Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald: the best way out of poverty is having a job. Photograph: Eric Luke

Bríd Smith says women in sector are on low pay and low hours

An artist’s impression of what the national children’s hospital will look like. Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald said Finland, a comparable jurisdiction, was building a hospital for half the cost.

Fitzgerald comes under pressure in Dáil over ‘mind-boggling figures’ estimated at €1bn

The amendment to the Communications Regulation (Postal Services) (Amendment) Bill provided for the consultation process on the impact of lifting the cap on the price of postage to be completed within 42 days. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin amendment reducing time allowed for review of decision to 42 days passes

The scene at Mountjoy Square in Dublin on Tuesday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Bríd Smith calls for legislation to stop ’new type of landlord’ overcrowding properties

Enda Kenny: “I’ll be very careful.” Photograph: The Irish Times

Labour finance spokeswoman Joan Burton raises issue of phone oversight on US visit

Minister for Transport Shane Ross. Micheál Martin said there was nothing in industrial relations law to prevent Mr Ross from talking to the parties. File photograph: Dave Meehan

Bus Éireann ‘taking sledgehammer’ to workers’ job terms, Micheál Martin claims

 An Independent Senator said there were significant issues of public concern in the greyhound industry which received State funding of €16m a year. File photograph: Peter Kohalmi/AFP/Getty Images

Rónán Mullen says man who used live animals for baiting employed at Irish kennel

 Tesco workers and supporters at a picket in Artane. Sinn Féin Senator Paul Gavan said up to 250 long-serving workers had been told they could either lose their jobs or take cuts in pay and accept changes to their shifts. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

House calls for management to allow long-serving employees keep existing conditions

Minister for Heritage Heather Humphreys: agreed to support Bill seeking a fixed date for Famine commemoration. Photograph: Laura Hutton/Collins

Fine Gael TD calls for ‘fixed date’ for a national Famine day on second Sunday in May

Micheál  Martin sharply criticised his constituency colleague, Minister for Housing Simon Coveney, about not concentrating on  job. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Fianna Fáil leader reminds Enda Kenny any new Taoiseach must be approved by Dáil

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has told the Dáil that ‘there is no change’ in the leadership of the Government. File photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Micheál Martin tells Enda Kenny he must inform Dáil of any planned Cabinet switches

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin sharply criticised Minister for Housing Simon Coveney, one of the Fine Gael leadership contenders, about his concentration on his job. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

FF leader highlights ‘a child goes homeless every five hours’ in January

Rio de Janeiro: More than 9,000 students who have left Brazil are currently studying in Ireland.

Many students coming for language courses with Chinese citizens second largest group

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has faced pressure to outline his intentions regarding the Fine Gael leadership. Photograph: Alan Betson

Coveney says Taoiseach should remain in role until after St Patrick’s Day visit to US

A strike at the Tesco Store in Phibsboro, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Former trade union leader Arthur Scargill appears at two Dublin stores amid strikes

Five recent commissions of investigation, three of which were  into Garda related matters, have cost the exchequer €15.026 million to date. Photograph: The Irish Times

Five recent commissions of investigation have cost €15.026 million to date

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar has called on the Taoiseach to outline his intentions regarding the Fine Gael leadership. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Minister says current situation is ‘distracting and destabilising’ for party and country

Jack Chambers, who asked during justice question time the number of drug-driving tests that had been carried out. Photograph: Alan Betson

Call for Road Safety Authority to ‘ratchet up campaign’ so public aware tests to start

Richard Bruton: said “it is very unfair if the company has given 20 people compassionate access to a life-transforming drug and is seeking to withdraw it from these patients as part of a negotiation to get a better price deal or wider access”

Richard Bruton says decision on Repreeza will go to HSE management committee

The Government lost four Dáil votes on Thursday. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Coalition defeated on motions on North’s Brexit status and electricity interconnector

Mary Lou McDonald: The Sinn Féin TD asked ‘what was the price for the votes of the Independent Alliance’.

