Dáil water charges debate: Gerry Adams said he regretted not coming up with the Kama Sutra line, before adding that “my teddy bears are virgins”, in reference to his frequent mention of bears on Twitter.

Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin exchange insults during debate on motion to abolish the levy

Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Micheál Martin criticises ‘bananas idea’ of 30% tax rate for people returning to Ireland

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: says  core expenditure for each university student is down by 22 per cent since 2011. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Enda Kenny tells Dáil that Cabinet discussions are already under way on the issue

Minister for Health Simon Harris told the Dáil of remedial measures in light of the €12m overcharge which FF’s Dara Calleary said was a “damning indictment”. Photographs: The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil spokesman Dara Calleary says episode a ‘damning indictment’ of HSE

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny  has refused to be drawn on reported Government tensions over proposed preschool budgetary measures. File photograph: Getty Images

Labour TD highlights reported differences between Katherine Zappone and FG TDs

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: ‘Obviously, we do not have an endless pot here.’

Micheál Martin tells Taoiseach that education is major budget issue for Fianna Fáil

Motor insurance premiums have risen dramatically and could rise by a further fifth, says Conor Faughnan of the Automobile Association. Photograph: Barry Batchelor/PA Wire

Motorists more concerned about price of cover than road safety, committee hears

Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty, who agreed with ratings agency Fitch that  the windfall would “reduce our debt”. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

GP leader Eamon Ryan compares Government to ‘madman looking for a fight’

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has said the €13bn Apple tax bill could not be spent on ongoing expenditure if it was accepted by the Government.  Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Minister says EU rules mean the money could not be used for current expenditure

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone: Believes view that firms queued to come here to avoid taxes had little basis. Photograph: The Irish Times

Minister tells Dáil backing for reasons different to those of colleagues in Government

The Dáil reconvened early to debate the Government’s decision to appeal the Apple tax ruling. Photograph: Oireachtas/Screenshot

Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and Labour vote in favour of challenging the EU ruling

Gabriel Fagan, chief economist who said the  bank was forecasting GDP growth of just under 5% this year. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Central Bank chief economist Gabriel Fagan says economic outlook ’broadly favourable’

 Offaly County Councillor and new Renua leader  John Leahy. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Offaly Council Councillor John Leahy to be paid € 65,000 from State funds for role

Michael and Danny Healy Rae   ahead of the first meeting of the 32nd Dáil at Leinster House earlier this year. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Return to FF of Independent councillor Michael Cahill heightens tensions

File photograph of Finbarr Flood, who has died  at the age of 77. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Family and friends pay tribute to the former Labour Court chairman at his funeral

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald greeting French president  François Hollande at Government Buildings today.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Fianna Fáil TD Robert Troy says Ireland’s 26.3% growth rate made a mockery of State

Fianna Fáil Senator Ned O’Sullivan said he sympathised with the British people on the dilemma in which they found themselves

Senator Ned O’Sullivan says slow UK withdrawal from EU not on

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald said the 26.3% figure had been published by the CSO which was an independent agency and it had already made comments about the figure and the processes it intended to examine.Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Robert Troy says Ireland’s 26.3 per cent growth rate made a mockery of the State

Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin said failing to increase third-level funding would store up problems for the future. Photograph Brenda Fitzsimons

Micheal Martin calls for restoration of grants to post-graduate students

Sinn Féin spokesman Maurice Quinlivan said more than 70,000 people in the State depended on the minumum wage. Photgraph: Aidan Crawley

Maurice Quinlivan questions amount paid to chairman of Low Pay Commission

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: called for the restoration of grants to post-graduate students.   Photograph Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Taoiseach says Government to carefully consider Cassell report on issue

Taoiseach Enda Kenny told the Dáil: “I think it is important to note that local authorities, in the past number of years, have not measured up to being able to build social housing to the extent it was needed.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Micheál Martin tells Taoiseach it is unfair to blame local authorities entirely for crisis

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has blamed local authorities for contributing to the State’s housing problem. File photograph: Markus Schreiber/AP Photo

Taoiseach says councils failed to address the need for social housing for a number of years

Senator Kevin Humphreys said: “We now have a Government with no politics or agenda.” Photograph:  Davd Sleator

Labour Senator claims public see it as ‘reckless and sometimes shady’

A post-Brexit rise in demand for Irish passports won’t casue delays for applicants, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Joe McHugh. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Minister of State Joe McHugh says overall numbers seeking for travel documents up 11% on last year

The Central Bank said  indicators, such as domestic demand and employment growth, gave a more accurate indication of the economy’s performance.

