Changes proposed by the Minister for Transport would see even one small alcoholic drink place a driver over the limit.   File photograph: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

Minister for Transport’s Bill would disqualify all drivers found under influence of alcohol

Simon Coveney and Leo Varadkar set to lock horns for the coveted Fine Gael role. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Figures suggest one vote dividing Varadkar and Coveney in parliamentary party

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan: he described a WhatsApp message on the Fine Gael leadership as “jovial Sunday afternoon banter”

Frances Fitzgerald, Richard Bruton and Simon Harris could enter FG leadership race

 Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has insisted there is no possibility the State will follow the UK out of the EU. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Finance claims report on the likelihood of an ‘Irexit’ is ‘fake news’

‘I am certainly not going to support anybody who suggests that we should be forcing the issue,’ Minister for Housing Simon Coveney said.   Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Flanagan says message he sent to WhatsApp group on Harris was ‘jovial Sunday banter’

Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe. Photograph: Eric Luke

Crucial to recognise Enda Kenny’s role as Taoiseach and leader, says Minister

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny: Fine Gael leader has encouraged members to focus on their jobs rather than his leadership. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Sources close to Simon Coveney suggest 12-week time frame for Taoiseach departure

Michael Noonan at a corporate tax conference in Dublin Castle on Thursday. He said it was “up to the Taoiseach when he will step down”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Party Deputies believe Kenny must not be backed into corner but cannot be allowed to continue endlessly

Taoiseach Enda Kenny at a meeting on Thursday night. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Leo Varadkar says Taoiseach will know the right time to resign as Fine Gael leader

Enda Kenny  at The Mansion House, Dublin, on Wednesday: Leo  Varadkar told a Fine Gaal party meeting  they needed  to discuss election preparations soon. Sources said this effectively offers a timeline for Mr Kenny to indicate when he will stand down. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Ministers and backbenchers call for change over handling of Garda whistleblower affair

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar:  “I call on individual gardaí who spread rumours, passed to them by superiors, believing them to be true, to come forward . . .” Photograph: Alan Betson

International expert on police from outside jurisdiction to conduct nine-month scrutiny

One Minister said  the Fine Gael party had moved beyond Enda  Kenny’s control. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

There is acceptance the Taoiseach has lost the middle ground in Fine Gael

Independent Alliance TDs: Sean Canney, John Halligan, Shane Ross, Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran TD and Finian McGrath  photographed on the plinth of the Dail. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Enda Kenny agrees to external audit of An Garda Síochána by policing expert

  Minister for Children Katherine Zappone: “I didn’t go into the detail of any of the allegations that I was aware of but I did indicate to him that that was the nature of the conversation.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Who said what and when in relation to the Tusla file held on Sgt Maurice McCabe

Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Leo Varadkar and  Simon Coveney are attempting to calm Fine Gael backbenchers who want to rapidly remove Mr Kenny as party leader. File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Taoiseach faces opposition within Fine Gael over his handling of McCabe controversy

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald  said: “Whatever anger people might feel, in this country we do not set up tribunals of inquiry simply to confirm what people already believe.”  Photograph: Eric Luke

Tánaiste awaiting details from Attorney General on implications for those involved

 Fine Gael had seemed willing to let Enda Kenny choose when he would stand aside, but much has changed in the last five days. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Taoiseach’s St Patrick’s Day visit to Trump will go ahead but nothing is certain after that

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny  said there were “many people who’ve been here before me for many years who have made mistakes”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Cabinet to hold further meeting on handling of false claims against Sgt Maurice McCabe

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan: insisted she would not stand aside because she was innocent of the claims levelled against her. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Micheál Martin calls on Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan to assess her position

Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD during a visit to Cork yesterday. The Cabinet will discuss the establishment of a tribunal this morning. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Kenny and Martin meet to forge deal on controversy that threatens Government

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone appeared to contradict Enda Kenny’s account of what he was told prior to “Prime Time” airing on RTÉ. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Zappone, Fitzgerald, O’Callaghan and Kenny give differing accounts about who knew what

 File image of Sgt Maurice McCabe outside Leinster House in Dublin. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Garda whistleblower says his family has been attacked by a number of State agencies

Jim O’Callaghan and Frances Fitzgerald insist that their individual accounts of a meeting between them last week were correct. Photograph: The Irish Times

Zappone asks Hiqa to investigate Tusla amid controversy over treatment of Maurice McCabe

Taoiseach Enda Kenny leaving RTÉ in Donnybrook, Dublin, on Sunday afternoon. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Analysis: It is troubling nobody asked Zappone about her meeting with McCabes

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and then US president Barack Obama at the annual shamrock event in the White House last year.  Photograph: Reuters

Advice for our travelling envoys: no luxurious limousines or tempting first-class flights

Maurice McCabe is considering suing the State for damages.

