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

Minister of State for Training, Skills and Innovation John Halligan and Minister for Jobs Mary Mitchell O’Connor: “I felt announcements were being made in my constituency were not being made by me and I wasn’t informed of, which I thought was unfair.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister of State says he will reconsider position if services not expanded at UHW

  John Halligan (left) and Shane Ross of the Independent Alliance outside  Leinster House. Photograph: Eric Luke

Fine Gael wrongly putting pressure on Minister for Transport, says ministerial colleague

Marcella Corcoran Kennedy: she sent an email to her party’s TDs and Senators  outlining her rationale for separating alcohol from other goods

Corcoran Kennedy has faced opposition within Fine Gael due to concerns at cost implications for small businesses

Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill has criticised Sipo, after it found that he intentionally breached ethics legislation.

Brian Ó Domhnaill disputes commission’s findings in letter to Fianna Fáil members

 Shane Ross: the Minster for Transport sought assurances from the Taoiseach about Stepaside Garda station. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Water charges, housing and Waterford hospital included in talks with Fine Gael

INM employees protest over the company’s proposed cuts to the  pensions scheme

Officials say workable solution may be found to prevent pensioners losing a further 30%

Some of the amendments proposed by the Tánaiste include allowing for victims of domestic violence who are living with their abuser to apply for an emergency barring order, ensuring they cannot access the shared home. File photograph: iStockPhoto/Getty

Proposed law would allow victims give evidence via TV link, curb court attendees

Mick Wallace’s bankruptcy arises from a €2 million judgment obtained by a company owned by US fund giant Cerberus. Photograph: Alan Betson

Independent TD says he will not be ‘silenced’ after High Court declares him bankrupt

Donated goods for the occupation of Apollo House. Photograph: David Cochrane/The Irish Times

Showers to be added to block taken over by housing campaigners as numbers there rise

Queuing for a viewing. Fianna Fáil TDs said landlords had exposed loopholes in legislation and Mr Coveney needed to act immediately. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Fianna Fáil calls for Competition Authority investigation into property owners’ tactics

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross TD has indicated organisations won’t be fined for not meeting gender quotas. Photo: Inpho

Minister says he is opposed to ‘punitive’ measures after meeting over 50 organisations

“The measures being introduced are so severe that rents will not cover costs and devaluation of property will be significant, all adding to the exit of the investor.” File photograph: iStockPhoto/Getty Images

Irish Property Owners’ Association says is contemplating strategy on new charges

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney: faced down Fianna Fáil demands to alter the rent ceiling package in terms of percentage rise and geographical focus. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Simon Coveney’s plan to cap rent hikes at 4% to go ahead as inter-party tensions heighten

Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill has resigned from Fianna Fáil, after he was found to have breached ethics legislation.

Brian Ó Domhnaill found to have intentionally breached the legislation a decade ago

Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government Simon Coveney had insisted the 4% rate would not be altered  and received the backing of the Taoiseach and the Fine Gael parliamentary party. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Cap will remain at 4% but changes include potential expansion beyond Dublin and Cork

The limit on rent increases at 4 per cent a year will remain, which is being seen as a significant victory for Fine Gael. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael reach agreement over proposed 4% cap on rent increases

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney: insists the  rental cap package cannot be changed because it addresses the need to encourage supply as well as the need to build new accommodation. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Elements of rent cap may have ‘unintended consequences’, warns Fianna Fáil source

Simon Coveney’s “rent predictability” plan sets out proposals for so-called “rent pressure zones” and imposing limitations on the level of rent increases allowable on residential properties in these zones. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Simon Coveney offered to outline areas outside Dublin and Cork to be assessed for caps

A couple looks at rental properties. Fianna Fáil has proposed halving the 4% cap the Government is seeking to place on rent increases in Dublin and Cork city over the next three years.  File photograph: Brand X/Getty

Party tables amendments to rental strategy as Simon Coveney defends his proposals