Agency to convene special group to look into how best to present economic data

“Obviously the figure of 26 per cent is unprecedented and significantly stronger than the previous estimate of 7.8 per cent, but it is important to note it is due to exceptional factors’’

Enda Kenny says Department of Finance will base policy on more normal growth rate

Dr Katherine Zappone: “I . . . appreciate that many families have already honoured their au pair’s entitlements as employees and recognised the protection offered to them under both Irish and European law’’

Katherine Zappone warns against contravening existing legislation

Damien English: said a proposal to extend the Seanad electorate could mean an estimated 5.3 million people entitled to vote

Minister of State expresses Government support in principle for measure

Fianna Fáil justice spokesman Jim O’Callaghan: “A citizens’ assembly will not be effective.”

Jim O’Callaghan says judge-led commission would do better job

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny  has admitted official figures for the Irish economy are false and the actual growth rate is close to 4 per cent. Photograph: PA

Enda Kenny says Department of Finance will base policy on ‘more normal growth rate’

Independent Senator Lynn Ruane has defended the idea of free third-level education in the Seanad. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Independent Marie-Louise O’Donnell says the idea is ‘absolutely outrageous’

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice  Frances Fitzgerald: “Currently, there are no plans to close or remove trauma services from hospitals.’’ Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Opposition challenges Frances Fitzgerald on report into health trauma policy

A growing number of Fine Gael TDs believe Enda Kenny should stand down as Fine Gael leader within weeks. Photograph: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images

Fury in party over Reilly return but Varadkar says it would be wrong to push Taoiseach out

The Government is borrowing €13 million a day to fund spending and the State is not clear of all economic danger, Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe has said. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Paschal Donohoe warns of dangers posed by Brexit during debate on pay restoration

Plenty of empty seats on view in the Dáil... TDs were rebuked today by Ceann Comhairle Sean Ó Fearghaíl after the start of Dáil business was delayed  until the 20 members required for a quorum were found. Screengrab: Oireachtas TV

TDs rebuked by Ceann Comhairle who said it was an ‘unprecedented event’

Interim Console chief executive David Hall: not a single Minister had picked up the phone to ring him or speak to Console’s staff in the past two weeks, claimed Michael McGrath. Photograph: Collins

Michael McGrath criticises ‘lack of political leadership’ over suicide charity controversy

Gerard Craughwell: “I have anecdotal evidence of pimps who bring tens of thousands of euro to betting shops or bookies and request that it be divided equally across all races or gambling activities on that day.” Photograph: Dave Meehan

Gerard Craughwell says criminals using large gambling institutions as banks

 Console’s interim chief executive David Hall had “put a bomb’’ under Department of Health and HSE officials to have a meeting about the future of the suicide charity, the Dáil heard. File photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

FF finance spokesman Michael McGrath laments ‘lack of political leadership on issue’

Paschal Donohoe: “The benefits of and the protections afforded by the agreement will therefore apply to those people who are inside the framework.’’ Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Minister pledges to keep faith with those inside Lansdowne Road accord

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O’Connor said she believed the House could agree on the principle behind the Competition (Amendment) Bill. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Mary Mitchell O’Connor agrees with Labour Bill but says it would need to be amended

Minister for Communications Denis Naughten. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Minister challenges Opposition to say how it would fund State service

 Micheál Martin told the Dáil hospital waiting lists have increased by 45 per cent in two years. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil leader says figure is a sad indictment of lack of basic urgency

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: “Those who sit at the Cabinet table, as I have reminded Ministers, have a duty in terms of defence of the Constitution and Cabinet collective responsibility.’’ Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Taoiseach responds to Independent Ministers’ backing for Mick Wallace’s abortion Bill

Taoisech Enda Kenny: “While I am not in a position, as the leader of my own party, to dictate to others who are not members of the party, in that sense I am not subject to an agreement we would have internally in our party.” File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Taoiseach responds to Independent Ministers’ backing for fatal foetal abnormalities Bill

Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon delivers a speech during a media conference at the Scotland House in Brussels. Photograph: Geoffroy Van der Hasselt/AFP/Getty Images

Great affinity between Ireland and Scotland, says Fine Gael Senator Paddy Burke

People receiving diagnoses should “listen to the medical experts and not some self appointed moral police who will look down on the rest of us from their lofty perches,” Kate O’Connell said.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Simon Harris tells Dáil during abortion debate he hopes there will be a referendum on Eighth amendment

Minister for Education Richard Bruton said the regulatory system has worked in uncovering what was going on within the Console charity.  File  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Government under pressure in Dáil to update legislation quickly

Primary school teachers protesting outside Leinster House earlier this month over inequalities in teachers’ pay. Mr Martin said teachers’ unions had brought real issues to people’s attention. Photograph: SamBoal/Rollingnews.ie

Fianna Fáil leader tells Dáil serious issues are emerging on public service pay

Senator Lynn Ruane: told the Dáil the relentless war on drugs had failed long ago, with the addict becoming collateral damage.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

