Work in progress at the national children’s hospital site at St James’s Hospital, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Draft Public Accounts Committee report says original cost estimates were inaccurate

Expressions of sympathy on the late former TD Jackie Healy Rae will be heard in the Dáil on Wednesday, some 4½ years after his death.  File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Former Kerry TD died in December 2014 and now has two sons elected to the House

Gardaí will be equipped with body cameras under plans approved by the Cabinet today. File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins.

Body-camera use ‘increases admissions and early guilty pleas’ says Minister for Justice

 Green Party European election candidate Ciarán Cuffe (left) and Social Democrats candidate Gary Gannon at the Simmonscourt count centre. Few predicted Gannon would do so well. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Tensions between leading figures threaten to derail party after successful local elections

The Oireachtas Committee on Communications is told that “competition increases the incentives for bidders to develop proposals of higher quality and foe reducing costs and delays”

Committee hears current plan should be terminated and ‘more affordable alternatives explored’

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said ‘It is a concern that pornography is so accessible to young people.’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Leo Varadkar says Government may review effectiveness of UK online safety measures

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  indicated the appeal  was to obtain clarity on the legal position after the judgment by Mr Justice Kevin Cross caused widespread alarm among doctors.  Photograph: Fran Veale

Varadkar says appeal against High Court judgment is to obtain clarity

Dr Gabriel Scally: according to his report, disclosure of the audit occurred in just 43 cases. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Cabinet approves payments for women who were not informed of smear test audit

Robert Watt: ‘We assume that attendance at the above two committees is sufficient on this occasion’.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Senior civil servant says he is before another committee to discuss broadband next week

Friends of Earth group: Government plan is ‘biggest innovation in Irish climate policy in 20 years’

Inside Politics: Green Party leader Eamon Ryan says proposals lack ‘real ambition’ in certain areas

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan is expected to bring forward amendments to a new Bill that would place perjury on a statutory footing. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Lying in court to be made statutory offence and extended to commissions and tribunals

Minister for Climate Action Richard Bruton: the plan will involve a “radical change in the way we do things” and Ireland will  no longer be a laggard on climate change. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Richard Bruton says result of 183 listed actions will defossilise and decarbonise Ireland

The national children’s hospital site at St James’s Hospital, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Builder BAM says two-week delay arose in one zone as result of wind exposure on site

Jeffrey Donaldson and the DUP are stridently opposed to the backstop plan to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland after the United Kingdom exits the European Union. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

DUP chief whip accuses Taoiseach of ‘sub-contracting NI policy’ to the EU

A file image of thousands of people taking part in a 2015 anti-water charges protest in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

Commission for Regulation of Utilities to make decision soon on Irish Water plan

The report is said to outline a number of proposed options for dealing with the tax, from cutting the rate to widening the bands.

Paschal Donohoe said any changes to the local property tax will be ‘affordable’

Stephen Teap, whose wife Irene Teap died of  cervical cancer, Dr Gabriel Scally and Lorraine Walsh,  who received an incorrect smear test result, at the launch of the Scally report into the CervicalCheck screening programme in September 2018.   Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

First payments to women affected by CervicalCheck scandal promised within weeks

Local residents, pupils and teachers from Clohanes National School meeting US President Donald Trump at his golf resort in Doonbeg, Co Clare. Photograph: PA Wire

‘He was asking was there going to be any future presidents there,’ pupil says

US president Donald Trump seated beside his wife Melania and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders in the restaurant at his hotel and golf resort in Doonbeg on Thursday evening. Photograph: Stephen Kearon

Ireland’s ambassador to the US Dan Mulhall and Senator Mark Daly in attendance

The Irish officials who are due to attend include the Fianna Fáil senator Mark Daly and Fine Gael TD John Deasy who also serves as special envoy. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Student J1 visas may be raised at dinner in Trump’s International Golf Links Hotel

US first lady Melania Trump  signs the visitors book at Shannon Airport as Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and US president Donald Trump  watch on. Photograph: Pool/Getty Images.

Clare TD and Minister of State says US meeting president ‘a colourful occasion’

Cork Institute of Technology

Issues include errors in claims for expenses and a lack of records on conflicts of interest

Eight properties remain to be transferred by the Church to the State. File photograph: Ivan Alvarado/Reuters

Department of Education says excess cash will go towards National Children’s Hospital

Tommy Haugh carries a US flag to festoon the streets of Doonbeg village ahead of a visit by US president Donald Trump. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Taoiseach not expected among officials joining US president at his Doonbeg golf resort

Cllr Frank McBrearty said he had “been caught in the middle of an internal battle” in Fine Gael. Photograph: Alan Betson

Councillor submits resignation from party over ‘internal battle’

