Minister for  Social Protection Regina Doherty: accused of being ‘bull-headed’ about card.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Opposition say PAC should examine if € 60m spend represented value for money

The position remains that the scheme is closed and the 302 applications have been put ‘on hold’ pending a review. Photograph: iStock

Homeowners not entitled to claim for costs linked to expensive application process

More than 300 homeowners who had been awaiting approval for a deep retrofit grant  have been told the funding is not available. Photograph: iStock

‘They dangled a carrot at us even though they knew the carrot was not there’

Despite a doubling of the budget to €10 million this year, only 91 houses will be retrofitted, compared with 139 last year and 120 in 2017.

‘Hundreds of jobs across the retrofit industry are now at risk,’ says contractor

The grant offered more than 50 per cent of the costs of a deep retrofit of older homes with a C2 energy rating or worse, bringing its rating up as high as A3. File photograph.

Grants for deep retrofits to be given only to projects already approved

The scaffolding is coming down on Leinster House as the refurbishment comes to an end. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Unforseen issues in historic building resulted in delays and 15% budget overrun, says OPW

Shane Lowry  playing The Golf Course at Adare Manor on Friday at the launch of the  2020 JP McManus Pro-Am. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Golf resort owned by financier JP McManus will host event 20 years after K Club

President Michael D Higgins’ campaign spent €50,000 on publicity. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Lowest expenses of just under €120,000 were incurred by Peter Casey who came second

Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring: “[Eir] pulled out of the process and created a problem. I want them to stop now telling us that they could do it cheaper.” Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Minister accuses Eir of hypocrisy in half-price claims after leaving tender process

Newly elected MEP Clare Daly has hired the son of her political colleague Mick Wallace as her European Parliament assistant. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Since 2009, MEPs can no longer employ close relatives for parliamentary roles

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said a decision on when to hold the referendum, on extending the vote in presidential elections to Irish people living abroad, does not have to be taken until September. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Government urged to postpone poll and focus on Britain’s impending exit from EU

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan: ‘It would be profoundly serious if two different time zones were to exist on the island of Ireland.’  Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Having two different time zones north and south of the Border would cause significant problems after Brexit, says Minister

CEO of Sport Ireland John Treacy (L)  and Chairperson of Sport Ireland Kieran Mulvey during a Joint Committee meeting on Transport Tourism & Sport regarding the governance review of the FAI at Leinster House, Dublin.Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Conway worked to ‘steady the ship’ but it’s ‘time to hand it over’ – Sports Ireland chief

Dónal Conway: he is the only person to be nominated for the role of FAI president. Photograph: Getty Images

Minister for Transport accused Dónal Conway of reneging on promise to step down

FAI president Donal Conway giving evidence at the Joint Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport in April. Photograph: PA

Dónal Conway and FAI say current board will stand down at AGM on July 27th

Of the injury claims lodged in relation to Leinster House, the largest settlement was for €62,250 after a trip and fall. Of that, €35,000 was in damages, with the remaining €27,500 in legal fees. Photograph: Alan Betson

None of the six claims were brought by TDs or Senators, commission confirms

Minister for Health Simon Harris is to bring proposals to Cabinet on Wednesday to re-establish six regional healthcare structures around the State, which will have high levels of autonomy. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Harris to propose re-establishing regional structures similar to old health board system

Minister of State at the Department of Defence Paul Kehoe: accused of being “an empty vessel who makes a lot of noise but the exodus of Defence Forces personnel continues”.  Photograph: Tom Honan

Amid calls for sacking as morale hits ‘rock bottom’, Paul Kehoe stands over track record

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan addresses his party’s annual conference  on Saturday. He lambasted the Government’s transport policies and called Fine Gael and Minister for Transport Shane Ross ‘a waste of space’. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Eamon Ryan rules out electoral pact with parties of the left and centre-left

Screening results were either delayed or not issued to 800 women and their GPs because of an IT issue at a US laboratory, Quest Diagnostics in Chantilly, Virginia. File photograph: Getty

