Stephen Farry was speaking after an Alliance delegation met Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers at Stormont on Thursday. File photograph: Paul Faith/PA

Alliance Minister Stephen Farry says party are supporters of monitoring commission

DUP leader Peter Robinson (centre) will meet British prime minister David Cameron   (right) to try to avoid the collapse of the Stormont institutions. Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has repeated his party’s position that the IRA ‘has gone away’.

DUP not going to let Sinn Féin ‘off the hook’, Dodds says after Northern Secretary meeting

 Minister for Defence Simon Coveney with Chief of Staff Lieut Gen Conor O’Boyle at the launch of the Government’s new White Paper on Defence, at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister plans ‘ambitious’ institute to attract international military personnel

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney at the launch of the Government’s White Paper on Defence at Dublin Castle yesterday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Ireland to deploy more women peacekeepers, says Minister for Defence

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney has said he does not believe Sinn Féin is telling the truth about the current status of IRA structures.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

SF TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin says ‘absolutely and clearly’ the IRA no longer exists

Members of the Defence Forces form a Guard of Honour at the State Ceremony to mark the Centenary of the founding of the Irish Volunteers in 2013. File photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Strategy includes employment scheme, new equipment for Army, Navy and Air Corps

Former minister for justice Michael McDowell. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Ex-minister says Irish and British governments saw inert paramilitary as best option

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Micheál Martin says allegations confirm what his party has ‘believed for some time’

DUP MP  Jeffrey Donaldson. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

UUP threatens to withdraw from Executive over paramilitary link in McGuigan murder

Alan Kelly has called on Gerry Adams to say the IRA “will never exist again”.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Recent murders expose ‘interchangability’ of Sinn Féin and IRA, claims Martin

Kevin McGuigan with his grandson Ollie:  McGuigan is believed to have been shot deat in retaliation for the murder of Gerard “Jock” Davison last May

SF chief Gerry Adams says IRA ‘undefeated’ and not involved in killing of former member

 Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly: spokesman said “far too many tenancy and landlord disputes are over deposits”. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Law to end ‘culture’ of landlords not returning deposits could be passed by September

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney: referred to the ‘very nasty murder’ of former IRA member Kevin McGuigan in Belfast. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

FG risks electoral damage if portrayed as undermining NI peace process

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney said he had spoken to both Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald and Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan about the Kevin McGuigan murder investigation.

PSNI has linked Provisional IRA members to the shooting dead of Kevin McGuigan

Protesters at one of the many anti-water charge demonstrations since the levy was announced. Photograph: The Irish Times

Linking of grant to water charge payment unlikely until next year at the earliest

Fianna Fáil’s environment spokesman Barry Cowen has said: “The issue with the policy is that every time Alan Kelly (above) picks up a phone to a journalist his policy on Irish Water changes. It’s become absolutely farcical. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

‘Every time Alan Kelly picks up a phone to a journalist his policy on Irish Water changes’

Fianna Fáil’s environment spokesman Barry Cowen has derided the proposed scheme to relocate homeless Dublin people in rural areas as “crazy”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Party launches rent policy proposing tax relief for negative equity landlords

Minister for Transport and Tourism Paschal Donohoe TD: “Our hotels, our restaurants and our cafes got too expensive for a while and it caused gigantic damage to Irish tourism.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Donohoe says retention of 9% VAT rate is ‘conditional’

The sale of the State’s 25 per cent stake in Aer Lingus to International Airlines Group (IAG) was recommended by the Cabinet in May. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Paschal Donohoe says money from Aer Lingus sale to fund ‘access’ infrastructure projects

Minister for Transport and Tourism Paschal Donohoe has warned the tourist industry against a return to “any perception of rip-off Ireland”.

Retention of 9 per cent VAT rate conditional on offering good value to tourists

Irish Water’s logo.

Fianna Fáil’s Barry Cowen criticises implementation of water charges

British Labour Party leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn. Photograph: Ian Forsyth/Getty Images

Ex-minister says he is ‘not a fan’ of politics of frontrunner in party’s leadership contest

Under new provisions in the Civil Registration (Amendment) Act 2014, registrars now have the right to investigate questionable marriages. Photograph: Marc Debnam/Getty Images

Department of Justice reports ‘statistically improbable patterns of marriage’ in Ireland

Ibrahim Halawa: Arrested after a protest in August 2013 and is being held in an Egyptian prison

Fine Gael TD Pat Breen due in Cairo on Tuesday to discuss case of Irish student

Renua Ireland’s deputy leader Billy Timmins has rejected a claim from Fianna Fáil that the new party has been “ripping off” its policy documents. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Renua launches four-point plan to improve ‘amateur’ budgetary process

Socialist Party TD Paul Murphy: “It’s not a personal hatred of Joan Burton. I don’t know the woman ...  it’s a hatred of what she represents politically which is a complete sell-out of people.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley

‘It’s not a personal hatred of Joan Burton ... it’s a hatred of what she represents politically’

Paul Murphy: “It’s seriously bad practice for the information that we are due to charged to be leaked to the media before anyone due to be changed is informed.” Photograph: The Irish Times

Joan Burton will appear as witness in court if she is called, says Labour spokesman

“Rising prices make home ownership more difficult but they may also drive up rents as well as increase homelessness,” according to risk report.