Minister for Health Simon Harris has asked the committee members to waive the usual pre-legislative scrutiny in order to speed up the process of setting up the tribunal.  Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

New figures reveal almost 65,000 women still waiting to receive smear test results

 Maria Bailey is the head of the Oireachtas Committee on Housing and was due to chair Thursday’s meeting. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Fine Gael TD withdraws personal injury case against Dean hotel but fallout continues

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said he would not be in favour of the introduction of e-voting machines but would be in favour of electronic counting machines. File photograph: Getty Images

Varadkar ‘glad’ referendum to give parliament more investigative power defeated

 Labour Party Party leader Brendan Howlin: said meeting 	‘went well. File Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Howlin and Ryan discuss formation of ‘co-operative arrangements’ at local level

Angela Kerins was the subject of an in-depth inquiry by the PAC in 2014 about the finances of Rehab, including her own remuneration. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Working group to report in autumn in wake of Supreme Court ruling

Maria Bailey TD has withdrawn her claim against a Dublin hotel over a fall on an unsupervised swing.

‘They couldn’t fire her for doing that awful interview. They aren’t grounds for dismissal’

‘Deputy Maria Bailey has agreed to participate fully with this review,’ Fine Gael said. Photograph: Dara MacDonaill

Party undertakes review ‘to establish all facts’ after meeting with Taoiseach

Candidate for Independents 4 Change in Ireland South Mick Wallace, talks to count staff at the Ireland South count centre at Nemo Rangers GAA Club in Co Cork. Photograph: Michelle Devane/PA Wire

Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada has sought recount as she faces losing seat

Maria Bailey TD. Photograph:

Varadkar says many would agree with criticism from Heather Humphreys over ‘compensation culture’

Fianna Fáil’s Barry Andrews takes fourth seat, saying he will ‘figure out what to do’ until Brexit

Fine Gael TD Maria Bailey: her radio interview was “unfortunate”, said Minister for Health Simon Harris. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Cabinet and FG colleagues critical of TD’s personal injury claim and radio interview

Independents 4 change candidate Clare Daly and Fianna Fáil candidate Barry Andrews during the count of the Dublin Constituency. Ms Daly is line to take the third seat with 65,683 votes to Mr Andrews’s 63,177. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Dublin: Daly on way to Brussels after securing third seat, leaving Andrews in ‘cold storage’ until Brexit

Maria Bailey . ‘I had my beer in my hand and then I was reaching for my friend’s, she had a bottle of wine...I then found myself on the floor’. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill

Simon Harris says TD’s radio interview ‘unfortunate’ and ‘blaming lots of others’

 A number of  newly elected Green Party councillors from the Dublin local authorities with party leader Eamon Ryan. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Fianna Fáil will strengthen its position as the largest party of local government

Catherine Murphy: “We are still in play in quite a few areas, so it is difficult to see what the final number will be”

Co-leader Catherine Murphy says party’s goal is to reach 20 councillors

Minister for Transport Shane Ross at the North Dublin count centre in the RDS Dublin: his home was targeted by a peaceful protest group. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Kevin Daly and Seamus O’Neill fail to retain Glencullen Sandyford and Dundrum

Dún Laoghaire TD Richard Boyd Barrett: “I think realistically once Clare Daly ran it was always [the case] that she was going to take the left vote...” Photograph: James Forde

Anger at housing crisis does not translate into support in same way as water charges

Leo Varadkar at the count centre in the RDS, Dublin.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

‘Others could pull the plug on the government’, says Leo Varadkar

Labour leader Brendan Howlin speaking to the media at the RDS on Sunday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Party gets some key wins despite Greens stealing its thunder

Eamon Ryan at the local and European election count in the RDS, Dublin. Photograph:  Collins

Taoiseach says FG under-performed against expectations in local elections

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: there is “no need for an election” if the Government can continue to get its agenda through the Oireachtas. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Green leader Eamon Ryan to work with all parties on climate-friendly goals and policies

Lettie McCarthy of Labour looks set to be re-elected in Glencullen, Co Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Labour is still struggling to find relevancy and faces an uphill battle to gain seats

Former co-directors of Together for Yes, Gráinne Griffin, Orla O’Connor and Ailbhe Smyth, and other campaigners mark one-year anniversary of historic Yes vote. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

Landslide victory for the Yes was confirmed with a result of 66.4% to 33.6%

Concerns have been expressed in the locality of St James’s Hospital, where the new children’s hospital is being built, about the impact of the bus plan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Board disputes NTA claim engagement took place over proposed corridor near new site

Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin during the final Labour press event of the election campaign. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Micheál Martin says FF will not follow FG instruction in banning pacts with Sinn Féin

British prime minister Theresa May delivers a speech detailing a new Brexit deal on Thursday. Photograph:  Kirsty Wigglesworth/ WPA Pool/Getty