Minister briefed on the matter as soon as Health Service Executive completed report

Eamon Ryan: ‘Stop-start policies will not work’. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Motion ruling out coalition with Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil rejected by large majority

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan TD is more open to coalition with bigger party than Saoirse McHugh. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The event in hip Dublin 7 includes yoga, a biodiversity talk and some radical motions

Green Party member Saoirse McHugh, a candidate in the European elections,  has said she would leave the party if it entered coalition with Fianna Fáil or Fine Gael. Photograph: Michael McLaughlin

Party’s success in European elections could see it win up to 12 seats in general election

 Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys at the conference in the Aviva stadium in Dublin.

Digital knowledge and financial skills also issue, report finds

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (right)  has defended the decision not to nominate a female candidate for the European Commission alongside outgoing agricultural commissioner Phil Hogan (left). Photograph: The Irish Times

Taoiseach says Maireád McGuinness and Emily O’Reilly roles provide ‘a good balance’

The LGBT Pride Rainbow flag is raised over the Dáil during last month’s celebrations. Photograph: Alan Betson

All talk of elections off the agenda as harsh political realities govern party thinking

No-deal Brexit: the very-worst-case scenario

Preparations for no-deal departure of UK dominate last Cabinet meeting before Dáil’s summer recess

Reforms could lead to a 300-fold increase in the maximum stake allowed for slot machines. File photograph: Jacob Kepler/Bloomberg

Fears expressed the changes will exacerbate Ireland’s gambling addiction problem

Gerry Adams: he has rejected suggestions he has sent a signal to Belfast that Mary Lou McDonald needs time, free of the demands for an immediate Border poll, to rebuild in the Republic

Some believe SF must not only point to Government's failings but also to solutions

Waterford TD  John Deasy has called for the entire Waterford Fine Gael organisation to be suspended and for party headquarters to intervene in the constituency. File image: Stephen Collins / Collins Photos

Unsuccessful candidate said she was ‘intimidated’ at meeting to vote no confidence in TD

Fine Gael TD John Deasy has implicitly criticised how the leadership of his party has handled what he sees as issues with the Waterford Fine Gael organisation. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

TD says ‘the entire Waterford organisation needs to be stood down and reviewed’

Boris Johnson claimed he could dive back into the closed Brexit negotiations. Photograph: EPA/ANDY RAIN

Inside Politics: Likely new PM claims he could reopen talks and fix backstop issue with technical fixes

Independent Senator Frances Black: her   Occupied Territories Bill is subject to a money message. “The Government is misusing the rules to veto Bills they don’t like, even when the Dáil votes to pass them. It’s fundamentally anti-democratic and has to be challenged.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

‘Money message’ device has stalled 55 Bills tabled by Opposition TDs and Senators

(Front from left to right)  Catherine Murphy,   Róisín Shortall  and newly elected councillors at the Social Democrats conference in Dublin on Saturday. Photograph: Leah Farrell/RollingNews

Party wants restrictions to tackle dominance of investment funds in the rental sector

Minister for Climate Action Richard Bruton at Monday’s launch of the Government’s climate action plan at TU Dublin, Grangegorman. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister for Climate Action Richard Bruton to host first meeting in Cork with Simon Coveney

Boris Johnson: still way out in front in the Conservative party leadership race. Photograph: Kirsty O’Connor/PA Wire

Inside Politics: Hunt or Gove appear most likely to face Johnson in one-to-one contest

Fr Seán Healy of  Social Justice Ireland. Photograph: Eric Luke

Disorderly Brexit or other negative external shock could prevent overheating

Minister for Climate Action Richard Bruton announcing details of the climate action plan at TU Dublin, Grangegorman, on Monday. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill

The many aims for individual sectors remain highly aspirational with little detail

Prof John Fitzgerald. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

John Fitzgerald points to massive amount of evidence showing key role for carbon taxes