Sinn Féin TD Dessie Ellis: In   a  letter from Mr Ellis and Martin Ferris, they allege Alan  Farrell   defamed the two of them by associating them with the murder of Brian Stack.    Photograph: Alan Betson

Alan Farrell called on Dessie Ellis and Martin Ferris to make statement on Stack murder

The “rent predictability” plan sets out proposals for so-called “rent pressure zones” and imposing limitations on the level of rent increases allowable on residential properties in these zones. File photograph: Getty Images

Minister’s proposals would see rent rises in Dublin and Cork capped at 4% a year

Fine Gael TD Alan Farrell: Committee on Procedure and Privileges will  consider if his intervention breached  rules of the House. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Fine Gael TD told Dáil two Sinn Féin TDs had details on 1983 murder of prison officer

Sinn Féin TD Eoin Ó Broin  said the proposals would see the average rent  increase to €2,314 in Dublin and €1,628 in Cork over the next three years

SF, Labour, Social Democrats and AAA all object to Coveney’s proposals to ease crisis

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney has published his strategy for the private rental sector after getting Cabinet approval for the plan.  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Party source says figure should be 2% and expresses concern over exclusion of commuter belt

The limit on rent increases at 4 per cent a year will remain, which is being seen as a significant victory for Fine Gael. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Landlords say State responsible for rental crisis and interference making it worse

Minister for Health Simon Harris:  insisted the budget allocated to the health service for 2017 is the largest in the history of the State.    Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Service Plan will outline risks to the delivery of health services, including new drug costs

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said it was not possible to do deals “on the side”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Michael Noonan says bilateral deal with UK, urged by House of Lords, is not possible

The Oxfam report labelled Ireland one of the worst tax havens in the world.

Minister for Finance critical of flawed NGO analysis: ‘Nobody will take them seriously’

Bertie Ahern: The former taoiseach said Gerry Adams has co-operated with the Garda on numerous occasions.

‘Implications from breaching some of the things from the past’, says former taoiseach

Gerry Adams: he said the IRA figure did not tell them if the person who killed Mr Stack was alive or not

Sides agree the murder should never have happened, there was a meeting with an IRA man and there was a confidentiality agreement (...)

 Frances Fitzgerald:  Said the murder of prison officer Brian Stack in 1983 was “horrendous” and there was a “clear obligation” on the Sinn Féin leader to pass information to the Garda.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Tánaiste urges SF leader to give information to gardaí investigating murder of Brian Stack

Enda Kenny with Gerry Adams at the switching on of Christmas lights at Leinster House. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Taoiseach urges Sinn Féin president to give names of IRA figures to Garda Síochána

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams at a press conference  in Dublin on Thursday.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Sinn Féin leader ‘knows the identity of the murderer’ says Brendan Howlin

Austin Stack (left), son of murdered Brian Stack, confronts Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams during a press conference in Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

Austin Stack says Sinn Féin leader has lied about his knowledge over his father’s death

Enda Kenny’s rating has jumped seven points since the last Irish Times poll to 36 points. Photograph: Reuters

Inside Politics: Irish Times poll shows Fine Gael leader’s rating at highest in four years

Independents4Change TD Mick Wallace: he alleged in the Dáil that 20 employees or former employees of Nama were engaged in malpractice

Clare Daly defends criticism of judge, who issued warrant for arrest, under Dáil privilege

Dessie Ellis responded to the allegation by saying he was in prison when Brian Stack was killed.

