Clare Daly  said a statutory order should be introduced precluding any further winding up or restructuring of regulated defined-benefit schemes until appropriate legislation was introduced.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Independent TD criticises winding up of defined-benefit schemes

Pearse Doherty said previously thousands of consumers had been prevented from having their complaint heard. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Sinn Féin Bill will ‘open the doors of justice to many individuals’, says Pearse Doherty

Senator Fintan Warfield said many teachers had expressed their fears about the narrow confines of the syllabus.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Fintan Warfield says many pupils are not taught about safe sex, consent and relevant health information

Sinn Féin housing spokesman Eoin Ó Broin said:  “I accept that purpose-built emergency accommodation for families is better than a hotel or bed-and-breakfast accommodation. However, it is not a home and cannot be presented as a solution to the homeless crisis.” File photograph: Getty Images

Reports warn hubs run risk of replacing one problem with another, says Eoin Ó Broin

Paschal Donohoe: he said seven of every 10 jobs lost during the recession have now been recovered. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Paschal Donohoe says number at work now at its highest level since end of 2008

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: the Government is committed to spending €5.35 billion, about €1 billion annually, to deliver 47,000 social homes by the end of 2021.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Leo Varadkar defends State provision of family hubs in Dáil exchanges

 Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: said the rural economy was facing many threats and challenges, not least from Brexit. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

FF leader criticises ‘shockingly slow and ineffective’ broadband plan

A helicopter takes off during a Defence Forces open day  in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Gerard Craughwell says ‘nobody seems to give a damn’ about conditions for soldiers

“I believe they are doing very important work there on an ongoing basis,’’ Minister of State for Defence  Paul Kehoe said. Photograph: Alan Betson

Dáil concern as machine gun fire from the Syrian civil war landed in the Irish base

Regina Doherty: Leo Varadkar told the Dáil he had a “brief conversation” with the Minister for Social Protection  and understood she had complained to the Garda about harassment. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Catherine Kelly stopped by gardaí over social media comments about Minister

Naval Service rescue mission: LE Eithne crew prepare to bring migrants aboard in the Mediterranean in 2015. Photograph: David Jones/Defence Forces/PA

Pay and conditions of Defence Forces raised in Dáil

IFA president Joe Healy drives a combine harvester to the Department of Agriculture offices on Kildare St in Dublin. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

Tillage farmers are angry at the level of compensation being offered by department

Richard Bruton: “There will be an oversight of price monitoring to ensure that there is no gouging of consumers.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

People Before Profit TD Bríd Smith says bin collection companies being given free rein

Regina Doherty made a complaint about Catherine Kelly over online and social media comments.

Catherine Kelly stopped by gardaí over social media comments about Regina Doherty

‘Is it now Government policy to attack, in this very sinister way, anybody who criticises anyone in the Government on social media?’ Ruth Coppinger said. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Solidarity TD Ruth Coppinger claims academic subjected to ‘sinister’ experience at airport

A psychiatrist has told the Seanad of a severe  lack of beds in the child and adolescent mental health service in Ireland. Photograph: iStock/File

Psychiatrist says suicide rate has fallen 19% overall, but increased in males aged 15-24

New approaches must be explored to improve the pay and conditions of those working in the childcare sector, Minister for Children Katherine Zappone said. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Minister says Government cannot be ‘oblivious’ to needs of providers of vital service

US president Donald Trump while making a phone call to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar from the Oval Office of the White House in Washington in June. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/ EPA

Taoiseach says it is new information to him the US president attended a Sinn Féin fundraiser

Darragh O’Brien withdrew a reference to “intimidation’’

Paul Murphy accuses Darragh O’Brien of making ‘ignorant’ comments on Jobstown trial

“I have total respect for the judgement of military personnel whether they’re in the Naval Service, the Air Corps or in the Army,” Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney said. Photograph: Niall CArson/PA

Minister questioned judgement of Air Corps pilot who refused to fly him due to fog forecast

Some people employed in the security industry are not receiving the set hourly rate for the job, Labour Senator Gerald Nash has claimed. File photograph

Labour Senator Gerald Nash says people are being ripped off and robbed of legitimate wages

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: said the Government acknowledged there was a concern about a massive hike in charges under the new waste charges system.  Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Price regulation measures will be introduced if deemed necessary, says Taoiseach

Wexford TD and barrister James Browne said while judges must be experts on the law, they also needed a good temperament and an ability to weigh up individual cases.

