Senator Paschal Mooney said An Post was “inherently inefficient” in collecting the licence fee.

FG Senator says local stations have significant level of public service content

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said prolific burglars were repeatedly granted bail. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Minister for Justice says it targets ’cohort of persistent offenders’

Talking about Nama, Tánaiste Joan Burton said: “We made a decision that politicians should be removed out of the process.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Tánaiste insists she cannot involve herself in agency

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin said Ireland ranked third in expenditure on the social areas, with only Denmark and Finland spending more.

Mick Wallace claims capital plan investment over six years represented only 1.9% of GDP

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Former justice minister says there should be no undue delay

Independent TD Joan Collins: has called for an increase in minimum wage.  Photograph:  Collins

Ireland scores high on poverty prevention, behind Denmark and Sweden, claims Minister

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said a strategy could be drafted by the Minister for Justice and the Garda Commissioner. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Micheál Martin details burglaries, assaults and accuses Kenny of a weak response

Taoiseach Enda Kenny told the Dáil on Wednesday the Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald and Garda Commissioner were considering  a plan to deal with rural crime.

Kenny tells Dáil situation in relation to rural crime is ‘not as satisfactory as we would wish’

Senator Mary White: ‘Ireland is most ageist in the world.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Mary White criticises delay in introducing BreastCheck for older women

Sinn Féin housing spokesman Dessie Ellis: he 80 new families a month were reporting homelessness and that there were 130 individuals sleeping rough in Dublin every night. Photograph: Alan Betson

Bad planning, governance has led to horrendous situation for thousands – Dessie Ellis

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has backed the Minister for Health’s warning that a high-level public servant will have to be sacked ‘for accountability’ if the hospital trolley crisis is not fixed. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

It is time the Minister signals he is going to require accountability, Taoiseach says

Mother of Independent Kerry South TD Michael Healy-Rae was raised in New York

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: “I would reiterate that the overall objective of the Government’s programme of justice to bring forward necessary changes to improve policing services in the State and to maintain public confidence in the Garda Síochána’’

Frances Fitzgerald says code of ethics to be established

Michael McGrath: “There is no building and there is no supply, and the problem is only going to get worse”

FF finance spokesman Michael McGrath calls for immediate Government action

Fianna Fáil’s Michael McGrath suggested they give people hope and discuss solutions. Photograph: Alan Betson

Meath FG TD Ray Butler made it local: ‘Fianna Fáil only built nine social houses in Trim’

The establishment of an independent policing authority will deliver “a sea-change’’ in Garda oversight in the State, Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has told the Dáil. Photograph: Jason Clarke

Objective of reform ‘to bring forward necessary changes to improve policing services’

Crowds celebrate  at Dublin Castle upon hearing the results of the Referendum on Marriage Equality in May. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Introduction of Marriage Bill greeted with applause from TDs and the public gallery

Socialist Party TD Paul Murphy has claimed in the Dáil that An Garda Síochána is targeting anti-water charge protesters. Photograph: Dave Meehan.

Taoiseach tells Socialist Party TD operations of Garda Síochána a matter for the force

Mary Lou McDonald: “The moment he chose to stand over that disgusting remark, the commissioner’s goose was cooked.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Sinn Féin would not have objected to Cabinet decision to seek commissioner’s resignation

 Tánaiste Joan Burton: “It is also clear from the report that Mr Callinan dealt with the circumstances of the retirement in an extremely dignified fashion.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Ministers round on Fianna Fáil leader over resignation of former Garda Commissioner

The Dáil  resumed on Tuesday with the Opposition  accusing Fine Gael and Labour of showing contempt for the House. Screengrab: Oireachtas TV

Criticisms of Coalition over Fennelly report findings during confidence Dáil debate

Lucinda Creighton: Position on referendum in line with party policy. Photograph: Sara Freund

Creighton declares no fear of vote on any issue ‘because, ulitmately, people will decide’

Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Budget bounce and volume of legislation factors in general election timing, say TDs

Alexis Fitzgerald’s coffin outside the Church of Mary Immaculate  of Sinners in Rathmines, Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Michael D Higgins leads mourners at funeral of ex-Fine Gael TD and lord mayor of Dublin

Joan Burton said constitutional issues prevented the introduction of legislation. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Dáil term concludes with blazing row about political pensions and allowances

Mary Lou McDonald said the Tánaiste was a Fine Gael mouthpiece.