Serious differences emerge between Frances Fitzgerald and Fianna Fáil over timeline

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny confirmed he was aware of the meeting with Katherine Zappone and the McCabe family in January.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Dáil will debate a motion tabled by SF in response to revelations about Tusla files

Fianna Fáil justice spokesman Jim O’Callaghan (left) told The Irish Times he asked  Tánaiste France Fitzgerald (right) to include Tusla in the commission of investigation’s terms of reference on Wednesday. File photographs: The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil will not back Sinn Féin no-confidence vote over Garda whistleblower row

Tusla chief executive  Fred McBride and Minister for Children Katherine Zappone. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Zappone contradicts herself over false claims against whistleblower Maurice McCabe

Sgt Maurice McCabe is to sue Tusla over the agency’s file on him. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Taoiseach and Tánaiste told Zappone met whistleblower but say they did not hear details

Sgt Maurice McCabe is to take legal action against Tusla. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Whistleblower to take action after agency sent papers containing false claims to Garda

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald, has no objection to including all contacts between gardai and Tusla the terms of reference of a commission of inquiry. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Sgt McCabe received documents confirming he was subject of an unfounded complaint

A file photograph of Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams attending a  St Patrick’s Day reception at the White House. A Sinn Féin TD has said he detests the policies of US president Donald Trump but that his party will accept an invitation to visit the White House this year. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters.

Pearse Doherty detests policies of US president but says representatives will still visit White House

 Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan: faces an  investigation  into allegations that she attempted to blacken the name of whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe.  Photograph: Collins

Garda Commissioner’s phone records to be examined during unprecedented inquiry

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Commission of inquiry to be asked to examine contact between media and gardaí

Joan Burton has strongly criticised Fine Gael for fundraising for the party by hosting ticketed events with Ministers. File photograph: The Irish Times

‘There will have to be a few more breakfasts with Noonan and lunches with Varadkar’

Garda commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Inside Politics: Accountable internal complaint systems are needed for gardaí

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan:  Has faced renewed calls to stand aside during  inquiry. Photograph: Eric Luke

Government sources say support for Nóirín O’Sullivan reliant on outcome of inquiry

Lunch with Leo: Senior Fine Gael figures were urged to facilitate more fundraising events included ticketed breakfast meetings or lunches with Ministers such as Leo Varadkar (above). Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Step up fundraising for possible election, Fine Gael Ministers are told

Protesters outside the Alexander Hotel where the Independent News & Media egm took place in December. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

About 650,000 workers would benefit if Fianna Fáil Bill passed, says Willie O’Dea

Sgt Maurice McCabe. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Supt Dave Taylor claims Garda management told him to discredit Sgt Maurice McCabe

The proposed injection centre would open for 12 hours a day, seven days a week and would cost between €1.5 million and €1.8 million per year. Photograph: Getty Images

Laws would exempt drug users from prosecution if found with certain drugs at centre

US president Donald Trump:  Ministers are at odds over whether Taoiseach Enda Kenny should invite the US president  to  Ireland. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Kenny to go ahead with White House trip but declines to clarify if he will invite Trump here

Irish Water says it needs €13bn between now and 2021 to meet its infrastructural requirements. Photograph: Juri Samsonov/Getty

Department of Public Expenditure warns projects could be deferred when cash is tight

 Minister for Public Expenditure, Paschal Donohoe  says that Ministers should set out their highest priority policy proposals for the 2018 budget by March 16th. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Donohoe warns Cabinet new pay deal and housing plan will eat into available funding

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has said the air travel  industry may be considered to be under-taxed and the ability to apply the  tax should remain in order to raise revenue. File photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Recommendation from aviation forum to formally abolish levy rejected by Minister

Sunday will mark one year since the murder of Kinahan gang member David Byrne  during a boxing weigh-in at the Regency Hotel. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Fitzgerald says there will be heightened security on anniversary of Regency Hotel killing

The highest rent a couple with two children in receipt of rent supplement may pay in Dublin, apart from Fingal, is €1,275 per month. It is €1,175 in Fingal, €925 in Cork, €700 in Limerick and €875 in Galway

Outside Dublin the highest number of claimants are living in Cork and Kildare

Shane Ross and Bus Éireann discussed the difficulties at the company in separate rooms beside each other. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Forget about Brexit and Trump, our parliamentarians are (still) debating water charges

The Oireachtas committee on water has voted in favour of inviting representatives of the Right2Water protest group (which organised the 2015 protest pictured)  to give evidence.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

Members of Oireachtas body vote in favour of hearing evidence from protest group

 In his report Kieran Mulvey will stress the contrast between the concentration of wealth in the IFSC and the deprivation in some areas nearby. Photograph: Dave Meehan

IFSC firms should provide training and jobs to nearby northeast inner city, says report

Revenue has stressed the application of the Mediation Bill would impact on a number of key powers, functions and operations.

