The highest turnout in any referendum was for the 1972 question on joining the EEC, when 70.88 per cent of the electorate cast their ballot

Divorce, abortion, joining the EU, changing the electoral system had more voters

 Dave Power, Mount merrion and Paul Byrne, Swords wait for the official results, in the court yard of Dublin Castle on Saturday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Tánaiste says legislation could be passed before summer

Eamon Gilmore at the count centre in the RDS. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Former tánaiste championed same-sex marriage issue when he was Labour leader

Minister Leo Varadkar: ‘To me, this had the feeling of a social movement or a social revolution.’ Photograph: Collins

‘I’ve no plans to get married or anything like that at the moment’

Tally counter Rhonda Donaghy  at the RDS count centre. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

‘Something very, very big happened ...There was a big mobilisation of the electorate’

 Voters pictured at the Polling Station this morning at St Joseph’s School, Navan Road, Dublin. Photograph: Collins

Urban localities showing turnout of up to 20 per cent but lower in rural areas

Newly-married couple Anne Fox (nee Cole) and Vincent Fox cast their votes in Dublin in  the referendum on their wedding day. Photograph: Getty

Most people with jobs set to vote in same-sex marriage and presidential referendums between 7pm and 10pm

AIB has  emailed  its employees to encourage them to vote in Friday’s referendums as part of what it called its ‘diversity agenda’. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Bank asks managers to be flexible to enable staff to cast their referendum ballots

Fianna Fáil TD John McGuinness has come out against the majority political opinion and is voting No. Photograph: The Irish Times

‘The Irish Times’ contacted every Dáil and Seanad member

The EBS  company headquarters in Dublin. The banking inquiry has heard that the company did not consult its auditors on its move into commercial and development property lending. File photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Ernst & Young auditor gives evidence on institution’s commercial property loans

Returning officers facilitate early voting in consultation with nursing homes and hospices. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Nursing home residents began last week, while 2,542 islanders can also vote early

Aengus Ó Snodaigh: said the Department of the Environment had not yet released any of the funding pledged

Minister ‘determined to see a very significant increase’ in social housing

 Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan. Mr Flanagan has said that  the Government is not in a position to outline its precise approach to the  issues in the UK’s debate on its future in the EU until its government presents a formal plan. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Minister claims main issues in debate are immigration, labour and ‘over-regulation’

The Migrant Integration Policy Index showed that 30 per cent of working age migrants from outside the EU were not in work, education, training or schools

State performs well in political participation for migrants but poor in work and education

Minister Simon Coveney said it was also inhumane that they had to slaughter cattle because they had TB “when we know that we can get the incidence of TB down”. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Minister for Agriculture responding to concerns over ‘unnecessary’ culling of badgers

Charlie Flanagan: will raise issue with Theresa Villiers

Serious concern about Conservative pledge to scrap UK’s Human Rights Act

Tánaiste Joan Burton: “I have advised the main banks they need to consider their pricing policies.”

FF says banks doing nothing because Government approach is ‘cotton wool exercise’

 Minister for Children Dr James Reilly. Dr Reilly said the Government had ‘no part’ in funding cuts to Catholic marriage support agency Accord. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minister for Children defends Tusla over reduction in money for Catholic agency

Dáil suspended twice as Kenny tells Murphy to ‘toddle along’ in row over water bills

Pat Rabbitte appealed to the Government to fund the refuge which had provided “safe harbour” since 2012 for 64 women and 84 children.

Former minister appeals for funds to prevent vital Tallaght women’s refuge closing

Ceann Comhairle Sean  Barrett repeatedly asked TDs to resume their seats.

