Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin at the announcement of the Civil Service Renewal Plan in Government Buildings, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

‘Persistent under-performers’ will be dealth with under disciplinary code, Taoiseach says

Irish Water needs to win the confidence of people and should not pay bonuses, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has said. Photograph: Ian Waldie/Bloomberg

Minister says semi-State company needs to win confidence of people

The Government appears to have taken the view that the political decontamination process of former Progressive Democrat minister Liz O’Donnell is complete. Photograph: The Irish Times

Analysis: nomination follows application to little-known ‘Board Diversity Initiative’

Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald confirmed the post of secretary general at the Department of Justicewould be re-advertised after a public service recruitment process failed to identify a successor to Brian Purcell. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Fianna Fáil to raise issue in Dáil next week as Minister confirms job will be re-advertised

Activists on the platform of Connolly Station, Dublin in 1971 prior to boarding the Belfast Train to buy contraceptives.  Photograph: The Irish Times

In 1971 some 49 women took a train from Belfast to Dublin and made news all over the world

  Ruth Coppinger TD after taking an abortion pill bought from Belfast after bringing back abortion pills denied to women in the Republic of Ireland at Connolly Station, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Demonstration modelled on ‘contraceptive train’ of 1971, Socialist TD Ruth Coppinger says

David Hall said he has met with “Lucinda and Stephen” separately about the formation of a new party. I don’t know what their intentions are as of yet. I don’t think they have made any definite decisions yet, but discussions are still ongoing”.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Mortgage campaigner says people outside political establishment are losing patience

The ECB has so far refused to release a letter sent to former minister for finance Brian Lenihan in 2010 which many suspect forced the government into accepting the terms of the bailout. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

FF finance spokesman Michael McGrath says withholding of document ‘unsustainable’

Gerry Adams: has weathered significant controversies without any apparent adverse effect

Cahill claims child sex abusers were moved by republicans from the North to locations south of the Border

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