Minister for Transport Shane Ross: “Vested interests rarely if ever welcome reform in their own area.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Judges want to replace political interference with judicial dominance, Minister says

Sarah Keane who addressed the Oireachtas committee on Friday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Oireachtas committee hears Hickey did not disclose 2026 contract in April meeting

Olympic Council of Ireland president Sarah Keane. Image: Oireachtas screengrab.

Sarah Keane says former president coming back would create ‘difficulties’ for members

Former Olympic Council of Ireland president Pat Hickey (left) with sailing silver medallist Annalise Murphy and Minister for Sport Shane Ross in pictured Rio last year before Mr Hickey’s arrest over alleged ticket touting.

Shane Ross tells committee trying to compel Hickey to give it evidence a ‘difficult road’

 Pat Hickey: he has declined an invitation  by the Oireachtas Committee on Sport  to appear before it,  citing ongoing legal proceedings in Brazil

Committee was informed it does not currently have compellability powers

Shane Ross addressing the committee on Thursday morning

Meeting over report into Rio Olympics ticket controversy suspended after man falls ill

Former president of the Olympic Council of Ireland Pat Hickey is refusing to appear before an Oireachtas committee. Photograph: Alan Betson

Olympic council boss to claim board was kept in the dark over ex-president’s decisions

 Former president of the Olympic Council of Ireland Pat Hickey and others are due to stand trial in Rio in connection with the tickets controversy. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Former OCI president denied ‘presumption of innocence’ over tickets controversy

The Government has been urged to outline if it was aware that Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan was in the running for a senior role with Europol. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

SF’s Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire says questions raised about her application for new role

Fergus O’Dowd said he was concerned that the  OCI was locked into a contract with ticket distributors THG until 2026 after an agreement was reached between the company and former OCI president Pat Hickey (above). Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

O’Dowd concerned judge not given full details of ticket deal between OCI and THG until 2026

Former OCI president Pat Hickey. Mr Justice Carroll Moran’s report points to discrepancies between Mr Hickey’s public statements and the documentation made available to the inquiry. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Failure of key figures to co-operate with inquiry leaves many questions unanswered

Garda Commisssioner Nóirín O’Sullivan: has faced repeated calls to stand aside after a series of controversies engulfed the force. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Garda Commissioner now likely to remain in current position until contract expires in 2021

OCI president Sarah Keane: “This obviously presents the council quite a challenge going forward.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

President says she would like to get out of agreement but it is ‘pretty watertight’

The inquiry  found a long-standing relationship between former OCI  president Pat Hickey and chief executive Marcus Evans, the UK owner of THG

Rio ticketing inquiry says lack of co-operation from key witnesses was ‘major impediment’

Pat Hickey was charged with criminal offences on Septmeber 6th, 2016.

Events over course of four years climaxed with arrest of Pat Hickey in Rio

Pat  Hickey pictured in  2015

Former OCI president stresses innocence after ticket touting report released

Former OCI president Pat Hickey. File photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

Hickey ‘looking forward to resuming Olympic duties’ after report’s publication

The Ceann Comhairle said a minority of members regularly make and receive calls in the chamber while the Dáil is in session. Photograph: Alan Betson

Decision by Ceann Comhairle follows complaints from members of the public

Ms Justice Mary Laffoy, chairwoman of the Citizens’ Assembly, will be the first witness at the Oireachtas committee’s public hearings. Photograph: Eric Luke

Committee will focus on expert evidence in decision on holding abortion referendum

The Oireachtas has appointed an independent external third party, senior counsel Cliona Kimber, to investigate a dispute between two members of staff. Photograph: Alan Betson

Senior counsel asked to investigate following claims by translation office members

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said he had written to Fine Gael constituency chairs asking for opinions on spending priorities. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Taoiseach says party branch meetings should be held by end of September

Minister for Transport Shane Ross is seeking to change the law to impose a mandatory ban for every driver caught under the influence. Photograph:  Frank Miller

Politicians speak out over Minister for Transport’s controversial proposals

President of the Olympic Council of Ireland Pat Hickey. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Former Olympic chief is to be questioned on inquiry into tickets controversy

President Michael D Higgins at Croke Park on Monday. Frances Fitzgerald and Bertie Ahern are two names that have been linked to the presidency.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister commends ‘outstanding job’ and says President should be retained if he wishes

Figures released this year show the gender pay gap in Ireland is 13.9%, below the European average of 16.7%