Taoiseach accuses TD of thinking he’s Caesar, tells Ruth Coppinger ‘where to go’

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald wearing the “TÁ Comhionannas” badge, which means “Yes Equality”, during questions in the Dáil to Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin on May 12th, 2015. Screengrab: Oireachtas TV

Rules forbid party political emblems - but all parties back Yes to same-sex marriage

Leo Varadkar said the Public Health Alcohol Bill would be the “most far-reaching proposed by any Irish government, with alcohol being addressed for the first time as a public health measure” in a country ranked fifth out of the 28 EU members for alcohol consumption, and second across Europe for binge drinking. File photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Varadkar reiterates Government stance on eliminating very cheap alcohol from stores

Fianna Fáil TD Brendan Smith

TDs concerned about Conservative election pledge to have EU referendum by end of 2017

Sinn Fein deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald arriving at Leinster House, Dublin, on Thursday. “All along you were planning to pickpocket people’s wages, pensions and social welfare payments.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

McDonald says Tánaiste never answered repeated questions about which necessity families should give up to pay water charges (...)

There had been a bomb alert at Mr Adams’s home in Belfast yesterday morning. Photograph: Alan Betson

Gerry Adams claims silence from Government on attacks in recent weeks ’deafening’

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan rounded on Fianna Fail in a sharp attack during a Dail debate on the ongoing controversy over the sale of Siteserv. Photograph: Eric Luke

Government rejects the party’s motion calling for an independent investigation

File photograph of senators  Ivana Bacik and Jillian van Turnhout voting. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Proposals to allow all Irish passport holders to vote will increase electorate by 650,000

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan issued an instruction and made clear to members that they should remain impartial, Frances Fitzgerald said. Photograph: Alan Betson

Nóirín O’Sullivan responds to garda posing with same-sex marriage campaigners

The survey, of 347 people carried out by the Research Centre for the Irish Business Against Litter (Ibal) group, found that 61 per cent believe Ireland is cleaner now than it was 10 years ago while 20 per cent believe it is dirtier. Photograph: Alan Betson

Anti-litter business group launches campaign with survey

A retired judge was appointed by Minister for Defence Simon Coveney to examine what happened on April 27th 1981 when Privates Hugh Doherty and Kevin Joyce were killed in south Lebanon.

Inquiry reviewing killings of Ptes Hugh Doherty and Kevin Joyce now due end May

Artist Robert Ballagh speaking at Arbour Hill. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

99th anniversary of execution of Pearse, Clarke, MacDonagh marked at Arbour Hill

Departmental estimates put number of hares on island in Clontarf between six and 15

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe. Mr Donohoe  has announced an agreement between the Road Safety Authority and the Canadian province of  Manitoba allowing for the exchange of Irish driving licences for Canadian ones. Photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin.

Road Safety Authority reaches agreement with Manitoba on exchange of permits

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: ‘We will always have locums.’  Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Errors found in about 100 cases after thousands of X-rays reviewed, says Leo Varadkar

Peadar Tóibín TD:  Characterised the Minister for Finance as “Michael hands-off Noonan”. Photograph: The Irish Times

Sinn Féin TD Peadar Tóibín claims ‘cover-up’ and that Dáil misled over controversial deal

Labour TD Michael McNamara will not lose the party whip, despite voting against the Government on the bill. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Labour TD votes for his own bill which would allow gardaí to strike and join unions

Alex White, Minister for Communication, stressed that the Government had no statutory role in directing banks to cut their interest rate charges.Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Government accused of cover-up and misleading Dáil in Siteserv controversy

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney insisted “the mistakes of the past aren’t going to be repeated”

Simon Coveney insists mistakes of past will not be repeated

The byelection will fill the vacancy left by the appointment of Phil Hogan as EU Commissioner for Agriculture. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Election follows former minister Phil Hogan’s appointment to EU Commission

Taoiseach Enda Kenny who told the Dáil today too many families were still struggling to make ends meet or were out of work and too many families had relatives who had had to emigrate. Photograph: The Irish Times

Taoiseach tells Dáil too many families still struggling to make ends meet

Fianna Fáil finance spokesman Michael McGrath: told Dáil he could not find a single element in the spring statement that would bring short-term benefit to families. Photograph: Alan Betson

