When the rains stop reservoirs run dry, water shortages loom, while forest fires are more likely to happen. File photograph: Getty

‘Reality is somebody is going to have to advance a serious amount of money to Irish Water’

Des O’Malley: ‘His contribution to public life . . . was extensive and meaningful.’ Photograph: DAVE MEEHAN

Progressive Democrats founder believed in ‘principles that are eternal truths’, Mary Harney tells congregation

The Housing for All publication was due to be published next Tuesday but has been delayed

Housing for All publication is held back until late August or early September by Government

A spokesperson for Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien said the launch of the policy was being put back in order to allow for more work to be done on the package of reforms next month. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

TDs criticise failure to publish plan that had been due next week

Taoiseach Micheál Martin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Micheál Martin says those who committed murder ‘should be subject to justice’

Micheál Martin: “The reality is that the Taoiseach is doing a good job and getting a good response from the public. It is sheer futility to say he should be replaced now”

Alliance of Fianna Fáil TDs do not believe he will lead party into next election

Alleged inhumane practices surrounding the slaughter of horses in the UK ‘would never happen in Ireland’

Department of Agriculture officials comment on BBC documentary at Dáil committee

Labour Party leader Alan Kelly and Ivana Bacik. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Bacik may have been ‘ideal candidate’ but there are signs Alan Kelly is making progress

Tractor and trailer haul turf near Ferbane and Boora Bog in Offaly. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The rapid shutdown of the peat industry has brought a new focus on clean energy, though some workers are concerned about how the ‘(...)

‘Negative comments are damaging our party and should cease,’ Taoiseach Micheál Martin tells the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party meeting. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Taoiseach proposes ‘think-in’ meeting in September to discuss election performances

Julian de Spáinn, the director of Conradh na Gaeilge, on Wednesday tweeted an image of his  digital Covid certificate with the incorrect spelling of his name. Photograph: via Twitter

Conradh na Gaeilge director says incorrect spelling will not be accepted at airports

A sign outside a restaurant in Rathgar, Dublin.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/ PA Wire

Ministers forced to issue several corrections over use of Covid cert for indoor dining

Association of Irish Local Government president Cllr Mary Hoade said the association did not condone any behaviour that deviated from the highest standards. File photograph: Mary Hoade/Twitter

Councillors alleged to have claimed expenses for gatherings in different locations happening at same time

Independent TD Mattie McGrath. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Auschwitz Memorial shares seven-part online Holocaust course with Independent TD

Minister for Tourism Catherine Martin had said that people who recovered from Covid could receive a letter from their GP to dine indoors or travel. File photograph: iStock

Anger that no prior notice of announcement regarding use of letter was provided to GPs

People Before Profit TD Paul Murphy says reopening indoor hospitality now would be a ‘reckless mistake’. File photograph: iStock

Government hopes to bring Bill before Dáil today to allow reopening begin by July 26th

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly: he said   Micheál Martin was doing an “excellent job” at “a very difficult time”.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue calls on internal Fianna Fáil critics to ‘cop on’

Taoiseach Micheál Martin: Unsurprisingly the vast majority of Ministers support him. Photograph: Getty Images

Growing number of TDs want Martin to step down before the next election

Taoiseach Micheál Martin at a National Day of Commemoration Ceremony in Dublin to honour Irish who died in wars or on service with the UN. Photograph: Tom Honan

Party TDs express disappointment at slowness of report and poor byelection showing

Ivana Bacik with Labour Party leader Alan Kelly at the RDS as she tops the poll in the Dublin Bay South byelection. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

Some Fianna Fáil TDs say party’s worst ever performance raises leadership questions

Fianna Fáil candidate Deirdre Conroy with director of elections Jim O’Callaghan outside the count. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Jim O’Callaghan hints that Taoiseach may not lead party into next general election

Green Party candidate Claire Byrne with Minister Eamon Ryan, Green Party leader. File photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Campaign for Dublin Bay South ‘energised’ the Greens, says party leader

