It is understood  Taoiseach Leo Varadkar met Minister for Transport Shane Ross before the Cabinet meeting and brokered a deal. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

Measures removing Garda discretion to allow motorists present licence at station are stalled

Among other reforms is  the possible divestment of “non-core” activities away from An Garda Síochána. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Government accepts Garda oversight bodies will be reduced from three to two

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar pictured speaking to reporters in James Connolly Memorial Hospital in Blanchardstown on Monday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Taoiseach says latest increase is ‘way beyond what we had ever anticipated’

Presidential candidate Peter Casey sharply criticised what he described as a complete lack of detail in the review. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Presidential candidate responds to document revealing details of Higgins’s allowance

Mayo County Council

Frank Durcan and Cyril Burke investigated by State ethics watchdog over Castlebar land

The spending report:  ‘The Presidency in review, 2011-2018,’  said an unspent portion of the €317,000 annual  allowance  - a cumulative €238,443 -  will be returned to the exchequer. Photograph: PA

Food and beverages is the most expensive element of events, costing €125,589 in 2018

Fianna Fáil TD John McGuinness has said the extension of the confidence and supply agreement has put his party in a ‘straitjacket’. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Martin has given Government ‘blank cheque’ by extending agreement, says McGuinness

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin speaks to the media on the plinth at Leinster House. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Martin and Varadkar will appoint two teams of four to oversee running of agreement

Micheál Martin on Leinster House plinth on Wednesday. The Fianna Fáil leader reacted sharply to suggestions that the extension was offered in the hope Fianna Fáil could close the gap on Fine Gael. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Fianna Fáil leader showed deft political management in how he manoeuvred party

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: “People will not be happy with this decision within the party. I think the general public will be.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Coveney praises ‘maturity’ of FF agreement that there be no election until 2020

Leo Varadkar had asked Micheál Martin to agree to hold the next general election in the summer of 2020. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

‘Political chaos we see in London will not be allowed to spread to Ireland,’ Martin says

British prime minister Theresa May is facing a leadership challenge. Photograph: EPA/JULIEN WARNAND

Inside Politics: Chairman of Tory committee announces threshold of 48 MPs to trigger a vote has been reached

Shane Ross, Minister for Transport: proposals at an early stage. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Penalty points and €80 fine proposed for drivers who don’t have driving licence to hand

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin are to meet on Wednesday to discuss the future of the confidence and supply deal, sources say. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

FG and FF have been reviewing agreement, which props up minority Government

Shane Ross said the idea behind his proposals “is that the faster you go the more points you get”

Graduated speeding measures sought by Minister for Transport Shane Ross

Theresa May (L) shakes hands with Angela Merkel ahead of talks at the Chancellery in Berlin on Tuesday. Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Juncker says there is ‘no room whatsoever for renegotiation’ as PM seeks concessions

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in Dublin on Monday. A statement from Government Buildings said both he and European Council president Donald Tusk agreed the Brexit withdrawal agreement “could not be renegotiated”. Photograph: PA Wire

Taoiseach warns any clarifications on what withdrawal agreement says cannot change its substance

 Minister for Transport Shane Ross: “Speeding is a killer, drink-driving is a killer. They both kill in almost equal amounts.”  Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

Ross moves to introduce long-promised graduated fines for speeding

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said the rollout of abortion services was not a case of ‘just flicking a switch’. Photograph: Collins

Harris says the 300 women who travel for terminations each month will have options in State

 Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. It is widely expected he  will offer to open negotiations on an extension to the arrangement underpinning the minority government, possibly for another year

Micheál Martin has asked both parliamentary party and frontbench to trust his judgment

The Seanad chamber at Leinster House. The electorate is currently confined to TDs, Senators, councillors and graduates of Trinity College, Dublin, and the National University of Ireland

Report explores how to widen franchise for elections to Upper House

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin:  will decide his next move after his negotiating team report back to him on progress of talks to date. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil leader to decide on renegotiating confidence and supply deal with Fine Gael

Leo Varadkar, Mr Varadkar’s partner Matt and friends with Kylie Minogue at the singer’s gig at the 3Arena. Photograph: Tiernan Brady/Twitter

Taoiseach posts that he has receipt to prove he paid for drinks amid social media allegations

Olivia Buckley is expected to to run for Fianna Fáil in the Dublin Rathdown constituency Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/ The Irish Times

Olivia Buckley expected to fill slot left by decision of Justin McAleese to not run

Leader of Fianna Fáil, Micheál Martin, is pictured with Anne Rabbitte TD, Fiona O’Loughlin TD and  Senator Lorraine Clifford-Lee at the party Think-in in Malahide on September 11th. Mr Martin has been keen for a retrospective review of the confidence and supply agreement  Photograph: Conor McCabe

Move comes as party prepares to decide on confidence and supply deal extension

Some €900 million of the PTSB loans to be covered by the bond sale comprise split mortgages, where repayments on a portion of the loans have been frozen until a future date.