Tánaiste rejects SF deputy leader’s criticism of Government policy

 Mary Lou McDonald:  “The Taoiseach and his cronies in government have stuck their hands in the pockets of working people. ”   Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Taoiseach says he hopes and expects more people will pay

Fianna Fáil Seanad leader Darragh O’Brien said: “We have been trying to get answers from Minister for Health Leo Varadkar” on the filling of a pancreas transplant surgeon post in Beaumont Hospital. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Prof John Crown says there is a lack of co-ordination in transplant policy

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

Sympathy expressed with the plight of Greek people and support given for new bailout

Micheál Martin has renewed his call for a commission of inquiry into Nama’s Northern loan portfolio.

Martin claims Minister for Finance failed to highlight ’serious issues’ involved

The Taoiseach has said the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) should be told of any alleged illegality in the sale by the National Asset Management Agency (Nama) of its Northern Ireland loan portfolio. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

SF’s Mary Lou McDonald raises questions on disposal of Northern Ireland loan portfolio

Paul Murphy: told the Dáil that a young homeless couple are in “horrific” emergency accommodation conditions. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Socialist Party TD Paul Murphy says vomit and food on floor and unwashed mattresses

Sinn Féin TD Peadar Toibin alleged duplicity was at the heart of “the Clerys debacle’’. “All the [workers] have received from the Labour Party so far is a two-faced response,’’ he added. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Tánaiste says workers have to be looked after first after criticism from SF’s Peadar Toibin

A recent report by the Alone organisation showed more than a third of older people in long-term nursing homes had low to medium dependency needs. Photograph: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Sixteen per cent of population will be aged over 65 in 10 years, deputy tells Dáil

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: told the Seanad that an additional €3 million has been provided to facilitate the appointment of 19 staff. Photograph: Dave Meehan

An extra €3m has been provided to facilitate 19 appointments, says Minister for Health

Tánaiste cites case of Jean McConville as example of Sinn Féin notion of welfare

Minister of State for Justice Aodhan Ó Riordáin said a register of lincensees was maintained on the PSRA website.  Photograph: Frank Miller

Number of prosecutions already before the courts in the Dublin area, Minister says

Joan Burton: ‘We have had a managed process of recovery in this economy’. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Burton says managed economic recovery in Ireland

Minister of State for Health Kathleen Lynch: hospital is ‘actively recruiting nursing staff’. Photograph: Alan Betson

TDs critical of ‘undue delay’ in opening facility in Cork

Minister Paschal Donohoe told the Seanad that tourism numbers were very positive, and more visitors would mean more jobs. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Tourism numbers up every year since 2011, with more than three million visitors to Ireland in first five months of 2015

 Enda Kenny: ‘The Minister has given [the banks] a warning.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Michael Noonan monitoring bank progress on lowering rates, says Taoiseach

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has indicated that action may be taken against the banks in the budget if they fail to reduce variable mortgage interest rates.

Taoiseach says Department of Finance monitoring reductions in variable rates

Minister of State for the Marine Tom Hayes has said  paid car-parking in Howth harbour,  Dublin, is being considered. Photograph: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography

Other factors must be taken into account before a final decision is made, says Minister

Armed police patrol Marhaba beach, where 38 people were killed in a terrorist attack in Sousse. Flowers have been laid in honour of the dead. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Enda Kenny expresses sadness and horror at deaths of Irish holidaymakers

Senator Mark Daly: said Germany seemed to forget the 1953 London debt agreement whereby nearly 50% of its debt was written off. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

‘EU and euro zone ministers continuing to beat and punish Greece until its morale improves or it does what they want’

 Dara Calleary (Fianna Fáil): asked if it was acceptable that a consultant had gone on maternity leave  and would not be replaced until September.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister Alex White promises one further consultant from October

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: said the banks responsible for breaching the code of conduct should be named and shamed and should have some penalty imposed

Kenny calls for public and swift Central Bank response

Joan Burton: “My priority is to ensure that as a society we arrive at a situation in which lone parents have the same opportunities as everyone else to access employment, training and education’’

Joan Burton rejects Opposition criticism of changes to lone-parent allowance

Senator David Norris praised O’Connell Street cleaners.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Independent Senator calls for new commission to oversee rejuvenation of Dublin

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: told the Seanad he is putting “key building blocks” in place for universal healthcare. Photograph: Alan Betson

Leo Varadkar admits ‘a lot of work remains to be undertaken’ to make this a possibility

Michael Noonan: Minister has said credit unions can apply to have their  restrictions reviewed. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

51% of the 376 operating credit unions are subject to lending restrictions, says Minister

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said the difference between gross income and net income should be taken into account when talking about tax cuts. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Minister for Finance asked in Dáil about plans to cut top rate of tax in next budget

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan (right) talks to Luis de Guindos, Spain’s economy minister at an emergency meeting of European finance ministers in Brussels on Monday. Photograph: Bloomberg

Taoiseach rejects claims Mr Noonan ‘stabbed the Greek people in the chest’

Sinn Féin vice-president Mary Lou McDonald: ‘The British and its military forces actively colluded with unionist paramilitaries to cause the deaths of many hundreds of people in the conflict.’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Mary Lou McDonald addresses party’s Wolfe Tone commemoration in Bodenstown

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys.  The Government lost a Seanad vote on a demand that Ms Humphreys should address the House on the sale of paintings from  Russborough House. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Senators demand Minister address Seanad on auction of works from Beit collection

 Head of Dominican Monk by Rubens, which is one of the  paintings in the Beit collection.

