Minister for Culture Josepha Madigan. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Minister for Culture Josepha Madigan confirms switch to Fís Éireann or Screen Ireland

Israeli artist Netta reacts after winning the 2018 Eurovision song contest in Lisbon, Portugal. Israel, as the winner, will host the 2019 contest. Photograph: Armando Franca/AP

Boyd Barrett says State must be consistent in outrage at treatment of children

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker addressing a joint sitting of the Dáil and Seanad:  “As the clock to Brexit ticks down, we must prepare for every eventuality, including no deal.”

European Commission president tells Oireachtas Ireland comes first in talks

Minister for Health Simon Harris has insisted he is committed to the inclusion of health warnings about cancer and alcohol on labels and in advertising

Legislation to be voted on at committee as TD apologises to party colleagues

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said  improvements were being made in Tusla.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

McDonald described the Child and Family Agency’s handling of McCabe allegations as ‘catastrophic’

Leo Varadkar: ‘Men and women of all ages who tried to live and love and be themselves in a society where their identity was feared and despised, and who were aliens in their own country for their entire lives.’ File photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Government issues formal apology to men criminalised prior to legal change in 1993

The Taoiseach said ‘the eyes of the world are on the US and absolutely nobody can defend the scenes of children being forcibly separated from their parents’. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

‘We know from dark chapters in our own history the consequences of separating children from their parents’

The puppy farms “are a profit-making operation churning out puppies all the time”. Photograph: Getty Images

Minister wants to see ‘highest standards achieved by dog-breeding establishments’

Labour TD Sean Sherlock claims devoting one-third of a alcoholic drink label to health warnings would “kill” smaller  producers Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Party to remove own amendment on Bill as health minister rows back on cancer link

Minister for Justice   Charlie Flanagan: “The raw brutality of the attacks targeting innocent people that we have seen, including on our nearest European neighbours, is a stark reminder of the vulnerability of all open democracies to this threat.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

TDs renew anti-terrorism and organised crime legislation for another year

The number of children being cared for in child and adolescent mental health services in Ireland has increased by 40 per cent, Minister for Education Richard Bruton told the Dáil

Richard Bruton says Government has neglected primary care services

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has confirmed that 140 more births suspected of being illegally registered are being examined by the Adoption Authority of Ireland. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/THE IRISH TIMES

Dáil hears of ’home boys’ sent from institutions to work for farmers

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with Tánaiste Simon Coveney at the launch of Global Ireland Footprint to 2025  in Dublin on Monday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Leo Varadkar tells Dáil ‘we will secure legal withdrawal agreement by October’

The independent expert appointed to examine governance at Scouting Ireland has been informed of concerns by members of the organisation about a lack of consultation over proposed reforms. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Scouting group’s members fear lack of consultation over proposed reforms, Dáil hears

Minister for Transport Shane Ross said he expected to be able to announce a decision by the Dáil summer recess on whether to ban or to regulate rickshaws.  File photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Minister for Transport criticised for favouring the ‘laziest option’of an outright ban of rickshaws

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said the Government were working on a motion that he hoped all parties would agree to to ‘recognise the wrongs that were done’. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Taoiseach plans ‘to recognise wrongs done’ on 25th anniversary of decriminalisation

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has hit out at socialist parties and groups in the Dáil.

Taoiseach’s confirms State-funded hospitals must provide abortion services

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan acknowledged  there had been a catalogue of failures including the failure to act to implement the sanctions for breach of bail. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister says however that GSOC must conclude second inquiry before decision

The Public Services Cards (PSC) will no longer be needed by people applying to do the driver theory test, Minister for Transport Shane Ross has said.