Bill could undermine effectiveness of tax collection and enforcement, Revenue claims

Minister for Transport Shane Ross has objected to Taoiseach Enda Kenny travelling to Washington to meet US President Donald Trump for St Patrick’s Day. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Independent Alliance TD only Cabinet member to oppose St Patrick’s Day visit

U.S. President Barack Obama receives a bowl of shamrock from Taoiseach Enda Kenny  during a St Patrick’s Day reception at the White House in Washington. Photograph: Chris Kleponis/Reuters

John Halligan urges Taoiseach to withdraw from St Patrick’s Day meeting

‘THMs are carcinogenic chemicals formed when chlorine is added to purify water.’ Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Republic faces infringement proceedings due to the presence of chemicals in its supply

Leo Varadkar: claimed the Government exceeded its 2016 target to help 20,000 back into employment by an additional 6,000 people

Minister for Jobs Mary Mitchell O’Connor will launch plan reaffirming commitment to creating 200,000 jobs by 2020

British prime minister Theresa May is to meet Enda Kenny in Dublin on Monday. File photograph: AFP/Getty Images

British leader is visiting Dublin as concerns increase over UK’s plan for leaving the EU

US president Donald Trump signs a memorandum to security services directing them to defeat the Islamic State in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington on Saturday. The US embassy in Dublin has confirmed that it is implementing the ban on people from several countries entering the US at its immigration pre clearance facilities at Dublin and Shannon airports. Photograph: Reuters

US president has placed a 90-day ban on entry to the US by people from seven countries

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and his Ministers are to embark on a series of trade missions in the coming months, including trips to Malta, Poland, the United States and Germany. Photograph:  Brenda Fitzsimons

Department memo tells Ministers to use time abroad to outline Ireland’s Brexit concerns

Pearse Doherty: The  Sinn Féin finance spokesman said that in many cases, vulture funds rather than taxpayers have benefitted from  repayments to Nama.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

What happened to vow to chase debtors ‘to the ends of the earth’, Pearse Doherty asks

Mary Lou McDonald: said she wanted Sinn Féin to be in government, but said this would only happen if the party could deliver on its policies

Mary Lou McDonald raised prospect of SF in government as a junior coalition partner

 Minister for Housing Simon Coveney  said he was delivering on the commitment he gave when he published the Government’s rental strategy in December.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Opposition TDs criticise Coveney’s decision not to include Waterford and Limerick in list

US president Donald Trump with vice president Mike Pence  and  speaker of the house Paul Ryan at a  Republican retreat   in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Photograph:  Bill Clark-Pool/Getty Images

Summit with Mexican leader off as Trump slams disrespectful refusal to pay for barrier

The Stardust  on the morning after the fire. The Government has committed to appointing an independent person who has the trust of the victims’ families. Photograph: Tom Lawlor

Finian McGrath and Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald agree on motion after discussions

Antoinette Keegan (right) who survived the Stardust fire, and her mother Christine (left). Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

‘I screamed the hospital down’, survivor recounts learning of sisters’ deaths in fire

Stardust nightclub the morning after a fatal fire in 1981. Ministers are divided over whether a commission of investigation into the tragedy should be established. File photograph: Tom Lawlor

Party will set up a commission of inquiry if an independent person finds new evidence

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald. Under the proposed legislative changes, consent cannot be given if a person is asleep, intoxicated or mistaken to the identity of the person involved or the nature of the sexual act. File photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Frances Fitzgerald secures Cabinet approval to define consent in legislation for first time

A file image from 1981 of firemen inspecting the aftermath of the Stardust fire.   Photograph: Tom Lawlor/The Irish Times

Families believe they have unearthed new evidence which ‘cannot be ignored’

Bus Éireann: The acting chief executive said his aim is to seek to protect the maximum number of viable jobs.

Ray Hernan is to appear before the Oireachtas committee on Wednesday

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald is to seek Cabinet approval on Tuesday to define sexual consent in legislation for the first time. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Tánaiste seeks to define consent in law for the first time and end legal anomaly

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan insists she did not instruct anyone to disseminate allegations about Sgt Maurice McCabe. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Judge recommends further inquiry into alleged smears against Sgt Maurice McCabe

Councillors are to receive a pay increase and an increase in their annual allowances. File photograph: Getty Images

Simon Coveney says new process will be vouched system, in line with Oireachtas

“We need a different vision for saving the rail network which squarely places making rail travel more attractive and reliable for passengers at the core of the strategy”

Pressure grows on Minister for Transport as four colleagues have made NTA submissions

Environment Commissioner Karmenu Vella has written to the Oireachtas committee examining the future of water services. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Letter from European Commissioner says any policy must comply with 'polluter pays' principle

 Mary Lou McDonald and Pearse Doherty were part of Sinn Féin’s  internal review of its average industrial wage policy. Photograph: Eric Luke

Pearse Doherty denies the planned €2,500 increase is a major shift in party policy

Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Inside Politics: How can Taoiseach answer questions that Theresa May cannot?

