Tánaiste Joan Bruton speaking  at the Labour Party conference. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Joan Burton delivers a competent rallying cry to the base and a pitch to voters

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly and Tánaiste Joan Burton at the Labour Party conference at Killarney at the weekend: he aims to bring “rent certainty” until housing supply catches up with demand.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

‘Short, sharp action’ needed to protect tenants during house shortage

Brendan Howlin, Aodháin Ó Ríordáin, Alex White, Kathleen Lynch, Jed Nash and Jan O’Sullivan at the Labour party conference in Killarney at the weekend. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

‘The one thing I regret most about the last four years was that decision,’ says Howlin

A group of peaceful protestors at the Labour Party conference in Killarney.

More than 500 protesters from around the country march in Killarney

Siptu chief Jack O’Connor:  In his speech today, he will argue that his proposed reforms will be best achieved by a government of the left. Photograph: The Irish Times

Jack O’Connor: Will urge shelving USC for levy to fund health, childcare and care of elderly

 Patrick Honohan arriving at the  Oireachtas banking inquiry in January. He later wrote asking to ‘rephrase’ some of his comments. Photograph: Alan Betson

Central Bank governor wishes to amend evidence on bank guarantee

Minister for Public Expenditure  Brendan Howlin: “We had to make contingency plans for the collapse of the euro at that time. They were scary, scary times.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Contingency plans by economic council in 2011 included increased security at banks

Alan Kelly: “There are a certain amount of people who believe in not making a contribution to society but allow for taxpayers to fund this indulgence.”

Labour deputy leader says there needs to be conversation “about work and the value of making a contribution to society”

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