Ships in Dublin Port being loaded with goods for export. New figures show GDP was up by 1.5 per cent in the second quarter. Photograph: Dara MacDonaill/Irish Times

Latest Quarterly National Accounts show economy grew by 7.7% in year to June

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney has said Irish soldiers whose travel to the Golan Heights has been delayed by two weeks are ‘anxious to get on and do their job’. File Photograph of Minister in Athlone: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister hopes to confirm Ireland will remain part of UN mission

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin gave a “helpful and important update” on the Budget to Cabinet this morning, Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe has confirmed.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Government says its ‘monitoring’ referendum in Scotland

Exterior of Eglinton Hostel Direct Provision centre in Salthill Galway. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien / THE IRISH TIMES

There is danger a Yes Minister fudge will be adopted, writes Mary Minihan

The National Transport Authority  has determined that tendering about 10 per cent of  Dublin Bus or Bus Éireann’s routes represents little threat to the firms’ overall operations.

Unions warns move could lead to industrial action

Minister for Agriculture and Defence Simon Coveney has called for a “conversation” about what is driving asylum seekers to protest about their rights and conditions in various centres around the country. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Mullen proposes female-only and family-only direct provision centres

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan who said there would not be a general election until the spring of 2016 and this should allow enough time for the banking inquiry to complete its work.

Minister says ‘efficient inquiry’ must hear from everybody involved

A file image of Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe (right), with  Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin. Photograph: Collins

Minister says Coalition wants to help middle income workers paying top rate of income tax

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe has described fresh allegations of continued abuses of the penalty points system as “very, very serious” and says they must be investigated properly.  Photograph: Frank Miller / The Irish Times

McCabe claims several hundred penalty points are being terminated every month

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