Shane Ross insists department did not tell Road Safety Authority card should be obligatory

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has defended the use of private investigators to ‘spy’ on medical consultants in response to a pay claim case being taken in the High Court. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

Some doctors doing private work when they should be in public hospitals, Varadkar says

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar speaks to the media following a visit to the Museum of Orange Heritage in Belfast, as part of his visit to Northern Ireland last week. Photograph: Laura Hutton/PA Wire

Leo Varadkar says rather than ‘stalling’, negotiations need to ‘intensify’ in period ahead

Sabina Higgins with Michelline Sheehy Skeffington at the Mansion House, Dublin, during   commemoration of La na mBan 1918. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/ The Irish Times

‘You might go to festivals and see 70 per cent, 75 per cent or 80 per cent men on stage’

  An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar speaking at the jobs announcement in Co Wicklow. Photograph: Paul Sherwood

Taoiseach makes jobs announcement and opens 20km Vartry reservoir walking trail

A soldier  remembers Private Caomhán Seoige from Inis Oírr before the unveiling of a memorial in his memory on Inis Oírr on May 29th,  2015. Photograph: Cormac Coyne

Non-disclosure of results of first report increased concern of former servicemen, judge finds

A family photograph of the late Pte. Hugh Doherty, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal who was killed in the Labanon. Photograph: Declan Doherty

Defence Forces should have told families of results of investigation into killing and disappearance of soldiers – report

A ‘Bike-to-Work’ lunchtime cycle in 2013. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Almost a decade after introduction no figures on cost of tax relief or impact on bike prices

The HSE has disclosed that 29 cases, 21 of them in CervicalCheck and eight from BreastCheck, are under investigation in relation to alleged failings of the cancer screening programmes. File photograph: Getty Images

Call comes in wake of Quest move to have Mhic Mhathúna’s children seen by psychologist

Repair crews work on the  burst water pipe at Staleen. Photograph: Paul Mohan

Irish Water says outage still affecting homes in Ratoath, Kilbride, Ashbourne and Duleek

Fianna Fáil TD Niamh Smyth said it was “quite insulting being asked for a sick cert, not acknowledging a basic human right of having a baby”. File photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister suggests legislators could nominate substitute so they can take parental leave

Indepdendent TD Mattie McGrath. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney/Collins

Dáil told one couple will be able to try for another child because of referendum result

‘We see opportunities in certain respects in agriculture but we see significant threats in beef.’ Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Minister has ‘expressed Ireland’s grave concerns’ over beef quota of 70,000 tonnes

Workers try to repair the burst water pipe at Staleen. Photograph: Paul Mohan

Remedial efforts to repair pipe under way but location of leak is 4m below ground

Minister for Education  Richard Bruton: said baptism as a requirement for school entry will be removed.

‘Ireland changing and we need to change with it’, Minister for Education says

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan (pictured at the GRA conference in Wexford) described the Criminal Justice (Corruption Offences) Bill  as a ‘robust piece of legislation with very strong penalties’. Photograph:   Karen Morgan

Severe penalties and corporate liability for companies connected to corrupt individuals

 Minister for Children and Youth affairs Dr Katherine Zappone: told the Seanad that alternatives proposed by Senators  had been ruled unconstitutional by the Attorney General’s office and if the Seanad could not accept that “the Bill falls”.  Photograph:  Gareth Chaney/Collins

Bill provides birth information but adoptees obliged to sign non-contact agreement

Members of the Citizens’ Assembly meeting to examine the topic of the Eighth Amendment last year. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

Body may also look at ways to ensure greater male-female equality, Leo Varadkar says

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar acknowledged in the Dáil that the provision of medical records that have been requested by some women affected by the cancer controversy  had been slow. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

Varadkar says he and Simon Harris both want CervicalCheck records handed over

Independents4Change TD Clare Daly became emotional in the Dáil on Tuesday as she described the abortion referendum result as ‘an enormous weight being lifted’. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

TD applauded by colleagues after impassioned speech during first Dáil sitting since referendum

‘I won’t be supporting the legislation as my position remains the same, as a pro-life TD who is strongly opposed to abortion,’ said Sinn Féin Offaly TD Carol Nolan. Photograph: Tom Honan

Party says her decision will be a matter for its ard comhairle when the Dáil vote takes place

Referendum ballot paper: Nationally, there were 6,042 spoiled votes out of the 2,159,655 cast, just 0.27 per cent of the total. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