Speeches more about ‘raw politics than economic management’, FF spokesman claims

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: ‘I am now confident that all the taxpayers’ money invested in AIB, Bank of Ireland and Permanent TSB will be fully recovered.’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Biggest risk to economy is ‘If I have it I’ll spend it’ approach, says Minister

Senator David Norris ‘pettifogging regulation’ should be corrected for the few people it affected. Photograph: Alan Betson

1980s anomaly prevents gay public servants leaving pension entitlements to partners

The security of the State can be maintained while allowing gardaí to go on strike, a Government backbencher has claimed. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Minister says move would raise most serious issues about maintaining law and order

Tánaiste Joan Burton has called for an independent inquiry by a “competent authority” into the controversial sale of construction services company Siteserv. Photograph: Collins

C&AG or Commission of Inquiry possible but no decision yet by Government – Burton

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said he was looking into the issue of a code of conduct relating to  court orders in the wake of a late night farm repossession carried out by uniformed men with balaclavas and dogs. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

No code of conduct to stop receivers or security firms acting like thugs, says McGrath

Taoiseach Enda Kenny  told the Dáil on Wednesday Freedom of Information  documents would be released on Thursday which would set out  Minister for Finance Michael Noonan’s position on the sale of Siteserve.

Controversial €45m sale raised for second day as Opposition calls for an inquiry

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin raised the sale of Siteserv during leaders’ questions in the Dáil and asked Taoiseach Enda Kenny for an independent inquiry into the  sale.

Harris says IBRC not required to consult Noonan on matter before sale approved

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: gave graphic account of events at Castledermot.

Mattie McGrath claims gardaí observed “terrorist act” in farm repossession

Former Fianna Fáil minister  Mary O’Rourke. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill.

Former minister says she and Conor Lenihan may have ‘matters of importance’ to offer

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin with foreign affairs spokesman Brendan Smith. The party has launched its new policy document and wants to include a Seanad representative for the diaspora.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Party also wants contingency plan prepared in case UK decides to exit EU

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has accused Sinn Féin of “ a deeply sinister attempt to misuse the respect which the Irish people have for 1916” at the party’s annual Arbour Hill commemorations. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil leader says SF remains ‘unfit for participation’ in government at Arbour Hill

A number of “very strange people” are advertising themselves as psychotherapists and counsellors and can do “real harm”, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has warned. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins.

Minister says profession must be regulated as the untrained can do patients ‘real harm’

People taking part in the march against homelessness and treatment of homeless people on Wednesday in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

More than 800 children in emergency hotel and hostel accommodation, Dáil told

Former minister Pat Rabbitte told the Dáil the legislation ‘will make it an offence for a person to send or cause to be sent by means of public electronic communications network’. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Former minister says Bill will support abuse victims and help Garda enforcement

Karen Buckley’s parents, John and Marian Buckley, at a press conference held by Police Scotland on Wednesday.

Department of Foreign Affairs will make their consular services available to the family

NTA decided in 2013 that 10 per cent of the existing market should be tendered following a wide-ranging consultation.

Transport workers have voted to strike on May 1st over route privatisation proposals

The law will affect 40,000 people

Fianna Fáil claims move making up for lost ground in treatment of the elderly

Counsel expected to recommend ’no further action’ in a large proportion of cases

Kevin Humphreys: said more than 60 per cent of social welfare recipients already received their payments directly into their accounts. Photograph: Davd Sleator.

