Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe has called for the debate on the forthcoming same-sex marriage referendum to have a  ‘responsible tone’. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Minister says Government preparing ‘positive agenda’ for same-sex marriage vote

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe said there are a variety of views in Government in relation to the State’s stake in Aer Lingus. Photograph: PA

Minister says a recommendation on what to do with State’s 25 per cent will be issued soon

Prof Ray Kinsella, of Mothers and Fathers Matter. The group has launched a campaign for a No vote in the same-sex marriage referendum.  File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Group says children cannot be taken ‘out of equation’ in same-sex marriage vote

The battle for Leinster House: Some TDs are budgeting for two general elections in 2016.

Analysis: Some TDs are cautious about reliability of coalition options in 2016

 Minister for Justice  Frances Fitzgerald: burglary  ‘very traumatic’ for the victim. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Repeat burglars to face longer jail terms and tougher bail rules, says Frances Fitzgerald

Spokesman for Fine Gael said party supports reducing age of candidates

‘Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin insisted he had not found recent comments by Fine Gael Ministers about increased productivity being the quid pro quo for pay rises in any way unhelpful.’

Analysis: FG ministers say deal needs reforms to work practices, but it’s a trickier path for Labour

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has dismissed the concern that not supporting the same-sex marriage referendum will affect funding. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Concern that lack of same-sex marriage support will affect funding is a ‘red herring’

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald is to a memo to Cabinet proposing the introduction of tough new measures for repeat burglars including consecutive sentences and tougher bail restrictions.

Fitzgerald to propose stronger powers for judges to refuse bail to serial burglars

Taoiseach Enda Kenny says he Government needs to look at the ‘consequences of any such decision’ by the UK to exit the European Union. Photograph: Inpho

London think tank suggests UK exit would be more costly for Ireland than for the UK itself

‘John O’Mahony said he was being treated as a “movable feast” to ensure Fine Gael complied with the legislation. He was asked by Fine Gael headquarters to transfer to Galway West ahead of the election, leaving Michelle Mulherin (above)  to contest in Mayo along with Kenny and Michael Ring.’  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The threat to reduce funding was the only way to ‘concentrate the mind’, Phil Hogan said

The inquiry prompted the resignation of former taoiseach Bertie Ahern from Fianna Fáil. Photograph: The Irish Times

Material relating to the €158m planning investigation shelved as inquiry finally dissolves

 Minister for Health Leo Varadkar. “The time has come for pay restoration but we don’t want to lose the productivity gains from Croke Park and Haddington Road. If anything, we’d like more.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister seeks additional productivity in return for reversal of emergency pay cuts

Terence Flanagan TD has said his “brain freeze” during an RTE Radio interview made him review his work/life balance. Photograph: Dara MacDonaill

Renua Ireland TD was ‘completely exhausted’ in the run up to ‘car crash’ radio interview

MacGill Summer School director Joe Mulholland has confirmed US Ambassador to Ireland Kevin O’Malley will open the event this summer. Photograph: Eric Luke

Annual event will take place in Glenties, Co Donegal this year

Future Voices founder Mairead Healy said the Youth:Elect programme was inspired by her organisation’s experience that young people were often not interested in politics because they felt “disenfranchised” from the political system.  File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Youth:Elect scheme aims to equip 20-somethings to stand in 2016 general election

Mr Justice Kevin Cross. “A referendum is an occasion when a decision is made not by the government, the Houses of the Oireachtas or by the courts, but by the people who vote”

Commission chairman says every Irish citizen 18 or over on polling day entitled to vote

Mary Lou McDonald alleged last December a number of prominent individuals had links to Ansbacher offshore accounts following information released by a whistleblower. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Sinn Féin deputy leader’s comments were found to be an abuse of Dáil privilege

Dublin Fianna Fáil councillor David McGuinness has resigned from the party. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times.