Government report says low levels of housing supply an ‘immediate issue of concern’

Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy has criticised a decision by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to charge those suspected of involvement in the protest that saw Joan Burton trapped in her car. . Photograph: Eric Luke

Anti-Austerity Alliance TD says Joan Burton is ‘hated’ in Jobstown

 Willie O’Dea: Responding to comments from Fianna Fáil finance spokesman Michael McGrath. Photograph: Alan Betson

Willie O’Dea says voting with minority government on case-by-case basis a possibility

The Watermarque Building in Ringsend, Dublin, where Airbnb’s headquarters is located. Photograph:  Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Room rental site to clarify new obligation to provide income details to Revenue

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe has called on Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin to explain what voters can expect if they vote for the Opposition party. Photograph: Shane O’Neill / Fennell Photography

Paschal Donohoe calls on Micheál Martin to explain what voters can expect if they vote FF

Airbnb hosts must provide “absolute clarity” on any earnings to the Revenue Commissioners, Minister for Tourism Paschal Donohoe has said. Photograph: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg

Paschal Donohoe welcomes Airbnb Revenue Commissioners decision

Dublin Bus driver William Healy gets the feel for one of the company’s 90 new buses. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Vehicles represent investment of almost €35m in fleet replacement programme

Limerick TD Dan Neville says it was time a younger person got the opportunity

This Big Sister would certainly be in favour of giving compulsory voting a try. Photograph: Getty Images

The knee-jerk reaction to the concept is that it smacks of Big Brother government

Russborough House’s entrance hall. It costs €1 million a year to keep the house in repair and open to the public

Funds raised may only cover half of €15m needed to secure stately house’s future

 Roisin Shortall TD, Catherine Murphy TD & Stephen Donnelly TD at the launch of Social Democrats. Photograph: Collins

Podcast: Says Social Democrats hope to run a candidate in every Dublin constituency

Mick Wallace: he said only a “US vulture fund” was likely to have the wherewithal to purchase the hundreds of loans in the portfolio

Project Arrow is largest portfolio sale yet undertaken by Nama involving €8.4 billion in non-performing loans

Ronit Lentin (right) of the Anti-Racism Network Ireland clashes with Identity Ireland member Paul Ó Marcháin  at an event organised by the fledgling party in Dublin

Identity Ireland wants stricter border controls and return to punt

Senator Lorraine Higgins at Pearse Street Garda Station on Tuesday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Labour Senator has contacted gardaí about receiving two threats in recent days

Mick Wallace said he spoke to two gardaí: “They were pretty sharp individuals, so hopefully they have the wherewithal to sort it.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation to test truth of corruption and bribery claims

Mick Wallace said he spoke to two gardaí: “They were pretty sharp individuals, so hopefully they have the wherewithal to sort it.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation to test truth of corruption and bribery claims

Independent TD Mick Wallace met two senior gardaí last week and gave them information related to allegations he made in the Dáil. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Independent TD told Dáil a construction firm was asked for cash to exit the agency

The Minister said there was “no discussion whatsoever” with Labour about a joint approach to the next general election. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Fine Gael and Labour ‘have not discussed’ a joint approach to general election

Ruairí Quinn, who along with fellow former Labour leaders Pat Rabbitte and Eamon Gilmore, will not contest the next election. Photograph: Frank Miller

Pension and other costs for politicians who retire or lose will be about €14m

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan  is being lobbied to raise the threshold on inheritances adult children can receive from parents without having to pay tax. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Bereaved taking out mortgages or forced to sell family home to pay inheritance tax

Alex White said he did not underestimate the challenge of winning back support. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Eighth amendment on abortion ‘will not be repealed unless we’re in government’

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern gave an hour-long interview to Miriam O’Callaghan on RTÉ Radio One on Sunday. Photograph: Maxwell’s

Former taoiseach says Fine Gael/Labour coalition is ‘doing a good job’

Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern leaving the banking inquiry last week. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

‘Some of the things I did were fairly bizarre, I don’t deny that,’ says former taoiseach

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said it was an “absolute red line” that the corporation tax rate did not go beyond 12.5 per cent.