Sinn Fein candidate Lynn Boylan. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Lynn Boylan achieved over 15% of first preferences in Dublin Bay South

Mr Martin was responding to a remark by Jim O’Callaghan  that Fianna Fáil would ‘have to think about’ if the Taoiseach should lead the party into the next general election. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Jim O’Callaghan will not say Martin will lead Fianna Fáil in next general election

Dublin Bay South byelection: workers seen at the count centre at the RDS, Dublin, on Friday. Photograph Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Analysis: It’s all over bar the counting and Bacik looks to be coasting home to victory

 Ivana Bacik, Labour Party candidate in Dublin Bay South byelection. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Fine Gael’s James Geoghegan polls second and Sinn Féin’s Lynn Boylan takes third

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said  the use of antigen testing on a ‘population-wide basis’ is under consideration.

Expectation law to enable indoor hospitality will be fast-tracked through Oireachtas next week

Dublin Bay South byelection on polling day. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

General turnout unlikely to top 40%, as Bacik and Geoghegan considered frontrunners

Under the Bill amendments, 20 per cent of all public advertising by public bodies must be in Irish. File photograph:Andrew Downes

Official Languages Bill will also require 20% of public advertising to be in Irish by 2030

The Dáil and Seanad have a week to pass the law before the current date for the summer recess. File photograph: iStock

Proposal on using travel certs for indoor dining going to Cabinet on Tuesday

The Seanad Special Select Committee on Brexit  was chaired by Fianna Fáil Senator Lisa Chambers. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Committee acknowledges Irish Sea border not the ideal outcome for Unionists

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said the Coalition is on track to go live with the digital Covid certificate for EU travel on Monday 19th. File photograph: iStock

Martin pledges that all second doses of vaccine to be complete by July 18th

Taoiseach Micheál Martin told Fianna Fáil TDs and Senators that local authorities will be provided with new staff to deliver social and affordable homes, as he offered a robust defence of the Government’s performance on housing. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Donnelly tells FF parliamentary party all AstraZeneca second doses to be done by July 18th

Minister of State Jack Chambers on Wednesday told the all-party Roghchoise na Gaeilge agus na Gaeltachta that he had agreed an increased compensation fund for affected families. File photograph: iStock

Summer courses to remain closed to students for second year in a row due to Covid-19

More than 1.8 million people who have been fully vaccinated will start to receive their digital Covid certificates by post or email from Monday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Unvaccinated seeking to go abroad will have to pay for private PCR test

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar: ‘If things go wrong in England, it will have a spillover effect in Ireland and on our other neighbours.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Deputy First Minister says North will not be following Johnson’s ‘reckless’ lead on curbs

There has been a significant fall in the value of awards since the long-awaited new personal injuries guidelines came into operation on April 24th.

Report shows value of payouts plunging following introduction of new guidelines

There are divided views in the hospitality industry on antigen testing. File photograph: Getty

Coalition facing mounting pressure for introduction of ‘vaccine passport’ antigen testing

Leading figures in Nphet have repeatedly expressed reservations about the limitations of antigen testing. Photograph: Laura Hutton / The Irish Times

Working group involving Government and hospitality industry to meet on Monday

Fine Gael candidate James Geoghegan canvassing in the Dublin Bay South byelection: He  insists affordable houses on the former Glass Bottle site in Poolbeg can be delivered for €300,000 or less.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

James Geoghegan calls for antigen testing to be allocated key role in society’s reopening

Chief of the Health Service Executive Paul Reid. File photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Department reports 562 new Covid-19 cases, the highest number since early May

The Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll published earlier this week indicated that the Dublin Bay South byelection has become a two-horse race between Labour’s Ivana Bacik and Fine Gael’s James Geoghegan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Byelection likely to join others as just a political history footnote

James Geoghegan makes a canvassing call to Marion Bruton: His manner is laid-back and polite. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

With low turnout expected, FG knows it is vital to get their supporters to actually vote

 Taoiseach Micheál Martin: “We don’t want to divide society. We want to protect people.”