No further letters from Department of Social Protection in post office payments row

Tánaiste Joan Burton described the Dunnes Stores strike as “very regrettable” and said the way to settle it was through the State’s industrial relations machinery. Photograph: Collins

Tánaiste tells Dáil Circuit Court will have power to enforce Labour Court decisions

Dunnes Stores workers picketing outside a Henry Street outlet, Dublin. Photograph: Dan Griffin

Fianna Fáil says senior Government Minister should ‘lift the phone’ to company chief

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said he will ask Patrick Honohan to “consider what influence the Central Bank can bring to bear to bring variable mortgage rates closer to the cost of funds”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister for Finance says ‘I will do my best’ to influence a reduction for homeowners

Independent TD Tom Fleming has called for the Government to increase funding for the national dementia strategy, given the ‘rapidly growing number’ afflicted by the disease. Photograph: Getty Images/VStock RF

Tom Fleming claims improved services needed for growing number with disease

Theoretical and “bizarre” interpretations of economic data cannot be used to apply EU budgetary rules, Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has said. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

SF’s Pearse Doherty says Ireland ‘over with begging bowl’ on issue in what is election year

 Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has downplayed suggestions of a move to reduce the term of bankruptcy from three years to one, saying that more data is needed on the current  term. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minister for Finance says more data needed on effectiveness of current insolvency period

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams: he said it was “time to have a fully independent root-and-branch inquiry into all care facilities for citizens with disabilities, particularly intellectual disabilities, in the State”. Photograph: Neil Hall/Reuters

Adams says care of most vulnerable not compatible with the profit motive

Michael McGrath: said the banks were “gouging” Irish mortgage holders who paid more than 4% in interest compared to a 2.3% average in the rest of the euro zone. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Mortgage holders on standard variable rate paying €992 more than new customers

Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee John McGuinness was ordered out of the Dáil chamber in a row over an inquiry linked to a fatal hit-and-run incident. Photograph: David Sleator

Heated exchanges between the Ceann Comhairle and John McGuinness

Independent Katherine Zappone said the fundamental issue at stake was “about the protection of a minority’s right to marry by opening a civil institution, to be protected and be able to become a constitutional family”. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill /The Irish Times

Katherine Zappone: ’An oppressed minority will become equal to heterosexual couples’

Senator Jim Walsh opposes some 35 sections of the legislation.

Fianna Fáil’s Jim Walsh says it should be confined to married mothers and fathers

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald demanded a Yes or No answer. Photograph: Alan Betson

Mary Lou McDonald and Joan Burton trade barbs over water charges

 Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin:  part of the Haddington Road agreement “is the winding back of some of the pay reductions during the course of 2016 and 2017 and into 2018, if I recall”.   Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Government will implement Haddington Road pay deal in full for those on €65,000+

Olivia Mitchell: “We can be deluded and, if we make a decision about the president in a moment of temporary delusion, we will live with the consequences of it for seven years.” Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Olivia Mitchell says ’no irresistible groundswell of support’ to drop age from 35 to 21

Alan Kelly: If a household has not registered by this date, “it will not be able to receive this €100 grant”. Photograph: The Irish Times

Alan Kelly says revised water charges in Ireland ‘among lowest levels in Europe’

Local communities hould be informed before a decision is taken to close a post office, Taoiseach says. Photograph: Frank Miller

TD claims Tánaiste wants social welfare recipients to move from post office to bank

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has expressed his support for Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly

Enda Kenny says need for ‘fairness’ and ‘compliance’ in paying charge

 Renua Ireland leader Lucinda Creighton said the idea that you could have discussions about all aspects of the establishment of a major utility, yet have no notes of those meetings, was “just not credible”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Lack of documentation about set-up of Irish Water ‘appalling’ and ‘unacceptable’

Former government minister Pat Carey described the gay marriage referendum as unique in Ireland, because “it is an exercise in civic engagement which has not been tried before”. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Yes voters cannot be taken for granted, warns former minister Pat Carey

Professor Frank Murray, president of the Royal College of Physicians Ireland, believes tackling the pricing and availability of alcohol is the most effective way to deal with overconsumption. Picture by Fergal Phillips.

Prof Frank Murray also called for a reduction in the number of off-licences

Jan O’Sullivan: ‘It’s about time you and your own party took responsibility in all of this.’