Politician, who failed to win Dublin West election nomination, claims party ‘in denial’

 The Hiqa report revealed the Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise was removed from a list of 10 small hospitals to be downgraded from 24-hour facilities in 2011. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Minister envisages ‘viable and bright’ future for the facility after €6m extension

 Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan: “I don’t accept that there will be a culling of male TDs”

State funding will be cut unless at least 30 per cent of candidates women

Potential fraud risks in making information available online conceded by Government

Michelle Mulherin is Fine Gael’s only female TD in the Mayo constituency. A Fine Gael source highlighted her strength in her Ballina base, in contrast with John O’Mahony’s loss of 10,000 voters from his area following boundary changes. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

John O’Mahony has been asked to transfer to Galway West for general election

Sinn Féin health spokesman Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin said the Government had decided to maintain the level of services provided at Portlaoise but failed to ensure that the HSE had adequate funding to provide these services. Photograph: Frank Miller

Fianna Fáil spokesman Billy Kelleher says report should be made public immediately

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: reached the end of his tether this week

Micheál Martin loyalists see criticism of party as destructive

Fianna Fáil spokesman on justice Niall Collins:  has called for a special Garda unit to tackle anti-social behaviour in Dublin city centre. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Niall Collins proposes bill to establish special force to improve safety in city centre

Gerry Adams, re-enactor Jim Roche, Martin McGuinness, Mary Lou McDonald, Honor O’Brolchain, and James Connolly Heron, relatives of participants in the 1916 Rising, at the Sinn Fein launch of their 1916 Commemoration Plans at Whites Hotel off Dublin’s O’Connell Street. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Analysis: Video mapping to bring GPO ‘back under shellfire’ for Easter Rising centenary

Fianna Fáil TD John McGuinness has been told to “just put his shoulder to the wheel” after he voiced criticism of the party. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times.

Niall Collins says ‘no wisdom’ in changing leader after run of poor opinion poll results

Virgin Atlantic will tell the Dáil Transport Committee that a sale of the State’s share in Aer Lingus will have significant negative effects on connectivity and ticket prices. Photograph: Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images

Company to warn Dáil committee of ‘significant negative effect’ for consumers

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe recently said “everyone from Richard Branson to Donald Trump” had expressed a view on the possible sale of Aer Lingus. Photograph: Artur Widak/PA Wire

Richard Branson’s VAA to appear at Dáil transport committee on Thursday

Ibrahim Halawa’s family has criticised the Government’s approach to the Egyptian authorities, with his sisters calling on Taoiseach Enda Kenny to intervene in attempts to have him released from jail

Minister rejects allegation that jailed man’s Egyptian heritage influencing Government

Fine Gael TD Mary Mitchell-O’Connor has appealed to Minister for Finance Michael Noonan to produce a “fair and sustainable” property tax model.

Mary Mitchell-O'Connor appeals to reduce property tax ahead of ‘freeze’ lift

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald is expected to announce the recruitment of 250 new gardaí. Photograph:Alan Betson

Minister confirms enrolment of new recruits ahead of AGSI address

 Fianna Fáil spokesman on finance Michael McGrath has said people with variable rate mortgages  are being ‘discriminated against’ by banks. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Michael McGrath claims those with variable rate mortgages are being mistreated

One-fifth of schools in the State are oversubscribed, with Gaelcholáistí, in particular, having an oversubscription rate of about 30 per cent. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Legislation will require all schools to make public all criteria for admissions policies

Paul O’Connell scores a try against Scotland at Murrayfield during Ireland’s final game of this season’s Six Nations. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Minister also wants to add All-Ireland ladies’ football and camogie finals to list

The Seanad sat late on Monday night while the Children and Family Relationships Bill 2015 passed report and final stages, meaning it has almost become law. Minister for Justice Francis Fitzgerald and Senators debated aspects of the proposed legislation for more than eight hours, concluding their discussions after 10.30pm

Taoiseach will present a copy of the Bill to the President to sign and declare it as law

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin’s position will not be under threat if the party fails to win the upcoming byelection in Carlow-Kilkenny, finance spokesman Michael McGrath has insisted.

Michael McGrath says position will not be affected if party fails to win in Carlow-Kilkenny

Public service trade union leaders believe that talks with the Government on pay restoration will now begin in early May.

Minister for Public Expenditure says Government will be inviting trade unions to talks over public service pay restoration

 Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has described the volume of leaks uncovered by Irish Water as ‘crazy’. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Irish Water claims 7 per cent of all water lost comes from leaking pipes in homes

Taoiseach Enda Kenny takes leaders questions on the Fennelly Commission.