Minister says personal taxes too high and wants to narrow gap

Minister of Finance Michael Noonan  said there could not be a ‘giveaway budget’. Photograph: Sara Freund

‘We actually have money to spend and under the rules we won’t be able to spend it all’

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan; Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Minister’s advice - seek improved terms following Central Bank report

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin TD speaks at the National Economic Dialogue. Photograph: Sara Freund/The Irish Times.

Minister for Public Expenditure says he will address ‘pressure points’ in next budget

Fianna Fáil express concern about jab offered to girls aged 12

The new Social Democrats party listed their values as: progress; equality; democracy and sustainability. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Group pledges to abolish water charges and repeal the eighth amendment

Fine Gael TD Frank Feighan is heckled by protesters in 2011 outside Leinster House against  the closure of the emergency department at Roscommon General Hospital. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins, Dublin.

‘There was a frenzy and I became the fall guy for the situation’

Russborough House: minutes of a meeting between then minister for arts Jimmy Deenihan and members of the Alfred Beit Foundation in 2013 say the trust had looked at the “nuclear option” of closing  Russborough House

Minutes state trust ‘veered’ towards disposal of non-essential assets such as furniture, porcelain and eastern ceramics

A pensioner waits to receive part of his pension at a National Bank branch in Athens. Euro zone leaders clinched a deal with Greece on Monday to negotiate a third bailout to keep the near-bankrupt country in the euro zone after a whole night of haggling at an emergency summit. Photograph: Yiannis Kourtoglou/Reuters

No immediate budgetary implications for Ireland if third bailout agreed, says Noonan

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is seen at the euro zone leaders summit over the weekend. Mr Kenny said on Tuesday the delay in reaching a deal had cost Greece dearly. Photograph: AFP

‘Every member of euro zone wants Greece to be able to continue as a member of euro zone’

President  Michael D Higgins. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

President calls for harmony across Europe as he hosts German president Joachim Gauck

Taoiseach Enda Kenny leaves at the end of Monday’s  EU summit on the Greek debt crisis.  Photograph: Thierry Charlier/AFP/Getty Images

Taoiseach welcomes agreement but Adams says Government sided with the strong

Tánaiste Joan Burton has called on highly paid consultants and civil servants to forgo pension increases. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Joan Burton says she had always been in favour of caps on public service pensions

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams accused the Government of taking the “side of the strong” against Greece in negotiations. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams accuses Government of taking the ‘side of the strong’

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Amelia Wetton, Ruben Corrigaan and Kiya O’Connor from the Child Care Centre at the St Andrews Resource Centre recently. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

‘The existence of blood ties sometimes means goodwill can be taken advantage of’

Gardaí outside Leinster House. File  photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Gardaí warn TDs of possible security breaches amid heightened concerns

Political outfit: Julia Gillard as prime minister, in 2013. Photograph: Lisa Maree Williams/Bloomberg

Australia’s first woman prime minister had to deal not just with political battles but also with sexist insults. That’s all the (...)

 Minister for Public Expenditure  Brendan Howlin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister for Public Expenditure responds to Varadkar request for supplementary funds

Nigerian ambassador Dr Bolere Ketebu and South African ambassador Ahlangene Sigcay at the launch of the Irish Aid 2014 Annual report, in Iveagh House. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister says he is committed to target of 0.7% of GDP, but it won’t be reached in 2015

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan said the Cabinet had approved the provision of up to an additional 610 SNA posts from this September.

Delay in confirming SNA allocations for next academic year angered schools and parents

Former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis: Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin said his colleague Michael Noonan had no issue with Mr Varoufakis.

‘You see shocking pictures of people crying because they’ve no money or in rubbish bins’

Former minister for communication Pat Rabbitte who said he had nothing lined for when he left politics. Photograph: The Irish Times.

Brendan Howlin says Pat Rabbitte’s decision not to contest election is a ‘loss to politics’

File image of young asylum seekers accommodated  at Knockalisheen, Meelick, Co Clare.  File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Dublin’s Balseskin and Clare’s Knockalisheen see biggest rise as Mosney figure drops

Prof Alan Barrett will chair next week’s National Economic Dialogue. Photograph: Don MacMonagle

Ministers call for robust dialogue on realistic options open to the Government

PAC chairman John McGuinness. Photograph: David Sleator

TD’s claims of €10m intended for figures linked with Nama sale to be investigated

Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes has called on the Greek political leaders to “ditch their aggressive, provocative language”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Gerry Adams commends a ‘historic decision’ to take a stand against austerity

The Irish Navy ship Le Eithne arrives at the Taranto harbor with rescued migrants on board on June 8th. Photograph: APAP Photo/Gaetano Lo Porto

Vessel will be replaced in Mediterranean by another Irish naval vessel, the LE Niamh

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has said all countries across Europe could probably have acted earlier on the ongoing migrant crisis in the Mediterranean.