Jan O’Sullivan accuses SF of putting onus on abused to come forward

Brendan Smith: ‘When we go on a journey along the Border, we may at times be on our own networks of 3 or Vodafone but suddenly a British network can be used, leaving us with exorbitant charges for transacting business and making or receiving call.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fianna Fáil TD says border areas victims of bad EU decision making

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: she said complexities had been well debated “as well as the issues that need further work and I am committed to proceeding in that vein”. Photograph: David Sleator

Dáil passes landmark Bill to reform and update family law but concerns remain

Minister for Education Jan O Sullivan said Sinn Féin was putting the onus on victims to come forward. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Mary Lou McDonald: party routinely brings forward information to authorities

Minister for Heritage Heather Humphreys said: “My job is to protect the national monument and that is where my function lies.”

SF criticises ’disgraceful derelict state of national monument’ at Moore Street

Maureen O’Sullivan: she  repeated her call in the Dáil that every primary school in the State should be a Gaelscoil or all-Irish school for its first two or three years to increase the number of Irish speakers.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Enda Kenny insists on Irish as Mick Wallace asks for reply in English

 Seán Ó Fearghaíl, Fianna Fáil chief whip, has called for an independent inquiry into IRA sexual  abuse following claims made by Paudie McGahon. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Party’s chief whip says need to stop Sinn Féin ‘cover up’ following Paudie McGahon claims

Gerry Adams: “Paudie feels badly let down. Nothing I may say may change that, but I have to say that it is a matter of very, very deep regret for me and he does need support and he does need justice.” Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill.

Martin criticises republican ‘con job’ in light of BBC investigation into claims

Enda Kenny told Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams that when the Stormont Agreement was reached in December, it was accepted and signed off on. Photograph: Eric Luke

Gerry Adams claims DUP intent on reneging on welfare commitments in Stormont deal

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has told the Dáil the treatment of  Co Louth man Paudie McGahon (above), who alleged sexual abuse by a senior IRA member was a “matter of very, very deep regret for me”. Photograph: BBC screengrab

SF leader speaks ahead of BBC TV Spotlight show on alleged victim Paudie McGahon

 Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams with  Martin McGuinness at their party’s ardfheis in Derry on Saturday. Photograph:  Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin ardfheis hears party will prevent the privatisation of public bus routes if elected

Omaima (left) Fatima and Somaia Halawa sisters of Ibrahim Halawa who is being detained in Egypt. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Lynn Boylan claims Minister for Foreign Affairs not doing enough to secure release

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald speaking at the party’s ardfheis in Millennium Forum, Derry. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Just one speaker opposes measures as party also votes for repeal of 8th amendment

Sinn Fein spokesman for the diaspora Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh

Jimmy Deenihan ’dropped the ball’ in Government’s new diaspora policy, Senator claims

Mary Lou McDonald speaking at the Sinn Fein ardfheis  in Millennium Forum, Derry. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Deputy leader says Sinn Féin will abolish water charges ’at first opportunity’

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness speaking at the Sinn Fein ardfheis in Derry. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Doherty pledges to abolish water charges, property tax and introduce wealth tax

Martin McGuinness,  Gerry Adams, Mary Lou McDonald and Kathleen Funchion, candidate for the upcoming Carlow and Kilkenny by election at the opening of the Sinn Fein Ard Fheis 2015 in Millennium Forum, Derry.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill /The Irish Times

Sinn Féin ardfheis hears it is quicker to cycle from Derry to Belfast than to take the train

Queen Elizabeth and President Michael D Higgins arrive ina carriage at Windsor Castle. Sinn Féin voted against inviting the any members of the royal family to the 1916 centenary commemorations. Photograph: Alan Betson

Republicans need to do more to build trust with unionists - party chairman says

Pearse Doherty was described as a ‘finance rockstar’ by a Cavan delegate at the opening of the Sinn Féin Ardfheis 2015 in Millennium Forum, Derry. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

SF motion falls that calls for current corporation tax rates to be fully implemented

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