Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald:  said significant progress had been made in resolving long-stay asylum cases. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Irish Refugee Council highlights lack of support for people who were granted asylum

Social Democrat TD Róisín Shortall at the launch of the Equal Status (Amendment) Bill 2017 at Leinster House, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Social Democrats introduce legislation in Dáil seeking to end ‘baptism barrier’

 Independents4Change TD Clare Daly has warned  that houses in north Co Dublin  are likely to fall into the sea because of a delay in carrying out coastal protection work. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Independents4Change TD Clare Daly calls for immediate action to protect homes

Green Party deputy leader Catherine Martin said there was a “huge gulf between the Government’s words and the Government’s action when it comes to climate change.” Photograph: Getty Images The Environmental Protection Agency says Ireland is falling hopelessly behind in meeting emissions targets set by the European Commission for 2020. Photograph: Getty Images

Catherine Martin says State faces penalties of up to €5 billion without policy reversal

The Sinn Féin motion calling for Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan to be sacked was defeated by 98 votes to 46. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin move fails as Dáil votes against effort to give Policing Authority more power

The Dáil has adjourned by agreement until Tuesday May 2nd - 19 days’ time.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Ceann Comhairle tells politicians to get some rest after ‘frenetic’ political activity

Fine Gael, its Independent Government partners and Fianna Fáil backed the report on the future funding of water as the Dáil accepted it by 96 votes to 48. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Minister to consider how to issue refunds after House votes to accept Oireachtas report

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

The intoxicating liquor  Bill  is supported by all parties but opposed by a number of Independents and Senator Joe O’Reilly. Photograph: PA Wire

Joe O’Reilly opposes Bill saying ‘nonsense’ to say workers will get extra pay if ban lifted

 Minister for Children Katherine Zappone: “It does not mean that we have closed off redress for those who have been in mother and baby homes.” Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Issue of redress for people in mother and baby homes not ruled out says Minister

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Taoiseach tells McDonald ‘You want everything for nothing and pay for nothing’

Leo Varadkar: “That is how bulk buying operates. You get a significant discount.” Photograph: Getty Images

‘If I am buying toilet rolls I buy 24-roll pack and get a bloody good discount,’ says Minister

Jim O’Callaghan: there were shameful errors by the Garda regarding breath tests “and I regret to say this [was]  dishonestly recorded on the Pulse system”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Jim O’Callaghan: A blemish on our justice system that 14,700 wrongful convictions not overturned

Leo Varadkar says reduced social welfare payments “are a means of encouraging jobseekers to engage with activation measures”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Willie O’Dea says people are forced into low-paid jobs and unsuitable training schemes

CEOs of bailed-out banks have had their pay capped at €500,000 but Bank of Ireland’s boss Richie Boucher has been above that level since his 2009 appointment. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Enda Kenny: Cap remains if person to succeed current CEO comes from internal panel

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney said he would consult with the Attorney General before proceeding.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Sinn Féin accuses Fianna Fáil of U-turn and shifting back to Fine Gael position on issue

A total of 9,345 prisoners were granted temporary release last year compared to 10,767 the previous year

A total of 352 prisoners are currently serving life in 14 prisons, including 10 women

Greenhouse gases: Ireland books all emissions for the 15 aviation companies registered in the State, even if their aircraft never touch down in Ireland. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty

Environmental Protection Agency says Ireland must break fossil-fuel dependence

Ruth Coppinger TD raised the row between the women’s national soccer  team and the FAI to highlight what she called the “discrimination and unequal treatment of sport generally”. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Minister for Sport told FAI should be called into account in general for its finances

Independent TD Michael Healy-Rae told Dáil: “Perhaps people should be removed if necessary. It is about time . . . It is a disgrace.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Healy-Rae claims ‘genuine people who breed and race greyhounds being blackguarded’

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan believes the Irish economy remains resilient, despite Brexit. Photograph: Jasper Juinen / Bloomberg

Taoiseach says referendum on outcome of negotiations ‘not envisaged’

Andrew Wakefield: was struck from register because his anti-vaccination study had been discredited. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Fine Gael TD Kate O’Connell had thought ‘witch doctors had gone out with the Dark Ages’ as struck-off doctor Andrew Wakefield plan(...)