Taoiseach told FF ‘toxic’ and ‘irrelevant’ to young amid Dáil and sectoral criticism

Michael Ring. File photograph by Crispin Rodwell/The Irish Times

Michael Ring criticises Government over plan to reopen tourism despite dining limits

Green Party leader, Minister for Environment, Climate and Communications and Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan: ‘The climate legislation we’re introducing is transformative by any measure or yardstick.’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Collegiality and trust have bonded Coalition partners amid crisis, Green Party leader says

James O’Connor is the youngest member of the Dáil. File photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Nphet modelling did not include Niac advice on vaccines for young people, Donnelly says

Outdoor dining on Dublin’s Essex Street East in Temple Bar. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Tourist industry representatives told Ministers waiting on data from UK to make move

The briefing from Nphet on the spread of the new Delta variant reportedly made for ‘grim listening’. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Inside politics: Dublin Bay South byelection seems to have become a two horse race

 Taoiseach Micheál Martin announcing the Cabinet decision at Government Buildings, Dublin on Tuesday. Photograph:  Julien Behal Photography/PA Wire

Cabinet seeks workable plan for how customers can prove they have been vaccinated

Methane, which comes from ruminant animals, accounts for 67% of emissions in agriculture. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

State’s reputation for low economic footprint from food production at risk, says EPA

A decision about the scheduled easing of Covid-19 restrictions including the reopening of indoor hospitality  is expected by Cabinet on Tuesday.

Decision on easing of restrictions due on Tuesday, Harris says

Minister for Education Norma Foley has done well but so far she has not shown herself to be a reforming Minister in the mould of Richard Bruton or Ruairí Quinn. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

On the Government’s one-year anniversary, we look at who is doing well, and not so well

The verdict on a Government that has to date faced unparalleled challenges

Irish speakers say there is a lack of online news offerings as Gaeilge, according to new research. Photograph: iStock

Irish speakers highlight lack of investigative journalism, stand-alone news in language

St Vincent’s Hospital, Elm Park, Dublin. File photograph Nick Bradshaw / The Irish Times

Inside Politics: With talk of a Plan B, how realistic are the alternative hospital sites at this stage?

Peter Boylan, former master of the National Maternity Hospital. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Former master of Holles Street says Simon Harris made remark to him in private talk

Sinn Fein spokesperson on workers’ rights Louise O Reilly  said the Sinn Féin motion also offered people a choice to remain working beyond 65. Photograph:Gareth Chaney/Collins

Louise O’Reilly says people have told her they are exhausted at the age of 65 after a lifetime of work

Ministers were told that it is considered likely that booster shots will be needed “for a very high proportion of the population over the comings months and next year.” Photograph: Joseph Prezioso /AFP via Getty Images

No plans to delay July 5th reopening despite Delta variant surge, says Taoiseach

The sharp increase in the Delta variant has caused concern, especially with the next phase of reopening only weeks away

Inside Politics: Delta has gone from 5 per cent of cases in Ireland to 20 per cent in little over a week

A further 284 confirmed cases of coronavirus were reported in the Republic on Monday.

Tony Holohan flags concerning increase in transmission of mutation in Ireland

Under proposals put forward by Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien, new residential developments must now also include a minimum of 10 per cent of affordable homes

Cabinet expected to give go-ahead to Darragh O’Brien’s key proposal on Tuesday

The new report was commissioned by West-on-Track, a community group. Photograph: Irish Rail

Alternative report disputes findings of official report for Department of Transport

In his speech to Fine Gael’s 80th Ard Fheis, Leo Varadkar set out ambitious goals with regard to improved pay and conditions as well as home building.

Tánaiste targets issues like pay and pensions and promises 40,000 new homes per year

Bertie Ahern:  “There is a deep-seated concern within unionism that things on their side are out of control...”  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Government and Opposition politicians believe it will take months before the tangle of issues in Stormont has any chance of being (...)