Decision follows controversies over pay at RTÉ and BBC

 Brother Donatus Forkan, the provincial of St John of God, at the organisation’s base in Stillorgan, Co Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Organisation says it continues to have ‘funding difficulties’ in letter to service-users

 Celebrations during the results of the Referendum on Marriage Equality in 2015: While political parties are bound to disclose their spend during election campaigns, this does not apply to referendum campaigns. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Standards in Public Office Commission urges greater transparency in campaign finances

 Paschal Donohoe: he denied the Christmas bonus payment would be sacrificed to pay for water charge refunds

Minister insists economy is not at risk of overheating despite warnings

The Oireachtas committee on water charges and the confidence and supply agreement commits to equity for those who paid water charges against those who did not

Over 190,000 people claimed conservation grant but did not pay any Irish Water bills

Leo Varadkar: said it was not his responsibility to regulate the Garda Commissioner’s  time off

Leo Varadkar says Garda Commissioner entitled to take annual leave from force

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe and Minister of State Patrick O’Donovan at a press briefing on Thursday around a mid-year expenditure report from the Department of Finance. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for Finance cites concerns over impact of Brexit on tourism industry

Paschal Donohoe said the Government had to live with the outcome of the water committee. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Diverting unspent housing funds to cover water refunds ‘defies logic’, says Sinn Féin

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan will miss next week’s meeting of the Policing Authority. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Watchdog’s head says it is ‘unfortunate’ the Garda Commissioner will not be at the event

Anyone born on the island of Ireland, or whose parents and grandparents were born here, is automatically entitled to be an Irish citizen qualifying for a passport

Nearly 100,000 people from the North and Britain sought Irish passports since January

Kathleen O’Toole: We want to create a road map for transformation. Photograph: The Irish Times

Kathleen O’Toole declines to respond on commissioner's position

The Public Accounts Committee found a systemic failure by senior Garda management to take the necessary decisions to resolve financial mismanagement. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Nóirín O’Sullivan’s credibility and authority further damaged by PAC report

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan has been granted a five-week leave of absence from the end of this month. Photograph: Collins

Garda Commissioner granted five-week leave of absence amid Templemore row fallout

The process for refunding money to Irish Water customers could add €10 million to the €170 million refund bill.

Irish Water customers face online application process to get their money back

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan: “I felt at the time that we did not have sufficient information.” Photograph; Dara Mac Donaill

The people and the issues behind the Garda controversy

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan at the Public Accounts Committee.

PAC has ‘grave concerns’ regarding the Department of Justice’s oversight of the force

The department also advised Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan of the need for individuals to be able to produce their own criminal history information. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Flanagan told of ‘genuine requirement’ to give employers access to employees' information

The working group will be also asked to provide an analysis of alternative approaches to criminal sanctions for drug possession.

National Drugs Strategy will govern approach to substance abuse through 2020

Ray MacSharry: he is requesting that his name be removed from the record of the House and be withdrawn from the transcription of Ms McDonald’s comments

Ceann comhairle examining if tougher sanctions can apply for abuse of Dáil privilege

More than 190,000 people claimed the water conservation grant but did not pay any of the five bills distributed by the water utility

Those who live in a household of more than one person will be entitled to €325

MacGill Summer School director Joe Mulholland with Simon Coveney prior to delivering the John Hume Annual Lecture at the MacGill Summer School in Glenties, Co. Donegal. Photograph: North West Newspix

Minister insists it was ‘right thing to do’ and that it is not only factor driving up prices

Voluntary hospitals and agencies have service level agreements with the HSE governing services to be provided in return for exchequer funding. Photograph: Getty Images

Harris seeking approval for expert group to look into status of voluntary organisations

New law would mean every driver caught over the limit would face automatic disqualification from driving. Photograph: Frank Miller

Minister for Transport Shane Ross’s proposed controversial new drink-drive law hit a speed bump this week

Charlie Flanagan: “If Paul Murphy believes he has a legitimate avenue of complaint, the option is available to him to contact the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission. He has not done that.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Charlie Flanagan says Solidarity TD’s complaint is mischievous

Department of Justice officials warn there is a vital requirement to provide sufficient funds to recruit 500 civilians to address ‘critical skills and capacity issues’. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Department of Justice says it cannot rule out seeking extended budget for Garda overtime

Paul Murphy during heated exchanges with  Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  in the Dáil

