Ibrahim Halawa who has been acquitted of all charges in Egypt after four years in jail. Photograph:  Family Handout/PA Wire

Minister says about 20,000 hours were worked by up to 40 Government staff on the case

A protest in Peshawar in Pakistan against Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi over violence against the Rohingya. Photograph: Bilawal Arbab/EPA

FF calls on Government to propose sanctions against Myanmar over Rohingya treatment

Helen McEntee: said the reasons given on the deportation orders “do not tell us anything”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister of State Helen McEntee said the Israelis only gave a ‘generic explanation’

Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin: increasing the Garda commissioner’s salary  to €300,000 would “exacerbate the debate about high pay levels in the public service”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Government warned that judiciary and senior civil servants will also demand higher pay

Ibec’s Fergal O’Brien said that from roads to broadband ‘poorly developed infrastructure pushes up operating costs directly for businesses by make trade more difficult or expensive’.  .Photograph: Eric Luke

Ibec calls for rapid expansion in capital spending over ‘rainy day fund’

Ibrahim Halawa celebrates moments after his acquittal by an anti-terrorism court at the Wadi Natrun prison outside Cairo. Photograph: Declan Walsh/The New York Times

Decision after four years of appeals, adjournments, diplomacy, demonstrations, Dáil rows

Minister for Health Simon Harris: said he wanted to “change the culture”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

650 people on waiting list for transplants; 30,000 deaths annually but only 100 donors

Minister for Health Simon Harris: “I am concerned to read Prof Harbison’s comments today in relation to his view that there is an inertia in elements of the HSE in terms of delivering reform.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Harris: ‘When Prof Joe Harbison speaks about stroke care it’s very important we listen’

Actors Joe McKinney, Tom Neville,  Michael Bates and Gerry Shanahan in a scene from Full Circle.

Tom Neville to appear alongside his actor girlfriend, Fair City’s Jenny Dixon

There is  a cohort in Ireland ‘helping criminal gangs to make millions upon millions through the exploitation of vulnerable women’, says Ruhama. Photograph: Anoek de Groot/AFP/Getty Images)

Gardaí need to be properly resources to enforce Sexual Offences Act, Ruhama says

Ibrahim Halawa  will have to wait another three weeks for the verdict in a trial over Muslim Brotherhood protests in Cairo in 2013, his lawyers have said. Photograph: Family Handout/PA

Phonecall held after decision to delay the trial verdict for a further three weeks

Ibrahim Halawa: physical and mental health has deteriorated in detention

Senior figures believe 21-year-old Irish man could be back in Ireland within weeks

Architects image of the proposed 104 metre pedestrian and cycleway bridge across the Shannon between the Radisson Blu Hotel and the Luan Gallery in Athlone.

Department of Heritage a no-show at hearing on proposed 104 metre bridge for bikes and walkers

Financial support in Ireland for the clergy has always been voluntary, the Catholic Communications Office said.

Authority has received no complaints amid row over claims of €20 charge for Mass

The Government is targeting a Garda force of 21,000 by 2021. Photograph: The Irish Times

GRA backs ’bring garda home’ move, says recruitment should be racially diverse

‘He went through primary school in isolation, quite depressed, having temper tantrums, confusion, anxiety. No parent talks to us because of him. He has no friends.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Parents say authorities have placed their son with Asperger’s in a homeless shelter

Road Safety Authority says distracted driving could be a factor in up to 30 per cent of all collisions. Photograph: iStock

Fixed-notice fines issued for driving while using a mobile consistent for past 2½ years

Joe McHugh: ‘I’d be fluent at this stage. I do all my business through Irish and do live interviews in Irish.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Joe McHugh is to teach Irish to adults in summer school after becoming fluent

Dublin’s Grafton Street.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzismons

Call for security review of Dublin, Galway pedestrian zones after Barcelona attack

Simon Coveney has said the threat of an attack in Ireland similar to the atrocity in Barcelona remains possible but unlikely. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Spanish ambassador urges Irish people to continue to visit Barcelona

The private sector is not going to deliver what is needed to solve the homelessness crisis, says Simon Community. Photograph: Alan Betson

Simon Community urges State to address issue of unreasonable deposits being requested

Human rights watchdog concerned that legislation to provide for right to a lawyer has been passed but still not implemented six years later

UN Committee against Torture also calls for urgent action over prison staff shortages

The State will this year spend €1.3bn on social housing, with overall expenditure of €5.3bn on 47,000 additional homes by 2021. Photograph: Getty Images

Minister Eoghan Murphy says impact of measures ‘will take some time’

The UN Committee against Torture was concerned the State’s commission of investigation into mother and baby homes “did not allow it to investigate all institutions in the country at which abuses including forced and illegal adoptions may have occurred”. File photograph: Getty Images

