Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: says Bill will allow new fathers, including fathers of adopted children, to take paternity leave and a minimum paternity benefit of €230 a week for two weeks. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Tánaiste says ‘groundbreaking’ legislation brings State into line with EU

Fianna Fáil local government spokesman Barry Cowen said the Government needed to “to end the failed [water charges] regime”. File photograph: Getty Images

Nine-month suspension to billing does not affect existing arrears, says Simon Coveney

Ardmore Rusty (left) and Doomore Dave, chase during a coursing meet in  Clonmel, Co Tipperary. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Heather Humphreys opposes outright ban on practice after motion from Independent TD

Senator Lynn Ruane: she said comments about people “walking across empty blister packs” were a red herring. “We walk across empty cans and bottles every day”

Legislation part of attempt to tackle serious crime in inner-city Dublin

Tommy Broughan: he accused Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald and former justice minister Alan Shatter of “stonewalling”

Tánaiste says ‘full regard will be had’ for evidence definitively proving cause of fire

Catherine Murphy: said it was time for the Government to end its “deference” to the EU, “the mindset that we’re somehow subservient because of our size, our location, our level of indebtedness”

Tánaiste says Brexit debate has thrown into relief citizens’ views on the EU

The Government is to consider the possibility of establishing a ‘fan zone’ in Dublin for soccer fans to watch Ireland take on France on big screens. Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

Tributes from all sides of the Dáil as Tánaiste describes victory as ‘a momentous win’

Michael Healy-Rea told Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald: “I personally know of people who have gone blind. I can give your their names, addresses and PPS numbers.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Kerry TD raises case of man refused medical card despite inflammation of brain

  Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald described the Women’s Aid report’s results as “very disturbing”.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

Minister examining issue of including protections for women in dating relationships

Fianna Fáil TD Fiona O’Loughlin listens as party spokeswoman on the arts Niamh Smyth answers questions from reporters outside the Dáil. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Cross-party calls for return to ‘Renaissance’ of arts when Michael D Higgins was minister

Clare Daly: Called on the Minister to undertake a “root and branch review” of pension governance in Ireland. Photograph: Alan Betson

Independent TD says employee with 44 years service to get nothing in sudden shutdown

 Fianna Fáil TDs Fiona O’Loughlin, Niamh Smyth and Barry Cowen  following discussion on the arts at Leinster House, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Sinn Féin’s Peadar Tóibín criticises revamped arts portfolio during debate

Senator David Norris has said that RTÉ’s Oireachtas Report programme is obliged to report on the Seanad. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Senator says broadcast has a duty, ‘however vapid they may consider’ the Upper House

Fine Gael Senator Paul Coghlan has called for action against seagulls in Dublin city centre. File photograph: Vale Wildlife Hospital/PA Wire

Fine Gael’s Paul Coghlan calls for action to prevent birds tearing apart bin bags

 Sinn Féin defence spokesman Aengus Ó Snodaigh questioned the need for Ireland to participate in the partnership given the State’s numerous commitments to UN-mandated missions.

Paul Kehoe will attend the Partnership for Peace summit in Warsaw next month

 Senator Lynn Ruane: Plans to make possession of prescription medication by drug-users illegal are  counter-productive. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Health says if gardaí ask for measure to deal with a problem ‘I feel obliged to act’

Micheál Martin: warned that whatever the result “cool heads should prevail”

Fianna Fáil says there is ‘a lot of prayer and hope’ rather than ‘considered contingency planning ’ if UK leaves EU

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said the Government would have a ‘clear plan’ in place if the UK votes to leave the EU. File photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Micheál Martin had said officials were not prepared for the UK voting to leave the EU

Management of the Central Remedial Clinic (CRC) will be called before an Oireachtas committee to explain a decision to terminate an employees’ pension scheme without notifying staff.  File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Finian McGrath said case raised ‘serious questions of financial corporate governance’

Desmond Crofton, who won his civil action in relation to a Facebook comment. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Rights groups react as court orders Irish man to pay €75,000 over defamatory post

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Tánaiste says South Tipperary General is expected to be one of the hospitals to benefit from ‘further investment in the health se(...)

