National Archives on Bishop Street: A lack of space means it relies on the Office of Public Works for temporary storage  for  documents when yearly releases are made. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Only 800 of 2,500 boxes of Government papers from 1989 to be made public in January

A Bingo protest outside the Dáil to call on the Government to reconsider gambling legislation.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

David Stanton says ‘people do not play bingo based solely on the prize level’

A bingo protest outside the Dáil against the Government’s proposed legislation. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

Change championed by Minister of State for Justice David Stanton overhauls legislation

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy: faces a no-confidence motion. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Inside Politics: Vote on Minister comes in wake of controversy surrounding Verona Murphy and Dara Murphy

Dara Murphy, then minister of State for Data Protection, in 2017.  File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Dáil committee seeking to investigate complaint unable to do so once FG TD resigns

Cork North Central TD Dara Murphy: his attendance at the Dáil on sitting days during 2018 and 2019 was the worst of any TD. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Fine Gael TD says many deputies have legal, medical, or farming interests outside the Dáil

Cork North Central TD Dara Murphy: his  attendance at the Dáil on sitting days during 2018 and 2019 was the worst of any TD. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

TD still claimed full salary of €94,500, as well as full allowance of €51,600 per annum

Dara Murphy has drawn his full TD’s salary of €94,500 plus parliamentary standard allowances totalling €51,600 per annum since taking up his job with the EPP in Brussels in September 2017. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Party wants to know if absent TD breached regulations by claiming allowances

Dara Murphy has been working for most of the last two years in Brussels as the campaign director for the European People’s Party (EPP). Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Barry Cowen criticises Leo Varadkar for saying Cork deputy was doing ‘extremely well’

Dara Murphy, TD for Cork North Central. As he is in what is known as ‘Band 8’ because of his Cork base, he is entitled to €51,600 annually in allowances, in addition to his €94,000 TD’s salary. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

TD expected to take up post in cabinet of Bulgarian EU commissioner in December

Dara Murphy: has had one of the worst attendance record of all TDs on Dáil sitting days over the past two years. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Cork TD expected to be appointed to cabinet of Bulgarian EU commissioner next month

PAC chair  Seán Fleming  said the cost of the printer had been borne by two bodies, the Oireachtas and the OPW.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

PAC to examine spending on device and €230,000 works to fit it into building

Fine Gael TD Dara Murphy: has been based largely in Brussels for the past two years, where he had a senior role with the European People’s Party. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The TD for North Cork Central will join team of new youth commissioner Mariya Gabriel

In relation to Tusla,the committee highlighted the fact that so many children in need of help were without a social worker. Photograph: iStock

Committee questions if Tusla contracts with private agencies ‘appropriately managed’

At present, a driver who breaks the speed limit is subject to a fine of €80 and three penalty points, irrespective of the speed they were doing. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Shane Ross’s plan will see higher sanctions imposed for those travelling at higher speeds

Minister for Transport: proposals will impose higher sanctions for higher speeds. Originally, he wanted anyone who travelled 30km/h above the speed limit to be prosecuted for dangerous driving. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Ross diluted proposals after resistance to 30km/h excess and licence-carrying aspects

European People’s Party members during the party’s summit in Zagreb, Croatia, on Thursday. Photograph: Damir Sencar/AFP via Getty Images

The issue is falling off the list of concerns for Fine Gael’s partners in European People’s Party

 Fine Gael election candidate Verona Murphy  meets Louise Hennessey while  canvassing in New Ross, Co Wexford. Photograph: Patrick Browne.

Wexford byelection candidate claimed terror group is a big part of immigrant population

The scene at Rosslare Europort in Co Wexford, after 16 people were found alive in the back of a truck on a ferry sailing from France. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Gardaí investigating how 16 men came to be in back of lorry on sailing from Cherbourg

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has expressed doubt that British prime minister Boris Johnson would  be able to successfully negotiate a comprehensive trade deal with the European Union within a year. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

Boris Johnson claims he will secure ‘Super Canada Plus’ agreement if he wins election

Leo Varadkar: ‘The case I always make is that we are in favour of migration.’