More than 6,000 rejected for reasons such as no clear preference, no stamp and writing

Votes are counted at the RDS during the Abortion Referendum count. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Independent TD says personal stories during campaign were the main influence for voters

Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald. Photograph: Collins

Just 51.5% voted in a constituency regularly described as one of the most deprived

Under current law an Irish citizen is disqualified from voting in elections or referendums if they have lived outside the State for more than 18 months: Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

‘I should be entitled to shape the future of my country where I want to come back to’

A voter arrives at St Patrick’s Boys National School polling station in Drumcondra, Dublin, as voting in  the referendum on the Eighth Amendment proceeds. Photograph: Barry Cronin/AFP/Getty Images

Removal of religious symbols a matter for returning officers – local government official

U2’s concert at  Croke Park had given rise to “particular criticism about secondary ticket sales”.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Róisín Shortall claims Government ‘is not going to do anything’ to tackle issue

Fears have been expressed that spiralling legal costs could lead to the breast cancer screening programme being closed down. File photograph: Getty Images

Programme has saved lives, is performing well and will continue to do so, says Coveney

Tánaiste Simon Coveney urged undecided men to think about someone close to them who could be affected.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Coveney appeals to undecided men to vote Yes to repeal the Eight Amendment

Tánaiste Simon Coveney confirmed  the BreastCheck screening programme received 15 solicitors’ letters and was concerned about the impact of legal action. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Tánaiste moves to reassure women, saying, ‘BreastCheck has saved lives’

Leo Varadkar: if ‘we may need to make an exception’ and reinstate a guillotine to time-limit debate of a new road safety Bill. Photograph: Collins

Dáil ‘guillotine’ may be used amid criticism of filibustering tactics used by group of rural deputies

Prof Ian Frazer, a co-creator of the HPV vaccine, says it protects against nine strains of virus which are together responsible for more than 95 per cent of cervical cancers. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Creator of HPV vaccine hopes crisis will encourage parents to have children immunised

Senator Rónán Mullen has been accused by Senator Grace O’Sullivan of insinuated he did not believe mental health was heath.  File photograph: Collins

Call for Rónán Mullen to explain remark that ’mental health not health’ in abortion debate

Data protection: the Bill has been passed as new rules come into force on May 25th through the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Legislation goes to President for signature; provisions set for review after three years

 In the Dáil on Tuesday, Tipperary TD Mattie McGrath claimed ‘the register is a mess and people have been put on and put on twice’.

Claim that French student unknowingly registered to vote ‘has been refuted’

Abortion referendum: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Health Minister Simon Harris canvassing nursing students in Dublin last week. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Taoiseach dismisses Ó Cuív claim that 14-year jail term can be cut without referendum

Eddie Downey’s comments on the referendum are his first major public intervention since he was forced to resign as IFA president in 2015. Photograph: David Sleator

‘Nobody makes the decision lightly to go to England or to order a pill across the internet’

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar claimed in Friday that more and more women were importing pills online because of the current abortion laws in Ireland. Photograph: Collins

Vicky Phelan tweets for Yes vote so women can ‘make the choice about our own care’

“I’m not going to apologise to a former stockbroker for the fact that I’m a barrister,” Jim O’Callaghan told Shane Ross. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/THE IRISH TIMES

‘I’m not going to apologise to a former stockbroker for the fact I’m a barrister,’ Jim O’Callaghan replies

Tánaiste Simon Coveney said his perspective on abortion had ‘changed on the basis of facts, as opposed to posters’. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

‘People desperate to win an argument may present facts in very emotive manner,’ says Tánaiste

Vicky Phelan and Stephen Teap arriving at Leinster House on Wednesday afternoon. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

No victims should be treated in way that adds to their trauma, Simon Coveney says

The Government favoured a digital age of consent of 13 and was supported by smaller parties and Independents. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Provision passed to make it illegal for companies to target children with online marketing

Paschal Donohoe, Minister for Public Exepnditure & Reform. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Minister for Finance tells Dáil he expects full employment ‘later in the year’

 Sinn Fein’s Pearse Doherty: said there were profound and serious questions in relation to the Department of Health. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘It is very important that the Government does not attempt to muzzle a key Oireachtas committee’, Dáil told

At least one patient advocate will be appointed to the nine-member HSE board when it is established, Minister for Health Simon Harris has said. File photograph: Aidan Crawley.

