Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald, at the Fine Gael National Conference in Co Cavan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

SF says Tánaiste knew nature of the legal strategy but chose to do nothing

The current focus is to amend broadcasting legislation to address licence fee evasion in the short-term, which is twice the UK rate. Photograph: iStock

Government focus on targeting evasion which is twice the UK rate

Tánaiste Frances  Fitzgerald said she had always acted in the interests of whistleblowers to ensure they would be protected. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Frances Fitzgerald insists she has always worked to protect whistleblowers

Catherine Murphy, concerned commission  ‘deviating from the role originally envisaged for it’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Cregan commission request for doubling of legal fees refused as cost could rise to €25m

A visitor uses her iPhone X to take a photo  at the new Apple Visitor Center in Cupertino. Photograph: Reuters/Elijah Nouvelage

Taoiseach told tech giant that contested back taxes must be in escrow account ‘without further delay’

 Members of the RTE Concert Orchestra at the National Concert Hall.

Varadkar to raise issue with Minister for Culture amid fears of merger

The Taoiseach said in the Dáil on Tuesday he told British prime minister  Theresa May there could be no return to direct rule in NI as it existed prior to the Belfast Agreement.

Varadkar: Irish Government cannot accept a return to pre- Belfast Agreement ’direct rule’

Martin tells Dáil Maurice McCabe takes issue with Fitzgerald’s comments on RTÉ radio

Martin Shanahan of the IDA Ireland speaking with a robot at the press conference to announce details of the 2016 results for the Authority at Dublin’s Convention Centre in January.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Foreign direct investment totalled almost €93 million in 2016

Gerry Adams: Sinn Féin’s outgoing president at the party ardfheis in Dublin on Saturday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Vox pop: ‘A society with jobs and peace is as important as a united Ireland’

Gerry Adams and Martin Ferris TD during his address to delegates at the Sinn Féin Ard Fheis. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

‘There’s always a time for change and this is the time for it,’ says Kerry TD

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams at the RDS in Dublin during the party’s ardfheis. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Delegates vote to change rules to allow extraordinary ardfheis after president steps down

Sinn Féin leader in Northern Ireland Michelle O’Neill said republicanism and unionism “must reach a sustainable compromise through respectful dialogue, premised on anti-sectarianism”. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin’s McCallion defends abstentionist policy as O’Neill urges respect for unionists

 Mary Lou McDonald and Michelle O’Neill speaking to media at the start of the Sinn Féin Ard Fheis. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

McDonald says Brexit poses a grave threat to economy and ‘the Good Friday Agreement’

In the run-up to the budget the Taoiseach and Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe appeared on a number of social media videos.

Leo Varadkar says more social media ‘key part of Government media modernisation’

An obesity expert has criticised the fact the fast food chain McDonald’s is sponsoring part of the National Children’s Hospital thorugh its charitable arm.

Obesity expert Dr Donal O’Shea asks if Heineken would be allowed sponsor a liver unit

Social Democrats TD Róisín Shortall: “I have to question the Government’s sincerity and commitment to this.”  Photograph: Eric Luke

Government warned not to let vested interests ‘block progress’ on Sláintecare programme

Members of the Irish RWC 2023 bid team: IRFU chief executive, Philip Browne (centre); IRFU president Philip Orr (right) and bid chairman Dick Spring.

Heated exchanges in Seanad as Senator Terry Leyden criticises group lobbying for Ireland as Rugby World Cup venue

Epilepsy drug was given out with  no leaflet   detailing potential birth defects or problems in unborn children if administered to a woman during pregnancy.

Health officials to contact regulator about pharmacies failing to provide data leaflets

Former cabinet colleagues Charlie Flanagan and Alan Kelly have clashed in recent days. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Charlie Flanagan angry over Labour TD’s questions regarding Maurice McCabe

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: says Ireland will not be only country to miss targets. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Taoiseach says report is ‘unofficial’ and confirms Ireland will miss 2030 targets

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy has established a taskforce on AirBnB lettings and said it would report by the end of the year. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images.

