Willie O’Dea:  people’s rights would “depend on the individual whim of their family doctor” when gender recognition should be “a matter of self-determination by the individual concerned”

Minister says she is ‘proud’ to bring in Bill that progresses rights of transgender people

Senator Fidelma Healy-Eames has claimed that the State is costing its citizens jobs by failing to teach them languages. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Fidelma Healy-Eames makes claims during university entrance requirements discussion

Fianna Fáil public expenditure and reform spokesman Sean Fleming has said the Government should ensure “people do not receive water bills from an entity whose right to exist is not yet determined”. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

People should not receive bills from entity ‘whose right to exist not yet determined’

Sinn Féin TD  Jonathan O’Brien: Told the Dáil there had been a recent spike in muggings and robberies in Cork, which gardaí said was in part due to drugs. Photograph: Alan Betson

Cork now has 500 drug addicts when it had 20 a decade ago, Sinn Féin’s Jonathan O’Brien tells Dáil

Minister of State Kevin Humphreys: The 29 staff operated in two  buildings in Ballybay, which were in “poor condition”

TD claims loss of 30 jobs in Ballybay equivalent to 300 in a town of 15,000

Sinn Féin TD Michael Colreavy:  ‘JobBridge is a form of slavery. Unscrupulous employers are taking advantage of this scheme’

One third of Irish workers earn less than €20,000 with highest level of low pay in EU

On managers’ claims,  Taoiseach Enda Kenny said “obviously the HSE must answer to the Comptroller and Auditor General in respect of it”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Dáil told of retired employee rehired and paid €156,000 for a six-hour week

Independent Senator David Norris has criticised what he called a ‘surreptitious attempt’ to make ‘savage cuts’ to the salaries of ushers in Leinster House. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Senator alleges ‘surreptitious attempt’ to reduce pay of Oireachtas attendants

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