Independent senator Rónán Mullen and Independent TD Mattie McGrath  allege the work of the Oireachtas committee on the eighth amendment has been fixed to deliver a particular outcome. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

As it made its first crucial decision this week, fresh allegations of bias and a lack of impartiality were made against the commit(...)

Senator Ronan Mullen said on Thursday the ‘media was full of claims from doctors that Savita’s death... was caused by the Eighth Amendment. Three reports found that it was medical mismanagement of sepsis’. Photograph: Collins

With ‘abortion on demand she wouldn’t have been in hospital because she wouldn’t have been pregnant’

Leo Varadkar is facing increasing pressure  on the Government’s Brexit strategyER Ophelia. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Inside Politics: Vote not to retain article of Constitution in full is significant, but difficulties finding solution remain

Fine Gael TD Kate O’Connell was among the 15 members who voted in favour of the Citizens’ Assembly recommendation.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Kate O’Connell says this is not end of the debate, but is a step in right direction

Senator Rónán Mullen and  Mattie McGrath TD both voted against the recommendation. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Three members voted against and two abstained, but 15 supported recommendation

Minister for Transport Shane Ross, who has proposed the Bill. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Measures will see an automatic ban for anybody caught over the legal limit

Senator Catherine Noone, Chair of the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution, speaks during session this afternoon. Photograph: Oireachtas TV

Proposal made by SF, seconded by FF; McGrath, Mullen, Fitzpatrick vote against

Fianna Fáil health spokesman Billy Kelleher has written to the Oireachtas committee  the Eighth Amendment  proposing a vote on  recommending whether to repeal be postponed. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Oireachtas committee divided on strategy ahead of meeting today

Minister for Transport Shane Ross has proposed an automatic ban for drivers caught over the legal limit of alcohol. Photograph: iStock

Party discusses proposals to automatically ban drivers caught over legal limit of alcohol

Fianna Fáil spokesman on justice Jim O’Callaghan had previously insisted the Chief Justice should chair the new Judicial Appointments Commission. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Party claims it is willing to compromise on measures in the Judicial Appointments Bill

Peter Boylan said the constitutional ban on abortion is ‘unworkable’ because of online access to abortion pills. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Legal advice raises concerns about language used in the group’s recommendations

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: ardfheis speech was symbolic of the crisis of conscience Fianna Fáil is enduring. Photograph: Laura Hutton/PA Wire

Micheál Martin diagnoses problems without proposing solutions

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin stressed in his ardfheis speech that  the Government is “on notice” to deliver in the areas of housing and health. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Party leader uses keynote address to attack Taoiseach as divisive force in Irish society

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney: said allowing customs teams in Ireland and the United Kingdom to discuss the effect of a border would send out the wrong signals. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister says Micheál Martin’s call to prepare for every Brexit eventuality is ‘unhelpful’

 Minister for Health Simon Harris said he would like to see a repeal of the eighth amendment. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Martin believes timeframe is difficult considering the complexity of the question

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin also put the Government ‘on notice’ in regard to the delivery of housing and health. Photograph: Laura Hutton/PA Wire

Fianna Fáil leader claims Government has ‘put all of their eggs into the Barnier basket’

Full room at the Resolutions on Health meeting at the Fianna Fáil ardfheis, in the RDS, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times:

Majority of members at ardfheis speak in favour of retaining ‘vision’ of Eighth Amendment

 Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin has claimed a Revenue report compiled last year was not published until this week because its content did not suit the political narrative.

Fianna Fáil leader says ‘suppression’ of report until this week is a ‘disservice’ to debate

The Revenue has said that even in a ‘soft Border’ scenario, certain controls are unavoidable and a number of designated and resourced crossings will be required. Photograph: The Irish Times

Report says the costs of staffing and infrastructure of Border checks will be significant

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern has not been a member of Fianna Fáil since the publication of the Mahon report in 2012. File photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Micheál Martin says he would not support former taoiseach rejoining party

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin initially said he would support President Michael D. Higgins if he chose to stand for the office again. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Party recommends fielding a candidate in the presidential election next year

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin at the party’s 75th Ard Fheis in Killarney. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The party’s adgenda suggests calling out ‘untrue and unfair’ attacks

The Fianna Fáil leader has  supported his party’s calls to reduce the construction industry Vat rates. Photograph: Eric Luke

Opening comments at FF ard fheis will see Martin strongly criticise Government’s response to housing crisis