Michael McGrath said an issue appeared to have arisen in areas insurance such as employer liability and public liability ’because of the lack of predictability and the inconsistency in court awards’.    Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Michael McGrath: Insurance for rural hotel rose from €22,000 to €40,000

Taoiseach  Enda Kenny: He rejected claims by Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald that the EU negotiating document dealing with the North and the peace process “is vague and conditional”.  Photograph: Darrin Zammit Lupi/Reuters

Taoiseach insists British and EU assurances on Border and peace process are not ‘soft’

Michael Noonan said the Department and Minister for Finance will be within the scope of the terms of reference. Photograph: Alan Betson

Noonan says Taoiseach’s department will be lead office as Finance is ‘interested party’

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald (right) and Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan at Garda Headquarters. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Attorney General examining report before publication, says Taoiseach

Gay O’Callaghan, Annette O’Callaghan and their son, David O’Callaghan, had pleaded guilty in December at Naas District Court to eight counts against them related to the possessions.

Yeomanstown Stud O’Callaghan family members in court for horse drugs

Richard Boyd Barrett and others  at the People Before Profit national conference in Wynn’s Hotel, Dublin: “The big wasters are the Government who have failed to fix the 40 per cent leaks in the water mains systems.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Party could win up to four new seats in next election, says Richard Boyd Barrett

  Noel Kelly, Denis Rudd and John Gannon picket  at Heuston Station last Friday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

‘I took home €600-€640 a week last year. With the proposed cuts, I’m looking at €500’

Chris Horn of Atlantic Bridge Capital – which invested €1.5 million into  Kastus last December – with Kastus founder John Browne. The firm has won a Knowledge Transfer Ireland award for its advance against superbugs. Photograph: Shane O’Neill Photography

DIT start-up says its solution can protect surfaces from fatal drug-resistant superbugs

David Stanton: “this arrangement is not something to be thrown away blindly without care for its replacement, particularly as we have a housing crisis”

Minister says guaranteed bed, food and medical attention ‘not to be thrown away blindly’

Fianna Fáil spokeswoman on children Anne Rabbitte expressed concern about the level of underage drinking among Irish teenagers

Tánaiste criticises ‘very ambivalent attitude’ in Dáil to alcohol

The Government lost by 90 votes to 51 on a Fianna Fáil motion to halt plans to regionalise the services. File photograph: Alan Betson

Administration defeated over move to regionalise Citizens Information outlets

Minister for Transport Shane Ross ‘is doing his job’ and had worked to achieve a 33 per cent increase in support for public service provision for Bus Éireann, his cabinet colleage Richard Bruton said. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister criticises ‘cheque book’ approach to industrial relations during Dáil exchanges

Patrick O’Donovan said issue was close to his heart as an information office was closed in his constituency. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Research for authority shows low sales at Dublin Airport compared to other locations

Minister of State for Health Catherine Byrne said she was “sick to my stomach” trying to understand that 12 years on “we are here again in the Dáil Chamber talking about the location and site of the new national children’s hospital”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Opposers of new hospital ‘didn’t bother’ raising concerns during planning process

Michael Noonan told the Dáil he absolutely refuted the claims that he and his officials had acted inappropriately in meeting Cerberus. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Heated debate in Dáil over Minister’s controversial meeting with US investment firm

Independent TDs Danny Healy-Rae has said figures to support drink-driving legislation cannot be trusted. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

TD calls for withdrawal of proposed legislation in wake of Garda breath tests debacle

A total of 119,000 students learned English in Ireland in 2016, up by 11,871 on the previous year. Photograph: Getty Images

Language students from 101 countries, but Italians, Spanish and French most common

Mick Wallace has claimed  former Garda commissioner Martin Callinan was in the force’s Phoenix Park headquarters on several days last week. File photograph: Eric Luke

Independent TD claims Martin Callinan visited Garda HQ several times last week

 Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: said she would consider a Patten-like commission of investigation or an independent review