Frances Fitzgerald:   “What is on the table is the paternity leave legislation which Deputy Burton is a very strong supporter of.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald says no proposals to change way payment made

Minister for Health Simon Harris. He said the two hospitals “are voluntary independent hospitals, and I cannot impose a solution”

Simon Harris warns there is no simple solution in ‘spat’ between National Maternity Hospital and St Vincent’s hospital

Brendan Howlin: “Women have been choked, scalded, strangled, punched, spat at, cut with knives and hit with golf clubs. These are acts of barbarism”

Women’s Aid report on domestic abuse highlights 22,341 attacks within the home

The new Leas-Chathaoirleach Paul Coghlan. He said he agreed with the comments of Independent Senator Michael McDowell that “any one of the candidates would have been fit to occupy the chair”

Fine Gael Senator Paul Coghlan also supported by Fianna Fáil and six Independents

Fine Gael Senator Paul Coghlan has been voted as Leas Chathaoirleach (vice chairman) of the Seanad by 36 votes to 11. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Fianna Fáil supports FG candidate in vote after SF and Labour nominees defeated

 British prime minister David Cameron speaks during  a debate on the UK’s EU membership referendum. Opposition leaders are to be briefed on Thursday about the Government’s strategy if the UK votes to leave the EU. File photograph: Matt Frost/ITV/Rex/ Shutterstock/EPA

Taoiseach Enda Kenny responds to questions about plans if the UK votes to leave the EU

Minister for Health Simon Harris said the National Maternity Hospital was an ‘entirely inappropriate, substandard building’ and ‘utterly unacceptable’ . Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Row over budgets has delayed Holles Street and St Vincent’s move to Elm Park site

Brendan Howlin: said it was time to “move with absolute determination” to implement a national LGBT strategy to tackle hate crimes and workplace discrimination. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Taoiseach commits to focus on implementation of LGBT strategy on discrimination

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: said there was a “real and lethal threat on this island from those so-called dissident paramilitary groups that are fundamentally opposed to peace”. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Alan Kelly criticises Minister’s report of just 1,200 words to justify extension

Donald Trump pictured with his daughter Ivanka. Organisers of protests against the visit to Ireland of US presidential hopeful Donald Trump have criticised remarks by Taoiseach Enda Kenny that he would be happy to meet him. File photograph: Mary Altaffer/AP Photo

Enda Kenny says he would be happy to meet Donald Trump despite thinking his comments are racist and dangerous

Freddie Scapaticci denies being British agent named Stakeknife. Photograph: Pacemaker

Operation Kenova to examine activities of the British agent Stakeknife in the IRA

EU member states “need to hold the Union together to be able to fix it,” Green party leader Eamon Ryan has said. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times.

Sinn Féin says Taoiseach Enda Kenny should campaign against Brexit in North Ireland

 Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald (left) and  Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan (centre). Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has said it is important confidence is maintained in the National Car Test (NCT) after gardaí announced a review of prosecutions linked to the system taken in error was underway. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

Inquiry into cases where people prosecuted for not having cert despite fines being paid

Independent TD Clare Daly said that last year 7,000 hares were taken from the wild to be used in coursing events. Photograph:  Ian Hodgson/Reuters

Michael Creed acknowledges rules are ‘an Irish solution to an Irish problem’

 Members of the Defence Forces from the 53rd Infantry Group pictured in April during a readiness training excercise in Coolmoney Camp, Glen of Imaal, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin.

Force ‘aptly named’ as it allows EU to ‘project its military might’ - Sinn Féin

Mick Wallace: said it was “mind-boggling” that Nama “has nothing to say about the fact that the two gentlemen were arrested last week”.   Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Mick Wallace claims Nama now considering sales of a number of other projects

Aengus Ó Snodaigh: Bill would amend the 1997 Organisation of Working Time Act and would establish a body to be known as Bord Lá na Poblachta. Photograph: The Irish Times

Second time round for Aengus Ó Snodaigh whose previous Lá na Poblachta bid failed

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone: “That is not to say that I will not continue to have discussions.” Photograph: The Irish Times

Katherine Zappone indicates intention to ‘continue to have discussions’ on the issue

Katherine Zappone said she was aware that children in hotels were away from their schools, and families did not have facilities to cook. Photograph: The Irish Times