Wexford TD James Browne stresses judicial ability to address personal weaknesses

 Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe  says ‘people need to see that progress is being achieved and incomes are improving’. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister also warns about significant economic risks ahead

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald

Tánaiste says too early to speculate on Budget 2018 contents

 Minister for Sport Shane Ross: ‘the matters at issue are complex’

Minister tells Dáil he is disposed to publishing the report as early as possible

Senator David Norris. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Independent Senator warns against influence of ‘bloody vulture funds’

Christopher Nolan  (7) from St Joseph’s National School, Kilcock, Co Kildare, participates in some tank manoeuvres under the supervision of Cpl James Tourmey during the launch of  a fundraiser for homeless members of the Defence Forces at Merrion Square, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Many families of Defence Forces employees struggle to make ends meet, says Martin

Seanad reform has been ‘killed off’’ by the Government, Independent Senator Michael McDowell has. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Independent Senator says some colleagues have been ‘assured’ changes will not happen

Shane Cassells: he said the  abolition of town councils was a “butchery’’ of democracy

Party spokesman Shane Cassells says there is ‘gaping void’ in reacting to needs of people

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan highlighted the ‘integrity and professionalism of the Irish judiciary, and their contribution to Ireland’s modern democracy’

Almost 10 hours set aside over three days for Second Stage of Judicial Appointments Bill

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said he would seek advice on whether he could publish the letter sent to the Government by senior judges. Image: Oireachtas TV

Changes proposed by Shane Ross follow international practice, says Taoiseach

Social Democrats TD Róisín Shortall told the Dáil “attempts to reform our dysfunctional system have been stymied by those who care little about equity and who put private interests ahead of the public interest”. Photograph:  Alan Betson

Dáil debates committee report that sets out 10-year blueprint for the health system

  Frances Fitzgerald  told the Dáil  the Government recognised the economic implications of a hard Brexit. Photograph: Stephen Collins /Collins Photos

Fitzgerald reacts to ESRI hard Brexit €600m hole in public finances warning

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan said he was precluded as a member of the Government from discussing who was in the Cabinet room or who said what. Photograph: PA

Tánaiste says it is ‘outrageous’ to suggest any undue pressure was put on the President

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan said Máire Whelan (above) was the best person to be appointed. He said the Government acted entirely within its constitutional powers. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Unfortunate her appointment as judge has been overshadowed by political row - Brendan Howlin

Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre - one of the OPW sites with entry fees for children

Proposal aimed at under 12s to foster greater awareness in culture, Minister of State says

Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin

Varadkar claims Martin said he would not go public about Whelan

Minister of State for Health Finian McGrath:  said he will launch a public consultation to allow  older people, their families and healthcare workers to have a say in the process. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Process to find best home care scheme for Ireland is ongoing, says Finian McGrath

 Máire Whelan who was appointed to the Court of Appeal by President Michael D. Higgins. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

‘Máire Whelan is no Frank Clarke, is no Adrian Hardiman,’ says Fianna Fáil leader

 John McGuinness said the appointment of Maire Whelan to the Court of Appeal could bring down the Government . Photograph:

Appointment angers Independent Alliance; Murphy insists correct procedures followed

Máire Whelan row: Backbenchers said on Saturday that solidarity on the issue could break on Tuesday after Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announces minister of State appointments. Photograph: The Irish Times

TDs bypassed for ministries in mood to vent anger at Varadkar over Whelan’s elevation

Katherine Zappone recalled how she and her wife, Anne Louise Gilligan, had often said to each other they hoped to be ‘ladies in our 80s’. Photograph: David Sleator

Minister for Children says of wife Anne Louise Gilligan: ‘I have to let you go now’

Minister for Transport Shane Ross: said he would take no lectures from Fianna Fáil on political appointments. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister says FF leader appointed partner of former taoiseach to State board

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has confirmed there will be a referendum on the Eight Amendment to the Constitution on abortion next year.

Micheál Martin claims role of ‘super junior’ minister being abused with four appointed

Independent TD Michael Lowry said of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: “On the basis of ... two discussions I had with him, I am very happy to support him as Taoiseach and to continue to support this Government, particularly on budgetary matters.” File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Independent TD reacts sharply to Howlin demand that new Taoiseach end contact with him

Leo Varadkar with  President Michael D Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin where he was appointed Taoiseach. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

Micheál Martin says Fine Gael leader’s views on most economic topics ‘right-wing’

 Enda Kenny arrives at Government Buildings in  Dublin for his last day as Taoiseach. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Shane Ross says Enda Kenny has done ‘fantastically noble job for Ireland’

Enda Kenny  leaving Áras an Uachtaráin after delivering his letter of resignation as Taoiseach to President Michael D Higgins, seen with his wife Sabina. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

‘This has never been about me but always about the challenges the people of our country face’

John Bruton: he said as the initiator of Brexit the UK had the primary responsibility to make it work for both sides

