Charlie Flanagan introduced legislation to allow a referendum take place on the issue on October 26th. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Charlie Flanagan says it shows Ireland values free speech and embraces multiculturalism

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said pay restoration for section 39 staff was not a straightforward issue “but it is one we want to resolve”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Pay rise in January would be backdated to October under proposals put to unions

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker. Photograph: François Lenoir/Reuters

Taoiseach dismisses claims Brexit support dependent on corporate tax reform

Leo Varadkar will use the opportunity to raise other concerns about democracy and human rights in the Palestinian territories. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Ireland should raise human rights violations in Palestinian, Hamas-controlled areas, says Varadkar

The Public Health (Alcohol) Bill includes measures on segregating alcohol sales in shops and placing health warnings on labels. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Varadkar hopes legislation, pulled from Dáil schedule on Tuesday, will be dealt with this week

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar addresses the Dáil on Tuesday.  Image: Oireachtas TV

Taoiseach also says no plan in place to ban photos or videos being taken of garda members

  Fianna Fáil health spokesman Stephen Donnelly submitted the amendment “solely with the intention of protecting the implementation of the Bill and recognising the role of the Irish language”. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Donnelly claims not having health warnings in Irish opens route to legal challenge

Boris Johnson: “This version of the Irish backstop is little short of an attempt to annex Northern Ireland.” File photograph: EPA

Former Tory minister claims protocol used to coerce UK into ‘vassal state of Brussels’

Thirteen Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and Independent TDs have submitted amendments including removing a previously agreed amendment to require all alcohol products to display warnings linking alcohol to cancer, and similar warnings in pubs and restaurants.

Harris plan to pass Bill three years in the making, under pressure

The new Bill’s proposals have drawn international attention Photograph: Getty

Ireland might be the first country to put cancer warnings on all alcohol products

Cloverhill and Wheatfield prisons, Clondalkin, Dublin. The Minister for Justice says prison governors must by law accept all prisoners into their custody who have been committed by the courts. Photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins

Eight of the inmates had no prison-cell bed in April, 21 in May and 15 in June

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan: unhappy with how poor box system is being administered and believes it has “no longer a fit place in justice administration”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Flanagan brings in legislation to replace box with community sanctions and probation

 Mary McAleese at the Gaze LGBTQ film festival with her husband Martin McAleese, their son Jason and Gaze director Sarah Williams. Photograph: James Forde

Former president hopeful pontiff will change church doctrine on homosexuality

Social Democrats TD Catherine Murphy said affordability could not be achieved “until we get over the nub of the problems which is the cost of building land and the State has significant land banks”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

TD expresses concern that builders factoring help-to-buy scheme into ‘inflationary’ price

A prolific writer, Matthew Sweeney had published numerous collections of poetry, including Inquisition Lane (2015) and Horse Music (2013).

‘One of the finest poets of his generation, a craftsman of the highest achievement’

Vicky Phelan at Government buildings on Monday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Background: New inquiry examining outsourcing of services to labs in United States

Minister for Children and Katherine Zappone. Proposals to pay grandparents who help with childcare do  not fall within the Minister’s remit, a spokesman said. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Katherine Zappone ‘focused’ on increased childcare investment in budget

Amnesty International Ireland executive director Colm O’Gorman said the agency’s primary concern was with the law and the “vague wording” and “overly broad application of the Electoral Act”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Calls for definition of ‘political purposes’ to be clarified in law following court ruling

Amnesty International Ireland - headed by executive director Colm O’Gorman - previously described Sipo’s demand that it return the money as ‘unreasonable and unjust’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Department of Local Government to act on watchdog’s call for electoral commission

Ryanair said on Thursday that it has cancelled 20 of 300 flights scheduled for Friday August 3rd as a result of the strike. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Taoiseach ‘concerned’ about impact on holidaymakers as fourth pilots’ strike to go ahead

Italian prime minister  Giuseppe Conte and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Chigi Palace in Rome on Thursday. Photograph: EPA

Varadkar renews offer to Italian PM to take 600 migrants once security clearance agreed

It is the second time in a fortnight that the Defence Forces have engaged in such a cross-Border operation. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Before this summer Air Corps had never engaged in such a cross-Border operation

Sipo warns unregulated nature of social media campaigns allows “foreign actors to influence Irish elections and referendums with potentially significant consequences”. Photograph: iStock