Zappone distressed ‘as citizen of this country’ about destitute children in homeless shelters

 Minister for Finance Michael Noonan:  “a whole of Government approach” was being taken to ensure the cost of motor insurance was addressed.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Michael McGrath warns Government it must act on proposal about high motor premiums

Denis O’Donovan: Fianna Fáil Senator was elected by 44 votes to six in the 60-seat House with the support of Fine Gael, Labour and a number of Independents. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Denis O’Donovan appeals to his Seanad colleagues to avoid being ‘cynical’

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny  said the Cabinet approved “the urgent drafting of legislation to enhance the powers of the commission of investigation into IBRC along the lines of a general scheme that we discussed, together with all the consequent challenges that lie therein”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Siteserv sale to be investigated as a module while other sales may be added afterwards

Fianna Fáil Senator Denis O’ Donovan has been voted Cathaoirleach of the Seanad by 44 votes to six.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Fianna Fail Senator supported by Fine Gael as part of minority Government agreement

Former minister for children James Reilly. Photograph: Alan Betson

University Independents set to break with tradition and divide into two groupings

Penalties for breaches of energy market rules will increase for individuals from €50,000 to €250,000 and, for a corporate body, from €500,000 to 10 per cent of turnover.

Energy companies need to be ‘brought to account’ for charges, says Fianna Fáil

Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl said there had been a “very significant delay”  in electing a leas cheann comhairle, and it was now a matter for party whips to discuss how to move forward.

Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl urges party whips to treat the issue urgently

Stephen Donnelly  Social Democrats TD  said commercial vacancy rates in his Wicklow constituency were still 13 per cent. Photograph: Eric Luke

Social Democrats TD highlights emigration figures since the economic crash

Fianna Fáil candidate Pat ‘The Cope’ Gallagher (left) and Fine Gael TD Bernard Durkan who were both defeated in a vote for Leas Cheann Comhairle

Ceann Comhairle urges party whips to meet and treat the issue ‘with some urgency’

 Maureen O’Sullivan TD:  said tackling criminal justice issues, increasing the police presence and enhancing the Criminal Assets Bureau were welcome but only part of the answer. Photograph: Alan Betson

TD claims wealthy recreational drug users contributing to drug trade and murders

Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin said there was no information available and no published reports about four deaths in 2015. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

FF leader says outside reviews should be carried out rather than internal inquiries

Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Denis Naughten said the department will be known as the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Communications Denis Naughten says change will bring coherence

Socialist Party TD Ruth Coppinger: “Will it [assembly] have a majority of women of childbearing age to deliberate on this topic? Will there be any bishops or religious representatives in the assembly?” Photograph: Alan Betson

No politicians will be involved in citizens’ assembly debating Eighth Amendment

Sinn Féin TD Maurice Quinlivan: claimed Labour was guilty of ‘gross hypocrisy’’ , given it failed to defend the rights of workers while in government. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Labour and Sinn Féin in sharp exchanges over Dáil motion on workers’ rights

Cavan General Hospital: Micheál Martin who said it was time for ‘external independent reviews rather than internal inquiries’ into baby deaths in Irish hospitals. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Taoiseach responds to call from Micheál Martin for external inquiry into deaths

Micheál Martin:  said delay in approving drugs was unacceptable. Photograph: Shane O’Neill Photography.

Fianna Fáil leader suggests setting up State fund to finance life-saving drugs

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe  will start a review of the lobbying Act in September and aims to finalise it by February 2017. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Paschal Donohoe: Review of legislation starts in September; compliance rates very high

Jan O’Sullivan said that despite the fight for equal pay for equal work, some sectors which had a predominantly female workforce “have appallingly low rates of pay”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Too many women in jobs at edge of employment protection, says Brendan Howlin

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams said there were various allegations of a “cosy cartel, insider trading, payment for the golden circle and payment of illegal fixer fees”. Photograph: Lesley-Anne McKeown/PA Wire

Adams presses for investigation into sale of agency’s Northern Ireland loan book

 Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams said in the Dáil two people in Northern Ireland had been arrested by the National Crime Agency in relation to the Nama portfolio sale.  File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