SF says mandatory open disclosure on patient safety incidents vital to changing health service culture

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: “I have made it very clear to my counterpart in the UK and to the other EU prime ministers that under no circumstances will there be a border. Full stop.” Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins

Tánaiste says negotiations under way for EU citizenship for NI citizens post-Brexit

Independents4Change TD Clare Daly said the programme for government provided a “suite of measures” that could “transform the situation”in the health service. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

TD claims no-fault compensation system should be introduced after cancer scandal

A Palestinian woman holding her national flag during clashes with Israeli forces near Gaza City. Photograph: Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images

Coveney should have told envoy to ‘pack his bags’ in wake of Gaza violence, says Doherty

Bill will ban first-time driving offenders for three months if caught with blood-alcohol of between 50mg/100ml and 80mg/100ml. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Filibustering TDs frustrate passage of proposal described by Minister as ‘life saving’

On March 28th Ulster and Ireland rugby players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding were cleared of raping a woman in Belfast in 2016.   Photographs: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Three main sports codes to be asked before Oireachtas in wake of Belfast rape trial

The HSE should supply  information  on where the 209   smear tests were analysed, Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said. File photograph: Getty Images

TD claims ‘most of botch up’ in the US as 10 legal cases relate to smear tests in America

Minister of State for Defence Paul Kehoe said People Before Profit TD Gino Kenny “would say I had blood on my hands” if personnel went on missions with inferior equipment. Photograph: Alan Betson

Drones described as ‘information-gathering asset with no offensive capability’ by Paul Kehoe

Green party leader Eamon Ryan said it was time to look at the ‘emergency, brace yourself, we are about to crash’ Brexit scenario. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Paschal Donohoe says much work done on many possible outcomes of UK leaving EU

There were heated exchanges and repeated interruptions with Leas Cheann Comhairle Pat ‘The Cope’ Gallagher suspending the House amid chaos over the controversial Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Rarely used rule invoked as Catherine Murphy criticises disrespect shown to House

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has defended his lack of contact with British prime minister Theresa May over the past six weeks. Photograph: Reuters/Yves Herman

‘We have each other’s mobile numbers,’ says Leo Varadkar

Google has banned all advertising in relation to the campaign on the Eighth Amendment. Photograph:  Reuters/Dado Ruvic

Varadkar criticises ‘extraordinarily inaccurate’ and ‘quite grotesque’ poster images

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: Mr Varadkar said if there was no transition period for the UK there would be a hard Brexit with negative consequences for the Irish economy. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas

Leo Varadkar warns absence of ‘backstop’ accord will mean no transition period for UK

From left, Mary Banotti. Avril Doyle, Nora Owen and Monica Barnes at the funeral Mass for the former Fine Gael minister of state for women’s affairs Nuala Fennell in 2009. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Ex-Fine Gael TD described as ‘progressive voice when that wasn’t always welcome’

Leo Varadkar: ‘It may be the case that more heads may roll in the future but it is important that it is the right heads’. Photograph: Bloomberg

Varadkar effectively rules out sacking Tony O’Brien as the HSE director general

Independents4Change TD Mick Wallace has raised the issue of Pobal’s charitable status a number of times in the Dáil. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

State agency received €13.5 million in fees from Government department in 2016 to disburse funds

Minister for Culture Josepha Madigan said the third Sunday in May was chosen to take account of other State commemorations in May including the Arbour Hill and Daniel O’Connell commemorations.

Formal State event to be held in a different location each year across the country

Eoghan Murphy: Amid heated exchanges the Minister said the 600 families and individuals were “not living in hotels, bed and breakfast accommodation, hubs or hostels”. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Murphy insists local authorities made error and families ‘never went into homelessness’

Public services card: Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty said new software would not use advanced facial mapping cameras for registration or replacement of the card.