Taoiseach attempts to close off byelection row sparked by Verona Murphy comments

Maria Bailey has been in the spotlight following the negative publicity surrounding her decision to pursue, and later withdraw, a personal injuries claim over a fall from a swing in Dublin’s Dean Hotel. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

TD says she was not told that basis of decision relied on proposal from party leader

Fianna Fáil’s Lorraine Clifford-Lee meeting Anne O’Connor while canvassing in Portmarnock for the Dublin Fingal byelection. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Unpredictable time for Clifford-Lee due to Fianna Fáil’s general problem with transfers

 Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic (left) welcomes president of the European Council Donald Tusk (right), during his visit to the Croatian capital Zagreb, Croatia ahead of tThe European People’s Party (EPP) congress. Photograph: EPA/Antonio Bat

Angela Merkel among other figures at European People’s Party annual congress

Fine Gael candidate in Wexford Verona Murphy: made the extraordinary claim that Islamic State was ‘a big part of the migrant population’

Inside Politics: Fine Gael candidate in Wexford apologises over claim that Islamic State was ‘big part of the migrant population’

Independent TD Noel Grealish

TD accused of racism over remarks on Nigerian workers often supports Government in Dáil

Noel Grealish  told the Dáil that €3.54 billion in remittances has been sent from Ireland to Nigeria in the last eight years. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The World Bank says €3.54 billion went to Nigeria in 8 years but CSO says €136 million

Noel Grealish TD: asked if the Department of Finance or the Revenue Commissioners had mechanisms in place to ensure that some of the money sent to Nigeria  was “not the proceeds of crime and fraud”.  Photograph: Erik Luke

‘What immigrants do with their money none of his business’ – FF justice spokesman

Quinn Industrial Holdings offices in Derrylin in Co Fermanagh. File photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Garda representative bodies criticise Minister over policing comments

There are rumours Maria Bailey might run as an Independent if not selected. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Party’s national executive could strip TD of candidacy over ‘Swing-gate’ controversy

The three-year pilot scheme gave owners of old homes a grant worth 50 per cent of the cost to bring their houses up to an A3 rating. Photograph: iStock

Minister told agency responsible he was unhappy with how decision was reached

Quinn Industrial Holdings director Kevin Lunney. Photograph:  BBC Spotlight

Gardaí fear gang still have means to continue as Taoiseach seeks to reassure QIH directors

Quinn Industrial Holdings offices in Derrylin in Co Fermanagh. File photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Michael D’Arcy claims blame for slow response to threats lies with officers ‘on the ground’

Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin following his speech to the party conference in Mullingar, Co Westmeath. Photograph: Leah Farrell/RollingNews

Party leader criticises Taoiseach’s ‘ignorance or contempt for science’ on climate change

Labour’s Anne Waithira Burke said: ‘I believe it is high time our laws call out the internet and social media, [and] information technology in general’

Anne Waithira Burke tells session on direct provision of racial and sexist abuse

Brendan Howlin has grown into the position of leader, with some good scores on Brexit. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Many in party wary of re-entering government too quickly even if election goes well

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg:  the committee heard a call for him to be legally compelled to appear before the committee to answer questions about disinformation, fake news and micro-targeted political advertising. Photograph: Erin Scott/Reuters

Individual states urged to put a temporary ban on micro-targeted political advertising

Irleand's Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon

Practice raises GDPR issues, Helen Dixon tells Dublin hearing on disinformation

Carole Cadwalladr (front): ‘The contempt [Mark Zuckerberg] has shown to national representatives here is extraordinary.’ Photograph: David M Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Netflix

Carole Cadwalladr first disclosed Cambridge Analytica’s Facebook data harvesting in 2016

Facebook: Microtargeting of users allows advertisers to target tiny groups of people. File photograph: Loic Venance/AFP/Getty

