Fianna Fáil transport spokesman Timmy Dooley  who has called on the Government not to sell its stake in Aer Lingus.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Joan Burton confirms Willie Walsh to talk to parties this week

Fianna Fáil environment spokesman Barry Cowen Cowen: I’m glad he’s acknowledged the errors of their ways. I’d like to see ways and means by which he might address those errors.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Fine Gael TD rejects Labour Minister’s claims abolition of town councils was wrong

Tánaiste Joan Burton has criticised banks for pulling out of deals with customers in mortgage difficulty. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Tánaiste says reducing bankruptcy periods may send message to institutions ‘playing games’ with customers in difficulty

Tipperary TD Michael Lowry: “If I’m re-elected I’d be happy to look at it. In principle I’ve no difficulty supporting a government that produces economic policies that are good for the country.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Michael Lowry indicates openness to supporting new Fine Gael-Labour administration

Councillor John Leahy, Lucinda Creighton TD and financial adviser  Eddie Hobbs at the Tara Towers Hotel in Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

Lucinda Creighton and Karl Deeter present code of conduct prohibiting ‘cronyism’

President Michael D Higgins: the Citizens to Separate Church and State group says the referendum on reducing the age of presidential candidates should be stopped until the requirement for presidents to swear a religious oath on entering office is removed. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

Presidents should not have to swear religious oath, says group on separating church and State

Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the Fine Gael National Conference in Castlebar last weekend. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Potential ‘Endapendents’ being courted discreetly by Noonan and Kenny

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: ‘At the moment there are more pressing demands on the health service.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister for Health indicates support ‘in principle’ for publicly funded IVF

Tánaiste and Labour leader Joan Burton said on Wednesday her party will contest the next general election as an independent party.

Tánaiste says achievements Coalition had worked on collectively will be highlighted

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