‘We cannot continue to separate the addict from the dealer,’ says Senator

Relatives of Siddik Turgan, a custom officer at Ataturk Airport who was killed in the attacks on 28th June, mourn during a funeral in Istanbul. Photograph: Deniz Toprak/EPA

Tánaiste says attack which left 41 dead and 240 injured was ‘vicious and indiscriminate’

Minister for Education urged to accept Bill amending Equal Status Act

Charlie Flanagan: “The fact that 56 per cent of those who voted in Northern Ireland chose to remain in the EU does not mean that a majority of its electorate would similarly vote for a united Ireland.” Photograph:  The Irish Times

Minister for Foreign Affairs says there is no evidence of majority seeking a united Ireland

The Minister for Justice said the Attorney General has advised the proposed legislation is unconstitutional, contravening the provisions of the eighth amendment, which recognises the equal right to life of the unborn and the mother. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Tanaiste responds to allegations made against suicide charity

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan:  “The younger generation will be cut off and disadvantaged as a result of how the older generation has voted.’’ Photograph:   Gareth Chaney Collins

Green Party leader says Leave voters allowed themselves to be led by ‘clowns’

Labour leader Brendan Howlin: “We can afford, and absolutely need, an expansionary budget.’’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

He said it was too early to gauge the economic impact and amend budgetary plans

Micheál Martin:  Scotland implements all EU laws and would not need to be reviewed for its standards of governance and ability to implement such laws. Photograph: The Irish Times

FF leader says Ireland does not have UK’s ‘nostalgia for empire or fear of outsiders’

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: “Cross- party approach will be valuable in the time ahead”.

Government will prioritise peace process, common travel area and border

US vice president Joe Biden greets residents at Carligford, Co Louth.Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Joe Biden traces his ancestry in tour of Cooley Peninsula

Mary Lou McDonald: said there was a crisis in the management of homelessness

SF deputy leader notes 2,000 children among those without a home last month

The Minister for Finance Michael Noonan. “Encouragingly, Ireland has successfully exited the excessive deficit procedure in a timely and durable manner’’

Minister for Finance paints optimistic picture of economic growth

The Government is to consider the possibility of establishing a ‘fan zone’ in Dublin for soccer fans to watch Ireland take on France on big screens. Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

Tributes from all sides of the Dáil as Tánaiste describes victory as ‘a momentous win’

Fianna Fáil finance spokesman Michael McGrath has called for speedier Government action on the rising cost of motor insurance. Stock photograph: Akio Kon/Bloomberg via Getty Images

FF finance spokesman Michael McGrath says there has been a 60% increase since 2014

 Minister for Housing Simon Coveney  arriving at a meeting with waste industry representatives in Tallaght, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Minister rejects SF Seanad motion to annul regulation governing refuse charges

 Senator David Norris with colleagues before the first sitting of 25th Seanad at LeInster House, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Ivana Bacik ‘dismayed’ by Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers’s leave stance

 Senator David Norris: a reluctant supporter of Britain staying in the EU.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Flanagan says Ireland wants UK to remain in European Union as a ‘friend’

 Brendan Howlin:  Criticised Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s plan for a ‘rainy day fund’  in the Government’s summer economic statement.  “Even if it could be used to pay down debt, it would be more reasonable than simply leaving money on deposit.’’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Money should be spent on schools, health services and roads, says Labour leader

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Simon Coveney arriving at a meeting with waste industry representatives at Tallaght, Co Dublin, on Monday. Photograph: Eric Luke

Taoiseach responds to claims that waste legislation has caused ‘anger and anxiety’

‘We are a mature Republic, so we must seek a debate to discuss the economy and the fact that there are 2.2 billion people in the Commonwealth’ Fine Gael Senator Frank Feighan said.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Frank Feighan says relations are at ‘all-time high’ and Queen only had titular role

Jo Cox was attacked by a man, who inflicted fatal injuries. Photograph: EPA

Taoiseach describes slain Labour representative as ‘talented and dedicated politician’

Simon Coveney arrives at a meeting with waste industry representatives in Tallaght, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Agency says ‘nobody disposing same quantities of waste will face additional charges’

Increased funding alone will not resolve the health services’ difficulties,  Minister for Health Simon Harris said. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Focus needed on more effective health and social care service, says Minister

Simon Coveney is due tomeet with bin companies next Wednesday. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons /The Irish Times

Dáil told Coveney to demand explanation for increased charges

Joan Collins: an exorbitant increase in waste charges from July 1st. Photograph: The Irish Times

Independent TD Joan Collins rails against ‘sharp practice’ by waste companies

The Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald. She said the Bill was comprehensive and while the Government would not oppose it at second stage it contained a number of points which might benefit from further consideration

