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

Heather Humphreys, Minister for Arts:  the new pilot scheme was not a panacea but would begin to address the imbalance for artists. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Writers and artists to be acknowledged as self-employed and can seek jobseeker’s allowance under pilot plan

File image of Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe and Minister for Education Richard Bruton. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The incoming taoiseach faces a decision between Paschal Donohoe and Richard Bruton

Armed garda at a checkpoint in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Sharing of information and data ongoing with UK, Government says

The report investigated  ticket distribution adopted by the Olympic Council of Ireland from the London 2012 to the 2016 games in Rio, Brazil. Photograph:  Mario Tama/Getty Images

Shane Ross to receive findings of investigation into practices of Olympic Council

Leo Varadkar is expected to be elected taoiseach when the House resumes on Tuesday, June 13th. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Government TDs also want commitment to phase out USC ahead of vote for Taoiseach

Rachid Redouane married a British woman at Dublin registry office in November, 2012, and lived in a flat in Grosvenor Square, Rathmines, south Dublin, around that time. Photograph: London Met Police/EPA

Special Detective Unit holds man in Wexford after man in Limerick released without charge

Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney. Photograph: Alan Betson

Jostling for position begins as Coveney expected to become next tánaiste

Members of the Independent Alliance Shane Ross, John Halligan and Finian McGrath. Photograph: Alan Betson

Stepaside Garda station and Beaumont Hospital A&E likely to feature in talks

Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney: Mr Varadkar praised Mr Coveney for his campaign and said the two would sit down and discuss the future of the party. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

New FG leader says his victory shows Ireland does not discriminate on origin or identity

Fine Gael TD for Dublin West Leo Varadkar’s meteoric rise is partly the result of avoiding contentious decisions in favour of popular rhetoric. Photograph: Paulo Nunes dos Santos/AFP/Getty Images

For a decade, the young politician avoided pitfalls that might have ended a bright career

Leo Varadkar celebrates as he is named Fine Gael leader. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Dublin West TD says election proved prejudice has no hold in this Republic

The committee heard that  the monies were “not going where they should be going”.

Several sources claim some of the EU monies had been used for entertainment

‘What we need a little bit more of in this country is individual accountability,’ said Leo Varadkar (pictured last week visiting Wicklow Gaol). Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fine Gael leadership candidate says failings cannot be blamed on resources

John Barrett, An Garda Síochána head of human resources, gives evidence to the Dáil Public Accounts Committee on Wednesday.

Analysis: Evidence given to committee increases pressure on Garda Commissioner

Niall Kelly, the civilian head of the Garda’s internal audit unit (left) and John Barrett  (right) executive director HR at the PAC hearing  on Wednesday

Issue of tax arose during hours of testimony to PAC about Templemore financial irregularities

 New Zealand’s flanker and captain Sam Cane (R) leading his teammates in the haka during a   2015 Rugby World Cup match  in  London. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Minister for Sport says emergency legislation may be needed to ensure specific guarantees

Niall Kelly, civilian head of the Garda’s internal audit unit, told the PAC there had been “probably waste of public funds” but there was no personal gain by members of the force.

No garda benefited personally from financial irregularities, internal audit unit chief says

The Public Accounts Committee is hearing evidence on Wednesday from six civilian members of An Garda Síochána. File photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Heated exchanges at committee on Garda’s handling of financial irregularities at Templemore

Niall Kelly, head of the Garda’s internal audit unit, said there was a perception within the force problems should not be admitted to and kept away from public scrutiny. Photograph: Frank Miller

Garda auditor warns of culture in force that shuns normal standards of ‘democratic accountability’

Welfare Cheats Cheat Us All: Leo Varadkar launches his advertising campaign in April. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Leo Varadkar’s €200,000 Welfare Cheats campaign unnecessary, says Sinn Féin

Fine Gael leadership candidates Leo Varadkar (left) and Simon Coveney exchanged sharp jibes over election planning, boundary changes and portfolios in the most heated husting so far. Photograph:  Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Varadkar tells Coveney if he wins ‘I’ll give you Marine’. Coveney quips ‘I’ll give you Health’

Mairead McGuinness MEP:  Declaration of support is a significant boost for Simon Coveney. Photograph: The Irish Times

Minister for Housing secures MEP’s backing on third night of hustings in leadership race

Fine Gael leadership candidates Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney debate  at the Red Cow Hotel in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister for Housing says poll dents opinion Varadkar is most popular politician in the country

John Barrett, one of seven asked to give evidence before the PAC next week.