 Minister for Health Simon Harris will  establish an independent group to examine the impact of separating private practice from the public hospital system. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Changes will be in line with recommendations of Oireachtas committee on healthcare

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has insisted his party will not enter any arrangement with Sinn Féin, but many of his TDs have said it must be considered in the future. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

FF accused of putting ‘narrow self-interest’ ahead of State by ruling out coalition with SF

Micheál Martin: he has said that President Michael D Higgins retained his full support. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ardfheis at RDS will also hear calls for party to field candidate in presidential election

Minister for Tourism Shane Ross: confirmed he did not seek any tax breaks or incentives for publicans who assist customers in getting home after drinking alcohol. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister says price gouging in sector will not be tolerated, especially when big events held nearby

Independent Alliance members Shane Ross, Finian McGrath and John Halligan at Government Buildings after the budget. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Ministers claim they ‘fought hard’ for social welfare improvements in Budget 2018

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar urged Fine Gael party members to work together, regardless of their position on the Eighth Amendment, to allow for a respectful debate to take place. File photograph: Getty Images

Plans in place to carry out Oireachtas committee recommendation on vote question

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy:  will signal a number of changes to planning and development laws at the Irish Planning Institute conference in Dublin on Friday morning. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Government plans high-rise apartments with communal facilities at affordable rent

Bríd Smith, Richard Boyd Barrett, Paul Murphy and Ruth Coppinger of Solidarity- PBP, at the launch of their pre-budget submission. Photograph: Alan Betson

Parties seek doubling of corporation tax for companies making over €800,000 in profit

A restoration of the telephone allowance is also being examined as part of the overall package. Photograph: iStock

Bereavement grant, prescription charge caps and pension increases all on the cards

Stepaside Garda station. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

‘Confined critera’ meant Stepaside had to be among available stations – John O’Driscoll

Acting Garda commissioner Dónall Ó Cualáin will  tell a committee that more than 3,800 motorists wrongly convicted of motoring offences are to have their cases heard this December. Photograph: Collins

Ó Cualáin to say Garda management and rank-and-file members responsible for breath-test figures

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan accepted there were difficulties with the current legislation but denied it was unconstitutional. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

John Murray says data is retained that could be used to identify journalists’ sources

 Independent Alliance Minister of State for Disability Issues Finian McGrath. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Group unhappy with progress on housing, health and social protection

Budget 2018 may benefit mothers of more than 4,500 babies a year

Minister for Health will also commit to outlawing commercial surrogacy

Members of the Alliance feel their support is being taken for granted by the Taoiseach. Photograph: EPA/VALDA KALNINA

Inside Politics: Independent Alliance feels its support is taken for granted by Leo Varadkar

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald and Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan are to bring a memo to Cabinet today with wide-ranging proposals in the area of white-collar crime. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Cabinet to discuss the move as part of wide-ranging proposals on financial crime

Ryanair chief executive Micheal O’Leary. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Chief executive says he is too busy sorting out airline’s ongoing rostering controversy

People hold Catalan pro-independence  flags as they raise  protest in Barcelona, on Monday. Photograph: Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP/Getty Images

Government expresses ‘concern’ over violence during independence vote at weekend

Stepaside Garda Station in Co Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Charlie Flanagan’s publishes report after claims of political ‘stroke’

Independent Ministers have held a very ‘difficult’ and ‘tense’ meeting with Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Paschal Donohoe under fire for failing to commit to alliance’s key budget demands

A banner placed in Shane Ross’s constituency shortly after the decision to reopen Stepaside Garda station was announced. Mr Ross said last night none of his political colleagues had promised to reopen the Garda station.

Assistant Commissioner examined 139 closed stations to see which should reopen

Mary Lou McDonald crossed the floor of the chamber and confronted Leo Varadkar

Some of Varadkar and McDonald exchanges were ‘petty, too personal’ - Fianna Fáil says

‘We are not quite there yet. I suspect there is at least another week in this yet’ Minister for Foreign Affairs   Simon Coveney said. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister confident there were only a small number of issues to be resolved between parties

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney speaking to the media ahead of the All-Island Civic Dialogue on Brexit at Royal Hospital Kilmainham on Thursday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Minister expressed frustration at the lack of progress made on some Irish issues

Minister for Sport Shane Ross was requested  to investigate the agreement between the OCI and THG. Photograph: Alan Betson

Inquiry would complicate OCI’s attempt to break contract with THG, committee told

Pro-choice and anti-abortion protesters on O’Connell Street, Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Citizens’ Assembly proposals on the issue would not pass ‘party, Dáil or country’