SF asks how Minister can have confidence in Garda Commissioner who tells media first

  Minister for Children Katherine Zappone  did not give a date for publication but she expected to be able to “clarify the time frame for the Government’s deliberative process in the coming week”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Zappone says delay due to time required to respond appropriately to recommendations

Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald and Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan pictured at Garda Head Quarters, Phoenix Park in 2015. Photograph: Colin Keegan

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin says Minister for Justice ‘has run for cover’

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has  said the Government believed the level of public concern  was so profound it was time to conduct “a thorough, comprehensive and independent root-and-branch review” of the Garda. File photograph: Getty Images

Government continues to have confidence in Garda Commissioner, restates Taoiseach

HSE director general Tony O’Brien: SF TD David Cullinane described Mr O’Brien’s demeanour and approach as “obfuscatory and not helpful”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

FF, SF say Tony O’Brien must clarify contradictions in his evidence on ‘Grace’ case

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone said the purpose of Tusla’s meeting with the school would be to explore the use of the suspension process and offer guidance on alternative strategies. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Principal of Drogheda secondary school says vast majority are for violent behaviour

Minister for Jobs Mary Mitchell O’Connor: She said  it was  not an option for the IDA or her department to enter a new contract with ConnectIreland without a new tendering process as the maximum number of extensions had already been granted. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Contractor creates jobs at less than half the price of State agency, claims FF spokesman

People Before Profit TD Bríd Smith raised the issue of Ibrahim Halawa whose trial in Egypt was suspended on Wednesday for the 20th time. File photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Bríd Smith asks for legal mechanism to allow intervention in Egypt’s legal system

Operations are underway to secure the Leinster House campus and other locations around the State following Wednesday’s terror attack near the House of Commons in London, Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald has said. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times.

Tánaiste says ‘safety and security’ of locations around the State a ‘prime concern’

The site of the mass grave for children who died in  Tuam. What happened “is just so horrific, so terrible and such a shame on Ireland”, said Sinn Féin’s Martin Kenny. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

‘It is easy to understand how people were able to do these things’, says Martin Kenny

Enda Kenny: the Taoiseach said that he had spoken directly to Mr Trump about the situation for undocumented Irish.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Mick Barry: If St Patrick arrived in Ireland he would probably end up in direct provision

Niall Collins: The Fianna Fáil  TD said one Christian Brothers document was “effectively a contract for sale under which boys were sold out of the industrial school into the labour market”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Richard Bruton unaware of any power to seize industrial school ’private’ documents

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said a redress scheme established for victims of abuse in schools was designed to limit accessibility. Photograph:  Collins.

Micheál Martin says State’s attitude is based on limiting people’s access to redress scheme

A shrine, with an image of the Virgin Mary on part of the site of the former mother-and-baby home run by the Bon Secours nuns in Tuam, Co Galway, where the remains of an unknown number of babies and toddlers were found buried. Photograph: Reuters/Peter Nicholls

Katherine Zappone: Nothing should be said or done to undermine commission’s work

Taoiseach Enda Kenny told the Dáil the sale of the State’s stake in AIB would not benefit the general Government balance as it would not be counted as revenue. File photograph: Paul McErlane/Reuters

Stake sale money would be better spent on infrastructure deficits, says Howlin

The late Martin McGuinness in November 2016 with Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Brian O’Driscoll at the Aviva Stadium for the launch of of Ireland’s bid for the 2023 Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

McDonald calls for Government to redouble efforts to implement negotiated agreements

 A polar bear hides beneath melting sea ice. Arctic sea ice was well below average for most of the year in 2016. Photograph: Paul Souders/Worldfoto

Arctic experiences ‘polar heatwaves’ as carbon dioxide emissions hit highest levels yet

Sites should be ‘subject to injunction preventing structural change’ until final report

On the first day of the Garda campaign against illegal use of disability parking permits 11 were reported to have been seized. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Minister expresses support for Garda crackdown on fraudulent use of parking permits