Fine Gael TD alleges Dessie Ellis and Martin Ferris withheld information related to killing

Minister for Transport Shane Ross has no regrets about criticising members of the judiciary. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Justice spokesman Jim O’Callaghan insists commission must be chaired by Chief Justice

 Minister for Transport Shane Ross is insisting Government Ministers cannot have the discretion or the final say on who is chosen for State board positions. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for Transport dissatisfied at manner in which members are currently chosen

An Post is set to record a loss of between €12 million and €15 million in 2016 and would lose about €40 million next year without implementing the price rises and costs savings. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

An Post hope third increase in two years can see it break even by 2017

Bus Éireann could be insolvent within two years, according to Transport Minister Shane Ross. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Bus routes and jobs under threat as losses expected to escalate to €6m next year

Minister for Transport Shane Ross has warned his Cabinet colleagues that Bus Éireann faces insolvency within two years. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Minister for Transport raises issue as Labour Court hears staff seeking pay rises

Minister for Transport Shane Ross said the language he used about judges may have been too colourful but claimed he never intended to get “their backs up”. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Bill proposes people outside legal profession should lead body for judicial appointments

Minister for the Environment Denis Naughten has said  An Post is in a very difficult financial state. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Move to ‘significant’ rises follows warning over falling mail volumes, rising staff costs

Minister for Communications Denis Naughten is also bringing a memo to Government seeking approval for a sharp hike in the price of postage stamps next year. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Denis Naughten also seeking approval for a sharp hike in the price of postage stamps

Mary Lou McDonald: With her as leader, Sinn Féin could become a real threat to Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael, and the road to a Sinn Féin-led government could become shorter. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Interview: ‘I would not be presumptuous to think I would be automatically chosen’

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald is to travel to Greece in December to visit a number of refugee camps. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Ireland criticised for delay in accepting refugees but failure due to processing in Greece

Government Chief Whip Regina Doherty criticised colleagues for failing to seek permission or explain their absences from votes. Photograph: Alan Betson

Party members who fail to attend committee meetings face sanctions, says Chief Whip

 Mary Lou McDonald: “I think that people have an entitlement to their good name and my colleagues are entitled to that.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Sinn Féin deputy leader distances party from case of prison officer killed by IRA in 1983

Enda Kenny during an interview in New York on Friday: he said he would leave the decision on the future of water charges to a special Oireachtas committee. Photograph: Christopher Goodney/Bloomberg

Kenny unwilling to indicate whether he favours refunds for charges paid

The water charges committee has a number of questions to examine, including whether water services will be funded by a new tax or by adjusting existing taxes. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Committee on funding water supply will operate transparently, says chair Pádraig Ó Céidigh

Water committee: its key test will be whether its recommendations will be in keeping with the EU  water framework directive.  Photograph: Ian Waldie/Bloomberg

Committee chaired by Independent Senator Pádraig Ó Céidigh to meet this Tuesday

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney is among the  Ministers who are opposed to paying back the money to those who complied with the law. Photograph:   Dara Mac Dónaill

Coveney and Varadkar say focus should be on seeking levies from those who did not pay

Cannabis for medicinal purposes is weighed for distribution (above). Dr Michael Harty (Independent) has said: “My main concern is that this Bill will open the door to the availability of cannabis for recreational use.” File photograph: Getty Images

Government agrees not to oppose private member’s Bill on medicinal use of cannabis

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: said there was money available to absorb any potential removal of water charges this year.   Photograph: EPA

Michael Noonan says party must get ‘dead cat’ of water charges off political agenda

The long-running problem of water-charge protests has proved a divisive social and political issue. Photograph: The Irish Times

Minister for Finance addresses parliamentary party meeting on divisive political issue

Simon Harris said he did not agree with all of the contents of the proposed Bill. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

But Minister for Health says he will table several amendments to Gino Kenny’s Bill

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney said it was “madness” to introduce a charge that had no consequences for excessive water use. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Minister for Housing warns the public could pay more for water based on expert report

 Jim O’Callaghan’s proposed legislation was to be discussed by the Oireachtas committee on justice on Wednesday morning.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Judicial appointments Bill shelved as Government prepares its own legislation

Chaired by former Labour Relations chair Kevin Duffy, the commission recommends normal water usage should be paid through general taxation, with a charge for ’wasteful’ usage. Photograph: Ulrich Baumgarten/Getty Images