‘We don’t collect biometric data. We collect and store photographs,’ Regina Doherty says

HSE director general Tony O’Brien with Minister for Health Simon Harris. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Sinn Féin demands accountability from director general before he walks ‘off into the sunset’

The legislation consolidates all previous Acts dealing with domestic violence.

Legislation enhances protections and creates criminal offence of psychological abuse

Leo Varadkar said he only bumped into Denis O’Brien in Davos. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Varadkar says decisions on media ownership should be ‘independent of politicians’

Danny Healy Rae: “I don’t know why I should be called a terrorist when I’m only representing the people of Kerry that elected me here, that elected myself and my brother in such a fashion.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Kerry TD tells Minister he will answer for calling rural TDs ‘road-traffic terrorists’

Social Democrats TD Catherine Murphy said patients are often forced down the legal route to get answers. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar says ‘we need to create a culture of truth in the health service’

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar confirmed in the Dáil that businessman Thomas Lynch, chairman of the US contraceptive manufacturer Evofem Biosciences which HSE director general Tony O’Brien has joined as a director, had organised a fundraiser. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Taoiseach: ‘I know Thomas Lynch. He’d be well known to lots of people in business circles.’

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar speaking in the Dáil on Wednesday. Image: Oireachtas TV screengrab.

Varadkar asks for time to deal with CervicalCheck fallout as ‘we want to do the right thing’

Alan Kelly, Labour health spokesman:  said it was ‘deeply worrying’ that the National Cancer Control Programme did not consider the issue to be a patient-safety incident. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Not all cases notified to CervicalCheck subjected to screening history, Harris reveals

Jillian van Turnhout has been asked to provide  a clear assessment of the adequacy of Scouting Ireland’s governance arrangements. File photograph: The Irish Times

Minister says she will restore funding when assured governance at required standard

Minister for Health Simon Harris was advised that publicity around Vicky Phelan’s High Court case was likely. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Harris tells Dáil many smear tests not included in sample which revealed 208 false negatives

HSE director-general Tony O’Brien. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Varadkar says HSE chief is entitled to fair hearing over cervical cancer controversy

Master of the National Maternity Hospital Rhona Mahony said the difficulty for everyone in a court case was that “you’re pitting doctors against their patients”.

Master of maternity hospital says 65% of €1.6 billion liability was for obstetrics cases

Venison: demand is seasonal with the greatest concentration of retail shelf space dedicated to game in the winter/ Christmas period, according to the Minister for Agriculture. Photograph: Frank Miller/	THE IRISH TIMES

Niche market ‘seasonal’ as number of deer farms drops from 500 to ‘a small number’

A file image of a sulky rider with a pony at the Ballinasloe Horse Fair. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh.

Initiative follows rise in number of collisions and death of boy (12) in Dublin incident

A  file image of  children being served rice at a makeshift relief camp  in Janakinagar, India following flooding.  The Government is to ask the public for its views on how the State spends taxpayers’ money overseas. Photograph: Manish Swarup/AP.

Simon Coveney says spending to combat world hunger ‘rooted in our own experiences’

 Fine Gael TD  Jim Daly said “2,000 positions have been approved and funded but the people with the necessary skillset are not out there”. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Mattie McGrath claims €10m spent on psychological services but €400m on medication

Vicky and Jim Phelan from Annacotty, Co Limerick, pictured leaving the Four Courts. The Tánaiste has apologised for a delay in informing Ms Phelan of cervical cancer diagnosis. Photograph: Collins Courts.

Minister for Health orders review of Cervical Check screening programme

European Commissioner Phil Hogan: ‘We must be on our guard.’ File photograph: Eric Vidal/Reuters

EU Commissioner tells Seanad Brexit irreversible and Britian must ‘soften’ its stance

Minister of State for Housing Damian English had asked the Opposition not to call a vote on the Planning and Development (Amendment) Bill. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Government forced to call walk-through vote after its Senators abstain on charge

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