Minister says Europe only began responding to crisis in a co-ordinated way very recently

Mick Wallace raised concerns on Sunday about the sale in 2014 to Cerberus Capital Management of Nama’s Northern Ireland loan book. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

TD says he must check validity of ’Project Eagle’ information before it’s released

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan spoke about the plight of undocumented Irish in the US. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Minister to raise issue of Irish in US with Speaker of House of Representatives

President Michael D Higgins has called on European leaders to make the case to their electorates for the protection of asylum seekers as the global migration crisis worsens.

‘Are we to be limited in our actions by the narrow self interest of the present?’

Staff and students with Gardaí outside Leinster College language school in Harcourt St, Dublin, which closed its doors in 2014. File photograph: Dave Meehan

Jan O’Sullivan says Government ‘clean up’ of system aims to protect national reputation

Michael Conaghan: “The council is where you get local things done: parks, swimming pools and so on. The Dáil compared to that is very disappointing.”

TD for Dublin South Central says he found Dáil ‘disappointing’

Tánaiste Joan Burton said the Government was keeping ‘a very close watch’ on events in Greece. File Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Joan Burton says Government keeping a ‘a very close watch’ on Greece events

The former secretary general of the Department of Finance Kevin Cardiff has resumed his evidence to the Oireachtas banking inquiry on Wednesday.

Patrick Honohan said Ireland was in talks with the EU/IMF as Government denied it

The Department of Finance’s chief economist John McCarthy has told the banking inquiry he could have counted the number of economists working in the Department’s economic division when the crisis hit on one hand. Image: Oireachtas screen grab.

Economist John McCarthy says Department of Finance seen as ‘boy who cried wolf’ before crisis

Minister Simon Coveney said previously the cow in Louth was most likely to have contracted the disease, if it proves to be the case, from contaminated feed. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minister says ‘complete picture’ expected in case of Robunt cow found dead on dairy farm

‘Head of a Dominican Monk’ by Rubens from the Russborough House collection

Ministers pleased by emergence of ‘white knights’ willing to buy Russborough paintings

“I’ve options both inside and outside politics, and I’m keeping my options open,” Louth Fine Gael TD Peter Fitzpatrick has  said. File photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Fine Gael deputy won’t say if approached by another party or asked to run as Independent

The Irish people will not be asked to vote in an other referendum before the next general election, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has confirmed

Labour Party’s next general election manifesto will include a proposal to repeal the 8th

 Minister of State for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin said on Tuesday “I just heard this morning that so-called white knights had emerged to acquire them on behalf of the State and that would be a very welcome and good development”. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

Board set to postpone London auction after emergence of Irish donors

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said European leaders attending a summit in Brussels yesterday agreed   Greece should remain within the euro zone. Photograph: The Irish Times

Greece has been granted a two-day reprieve in its campaign for new rescue loans

Le cabinet de Physique de Bonnier de La Mosson, by Jacques de Lajoue (1734) formerly part of the Russborough House Alfred Beit Foundation has been acquired by Leonard Blavatnik, who is believed to have paid over £500,000 for it.

Britain’s richest man Leonard Blavatnik buys Beit painting in private Christie’s deal

Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys has said her department did not have the funds, estimated to be in the region of €12 million, necessary to buy the paintings. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Difference of opinion exists over what Ministers were told by the foundation in 2013

The  restored West Wing at Russborough House, in Blessington, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

‘I’m flabbergasted at suggestion it was put to us in 2013 they had to sell part of collection’

 Russborough House, in Blessington, Co Wicklow. The trustees who run Russborough  are due to attend an extraordinary board meeting in Dublin, amid continued criticism of their   decision to sell nine paintings from the house. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Heather Humphreys says she cannot stop auction of paintings from Beit collection

Children play  in front of the restored west wing of Russborough House at its opening in 2012. The Alfred Beit Foundation has issued a statement saying the Beits themselves sold artworks to assist in the upkeep of the stately home in Blessington, Co Wicklow.  File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Foundation says it notified of financial situation before plans to sell Russborough art

Minister for Children James Reilly: “I am aware that there are concerns being expressed by a number of groups with regard to the position of young persons and children.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister wants Bill to go further in recognising rights of those aged 18 and under

Venus and Jupiter, by Peter Paul Rubens. The painting is one of the pieces from the Beit collection that is to be sold in order to raise funds for Russborough house. The trust that runs the house has refused a request by Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys to cancel or delay the sale of valuable paintings.

Heather Humphreys asked trust to reconsider auction of paintings from collection

Former tánaiste and ex-minister for justice Michael McDowell’s son Hugh has been hired as a parliamentary assistant to Renua Ireland leader Lucinda Creighton.

Hugh McDowell will work with Lucinda Creighton as a parliamentary assistant

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