Fianna Fáil spokeswoman on children Anne Rabbitte said the failures at Scouting Ireland were current and not legacy issues. File Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Minister wants to establish if organisation ‘comprehensively’ implemented changes

Protesters against Government plans for bingo outside the Dáil on Tuesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

David Stanton reminds all operators they must run contests ‘for a charity’

People take part in a protest over the homelessness crisis in Dublin.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

McGuinness says his party’s confidence and supply arrangement with Fine Gael a ‘farce’

Fianna Fáil’s Dara Calleary warned that the good work of the ambulance services was being undermined because of overcrowding in emergency departments.

Regina Doherty offers sympathy to family for death that ‘potentially shouldn’t have happened’

Joan Collins said there were probably about 40 Dáil days left before the next election and people were very concerned about privatisation.   Dublin. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney/ Collins

Joan Collins claims Minister Eoghan Murphy intends to ‘bury Bill in committee’

 Jackie Duffy and Peggy O’Connell from Dublin playing bingo during a protest outside the Dáil to stop the Government affecting  bingo on Tuesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónail

Taoiseach and Minister insist ‘vast majority’ of community events will not be affected

Bernard Durkan:  he said  some of the difficulties in housing and health were “unacceptable and shouldn’t happen”

Bernard Durkan said housing issues would pose a problem in the general election

The former Fine Gael TD and minister Denis Naughten said that currently under the Fair Deal scheme 7.5 per cent of the market value of a house is part of the payment.

Older people’s homes are being ‘taxed on the treble’, says Roscommon TD

A six months pregnant woman was forced to leave her private rental accommodation because her landlord did not want other tenants disturbed by a crying child, the Dáil has been told. Photograph: iStockphoto/Getty

Dáil told property owners ‘brazen’ as cards stacked in their favour with Fine Gael in power

Dara Murphy,  Fine Gael TD for Cork North Central: to resign and take up job in Brussesl. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Fianna Fáil accuses Taoiseach of error of judgement in backing former junior minister

Five judges are due to be sworn in on Friday. File photograph: Getty

Judge should have shown more ‘consideration’ for people affected by delays, claims John McGuinness

The Government is set for a majority of three in a Dáil motion of no confidence in Mr Murphy, according to latest estimates. Photo: Tom Honan for The Irish Times.

Dáil defeats proposal by 56 to 53; Social Democrats say Minister has ‘utterly failed’

The Taoiseach told the Dáil that 120,000 people had been made Irish citizens since Fine Gael came to office. File photograph: Getty

Novice Green Party TD Joe O’Brien highlights criticism of State failings on hate crime

Mr Varadkar told the Dáil that ‘it is a system that’s essentially designed by politicians for politicians’.

Taoiseach: ‘This whole issue is not one that should be run for ourselves by ourselves’

The Leas Ceann-Chomairle, speaking in Irish, said the TDs should never forget the great honour bestowed upon them. File photograph: The Irish Times

‘I do hope your stay will not be a short one,’ says Varadkar as parties eye general election

Tractors parked on the streets around St Stephen’s Green in Dublin city centre last week in protest. Photograph: PA

Discussions on beef sector reforms start after contentious court injunctions lifted

Four new TDs take their seats in the Dáil on Tuesday.

Fresh faces follow four byelections last week

Minister for Local Government Eoghan Murphy will seek Cabinet approval in the next two weeks for the Register of Electors Bill to reform and modernise the electoral register. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Teenagers can ‘pre-register’ to be automatically on electoral register when they turn 18

 Malcolm Byrne of Fianna Fáil: he says he has faced much social media abuse, not just about his sexuality but on other issues too.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Malcolm Byrne to seek leave of absence from his role in the Higher Education Authority

 Joe O’Brien votes at Skerries Community Centre in the Dublin Fingal byelection. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Profile: The Dublin Fingal representative is a hard worker with a strong record on migrant rights

No one voted in one area of  Bishopstown in Cork North Central in Friday’s byelection.  Photograph: Provision

Dublin Fingal sets record for lowest turnout in byelection where just 25.6% cast their vote

Sinn Féin’s Mark Ward (right) is seen canvassing during the 2019 byelection campaign in Clondalkin. Photograph: Fiach Kelly

Mark Ward is a behavioural therapist, former mayor of South Dublin County Council

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: ‘I’m not sure if it was approved by the candidate but as I say it will form part of the review that we will carry out in all four constituencies in the next couple of weeks.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

No party candidate ‘guaranteed’ to be on ticket for general election, says Taoiseach

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

Counting of votes in the byelections gets under way at the Dublin Mid West count centre at Adamstown Community Centre, in Lucan. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Result shows SF are clear alternative to FF and FG at general election, says McDonald

