Stormont talks: Simon Coveney said Micheál Martin “doesn’t understand what is going on ”. Photograph: PA

Tánaiste Simon Coveney and FF leader Micheál Martin clash on Stormont strategy

Kerry TD John Brassil suggested that the drinks industry should have to pay for HSE and Government advertising showing the harmful effects of alcohol. File photograph: Johnny Green/PA Wire

Fianna Fáil TD John Brassil says drinks should carry general health warning labels

An x-ray taken of a person with scoliosis. Tallaght Hospital has been accused in the Dáil of engaging in an ‘arse covering exercise’ by confirming surgery for a scoliosis patient only after being contacted by the Minister for Health. Image: iStock.

TD hits out at surgeon who twice cancelled woman’s surgery but failed to speak to her

The Tánaiste Simon Coveney  expressed the hope that the talks could be brought around again and  said there were positives in the statement of DUP leader Arlene Foster. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Simon Coveney says there are positives from Arlene Foster’s statement

 Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection Regina Doherty: the Bill will “genuinely help those employed in precarious situations”.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

‘Precarious contracts’ give employers ‘power to control and manipulate their workforce’

Leo Varadkar: he said “the sad thing about this is the extent to which politicians from the Opposition have wrapped themselves in process and procedure”

Varadkar claims SF and Labour engaging in ‘opposition for opposition’s sake’

A consultation paper had been published on the proposed security measures and incident reporting guidelines that operators of essential services would have to meet.

State has ‘responsibility’ to deal with attacks given large number of technology companies

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin raised the issue of Versatis pain relief patches and said ‘it seems that the only patient advocacy service in the country is Liveline, courtesy of broadcaster Joe Duffy’.

Harris takes potshot at RTÉ’s ‘Liveline’ as he says hundreds of patients back on Versatis

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, British prime minister Theresa May and delegates from the British and Irish cabinets meet for talks at Stormont House. Photograph:  Kelvin Boyes

Varadkar leads all-male delegation of six as UK group includes three women

The largest number of students were from Italy followed by Spain and 78 per cent of students were from the EU and the European Economic Area. Photograph: Frank Miller

Report shows, per head of population, Ireland is ahead of UK, US, Canada and Australia

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney: “The abolition of the death penalty is one of Ireland’s international priorities.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister says State condemns use of death penalty ‘in all circumstances’

Dublin North West TD Noel Rock has claimed  minimum unit pricing, a bid to prevent low cost sales of alcohol, was based on “middle class guilt with working class consequences”. File photograph: PA

WHO lists alcohol as most serious carcinogen - ’similar to tobacco, arsenic, asbestos’

Pearse Doherty:  Sinn Féin’s finance spokesman said the banks were still fighting “tooth and nail” against tracker mortgage holders despite their comments to the Oireachtas Finance Committee and letters of apology. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Bill to be introduced to make it a crime for bankers to lie to Central Bank

Enet has not yet discussed a price for the contract regarding the rural broadband programme with the Government. File photograph: iStockPhoto

Dáil votes for Fianna Fail motion by 77 votes to 48 seeking review of rural broadband plan

There was a clear 77 to 48 majority by opposition TDs to accept the Fianna Fáil proposal to review the National Broadband Plan procurement process and consider advancing the rollout of broadband through State ownership

Government not obliged to act on vote, roll out with Enet to continue

Cher replied: “#HellToTheYeah” and retweeted the call to action to her more than 3.5 million followers.

Bill to ban issuing of exploration licences voted on by the Dáil on Thursday

Former British prime minister Tony Blair and EU parliament Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier; were among those Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (pictured) had informal meetings with at Davos.   Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins.

Leo Varadkar tells Dáil of informal discussion with businessman

Michael Collins has said the Government ‘keeps attacking the drinks industry’ yet the Dáil keeps its own two bars open. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Independent says Coalition’s attempts to tackle harmful drinking must ‘start at home’

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said he echoed the comments of Labour leader Brendan Howlin on the violent feud which has resulted in the deaths of 14 people in the past two years. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Taoiseach questioned by Labour leader about inner city regeneration plan

Michael and Danny Healy Rae on the plinth at Leinster House. File photograph: Alan Betson

Kerry TDs and FF TD Marc MacSharry in shouting match over whose turn to speak

 Garda management ‘is adamant that all unlawful killings are investigated’, Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan said. File photograph: Getty Images

Garda liaison officers have contacted families of 12 dead whose records reclassified

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has warned  the Government does not want any further amendment to the proposed legislation. Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

Drinks industry calls on TDs to oppose health warnings and advertising restrictions

Malak Thawley (34) was expecting her first baby at the time of her death at Holles Street on May 8th 2016.