Minister had to address Seanad on paintings controversy after Government lost vote

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan:  “The wounds inflicted by collusion, which threaten to destroy trust in the State’s most fundamental responsibility, namely, protecting its citizens, are deep and slow to heal.’’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Flanagan says RTÉ documentary presented shocking account of collusion

Incumbent on Natrium Ltd, the new owners of Clerys, to engage with the staff and their trade unions, Minister of State for Jobs Ged Nash told the Seanad.

Minister of State for Jobs Gerald Nash says store closure ‘very shocking’

Houses for sale in Dublin. Renua Ireland’s Paul Bradford has criticised the State’s ‘fixation’ with home ownership. File  photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Renua Ireland’s Paul Bradford says Republic must look at long-term rented housing

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. The Taoiseach has rejected claims by Mr Martin that he was involved in ‘spinning’ the Fennelly Commission report. File photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Taoiseach rejects claims by Micheál Martin over ‘selective leaks’ of commission findings

Enda  Kenny said: ‘My heart breaks for the parents who lost children this morning and I can only imagine the fear in the hearts of other parents’.

‘It is truly terrible to have such a serious and sad incident at the beginning of a summer’

Minister for Communications Alex White: Said Ireland was the only country in the EU, or the OECD, without a postcode system. Photograph: Alan Betson

FF disappointed that postcode contract awarded to Capita and not to An Post

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charles Flanagan: Islamic State’s barbaric violence and culture of hatred is a threat to freedom and human dignity. Photograph: The Irish Times

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan says State working with EU allies on threat

Minister of State for Jobs Gerald Nash said the Bill would provide for a new framework to replace the former sectoral registered employment agreements.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Minister of State Gerald Nash says measure significant for workers and employers

 Shane Ross: “I’m not suggesting that whoever is appointed eventually is flawed”, but “everybody in this House knows that those who are going to sit in judgment in such tribunals are political appointees”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Independent TD says problem is that ‘we have insiders judging insiders’

Sinn Féin Senator David Cullinane, pictured with party leader Gerry Adams, said a Department of Social Protection form showed clear bias towards financial institutions. Photographer: Dara Mac Donaill

Senator Marie Louise O’Donnell tell that Seanad that post offices are the ‘real’ bank

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said the Government would have provided for the recruitment of a total of 550 extra gardaí by next September.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Minister for Justice introduces Bill setting up independent policing authority

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said it was not for him to discuss any individual company’s business. Photograph: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Kenny insists House had no authority to interfere with courts

Independent TD Catherine Murphy said she had no knowledge of anything or any information provided to her having been stolen, despite allegations from Denis O’Brien’s spokesman.

Pearse Doherty claims proposal rejected three times by bank’s credit committee

Kenny insists Dáil had no right to interfere with court hearing on privilege

Senator Averil Power claimed Fianna Fáil failed to launch a sufficiently strong canvass in support of the same-sex marriage referendum, and was critical of the party leadership before resigning last month. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Ned O’Sullivan to take on education brief formerly held by Dublin Bay North politician

Senator Averil Power announcing her resignation from the Fianna Fail party on the plinth outside Leinster House last week. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Ned O’Sullivan said she added to party’s diversity and urban appeal while a member

David Norris: “When the Fianna Fáil government denationalised Aer Lingus, I spoke and voted against that.” Photograph: Eric Luke/THE IRISH TIMES

Independent David Norris insists Ireland should have a State-owned airline

The Dáil has approved the sale of the State’s stake in Aer Lingus to International Airlines Group. File photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Clare TD expresses concerns about connectivity as motion passed by 74 votes to 51

Joan Burton: “It has no impact or inference for employment in Aer Lingus in Ireland.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Company is committed to regular interaction with unions, Joan Burton insists

Michael McNamara said he was not prepared “to gamble with what I believe is the key to the economic development of all of this State.” Photograph: Eric Luke/ THE IRISH TIMES

Labour’s Michael McNamara votes against Government motion on Aer Lingus sale

Enda Kenny said the sale of Aer Lingus would result in job creation, new routes and the Minister for Finance would have a veto over the sale of the valuable Heathrow slots under the deal with IAG, owners of British Airways and Iberian. Photograph: Frank Miller

