Independent TD Joan Collins has urged Labour to distance itself from Government promises of tax cuts in next month’s budget. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Joan Collins asks Tánaiste to prioritise reversal of social welfare cutbacks

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly: told the Dáil that regulator was considering the approach to compensating households where the water supply was not fit for human consumption.    Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil moves Private Members’ Bill to exempt affected homes from water charge

 Catherine Murphy:  says she will discuss the matter   later with Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Independent TD Catherine Murphy asks if standing orders changed to allow expansion of technical group

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said that the wide range of ministerial portfolios assigned to Albert Reynolds in his early political career prepared him well for his role as taoiseach in the early 1990s.  Photograph: Paddy Whelan /The Irish Times

‘From the outset, he was passionate about peace,’ Enda Kenny says

Taoiseach accuses FF leader of hypocrisy in Dáil exchange

Fine Gael Senator Cáei Keane, an experienced electoral campaigner, will no doubt be looking beyond the byelection to the next general election

The battle for this four-seater is likely to be in late September or early October

Fianna Fáil’s Ivan Connaughton: highlighting the failure of the upturn in the economy to impact on constituents

FF first to nominate candidate for anticipated autumn poll

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan said he had spoken over the phone to UN secretary general Ban ki-Moon about the ongoing conflict in Gaza. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil’s Averil Power calls for EU to impose trade sanctions against Israel

Former Socialist Party MEP Paul Murphy is to stand as a candidate in the Dublin South West byelection. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Four candidates now declared for anticipated autumn electoral battle

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