Former taoiseach says it is naive to think Brexit will not leave scars

Niall Collins: “Their concern has been, and continues to be, the counties in and around the capital.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Fianna Fáil jobs spokesman Niall Collins says a two-tier recovery is FG’s ‘calling card’’

Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe: insisted the Government was successful in attracting graduates  to nearly all aspects of the public service. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Minister insists pay differential not having impact on recruitment

A shrine in the corner of part of the site of the former mother-and-baby home where the remains of an unknown number of infants were found buried, in Tuam. Photograph: Reuters

Local historian Catherine Corless says she hopes children’s remains can be identified

Sinn Fein’s Mary Lou McDonald has criticised ‘blueshirt’’ heckling from the Fine Gael benches in heated Dáil exchanges. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin deputy leader clashes with Tánaiste over Dorset Street shooting

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: “Equity investments in any sector are risky propositions and the State’s resources are better allocated to more appropriate areas.’’  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Minister insists State should not own banks when capital markets willing to do so

Above, Minister of State at the Department of Justice, David Stanton with Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister of State says there has been massive improvement in direct provision centres

Exchanges were mixed with levity and seriousness in Mr Kenny’s likely last verbal battle with the Opposition after six years. Photograph: Oireachtas TV screengrab

Taoiseach suggests it is also time for Adams to stand down as SF leader wishes him well

Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times.

Minister insists pension value must be seen as part of public servants’ remuneration in pay talks

“Treated like human trash”: Geoffrey Shannon with Assistant Commissioner John O’Driscoll and Det Supt Declan Daly at the publication of his audit on Monday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill “Treated like human trash”: Geoffrey Shannon with Assistant Commissioner John O’Driscoll and Det Supt Declan Daly at the publication of his audit on Monday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Prof Geoffrey Shannon’s audit found some vulnerable children treated like ‘human trash’

People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett said the establishment had ‘contrived and conspired’ to ensure Seán FitzPatrick walked free. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Richard Boyd Barrett claims former Anglo chairman’s acquittal ‘stinks to high heaven’

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald: “Garda stations are not suitable places for families to be redirected to in any circumstances.” Photo: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

Tánaiste says accommodation demand exceptional on night families went to gardaí

Senator Lynn Ruane. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Independent Senator says likely next taoiseach ‘very classist’ in his nature

Former Anglo Irish Bank chairman Seán Fitzpatrick leaving the Dublin Criminal Court on Wednesday. Photograph:Niall Carson/PA Wire

Enda Kenny says a minister performing like the ODCE would be sacked immediately

The Broadcast Authority of Ireland (BAI) may be allocated funding from television licence receipts to meet its operating expenses, Minister for Communications Denis Naughten has said. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins.

Minister tells Seanad money would go towards broadcasting regulator’s operating expenses

 Taoiseach  Enda Kenny: he told the Dáil on Tuesday that Minister of State for Health Helen McEntee was in regular   contact with the HSE regarding  Linn Dara children’s mental health facility.  Photograph: Felipe Trueba/EPA

HSE says it will close 11 beds in children’s mental health facility in Dublin

The second Garda Inspectorate report on changing policing is to be published shortly by Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Fitzgerald tells Dáil ‘robust independent oversight’ essential to bringing change in force

Taoiseach Enda Kenny opening Scouting Ireland’s newly refurbished training and conference centre at Larch Hill, Dublin. Photograph: Julien Behal

Kenny praises movement’s support for young people

 Jack Chambers, Fianna Fáil TD, raised VHI’s warning over consultants without specialist qualifications.   Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography

Fianna Fáil TD raises VHI warning about refusing to pay if specialists not qualified

Brendan Howlin  said allowing gardaí and the Defence Forces to affiliate to the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) would be a welcome step. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny says heads of Bill to deliver on commitment have been approved

Mr  Ó Laoghaire referred to the case of a 15-year-old boy who was living in an atmosphere of domestic violence and alcohol

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire outlines details of two teenage deaths

Minister for Education Richard Bruton. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Minister says legislation from Ruth Coppinger seeks ‘to move us to one type of school’

Joan Collins said she would call the Taoiseach’s housing policy a failure.   Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Independent TD Joan Collins calls for public housing scheme involving 50,000 units

 Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said in the nearly five months since the  Executive collapsed, the Taoiseach and British prime minister had failed to hold a single consultation with the parties. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Enda Kenny says regular engagement at highest level between Dublin and London

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald at Templemore Garda College with Garda Commissioner Nóirin O’Sullivan. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

PAC mix-up over signature in accounts saw Nóirín O’Sullivan accused of dishonesty