Call came after John Barrett raised concerns over Templemore accounts, PAC hears

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar  and Minister for Housing Simon Coveney will make a 10-minute address on Dublin on Thursday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/ The Irish Times

The two Ministers will go head-to-head in the first debate in Dublin on Thursday night

‘Welfare Cheats Us All’ - the slogan of Leo Varadkar’s campaign to detect welfare fraud. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister defends move, citing increase of 50 per cent in contacts about welfare fraud

Former Garda commissioner Fachtna Murphy. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Senior administrator warned then Garda commissioner about training college in 2008

 An inquiry was also conducted by senior counsel Conor Dignam at the request of Minister of State Finian McGrath.

Statement before Public Account Committee alleges HSE sought to hide ongoing failures

Internal audit report discovered Templemore college had been renting out land it did not own, running 50 bank accounts and using public money to fit out privately owned shops. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

PAC receives documentation claiming use of laundry account for payments of bonuses

Mr Coveney says he still believes he can challenge for the leadership, despite securing the support of only about 20 of the 73 members of the parliamentary party. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Coveney aims to win back supporters in head-to-head debate

 Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar says Sinn Féin are the biggest threat to the State. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Leadership candidate says he will bring back ‘United Ireland Party’ as a tag line for FG

 Unite  described Leo Varadkar’s proposals to curtail the right to strike in essential services as ‘anti-worker and anti-democratic’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Union criticises Varadkar’s proposals as ‘anti-worker and anti-democratic’

Fianna Fáil’s spokesman on public expenditure Dara Calleary. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times.

Party does not foresee renegotiation of confidence and supply deal with next FG leader

Pope Francis and President Michael D Higgins meeting in the Vatican City, Rome. Photograph: Maxwells

Pope and President Michael D Higgins discuss migration and difficulties facing EU

Leo Varadkar launches campaign bid for the Fine Gael leadership in Dublin. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Leadership front-runner rules out early election

 Leo Varadkar at the launch of his leadership campaign for Fine Gael Party in Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Some supporters of Coveney had urged him to withdraw

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar with Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe on Leo Street in Dublin on Friday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Defiant Simon Coveney vows to fight despite rival’s near-unassailable lead

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said ‘It is clear that Brexit and its implications must and will be central to all the work of Government in the time ahead’ . Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

In letter to Fine Gael supporters Taoiseach says Britain’s exit is one of the most pivotal events in modern history

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar speaking to the media on Leo Street in Dublin  leadership of Fine Gael. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Dublin-based TD says he is ‘very keen to get out around the country’ during contest

Leo Varadkar has a commanding lead in the Fine Gael leadership race after securing backing form twice as many of the party’s TDs and Senators as Simon Coveney. Photograph: Collins

Coveney hoping for support from large number of undeclared party members

Minister for Education Richard Bruton surprised some by supporting Leo Varadkar’s push to lead Fine Gael. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Harris behind Coveney who claims backing of most councillors in contest to succeed Kenny

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has announced his intention to step down. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Kenny describes Noonan’s contribution to restoration of economy as ‘extraordinary’

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney launching his campaign for the Fine Gael leadership with supporters including Minister for Health Simon Harris. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Minister hands in papers to enter leadership race but declines to say how much he will spend

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Coveney pledges to unite party as Noonan says he will step down as Minister

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar: a career politician, whose drive and determination come with personal sacrifice. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Often seen as guarded, Varadkar is much liked by the electorate and very ambitious

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny with his wife Fionnuala  after he delivered his presidential address at the Fine Gael Ard Fheis in 2009. Photograph:  Julien Behal/PA Wire

Praise for outgoing Fine Gael leader from across political lines

Taoiseach Enda Kenny  launching the Finite Lives at Government Buildings prior to announcing his resignation.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

‘Very emotional’ Taoiseach to step down from midnight

Kathleen O’Toole,  the chief of police in Seattle,  is to chair the 12-person commission which will conduct a root-and-branch review of An Garda Síochána.  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Representative groups question why no former gardaí are on review commission

Garda Commissioner Noirin O Sullivan.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Human rights lawyer Noleen Blackwell and former Gsoc member Conor Brady selected

The Department of Education bought Harold’s Cross stadium from the IGB for €23 million. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Member of IGB claim they were confronted and suffered verbal abuse in Leinster House

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar: signalled his support for seeking special status for the North. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister’s comments on potential border outcome unwise, Mary Lou McDonald says

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: instructed her officials to expand the definition of revenge porn. Photograph:  Brenda Fitzsimons

Tánaiste says acts 'can cause serious and lasting harm, particularly to young people'

Cybersecurity experts said the spread of the virus dubbed “WannaCry” – a “ransomware worm” – had slowed, but the respite might only be brief.