Minister says consortium change always recognised in contract documents

Sinn Féin deputy leader Pearse Doherty: ‘Too many children are facing into a Christmas they don’t deserve in emergency accommodation.’  File Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Tánaiste rejects renewed Sinn Féin call for rent freeze during debate on housing

Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin. Photograph: Google Street View

Fine Gael TD Kate O’Connell compares Crumlin A&E to ‘South American’ facility

It will be mandatory for dog owners to carry a litter bag when out with their pets in public if a new Bill introduced in the Dáil on Wednesday is passed.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Legislation to make it mandatory for owners to carry litter bag when in public with dogs

A motion of no confidence in Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy (right) will be debated in the Dáil next week. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said the move is designed to give publicity to opposition parties. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Minister for Housing to face second motion of no confidence in just over a year

TDs in the Dáil accused Larry Goodman’s ABP Group  of stalling the beef taskforce by failing to lift injunctions against protesting farmers. File photograph: Alan Betson

Minister appeals to company to consider lifting injunction ‘as gesture of goodwill’

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to Solidarity TD Mick Barry in the Dáil: “I know you are at best ambiguous about your support for democracy”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Barbs exchanged in Dáil in row over proposal to store fracked gas from US in Cork

Tractors parked on the streets around St Stephen’s Green in Dublin as  farmers stage a protest over beef prices. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Minister tells Dáil he and Minister for Justice told directly about threats to beef-plant managers

Tractors parked around St Stephen’s Green during the second day of a protest by farmers. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell/The Irish Times

Last tractors leave St Stephen’s Green on Wednesday afternoon after two day of protests

Independent Senator Victor Boyhan said they were doing a job to rigorously pursue and tease out all the issues

Victor Boyhan tells Seanad ‘we’ll be here for many, many months yet’

Taoiseach Leo  Varadkar pointed out that there were already several proposals for citizens’ assemblies. Photograph: Collins

Taoiseach and Tánaiste Simon Coveney later met Sinn Féin deputy leader Michelle O’Neill

Brendan Howlin pointed out that online political advertisements “that are misleading or malicious can be purchased on social media platforms by third parties and targeted at specific audiences to maximise the damage such misinformation can cause”. Photograph: iStock

Taoiseach says first outline of Bill in second quarter of 2020, quickest it can be drawn up

Verona Murphy, the Fine Gael candidate in the upcoming Wexford byelection, is  the president of the Irish Road Haulage Association. File photograph: Dylan Vaughan

Micheál Martin condemns Fine Gael candidate for contact made with road safety staff

Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed told the Dáil that difficulties surrounding the beef crisis had been compounded by the death threats. Photograph: Tom Honan

Michael Creed says Government and gardaí taking threats very seriously

A view of an  unused unit at the existing Central Mental Hospital in Dundrum, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Junior minister Jim Daly says €170m project will be finished on time in the next few weeks

Sinn Féin TD David Cullinane has criticised ‘unsustainable’ funding cuts to councils. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Sinn Féin TD criticises results of decision to end Irish Water compensation scheme

Alan Kelly: ‘How can they claim to be better on access when their emergency departments run on office hours and use the public hospitals as a pressure valve.’ File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Labour TD hits out at failure to charge private hospitals which ‘piggyback’ on public hospitals

Sinn Féin TD Martin Kenny said the health service ‘costs so much because people are not doing their job’.

TD claims failure of officials’ to do their jobs responsible for increased health service costs

Fine Gael’s Wexford  byelection candidate Verona Murphy has made a number of controversial comments on migrants in recent days. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Comments of byelection candidate prompt calls for update of incitement to hatred laws

Róisín Shortall said it was ‘outrageous’ that the State had to wait for permission from the Catholic hierarchy for the divestment  of the site of the new national maternity hospital on the St Vincent’s hospital campus in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

Róisín Shortall criticises ‘reckless’ allocation of €43m for project before title to site secured

Minister for Communications Richard Bruton (left), Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (centre)  and David McCourt, who leads the  consortium that has signed a contract for the National Broadband Plan, are pictured at St Kevin’s National School in Wicklow on Tuesday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

FF leader says event marking €3bn deal a ‘blurring’ of Government and party political activity

Micheál Martin: ‘Injection of drugs on our streets and growing anti-social behaviour in streets and parks,”  compounded by a lack of resources for gardaí.