If Holles Street has ‘nothing to hide’ it should welcome inquiry into Malak Thawley’s death - Varadkar

Tánaiste Simon Coveney  insisted he will campaign for a Yes vote to repeal and replace the Eighth Amendment.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Tánaiste criticised by colleagues for not supporting 12-week proposal

The proposed legislation on alcohol provides for a broadcasting watershed, which means no alcohol advertising can be aired before 9pm. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

The Dáil is set to debate the controversial proposed legislation on Tuesday

Dr Eoin O’Dell, associate professor of law at Trinity College Dublin. Photograph by Cyril Byrne

Current legislation will remain in place until or unless an amending Bill is enacted

A spokesman for the Tánaiste said on Sunday however that he was “united with the Cabinet in deciding on a repeal and replace referendum”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Coveney says referendum is once in a generation chance and a ‘no result will mean nothing can change’

Minister for Education Richard Bruton said  he would be encouraging teachers, the majority of whom retired before the age of 60, to return to teaching. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill.

Minister for Education says 75% of pay difference for new teachers has been restored

Sinn Féin TD Imelda Munster: said the Cabinet had ignored the CIÉ pensions deficit for the past eight years. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Government accused of turning ‘blind eye’ to CIÉ’s handling of pension fund obligations

Independent TD Maureen O’Sullivan: ‘With all this discussion about moveable borders and flexible borders you wonder about how the whole tracking of guns, money and drugs is going to be monitored.’ File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Number of murders in inner city Dublin would not be tolerated in ‘leafy suburbs’

Katherine Zappone: she said the Department of Children and the scheme administrator would “have adequate powers to ensure that public funds are being used efficiently, and to take action where public funds are misused”

Zappone says legislation will be important in raising standards of care

Leo Varadkar:  he confirmed that if the talks failed the Government would seek the “implementation of the Good Friday agreement in the absence of those institutions”

Varadkar says if negotiations collapse there may be no restoration of institutions ‘for years’

Mr Ó Broin said he would strongly recommend that the Minister  considers “making it a criminal offence for online platforms to advertise properties which clearly breach regulations”

Ó Broin says he emailed council list of advertised properties ‘clearly not of an acceptable standard’

Labour TD  Chair Alan Kelly said the department’s refusal to attend the hearing was unacceptable. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Department criticised for not attending committee hearing on health workers’ pay restoration

Mick Wallace asked in the Dáil “does pre-paying a multinational company millions of euro on a contract nine years out of date with staff who do not even clock in properly sound like value for money”.

TD highlights concerns An Garda paid consultancy firm Accenture before work done

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: “I was 75 minutes this morning. It was particularly bad this morning.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Leo Varadkar says Dublin traffic chaos not linked to Luas but the booming economy

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with Minister for Health Simon Harris and Minister for Children Katherine Zappone announcing  the referendum on abortion laws, on Monday. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Leo Varadkar affirms commitment to poll by end of May ‘with co-operation of the House’

In 2017 an estimated 200,000 people visited the Hill of Tara in Co Meath. Photograph: Getty Images

Minister confirms conservation plan for site amid concerns over the number of visitors

 TD Clare Daly said   footage was being posted of “grown men forcing animals out of burrows while they watch and record dogs viciously mauling them apart in the name of sport”. Photograph: Getty Images

TD warns criminal elements involved in ’seriously sick’ activity

New figures show that of 77,419 applications to the Road Safety Authority for driving tests 39,162 are waiting to be given a date for their test. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Sinn Féin TD calls on RSA to explain ‘ineffectiveness’ in recruiting new testers

Banks will not accept foreign revenue documents from customers who had lived in Canada, the United States and other countries the Dáil has heard. Photograph: Getty

TD says people coming home to Ireland face problems getting insurance and mortgages

Simon Coveney: he said the Government had made it clear that with the lower Vat rate on hotel accommodation “we expect that the industry will pass that benefit on to customers and consumers”

Coveney says Minister will investigate issue for everyone, with ‘no special treatment’ for TDs

The Dáil heard that the abortion argument has been a particularly Irish trauma for decades. Photographs: The Irish Times

Cowen: Decision to support termination up to 12 weeks ‘agonising and difficult’

Independent TD Maureen O’Sullivan said moves to push the Intoxicating Liquor (Amendment) Bill were “strange when there are so many aspects  relating to alcohol that we should be talking about”. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Legislation passes in Dáil sweeping away restrictions largely untouched since 1922

Tánaiste Simon Coveney said that while the supply of housing was still not enough, it was increasing steadily. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Simon Coveney says 600 homes for sale in Dublin this week for under €250,000

Minister of State for Disability Issues Finian McGrath:  speaking as the father of a child with Down Syndrome, he said people with the condition should not be used as an argument from either side of the debate.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

People with condition ‘listen to radio, watch TD and read media’ so respect is crucial

