Minster for Communications Alex White: ‘No guidelines or ministerial orders can extend what’s in the legislation passed by the Oireachtas.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

Expectations on tackling media ownership rules ‘unrealistic’, says Minister

Supersoakers: water-charge protesters make it clear they aren’t for turning.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

2014 was the year both Coalition parties received a good dunking from a public who were mad as hell and – on this one exceptional (...)

Galway’s Senator Fidelma Healy-Eames, a member of the Reform Alliance, has written to Mr Higgins asking that he refer the Bill giving effect to water charges to the Council of State, the advisory group to the President. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Senator Fidelma Healy-Eames asks Michael D Higgins to refer Bill to Council of State

 Minister of State for Finance Simon Harris said the Government has to rebuild trust with voters. Photograph:  Collins

Simon Harris says Government ‘missed a beat’ on water charges controversy

Tánaiste Joan Burton: ‘As we recover, I see capital investment, public capital investment programmes, as major drivers of the future prosperity of the Irish economy.’ Photograph: Frank Miller

Building schools and hospitals will act as stimulus, says Tánaiste

Simon Coveney:  ‘It’s purely my view that retailers should not be selling food for half nothing in an effort to drum up business.’ Photograph: Oliviet Hoslet/EPA

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney questioned in the Dáil

Tánaiste Joan Burton: ‘I was worried about the parallels with fascism. How you move from a situation where you are arguing as you see it from a democratic point of view but you then decide that imprisoning people in a car is an appropriate way to treat people or to have some kind of a democratic discussion, I simply don’t know.’ Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Tánaiste Joan Burton pondered country run by anarchists as she was trapped in Jobstown protest

Joan Burton: “I think the wellbeing of the woman, of the mother, of the family, of the baby should be at the heart of the debate.” Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

‘People I want to see around the bed are doctors, not lawyers’, says Tánaiste

Sean Barrett: “Nobody likes taking abuse, but some of that abuse has been grossly and utterly unfair.” Photograph: The Irish Times

Barrett claims criticism meant to deflect attention from Maíria Cahill controversy

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