Mary Lou McDonald demands details of any deal now rather than have it emerge later

Taoiseach Enda Kenny during a debate on the Government in the Dáil.

Sharp exchanges in Dáil as TDs debate Coalition’s handling of McCabe controversy

A tribunal of inquiry will look at allegations that senior Garda management were involved in a smear campaign against Garda whistleblower Sgt Maurice Mc Cabe. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Taoiseach signals his support for the inclusion of other Garda whistleblowers

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan has said the Taoiseach should not present the traditional bowl of shamrock to the US president. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Green Party leader says St Patrick’s Day visit to White House ‘cannot be business as usual’

Jim O’Callaghan and Frances Fitzgerald insist that their individual accounts of a meeting between them last week were correct. Photograph: The Irish Times

Frances Fitzgerald and Jim O’Callaghan both insist their conflicting remarks are correct

Labour’s Jan O Sullivan on Kildare Street, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Labour’s Jan O’Sullivan says the reduction the number of such cases is ‘inadequate’

Report by  Kieran Mulvey was commissioned in July last year following a spate of gangland shootings in the area

Taoiseach: 'School development and re-opening of Garda station to go ahead'

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone with Taoiseach Enda Kenny at Áras an Uachtaráin last May. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Taoiseach ‘misled public’ over his knowledge of Tusla file on McCabe, says Paul Murphy

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny  said there were “many people who’ve been here before me for many years who have made mistakes”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Cabinet to hold further meeting on handling of false claims against Sgt Maurice McCabe

Pearse Doherty: said the legislation shifted the burden of disclosure from the consumer to the insurer to “ask the relevant questions” when deciding whether to insure a consumer

Bill puts onus on firms to make contracts understandable to average consumer

Minister for Jobs Mary Mitchell O’Connor: Outlined additional posts. Photograph: The Irish Times

Mary Mitchell O’Connor says €2.75m allocation made for extra staff ahead of UK exit

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald: agreed to Opposition amendments after two-hour debate. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

No reason for Garda Commissioner to step aside during inquiry, says Fitzgerald

The latest vote loss brings to eight the number of defeats the Government has suffered since coming to power. File photograph: Alan Betson

Legislation would prevent solvent firms from winding up schemes without consent

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald, has no objection to including all contacts between gardai and Tusla the terms of reference of a commission of inquiry. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Sgt McCabe received documents confirming he was subject of an unfounded complaint

Fine Gael Wexford TD Michael D’Arcy said he did not believe Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan “because of her actions”. Photographs: The Irish Times

D’Arcy tells Dáil up to 10 journalists briefed with negative stories about Maurice McCabe

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald with Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan. File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Tánaiste says reputations deserve protecting from untested allegations that are wholly denied

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan with Supt David Taylor and Supt Pat McCabe at Templemore. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Taoiseach: ‘You cannot have a country if everyone against whom allegations are made has to step aside’

 Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan:  said “the security forces here would be very concerned about agents from another country operating in this jurisdiction”.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Paul Murphy calls for publication of Garda report into undercover UK activity in State

Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin said it was troubling that the Garda Commissioner remained on active duty. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Ceann Comhairle accuses Howlin of basing allegations of smear campaign on hearsay

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice  Frances Fitzgerald: her Bail (Amendment) Bill will introduce electronic tagging 10 years after it was first included in legislation and provide for stricter bail terms and use of curfews.   Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Bill to give gardaí power of re-arrest without warrant if person deemed likely to offend

 Shane Ross has said the review ordered by the Taoiseach into the operation of US pre-clearance at Dublin and Shannon airports will be completed by the weekend. File photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Minister says review of US pre-clearance in Irish airports to be completed by weekend

The Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill also strengthens laws to combat child pornography.