Solidarity TD says Varadkar ‘thuggery’ claim against Dáil rules

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan: “I am not going to second-guess here the conduct of the court.” Image: Oireachtas broadcasting

Nóirín O’Sullivan says review will be from a ‘lessons learned’ perspective

Vera Twomey, who marched to Dublin in support of access to legal medicinal cannabis to treat her child’s epilepsy, with Gino Kenny on their way to Leinster House. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Vera Twomey is in Netherlands to get treatment for daughter Ava (9), who has epilepsy

A PAC report finds Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan was aware of the “issues in the Garda college on or before July 2015”and should have informed the C&AG when first learning of the mismanagement at the college.  Photograph:  Cyril Byrne

PAC report says commissioner failed to tell C&AG of financial issues immediately

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar told the Fine Gael parliamentary party that all officeholders would be subjected to a whip when the Dáil votes on the proposals from Minister for Transport Shane Ross. Photograph:  Brenda Fitzsimons

Four Ministers of State oppose controversial proposals put forward by Shane Ross

The Bill, brought forward by Minister for Transport Shane Ross, will still proceed to the Dáil in the autumn. Photograph: Barbara Lindberg

Confusion reigns over whether Ministers of State will be bound by Cabinet decision

Anti-Austerity Alliance (now Solidarity) and People Before Profit TDs wearing “Repeal” sweaters in the Dáil. The Oireachtas Code of Parliamentary Standards already bans the wearing of emblems of a party-political nature

Decision taken in response to decision of deputies last year to wear ‘Repeal’ jumpers

Minister for Health Simon Harris TD brought a memo to the Cabinet meeting on Tuesday seeking consent to draft the general scheme of a Human Tissue Bill. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Harris says the measure has potential to transform organ donation in the State

Danny Healy-Rae TD said: “Until the day I die, I don’t believe that anyone that has had just two or three glasses [of beer] - a pint and a half - that they’re a liability or a danger on the road.” File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Kerry TD has no issue with a pilot who might drink that amount: ‘I’d go in the plane myself’

Paul Murphy: Would not change a single thing about the events in Jobstown three years ago. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Acquittals can be used to build hard-left movement, Solidarity TD says

 The Bill would introduce an automatic three-month driving ban on all motorists found under the influence of alcohol. File photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

Shane Ross’s legislation to automatically ban drink-drivers is unlikely to pass in Dáil

 Lohunda Crescent in Clonsilla, Dublin in 2003  when residents blocked a bin lorry into their estate in protest against bin charges. Photograph by Frank Miller

Abolishing flat-rate fees could be bigger issue than water charges

Culhane alleges Kelly ‘created defamatory’ impression of his Templemore involvement

File photograph: Getty Images

Charlie Flanagan says final vote on proposed Bill may be delayed until October

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe is set to outline the summer economic statement in the coming weeks. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

High income tax rates may have to be imposed in USC’s place, Government told

Nóirín O’Sullivan at the Public Accounts Committee

Michael Culhane threatens Niall Kelly with legal proceedings over Templemore

Minister for Transport Shane Ross. Photograph: Alan Betson/File

Shane Ross denies having ‘vendetta’ against judiciary

Minister for Transport Shane Ross. Photograph: Alan Betson

Inside Politics: Fine Gael committed to a course on judicial appointments whether it believes it or not

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

Minister for Finance unhappy with idea of person working overtime losing half extra pay

Under the new arrangement waste collectors will be free to offer a range of pricing options to customers

Households that send more refuse to landfill face higher bills from July 1st

Multiple grievances have been lodged by and against several staff members in the Oireachtas translation office, and claims of stalking and threatening correspondence have been made. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin Senator urges public statement after claims of harassment at Oireachtas office

The number of TDs in the Dáil is to increase from 158 to 160 at the next election. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Dublin Central, Kildare South, Cavan-Monaghan to gain seats as Laois and Offaly merge

An interim audit of the finances of the Garda College at Templemore released in March 2017 outlined the existence of 50 bank accounts. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Administrative officer claims organisation is selling holding and returning income to State

The Seanad Chamber. The translation office provides the official translations of the Acts of the Oireachtas and translation of material for the Order Papers of both Dáil and Seanad. Photograph: Alan Betson

Demand for investigation after half translators seek transfers amid allegations of stalking

 Over the weekend Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan  texted Fine Gael TDs with a message critical of Shane Ross.  Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Move comes in the wake of text message criticising Minister for Transport Shane Ross