Micheál Martin looks to creation of single household charge but not before 2019

 Barry Cowen: Fianna Fail’s housing spokesman said the party favours rent certainty measures, linked to an average local market rental index. Photograph: Eric Luke

Party dismisses motion as populist, seeks to push its own measures on the housing crisis

Gino Kenny TD, whose Bill for the legalisation of medicinal cannabis has received widespread support in the Dáil. Photograph: Alan Betson: The Irish Times

Up to 90 TDs support new legislation proposed by People Before Profit’s Gino Kenny

The Bill provides for the regulation of cannabis for medicinal use so that patients can receive a legally protected, secure supply that is safe and effective. Photograph: PA

Legislation aims to allow use of drug for specific small group of sufferers

Michael McGrath: ‘We won’t be adopting any final position until the joint committee has concluded its work’. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Michael McGrath says the party will respect the outcome of the committee’s process

Frances Fitzgerald: will tell Cabinet that 520 refugees will have been resettled in Ireland by  end of the year. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald to seek approval for new figure at Cabinet meeting

Minster for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan and the Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon at Iveagh House, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Scotland’s first minister believes UK’s negotiations to quit EU will take longer than two years

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary said the Government was weak and that voters had to take responsibility for that. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Ryanair chief executive describes RTÉ as ‘failed monopoly’ that should be privatised

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone: Eager to publish the Bill and have it passed by the Oireachtas without delay. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone secures approval for Adoption Bill

Taoiseach Enda Kenny was adamant on Wednesday that collective Cabinet responsibility would apply to all members of the Government. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Fine Gael and Independent Alliance reach agreement on wording of amendment

Independent TD  Mattie McGrath outside Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Anti-Austerity Alliance TD had called the Independent ‘a sexist, backward man’

United States president-elect Donald Trump, pictured at Shannon Airport in 2014, has expressed an interest in visiting Ireland in his new capacity. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Enda Kenny says the pair also discussed the undocumented Irish in America

Craft Beer on the shelves of Martin’s off licence in Fairview, Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Alan Kelly proposes new legislation which would offer ‘huge tourism potential’

 Pope Francis shakes hands with the faithful at the end of his weekly general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Wednesday. Photograph:Gregorio Borgia/AP

Kenny will meet Pope Francis in the Vatican on Monday to discuss visit in two years’ time

 Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar  said it was not up to Fine Gael to impose a whip on Independent TDs who want a free vote on the issue of neutrality being enshrined in the Constitution.   Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister says it is not in the gift of Taoiseach to give the Independent TDs a free vote

Finian McGrath: “We wanted to have a conversation about Ireland’s foreign strategy.”

Bill proposed by Sinn Féin would enshrine Ireland’s neutrality in the Constitution

The future of water charges will be decided by the Fianna Fáil party and how they interpret and vote on the Oireachtas  committee’s recommendations.

As Oireachtas committee is assembled, water funding keeps taunting Government parties

Minister of State at Office of Public Works Seán Canney has hired adviser who formerly worked with Kevin “Boxer” Moran. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Canney and Halligan get green light to proceed with €65,000-a-year appointments

An independent expert commission is due to report on November 30th and there is expectation a charging regime with generous allowances will be proposed. Photograph: Ian Waldie/Bloomberg

Expert commission to recommend how water services should be paid for

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe (left) meets  Donald Trump in Trump Tower, which is a short walk from the hotel where the Taoiseach is scheduled to stay during his visit. Photograph: STR/AFP/Getty Images

Enda Kenny suggested New York meeting on post-election call to US president-elect

Enda Kenny (left) and Mike Pence spoke about immigration and foreign direct investment during their phone conversation.

Taoiseach on phone to US vice-president elect who has roots in Co Clare and Co Sligo

 Pat Hickey has protested his innocence over charges of ticket-touting in Rio. Photograph: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images

Former OCI president, in Brazil over ticket touting allegations, to accept court’s conditions

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