Bond sale aimed at removing non-performing loans from lender’s balance sheet

Micheál Martin: Most TDs believe the Fianna Fáil leader wants to extend the confidence and supply deal with Fine Gael, possibly by another year. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Review of confidence-and-supply agreement goes on with no immediate threat of election

Former minister for communications Denis Naughten: expected to make a public statement today

Inside Politics: Auditor’s findings are expected to clear former minister Denis Naughten of seeking to influence process in favour(...)

A Guinness lorry at the Border. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Government says it will not prepare for extra checks on Border with Northern Ireland

Former minister for communications Denis Naughten did not influence or seek to influence the conduct of the broadband tender process in favour of Granahan McCourt Capital, or otherwise, the independent auditor found.

Cabinet to consider report on tendering process from independent auditor

Fianna Fáil finance spokesman Michael McGrath: “The people won’t be fooled because they know Fine Gael has form in making grandiose tax promises before elections and then dropping them afterwards.”  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Fianna Fáil’s Michael McGrath says Varadkar ‘going around the place like Santa Claus at the moment’

Speaking on surveillance claims, Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan said “it must be stressed that these are allegations, and we must in the first instance determine if they are factual’. File photograph: Eric Luke

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan says allegations raise serious issues

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said the Government proposed to continue to increase tax credits “and anyone who pays income tax would benefit from that”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Ireland should follow model being pursued in Canada, Taoiseach says

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said  he would not engage in ‘megaphone diplomacy’ with Fine Gael. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Inside Politics: Fianna Fáil leader rejects ‘megaphone diplomacy’ with Fine Gael over deal

The planned amendment to the Constitution would stipulate that ownership of a water services authority must be retained by the State or a State-controlled body. File photograph: Getty Images

Planned amendment would ensure State control of water services authority

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe declined to increase carbon taxes in last month’s budget but said it was his intention to put a long-term plan to 2030 in place that could see the tax rise to €100 per tonne.

Taoiseach promises to increase top rate tax threshold to €50,000 over five years

EU Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly said the report covered cross-Border topics inlcuding trade, animal health, tourism, the environment and cross-Border fraud.

EU Ombudsman O’Reilly believes it is in the public interest for documents to be released

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s speech to the Fine Gael Ardfheis was ‘the clearest manifestation yet’ of what he promised he would deliver as Fine Gael leader. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Deal with Fianna Fáil leaves Taoiseach limited scope for headway on ardfheis pledge

Fine Gael Árd Fheis, An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar addressing the delegates. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Taoiseach says Fine Gael will cut taxes over the next five years if the party stays in power

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said Fine Gael was “almost” but “not quite” ready for an election. Photograph: Donall Farmer

Talks between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil on extending government pact ‘going well’, says Minister

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy at the opening of phase one of a housing regeneration project at Dolphin House in Dublin on Friday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Taoiseach acknowledges border infrastructure could return

Leo Varadkar: “If you start trying to amend it or unpick it you might find that the whole thing starts to unravel.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

‘Very difficult’ to avoid hard border if no withdrawal agreement in place, says Taoiseach

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will address the Fine Gael ard fheis on Saturday evening. File photograph: Lorraine Teevan/PA

Special party conference may have to approve FG government deals

The question in Leinster House will soon turn to what Varadkar does with the political capital the Brexit deal gives him: push Fianna Fáil to extend the confidence and supply deal or call an election in the new year?

Some Fine Gael TDs believe Varadkar has secured a huge political win and are checking if an election can be held before Christmas

Tánaiste Simon Coveney (left) and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at a press conference on Brexit at Government Buildings in Dublin on Wednesday night. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire.

Taoiseach will not lobby anyone in Westminster before Commons’ vote as it’s an ‘internal matter’

The Withdrawal Agreement will include one backstop, with an EU-UK customs union at its core. Photograph: OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images

Inside Politics: May’s initial vision of ‘red, white and blue’ Brexit gives way to much closer relationship with EU

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar:  Told the Dáil that Britain remaining closely aligned with EU customs arrangements will benefit Irish businesses. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Deal preserves goal of avoiding hard border, though details of backstop review still unclear

Pursuit of the border backstop has been a policy fraught with danger for Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Government can claim huge success if mooted backstop is reflected in final deal

The EU and the UK have reportedly agreed the main details of the withdrawal agreement. Photograph: Getty

Foster says NI trade rules being set in Brussels would be ‘democratically unacceptable’