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

‘This plan represents the sum of our hopes for the future,’ said Taoiseach Leo Varadkar launching the Government’s climate action plan at TU Dublin Grangegorman, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Taoiseach says Government’s strategy to tackle climate threat is ‘both effective and sensible’

‘He is a leader. He is prepared to take the responsibility and is not afraid of it.’ Above, Paul Reid, director general of the HSE. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

New HSE boss, who is seen as accountable, tough and innovative, faces a daunting task

Training aircraft at Waterford Airport: Minister for Transport Shane Ross said if he had not approved €5 million capital funding for the airport, it would have been its ‘death knell’.

TD John Halligan unapologetic about using ‘parish-pump politics’ to fuel revival

An Irish Coast Guard rescue team flies above Waterford Airport. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Ministers deny that decision to give €5m to airport was ‘parish-pump politics’

Minister for Transport Shane Ross pictured at a press conference earlier this year.  Photograph: Laura Hutton

John Halligan denies airport funding decision was ‘parish pump politics’

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: Told his senior TDs that the results in the elections would dictate the shape of candidate selection strategy. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Micheál Martin tells front bench local and European election results to shape selections

PAC director Seán Fleming: ‘If we do not meet our targets we can buy our way out of the problem by buying emissions from somewhere else.’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

State spent €86m on carbon credits after failing to meet emissions targets, says PAC

Tánaiste Simon Coveney  is one of two Ministers who have been given approval to draft the general scheme of a Bill to amend the Constitution to allow the Irish diaspora a vote. File photograph: The Irish Times

Referendum in October on extending vote in presidential elections to Irish citizens abroad

Eluned Morgan, the first holder of the Welsh international relations portfolio. Photograph: Matthew Horwood/Getty

Fund of €2.6m to develop Rosslare, Dublin, Pembroke and Holyhead as tourist hubs

Rockall: an outcrop in the middle of the Atlantic

Inside Politics: Uninhabited rock has long been the subject of territorial disputes between Ireland and Scotland

Farm families claimed that a continuous contribution of the farm asset was discouraging children from continuing to run the farm, as the value of the asset was diminishing. Photograph: Getty Images

Three-year cap on assets claimed from family home to be extended to farm or business

Committee chair Catherine Connolly said that not all the recommendations involved spending money but that the €6 million for TG4 was necessary.  Photo : Lorraine O’Sullivan

Oireachtas sub-committee highly critical of the very low output of Irish on RTÉ

Offaly councillor John Leahy is standing down  as leader of Renua Ireland. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Offaly councillor speaks of disappointment at failing to get other candidates ‘over the line’

Only 60% of the State’s domestic dwellings have water meters. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Regulator to decide on Irish Water plan to charge households using excessive amount

A spokesman for Minister for Children Katherine  Zappone said the 12:1 children to adult  ratio for after-school childcare was recommended by independent experts, including representatives of providers. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

Spokesman for Zappone says concerns about regulations can be aired in consultation period

Once the euphoria of this election dies down, particularly around the election of Ciarán Cuffe in Dublin, the Greens will have to face several tricky challenges and risks. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

What will the party do if it finds itself as the power broker after general election?

 European election candidates Clare Daly (left) and Barry Andrews are contesting the final seats in Dublin. Whoever finishes fourth will have to wait to take up their seat. Photograph: Collins

New legislation means for first time vote will continue to determine ranking of last seats

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald (centre) and European candidate Lynn Boylan (left) at the count centre in the RDS, Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Inside Politics: Party lost half its seats and will lose at least one of its European seats

The Green Party’s Ciaran Cuffe with   family and party colleagues after he was elected  at  Simmonscourt count centre, RDS. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Party policies mix highly aspirational global vision and practical local solutions

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan and European candidate Ciarán Cuffe during counting in the local and European elections and divorce referendum at the RDS in Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

As a Green wave sweeps the local elections, here is our guide to the names you need to know