Inside Politics: Housing and broadband are the top issues worrying Irish voters, candidates say

Oscar Stakem (centre, holding goat’s skull) and fellow students from  Scoil Chaoimhín Naofa meet the Prince of Wales at Glendalough, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/EPA

Prince of Wales impresses schoolchildren while duchess is wowed by Avoca weavers

President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina with Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall at Glencree Centre for Peace & Reconciliation in Co Wicklow. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Royal speaks of affection for Ireland and importance of Anglo-Irish relations in Co Wicklow

Sinn Féin councillor Malachy Quinn and TD Louise O’Reilly talk to Siobhán Mulligan in Balbriggan. Photograph: Tom Honan

On the canvass with six parties, climate change and broadband also dominate talk

Work continues at the site of the new national children’s hospital at St James’s Hospital in Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Secretary general of health department to outline plans to increase oversight of project

Fine Gael’s Mairead McGuinness is the first of 13 Irish MEPs to be elected. Photograph: Tom Honan.

Fine Gael candidate suggests giving religious groups greater access to EU institutions

Richard Greene, chairman of the Alliance for Defence of Family and Marriage,  says the Government is seeking a blank cheque in terms of setting the separation time. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/ THE IRISH TIMES

Arguing against the referendum could result in being pilloried or dismissed in modern Ireland

Fine Gael: achieving value for money for the taxpayer?

Inside Politics: Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe recently gave ‘stark warning’ to Cabinet colleagues about need to control bu(...)

At the formal launch of 221+ CervicalCheck Patient Support Group were, from left, Stephen Teap, Lorraine Walsh and Vicky Phelan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Department of Health pledges it will not delay in dealing with €5m ex-gratia scheme

RTÉ campus at Montrose, Donnybrook. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Move follows review that found freelances have ‘attributes akin to employment’

More than 1,700 passengers on Irish Rail countrywide have made complaints about anti-social behaviour including intimidation, assault and theft. File photograph: The Irish Times

Irish Rail to bring in text alert system for passengers along with increased CCTV

Fianna Fáil councillor Claire O’Connor with party leader Micheál Martin and other local election candidates at the launch of Fianna Fáil’s local election manifesto in Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Fianna Fáil leader launches party’s local election manifesto

Paschal Donohoe:  ‘There is risk, there is complexity in all of this.’  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for Finance going ahead with plan despite several warnings from senior officials

The funding in question was provided by Cosc, an agency under the remit of the Department of Justice.

Demand follows investigation into alleged misuse of funds provided by Cosc

A storm of criticism greeted the Government’s National Broadband Plan on Wednesday as official documents revealed the extent of objections to the project by senior civil servants. File photograph: Getty

Private entity to own network at end of 25-year contract despite €3bn State investment

Fiona O’Reilly (right) with Linda Ahern, from Templeogue and other protesters for better respite and homecare services.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

‘We can be left waiting for the basic right of being able to get up out of bed in the morning’

 Grace and Mathew Drysdale, great great grandchildren of executed 1916 leader Thomas MacDonagh, at  the State commemoration  at Arbour Hill, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

State commemoration at Arbour Hill hears the great challenge is to create a society that enables all citizens to flourish in equal(...)

Fianna Fáil communications spokesman Timmy Dooley said the Cabinet decision to proceed with the €3 billion plan has ‘all the hallmarks of a PR exercise’. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Opposition parties accuse Government of using plan to bolster chances in elections

Ellie Kisyombe: ‘I’m delighted to have submitted my nomination forms to the DCC returning officer.’ File photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Candidate ‘confused’ by party statement after campaigning throughout review process

 Prof Fergal Malone,  master of the Rotunda Hospital. He said in January that previous assurances had been given by the Department of Health but they did not go far enough to address concerns

Move follows doctors’ concerns about inadvertently breaching 12-week limit

Ms Kisyombe will revise her campaign literature to properly reflect her history and circumstances and has  also corrected the chronology of her back-story. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Kisyombe’s candidacy sparked controversy following backstory inconsistencies

IFA president Joe Healy confronting  Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  at a farmers’ protest outside the Cabinet meeting in Cork. Photograph:  John Allen

What is surprising about the Cork dissent is its intensity and the number of topics people are aggrieved about

Nicole Fox Fenlon, known as Coco, died in Dublin last year after suffering a campaign of bullying that prompted her mother to campaign for more stringent laws

Digital harassment, stalking and revenge porn law likely to be named after Nicole Fox Fenlon

An existing offence of sending threatening or indecent messages will be expanded to apply to all threatening, false, indecent and obscene messages using any form of online communications. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Bill agreed by Cabinet will also ban revenge porn and create specific offence of stalking

Parliament Buildings on the Stormont Estate in Belfast. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Micheál Martin had suggested removing petition of concern to ease North deadlock

The process involves having to contact both the birth parents and those whose births were illegally registered, with social workers gathering documents to identify and locate them.