Fianna Fáil justice spokesman Jim O’Callaghan says there would be clear criteria for the granting of parole

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny  outside St Laurence O’Toole School in Dublin’s north inner city during his visit to the area. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Taoiseach accuses Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams of politicising problems in the area

Enda Kenny: “If there is a consensus and people have a vote, they will have the right to vote according to their conscience.”  Photograph: Press Association

Ruth Coppinger says abortion assembly a ‘charade’ and accuses Kenny of not listening

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: said there was €7 million in an offshore account, and there were allegations of fixers’ fees. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Micheál Martin insists position on Project Eagle becoming more and more untenable

Minister Shane Ross: “I welcome the stated commitment of the DAA to work closely with all stakeholders, including local residents and community groups, on the north runway project.’’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister for Transport says he will not allow a State monopoly to bully any local group

 Sinn Féin housing spokesman Eoin Ó Broin moved his party’s Private Member’s Rent Certainty Bill in the Dáil on Tuesday night. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Plan would break link with fundamental means to determine rent - Simon Coveney

 Amnesty International and other campaign partners demanding repeal of the 8th Amendment outside the Dáil last April. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Taoiseach says ‘it is pointless rushing into a referendum’ without consensus

Sinn Féin justice spokesman Jonathan O’Brien is to raise in the Dáil the wrongful prosecution of motorists without National Car Test certificates despite them having paid fixed charge penalties. File photograph: Dara MacDónaill

Jonathan O’Brien tables motion on actions against motorists who had paid penalties

Fine Gael’s Richard Bruton. “I absolutely sympathise with and understand the concern of Deputies for any woman with a fatal foetal abnormality”

Opposition TDs demand issue be speedily resolved

Minister for Education Richard Bruton has told the Dáil that the issuing of carer’s allowance has been a problem for as long as he had been in politics.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Minister says payments have been bone of contention throughout his political career

Opposition TDs urge action on Eighth Amendment to Constitution

The Taoiseach  said if Gerry  Adams wanted to give him evidence of why there should be a commission of investigation into Nama “in this jurisdiction’’, he would be prepared to listen to it.  File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Taoiseach pressed by Sinn Féin leader for inquiry on sale of agency’s northern loan book

Deasy’s intervention, born out of considerable frustration with what is playing out in the Dáil, underlined what many TDs, cross-party, feel. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

John Deasy echoed sentiments of many in raising ‘futility’ of voting on Labour motion

Frank Feighan’s political rehabilitation coincides with a contented personal life. Divorced for some time, his partner Elaine Mooney from Castlerea, a Sligo-based teacher, is four months pregnant.

Former Roscommon TD and new Senator subjected to five years of ‘hatred and vilification’

 Fine Gael TD Helen McEntee: committed to developing youth mental health services.

Minister of State wants cross-departmental approach to tackling problem

Minister for Health Simon Harris said some 94 per cent of patients were being seen within a 15-month target and 60 per cent within the six-month period. “However, we must continue to try to do better,’’ he added Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for Health talks of further investment in services

Fianna Fáil candidate Pat ‘The Cope’ Gallagher (left) and Fine Gael TD Bernard Durkan who were both defeated in a vote for Leas Cheann Comhairle

Ceann Comhairle urges party whips to meet and treat the issue ‘with some urgency’

Professor Michael Barry, head of the National Centre for Pharmaeconomics, said the NCPE has a good track record in negotiations with drugs companies. Photograph: Getty Images

Health authorities criticised for refusing to fund ‘game-changing’ cystic fibrosis drug

Roísín Shortall: said the essential problem with the Irish health service was the absence of an overall coherent plan

Roísín Shortall calls for NHS-type model

 Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump  talks to supporters and the media during a speech on veteran affairs in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York, New York,  May 31st,  2016. Photograph: Jason Szenes/EPA

Taoiseach tells Dáil that Americans have alternative candidate to vote for

Former head of the Government Information Service Bart Cronin (left) with with P. J. Mara in Feburary 1992. Photograph: Peter Thursfield /The Irish Times

Close ally of FF minister George Colley in his early public service years

 Regina Doherty: asked if she thought an audit would turn up other cases in other policing districts, she said: “Absolutely.’’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Regina Doherty says Garda audit called for by Policing Authority would reveal new cases

The Department of Health is expected to announce that, in the future, ministers will decide which new life-saving drugs are made available. File photograph: Getty Images

Department of Health to announce transfer of powers from the HSE to the Government

 Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. File photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Party members were unaware that three choices would be made by Micheál Martin

US air force F16s  arrive at Shannon Airport. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny says Defence Forces provides aid when requested at the airport

Richard Bruton, Minister for Education: “The Croke Park hours are a valuable resource within the school system.” Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Education minister warns of danger of being outside public service agreements

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