Fundamental review of prison health care sought along with increased staffing in jails

Fr Peter McVerry: suggests the Government is still in denial about the extent of the homelessness crisis. Photograph: Alan Betson

Figures show 765 children aged four or under were homeless on census night in 2016

Minister for Culture Heather Humphreys expects to  introduce the National Archives (Amendment) Bill  in the Dáil in October.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Papers from Government departments to be made public after 20 years instead of 30

Families and children accounted for nearly half the total homeless population last year. Photograph: Getty Images

No local authority schemes for affordable homes on 700 public sites, says Jan O’Sullivan

Females account for 42 per cent of the total - 2,888 - and 48 per cent of homeless are male, 4,018. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The new figures reveal 27 per cent of those experiencing homelessness are children

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan said 3,888 drivers failed to respond to letters notifying them about the action to be taken to overturn the wrongly imposed sanction. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Of 9,380 letters sent to motorists affected by Garda error, 3,888 drivers failed to respond

Cliona Marley from Donegal who underwent a heart transplant,   with her mother Joan in April at the launch of Organ Donor Awareness Week 2017.

Numbers on transplant waiting list increases to 587 people hoping for organ donors

Minister of State for Defence Paul Kehoe says the Government is committed to maintaining the strength of the Defence Forces at 9,500 personnel, but there are currently 9,044 members.

FF spokeswoman says Government needs to ‘get its head out of the sand and address issue’

Social Democrats TD Catherine Murphy has persistently questioned the difficulty in getting information in a timely fashion from the HSE about its services and funding. Photograph:  Collins Courts

IT financial system will replace nine different HSE systems in use and will cost €30m

This weekend’s road deaths bring the total number of people killed on the Republic’s roads this year to 98.

Two drivers killed in separate single-vehicle crashes and motorcyclist in collision with car

Thomas Pringle: he has been a TD since 2011 when he was first elected to the three-seat Donegal South West constituency

Donegal TD who turns 50 this month is in a stable condition

Hiqa inspectors were concerned staff and residents at the Liosmore centre in Limerick “continued to be subjected to risk and harm from behaviours that challenge” following an inspection in February this year.

Staff and residents at Liosmore centre in Limerick ‘subjected to risk and harm’

Oberstown Children Detention Centre. Photograph: Eric Luke

Inspectors criticise lack of proper oversight but praise education, improved atmosphere

Since the project came into operation in January 2015 , a total of 217 people with dementia have benefited. Photograph: iStock

Intensive home care packages cost average of €953 a week

Prof Ethel Brooks, Sabina Higgins and Lynn Jackson, co-ordinator of the national Roma Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration, at Tuesday’s ceremony. Photograph: Alan Betson

Romany activist says she was told at Dublin Airport that Roma people ‘steal and beg’

Sabina Higgins during Roma Holocaust Memorial Day at The Mansion House, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Event in Dublin marks second World War genocide of 500,000 Roma

Government departments have spent just under €1.725m on taxis, car and limousine hire in the past two years. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Department of Foreign Affairs accounts for almost half of the total car travel bill

Minister for Health Simon Harris:  said “delays arose and, in February 2017, the hospital was advised that the candidate was no longer in a position to take up the post”. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Eugene Murphy criticises Leo Varadkar over staffing delays at Galway University Hospital

Andrew Doyle said: “We’re not going to be an organic island and I don’t think we should even try to.” Photograph: Dave Meehan

Island could be a ‘reservoir of seed varieties’ in event of international food scare

Garda  Emergency Response Unit: part of the increased costs in Garda overtime, according to Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins

Anti-crime operations, armed support, 1916 events and visits to State given as factors

Denis Naughten TD said: “I have advised RTÉ of my position in the course of overall discussions on funding for the broadcaster.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Naughten says he has told RTÉ there will be no increase, despite calls by Dee Forbes

The highest number of assaults was in Mountjoy, which also had the highest rate of self-harm incidents, approximately 20. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

UN torture committee remains concerned about prison overcrowding and violence

Minister for Justice and Equality Charlie Flanagan said  mediation as an alternative to the court proceedings will be a voluntary process. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

Women’s Aid worry victims of domestic abuse may be pressurised into mediation

Climate-change watchdog also urges removal of subsidies for peat-generated electricity

One of the most controversial elements of the politics of water, water funding and water charges has been about metering to locate  leaking

Even if main water pipes are not rupturing they are certainly leaking

The Thornton Hall site in North Dublin, which was purchased in 2005. Photograph: Alan Betson

Thornton Hall site bought for €29.9m to replace Mountjoy was a ‘Celtic Tiger mistake’

Minister Charlie Flanagan  said the Bill was ‘not gathering dust on any shelf anywhere’. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Flanagan tells Seanad Public Health Bill will proceed in the next session of the Oireachtas

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan was accused of being to the right of Genghis Khan.