Paschal Donohoe: said the new pay arrangement was conditional on adherence to industrial peace in the public service

Minister says money will be found through ‘savings and efficiencies’ identified throughout the year

There are indications that Bus Éireann could discontinue operating some of its existing Expressway services. Photograph: Eric Luke

Taoiseach urges unions and management to engage in constructive talks

A file image of trade union groups protesting in Dublin over austerity measures. The Government has decided to bring forward a €1,000 pay rise for public service staff but unions say anomalies are yet to be addressed. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/ The Irish Times.

Government accelerates increase amid unrest over deal made with gardaí last year

 Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe has said a process to deal with public service pay anomalies would be completed by the end of January. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Government is considering bringing forward salary increases after deal with gardaí

Minister for Transport Shane Ross has insisted a court should have the option to disqualify a driver if it feels it is warranted.

The current legislation allows first-time offenders to escape disqualification from driving

Sheila Stack with sons Austin (left) and Oliver prior to their meeting with the Taoiseach and Tánaiste at Government Buildings. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Taoiseach and Tánaiste tell Brian Stack’s family nothing would hamper investigation

SIPO is tasked with overseeing ethics among those holding public office.

Established in 2001, SIPO oversees the ethics of all those holding public office

Dr James Reilly:  “I apologise. It is nobody else’s fault but myself.  I put my hands up. I forgot to give a receipt.”   Photograph: Alan Betson

Fine Gael deputy leader one of 66 election candidates referred by ethics watchdog

The Commission for Energy Regulation said  the installation of water meters should not proceed at present. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Referendum could have unintended effects, department warns Oireachtas committee

In response to questions from Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Mick Barry, Irish Water chief Jerry Grant said setting daily water allowance was a policy matter. Photograph: Eric Luke

Most homes use more water daily than recommended free allowance - Irish Water

Irish Water would save €25m a year if it stopped billing customers, an Oireachtas committee has been told.

Ervia chief executive also defends amount the water utility spent on consultants

Independent House on Talbot Street, Dublin. The BAI is to review Independent News & Media (INM)’s proposed takeover of the Celtic Media Group. Photograph: Fran Veale/The Irish Times

Denis Naughten orders BAI review of the ‘implications’ of the proposed merger

So far 58% of households have had meters put in place but several hundred thousand properties remain to be linked

Commission for Energy Regulation also proposes financial incentives for homeowners

Katherine Zappone: she estimates between €1.5m and €2m will be spent on services and support for the children, and a further €8m to €10m on accommodation

Zappone seeks Cabinet approval to enforce Dáil motion to accept 200 minors from former French camp

Cost of motor insurance has risen by 51%  since January 2011. Photograph: David Sleator

Measure part of Government plans to tackle steeply rising premiums

 DUP leader and Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster arrives at DUP headquarters in Belfast, Northern Ireland.  Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Outgoing First Minister wants to start ‘cash for ash’ investigation by the end of the week

Figures from the Central Statistics Office show the cost of car insurance has risen by 51 per cent since January 2011

Cabinet to consider 33 recommendations in bid to force down insurance premiums

It is proposed that an initial 40 minors will be relocated in Ireland this year. Photograph: Getty Images

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone to outline implications of Dáil commitment

In 2014, 13 bodies under the  control of the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport had a credit card bill of €2,700,753 and a further one of €2,967,010 in 2015. File photograph: Getty Images

Some departments refused to supply details of spend after request by FF’s Dara Calleary

Brian Cowen resigned as Fianna Fáil leader in January 2011, but remained as taoiseach until the Fine Gael-Labour coalition came to power in March of that year

Painting of leader who left role in 2011 set to join portraits of 11 taoisigh in Leinster House

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald is to legislate to make stalking and revenge porn criminal offences.

New legislation will extend definition of harassment to include online activity

Minister for Transport Shane Ross is to be allowed to refuse to fill vacancies on State boards. Photograph: Laura Hutton/Collins Photo Agency

Minister for Transport will be able to refuse to make appointments under new measures

Brian P Burns, a grandson of Irish immigrants, is understood to have traced his ancestry to Co Kerry. Photograph:

Donald Trump announces the businessman will succeed Kevin Francis O’Malley

Judge Yvonne Murphy is chairing a commission of inquiry into mother-and-baby homes.

Commission is investigating allegations of abuse at institutions between 1922 and 1998

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