Minister has asked task force to examine Airbnb lettings and report by end of year

Humphreys said it was deeply worrying that Michael Colgan, above, could have been “so misguided in respect of what he felt were his freedoms to interact with the women who came forward”. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Heather Humphreys declines to be drawn on Michael Colgan’s apology at weekend

Independent TD Michael Lowry. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

TD claims banks used banking corporation money to improve their balance sheets

Minister for Health Simon Harris said he would talk to small retailers to discuss and explain how provisions for minimising the visibility of alcohol in smaller shops would work.

Minister for Health said he will talk to small retailers about minimising visibility of drink

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. “Leo’s new, vibrant, really taking on social media,” said Conor Murphy (Cork North-Central). Photograph: Aurore Belot/AFP/Getty Images

Fine Gael members on Varadkar, Kenny, elections, abortion, Fianna Fáil and Halligan

Minister for Health Simon Harris said:  “I’ve sat in far too many rooms with women who have found this country to be cold, neglectful, lonely and isolating when they have a crisis pregnancy.” File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Harris urges end to ‘tyranny of labels’ as ‘I’ve never met anyone who is not in favour of life’

Minister for Employment and Social Protection Regina Doherty said Ireland’s social policy “is going to follow international norms of best practice – that parents get to stay at home with their children for the formative times in their lives”.

Minister says new social policy reflects reality that ‘there’s far more to life than work’

 Simon Coveney  on stage during the Fine Gael national party conference in Ballyconnell, Co Cavan, on Friday. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Minister tells Fine Gael conference more credibility needed from UK to ensure no hard Border

Paschal Donohoe told the Dáil that from January 1st next year all public service pensioners with annuities worth up to €34,132 would be exempt from the charge imposed in 2011 under the Fempi legislation.   Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister says pensions worth up to €34,000 will be fully restored by January 1st 2018

Minister of State John Halligan told the interviewee “I know I shouldn’t be asking this”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

‘I am not too sure how repayment could work but I have no problem in paying the money’

Minister for Health Simon Harris stressed his bottom line was to minimise visibility in shops. Photograph: PA.

Separation in shops needed as drink purchases ‘not the same as buying milk or bread’

Minister for Health Simon Harris: aims to target minimum unit pricing at cheap and strong alcohol affordable to young people at pocket-money prices. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minimum unit pricing key among measures in Bill aiming to reduce alcohol consumption

Independent TD Mattie McGrath. Photograph: Eric Luke

TD enraged by Paradise Paper revelations that AIB withheld information from Revenue

Independent TD Mick Wallace: said HSE “will not even communicate” with parent of autistic boy over care plan. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Teenager ‘treated as inconvenience because he is different’, mother claims

A view of Athlone Castle and the Shannon

Construction of 104-metre pedestrian and cycleway bridge will take two years

The State’s spending watchdog, the Comptroller & Auditor General (C&AG), should have responsibility for holding Irish Water financially accountable, the Dáil has heard.

SF call to rename Water Services Bill ‘The Water Charges by the Back Door Bill’ rejected

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar meeting Apple chief Tim Cook in San Francisco last week. Photograph: Suzanne Lynch.

Closing of tax loopholes a constant ‘game of cat and mouse,’ Taoiseach tells Dáil

Broombridge station, near Cabra in Dublin. Iarnród Éireann wants to increase services on the Maynooth line to connect with the Luas cross-city service to the station. Photograph: Alan Betson

Union members to distribute leaflets to commuters day before first 24-hour strike

 Dublin Fire Brigade:  units  were attending illegal bonfires at Dolphin’s Barn, Ballyfermot, Darndale, Finglas and Tallaght and attempts were made to prevent crews dousing the fires. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Optometrists association warns of dangers of illegal special-effect contact lenses

The patient will have to pay some of the cleaning fee if the dentist charges more than the €42 payable by the department.  Photograph:  John Giles/PA Wire

PRSI payers including self-employed to be covered at extra annual cost of €70m

The alarm was raised at 4.30pm when the two people found themselves surrounded by water with two more hours of incoming tide.