Brexit chief negotiator pledges full EU support for Ireland

Those who attacked Jimmy Campion in Roscrea, Co Tipperary “are the worst type of cowardly blackguards that God ever had the misfortune to create and bring into this world”, Michael Healy-Rae said in the Dáil. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

TD raises weekend attack on Jimmy Campion (94) and his wife Maura (87) at home

Fianna Fáil Senator Diarmuid Wilson said over a period of 35 years, Sinn Féin’s colleagues in the IRA “have removed over 24 members of An Garda Síochána by murdering them’’. Sinn Féin Senator Niall Ó Donnghaile intervened to say he had no colleagues in the IRA. File photograph: Getty Images

Diarmuid Wilson (FF) claims SF ‘colleagues’ in IRA removed gardaí by murdering them

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: “I have faith and every confidence in the Garda Commissioner to do her job.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Taoiseach under Dáil pressure on financial irregularities in Templemore college

Up to 200,000 people participated in Darkness into Light events across the country last Saturday morning. Photograph:  ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

Joan Freeman strongly criticises cutback in mental health funding

Some of the six protesting TDs can be seen seated on the far left of the image as deputies stand at the beginning of Dáil business on the first day of the new requirement to stand for the Dáil prayer.

Ceann Comhairle ignores protest by TDs calling for separation of church and State

Testimony given by Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan to a Dáil committee has been undermined by written records of a two-hour meeting at which financial irregularities at Templemore Garda College were discussed. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Garda official says a meeting, which commissioner called brief, lasted for two hours

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar and Minister for Housing Simon Coveney. Mr Coveney rejected reports he would launch his leadership campaign on Monday. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Coveney warns party of dangers of divisions with formal contest set to begin ‘before summer break’

Entrance to Harold’s Cross Greyhound Stadium. Photographer: INPHO/James Crombie

Minister says deal with Department of Education conducted transparently

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar said it was up to Enda Kenny to decide when to leave his position. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister refuses to say whether Taoiseach would be given job if he stands down

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

‘We have a very, very bad history when it comes to women’s reproductive rights’

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has refused to disclose how Ireland voted. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Saudi Arabia appointed to major international body that monitors women’s rights

Minister for Health Simon Harris said ‘every single service’ available in Holles Street would be available in the new hospital. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

‘Discredited order’ such as Sisters of Charity should have no input at facility, says Smith

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams: said briefing meeting with Taoiseach Enda Kenny on Brexit position paper was a “farce”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Sinn Féin leader criticises lack of consultation with Dáil as Bruton cites EU duties

TD and ministers pray in the Dáil chamber.  File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Ireland and UK only European parliaments to start business with prayer - Joan Collins

Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys: Council had published its arts and disability policy 2012 to 2016 to address issues of equity, access and participation.  Photograph: Laura Hutton/Collins

Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys says council to publish 10-year strategy in coming months

Taoiseach tells Dáil Sisters of Charity will not have board majority

Brendan Howlin: “It is certainly not acceptable for any doubt to even exist for bishops now or into the future to say that they have any influence”

Proposed hospital has to be free of any specific religious ethos, says Micheál Martin

Fianna Fail Party Leader Micheál Martin speaks at the Fianna Fáil Annual Easter Rising 1916 Commemoration Arbour Hill Church. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Fianna Fáil leader says many appalling IRA stories still to emerge

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald: “Work is being done on the IT system.”  Photograph: Eric Luke

Tánaiste Fitzgerald responds as Labour leader raises problems with IT system

Heather Humphreys said the increase in an annual permit for a houseboat mooring being proposed by Waterways Ireland, in the revised canal bylaws, was €4, bringing it from €126-€130. Photograph: iStock

Senator Lynn Ruane seeks amendment to Heritage Bill to allay canal users’ worries

 Paschal Donohoe says €500m could be available once the commitments the Government has made on increased levels of social welfare and funding tax reform are honoured

Minister warns ‘careful choices’ will have to be made

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: “From Ireland’s perspective, it is crucial that the negotiations are conducted in a constructive and orderly way.” Photograph: Felipe Trueba/EPA

Taoiseach says Ireland will encourage calm UK-EU approach to exit negotiations

Fianna Fáil’s Barry Cowen said Labour’s Alan Kelly, above, was still spinning from the number of U-turns he made as a minister. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fianna Fáil’s Barry Cowen estimates 92 per cent of households will not pay for water

Jan O’Sullivan.  Photograph: Dave Meehan

Previous government right to be concerned about Garda tapes, says former minister

Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald says no inquiry will produce the required outcome as long as Ms O’Sullivan remains in office. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Mary Lou McDonald introduces party motion to remove Nóirín O’Sullivan from office

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