Legislation also stops accused from cross-examining victims of sexual offences

Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Howlin says O’Sullivan contacted journalists to make allegations about whistleblower

Anti-pylon protesters in Co Meath. Minister for the Environment Denis Naughten  said an  underground option would costs about  €992 million, three times the overground price. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Denis Naughten to meet anti-pylon groups from Cavan, Meath and Monaghan

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said it would be difficult to assess what kind of Border would result as a consequence of Brexit.

Kenny statement due and forum to follow as ‘inevitability’ of hard Border permeates debate

Fianna Fáil spokesperson on finance Michael McGrath: “I’m not sure if the balance is quite right . . . It would be good to have independent assessment.”  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Fianna Fáil’s Michael McGrath calls for independent assessment of agency salaries

Social Democrats TD Catherine Murphy:  “The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform needs to try to get departments to co-operate with each other on storage at a regional level.”  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Catherine Murphy calls on Government to hire archivists to cut long-term storage costs

Anne-Marie Lally and her husband, Ivor O’Donovan, with their daughter Pranathi, who is waiting for heart surgery at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Mother of seven-year-old patient first heard of transport difficulties through media

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald: “A decision to deport a person is never taken lightly.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Of 1,195 deportation orders placed in 2016, only 428 were put into action

Stephen Donnelly recruitment sends message that Fianna Fáil is an ‘evolving party’

Customers leave a Tesco branch in London. Joan Collins said Tesco made an estimated annual profit of €200m-€250m in the State. Photograph:  Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

Firm intends to bypass union and impose 15% pay cut in ‘Project Black’, says Joan Collins

Frances Fitzgerald: said to begin a review of the legislation at too early a point might result in an inconclusive report

Calls for wider review of existing laws and supports for women to exit prostitution

Independents4Change TD Clare Daly questioned Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed’s Horse Racing Ireland board appointments. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Creed accuses Daly of ‘scurrilous’ remarks after she questions ‘insider’ appointees

Labour finance spokeswoman Joan Burton:  suggested that in at least one case letters from a vulture fund directly to Minister for Finance Michael Noonan were not declared. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Funds avoid lobbying register by contacting junior officials, Labour spokeswoman says

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said three whistleblowers warned the then minister for defence, Simon Coveney (above), in November 2015 about conditions at Baldonnel. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Soldiers did not receive proper protections for dangerous chemicals, Fianna Fáil claims

Luggala, Co Wicklow: it was offered officially for sale by the trustees of Barbican International Corporation, a Guernsey-based Guinness family trust

Michael Ring says Government cannot afford €28m asking price for Wicklow estate

Criminalising the purchaser of sexual services rather than the seller is one of the main provisions of the Bill which also strengthens laws to combat child pornography and prevent the sexual grooming of children. Photograph: Paul Barker/PA

Dáil votes against Opposition amendment to law which aims to lower demand for prostitution

AAA-PBP TD Bríd Smith has claimed the State is ‘hurtling towards a dictatorship’ in terms of media ownership. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins.

Bríd Smith critical of Denis O’Brien’s stake in sector and warns of media ‘dictatorship’

Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys: Sinn Féin arts spokesman Peadar Tóibín accused her of building a paper wall between herself and the National Museum of Ireland. Photograph: Laura Hutton/Collins

Heather Humphreys says new board and staff will address challenges museum faces

Shane Ross: It is right that we examine whether free travel funding levels, effectively frozen at 2010 levels, are adequate today.

