When asked whether it was possible he could take over as ceann comhairle should Sean Barrett step aside, Pat  Rabbitte said: ‘You might say that, I couldn’t possibly comment.’ Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Party set to propose one of its TDs for position if Séan Barrett resigns before end of Dáil

Róisín Shortall: Government performing a “huge climbdown”. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Róisín Shortall accuses Coalition of putting business interests ahead of public health

Alex White: in favour of finishing off the work done by the constitutional convention. Photograph: Alan Betson

Alex White believes that two polls could take place in autumn of current year

Minister of State with responsibility for rural affairs, Ann Phelan, said she was exiting her house when she “tipped a tyre off a lorry”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

Carlow-Kilkenny Labour TD Ann Phelan appeared before Kilkenny District Court

 Revenue chair  Josephine Feehily: before Christmas,  Revenue  told the Public Accounts Committee  all files drawn up by Gerard Ryan were fully examined and followed up, a position outlined by Ms Feehily. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Civil servant suggests meeting could take place early next month

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton: opposed benchmarking and social partnership while Fine Gael were in opposition. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton warned of emergence of ‘social dialogue’ at meeting

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney: faced significant internal Fine Gael criticism since his contentious remarks. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Minister regrets contentious remarks but claims his comments were taken out of context

Séan Haughey, the son of former taoiseach Charlie Haughey, said his father’s portrayal in an three-part drama series (where  Charlie Haughey was played by Aidan Gillen above) ‘completely wrong’.

Séan Haughey says ‘Charlie’ drama did not capture his father’s personality

Last year, as the controversies surrounding Irish Water gathered pace, Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly said a new, united board for Irish Water and Ervia would be created.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Two subsidiary boards for Irish Water and for Gas Networks Ireland to remain

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