Micheál Martin says ‘growing sense Government is losing the battle against crime’

Tánaiste Simon Coveney told the Dáil that Ireland’s clear position on the issue of Israeli settlements is that ‘settlements are illegal under international law’. File photograph: Reuters

Ireland’s views have been communicated to US administration

Senator David Norris said he had been contacted by the former elder of the church, who married his partner after the passage of the marriage equality legislation. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Senator describes decision of Presbyterian leaders as ‘extraordinary’

Independent Senator Michael McDowell  re-iterated his call for a legal majority on the commission to appoint judges. file photograph: Collins

Upper House votes against having legal majority on commission to appoint judges

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  has said a report into the CervicalCheck screening service will not be published until  women involved in the review have been informed of their results. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Exhanges in the Dáil following Irish Times report on screening programme review

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin accused the Government of having an attitude of ‘let’s blame everybody else but ourselves’. Photograph: James Forde/The Irish Times

FF leader says Taoiseach is acting ‘cowardly’, and is accused of ‘paper thin’ policy-making in return

Verona Murphy: ‘We also have to take into account that possibility that Isis have already manipulated children as young as three or four’. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

Fine Gael byelection candidate said addiction and bad choices lead people to become homeless

A new and more virulent RHD2 strain emerged in France in 2010 and has been detected throughout Europe in hares and rabbits.

Disease confirmed in four hares in Dublin, Wexford – 21 rabbits infected in 10 counties

Sr Stan made an urgent appeal for donations as she launched Focus Ireland’s Christmas appeal with the charity’s youngest supporter, 3-week old Amélie Conney, and mother her Aoife who works for the charity.  Photograph: Leon Farrell / Photocall Ireland

Focus Ireland calls for ‘cast iron’ guarantee that no family will be homeless for more than six months

Fine Gael politician Maria Bailey has been deselected by the party. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Party meeting voted to remove TD from general election ticket in Dún Laoghaire

Maria Bailey will not be able to attempt to retain her seat as a party candidate in the constituency in next year’s election after being deselected at a party executive council meeting on Thursday night. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

It was a matter for Dun Laoghaire TD if she ‘looks to take any further action’, Minister says

A total of  157 young people have been selected to take part in a one-day Youth Assembly at the Dáil on climate action. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

First Youth Assembly convenes to debate issue and advise Government

KBC Group’s chief executive Johan Thijs

Comments will be ‘upsetting to the families who lost their homes’ says Paschal Donohoe

Accusing the Government of sitting on its hands as RTÉ’s problems worsened, Jack Chambers warned that delaying reform of the TV licence system for five years would ensure a continuing decline in public service media. Photograph:Fran Veale/The Irish Times

FF TD hits out at Government’s approach to challenges facing national broadcaster

’I’m asking you to provide a permit for the people who are only travelling on local rural class three roads so they can have their two pints and drive home on those roads.’ Danny Healy-Rae told the Dáil. Photograph: Alan Betson

Tánaiste dismissed call as insult to families of people killed by drunk drivers

Professor Fergal Malone said that lack of space at the Rotunda  hospital was increasing the risk of infection and putting infants’ lives at risk.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Department of Health seeks ‘assurances’ from hospital over ‘safe, appropriate care’

The Government has spent approximately €7.5 million in legal and consultancy fees on the Apple tax case

Donohoe refuses to provide details of payments to individual barristers

The aftermath of an arson attack on Sinn Féin TD Martin Kenny’s car recently. Photograph: supplied by Brian Farrell

Martin Kenny urges Minister not to back down on asylum centre in Co Leitrim

Independent TD Noel Grealish provoked a storm of criticism in the Dáil when he said a ‘staggering’ amount of money was being sent back to Nigeria. File photograph: Alan Betson

Coppinger claims Independent TD ‘knew full well’ he was citing incorrect data for Nigeria

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said he was “absolutely aware of the problems this issue is causing for businesses”. File photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Finance minister tells Dáil he and Government intend to hold industry to account

Fianna Fáil finance spokesman Michael McGrath said the change would be  a “really significant issue for a lot of workers”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Revenue review of flat-rate expenses to middle and low income workers - McGrath

The Government is to decide shortly on the best way to proceed in dealing with historical child sexual abuse, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has told the Dáil. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Major historic abuse scandal involves 321 alleged victims and 247 alleged perpetrators

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

Shane O’Farrell was killed in August 2011, while cycling on the N2 near Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan.

Martin Kenny says State has ‘covered up something very rotten’ in Shane O’Farrell death

Simon Coveney told the Dáil that military personnel “are providing an important support role, both from a security perspective but also a communications perspective” to Ireland’s embassy team in the Turkish capital Ankara. Photograph:  Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Tánaiste says two-year-old child is ‘primary concern’ in talks with Turkish authorities

Noel Grealish said a lot of the money being transferred was “absolutely genuine”, but  called on the Taoiseach to “give assurances that all the money has been fully accounted for within the Irish tax system”. File photograph: Alan Betson

Noel Grealish asked if Revenue had method of ensuring money was not proceeds of crime

The Taoiseach said that in areas where housing developments were planned Sinn Féin was trying to prevent building going ahead. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Taoiseach accused by FF leader Micheál Martin of failing young people

 Irish Water said the old treatment plant at Leixlip remains vulnerable and it is working with Fingal County Council  to minimise the risk of another boil water notice.