Dún Laogaire RNLI carried out three rescues over the weekend

The fire on Richmond Road. Photograph: Dublin Fire Brigade/Twitter

Rival gangs burn Halloween stashes, firefighters to stay overnight at Richmond Road blaze

Eoghan Murphy stressed that while nationally the number of families accessing emergency accommodation was up, the overall trend was downwards. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

SF says it is ‘extreme’ to suggest there’s progress on decreasing the number of homeless families

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy: said there had been a reduction in families living in hotels since the “high point” last March, with more “family hub” accommodation available.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Number of children in Dublin without place to live increased to 2,416

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald said a “recent high profile case has brought the Judiciary into disrepute”. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

‘Recent high profile case has brought the Judiciary into disrepute,’ says Mary Lou McDonald

 The long-stalled Public Health (Alcohol) Bill, 2015, will be reintroduced in the Seanad when the House resumes after the Halloween break, the Taoiseach has confirmed. File photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Leo Varadkar confirms his ‘absolute commitment’ to the controversial legislation

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said the Sinn Féin leader was ‘setting the scene to ensure someone else is getting the blame’ over the impasse in Northern Ireland. Photograph: The Irish Times

Sinn Féin leader should ‘stop blaming everyone else’ for lack of progress – Taoiseach

Fianna Fáil TD Éamon Ó Cuív   called for legislation to be introduced to deal with legal difficulties for the repatriation of Irish prisoners from abroad. File photograph: Eric Luke

TD questions lack of action for prisoners abroad who want to serve jail time at home

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney. Photograph: Stephen Collins

Coveney responds to calls for €1m to be spent updating 2002 Savi research

Micheál Martin: ‘I do think it’s excessive. Genuinely.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

FF leader says Halloween break is ‘excessive’ but does not call for a vote on the issue

Minister for the Environment Denis Naughten pointed to local authorities’ estimates that more than 750,000 tyres had been dumped in sites around the country. Photograph: Alan Betson

Levy of up to €2.80 to go to recycling of end-of-life car tyres to halt waste on farms

The report “also found that hospitals were unable to account for millions of euro that pharmaceutical companies stated they had paid them”.

Healthcare companies gave €30 million to hospitals, medical staff in 2016, says Minister

The refunding of approximately €173 million paid by some 999,000 householders is due before the end of the year.

Government says Bill must pass by Halloween to allow 990,000 homes get repayment by year end

Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty: said reversal of changes that resulted in 36,000 people receiving reduced payments would happen in ‘matter of weeks’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Rough day as pensions anomaly, Cork boundary and votes defeated

Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty said  reversing the 2012 pension changes would unnecessarily benefit people who have access to other resources. File photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Willie O’Dea accuses Sinn Féin of being ‘snipers behind the ditch’ in heated exchanges

 Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe is  set to “admonish” bank chiefs  over the delay in dealing with  thousands of  people affected by the tracker mortgage controversy. File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Government has ‘lost patience’, will impose sanctions if action unsatisfactory – Taoiseach

 Fianna Fáil TD Fiona O’Loughlin and party spokesman on social protection Willie O’Dea TD during a press briefing by the party on  pensions. Photograph: Collins

Leo Varadkar confirms that Fianna Fáil did raise pensions issue before Budget

Fallen trees block a road in Cork on Tuesday. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

Monday’s storm differs to flooding, says Varadkar: ‘Nobody is in a hurricane zone’

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said “as a Government we have lost patience” with the banks over the tracker mortgages issue, and described the controversy as “scandalous”. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Action including sanctions to be taken if banks do not move to solve issue – Taoiseach