Shane Ross: said he was confident of the Bill’s passage before the summer recess

Shane Ross says it is time to end political patronage

Two pieces of legislation are expected to be passed before the summer recess

Judicial appointments and rugby bid legislation to be passed before summer recess

Garda head of human resources John Barrett at the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee. Claimed his meeting with Nóirín O’Sullivan at Templemore was a two-hour meeting and not a brief meeting, as she maintained

Garda Commissioner’s testimony is contradicted by two senior civilians in the force

Garda director  of finance Michael Culhane: Fianna Fáil TD Marc MacSharry said Mr Culhane, Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan and Deputy Commissioners John Twomey and Donal O’Cualáin should resign. Photograph: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

Michael Culhane did not disclose what he knew of Templemore financial irregularities

Noirín O’Sullivan: the Garda commissioner was scolded by the independent Comptroller and Auditor General for declining to inform his office of the mismanagement at an appropriate time

Opinion: Mammoth questioning of the garda commissioner was robust but hostile

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan: failed to express full confidence in senior management of the Garda. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Documentation shows exchanges between director of finance and Department of Justice

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan arriving at the Public Accounts Committee to discuss  matters on financial procedures at the Garda College in Templemore. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Commissioner criticised for not informing office about irregularities at Templemore

Nóirín O’Sullivan before the PAC on Tuesday. Photograph: Oireachtas.ie

Report into Garda college finances identified possible fraudulent abuse of EU monies

A Garda internal audit completed in 2008 showed money was being transferred from the Cepol bank account to the laundry account in the Garda college. The money was then used to pay for the accommodation costs of delegates involved in the courses. File photograph:  Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Interim internal report submitted to Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan

The Garda training college in Templemore, Co Tipperary. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

European Court of Auditors move follows complaints of misuse of EU funds

Máire Whelan served as attorney general for six years and was a close ally of former taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photograph: The Irish Times

Taoiseach insists proper procedures followed and candidate highly qualified for role

Mary Mitchell O’ Connor: legislation would be required if she was to accept the pay increase for her appointment as a super junior Minister by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fianna Fáil and Labour vow to block Minister’s appointment to higher education role

 Mary Mitchell O’Connor receiving her seal of office from  President Michael D Higgins. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar looks on. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Source says role designed to ‘ease the pain of a demotion’

Leo Varadkar must deal with controversy over the appointment of  Máire Whelan to a senior judicial position.

Minister calls for review despite Taoiseach saying ‘correct procedures followed’

Mary Mitchell  O’Connor declined a role in the Department of Justice with responsibility for equality and law reform.  Photograph: Dave Meehan

Taoiseach under fire from supporters for refusing to make radical changes in reshuffle

Declaring that he was ‘elected to lead but I promise to serve’, Leo Varadkar recommitted himself to the Coalition arrangement. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

The Taoiseach promotes a new generation of Fine Gael as he reshuffles his Cabinet

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announcing his cabinet in the Dáil on Wednesday evening.

Flanagan and Coveney on the move with Murphy, Doherty and Ring new additions

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan is due before the Public Accounts Committee again next Tuesday.  File photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Former Garda official Cyril Dunne says O’Sullivan told of Templemore issues in early July 2015

Students at Templemore Garda College. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

An internal audit discovered the college had been renting out land it did not own and using public money to fit out privately owne(...)

A pledge to make Ireland a “republic of opportunity” and a limited Cabinet reshuffle will be on Leo Varadkar’s agenda upon becoming taoiseach.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Fine Gael TDs await incoming changes to ministries under new taoiseach

Minister for Health Simon Harris, who has said he hoped to see a referendum on repealing the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution next year. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Rights of woman forced to travel to UK for abortion over fatal foetal abnormality violated

People  protest as part of a national day of action in 2013 to end direct provision.  Photograph: David Sleator

Clothing and footwear allowance for school children to rise

Minister for Health Simon Harris. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Harris says issue of fatal foetal abnormalities should be addressed by this Government

Incoming Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with   Minister for Housing Simon Coveney, who he has appointed Fine Gael deputy leader.   Photograph: Collins

Attorney General Máire Whelan to become Court of Appeal judge after reshuffle

Enda Kenny has arrived for his final Cabinet meeting. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/Files

Taoiseach says he has been ‘proud and privileged’ to serve for so many years

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny: to host his final Cabinet meeting on Tuesday morning. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq

Minimal Cabinet reshuffle expected from Leo Varadkar as he prepares to take new role

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