Audit of old Leixlip Plant and satisfactory results on a number of water samples factors in decision

 Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan:  insisted she has nothing to apologise for. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Josepha Madigan defends sending question on heritage funding to Department of Justice

Labour Party Leader Brendan Howlin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Brendan Howlin a ‘stabilising force’ for some but others worry about low poll ratings

 RTÉ chair Moya Doherty: ‘The cataclysmic change in the industry globally is quite frightening.’ File photograph: Alan Betson

Chair of broadcaster’s board claims it will struggle to adapt without licence fee rise

Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin in the Mullingar Park Hotel where the party is holding its national conference. Photograph: Leah Farrell/RollingNews

Leader claims party ‘indifferent’ on partnership with either Fine Gael or Fianna Fáil

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan: ‘I want to make it very clear that there is no conspiracy here. There is no cover-up here. I want to uncover the truth.’ Photograph:  Garrett White/Collins

Shane O’Farrell died after being struck by car driven by criminal who breached bail in 2011

Byelections will take place in Cork North-Central, Dublin Fingal, Dublin Mid-West and Wexford on November 29th. File photograph: Alan Betson

Formal campaigning begins as Minister calls for ‘fair and respectful’ contest

RTÉ Headquarters in Donnybrook, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Tánaiste: ‘We will play our part but RTÉ has to evolve and make decisions’

Gift vouchers are set to last for a minimum of five years

Legislation ensures gift cards valid for at least five years

Ruth   Coppinger raised the issue a year after she held up underwear in the Dáil to highlight the questioning of rape victims during trials. File photograph: Oireachtas TV

TD asks ‘are women to go into hiding every time a sports star decides on a night out’

The latest figures represent a decrease from near-record number of patients who were queuing for a hospital bed on Tuesday. File photograph: Alan Betson

Daily trolley numbers fall slightly on near-record levels reported on Tuesday

  Lady Sylvia Hermon has announced that she is not to seek re-election in North Down, a seat she has held for 18 years. File photograph: Stephen Davison

DUP MP David Simpson apologises for affair and says he will not contest election

 Members of Extinction Rebellion outside the Dáil responding to An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s comments on some positive impacts of climate change.  Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Varadkar says he was making an observation not policy statement

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar denied there was a recruitment freeze in the HSE, as he faced criticism from TDs for overcrowding in hospitals. Photograph: Alan Betson

Taoiseach denies ban in place but says HSE cannot hire staff it has ‘no budget for’

Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó’Fearghaíl said he was not ‘prepared to be bullied’, before suspending the Dáil. Photograph: Maxwell

Government abusing device in ‘sabotage to democratic process’, says Boyd Barrett

Politicians made tributes in the Dáil today to broadcaster Gay Byrne, who has died aged 85. Photograph: David Sleator

Colossus of international broadcasting was Ireland’s original ‘citizens’ assembly’

Some people in Ballinamore are opposed to plans to move up to 130 asylum seekers to the town. Photograph: Google Streetview

Local Sinn Féin TD backing plan says he has reported receiving death threat to gardaí

Gold Note Minerals applied in March this year to renew three prospecting licences in Connemara. Photograph: iStock

TD is ‘baffled’ by Government’s ‘illogical’ approach to mineral exploration

The Dáil voted by 87 to 50 to retain the network in State ownership.

‘We are not so much selling the family silver as paying someone to take it off our hands’

Mayo TD Lisa Chambers said she had learned from her mistakes and ‘I am genuinely sorry’.

Any sanction to be decided after ethics group’s recommendation, says Ceann Comhairle

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said ‘what happened was wrong’. File photograph: The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil chief accuses Fine Gael speakers in Dáil debate of making partisan comments

Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl. File photograph: Eric Luke

Politicians must conduct themselves professionally, Seán Ó Fearghaíl tells House

Tributes were paid in the Seanad to the late businessman Feargal Quinn. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Tributes paid in the Seanad to businessman and politician, who died in April

Minister for Business Heather Humphreys said two jobs losses was ‘disappointing’. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

‘Many opportunities locally’ says Minister for Business as Novartis and Molex lay off 820

Fianna Fáil TD  McGrath called for clarity on their situation and said all the Novartis workers had valuable skills and experience and there was production capacity for which there should be a market. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Minister confident of new investment, jobs at Molex and Cork companies

A woman  stocks up on drinking water at a Lidl store in Leixlip. Phootgraph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Government criticised over decision not to send tankers for 600,000 affected people

 Police investigate at the scene in Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays, Essex. Photograph: Vickie Flores/EPA

Fianna Fáil deputy leader says country cannot be allowed become an easy target

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