Michael Healy-Rae TD speaking in Dublin in 2012. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill /The Irish Times

‘He told me where to go’: Kerry TD sharply criticises former minister Phil Hogan

Independent Clare TD Michael Harty: claimed many successful Clare hurlers were from parts of the county that might end up in Limerick under proposed boundary changes in the McKinnon report

McKinnon report calls for the Cork city boundary to be extended into the county area

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar meets ESB Network workers in Kilcock, Co Kildare,  on Tuesday as they clear fallen power lines after Storm Ophelia. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Varadkar tells Dáil he has fewer political advisers, who cost less than his predecessors’

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald: “There’s more brass on the necks of the Fianna Fáil leadership than we would expect in a marching band.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

McDonald welcomes motion to reverse cut ‘no matter how late, cynical, self-serving’

Denise McMorrow at the Fianna Fáil Ardfheis, in the RDS, Dublin: “We need to be very radical in our approach to address the housing crisis.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Party members on Martin’s leadership, arrangement with SF and presidential election

Constituencies, all outside Dublin, raised €180,000 in the church gate national collection last year

Party’s success in 2016 general election increased State funding to €5.3 million

Social Protection spokesman Willie O’Dea will bring the motion to the House. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Willie O’Dea to bring private member’s motion on pension anomaly to Dáil next week

Michael McGrath asked how all the banks could have made the same mistake. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Michael McGrath says financial institutions must be made accountable for ‘scandal’

The Coalition parties “see the arts as an occasionally useful platform but have no fundamental regard or feeling for them at all,” Fianna Fáil spokeswoman on arts Niamh Smyth claimed.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Coalition has ‘fundamental attitude of disrespect’ for the arts, Fianna Fáil claims

Solidarity TD Paul Murphy claimed the Government played with the mental health figures in last year’s budget and was doing so again this year. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Government ‘playing with the figures’, Solidarity TD Paul Murphy claims

The provision makes it an offence for the owner of a vehicle to allow it to be driven by a learner who is driving unaccompanied.

Ross rejects claim he is ‘not doing his job’ on measure passed 10 months ago

Mr Varadkar said the new housing finance agency would provide €750m for development finance to builders so  they could build affordable housing across the State. Photograph: Getty Images

Taoiseach insists Nama offshoot will generate return for taxpayer

John Concannon is the director of the Strategic Communications Unit. Photograph: Alan Betson

Taoiseach defends €5 million cost of controversial ‘spin’ unit saying it will be ‘cost neutral’

 Simon Harris  said measure was part of a multi-faceted approach to turning Ireland into a tobacco-free country by 2025. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Move passes without vote but some TDs raise concerns over Border cigarette smuggling

Joan Burton: she said depending on commercial property stamp duty revenues to pay for tax cuts and permanent spending increases was simply repeating the mistakes of the past

Labour jobs spokesman Alan Kelly describes budget as worth ‘a cup of coffee’

Fianna Fáil finance spokesman Michael McGrath said Sinn Féin was ‘the classic hurler on the ditch’ in his post-budget speech.

Fianna Fáil spokesman says workers paying almost 50% more income tax than in 2007

Anti-water charge protesters in 2012: the Water Services Bill seeks to draw a line under the Irish Water debacle. Photograph:  Dara Mac Donaill

Legislation scheduled to finish initial debate this week but 12 TDs, mainly SF, yet to speak

Flags fly at half mast at Leinster House in Dublin after the death of former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave. Photograph: Niall Carson /PA Wire.