Micheál Martin presses Taoiseach on Garda chief’s resignation

Party commemorations will feature an historical drama show at the GPO.

Live reading of Proclamation outside city centre theatre will provide ‘history in action’

Proposal aimed at helping gardaí identify drivers

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe said the Government will hold another round of discussions with IAG on Tuesday on the possible sale of the State’s Aer Lingus shareholding.

Virgin Atlantic raises concerns about proposed sale with the European Commission

Galway West TD Noel Grealish said he will not be joining any party or loose alliance of Independent TDs in the run-up to the general election.

‘I can better serve the people of Galway as a true independent’ says TD

One of the book’s authors, Paul Gillespie, said one consequence of a British exit would be to change the relationship between Ireland and Britain. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Authors of new book say British exit from EU is not an appealing scenario

Enda Kenny  presents a bowl of shamrocks to Barack Obama on St. Patrick’s Day. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

TD says advocating for immigrants should happen domestically as well as in the US

Peter Casey hopes to win Fine Gael Minister of State for the Gaeltacht Joe McHugh’s seat.

Entrepreneur feels there is ‘room for a strong Independent’ in new 5-seat constituency

 People Before Profit Alliance TD Richard Boyd Barrett. Mr Boyd Barrett, along with Fine Gael TD Tom Hayes, was referred to gardaí  after missing a deadline to disclose donations to the Standards of Public Office. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

TDs miss Standards in Public Office commission deadline to disclose donations

 Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin this morning confirmed the Government would introduce some manner of a mechanism to ensure people who comply with water charges are not disadvantaged. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Government has categorised citizens as either the compliant or the refuseniks

Paul Murphy has said “we’re going to fight on this issue and protest in massive numbers when the Government refuse to listen”. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Ruth Coppinger says charges cannot be taken from wages or welfare without ‘major legislation’

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he wants to see the Portlaoise hospital report published but added two organisations using public money should not be in “court situations”.

Taoiseach says agencies using public money should not be in ‘court situations’

Vice-president Joseph Biden (right) welcomes Taoiseach  Enda Kenny and his wife Fionnuala  to the Naval Observatory on St Patrick’s Day in Washington, DC. Photograph: Getty

US vice-president quipped: ‘Anyone wearing orange is not welcome in here’

Source says Enda Kenny told Gerry Adams something along the lines of, “You need to get your people, or your friends, moving.”  Photograph: Alan Betson

Taoiseach speaks to Sinn Féin leader at speaker’s St Patrick’s Day lunch

Speaker of the House John Boehner, US president Barack Obama and  Taoiseach Enda Kenny after they attended the St Patrick’s Day lunch on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Photograph:  Alex Wong/Getty Images

Kenny in Washington: Contentious US immigration reform ‘somewhat intractable’

US president Barack Obama: Stormont House Agreement offered “great hope for resolution of some long-standing challenges there”. Photograph:  EPA/Dennis Brack/Pool

US president Barack Obama: ‘Still more work to do’ on bringing political stability NI

Taoiseach Enda Kenny being welcomed at the Oval Office by US president Barack Obama during his St Patrick’s Day visit to the White House in Washington. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Sweetness, light and Republican fellowship for Enda Kenny and Barack Obama

Enda Kenny and Barack Obama meet  ahead of a  St Patrick’s Day lunch. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Taoiseach praises US president Barack Obama for his ‘decisiveness’ on the issue

Vice president Joe Biden welcomes Enda Kenny  and his wife Fionnuala Kenny to the Naval Observatory on Tuesday in Washington, DC. Vice President Biden hosted a breakfast for the Irish Prime Minister in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty

Vice-president says ‘genius’ required to ‘lock down’ Stormont Agreement

Green is the colour: Taoiseach Enda Kenny meets and greets. Photograph: Matt Lankes/Enterprise Ireland

Coalition prepared to negotiate but not in a position to be ‘aggressive’ on immigration

Taoiseach stresses importance of enjoying national day in a responsible fashion

Taoiseach  Enda Kenny has during his St Patrick’s Day trip to the US said  he disagreed with Australian prime minister Tony Abbott, who has been  widely criticised  for his video message to Irish ex-pats in Australia in which he mentions drinking Guinness. Photograph:  Erik S Lesser/EPA

Taoiseach rejects ‘view of a stage Irish perception’ linking to alcohol on St Patrick’s Day

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he will raise the issue of the undocumented Irish when he meets US president Barack Obama at the White House on St Patrick’s Day but will not adopt an “aggressive stance” with the American administration. Photograph:Gary Cameron/Reuters files.