No spending limits or regulations in place, warns watchdog

The Cabinet this week approved the introduction of legislation to ban the resale of tickets at multiples of their face value, for events at designated venues which hold 1,000 or more people. Photograph: iStock

Cabinet approves legislation to ban the resale of tickets at multiples of their face value

Shane Ross: ‘It got through the Dáil. It will get through the Senate in the early stage in the new session and become law fairly shortly.’ File photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister confident Stepaside will reopen on 24 hour basis; says he will run in next general election

 L-R:  Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Brendan Griffin, Charlie Moore, 9, (pink)  and Minister for Sport Shane Ross at launch of  the National Sports Policy. Photograph: Maxwells

Charlie Moore wants to see more girls play sport in effort to promote good mental health

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross in a canoe being launched by Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Brendan Griffin at launch of the National Sports Policy. Also pictured are Angel O’Toole and Evan Brazil, both 11.

Ross hopeful GAA, Liam Miller tribute match organisers will reach agreement on venue

The working group will consider if one licence fee for up to 50 rooms is appropriate. File photograph: Getty Images

Licence fee collection to be reviewed in wake of evasion costs running at €40m annually

Crowds attending the Dublin Pride Parade last year. Last month the State marked the 25th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality with a reception in Dublin Castle attended by 700 people. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Searches of Garda Pulse records indicate 150 cases at issue and require further examination

The 180 passengers on the aircraft were told a second flight following just minutes behind also had to abandon its landing. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Passengers from London Heathrow told wind conditions ‘unstable’ on approach

Constance Markievicz: like all Sinn Féin MPs she was elected on an abstentionist platform

Vótáil 100 committee travels to present portrait of revolutionary to House of Commons

‘There are many types of family today that I recognise as families, which unfortunately Bunreacht na hÉireann does not,’ Minister for Health Simon Harris told the Seanad on Tuesday. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Harris: ’Men loving men,women loving women no less a family than mine’

The Bill provides for the extension of an automatic three months driving ban to first time drink driving offenders caught with between 50 mg and 80 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood. Photograph: John Giles/PA

Upper House takes just two hours in total on legislation after weeks of filibustering in Dáil

Scotland is “in the ridiculous situation where there is a requirement to state the ingredients on alcohol-free beer but not on alcohol itself”. Photograph: iStock

Scotland ‘happy’ Ireland to fore in campaign to be first in EU to have such labels

A 2 per cent levy is to be added to insurance policies to provide funds for use in the event of insurance company collapses.

Dáil passes Bill aiming to deal with outstanding claims from Setanta Insurance collapse

Micheál Martin: “It is nothing less than sectarian thuggery.”

Tánaiste warns absence of Executive and defence of status quo ‘not a safe strategy’

Sinn Féin Senator Fintan Warfield said the State ranks just 15th out of 49 countries on a European ‘rainbow map’ because hate crime legislation to protect LGBTI people continues to be conspicuous by its absence. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Minister says ’other countries with hate crime law have major problems - we do not’

Irish Water is to introduce the restrictions in the greater Dublin area from midnight to 5 am on Monday, July 16th.

Eoghan Murphy calls on TDs not to blame Irish Water as drought conditions continue

Tánaiste Simon Coveney. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil deputy leader Dara Calleary criticised the Government’s progress report

The Government will use a guillotine for the first time since it came into office to pass legislation to deal with the fallout from the collapse of Setanta Insurance group in 2014.

Deadline of one hour set for Bill to resolve cases linked to collapse of Setanta Insurance

A number of children and young adults who received the vaccine ‘have experienced life altering illnesses’. Photograph: David Cheskin/PA Wire

Number of people who received swine flu vaccine take legal action alleging narcolepsy

Minister for Health Simon Harris said same sex couples will be allowed to retrospectively register both their names on their child’s birth certificate and passport. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Bill to fix drafting errors in 2015 Act will also ban anonymous sperm, egg donations

 Mona Abdulmagid from Gaza  at a gathering of  people outside Leinster House to show support for the Occupied Territories Bill

Palestinian representatives applaud in visitor’s gallery as vote carried

Aidan O’Driscoll, the new Secretary General in the Department of Justice

Leo Varadkar says gardaí may have to do anti-social rosters as crime figures rise again

Paschal Donohoe (left): The shock would likely lead to market volatility, further sterling depreciation and disruption to trade with the UK

