New Minister of State for the Gaeltach Joe McHugh who has begun a refresher course in Irish with Liam Ó Cuinneagáin at Oideas Gael in Glencolumbcille in Co Donegal.

Analysis: Minister’s struggle may not be with language but an uninterested Government

PAC chairman John McGuinness said it was ‘not uncommon for officials and the chairman to meet with witnesses and for the chairman to explain the context and the procedures’. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Chairman says Public Accounts Committee will robustly defend action taken by ex- Rehab chief

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton  after their first joint press conference yesterday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Tax reform and jobs portfolio main areas of debate between Taoiseach and Tánaiste

The new line-up: Cabinet members at a ceremony in Aras an Uachtarain after Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tanaiste Joan Burton reshuffled the Government team. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times.

Retention of jobs portfolio may benefit FG but Labour’s tax reform proposals strong

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton: much of the six hours on Monday was taken up with general discussions, a form of familiarisation for both leaders

Supposed ‘short sharp’ process of Cabinet reshuffle has taken a week

Harry McGee throws caution to the wind and predicts a fantasy cabinet

Tánaiste Joan Burton, the new Leader of the Labour Party, has been in discussions with Taoiseach Enda Kenny.Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Sources suggest a new Department of Defence and Public Works may be established

A first day of talks between Taoiseach Enda Kenny and newly appointed Tánaiste and Labour Party leader Joan Burton on the Cabinet reshuffle and their priorities in Coalition have come to a close.

First talks between Kenny and Burton come to an end without any major outcome being reached

Tánaiste Joan Burton: forearmed with the knowledge that her elevation would be a formality, both sides have been working on their strategies. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Burton and her Labour colleagues know divorce from Fine Gael is not an option anytime between now and early 2016 and the marriag(...)

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