Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has reacted strongly to Minister for Environment Alan Kelly’s description of his recent remarks on water legislation as “silly”.

Minister for Health says he ‘simply stated the facts’ when asked about water legislation

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said the country is now ‘in a slightly different position’ on the timing of a possible referendum on abortion law followingthe case of a pregnant woman on life support.

Taoiseach says he will not have ‘knee-jerk reaction’ to pregnancy case

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has said he will not be taking Senators votes for granted as the Seanad debates controversial water legislation today.Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

Minister ‘quietly confident’ he can convince enough members to allow Bill to pass

A message from prominent anti-abortion campaigner Cora Sherlock referring to Minister for Health Leo Varadkar’s intervention in an abortion debate was re-tweeted by @OireachtasNews on Tuesday night. Photograph: Cyril Byrne /The Irish Times

Anti-abortion campaigner’s tweet criticising Varadkar re-tweeted by @OireachtasNews

The who’s who of the Oireachtas banking inquiry. Above, chairman of the committee Ciarán Lynch. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

The TDs and Senators sitting on the committee

Peter Nyberg: the Finnish academic will attend the Oireachtas banking inquiry today. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Snapshot of money, people and dates involved in Irish banking inquiry

At least two referendums will be held in May 2015, the Cabinet decided today.

Cabinet also decided that Carlow/Kilkenny byelection is likely to be held on same date

Garda whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Former minister Alan Shatter has been critical of report

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar:  “If the Seanad does reject the Water Services Bill, the existing arrangements apply.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Varadkar warns of higher bills in January if concessions and lower charges not agreed

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