The order issued by the Department of Agriculture in December, to owners of captive birds as well as poultry farmers, meant the loss of free-range and organic status for chicken, egg and turkey producers. Photograph: Chor Sokunthea/Reuters

Minister says move needed to minimise bird flu risk despite rule being lifted in North

Independent TD Michael Healy-Rea: “Let our postmasters and postmistresses get a little business.” Photograph: David Sleator

Independent TD criticises non-acceptance of postal orders to pay fee on State-issued form

 Minister of State for Disability Issues Finian McGrath speaks outside  Leinster House, Dublin. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Finian McGrath confirms the inquiry will cover any ‘suppression of material’ by HSE

A demonstrator at a anti-water charges protest last year. Paul Murphy TD said: ‘We have enough evidence to decide to get rid of water charges once and for all.’ Photograph: Caroline Quinn/AFP/Getty Images

Sinn Féin claims Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael ‘kicking can down the road’ with Dáil vote

Alan Kelly wrote to Owen Keegan last April and told him ‘I did not believe the economies the city management said existed’.

Former minister for local government believes merger plan will ‘jeopardise lives’

 Fianna Fáil’s Michael McGrath: “We are failing the children of Ireland with special needs . . . We should be ashamed of ourselves. This is our Tuam scandal of 2017.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Michael McGrath urges Government to act on pledge to recruit extra 65 psychologists

Protesters call for the repeal of the Eighth Amendment outside the Dáil. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Minister says referendum needed but it is not for him to dictate what assembly discusses

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: cannot give a commitment legislation for use of medicinal cannabis will be completed within the 12 weeks pledged by Minister for Health Simon Harris. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Paediatric neurologist’s authority needed if medicinal Bill passed, says Enda Kenny

Sinn Féin  Education Spokesperson, Carol Nolan, claimed the Government was ‘causing untold distress to survivors of school child sexual abuse’. Photograph: Laura Hutton/Collins Photo Agency

Government accused of doing everything in its power to prevent justice for survivors

 Fine Gael’s Marcella Corcoran Kennedy has rejected a new Bill on abortion. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Dáil debates a Bill to reduce the penalty for having a termination to a €1 fine

A plaque in Tuam, Co Galway, commemorates up to 800 children buried at the site of the former home for unmarried mothers run by nuns. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Bon Secours hospital ‘empire built on bones of dead Tuam babies’, claims Bríd Smith

Flowers are laid on graves in Bohermore cemetery in Galway of women who worked in the city’s Magdalene laundry, in the Flowers for Magdalenes commemoration    on Sunday. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Sites should not be redeveloped without search for children’s graves, says survivor

Joanne Byrne, from Finglas, with her daughter Róise (18 months) at the sixth annual ‘Flowers for Magdalenes’ remembrance event at Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister says Garda involvement is likely after the discovery of remains at Tuam home

The sons of former TD Peter Mathews, John, David and James carry his coffin from the Church of the Sacred Heart in Donnybrook. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Taoiseach leads large Fine Gael presence at ceremony for politician who died from cancer

Shane Ross: his reluctance to make appointments to State boards and his refusal to intervene in the Bus Éireann dispute has prompted harsh political and media criticism

Independent TDs and smaller parties have record 33 seats but history is not on their side

Anti-Austerity Alliance-People Before Profit TD Bríd Smith has introduced her group’s Protection of Life During Pregnancy (Amendment) Bill in the Dáil. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

AAA-PBP proposes legislation to end prison sentences for women who have terminations

 Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: her legislation requires solicitors to give their clients specific advice  about available mediation services before they opt for court proceedings.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Fitzgerald’s legislation aims to cut legal costs and speed up process of dispute resolution

Members of the Traveller community  watch the Dáil debate the recognition of Traveller ethnicity, in Buswells Hotel, Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Taoiseach Enda Kenny says ‘it is a proud day for Ireland’ as community gains new status

Fianna Fáil housing spokesman Barry Cowen .Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Water charges row could bring down Government - FF; FG warns over failure to levy for excessive use

Tesco workers picket outside Tesco in Artane. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Revenue at the supermarket stores in dispute had dropped by up to 80 per cent