Heated exchanges as Government defeated on Bill to extend family reunification rights

Senator Lynn Ruane: she said her amendment was “just a line” obliging lawyers to remind the person that mediation was voluntary, and it may not be an option for them if there was a risk to their safety

Legislation to offer mediation as alternative to court proceedings must go back to Dáil

Christmas Day swimmers at the Forty Foot. Photograph: Frank Miller

Green Party accuses Minister of ‘complete doublespeak’ on low-carbon economy

Fianna Fáil Senator Aidan Davitt said Garda morale is at an all-time low, particularly among rank-and-file officers.

FF Senator says morale at ‘all time low’ as officers face ‘onslaught of allegations’ from public

Gabrielle McFadden: “I was targeted by a number of people on social media”

McFadden to give all Senators an ‘I am a Friend’ pin for campaign to stop bullying

New legislation means drinkers should be able to go to the pub next Good Friday. Photograph: iStock

Legislation’s author says it represents progressive step in Church/State separation

Senator Pádraig Ó Ceidigh: dismissed the 20-year Irish language  as a failure. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Strategy is a ‘failure’ and should be abandoned for new plan focusing on job creation

Ray Butler was  diagnosed with type 2 diabetes last August and said it was a huge wake-up call for him.

Ray Butler calls for Government to introduce free blood test to save State money long-term

Senator Lynn Ruane said the two men were probably at home “without any support after what is a tragic experience”.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Lynn Ruane raises issue of education about dangers of canal swimming

Fianna Fail TD John Lahart said the global economy relies on measuring instruments and weights such as petrol pumps and taximeters “and we need to know they can be trusted”.

TDs discuss oldest science and oldest metrology method - Pharaoh’s ‘royal cubit’

Charlie Flanagan expressed his disappointment at the North’s parties’ failure to establish an Executive.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Flanagan says Bill will play ‘important role in having a normalised society in the North’

Fianna Fáil TD Lisa Chambers pictured outside the Dail in March 2016. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Lisa Chambers recalls impact of death of 21-year-old Ben Garrett on his friends

The late Malak Thawley with her husband, Alan. File photograph: Facebook

Dáil told family of woman who died believes Holles Street review ‘shambolic attempt to hide facts’

 Grenfell tower in west London on June 15th,  a day after it was gutted by fire. Photograph: AFP Photo

Bill to let developments of 20 houses or more continue if planning is expiring

Minister of State for Defence Paul Kehoe: he said the operation aimed to not only “disrupt the activities of smugglers and traffickers, but also to prevent further loss of life at sea”

Opposition warns against moving from humanitarian operation in Mediterranean

Broadcaster Stephen Fry was at the centre of row over the State’s blasphemy laws. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire.

Róisín Shortall seeks referendum on issue following inquiry into Stephen Fry comments

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar told Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams that Minister for Culture Heather Humphreys had assured him that funding for the case, “if there even is a bill . . .  will not come from the 2016 commemoration fund”. Photograph: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie

Adams’ call for State to drop appeal to High Court ruling on national monument rejected

Ceann Comhairle says Dáil ‘perjury’ transcripts will be examined

A beach strewn with waste. One million plastic bottles are bought every minute around the world. Photograph: Getty

Green Party Bill proposes ban on plastic cups, plates and cutlery

Fianna Fáil TD Pat ‘The Cope’ Gallagher. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Harris fails to attend 'for fourth time' to answer on Letterkenny cardiology services

Leo Varadkar reiterated in the Dáil that he did not condone the actions of the protesters in Jobstown. Photograph:  Aidan Crawley/EPA

Leo Varadkar also defended comments he made about Garda evidence in trial

Senator Colm Burke said Ireland was one of the top three countries in the OECD for spending on health, yet had only 2.8 hospital beds per 1,000 people.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Health service audits other agencies ‘but who controls the controllers and audits HSE?’

Marcella Corcoran Kennedy: The former minister of state said  she believed the drinks industry was attempting to unpick the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill “bit by bit”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Marcella Corcoran Kennedy frustrated with third delay of Bill to deal with drink problem

National Day of Commemoration: President Michael D Higgins lays a wreath  at the Royal Hospital in Kilmainham. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Prayers, music and military ceremony at event led by President and Taoiseach

New legislation will allow developers complete unfinished housing developments in cases which might otherwise require new planning permission.