Solidarity TD Paul Murphy warned that the Government risked opening a “hornet’s nest” if it did not go with a repeal simpliciter question on the Eighth Amendment and “potentially could cause a significant and completely unnecessary delay”. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Government risks ‘hornet’s nest’ if it does not go with repeal simpliciter option – Paul Murphy

“Sometimes people go abroad and earn money. Others get money from their parents. Lots of us did,” Taoiseach Leo Varadkar told the Dáil on Tuesday

Varadkar dismisses suggestions he got help from parents to pay deposit

Pope Francis is scheduled to visit Dublin in August for the World Meeting of Families. Photograph:  Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis will visit Dublin in August for the World Meeting of Families

Mattie McGrath: Independent TD Mattie McGrath called the quorum which requires 10 Deputies to be present.   Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

McGrath condemns lack of attendance as disgraceful in debate called for 10pm

Church of Scientology and Community Centre in Firhouse Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Taoiseach says Ireland ‘a free country which guarantees free association’

“Others get money through other loans. Sometimes people stay at home for a period and raise a deposit in that way”

Howlin says it is ‘hopeless task’ for people paying exorbitant rents to raise €20,000 deposit

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has not yet publicly revealed his own view on the referendum and proposals to repeal the Eighth Amendment on abortion, which guarantees the equal right to life of the mother and the unborn child. File photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Catholic Church opposes repeal, Protestant groupings ‘more nuanced’ but not supportive

Nassau Street bombing aftmath in Dublin, 1974. Three bombs exploded in Dublin and one in Monaghan in May, killing 33 people and injuring almost 300. Photograph: Pat Langan/The Irish Times

Coveney pledges to pursue British government on papers relating to murderous attacks

Patricia Callan, director of the ABFI: ‘This is a booming sector, which supports over 200,000 jobs.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Register shows 11 Ministers, 15 TDs and 21 Senators were lobbied about the legislation

Social Democrats Róisín Shortall TD: consultants found that across Europe there was generally a minimum of three months’ notice to quit. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Residential Tenancies (Amendment) Bill will give tenants access to previous rent level

The pit in the cave which contained human remains after the excavation. Photograph: Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

‘When the radiocarbon dates came through it was very exciting’ - archaeologist

Sinn Féin health spokeswoman Louise O’Reilly. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

SF health spokeswoman says ‘oversight’ has impact on donors not in formal employment

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin speaking in the Dáil during a debate on the report of the committee on the Eighth Amendment.

‘Nothing we say or do here could make Ireland a country without abortion’ - FF leader

A Dáil debate on the findings of the Oireachtas committee on the Eighth Amendment has concluded.

Minister of State opposes ‘purposeful destruction’ of a viable pregnancy

 Minister for Transport Shane Ross who voted in error against his own Road Traffic Bill. Photograph: Collins

After FF abstains, Bill to impose mandatory ban for drink driving goes to next stage

Recommendation to be made by month’s end on need for provision to replace article in Constitution

New traffic measures include increased penalties for speeding, mobile phone use, non-wearing of seat belts and carrying unrestrained children.

Shane Ross insists legislation is about ’one thing only and that is saving lives’

A pro-choice rally organised by Strike4Repeal  outside the Dáil on Wednesday. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Calls for all information to be accurate as TDs differ on foetal disability

Social Democrats TD Róisín Shortall proposes that tenants in rental accommodation for less than a year should have at least 90 days’ termination notice. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Róisín Shortall says new tenants should know how much rent predecessors paid

Simon Harris  said that if it was the “sad reality that we have been exporting this issue, are we now accepting that women must import their own solutions”. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister for Health: 3,265 women from every county had travelled abroad for abortions last year

 Mick Wallace at Leinster House. File photograph: Eric Luke

Wallace asks why non-profit group Pobal has charity status

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: wants  a commission to start inquiry into the handling of complaints in the 1980s against Bill Kenneally by various State agencies. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Taoiseach keen for commission to start inquiry into jailed former basketball coach

Dolores O’Riordan who died suddenly in London was 46 years old. Niall Carson/PA

Taoiseach leads Dáil tributes to trailblazer whose music is appreciated worldwide

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: “Only people who should provide addiction services are those who are appropriately qualified and licensed to do so.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Varadkar says Catholic Church offers programme as FF condemns Scientology rehab

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar told the Dáil: “I am committed to having a referendum in May or June if possible.”

Government concerned legislation could be deemed unconstitutional due to other rights

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar takes Leaders’ Questions as the Dáil returns after its Christmas break

Abortion referndum, Brexit negotiations, trolley crisis to dominate this political term

Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring who will answer parliamentary questions for the first time on Tuesday following his appointment seven months ago. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister for Rural and Community Development to answer first questions on his portfolio

Dáil Éireann: One senior Government TD believes that in the current arrangement “the Government has conceded parliament to the Opposition”

There are 115 Bills clogging up in the Dáil, with the vast majority having no chance of being passed

Richard Boyd Barrett of People before Profit said: ‘We probably wouldn’t win it because military defence, common defence is somewhat ill-defined.’ File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

People Before Profit considered moving against EU structure but was advised against it

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: “I certainly see no reason why the agreement can’t be continued beyond the third budget.”