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said an EU summit held by the end of November on a Brexit deal would be “preferable”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

‘A lot’ of work ongoing in Brussels between EU and UK negotiating teams, Taoiseach says

Vulture funds are, on average, considering more arrangements for those in arrears when compared to banks and retail credit firms. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Central Bank finds firms acting for vulture funds largely honouring code of conduct

British prime minister Theresa May speaking at the Lord Mayor’s Banquet at the Guildhall in London on Monday night.  “The negotiations for our departure are now in the endgame,” she said. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Theresa May says speculation about an imminent breakthrough in talks is premature

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar attends the launch of the Gender Action Plan 2018 on Monday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

Garda chief Drew Harris seeks to reverse decision to fund defence of his predecessor

John Deasy, the Waterford TD appointed by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to spearhead efforts at visa reform in US. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

John Deasy credits figures in president’s cabinet for helping progress US-Ireland plan

Minister for Children Dr Katherine Zappone with Jessica Shaw and Niamh Finglas from Louth after the Minister launched four new childcare reports on Thursday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Ministers warned over lack of engagement with Government’s public services portal

Eamon O’Cuiv TD and Senator Mark Daly with Sorcha McAnespy, who said she would  run as a Fianna Fail candidate in next year’s local council elections. Photograph: Fianna Fáil/PA Wire

Party says Ó Cuív ‘aware in advance’ of plans to hold unauthorised candidate launch

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Éamon Ó Cuív, who also took part in event, says he has not been contacted about matter

Geoffrey Cox, the UK’s attorney general, arriving at 10 Downing Street for a cabinet meeting. He described the EU’s willingness to consider a review mechanism for the backstop  a “major step” towards a deal. Photograph: Bloomberg

EU believes movement on Border issue this week would allow for November summit

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar made clear to British prime minister Theresa May  his “consistent” position that a unilateral withdrawal from the Border backstop by the UK was unacceptable. Photograph: Tom Honan

Taoiseach underlines ‘consistent’ stance on Border in call with British prime minister

Taoisech Leo Varadkar  and Junior Housing Minister Damien English at the opening of a new housing development  in Ballymun, Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach says three month limit ‘not worth paper it’s written on’

Border at Derry: emerging withdrawal agreement will contain additional measures on the Border,  including extra customs rules. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Guarantee’s specific application to NI may be replaced by Britain-wide customs control

Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin: may not have to vastly improve party’s  Dáil standing to acquire again the position of post-election powerbroker.  Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA

Left-leaning bloc may serve Labour as bargaining chip in future government formation

Labour leader Brendan Howlin (right) greets the party’s spokesperson on health Alan Kelly at the party conference in Dublin on Saturday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Party to produce ‘red line’ demands for participating in government ahead of election

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said  areas of rural Ireland that will be easiest to reach for new broadband infrastructure could be connected in the next “year or two”, but said more remote areas may taken longer to connect.

Leo Varadkar declines to put timeline on scheme completion or give precise figure on cost

Tánaiste & Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney with UK minister for the cabinet office, David Lidington. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Simon Coveney and David Lidington at British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference

Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin says he has written to SDLP leader Colum Eastwood asking him to outline his intentions regarding a potential merger with Fianna Fáil. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Labour leader says Irish and UK Labour parties may need to contest North polls together

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe, who is on the Fine Gael negotiating team for talks on the future of the confidence-and-supply deal. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Parties meet for more than five hours to discuss future of confidence-and-supply deal

Sinn Féin TD  Peadar Toibin voted against the Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy Bill. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Meath West TD says suspension could become ‘de facto expulsion’ from party

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD  casts his vote at Scoil Thomáis, Laural Lodge, Castleknock, Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Strong exit poll measuring party voting intentions gives Taoiseach pause for thought

Businessman Gavin Duffy secured just over 2 per cent of the vote in the presidential election. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Businessman only won 32,198 number one votes – or just 2.2 per cent of the total

 Michael D Higgins gives a speech following the announcement of his re-election as President at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Comments after securing second term could be as critical of poll runner-up Peter Casey

Presidential candidate Peter Casey arriving at Dublin Castle on Saturday where the final results will be announced. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Analysis: If businessman runs for Dáil he could stop Sinn Féin winning a second seat in Donegal

Leo Varadkar and Micheál Martin during the children’s referendum campaign in 2012. Those close to both men insist they share no personal animus. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

‘This battle is about the war, and the war is the general election’, says senior Fianna Fáil TD

Peter Casey’s strength was relatively consistent across all age groups, apart from the youngest demographic. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Peter Casey, in distant second, polls weakly among youngest category of 18-24-year-olds

Party denies decision to contest local elections following McAnespy announcement

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has praised Fianna Fáil’s contribution to developments in recent years.

