Greece’s former minister for finance Yanis Varoufakis and novelist  Elif Shafak  at the Zurich Dalkey Book Festival in June. He was a “disaster” as finance minister, said academic Bridget Laffan. Photograph: Conor McCabe

Irish politicians who led us out of financial crisis are not getting the credit for it

Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin with Andrew Montague, Rebecca Moynihan, Ged Nash and Kevin Humphreys: “We are rightly proud of the many things we did in office. But we’re also honest enough to recognise that we didn’t get everything right.” Photograph: Dave Meehan

Labour Party think-in told economic implosion would have happened without party

The Fianna Fáil U-turn on water charges has the capacity to undermine all of the hard work that made the economic recovery possible, political scientist Dr Brigid Laffan has said. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Academic Dr Brigid Laffan says FF switch on issue could undermine economic recovery

The proposed third runway at Dublin Airport received planning approval in 2007, but it was deferred following the economic downturn. File photograph: Kate Geraghty.

Minister to propose independent analysis of locals’ complaints about deferred project

  File photograph of Vera  Cosgrave with her husband Liam and Albert Reynolds. File photograph: File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Enda Kenny among mourners at ceremony for wife of former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave

Only time will tell whether inside the party of “new politics” the old-style Haughey-era Fianna Fáil is simply waiting to burst out, when the opportunity arises.

Prospect of a sooner-than-expected election has seen party shift into populist gear

Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim during last year’s floods. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Bill to tackle Shannon flooding launched by party ahead of fears about winter flooding

Minister for  Education Richard Bruton: “Few areas are more pivotal than education to our ambitions as a nation.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Countering disadvantage a key focus of Minister’s three-year programme

 Minister for Foreign Affairs  Charlie Flanagan (left) and secretary of state for Northern Ireland James Brokenshire  at the signing of a international treaty between Irish and British governments to establish the Independent Reporting Commission. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

No decision yet on future British link with EU customs union, says James Brokenshire

As Jack O’Connor suggested, the pension system has the capacity to do as much damage to the State’s finances in the long term as the banking crisis. Photograph: Getty Images

State pension is unaffordable in the long term and the pensions paid to retired public servants are even more unaffordable

European Council president Donald Tusk is planning to visit Ireland and meet the Taoiseach on September 7th. Photograph:  Reuters/Peter Andrews

Enda Kenny to raise Irish concerns over Border during meeting next month

Siptu president Jack O’Connor. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Siptu president Jack O’Connor says report fails to address the plight of older workers

At the wreath-placing ceremony to mark the shooting dead of Constable  James O’Brien, the first casualty of Rising,  was  his great, great grandson, Michael O’Sullivan from Listowel, Co Kerry. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

‘Things might have been far worse if the dreamers, poets and radical revolutionaries had emerged victorious from the Rising to imp(...)

Omaima (left), Fatima and Somaia Halawa, sisters of Ibrahim Halawa, continue to campaign for their brother’s release. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Move follows rejection of all-party Oireachtas motion calling for his immediate release

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin must agree a  mutually acceptable financial package ahead of the budget. Photograph: Maxpix/Julien Behal

Fianna Fáil adopting politics of Opposition, while also exerting executive leverage

The citizens’ assembly will be holding up to 10 weekend conference-style meetingsover a period of a year commencing in October. Photograph: Alan Betson

Group of 99 citizens will look at a number of issues, including the Eighth Amendment

One of the anti-EU campaign leaders, Michael Gove, summed up the mood when he dismissed the economic facts of life by saying that people had had enough of experts. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Irish voters are also no longer won over by facts; instead emotion carries all before it

Former president Mary McAleese received a pension of €137,749 in 2015. File photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Former president receives biggest payment of any former office holder or politician

 Simon Harris: The Minister for Health said moves were afoot to put together the case for a move to Ireland and there would be a meeting with officials in Brussels to press the case. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

London-based European Medicines Agency will be obliged to leave the UK as a result of Leave vote

Gino Kenny of the People Before Profit/ Anti Austerity Alliance: “This is not about decriminalising cannabis. That debate too needs to happen but this is about simply trying to assist people in pain.” Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