Paschal Donohoe says Ireland would face 4 per cent drop in GDP from ‘cliff edge’ Brexit

The Taoiseach said there was a target of 28 days to provide medical records. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Women must be asked for their consent and will be briefed individually, Dáil is told

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Varadkar asked about poll on deletion of role in the home article from Constitution

Minority faiths will still be allowed to prioritise members of their religion in order to protect their ethos in cases where they are over-subscribed. Photograph: The Irish Times

‘Baptism barrier’ to be lifted from September 2019 affecting over-subscribed schools

The Road Traffic Bill makes  it an offence for the owner of a vehicle to allow a learner driver to use the vehicle unaccompanied.

FF Senator says learner driver rule will have very different effect in Kerry compared to Dublin

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan is unhappy with the way the poor box system is being used in the courts. Photograph: Collins

Minister for Justice is unhappy with how poorbox is being used. ‘I intend to reform it’

Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty is expected to bring the review to Cabinet on Tuesday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Minister expected to bring report to Cabinet this week with proposals for new legislation

Prof Ian Frazer to receive an honorary fellowship from the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland for his work. Photograph:  Matt Kavanagh

Creator of vaccine that ended cervical cancer in Australia to receive award in Ireland

Tánaiste Simon Coveney: I don’t think Britain will get everything it’s asking for.

Plans pick and choose but UK has ‘softened red lines’ and EU will show some flexibility

A file image showing Cavachon puppies rescued from a car at Dublin Port. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Measures include unannounced inspections, and banning use of portable cages as kennels

Leo Lieghio, Collette Griffin, Margaret Kavanagh, and Julie Patten, all of whom lost a child in road traffic incidents.

Filibustering and attempts to delay the legislation by some rural TDs left a bitter taste

Minister of State Damian English: said the powers would not be abused. Photograph: Alan Betson

TD links provision to approval for Russian embassy to significantly expand its premises

Independent Kerry TDs Michael and Danny Healy-Rae , strongly oppose the stricter drink-driving laws. File photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Ceann Comhairle says tactics bringing Dáil into ‘disrepute’ as debate exceeded 30 hours

Opposition TDs rejected a claim by Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan of a contradiction in their views on two Bills dealing with alcohol as legislation  aimed at helping craft breweries was approved in the Dáil.

Minister for Justice notes ‘contradictions’ on Opposition benches over alcohol legislation

A group of abuse victims pictured outside the Dáil on Wednesday to mark a motion  on reforms to a State abuse redress scheme. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

TDs back Fianna Fáil motion on reforming system for victims of primary school abuse

 Fianna Fáil justice spokesperson Jim O’Callaghan outside Leinster House. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Fianna Fáil Deputy says such a move is necessary to secure a Security Council seat

The controversial Bill has been championed by Minister for Transport Shane Ross. Photograph: Alan Betson

European body warns of need to ‘limit potential risks of improper influence’

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Fine Gael Senator describes legislation as an ‘insult to legal profession’

Sinn Féin education spokeswoman Kathleen Funchion told the Dáil she raised the issue of repeat Leaving Cert exams following a request from a person with cystic fibrosis who ‘cannot physically do two or three exams in one day’. File photograph: Alan Betson

Bruton tells SF TD repeats not possible within existing exams model

Bríd Smith the appointment of Drew Harris is like sticking a knife in the backs of some relatives of victims of violence in the North.

TD claims Drew Harris may be ‘arrested’ over failure to hand over Glennane gang files

Micheál Martin accused Taoiseach Leo  Varadkar of ‘failure to deliver’ on repeated housing announcements. File photograph: Collins

Martin accuses Varadkar of not caring enough; Taoiseach blames FF for crisis

Michaél Martin told the Dáil  the ‘really concerning aspect’ of Leo Varadkar’s comments in New York were that he was ‘in sympathy with President Trump in terms of the media’. File photograph: Collins

Micheál Martin raises Varadkar’s criticism of journalists at New York

Taoiseach  Leo Varadkar speaking  in Brussels last month. Photograph: Virginia Mayo/AP

Varadkar says media important but not above criticism

Large brewing companies in Ireland are engaging in anti-competitive practices, Alan Kelly claimed

Free kegs, event cash and refurbishment payment for pubs are used by major brewers, Labour’s Alan Kelly claims