Monika Bickert defends decision not to ban political ads in Dublin conference

The day-long session will be chaired by Fine Gael TD Hildegarde Naughton (above), who is a member of the international grand committee along with Eamon Ryan of the Green Party and James Lawless of Fianna Fáil. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Hearing in Seanad will examine hate speech, harmful content and electoral interference

The move comes a week after Twitter decided to ban all political advertising on its website. Photograph: iStock

Rules aim to prevent elections from being captured by a ‘narrow range of interests’

The late Gay Byrne: a giant of Irish life. Photograph: Eddie Kelly/The Irish Times

Inside Politics: The Late Late Show and influential radio show were anything but light entertainment

The latest time for receiving nominations will be 12pm on Monday, November 18th.

Polls to be held in Cork North Central, Dublin Fingal, Dublin Mid-West and Wexford

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection Regina Doherty: “I want to ensure that the pensioners of tomorrow don’t just have enough to live on but have a comfortable life in their retirement.”  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Private sector workers without pension to be enrolled more slowly over longer time frame

Committee chairwoman Hildegarde Naughton said: ‘I wish to announce that I have recused myself from the investigation of complaints.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

Hildegarde Naughton says she has voted for a colleague also in the chamber but ‘never’ for an absent TD

Leo Varadkar: the Taoiseach’s stated preference is for an election  in May 2020. FIle photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty

One Minister warns that ‘people of Ireland would prefer carol singers to canvassers’

Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty will ask Cabinet   to approve an auto-enrolment scheme for private pensions. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Employees would begin by contributing 1% of salary to the scheme, matched by employers

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and the Cabinet will be briefed by Tánaiste Simon Coveney on Wednesday on the implications of another dramatic Brexit week. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Pause in Brexit-related politics in Ireland finally expected during November

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy will bring a memo to Cabinet on Wednesday asking for a two-year extension subject to new conditions. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

New ‘use it or lose it’ measure will see planning permission lapse after 18 months

While tobacco sales to minors are prohibited  there are no laws that prohibit the sale of “related products” such as e-cigarettes, vaping refill containers or herbal cigarettes to young persons.  Photograph: Getty Images

Proposed legislation will also prohibit vending machines at locations or events where children are likely to be present

Green Party’s Eamon Ryan: “We see ourselves as representing everyone. It cannot be rural versus urban.” Photograph:  Tom Honan

With rising membership, the Green Party is in strong position for next general election

Pat The Cope Gallagher: ‘I do believe the changes made by the Ceann Comhairle to make sure members take their seats will be able to deal with this issue fully and adequately’. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Irish Times asked 15 Dáil deputies for their views

LÉ Samuel Beckett comes to migrants’ aid during a search and rescue operation northeast of Tripoli in the Mediterranean in 2016

Four MEPs voted against Mediterranean search and rescue resolution over one clause

Pippa Hackett, a county councillor Offaly and the Green Party’s agriculture spokeswoman,  with party leader Eamon Ryan  and Grace O’Sullivan MEP. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

No other candidate was nominated to contest the byelection for the Upper House

House of Commons MPs announcing the result of a vote setting out the proposed timetable for the Brexit withdrawal Agreement Bill . Photograph: JESSICA TAYLOR/UK PARLIAMENT/AFP via Getty Images

Inside Politics: British prime minister concedes he will have to talk to EU leaders about Brexit extension

By Tuesday afternoon, Fianna Fáil noted ‘clear instances’ where Ministers were absent from their seats over the past 12 months. File photograph: The Irish Times

Sharp political exchanges on controversy seen as prelude to general election campaign

Then government chief whip Séamus Brennan with Pat Rabbitte, Paul Bradford, Desmond O’Malley and John Gormley at a photocall on February 25th, 2002, to mark the introduction of electronic voting in the Dáil. Photograph: Maxwells/Handout

Timmy Dooley/Niall Collins controversy underlines slapdash elements to the practice