Ryanair customer service at Dublin Airport. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Many Irish passengers to be affected by airline’s second round of mass cancellations

Some Sinn Féin members  who went into electoral politics have found it ‘much more difficult’ than they anticipated, said party TD Eoin Ó Broin. Photograph: Alan Betson

But Eoin Ó Broin says some party members ‘are finding it difficult to adjust’ to influx of youth

Enda Kenny at the 1976 Fine Gael ardfheis.  Photograph: Peter Thursfield/The Irish Times

Former taoiseach has been a TD since 1975

Josephine Feehily is to appear before the Oireachtas committee on justice. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Josephine Feehily to appear before Oireachtas committee to discuss policing matters since her appointment 21 months ago

A letter with 80 signatories was published in The Irish Times this week urging the Minister for Culture Heather Humphreys to intervene before the sale. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Minister for Arts has provided funding to the National Museum of Ireland and the National Library of Ireland to buy a number o(...)

A number of referendums will be put to voters in Ireland over the next few years. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Other votes to be put to people include on role of women in home, divorce, blasphemy

The Commission is examining a range of Garda reform proposals including whether gardaí should retain responsibility for policing and security.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Garda Síochána believes Commission on the Future of Policing letter ‘signals reform plan’

The referendum on the Eighth Amendment, which places the life of the unborn on an equal footing to that of the mother, will be held in isolation next May or June. Taoiseach Leo  Varadkar said this was a particularly sensitive issue that should be a “standalone” referendum. File photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Abortion vote on Eighth Amendment will be held in isolation next May or June

Government wants to hold series of referendums in 2018 and 2019

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: Deserves credit for  moving on contentious issues. Photograph: EPA

Inside Politics: Eighth Amendment, offence of blasphemy and divorce terms are to be considered

Former commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan retired from the post earlier this month. Photograph: Collins Photos

Policing Authority has yet to advertise position to replace Nóirín O’Sullivan

Mary Mitchell O’Connor visits the RCSI stand at the ‘Irish Times’ Higher Options event in the RDS, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Super junior Minister responds to the news that she is not entitled to extra allowance

Seán Canney, Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran , Finian McGrath, John Halligan and Shane Ross at Government Buildings. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Independent Alliance TD criticises the proposed legislation as ‘disproportionate’

Irish Water: about a million households will benefit from the refunds, which will be for up to €325

Utility says anyone who has moved home must contact it to avoid refund delay

“Social housing must be provided in the context of new spatial and environmental plans at local authority and regional level that address transport, water, waste and social services’ needs”

Unions want output of social housing at annual rate of 10,000 by late 2018 or early 2019

The Minister  has  secured Cabinet approval to refund 990,000 householders who paid   water levies before they were suspended last year. The refunds will cost €173m

Households will be charged for water if they use 70% more than average

Joe McHugh: “As law-makers in a democracy we are duty-bound to pass laws which better lives, and I think that’s something most politicians can agree on”

Government chief whip Joe McHugh publishes Government’s legislative programme

An Irish Water meter. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Eoghan Murphy's memo will allow future governments to reduce the limit people can use before a levy is introduced

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin with members of the FF Parliamentary Party, at the start of the party’s autumn think-in at the Longford Arms Hotel in Co Longford. Photograph: Eamonn Farrell/

Micheál Martin says widening tax bands would breach confidence and supply arrangement

Minster for Justice Charlie Flanagan speaking to a garda at Hotel Minella, Clonmel, where the Fine Gael think-in was taking place at the weekend ahead of the resumption of the Dáil next week. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Minister for Justice stands by call for discipline to be taken against individual members

Micheál Martin said any democratic party would have difficulties doing business with Sinn Féin and the controlling manner in which it conducts politics. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Gerry Adams’s party takes ‘apologist approach to heinous crimes’ – Micheál Martin

Minister of State for Health Finian McGrath is to meet Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe this week to discuss next month’s budget. Photograph: Alan Betson

Alliance seeks ringfenced budget to allow for greater flexibility in housing aid payments

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Micheál Martin says Gerry Adams’s party takes ‘apologist approach to heinous crimes’

The ODCE pointed to a particular offence of making gains by deception, which carries a five-year term. Photograph: Alan Betson

Corporate enforcement office recommends committee examine criminal justice Act

Ministers, TDs, Senators and  MEPs  relaxing  during a break  on the second day of the Fine Gael parliamentary party think-in in Clonmel, Co Tipperary. Photograph:   Barbara Lindberg.