Taoiseach to raise issue of undocumented Irish in St Patrick’s Day meeting with Obama

Taoiseach Enda Kenny, who is in Washington to mark St Patrick’s Day,  has said the next budget will not be a “giveaway”. Photograph: Larry W. Smith/EPA.

Kenny responds to report Burton seeking easing of fiscal rules ahead of October decisions

Hampers being presented to President Barack Obama and Vice-president Joe Biden will contain Irish beef, which is being promoted by Irish chefs including Catherine Fulvio (above) on NBC’s Today Show. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Bord Bia hamper to contain staple brands produced in Ireland

Michael O’Leary, Ryanair’s chief executive, has talked for many years about establishing a transatlantic airline offering cheap fares, and the disclosure that the board has approved outline plans suggests the company is now serious about proceeding.

Airline confirms it is talking to manufacturers about long-haul aircraft

Ecstasy problem: Minister for Health Leo Varadkar said he had been told that dozens of cases could be affected by this week’s court ruling. Photograph: AFP/Getty

How it happened and what the Government has done about it

Paudie McGahon: “I knew that chap long before it ever happened and then all of a sudden he started to lose control of his life, but he has got control back.” Photograph: BBC

Man who alleges rape by IRA man expects another victim of same attacker to go public

Lucinda Creighton pictures at a public meeting held in the Tara Towers Hotel, Dublin, in February. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Declared candidates to be announced at event in The Science Gallery, Dublin

Mary Lou McDonald has said the person who “raped and brutalised” Paudie McGahon needed to face the full rigours of the law. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

TD says Adams trying to ‘create the atmosphere’ where people will come forward

Arthur Morgan, a Dáil deputy for Louth until 2011, met Paudie  McGahon in late 2008 and 2009 when he had complained that the IRA man who had allegedly raped him was no longer in exile but was back living in the jurisdiction. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Arthur Morgan met McGahon who said alleged rapist was back living in jurisdiction

 Sinn Féin’s Arthur Morgan pictured in 2010. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times.

Sinn Féin members say rape victim was advised to go to Garda

New York-based publisher Niall O’Dowd says TDs and Senators must put pressure on the US Government to improve the situation of Irish illegals. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

‘American government responds to pressure, they don’t respond to being nice’

Former Sinn Féin TD Arthur Morgan has released a letter he says he sent in 2009 to Louth man Paudie McGahon, who told BBC Spotlight he was raped by an IRA man. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

In the letter dated April 27th 2009, Mr Morgan said he hoped Mr McGahon would contact gardaí about his allegations

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams says he believes Paudie McGahon (above) was raped but does not know if he was brought before a kangaroo court, as Mr McGahon has alleged. Photograph: BBC

Sinn Féin leader says he ‘does not know’ if Mr McGahon was brought before a kangaroo court

A head shop near  Harolds Cross, Dublin, in  2010, the year certain drugs were made illegal by then health minister Mary Harney. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Legislation rushed through Dáil as drugs like ecstasy become temporarily legal

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar  has confirmed that possession of certain drugs is no longer illegal following a decision by the Court of Appeal. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minister for Health confirms possession ‘not an offence’ following court decision

New York-based publisher Niall O’Dowd is to speak on US immigration reform and the undocumented Irish in  a video conference for TDs and Senators.  File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

New York-based publisher will speak on undocumented Irish in US via video

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has alleged Sinn Féin and the IRA had colluded in protecting abusers.