TD Gino Kenny says there is broad support for legislation allowing use for pain relief

The bottom line for all other EU members is that the British cannot be seen to do better by leaving rather than staying because, if that happens, then the entire European project would disintegrate. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

This will have to take priority over issues such as the common travel area in Brexit negotiations

Fr Tom O’Donnell from Templeglantine, west Limerick, has been appointed to lead the Catholic Church’s investigation into the scandal that has rocked Argentinian politics. Photographs: The IrishTimes/ Getty Images

Former minister José López seen throwing sacks of cash . . . millions over convent wall

Cynics were quick to say that 'new politics’ had already proved to be a worthless experiment

Oireachtas committee hears six rural post offices closed last year

At the beginning of this year the minimum wage was raised by 50 cent per hour to €9.15 following the Government’s acceptance of the first report of the Low Pay Commission. Photograph: Getty Images

Low Pay Commission’s recommendation ‘very disappointing’, says Labour Party

A key difference with the earlier benchmarking process is that public service pay levels will be compared with those for similar groups in other countries. Photograph: Getty Images

Ministerial pay and pensions in addition to those of other office holders also on agenda

The Government’s Housing Action Plan is due to be published on Tuesday. File photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Development land should be bought at no more than 25% over existing value, bill says

One of the reasons the Taoiseach has a secure majority in the parliamentary party is that more than half of the TDs are office holders of one kind or another: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Taoiseach given the room to make his own decision about the best time to announce his departure

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Simon Coveney has established a new Constituency Commission in response to Census 2016. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Simon Coveney establishes new Constituency Commission in response to the figures

President Michael D Higgins during a ceremony to mark the Battle of the Somme centenary  in Islandbridge, Dublin. The latest ‘Irish Times’/Ipsos MRBI poll shows a majority of voters think President  Higgins should seek a second term. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

‘Irish Times’/Ipsos MRBI poll shows significant minority of voters oppose his candidacy

Micheál Martin, leader of Fianna Fáil: asked for their preference after the election, 37 per cent of people polled said support Fine Gael from outside, 18 per cent said go into coalition and 35 per cent wanted another general election. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

In all, 35% of Fianna Fáil supporters favoured another election over engaging with Fine Gael

Enda Kenny leaves after the EU summit in Brussels, Belgium, on June 29th. Photograph: Eric Vidal/Reuters

There is no appetite for a heave but there is a palpable desire for an orderly process

Leo Varadkar is the voters’ favourite to succeed Enda Kenny as Fine Gael leader, according to the latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll.

‘Irish Times’/Ipsos MRBI poll reveals frontrunners in race to succeed Enda Kenny

Simon Coveney and Leo Varadkar are well ahead of all rivals in the survey of possible Fine Gael leaders

The main leadership rival of Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar is Simon Coveney

New ‘Irish Times’/Ipsos MRBI poll reveals significant losses for the Independents

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has warned Independent Alliance Ministers they will not be allowed to avoid Cabinet collective responsibility again after yesterday’s failure to reach a consensus on abortion. Photograph: EPA

Taoiseach says Cabinet’s failure to take a position on Bill will not happen again

 Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald  arriving at Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting. The new legislation, which is expected to be published in the autumn, will cover WhatsApp, Viber and Facebook as well as emails. Photograph:

Cabinet approves new legislation to tackle threat of organised crime and terrorism

A package of measures designed to help people in mortgage arrears on their homes will be brought to cabinet on Tuesday by Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

Frances Fitzgerald seeks approval for measures including financial and legal advice body

The European Commissioner was adamant there could be no negotiations in advance of a British decision to invoke article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire

No talks until UK triggers EU exit clause, says EU Commissioner Phil Hogan

Independent TD John Halligan has reiterated his determination to vote for the Bill which would allow abortion in cases of fatal foetal abnormality. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

John Halligan and Shane Ross suggest they will support Bill brought by Mick Wallace

“Speaking after the ritual dinner with his 27 EU colleagues it was clear David Cameron was stricken by regret for something even more important than the wreck of his reputation and career.” Photograph: Getty Images