Large sections of public transport should not be left to private operators, says Robert Troy

Enda Kenny and Theresa May in Dublin on Sunday. The Taoiseach said he and the British prime minister discussed the North but admitted he was unsure how  a soft Border can be achieved. Photograph: Reuters/Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography/Pool

Britain yet to say what kind of customs union membership it wants, Taoiseach tells Dáil

The ’match is on’ as soon as the British government triggers article 50 Phil Hogan has said. Photograph: Eric Luke

EU Agricultural Commissioner asks if Britain will lower its food standards in US deals with ‘hormone beef’

Mary Mitchell-O’Connor told Richard Boyd Barrett that Ardmore Studios “is being placed on the market for sale as a going concern”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Boyd Barrett says Government could nationalise studio or facilitate workers buyout

The legislation concerning fossil fuel was introduced by Independent Donegal TD Thomas Pringle. Photograph: Eric Luke

Coalition loses on tracker mortgages and Bill to divest State of investments in fossil fuel

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan with Catherine Martin TD and Senator Grace O’Sullivan: Martin said “there is a duty on Government to protect its people against incompetent rogue cowboy builders”. Photograph: Leah Farrell/

Catherine Martin raises issue of ‘inept, incompetent, greed-driven building standards’

The gravestone of Eamonn Loughman, one of the 48 victims of the Stardust fire. “We are now on the road to getting the answers that many of us have been looking for, for years,” said Minister of State Finian McGrath. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien.

Independent TD Tommy Broughan calls for new inquiry into 1981 tragedy in which 48 died

Sinn Féin TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin said “the despicable, deliberate actions of our banks have caused misery for an additional 15,000 mortgage-holders and their families across the country”.

FF criticises Central Bank for showing ‘no urgency whatsoever’ to reinstate proper rate

A Brexit billboard in Jonesborough, Co Armagh, on the northern side of the Border.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

State will work very hard to ensure vindication of Belfast Agreement rights, says Kenny

U2 playing live at  the iHeartRadio Music Festival at The T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, last September. File photograph: Steve Marcus/Reuters

TDs question cost of tickets for U2 and Coldplay concerts in Dublin later this year

Nóirín O’Sullivan: The Taoiseach has expressed his confidence in the Garda commissioner. Photograph: Alan Betson

Why are so many whistleblowers out sick if everything is so ‘wonderful’, TD asks Kenny

Catherine Murphy: said the State could be paying less for storage if there was a more uniform system in place

TD calls for review of fragmented system to create more effective model

New figures show that between December 1st and January 8th, a total of 961 people were detained on suspicion of drink-driving. Photograph: Frank Miller

Sharp rise in arrests comes as Garda traffic corps numbers drop from 804 in 2013 to 674

Christine Keegan and relatives of Stardust victims during a 25th anniversary vigil outside the former Artane club. Mrs Keegan lost daughters Mary and Martina in the fire

Finian McGrath says ‘we need to get to the truth and let the families rest’

Tuesday evening’s road death brings to three the number of cyclists who have lost their lives on Irish roads so far this year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times Dublin cyclist. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fianna Fáil justice spokesman says failure to collect fines undermines law

IFA members in Dublin calling for an urgent aid package for grain farmers affected by dire weather. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ceann Comhairle saves Coalition from second embarrassing defeat on Evictions Bill

  Tánaiste and  Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: She told the Dáil  an external  review would take place to see what f  lessons could be learned following the discovery that 13 cancer cases at Wexford  hospital were “probably missed”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Sinn Féin claim missed misdiagnoses of 13 cancer cases shows potential systemic issues

Seán Ó Fearghaíl  cast his vote for the Fine Gael/Independent Alliance minority coalition, ensuring victory. Photograph: Eric Luke.

First time in lifetime of this Dáil that Ceann Comhairle cast his vote to avoid a defeat

Anne Rabbit said 20,000 families who hired au pairs need to know where they stand

Tánaiste says review of issue is ongoing and is part of overall consideration of childcare

IFA members protest in Dublin to call for an urgent aid package for grain farmers affected by dire weather conditions. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Fine Gael TD says FF proposal is ‘an open chequebook to 11,000 cereal farmers’

Seán Fleming said “it is immoral for the State to make a profit on the sale of cigarettes”. Photograph: Getty Images

PAC chief says product should be on list of sectors for investment ban by State agencies