Party representatives begin talks on possibly extending their Government accord

Leinster House: It is understood, although not yet confirmed, that the meeting will be held in the small room usually used by Ministers to host concerned delegations of various hue. It is, after all, neutral territory.

A lot rests on the negotiations which are to begin in a small room in Leinster House

Owners of buy-to-let properties will have to get planning permission from local councils if they want to use their second homes or apartments for short-term lets for more than three months every year. Photograph: Getty Images

Councils will get greater powers over short-term lettings in areas of high housing demand

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin on Tuesday asked his front bench to come forward with concerns they have about lack of delivery by the Government in their policy areas. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Parties set to begin negotiations on review of confidence-and-supply agreement

 Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Photograph: AP /Hasan Jamali, File)

Minister notes expulsion of Russian diplomat after Salisbury poisoning

Terminal 2 at Dublin Airport: an independently owned third terminal at Dublin is an “appropriate response” to anticipated passenger growth and is deemed to be required by 2031.  Photograph : Matt Kavanagh

Second runway at Dublin Airport and independently owned third terminal advocated

President Michael D Higgins could be in for some rough treatment in the final televised debate. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Inside Politics: Michael D Higgins faces final televised debate amid questions surrounding a Belfast visit earlier this year

President Michael D Higgins launching his Shared Ireland, Shared Island initiative at Droichead Arts Centre in Drogheda, Co Louth, on Monday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

President ‘welcomes’ PSNI statement seen as challenging his claim of ‘security concerns’

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe  at Government Buildings, before giving Budget 2019 speech. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Report notes potential economic disruption of Brexit and leaving rainy day fund short

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald and the party’s presidential candidate Liadh Ni Riada canvassing in Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Party leader says she would not wear poppy, after presidential candidate said she would

SDLP veteran Séamus Mallon:  helped President Michael D Higgins launch his “Shared Ireland, Shared Island” initiative at Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Former NI deputy first minister joins Michael D Higgins at presidential campaign event

While criticising candidate Peter Casey as “ignorant”, Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn, above, said there needed to be a greater understanding between settled and Traveller people. Photograph: Eric Luke

Sinn Féin’s Pádraig Mac Lochlainn slates candidate’s views – but ‘discussion necessary’

Denis Naughten, former minister for communications, resigned last week over contacts he had with David McCourt of Granahan McCourt, the last remaining bidder for the contract to roll-out rural broadband. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Department carried out a review of all meetings recorded in ministerial diaries

Former minister for communications Denis Naughten.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins.

Auditor Peter Smyth to complete review ordered after resignation of Denis Naughten

Paddy Duffy, former political adviser to Bertie Ahern, has died.  File photograph: Frank Miller

Former taoiseach was with Mr Duffy when he died

President Michael D Higgins: 66 per cent of first-preference votes in Irish Times poll. Photograph: INPHO/Bryan Keane

Inside Politics: Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI opinion poll confirms president has unassailable lead over rivals

Michael D Higgins has been accused of treating presidential debates like radio phone-in show ‘Liveline’. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

TDs say President’s team wrong to phone in a clarification when he had not shown up

Labour  leader Brendan Howlin TD.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Labour leader says potentially ‘dangerous’ development has to be resisted by Ireland

European Council president Donald Tusk. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Donald Tusk urges EU leaders to be ‘hopeful and determined’ about deal

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan: cautioned against ‘conceding the idea that the Irish parliament and the Irish Government could fall as a direct consequence of a vote in the British parliament.’ Photograph: Garrett White/Collins

Flanagan warns of FF linking confidence and supply deal to House of Commons decision

EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier: “Despite intense efforts, some key issues are still open, including the backstop for Ireland/Northern Ireland to avoid a hard border.” Photograph: Francisco Seco/AP

Backstop accord elusive for London and Brussels as time-limitation a stumbling block

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said a full renegotiation of the confidence-and-supply agreement could be wrapped up within a month. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Leo Varadkar and Micheál Martin to meet next week on future of confidence-and-supply

David McCourt with former minister for communications, Denis Naughten. Photograph: Andrew Downes

Former minister’s desperation resulted in an appalling lack of judgment

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin wrote to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: “I think it is best if we both state upfront, irrespective of what happens during the confidence and supply review process, that we both agree not to bring down the Government”.

Varadkar responds to Martin plan that they should ‘commit not to collapse Government until Brexit deal reached’

Asked if he was satisfied with Denis Naughten’s explanations about the extent of his meetings with David McCourt, above, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar replied: “So far, yes.”

Analysis: As a shocked Dáil listened to the TD resign thoughts turned to the future of an already precarious minority Government

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