European response shows up British politics for the shallow game that it is

‘The closer the relationship the UK is going to have with the European Union the better for us,’ Taoiseach Enda Kenny lsays. Photograph: Eric Vidal/Reuters

EU summit: Taoiseach points to importance of protecting the peace process

 Enda Kenny arrives before an EU summit meeting  in Brussels. Photograph: Philippe Huguen / Getty

Taoiseach says UK should be given time to elect new PM before triggering article 50

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and David Cameron in Brussels. The British prime minister says the UK wants to retain access to the single market.  Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Merkel says no way to avoid Brexit after ‘deep and intensive’ talks in Brussels

Taoiseach Enda Kenny arrives before an EU summit meeting Tuesday at the European Union headquarters in Brussels. Photograph: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images

Fianna Fáil says Government needs to include Opposition in upcoming negotiations

Screen grabbed image taken from European Parliament TV of SNP MEP Alyn Smith speaking at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, during an emergency session to discuss the fallout from the Brexit vote. Photograph: European Parliament TV/PA

Fine Gael MEPs abstain on vote as ‘not in the Irish national interest’

‘Ireland will also have to intensify its relationship with other EU states, particularly Germany, whose dominance of the EU will be even greater than before.’  German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives to make a  statement in Berlin, Germany,  after Britain voted to leave the European Union. Photograph: Reuters/Hannibal Hanschke

Brexit will test the viability of the fragile structure supporting Enda Kenny’s minority government

If there is a referendum on Scotland to leave the UK, the future of the North will become a live political issue. Photograph: Andrew Testa/The New York Times

Analysis: Irish people face a variety of enormous challenges as result of Brexit vote

A vigil in  Glasgow for British Labour MP Jo Cox, who was shot and stabbed to death on Thursday. It is not just in the UK that political campaigners need to take a step back and ask themselves if they are contributing to an erosion of respect for democratic political values that can lead to such dire consequences. Photograph: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

Hysterical nature of Brexit debate may well have been factor in death of Jo Cox

Waste management companies have been warned that the Government will not tolerate significant increases in bin collection charges. Photo: David Sleator/The Irish Times.

Coveney meets private waste operators as consumer body starts inquiry into refuse costs

An elderly pedestrian holds a walking stick, featuring a pattern of the a Union Jack, in London, UK. British prime minister David Cameron has pulled out of a planned appearance with Taoiseach Enda Kenny on the UK’s forthcoming referendum on EU membership.  File photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

British prime minister told he is a liability ahead of the vote on UK’s EU membership

Moore Street in Dublin. The Government has decided to appeal the recent High Court ruling that a number of buildings on the street be classified as a national monument. File photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

High Court’s granting of national monument status has ‘wide implications’, Minister says

Demonstrators outside Government Buildings urging the repeal of the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Enda Kenny and Micheál Martin committed to consultative process before any decision

©INPHO/Donall Farmer

For the time being Kenny is secure and the show goes on but it all depends on continued economic growth

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan said the Loughinisland findings must now be carefully examined with a view to the question of further investigations and possible prosecutions. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Police Ombudsman’sfindings vindicates ‘concerns families raised over many years’

‘We are the first minority Government in Ireland in almost 30 years and as such we will work in partnership with all those elected to the Oireachtas on a range of legislation that will come before the Dáil and Seanad over the years ahead’ Regina Doherty said.

Legislative programme represents new partnership approach, Doherty says

FF’s Denis O’Donovan (left) is favourite for the post cathaoirleach while FG’s James Reilly is expected to be appointed party leader in the Seanad. Trinity Senator David Norris is among one group of Independent university Senators. Photographs: The Irish Times

Fine Gael set to back Fianna Fáil candidate Denis O’Donovan for cathaoirleach position

“Labour leader Brendan Howlin [above] has already tried to put as much distance as he can between his party and Fine Gael, to Enda Kenny’s obvious irritation in Dáil exchanges.” File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Enda Kenny needs to take a leaf out of ex-taoiseach Bertie Ahern’s political playbook

 Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump  talks to supporters and the media during a speech on veteran affairs in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York, New York,  May 31st,  2016. Photograph: Jason Szenes/EPA

Taoiseach tells Dáil that Americans have alternative candidate to vote for

 Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald (left) with Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan. File photograph: Eric Luke

Frances Fitzgerald: ‘We will face down the activities of these ruthless gangs’

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan: “I fail to see how the introduction of customs and passport controls between Ireland the UK will not become a live issue if there is a vote to leave.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Strict regime for travel between islands seen as more likely than sealing Irish border

‘The announcement on Monday by junior minister John Halligan that he might vote for a Sinn Féin Dáil motion to abolish water charges appeared to confirm the worst fears of all those who have written off the Government from day one.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

‘It is not just Independents who have done well in the Government jobs share-out’

The first meeting of the budgetary committee is expected to take place in the coming days. Photograph: The Irish Times

Budgetary and health panels to have input into formulation of Governement policy

Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny will be under pressure to implement major structural changes in the party on foot of the internal inquiry’s recommendations.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Internal inquiry has heard strong criticism of how general campaign was run

Alan Kelly: “Brendan told me that he sees me having a senior role in the rebuilding of the party and I am happy to do that.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Tipperary TD moves on after failing to gain seconders for leadership bid

 Brendnan Howlin and Alan Kelly with Sean Sherlock. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Dissapointing week for some Government back benchers and Alan Kelly

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald with new junior ministers at Government Buildings. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Labour criticises move by Enda Kenny as total number of posts increases to 18

The Fine Gael-led  Government will be forced to proceed with legislation designed to reduce mortgage rates even though Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has warned the legislation contains serious flaws. File photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Labour and SF to back Fianna Fáil Bill giving Central Bank power to cut mortgage rates

Former Fianna Fáil TD Sean Ardagh has died aged 68. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Dublin South Central deputy stepped down in 2011 after 14 years in Dáil

Senior Labour party figures including Seán Sherlock and Jan O’Sullivan are supporting Brendan Howlin (above) for the leadership. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Deputy chief has no backers for leadership as other six party TDs join behind Howlin

Enda Kenny: change of leader by Fine Gael would introduce element of instability into  political equation. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Enda Kenny does not have enough control of events to say he will serve his full term

Stephen Collins: “Of course, Kenny is only Taoiseach again courtesy of Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin.” Photograph: Bloomberg

Can the new politics stand the test of tough decisions? Time and events will reveal all

Reform of the judicial appointments system was a key demand of Independent Alliance TD Shane Ross in negotiations that led to the minority government. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Final decision on filling judicial vacancies will remain with Cabinet

“The choice facing the party now is the identity of the new leader.” Brendan Howlin, Seán Sherlock and Alan Kelly at a Labour Party press conference yesterday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

New leader will need energy, patience and a huge dollop of luck to bring the party back

Minister for Health Simon Harris has welcomed a motion from Opposition TDs calling for the establishment of a cross-party committee to develop a 10 year plan for the health service. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Opposition TDs call for establishment of committee to plan for State’s future health needs

Lorcan Roche Kelly: “Nobody from the gardaí or the Department of Justice has ever said ‘This is where we failed and this is what we’re going to do’.” File photograph: Courts Collins

Lorcan Roche Kelly says gardaí ‘incredibly unco-operative throughout entire process’

I Did It: An Taoiseach after being re-elected shows the clenched fist as he departs Leinster House for Áras An Uachtaráin. Photograph: Maxwell’s

Election of Taoiseach goes down to wire as Michael Fitzmaurice abstains on crucial vote

Newly elected Taoiseach Enda Kenny arrives to receive his seal of office from President Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Instability is more likely to arise from panic on the part of Independents

Enda Kenny leaving Government Buildings Thursday night: Mr Kenny is set to be elected taoiseach after securing a deal with Fianna Fáil and IndependentPhotograph: Dave Meehan/The Iris Thimes

Cabinet posts for at least three Independent TDs as stalemate ends

Michael Fitzmaurice of the Independent Alliance outside Leinster House yesterday: the TD is frustrated at departmental differences over wind turbines. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Some TDs express concern they are being ‘bounced’ into arrangement