State networks including Health Service Executive fear WannaCry virus may have spread

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald and Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan: the Tánaiste has publicly supported the commissioner despite concerns about her knowledge of financial irregularities at Templemore Garda college. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

FF, Sinn Féin and Labour criticise Minister for Justice’s support of Nóirín O’Sullivan

Enda Kenny: one Minister said there was a real prospect that the Taoiseach would not stand down as leader until the summer recess. Photograph: Olivier Matthys/PA

Enda Kenny ‘knows Varadkar and Coveney will not wield knife’, says Minister

William Lavelle, a Fine Gael councillor  in Lucan, confirmed he would be supporting  Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar in the upcoming leadership contest. File photograph: williamlavelle.ie

Taoiseach to confirm his departure date at this week’s parliamentary party meeting

Labour leader Brendan Howlin has said  there should be consequences for Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald (left) if she does not act to remove Garda Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan (right) from office. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Howlin wants consequences for Fitzgerald if she does not act to remove Noirín O’Sullivan

All HSE staff are  asked to switch on computers on Monday morning in order to allow screening of the machines, but not to log on, in the wake of the global ransomware attack over the weekend. File photograph: Getty Images

Cyber-attack response: HSE plans updates with security patches, anti-virus capability

Garda head of human resources John Barrett claims senior gardaí were keenly aware that arrangements were in place at Templemore which ran counter to process, government accounting regulations and legislation.

Commissioner taking leave as Dáil committee considers file from Garda HR chief

As Garda controversy follows Garda controversy, Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald is risking her own political future by  protecting  Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Analysis: Resignation of second Garda commissioner could be politically catastrophic

The Citizens’ Assembly recommended that abortion should be permitted in the State in a wide range of circumstances. File photographs: The Irish Times

Members will consider the Citizens’ Assembly recommendations on the Eighth Amendment

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald and Garda Commissioner Nóirín O Sullivan at Templemore. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

PAC hears commissioner delayed telling Garda audit unit of financial irregularities

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald at Templemore Garda College with Garda Commissioner Nóirin O’Sullivan. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

PAC mix-up over signature in accounts saw Nóirín O’Sullivan accused of dishonesty

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: May keep the leadership pretenders waiting a little longer

Inside Politics: Taoiseach says he will discuss the issue with the Fine Gael party next week

John Barrett at the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee meeting:  he has said that accounting practices at Templemore Garda College operated in plain sight and  were known to senior management for decades but  they never impeded the promotion of any of those involved

Renting land Garda college did not own and 50 bank accounts among ‘bizarre practices’

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin  said a motion of no confidence  in the Minister for Justice would result in the collapse of the confidence and supply arrangement. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Party leader says censure of Frances Fitzgerald would cause general election

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan giving evidence to the Public Accounts Committee.

HR head becomes aware of financial concerns in June 2015

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald at a sod-turning ceremony on Wednesday to mark the start of construction of a new forensic science laboratory in Celbridge, Co Kildare. Photograph: Maxwell

Leo Varadkar says Government is ‘very concerned’ by latest allegations

Gardaí recruits during the passing out parade at the Garda College in Templemore in April. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Garda HR head outlines significant concerns over financial practices at the college

Garda recruits at Templemore. John Barrett claims he was urged to be ‘very careful’ when he questioned why an internal audit team at the Garda college was not aware of previous audits conducted in 2008, 2010 or 2015. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

John Barrett claims he was urged to be ‘very careful’ after asking question about audits

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar outlining the main measures in the Social Welfare and Pensions Bill at  Government Buildings.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Varadkar says complaints about privacy of offenders are ‘rubbish’

Testimony given by Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan to a Dáil committee has been undermined by written records of a two-hour meeting at which financial irregularities at Templemore Garda College were discussed. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Garda official says a meeting, which commissioner called brief, lasted for two hours

 The leadership campaign is under way even if Enda Kenny refuses to accept it. Photograph:  Reuters/Christinne Muschi

Inside Politics: Fine Gael leadership campaign is under way even if Taoiseach refuses to accept it

Under measures to be agreed by Cabinet this week  laptop and tablet owners will not be forced to pay the TV licence

Minister has dropped proposals to expand €160 fee to devices over 12 inches

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald and Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Cabinet to appoint members of external group that will conduct examination of the force

Micheál Martin said while €35m was set aside for mental health services in the budget, this actually translated to €15m in funding. Photograph: The Irish Times

Letter from Fianna Fáil leader accuses Kenny of breaching agreement between parties

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