Leo Varadkar says confidence and supply agreement could run beyond third budget

Irish pounds, no longer legal tender, can still be exchanged for their equivalent in euro at the Central Bank’s headquarters on New Wapping Street, North Wall Quay in Dublin

Just €1.22m in total was redeemed in 2017, according to Central Bank data

Shopping spree: Revenue could take in between 9 and 23 per cent of the total spent on vouchers if the Government changed the law. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Five-year validity would stop retailers pocketing balances, says Catherine Murphy

The scene near Dún Laoghaire pier  where a young woman was assaulted. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Teenager refused bail as gardaí fear he may commit murder if released from custody

National Rehabilitation Hospital: Has rejected claims made in the Dáil as ’inaccurate’ and ’most unfair’

Sinn Féin TD claims patients using prosthetic limbs not supplied by hospital are refused treatment there

A compromise agreed after consultations in the past month will allow alcohol be displayed in three storage units or placed behind a barricade up to 1.5 metres high as part of provisions of the Bill. Photograph: Frank Miller

Manufacturers seek changes on labelling following concessions on legislation

Minister for Health Simon Harris described the Bill as “landmark legislation, the first ever piece of public health legislation on alcohol”. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill

Minister for Health insists new labelling rules will include alcohol sold at airports

Prosthetic legs in the prosthetic centre at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dún Laoghaire. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

TD claims hospital denying treatment to those who do get prosthetics elsewhere

Ruth Coppinger: she cited the success of the anti-water charges campaign, and said it had been organised totally through social media. Photograph: Getty Images

Defeat is embarrassing but there is no obligation on administration to process the Bill

Paschal Donohoe: “Much as I would like it to be, public transport cannot be the answer to connectivity for all parts of our country”

Green Party leader told to ‘hold your fire’ until national capital plan is published

Public Health (Alcohol) Bill will now include concessions for small traders. File photograph: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

Taoiseach pushes for Bill to be passed in Upper House by Christmas

Simon Coveney: he appealed to TDs to show leadership to the rest of the country on how the debate should be conducted

Simon Coveney calls for respectful debate as issue will ‘divide households’

The Government has rejected a  Bill that would make it a crime to use automated social media accounts or “bots” to manipulate online political debates. File photograph: Getty Images

Bill criminalising use of automated social media accounts to manipulate debates rejected

Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh and the Labour Party group of Senators have formed a new Seanad technical group. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Group set up so Labour Party four and ex-SF member could keep Seanad speaking rights

Then taoiseach Enda Kenny (right) with   US president Donald Trump  in Washington earlier this year. The Tánaiste has said an invitation to Mr Trump to visit Ireland still stand. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

Simon Coveney says that US president ‘will be facilitated’ if he chooses to come to State

Michel Barnier with Tánaiste Simon Coveney: leaked report highlighted sharp criticisms of London from other European Union states. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty

Document relayed strong criticisms of the UK’s performance in Brexit negotiations

 Leo Varadkar said a further €18m had been added to the budget for homelessness services next year to bring it to €118m. File photograph: David Ryder/Reuters

Varadkar defends record after Adams claims 300 children homeless since he became Taoiseach

File image of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar speaking in the Dáil. File photograph: Dáil/PA Wire

Taoiseach under fire for saying ‘no government will ever again leave North behind’

Castletown House and Demesne contains four occupied properties.

Social Democrat TD calls for the properties to be restored for holiday lets or long-term rental

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe (left), Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Transport Shane Ross remove the ribbon on the first Luas tram to use the new cross-city track. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Leo Varadkar a ‘big fan of light rail. Once built it requires no subvention whatsoever’

People in rural areas who collect their pension “might like to have a pint or two, but they are petrified to do so”, Independent TD Michael Collins said. File photograph: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

Move to ban anyone caught above limit has made people scared ‘even to drive to Mass’

Niall Collins: said ConnectIreland had written to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar claiming that the IDA’s behaviour “has laid waste to potentially thousands of new jobs and billions of euro of investment in Ireland”.

No sign of review of ConnectIreland initiative nearly nine months after promised, says FF

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Independent TD chides Minister for Housing for difficulty in getting ‘straight answer’

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy: he said 200 additional permanent emergency beds would be ready by mid-December. Photograph:  Cyril Byrne

Bríd Smith ‘ashamed’ of Ireland with the deaths of eight homeless people since August

Irish Army: soldiers on an anti-terrorism training exercise in Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Defence Forces

Constitutional challenge may be taken against Government plan

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