Committee which upholds standards in the Dáil did not apply any sanctions in Shane Ross’s case . Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Danny Healy Rae alleged Minister voted twice when he pressed Zappone’s button

Fianna Fáil TDs Niall Collins and Timmy Dooley are being investigated over a series of votes last week. Photograph: PA

Fine Gael accuses Fianna Fáil of muddying waters with video of Ministers out of seats

TDs from across the political spectrum have admitted to voting for colleagues who were present in the Dáil chamber but who were not in their designated seats

Fine Gael Ministers among those who pressed buttons for colleagues in the Dáil

Timmy Dooley, who with Niall Collins has stood down from the party’s frontbench pending the outcome of an investigation. Photograph: James Forde

Introduction of thumbprint verification suggested to safeguard integrity of system

Barry Cowen TD. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

TDs from across political spectrum admit to voting for colleagues not in designated seats

Cuban president Miguel Díaz-Canel. Photograph: Reuters

Díaz-Canel, who succeeded Fidel Castro’s brother Raul in April 2018, will visit Áras

It’s the biggest decision yet for Leo Varadkar’s term in office.   File photograph: Peter Byrne/PA

Brexit deal and date of Irish general election are linked

Labour leader Brendan Howlin said opposition parties had not been briefed on the pathway found during the meeting

Labour leader says Taoiseach should be ‘wary’ in Brexit negotiations with British PM

Scooters are not currently legislated for, but are considered motor-propelled vehicles requiring a licence and insurance. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Opposition proposes reclassifying e-scooters to remove need for licence and insurance

The Taoiseach’s upswing does not translate into a surge in support for Fine Gael

Taiseach sees his approval rating increase 15 points to 51 per cent

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, whose spokesman said there had been a consistent preference for a May 2020 date and that had not changed. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Parties say they are largely prepared for early election if one is called

Denis O’Brien: Communicorp  does not allow   journalists from The Irish Times to feature on its radio stations. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

All political parties support letter calling on Communicorp to ‘reconsider approach’

 British prime minister Boris Johnson walks with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in the grounds of Thornton Manor Hotel in Liverpool, England, on Wednesday. Photograph: Noel Mullen/Government Press Office via Getty Images

Leo Varadkar and Boris Johnson’s crunch Liverpool meeting followed a tense few days

Ballot boxes in the 2018 presidential election at the Dublin city count centre. Photograph: NIck Bradshaw

Government sources say poll on giving vote to emigrants delayed amid Brexit turmoil

Leo Varadkar and Boris Johnson will meet in private for two hours

Inside Politics: Dublin and EU have played down any chances of breakthrough

 Paschal Donohoe in studio at RTE ahead of the Today with Sean O’Rourke show to take calls from the public on Budget 2019. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Government delivers cautious budget amid no-deal Brexit fears

Paschal’s day in the sun was overshadowed by the UK prime minister, Boris Johnson, and his Brexit negotiations

Analysis: Donohoe set out a €1.2bn package for responding to a no-deal Brexit

UK prime minister Boris Johnson: ‘new deal or no deal’. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Inside Politics: Proposals appear to be like May’s time-limited backstop that was rejected by EU and Ireland

Sinn Féin finance spokesman Pearse Doherty launched its alternative budget document on Thursday. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Party proposes to spend €3.4 billion more than the € 2.8 billion of the Government

Wolves  became extinct in Ireland 250 years ago. Photograph: iStock

Eamon Ryan believes animals would contribute positively to the ecosystem

In exchanges with Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin and Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald in July, the Taoiseach said he supported the Seanad’s abolition. Photograph: Tom Honan

Report includes draft legislation for recommendations to be implemented without delay

Paul Murphy: he says  Rise will act as a third arm of Solidarity-People Before Profit. Photograph: Getty Images

Founder Paul Murphy been influenced by ground-up campaigns like water charges, Repeal

Former Workers’ Party members Pat Rabbitte, Proinsias De Rossa, Liz McManus and Eamonn Gilmore campaigning for Democratic Left in 2002. Photograph: Eric Luke

