Ms Burton said a total of four out of five people receive treatment within the target time. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil spokesman says the budget is not enough to meeting increasing demand

Senator Ivana Bacik: hailed Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan’s appointment and called for a debate on policing reform. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Appointment welcomed by Labour Senator who urges support for effort to reform force

Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett has suspended the Dáil following a row between Sinn Féinn and Tánaiste Joan Burton.

Ceann Comhairle halts proceedings after heated exchanges over sex abuse claims

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan says upcoming teachers’ strike over Junior Cycle reform is ‘disappointing and disporportionate’. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Opposition demands that Education Minister reopen talks with unions over reform

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams who clashed in the Dáil  over allegations about the participation of Sinn Féin members in a protest in Limerick. Photograph: Alan Betson

In furious Dáil exchanges Taoiseach alleges protesters used “appalling” language

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has said that “tens of thousands’’ of undocumented Irish in the US could benefit from president Barack Obama’s immigration reform. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

Charlie Flanagan describes progress on reform for undocumented people as ‘real’

 Enda Kenny:  “The only ones who suffer from a strike in circumstances like this are the pupils.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

FF leader critical of Government’s approach to teacher unions

Minister for Tourism Pascal Donoghue: Photograph: Eric Luke

Hotel costs criticised by some Senators

Ted Nealon:  Taoiseach Enda Kenny said of him: “In every role he gave of his best, not alone as an exemplary public servant, but as an exemplary, compassionate and dignified human being”

Cross-party tributes paid to late politician, journalist and broadcaster

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