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has “no plan” for Brexit, according to Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Taoiseach says Sinn Féin ‘want to blame everybody without taking responsibility’

Minister of State John Halligan has challenged Fianna Fáil to introduce a motion of no confidence in the Government in a row over the provision of cardiac services at University Hospital Waterford. Photograph: Getty Images

Protesters want permanent cath lab; southeast only region without 24-hour service

Brendan Howlin: the Labour leader said the Taoiseach had not indicated where the money came from, and whether it cost €128m or €175m

Payment is first part of approach that includes Lansdowne Road successor

Fianna Fáil finance spokesman Michael McGrath said it was unacceptable “that funds who call all the shots in relation to loans remain beyond the ambit of regulation”

McGrath says if Minister does not deal with vulture funds issue ‘this House will move to deal with it’

Charlie Flanagan: he said the North’s parties had to be mindful of their responsibility to re-establish the devolved institutions on the far side of polling day

Taoiseach says there is unfinished business in delivering on Belfast Agreement

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams: he claimed the British government had failed to honour commitments because the Government did not hold it to account. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Taoiseach insists Government will work as co-guarantors of Belfast Agreement

The Public Health (Alcohol) Bill was quietly withdrawn last year after a filibuster. The real winner was the drinks industry which skilfully outmanoeuvred the Government

What to watch out for in 2017 as this Government gets set to publish its legislative list

The scene at the removal of TK Whitaker at the Church of the Sacred Heart, Donnybrook, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Civil servant revolutionised the Irish economy, says Archbishop

TK Whitaker was described by Taoiseach Enda Kenny as a national treasure. Photograph: The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny pays tribute to outstanding patriot and man of rare vision

Bats entertainment: first minister Ian Paisley and  Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, who were nicknamed  the “Chuckle Brothers”. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker

From 2007 to 2017, a timeline of the Northern Assembly's political ups and downs

Duck is a field in  southwestern France. France ordered a massive culling of ducks in three regions most affected by a severe outbreak of bird flu. Photograph: Regis Duvignau/Reuters

Department of Agriculture says duck found with avian H5N8 strain only case in the State

A Wednesday deadline has been set by the High Court for campaigners, who took over the building on December 17th, to vacate Apollo House following a case taken by developers who propose to knock the building for redevelopment. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Thirty still in building will be accommodated two hostels ‘appropriate to their needs’

Landlords are not allowed to use Airbnb for the short-term letting of their properties unless they get the proper permissions, the Minister for Housing has confirmed. File photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg/Getty Images

Simon Coveney says rentals through the website should be subject to B&B standards

Paudie Coffey, a Waterford-based Fine Gael Senator, has rejected claims that his party is the landlords’ party.

Paudie Coffey claims Government’s strategy aims to bring certainty to the rental sector

Simon Coveney has appealed to homeless people in Apollo House to ‘work with us’ towards a transition for them to hostels. Photograph: Eric Luke

Minister for Housing says system should have space for ‘everybody who wants a bed’

Senator Gabrielle McFadden: “We cannot simply bring them into the country, throw them into units and leave them there without any supports”

Condolences expressed in Seanad for attacks in Berlin and killing of Russian ambassador

Minister for Sport Shane Ross: under the Bill, an Irish driving licence-holder disqualified in the UK will also be disqualified in Ireland and vice versa. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Further legal advice to be sought before Sinn Féin rickshaw amendment implemented

Francis Fitzgerald said many of the actions required under the convention were being implemented on a daily basis under current legislation. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Bills will allow Ireland to ratify Council of Europe convention combating violence against women

The Criminal Assets Bureau (Cab)seized €28 million in assets between 2011 and 2015, according to Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald.

Minister for Justice says other countries want to develop Cab model because of its success

 Gillian Bowler who died on Wednesday aged 64 after a long illness. Photograph: Collins Photos

Funeral hears tributes for ‘tough but fair’ businesswoman who died aged 64

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