Enda Kenny and Micheál Martin have received unanimous backing from their parliamentary parties for the deal to allow Fianna Fáil facilitate a Fine Gael-led minority government. Maxpix/Julien Behal

Kenny and Martin receive unanimous backing of parliamentary parties for deal

 Minister for Health Leo Varadkar arrives at Government Buildings for talks with the Independent Alliance: the deal between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil should provide the security the Independents were looking for. Photograph:

Analysis: Unforeseen events will prove the real test of arrangement’s strength

Fianna Fáil agrees to support Fine Gael minority government until autumn 2018. Photograph: The Irish Times

Scope for tax cuts and spending increases set to be well above €1bn, say sources

 Credit must go to Enda Kenny who will have confounded his many critics one more time if he manages to be elected Taoiseach for a second term. Since the election setback he has displayed resilience and patience in the face of political misfortune and it looks as if that is going to be rewarded. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

Labour, the Greens and some Independents outside government could play a constructive role

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny (left) and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin are expected to sign off on the agreement before it goes to the two parliamentary parties for final approval. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Parties agree people who have not paid Irish Water charges will be pursued

Lynn Ruane, president of Trinity College Students Union, with her daughters Jaelynne and Jordanne. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

TCD student leader Lynn Ruane and Alice-Mary Higgins, daughter of President, elected

The Vartry Reservoir in County Wicklow where a 153-year-old tunnel at Callow Hill is a “very vulnerable part” of the water supply system for the capital, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.  Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

The events of the past week or so do not augur well for the operation of a Fine Gael-led minority government

A report into the handling of claims made by garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe has found former minister for justice  Alan Shatter TD and retired Garda commissioner Martin Callinan took the matters raised seriously. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Commission also finds ‘no evidence’ of corruption on part of ex-garda chief Martin Callinan

Former leader of the Progressive Democrats Michael McDowell. Photograph: Collins

Senator David Norris heads poll in Trinity College constituency according to tallies

Sgt Maurice McCabe at the Dáil. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Commission of investigation examined claims that led to Alan Shatter’s resignation

The election of Fianna Fáil’s John Curran as chair of the Dáil  committee on housing and homelessness shows TDs are capable of adapting to circumstances and forming new alliances. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The compromises needed by all sides could fatally undermine new alliance

Fine Gael TD’s Leo Varadkar, Simon Coveney, Paschal Donohoe, Frances Fitzgerald and Michael Noonan speaking to journalists after leaving talks on the formation of a government between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Pact on water utility should allow minority government to be put in place next week

Labour parliamentary party chairman Willie Penrose: said voters had given a mandate to particular parties to form a government. Photograph: Alan Betson

Penrose calls for decision by other parties

Tánaiste Joan Burton’s leadership of the Labour Party was not discussed at the meeting. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Party’s seven TDs to stick by original post-election decision to go into opposition

Tánaiste and Labour leader Joan Burton leaving Leinster House, Dublin. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Fine Gael-Fianna Fáil government talks remain deadlocked over future of Irish Water

Enda Kenny wants to afford Labour time to reconsider its decision to go into opposition, while Micheál Martin’s FF will abstain only when it becomes clear that the acting Taoiseach has the required support

Minority government pact unlikely to be concluded by Wednesday’s Dáil sitting

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton at Herb Street Cafe, Grand Canal, Dublin, ahead of the election. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Senior party figures to seek members’ consensus to realign with Fine Gael and Greens

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton at Herb Street Cafe, Grand Canal, Dublin, ahead of the election. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Senior party figures to seek members’ consensus to realign with Fine Gael and Greens

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin with TDs Lisa Chambers, Dara Calleary, Charlie McConalogue, Margaret Murphy O’Mahony and Mary Butler at Leinster House. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Little sign party willing to take unpopular positions required to keep administration in place

Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes: “Divorce proceedings between Britain and the EU will be protracted, complex and very messy.”

MEP says a new agreement with the EU would be required if Britain leaves

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