Fianna Fáil leader says he has met with one of the individuals featured in the programme

Alan Kelly, Minister fo the Environment: the public was positively disposed to passing the referendum but nothing could be taken for granted.  Archive photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Alan Kelly says Irish people are ‘fair-minded’ and are responding well to proposal

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly who said on Tuesday the Government needs to examine the legislation will need to be looked at again. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Alan Kelly says issue of repossessions is critical and legislation needs to be changed

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he would like to see the banks doing more for people in mortgage difficulty. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Taoiseach tells Dáil further measures due next month to help families in difficulty

  Pat Carey of Fianna Fáil: he will be among those attending the launch of a campaign for a Yes vote in the same sex-marriage referendum. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/THE IRISH TIMES

Mattie McGrath claims some in FG and FF oppose same-sex marriage referendum

Euclid Tsakalotos of Syriza speaking at the Sinn Féin Ardfheis  in  Derry. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Syriza minister Euclid Tsakalotos spoke, Che Guevara appeared on a bodhrán, Bruce Springsteen didn’t show, but the 'us and them' m(...)

Ictu president and general secretary of the Mandate union John Douglas

Ictu president praises party for its ‘progressive approach’

 Gerry Adams, Cllr. Noeleen Reilly, and Pearse Doherty  at the Sinn Féin ardfheis in Millennium Forum, Derry on Saturday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Gay marriage advocate asks Sinn Féin delegates for permission ‘to marry woman I love’

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras. A member of his Syriza party, Euclid Tsakalotos, has told the Sinn Féin ardfheis in Derry that both parties are ‘part of a great realignment in European politics’. Photograph: EPA

Syriza and Sinn Féin ‘part of a great realignment in European politics’ Euclid Tsakalotos says

Pearse Doherty  said the Government had “picked up the Fianna Fáil playbook and took it to a whole new level”, leaving people feeling betrayed. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Pearse Doherty says FG and Labour ‘drunk on power’

Mary Lou McDonald at the opening of the Sinn Féin Ardfheis in Derry. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister for Finance had said Ministers discussed changing the legislation over time

Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness delivering an address at the opening of the Sinn Féin Ardfheis 2015 in Millennium Forum, Derry. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

North’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness addresses party ardfheis

Cllr Máire Devine, Mary Lou McDonald and Aengus Ó Snodaigh at the opening of the Sinn Fein Ardfheis 2015  in Derry. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Motion calls SF to commit to forming ‘broad alliances’ with like-minded parties and Independents

Martin McGuinness; Kathleen Funchion, candidate for the upcoming Carlow and Kilkenny By Election; Gerry Adams and Mary Lou McDonald at the opening of the Sinn Féin Ardfheis in Derry. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

McGuinness had ‘heartbreaking meeting’ with Sarah Ewart, whose baby had a severe brain abnormality

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams said US labour unions had been brought to Ireland for talks with senior party  figures

Leader responds at ardfheis to reports donors voiced concerns over economic policies

Tánaiste Joan Burton: ‘I believe Maíria Cahill. I stand with her not just as a politician, but as a woman’

‘Distressing’ that women politicians fail to support victims

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr James Reilly said: “Let’s not pretend that we can solve all the problems at one fell swoop.” Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Financial constraints mean equal parental entitlements not possible, says Minister

Enda Kenny has said a situation where facilities were “abused” was unacceptable after a draft HSE audit highlighted “excessive” travel claims

Enda Kenny has criticised the HSE whose audit revealed ‘excessive’ travel claims

An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, TD, at the launch of Global Irish: Ireland’s Diaspora Policy, at Government Buildings, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Taoiseach says National Economic Dialogue will consider pay and tax priorities

Launching her party’s clár for the Sinn Féin Ardfheis in Derry on Friday and Saturday, Ms McDonald referred to her party’s recent abstention in the vote on Independent Socialist Clare Daly’s defeated Bill to permit abortion in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

McDonald sees no future coalition with Labour Party ‘in its current frame of mind’

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin has been urged to put “flesh on the bones” of his proposed open forum to consider pay and tax levels. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin call on Government to clarify details on pay and tax plans

Fianna Fáil transport spokesman Timmy Dooley  who has called on the Government not to sell its stake in Aer Lingus.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Joan Burton confirms Willie Walsh to talk to parties this week

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