Varadkar says bedsits and high-rise apartments are part of response to housing crisis

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the Fine Gael think-in at the Hotel Minella, Clonmel. “I honestly don’t know if the public would go as far as what the Citizens’ Assembly have recommended.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Ministers call for ‘respectful and informed debate’ on issue of eighth amendment

Planning laws for data centres could be loosened in light of the delays experienced by tech giant Apple in Galway, according to the Taoiseach

Taoiseach says rules for data centres could be loosened

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar says if he was a  a rank and file garda  ‘I wouldn’t be happy with what my representatives were saying.’ Photograph: The Irish Times

Leo Varadkar says senior gardaí should face sanction if found to have encouraged rank and file to create fake breath tests

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has committed to widening the tax bands and assisting the self-employed in Budget 2018. Photograph: Getty Images

Paschal Donohoe also says he will assist the self-employed in the upcoming budget

Nama homes: the agency’s joint ventures are already scheduled to have built 20,000 homes by 2020. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Agency would raise finance, take planning role and work with developers

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  at the Fine Gael parliamentary party think-in in Clonmel, Co Tipperary. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Plan intended to ensure a ‘strong State lever to drive delivery’ of more homes

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has confirmed Budget 2018 will focus on reducing taxes on middle income families. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

‘High taxes on the middle classes are a barrier to opportunity and to work,’ says

Teachers and lecturers have voted to back industrial action in opposition to the current two-tier pay structure in schools. Picture Nick Bradshaw

Teachers Union of Ireland rejects the new public service agreement by 87% to 13%

Leo Varadkar is to confirm the theme of his tenure will be ‘a republic of opportunity’.

Leo Varadkar to outline plans for upcoming budget at Fine Gael pre-Dáil gathering

Chair of the Oireachtas committee Sen Catherine Noone said the meeting was constructive and respectful. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Oireachtas group discusses witness list and schedule at private meeting

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan: will seek an interim report from the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland on reform progress. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Cabinet will be briefed on Nóirín O’Sullivan’s departure and pension entitlements

Minister for Sport Shane Ross said he was impressed by the work done by the new OCI board and its real commitment to reform.   Photograph:  Barbara Lindberg

Shane Ross meets with OCI to discuss funds, with ongoing talks over 2017 payment

Mattie McGrath.  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Oireachtas committee to consider its proposed witness list tomorrow

Garda commissioner: Nóirín O’Sullivan will be entitled to a lump sum of almost €290,000 and a pension of €90,000. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Government believes 65% increase in salary required for Nóirín O’Sullivan’s successor

The Commission for Energy Regulation is to be asked to set the financial penalties homeowners will face if they excessively use water. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Commission for Energy Regulation to be asked to set the fines for excessive water use

Former Garda commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan:  her departure resolves significant political problems. But it raises a series of policy difficulties too. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Successful candidate will feel weight of public expectation and Government scrutiny

Campaigners demonstrate outside Custom House in Dublin as local-authority chiefs met Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar for an emergency summit. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

New Government policy may lead to housing applicants being removed from waiting list

Brendan  Howlin has to rely on experienced, well-known political figures in an attempt to maximise seats. Photograph: Mary Browne

Fresh faces are needed if the party is to come back from the brink of irrelevance

Minister for Sport Shane Ross is seeking a termination of a contract between the OCI and British ticketing firm THG. Photograph: Alan Betson

Shane Ross says all legacy issues must be addressed before payments are restored

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy and Minister of State for Housing Damien English speaking after the summit at the Custom House. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Two Ministers before him have hosted homeless summits, but situation only got worse

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy, Minister of State Damien English and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the Custon House summit. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Taoiseach says vacant home levy would not be a ‘game-changer’ and there is ‘no quick fix’ to housing crisis

Three Ministers have stated the Policing Authority examination of the falsification of Garda breath test figures and the wrongful conviction of 14,500 people for motoring offences would decide their next course of action regarding the affair. File photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

Donohoe, Naughten and Halligan indicate Government to await independent review

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone:  “Repealing the Eighth Amendment is about reproductive rights for all women, including those who want to continue with their pregnancies.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister says women will only be equal when Article 43.3 is removed from Constitution

The situation over the missing summonses is likely to ramp up pressure on Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan to quantify the problem and resolve it. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Many motorists avoided legal system as gardaí did not know they had to send summons

Garda breathalyser statistics: “When supervision is absent poor practices will inevitably develop,” the internal audit found.  Photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

Assistant Commissioner finds no behaviour that would merit criminal investigation

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