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

Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin has called for a transparent approach to budgeting for  health because he believed the Government cannot not be trusted.

Fianna Fáil leader rules out a possible coalition with Sinn Féin

Ian Paisley and Bertie Ahern meeting at the British irish Council Summit in 2008, flanked by (from left) Gerry Kelly, Ian Paisley Jr, Eamon O’Cuiv and Martin McGuinness. Photograph: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland.

Former taoiseach recalls former leader’s warmth and sincerity

Leo Varadkar, Minister for Health and James O’Reilly, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs. Sinn Féin health spokesman Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has said the core elements of the Government’s health policy are in “freefall”.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Coalition in process of ‘abandoning’ many of its pledges, says SF health spokesman

First Minister Ian Paisley and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness smile after being sworn in as ministers of the Northern Ireland Assembley, Stormont in May 2007. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA

‘One thing we were united on was that our people were better able to govern ourselves than any British government’

File photograph of  Martin McGuinness. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Deputy First Minister rejects Robinson’s description of Executive as ‘not fit for purpose’

 Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams speaking at his party’s think-in in Co Louth last night. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin leader says Government needs to ‘lift its game’

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