FF leader says ex-FG taoiseach played big role in Ireland developing high global standing

Fianna Fáil TD John McGuinness. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

John McGuinness says new Bill would not stop utility being ‘gold-plated quango’

Ibrahim Halawa: the Taoiseach said he assumed the Irish Embassy in Cairo still had access to him. Photograph: PA Wire

Opposition TDs ask whether he is being held illegally and about Irish relations with Egypt

Thousands of students will be ‘deprived of a vote’ if vote in June, says Bríd Smith

The Taoiseach told  TD Joan Collins in  there was no chance of the water system being privatised because it requires a subvention of €1 billion just to exist. Photograph:  Collins Dublin

Any chance of water being privatised is ‘impossible and absurd’, Leo Varadkar tells Dáil

 Ibrahim Halawa: arrested during  Muslim Brotherhood protests which took place in Cairo in August 2013. Photograph: Family Handout/PA Wire

Taoiseach says family want to keep arrangements for Irishman’s return private

Leo Varadkar: “This is money that has to be held in an EU escrow account”

Commission’s Apple move ‘wholly unnecessary and unwarranted’

A protest outside the Department of Agriculture over greyhound exploitation. A Dáil debate has heard the dogs have a lifespan of 14 years but in Ireland the average was three to four years. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Minister defends implementation of legislation saying ‘Government does not tolerate cruelty’

Social Democrats TD Catherine Murphy. Photograph: Collins Courts

Seetec Ltd harassed employer to sign forms that it got job for unemployed man

People gather near the old university of Barcelona, two days after the banned Catalan independence referendum. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Sinn Féin leader calls on Taoiseach to ‘pick up the phone’ to urge Rajoy to start talks

Defence Forces: Irish soldiers train for a peacekeeping mission in Lebanon. In the past five years 2,840 personnel have left the Army, Air Corps and Naval Service, leaving its combined strength below 9,000

PD-Forra says short-term contracts driving sailors, airmen and soldiers to quit

Mandalay Bay massacre: Stars and Stripes fly at half-mast in Washington, DC. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty

Leo Varadkar sends message of condolence to Donald Trump

The Dáil rejected a Government amendment by 77 votes to 48 and supported the motion by Fianna Fáil agriculture spokesman Charlie McConalogue to support the families, businesses and communities affected by the extensive flooding in Donegal in August.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Latest vote brings to more than 20 the number of defeats since Coalition formed

Phil Hogan: accused of “hubris and arrogance”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Fergus O’Dowd says his warning may have been a factor in him losing junior minister job

Independent TD Michael Harty said men had been issued with letters by State agency telling them to vacate their direct provision centres within four weeks. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Problem arises regarding men on deportation orders but who cannot be deported

Niamh Uí Bhriain,  spokeswoman for the Life Institute

Group calls for full Garda investigation into alleged threats by pro-choice activists

Letters between WB Yeats and his lifelong friend and first lover Olivia Shakespeare were among the items auctioned in London. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Acquisition of ‘significant items’ a ‘wonderful day’ for State, Humphreys says

A file image of thousands of people attending a Right 2 Water protest in Dublin last year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Politics of ‘thuggery’ did not defeat water charges, FF's Barry Cowen claims

Pope Francis on his visit to Colombia earlier this month. Varadkar expressed his wish that the pope would visit the North on his Irish visit. Photograph: Luis Eduardo Noriega/EPA

Taoiseach tells bishops church-school divestment should be parents’ choice

Leo Varadkar said he would like ‘to visit India in the future but no arrangements have been made as yet’. Photograph: Facunda Arrizabalaga/EPA

Honorary consulate in economic capital Mumbai could be full consulate – Varadkar

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has compared Ms McDonald to Marine Le Pen. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Sinn Féin deputy leader accuses Taoiseach of abandoning families in sharp Dáil exchanges

Ibrahim Halawa who has been acquitted of all charges in Egypt after four years in jail. Photograph:  Family Handout/PA Wire

Minister says Government staff worked about 20,000 hours on case

A protest in Peshawar in Pakistan against Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi over violence against the Rohingya. Photograph: Bilawal Arbab/EPA

FF calls on Government to propose sanctions against Myanmar over Rohingya treatment

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