New group formed by Paul Murphy joins crowded space on Ireland’s political left

Paul Murphy TD launches his new political grouping, Rise, at a press conference in Buswells Hotel, Dublin. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell/The Irish Times

Dublin TD says the group will try to build a new, radical left movement in Irish society

While Ireland has consistently been ranked in the first three in the world for energy efficiency in new homes built since 2011, the big challenge is the 2 million homes built when standards were much lower. Photograph: Getty Images

Rules will require new homes to be twice as energy efficient as current standards

Paul Murphy, who has left the Socialist Party,  argued for more engagement with the Green Party and Sinn Féin, but his party colleagues in Leinster House disagreed. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Analysis: Differences over relations with other parties and group at heart of latest split

Paul Murphy is leaving  the Socialist party after it failed to resolve an internal year-long dispute over the extent and level of co-operation it should have with other left-leaning parties and movements of the left. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Dublin TD’s departure follows failure to resolve year-long dispute over party strategy

British prime minister Boris Johnson speaks at the United Nations General Assembly in  New York City. Photograph: JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images

Inside Politics: British prime minister suffers stunning court defeat, US president faces impeachment inquiry

Minister for Education Joe McHugh: ‘I want to get something working for the new year.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

McHugh pledges rules to stop children with special needs being put on reduced hours

Students at the global climate change strike in Dublin’s Merrion Square on Friday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Green Party and Fianna Fáil describe children’s protests as ‘moving’ and ‘inspirational’

Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People Jim Daly: “I am from west Cork and have five children, aged between six and 16. It just was becoming very difficult for me to spend any time with my family.” Photograph: Julien Behal

Politicians must juggle time spent in constituency with requirement to attend the Dáil

Jim Daly: I cannot continue in public life spending three or four days in Dublin each week. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/THE IRISH TIMES

As a west Cork TD ‘it was becoming very difficult for me to spend time with my family’

PSNI officers at the laneway at Kinawley in Co Fermanagh where Quinn Industrial Holdings director Kevin Lunney was abducted   on Tuesday. Photograph: Ronan McGrade/Pacemaker Press

QIH chief operations officer believed to have been held in a horsebox, investigators believe

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar tries his hand at ploughing with Colman Cogan  from Sligo during the National Ploughing Championships in Carlow, Ireland. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Private meeting held with DUP leader in Dublin on Wednesday night

Farmers protesting outside the Dawn Meats plant at Grannagh on the Waterford/ Kilkenny border. File Photograph: PA

Creed urges farmers to ‘step away from blockades’ as beef deal stalls

UK home secretary Priti Patel told the BBC the “entire machinery of government” was focused on securing a Brexit deal. Photograph: BBC

Two British ministers said on Sunday that deal was still possible by October 31st

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan said action needed to be taken now and not at the end of the decade when it will be too late. File photograph: Tom Honan

Eamon Ryan tells think-in the party wants the tax to increase to €90 per tonne by 2030

Even after the bruising that followed the Greens pairing up with Fianna Fáil in 2007, the predominant view in the party is that it should go back into coalition. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

Climate change a zeitgeist issue but Brexit and rivals playing catch-up may complicate matters

Green Party TD Catherine Martin: “You just don’t land a punch like that and then go away.”

Independent TD criticised over comments about African asylum seekers

The Connemara Gateway Hotel, Oughterard: The  Department of Justice  cannot confirm or deny if any building is being considered for direct provision. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Locals say lack of communication about direct provision centre is behind opposition

A show of hands was taken at the meeting in Oughterard. Photograph: Gearóid Murphy/Twitter

Galway TD claimed direct provision centre would ‘destroy the fabric of Oughterard’

Galway West TD Noel Grealish has faced criticism from politicians and on social media for allegedly portraying African asylum seekers as economic migrants who ‘sponge off the system’. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Deputy spoke at Oughterard meeting where concern about direct provision centre was raised

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