Votes are sorted as election boxes are open in the RDS Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Surge in support comes just a few short years after Green Party was rejected by voters

Garda Adrian McGettigan and presiding officer Carmel McBride   carry a ballot box to the polling station on the island of Inishbofin. Voters on the remote isle off the coast of Donegal were among the first to cast their ballots in the local and European election. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Inside Politics: Brexit was not the dominant theme of the elections as some had predicted

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire/File photo

Fine Gael deputy’s claim contradicts campaign against litigation culture – Martin

Fine Gael TD Maria Bailey is taking a personal injuries case in the Circuit Court against the Dean Hotel of Harcourt Street, Dublin.

Dún Laoghaire TD is taking personal injuries case against Dean Hotel after falling off swing

Green Party candidate for Europe Saoirse McHugh told candidate Peter Casey to ‘go on Dancing With The Stars if you want attention that much” during a debate on RTÉ’s Primetime.

28-year-old genetic scientist from Achill challenged Independent Peter Casey

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan: “I think we can win all three southern constituencies.”

Party leader praises performance of Saoirse McHugh in Prime Time debate

An Coimisinéir Teanga Rónán Ó Domhnaill. Grianghraf: Seán Ó Mainnín

Rónán Ó Domhnaill says RTÉ not fulfilling its remit to provide ‘wide variety’ of programming

The “EU and I” survey is run by Prof Brigid Laffan. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

Websites offer voters questionnaires to try to pinpoint candidates with similar views

Fine Gael European election candidate Maria Walsh dancing with party leader and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in Galway. Photograph: Andrew Downes

European candidates Anne Rabbitte and Maria Walsh take to the streets

  On the Campaign trail: Malcolm Byrne of Fianna Fáil canvassing at Bray Dart Station. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Harry McGee goes on the campaign trail with candidates in Ireland South

  Housing  group Raise the Roof  has  morphed into a national campaign. Yet while the housing crisis has worsened,  the crowd expected at Saturday’s march in Dublin will not approach the 100,000 seen during the anti-water charges campaign

Campaigners struggle to exert pressure on Government as Minister keeps low profile

 Fine Gael’s two Dublin candidates for the European elections, Frances Fitzgerald and Mark Durkan, canvassing at St Stephen’s Green Luas stop in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Candidates frame vote as a choice between pro-European stance and Eurosceptic populism

Minister for Communications Richard Bruton is among the advocates for the broadband plan. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Error in cost-benefit analyses by PwC found only in weeks before the decision to proceed

Minister for Finance  Paschal Donohoe: his department’s views on the broadband plan made for extraordinary reading. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Inside Politics: Issue sents party into damage limitation and calls political judgment of Taoiseach into question

Former taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/File

‘Enda the Road’ by Gavan Reilly recounts 2017 Garda whistleblower scandal

Brendan Howlin:  it was “the lowest ebb in my political life in 2016”.  “Many people felt we could not recover.” Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Party keen to see support bounce back after big losses in 2016 general election

 Fianna Fáil’s Barry Cowen says  the Minister for Finance is ‘taking the people of Ireland for mugs with his insistence that no capital projects will be impacted as a result of the costs of the plan’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Fianna Fáil says reported €200m Granahan McCourt investment would be ‘farcical’

Controversial US pastor Steven L Anderson leaves Botswana’s department of immigration in 2016 after being issued a deportation order. Photograph:  STR/AFP/Getty Images

Controversial pastor Steven L Anderson has already been banned from most EU countries

The report by the Court of Auditors  said  Ireland had significantly improved broadband coverage between 2011 and 2017, with more than 90% overall coverage. Photograph: Getty Images

European Court of Auditors puts State in sixth place out of 28 EU states for fast rural broadband with more than 80% coverage

Over the next seven years, 147,000km of fibre will be strung on existing Eir-owned poles, said Minister for Communications Richard Bruton in the Dáil. File photograph: Getty

Utility unsuitable for delivery of service as it ‘won’t work as quickly and could cost more’