Independent report on illegal birth registration due to Zappone at end of May

A spokesman for the HSE said none of the parties providing specialist input to the HSE in regard to the new National Children’s Hospital had any role in the subsequent decision-making process.

PwC hired in 2018 to look at hospital options and in January 2019 for costs overrun review

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone meets survivors of institutions Terri Harrison and Sydney Herdman. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Forum releases recommendations to provide healthcare and other supports to survivors

The tribunal will be open to, among others, those who are part of the 221 group of women involved in the CervicalCheck audit. File photograph: Getty

Cabinet ponders ex-gratia scheme for women affected by non-disclosure of key audits

Katherine Zappone: will bring some key updates on the Mother and Baby Homes Commission Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Inside Politics: Recent polling shows neither Fine Gael nor Fianna Fáil have made significant inroads to justify pulling plug on G(...)

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone received the commission’s report on March 15th and will bring it to Cabinet on Tuesday. Photograph; Nick Bradshaw

Commission likely to have focused on burial arrangements for those who died in the institutions

The HSE’s MyOptions helpline was a cornerstone of the Government’s post-referendum plan. Photograph: Getty

Jane had two different experiences: one when terminations were still illegal, another this year

The HSE report found there is a “lack of individual accountability for the success” of the national children’s  hospital.

Potential for future cost increases remains, according to HSE document

Minister for Health Simon Harris said there  is no funding this year to start work on a national maternity hospital adjacent to the new children’s hospital at the St James’s Hospital site in Dublin. Photograph:  Alan Betson

Minister says there is no provision in this year’s health estimates for project

Minister for Health Simon Harris: stands over the decision. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Simon Harris’s decision to offer free tests out of cycle is a factor in backlog of 80,000

Simon Harris: ‘What the report doesn’t find is that there should be a clear-out of the board, in fact it explicitly recommends against.’  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Minister has power to change board structure in order to strengthen project oversight

Minister for Health Simon Harris: facing questions over decision to offer free out-of-cycle smear tests to women. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Inside Politics: Minister will face questions at committee over whether advice was taken on offering free tests after CervicalChec(...)

Artist’s impression of the new national children’s hospital. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Consultants PwC finds changing builder at this stage would increase final cost of project

EU Brexit chief negotiator Michel Barnier, who will meet Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney and Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe in Dublin on Monday. Photograph: Jean-Francois Monier/AFP/Getty Images

EU negotiator Michel Barnier due in Dublin to discuss no-deal plans with Government

Artist’s impression of the new national children’s hospital. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Roads and higher education projects among those affected, according to documents released under FoI

A member of the group Fingal Battalion Direct Action reading out a statement at Paul Kehoe’s house on Sunday. Photograph: Facebook.

Group has targeted a number of senior politicians in recent months

HSE’s Liam Woods said decision was being taken on the back of financial pressures in the system. Photograph: Alan Betson

HSE letter warns of jobs freeze because of financial pressures

Ellie Kisyombe says she sought asylum immediately after arriving at Dublin airport in 2010. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Allegations of inconsistencies in background history surfaced in February

Minister for Health Simon Harris announced via a tweet last April that any woman who wanted a free out-of-cycle smear test could avail of one. Photograph: Alan Betson

Simon Harris was asked to correct the Dáil record but has stood over his position

Dublin European  election candidates take part in a hustings event in Dublin Chamber on Friday morning. Photograph: Conor McCabe

Alex White and Frances Fitzgerald outline need to prepare for ‘big push’ from Brussels

Prof Gráinne Flannelly: says she warned against the smear test plan and expressed concern labs would not be able to cope, just hours before the plan was announced in April 2018. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Department refusing to reveal messages around announcement of out-of-cycle tests

 Minister for Health, Simon Harris: A spokeswoman for Mr Harris said he would appear before the Oireachtas Committee on Health in the coming days. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Harris claims he was not informed of concerns over free tests by CervicalCheck director

Minister for Health Simon Harris said Dr Gráinne Flannelly had never said that she had given any warning to him about the initiative.

Former head of CervicalCheck says she raised concerns with senior HSE officials

Did Simon Harris announce the free smear-testing measure without consulting the national screening service? Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Inside Politics: Former clinical director of CervicalCheck says she expressed concerns about Government’s plan for free out-of-cyc(...)

Dr Gráinne Flannelly:  says she warned officials, in the hours before the Government announced the plan, that it would have consequences. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA

Former head of CervicalCheck said offer would ‘undermine’ screening programme

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