Minister to fast-track provision in legislation to be introduced, debated, passed next week

Fianna Fáil Brexit spokesman Stephen Donnelly has called for an independent investigation into the loophole in Section 110 of the Taxes Consolidated Act. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

FF’s Stephen Donnelly calls for independent investigation into alleged tax avoidance

Shane Ross: the Minister   had expected the Bill to be passed before the summer, but has not commented on the delay. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Legislation passes second stage by 83 to 53 votes but no further progress until autumn

Minister for Employment and Social Protection Regina Doherty. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty says some who voted for Fine Gael will be ‘let down’ by move

Shane Ross  says Bill, his second, the ‘most energising’ he has introduced. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister for Sport defends legislation, saying €200m will only be on line if no tickets sold

Leo Varadkar and Kate O’Connell announcing Fine Gael plans to abolish the USC ahead of last year’s general election. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Pearse Doherty accuses Fine Gael of U-turn on ‘populist’ election pledge to scrap USC

Householders are buying and throwing away food worth twice the annual cost of bin charges in some counties,   Minister for the Environment Denis Naughten said.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins.

Minister Denis Naughten defends regime and claims people putting dead animals into recycling bins

Taoiseach also pointed out that 20 per cent of the education budget goes on special education

Taoiseach pledges annual decision on SNA jobs will be made ‘well in advance’ in future

The Cork Senator was congratulated on his engagement to his partner Conchobar Ó Laoghaire

Senator Jerry Buttimer ‘happy that we, as a country, can allow all of us to get married’

Former tánaiste Joan Burton. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Call for vote before end of June to avoid debate becoming ‘embroiled’ in Pope’s visit

Supporters of  the  Power family protest outside the Dáil on Tuesday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Thomas Power’s sister tells TDs ’doors had been closed to him’ for emergency treatment

Minister for Sport Paschal Donohoe , Brian O’Driscoll, bid ambassador, Taoiseach Enda Kenny , and Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring, at a photocall for Ireland’s Rugby World Cup 2023 bid in 2015. Photograph: Eric Luke

Eamon Ryan appeals for delay on Bill that commits public money so IRFU can answer questions

Paul Murphy TD: said there were “very serious ramification for others who might seek to exercise their right to protest”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Varadkar rejects call by Paul Murphy for inquiry into Garda ‘conspiracy’ investigation

Bord na gCon has spent almost €50,000 on public relations advice in the first five months of this year, more than twice what it spent in the previous two years combined.  Photograph: Peter Kohalmi/AFP/Getty Images

Bord na gCon, which attended PAC last month, spent €47,000 on PR advice this year

 Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald sharply criticised the ODCE, saying it ‘fell far short of the standard impartial, unbiased and thorough investigation we expect and demand’. Photograph: Stephen Collins

Frances Fitzgerald to send ODCE report on FitzPatrick trial to AG for advice

Sinn Féin social protection spokesman John Brady claimed Taoiseach Leo Varadkar ignored delays in maternity benefit payments for three months. Photograph: Julien Warnand/Reuters

Frances Fitzgerald says Taoiseach ‘clearly took’ action as payments now up to date

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald has rejected as ‘quite simply untrue’ claims by Solidarity TD Mick Barry that the Government had an agenda in the Jobstown trial. Photograph: Collins Photos

Tánaiste says it is ‘quite simply untrue’ to say the Government had agenda in this case

John McGuinness: Called on Minister for Justice  to insist the courts speak directly to the families of wards of courts. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

John McGuinness claims c ourts failed to account for up to €500,000 losses in wards-of-court funds

Fergus O’Dowd: he said“we trust lay people who are selected as jurors” and have full confidence in their decision-making in cases

Róisín Shortall calls for more control and monitoring of District Court judges

An  anti-fracking campaign group in jubilant mood after the fracking Bill was passed  banning all fracking in Ireland. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Private Members' Bill passed in Seanad after passage earlier through Dáil

Mary Lou McDonald, who said the announcement  of the ending of flat-rate bin charges would result in families struggling to make ends meet being hit with new price hikes. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Taoiseach defends end of flat-rate bin charges to ‘put environment first’

Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor. Photograph:  Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Taoiseach defends achievements as Minister - 20 Bills in six years ‘reasonably good record’

Minister for Transport Shane Ross. Photograph: Alan Betson/File

Shane Ross denies having ‘vendetta’ against judiciary

People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett said third-level institutions such as UCD, NUI Galway and Trinity College and others should be allowed to train barristers. FIle photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Boyd Barrett claims situation ensures ‘well-vetted elite’ decides who joins legal system

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan highlighted the ‘integrity and professionalism of the Irish judiciary, and their contribution to Ireland’s modern democracy’

Almost 10 hours set aside over three days for Second Stage of Judicial Appointments Bill

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has described as devoid of common sensea decision to separate an elderly couple who sought nursing home care together. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

Leo Varadkar sorry for what Wexford couple ‘endured at the expense of bureaucracy’

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