times.

Joe Costello glad The Irish Times and RTÉ seeking court permission to report Dáil statement

Catherine Murphy: her comments in the Dáil were published on the Oireachtas website. Photograph: Alan Betson

Independent TD did not abuse privilege when commenting about Dennis O’Brien

Denis  O’Brien secured an injunction preventing RTÉ from broadcasting a report on the substance of the subject at the centre of Independent TD Catherine Murphy’s comments. That order was also directed at any person or media outlet on notice of it, including The Irish Times. Photograph: The Irish Times

‘Irish Times’ and RTÉ seek to publish privileged Dáil comments by Independent TD Catherine Murphy

Businessman Denis O’Brien. File photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Injunction preventing RTÉ broadcast also directed at other media outlets

Minister for Children James Reilly has established a group to examine the issue of childcare, and it is due to issue its final report by the end of June. File photograph: Frank Perry/AFP/Getty Images

Coalition mulls childcare cost measures with lower income groups paying less

Public service staff are expected to receive a boost in earnings of about €1,000 next year under a pay restoration deal being finalised.

Similar pay boost for State employees on the table for 2017

Sale of the 25% stake will yield about €400 million for the State, but any investment will be in the form of public-private partnerships. Photograph: The Irish Times

Sale of Republic’s 25% stake in national carrier to be brought before Dáil Éireann

Despite late assurances by Aer Lingus that it did not envisage compulsory redundancies or outsourcing, the company’s two main unions will opose the deal. Photograph: The Irish Times

National carrier unions, Impact and Siptu, to oppose IAG offer despite assurances on jobs

Aer Lingus chief executive Stephen Kavanagh has told the Minister for Transport he does not foresee compulsory redundancies or outsourcing of jobs in the event of IAG buying the Government’s 25 per cent stake in the company.  File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Aer Lingus ‘does not foresee’ redundancies or outsourcing in IAG deal

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