SF chief says Nama sale a scandal and disgrace, Kenny insists Nama ‘compliant with law’

The Bill includes the need for strict separation of alcohol from other items in shops. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

France and Germany among 11 EU states objecting to detailed compulsory labels

Left to right: Omozore, Hilary and Bravery Ogbewe from Drogheda and the Africa Sport Association at the Africa Day  festival in Farmleigh. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Festival in Phoenix Park recognises Africa’s diversity and links with Ireland

Canadian ambassador to Ireland Kevin Vickers wrestles with  protester Brian Murphy (left) during a State ceremony to remember the British soldiers who died during the 1916 Easter Rising at Grangegorman Military Cemetery, Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Canada PM pressed to respond to incident involving Brian Murphy at Grangegorman

The HSE said the ‘single biggest barrier to new drugs approvals in Ireland is the high prices that manufacturers are seeking to charge’.

‘Single biggest barrier to approvals is high prices manufacturers are seeking to charge’, says executive

The two gardaí behind the claims have lost faith in the internal Garda complaints system, according to Sinn Féin TD Martin Kenny.

Allegations about handling of informants in Leitrim were with authorities in 2012

Martin Kenny: asked if protection of Garda informant took priority over the investigation of a man’s disappearance

Martin Kenny accuses gardaí of unauthorised use of informants and entrapment

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said  that  “whatever the reality of what actually happened”, Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan had rightly asked her to refer the issue to the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Greens call on Tánaiste to ‘look to her own department not just Garda Commissioner’

Sligo- Leitrim TD Martin Kenny has alleged that “rogue” gardaí in Leitrim are using criminal informants to entrap people and then prosecute them.

Sinn Féin TD calls for investigation into alleged Garda malpractice in Leitrim

Paschal Donohoe: said there were “other things the exchequer will not be able to do” if water charges were abolished. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Michael Fitzmaurice calls for referendum to ensure water supply not privatised

Former lord mayor of Dublin Christy Burke speaks at the monument to commemorate the victims of the Dublin and Monaghan bombings in Dublin in May 2015. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

All-party motion calls for Britain to release documents on 1974 atrocities that killed 34

Former justice minister Alan Shatter. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Taoiseach opening debate on O’Higgins Commission of Investigation

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: asked if willingness of Opposition parties to participate in campaign would be taken on board. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

EU ‘all-purpose whipping boy’ for English nationalists over past 30 years, says Martin

Michael Healy-Rae: claimed that in the past 25 days the medical card unit had stopped issuing discretionary cards. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Halving of incontinence pads supply to woman (99) ‘unacceptable’, says Kenny

Minister for Local Government Simon Coveney said there should be time allowed for a proper discussion on the water charges issue. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Suspension of charges will allow ‘proper discussion of issue’, Minister tells Dáil

New Labour leader: Articulate, combative and effective in parliamentary debate, liberal on social issues, Brendan Howlin is described as a competent minister who had a good working relationship with civil servants, but who is never off-guard, whether dealing with media or party members. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Labour leadership by coronation before small monarchy of seven TDs, five Senators

 Catherine Murphy TD: calling for an essential “cultural shift to answer questions fully”, she said the change was not just about TDs and Ministers but also the Civil Service. Photograph: Alan Betson

Reforms will give all TDs a greater voice in Oireachtas affairs, says Chief Whip

Minister for Education Richard Bruton: did not give  personal view on establishment of  education ombudsman as ‘views are only in development’. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Minister for Education Richard Bruton pledges to give matter ‘priority attention’

  Michael Healy-Rae: “This is not a good way to start politics. This is gerrymandering of the worst type”, he said in a Dáil row over the extension of a deadline for nominations for the role of Leas Cheann Comhairle. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Fine Gael criticised in heated exchanges over Leas Ceann Comhairle deadline extension

 Minister for Regional Development, Rural Affairs, Arts and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys:   Sinn Féin TD Peadar Tóibín said Ms Humphreys’s new department “will not fully function nor will it have its staff for another eight weeks”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister for Gaeltacht says being lectured puts people off and damages the language