Michael McDowell on Shane Ross (above): “It arises from his dissatisfaction with the way a particular case that he was involved in as a plaintiff was decided. I won’t go further into it. I know the details and I know what we are dealing with here.”  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Minister’s stance ‘arises from dissatisfaction with way a case he was involved in... was decided’

Seanad leader Fine Gael Senator Jerry Buttimer said he would accept the Bill initiated by Senator Collette Kelleher. File photograph: Eric Luke

Kelleher says legislation will help make schools more welcoming to Travellers

Green party leader Eamon Ryan said Ireland’s reputation on environmental issues ‘is in the doghouse’ and added ‘I am sorry for insulting dogs’. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Green Party leader says Ministers must stop playing election games and stay another year to deal with climate change

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe acknowledged there is ‘a lot of progress to make’ to address the disparity between men and women in the most senior positions. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Maternity leave a ‘sliver of entire working life’ and should not be penalised - Donohoe

Labour finance spokeswoman Joan Burton said there was a need for a standing commission on taxation to deal with tax loopholes and other controversies. File photograph: Bloomberg

Burton drafts Bill to establish tax commission to rehabilitate State’s ’last chance saloon’ on tax justice

Mary Lou McDonald paraphrased the Oscar Wilde quote that the only thing worse than ‘people talking about you is people not talking about you’. File photograph: Alan Betson

Tit-for-tat exchanges as Tánaiste appeals for same community activism on water as during snow

Simon Coveney said people who came to Ireland illegally did so either to claim asylum or because they were economic migrants. Photograph:  Stephen Collins /Collins Photos

McGrath: ‘We should protect our own families’ as immigrants attempt illegal entry’

Simon Coveney:   said there was a “huge responsibility” on the Law society  to deal with  claims harvesting if it was increasing the high cost of insurance.   Photograph:  Collins

Government will change how solicitors regulated if claims touting websites not acted on

 Louise O’Reilly:  called on the Minister to instruct officials to stop managed waiting lists “in an aggressive way”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Number down by over 100 since September but Sinn Féin say some of those 88 waiting more than three years

 Sinn Féin deputy leader Pearse Doherty: said the backstop was the State’s insurance policy. Photograph:  Gareth Chane/Collins

Simon Coveney insists backstop agreement is ‘cast iron’ - no withdrawal treaty without it

The Bill requires all mobile phones to be labelled and handed in at the start of the school day and returned at day’s end. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

Minister says that Independent’s legislation ‘smacks of top-down approach’

Pope Francis waves to the faithful as he arrives to lead the weekly general audience in St Peter’s Square, Vatican City, on Wednesday. Photograph: Ettore Ferrari/EPA

Pope Francis visit expected to cost ‘more than €10 million but less than €20 million’

An additional 220 temporary staff have been employed to deal with the surge in demand for passports. Photograph: Alan Betson.

TDs should not to turn their offices into ‘passport processing’ centres - Tánaiste

 Solidarity TD Ruth Coppinger  said the court fine imposed on Deputy Michael Lowry was ‘one law for the rich and another for the poor’. File photograph: Eric Luke

Ruth Coppinger criticises judge for ‘pat on the back’ for Michael Lowry

 Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald outside Leinster House, Dublin. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Taoiseach says the Sinn Féin leader is ‘almost trying to undermine Drew Harris’

Tánaiste and  Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney. File Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Two countries can continue to ‘make arrangement between themselves’ after Brexit

Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Government departments to share data in automated income assessment process

People Before Profit TD  Richard Boyd Barrett: the department “is buying new Casa airplanes, but I understand there are only three Casa pilots, some of whom may even leave”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fisheries patrol vessels do not have sufficient staff to board suspect ships, Dáil hears

Minister for Transport Shane Ross:  “least decisive in his own portfolio”, claims Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Micheál Martin’s criticism of Shane Ross rejected by Taoiseach

The Health Service Executive was set to exceed its budget yet again this year and had been spending more than the OECD average for the past 20 years, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said.

Taoiseach says Ireland spends more on health than most other countries in world

A Dublin polling station: Photograph: Julien Behal/PA

Training of polling station staff part of major review of abortion referendum

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: ‘It’s not my job to help Mrs May’. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Taoiseach says UK prime minister must resolve difficulties in her government

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone: “Living in Ireland during criminalisation, as a lesbian, was stressful; it was difficult.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Gathering at Dublin Castle celebrates 25th anniversary of decriminalisation

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

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