Minister for Justice  Charlie Flanagan accepted an amendment tabled by Senator Michael McDowell during a Committee Stage debate.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for Justice accepts McDowell’s amendment to Bill

Ciarán Cuffe said the Green Party was pro-European but had many concerns. ‘We have concerns about the rise in defence spending and the earmarking of €12 billion for defence,’ he said. File photograph: Frank Miller

Party calls for binding carbon budgets in EU to reduce emissions by 55 per cent by 2030

 The installation of  broadband in rural Ireland has proved to be a political hot potato. File photo: Michael Smith/Getty

Allowing Eir remove 300,000 homes from plan increased costs, says Richard Bruton

Minister for Finance and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe rejected advice from a senior civil servant about the broadband plan. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Inside Politics: where did it all go wrong for the broadband plan?

The mortuary at University Hospital Waterford.  Photograph: Patrick Browne

Four hospital consultants wrote second letter in March warning of dire conditions

Fine Gael TD Andrew Doyle – the party’s European candidate for South. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Party launches candidates for European and local elections at event in Moate

World Press Freedom Day: “Lyra ... was fearless, as the women of Derry are fearless, and they will not be intimidated by sinister threats daubed on signposts in the dark of night.” Photograph: PA

Vulnerability of journalists and journalism highlighted at World Press Freedom event

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: ‘The only thing I said was there were different accounts’. Photograph: Michelle Devane/PA Wire

Varadkar says never specifically challenged views of pathologists who criticised poor storage and refrigeration facilities

Ruth Morrissey and her husband Paul outside the Four Courts on Friday at the conclusion of her case. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The  Irish Times

‘An Taoiseach told us none of us would have to go through this but unfortunately I’m the one who had to’

Micheal Martin: “You never hear any pro-EU approach from these parties.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Fianna Fáil leader says his party hopes to win a European seat in each constituency

John Concannon: has been appointed to a new role of vice-president (development) in NUIG. Photograph: Alan Betson

Former civil servant led the Government’s defunct strategic communications unit

John Concannon: has been appointed to a new role of vice-president (development) in NUIG. Photograph: Alan Betson

Former civil servant led the Government’s defunct strategic communications unit

The Human Tissues Bill is also expected to address the issue of living donors, where a healthy person volunteers to donate a kidney to a patient. Photograph: iStock

Cabinet has approved proposals by Minister for Health Simon Harris to publish the general scheme of the Human Tissues Bill

Minister for Health Simon Harris: “If you . . . decide not to vaccinate your children and you send your child to a creche or to a school, you are putting other kids at risk.” Photograph: SON Photo

Minister seeks to spark debate on mandatory vaccination to prevent danger of disease

Members of  Saoradh at an Easter commemoration at Milltown Cemetery in Belfast last Monday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Minister says members of Fingal Battalion Direct Action Group let ‘mask slip’ over weekend

A total of 3,420 nurses were paid between €20,000 and €29,999; 4,818 were paid between €30,000 and €39,999; and 6,573 were paid between €40,000 and €49,999. Photograph: Regis Duvignau

Median nursing salary including overtime was almost €50,000

Michael McDowell: his principal objection is that the Bill will remove from Government one of its most fundamental duties. Photograph: Collins Courts

A group of Senators is engaged in circular debate to filibuster Shane Ross’s divisive Bill

St Mary’s mother and baby home in  Tuam: fifth interim report says the burial locations of hundreds of children who died in the State’s homes remain unknown. Photograph: Paulo Nunes dos Santos/New York Times

Commission of investigation says Galway local authority failed to respond to reports

Peadar Tóibín said on Twitter that the senior official ‘came in shouting ‘f***k off out of this floor, f**k off out of this area and f**k off out of this office before something happens’.

Former Sinn Féin TD says he was told to ‘f**k off’ after not vacating his Dáil office

Fianna Fáil education spokesman Thomas Byrne. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Lower pupil-teacher ratio part of general election manifesto

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