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: has taken the fire out of the Fine Gael leadership controversy. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

‘New politics’ good for every party and grouping except the one with most TDs

 Minister for Finance Michael Noonan told Mick Wallace TD: “I think you have a problem with Cerberus and you should declare an interest rather than act here as a neutral observer commenting for the public good.” File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister comments in Dáil after Independents4Change TD criticises US fund giant

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: “This is not a technological issue. It is a political issue.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Enda Kenny: ‘No return to a Border that brings sectarian violence with it’

Sinn Fein spokeswoman on Education and Skills Carol Nolan.  Photograph: Laura Hutton/Collins Photo Agency

Sinn Féin TD for Offaly says there are a lot of issues that aren’t being dealt with

 Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi: The Taoiseach said he had spoken twice to him  about Ibrahim  Halawa. File photograph: Daniel Irungu/EPA

Taoiseach says he is sure Egyptian president will say conclusion to case needed for pardon

Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald: the best way out of poverty is having a job. Photograph: Eric Luke

Bríd Smith says women in sector are on low pay and low hours

An artist’s impression of what the national children’s hospital will look like. Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald said Finland, a comparable jurisdiction, was building a hospital for half the cost.

Fitzgerald comes under pressure in Dáil over ‘mind-boggling figures’ estimated at €1bn

The amendment to the Communications Regulation (Postal Services) (Amendment) Bill provided for the consultation process on the impact of lifting the cap on the price of postage to be completed within 42 days. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin amendment reducing time allowed for review of decision to 42 days passes

The scene at Mountjoy Square in Dublin on Tuesday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Bríd Smith calls for legislation to stop ’new type of landlord’ overcrowding properties

Enda Kenny: “I’ll be very careful.” Photograph: The Irish Times

Labour finance spokeswoman Joan Burton raises issue of phone oversight on US visit

Minister for Transport Shane Ross. Micheál Martin said there was nothing in industrial relations law to prevent Mr Ross from talking to the parties. File photograph: Dave Meehan

Bus Éireann ‘taking sledgehammer’ to workers’ job terms, Micheál Martin claims

 An Independent Senator said there were significant issues of public concern in the greyhound industry which received State funding of €16m a year. File photograph: Peter Kohalmi/AFP/Getty Images

Rónán Mullen says man who used live animals for baiting employed at Irish kennel

 Tesco workers and supporters at a picket in Artane. Sinn Féin Senator Paul Gavan said up to 250 long-serving workers had been told they could either lose their jobs or take cuts in pay and accept changes to their shifts. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

House calls for management to allow long-serving employees keep existing conditions

Minister for Heritage Heather Humphreys: agreed to support Bill seeking a fixed date for Famine commemoration. Photograph: Laura Hutton/Collins

Fine Gael TD calls for ‘fixed date’ for a national Famine day on second Sunday in May

Micheál  Martin sharply criticised his constituency colleague, Minister for Housing Simon Coveney, about not concentrating on  job. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Fianna Fáil leader reminds Enda Kenny any new Taoiseach must be approved by Dáil

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has told the Dáil that ‘there is no change’ in the leadership of the Government. File photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Micheál Martin tells Enda Kenny he must inform Dáil of any planned Cabinet switches

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin sharply criticised Minister for Housing Simon Coveney, one of the Fine Gael leadership contenders, about his concentration on his job. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

FF leader highlights ‘a child goes homeless every five hours’ in January

Rio de Janeiro: More than 9,000 students who have left Brazil are currently studying in Ireland.

Many students coming for language courses with Chinese citizens second largest group

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has faced pressure to outline his intentions regarding the Fine Gael leadership. Photograph: Alan Betson

Coveney says Taoiseach should remain in role until after St Patrick’s Day visit to US

A strike at the Tesco Store in Phibsboro, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Former trade union leader Arthur Scargill appears at two Dublin stores amid strikes

Five recent commissions of investigation, three of which were  into Garda related matters, have cost the exchequer €15.026 million to date. Photograph: The Irish Times

Five recent commissions of investigation have cost €15.026 million to date

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