AAA-PBP TD Richard Boyd Barrett described a fracking test by oil company Infrastrata on land in Co Antrim owned by Northern Ireland Water as “significant and alarming”. File photograph: Getty Images

Richard Boyd Barrett says three water reservoirs closed despite claims of no danger

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald was forced to correct the Dáil record after claiming the Ceann Comhairle had allowed a deadline extension for the nomination of Leas Ceann Comhairle. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Michael Healy-Rae criticises ‘disgraceful’ deadline extension in heated exchanges

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone said the new Bill provided an improvement to the rights of children. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Katherine Zappone says legislation provides significant improvements in rights of child

 An Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and  Equality Frances Fitzgerald: “I believe our focus now should be on taking all the steps necessary in ensuring this does not happen again and that we have a policing service that serves all of the citizens of this country to the highest standard.”  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Minister for Justice insists she has ‘every confidence’ in Nóirín O’Sullivan

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald (left) has insisted she has every confidence in Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan (right) to implement policing reforms recommended by the O’Higgins commission into alleged Garda malpractice. TD Clare Daly said it was time for Ms O’Sullivan ‘to go’. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times.

Clare Daly warns Frances Fitzgerald to act or Nóirín O’Sullivan will ‘take you with her’

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said it would be “going down a very dangerous route’’ if they insisted, not that they could, that all legal privilege between clients and lawyers should be in the public domain. File photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Remarks follow claim O’Sullivan’s counsel said McCabe acted in malice in O’Higgins inquiry

Government Chief Whip Regina Doherty said issues of concern include Irish Water.

Enda Kenny: Biggest challenge for everyone is ‘attitudinal change’

Minister for Communications Denis Naughten: says  the post office network “is an issue close to my heart”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Irish Postmasters’ Union says Government needs to show commitment to communities

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has described the minority government agreement between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil as ‘very clear’. File photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Taoiseach says the minority government agreement between FG and FF is ‘very clear’

Enda Kenny is expected to announce his Minister of State appointments this week and his 11 Taoiseach’s nominees for the Seanad shortly after.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Fianna Fáil’s Denis O’Donovan confirmed by sources as Cathaoirleach of the new Seanad

Enda Kenny after being re-elected as Taoiseach of the 32nd Dáil. Photograph: Maxwell’s

Taoiseach pays tribute to Labour who ‘know what it means to act in national interest’

Joan Burton  outside Leinster House  after the announcement that Enda Kenny had been voted in as Taoiseach. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Fine Gael leader becomes first to lead his party into second administration: 59 to 49

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone said one of the Dáil’s collective tasks was “to end child poverty”. Photograph: The Irish Times

Leo Varadkar says there is an opportunity for Fine Gael to have third successive term

Minister for Transport Shane Ross: “We believe that in the last few weeks we have agreed a programme that would bring a radical change in Irish politics”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Denis Naughten: This is first Government since 1948 with Independent members

An Irish Government has never before been created in circumstances as farcical as the new minority administration, former minister for the environment Alan Kelly has said. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Sinn Féin says Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael agreement ‘biggest scam in history of Irish politics’

Clare Daly TD: “I can’t take much more”. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

TDs distracted by absence of Independent Alliance as group and party leaders speak

Simon Harris, Shane Ross, Denis Naughten, Katherine Zappone, Mary Mitchell O’Connor all appointed

TD Paul Murphy: he said  he  paid his own fees in the District Court but legal fees ballooned in the move to the Circuit Court and could be over €100,000. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

TD blames expense of Circuit Court as others ask how someone paid €87,258 qualifies for aid

Labour TD Willie Penrose said industrial-sized farms were what resulted from unlimited production and allowing it so quickly. Photograph: Cyril Byrne /The Irish Times

Change needed in ‘lopsided’ allocation of agriculture resources, says Labour TD

Paul Murphy sharply criticised TDs who earlier raised his case during a debate on crime and criminal gangs and called on them to withdraw their remarks and apologise. Photograph: Collins Courts.

Alan Farrell tells TDs application a ‘crime on the taxpayer who are footing the bill’

Fianna Fáil Senator Denis O’Donovan is in the running to be the new Cathaoirleach of the Seanad. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Micheál Martin chooses new Senator Catherine Ardagh as House leader

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