Labour backbencher Michael McNamara voted against the Government’s motion

Independent TD Catherine Murphy has claimed in the Dáil  it was known “Denis O’Brien felt confident enough in his dealings with IBRC that he could write to Kieran Wallace, the special liquidator, to demand that the same favourable terms, extended to him by way of verbal agreement, be continued’’. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Catherine Murphy claims businessman paid 1.25% when 7.5% ‘arguably should’ have applied

Labour Party TD Michael McNamara. File Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Clare’s Michael McNamara set to lose party whip over issue

Labour Senator Ivana Bacik: ‘I wonder why Fianna Fáil privatised Aer Lingus in 2006. I wonder why Fianna Fáil got rid of the government’s controlling share.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

Heated exchanges between Ivana Bacik and FF on proposed deal

Independent TD Shane Ross: ‘One could have a headquarters with two men and a dog and we can be sure that is what we will have eventually.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

James Reilly rounds on Fianna Fail for criticising the deal

Minister for Trasport Paschal Donohoe: “It is envisaged that by the end of 2016, a new net 150 jobs will have been created in Aer Lingus , rising to a new net total of 635 jobs by 2020.”  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Opposition sharply critical of move to sell 25.1% State stake in airline

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin accused the Government of adopting a “slippery, sleeveen’’ approach to sale of Aer Lingus.

Sinn Féin claims deal is wrong for Ireland and Labour knows it

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: ‘I do not believe in abortion on demand, but there are very sensitive stories in respect of fatal foetal abnormalities and other issues.’ Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

No referendum on eighth amendment in Government’s lifetime, Enda Kenny tells Dáil

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: “It is better to take that time now so as to provide complete reassurance on the probity and independence of the entire process from start to finish.”

Total of 319 complaints referred to panel of counsel

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: “Modelled on the highly successful national cancer programme, it will provide the leadership and have the authority to deliver the strategy and to drive reform and standardise care across all 19 maternity units’’

Leo Varadkar says national programme will improve all maternity services

Bobby Aylward (centre) has his hand raised by Carlow-Kilkenny Fianna Fáil colleague John McGuinness on his arrival at Leinster House after winning a byelection in the constituency at the weekend. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

Martin denies issues with Power overshadowing Carlow-Kilkenny byelection win

The funeral mass of Bill O’Herlihy will take place on Friday at 11.30am at the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour in Foxrock in Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Broadcaster will be buried at Shanganagh Cemetery after funeral mass in Foxrock

Bill O’Herlihy at the launch of his autobiography in 2012, We’ll Leave it There So,  with his wife Hilary and his daughters Sally Conlon (left) and Jill O’Herlihy-Ryan. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Career spanned newspaper journalism, broadcasting, PR and ‘national handler’

 Martin Mansergh pictured at an  Easter Rising commemoration in  Arbour Hill in April. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Selection convention for new Tipperary constituency to take place on Thursday

Minster for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan who has described the likely Yes vote as ‘a great day for tolerance, inclusion, pluralism, and a great signature for what we are’.

Flanagan, who led Coalition campaign for Yes, welcomes ‘great day for tolerance, inclusion’

Fianna Fáil’s newest TD Bobby Aylward celebrates after winning the Carlow-Kilkenny by-election. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

Fine Gael’s David Fitzgerald finishes in second place with Kathleen Funchion third

Richard Bruton: said the Government was sitting down with stakeholders to see how the potential of the regions could be best developed

Barry Cowen says a two-tier recovery is under way

Charlie Flanagan: “said the Taoiseach emphasised the need to allow the undocumented Irish to come out of the shadows and be free to travel home for family events’’

Minister said he raised Irish issue when he met US vice-president Joe Biden in Boston

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: under pressure to deliver badly-needed victory in Carlow-Kilkenny Dáil byelection. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Pressure on Martin to steady party ship, boost morale and secure leadership with win

Senator Timmy Dooley: thanked the Tánaiste for her history lesson

Smiles all round until hospital deaths and homeless children are mentioned

Maureen O’Sullivan: issues around safety

Independent TD Maureen O’Sullivan says children not in natural family environment

Senator Cáit Keane suggested funding for the childcare sector should be provided by Enterprise Ireland. Photograph: Eric Luke

Fine Gael Senator says investing in childcare would save money in long run

Simon Harris, Minister of State for Finance: he said to vote against the proposed resolution in directors’ remuneration would have been a significant and serious matter and could be perceived as interfering in a commercial entity, damaging Ireland and bank investments. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Shane Ross insists Minister should have opposed pay levels and helped shareholders

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