Prof Philip Nolan noted there was hope and optimism as we come to the end of the week with the 14-day cumulative incidence of disease below 100 cases per 100,000 of the population for the first time since December 17th last year. File photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

‘We are nearly there’, says Prof Philip Nolan of Nphet

Taoiseach Micheál Martin. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Coveney agrees that elections could sow further division as marching season nears

Edwin Poots, leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leaves the party headquarters in Belfast on Thursday. Photograph:  Paul Faith / AFP  via Getty Images

DUP leader announces resignation after just 21 days in office following internal revolt

Fine Gael’s Heather Humphreys and Simon Harris dismissed the notion of a future deal with main Opposition party Sinn Féin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Policies of the two parties are like oil and water – ‘they don’t mix,’ says Humphreys

Conradh na Gaeilge said the commitment came 15 years on from the promise to introduce an Irish language Act at the conclusion of the St Andrew’s negotiations in 2006. Photograph: iStock

Daily use of Irish language has grown in Northern Ireland, particularly over the past decade

Simon Harris:  ‘The people I know in this country have only looked to keep themselves and their families alive and looked to keep their businesses alive.’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

‘I have yet to meet somebody rubbing butter on an antigen test. Give me a break’

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar speaks to the media at Dublin Zoo on Wednesday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

‘Fine Gael has a very clear strategy to try and attract voters from Fianna Fáil,’ says FF TD

Fine Gael Dublin Bay South byelection candidate  James Geoghegan. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

SF economic policies ‘for nothing’, climate policies ‘against everything’, says Donohoe

Homeowners from Donegal, Mayo and Clare at protests in Dublin on Tuesday. Photograph: Tom Honan

Government to move ‘closer’ to covering 100% of costs as final bill heads ‘substatially’ above €1bn

 Leo Varadkar speaking at the opening Fine Gael ardfheis in 2018. File photograph: Donall Farmer

Varadkar to open Fine Gael summit with address focusing on Northern Ireland

Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Cabinet to hear plan to give minister greater clout over use of public land in big cities

Besides antigen testing, Trinity College has   also conducted Lamp tests, which are a rapid PCR-type test. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Harris to seek Cabinet approval for most education and activities to reopen

People dine outdoors in Temple Bar, Dublin as Ireland begins to reopen. Photograph: Tom Honan

About 25% of all new cases seen in Northern Ireland are of the Delta variant

The mica effected home of Tina and Harry Crumlish, in Culdaff, Co Donegal. Photograph:  Joe Dunne

Owners of mica-impacted houses in Donegal, and Mayo to demonstrate at Dáil

Government plans for a wider reopening of the economy and society from July 5th will not be affected by the likelihood that the highly transmissible Covid-19 Delta variant will spread in Ireland, Cabinet members believe. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Nphet reports 242 further case of disease with 67 people being treated in hospital

Trinity College Dublin is one of four colleges around the country where the pilot testing programme was getting under way on Monday. Photograph: iStock

Harris believes programme can contribute to wider reopening of colleges

Brendan Foreman, co-founder of the Village Bookshop in Terenure village. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

FG’s Geoghegan tipped by locals to take seat in byelection, Labour’s Bacik popular

The Alpha variant that was first identified in the UK remains the dominant variant in the Republic, accounting for about 90% of sequenced samples.

Little community transmission in Republic of version first discovered in India

Taoiseach Micheal Martin and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove at the British Irish Council summit in Co Fermanagh on Friday. Photograph: PA

Taoiseach was speaking after two-day British-Irish Council meeting in Co Fermanagh

The Irish Water proposal was for a charge of €1.85 for every 1,000 litres used above the threshold (213,000 litres per year), with the charge capped at €250. Photograph: Getty Images

Delay in implementing the charge has been attributed to the change of government and to Covid

Independent TD  Denis Naughten: said the powers being proposed for the council would enshrine a particular perspective on scientific evidence into law. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Council’s role purely advisory, says Minister

British Brexit negotiator David Frost. Photograph:  Aris Oikonomou/AFP via Getty Images

Fianna Fáil’s Barry Andrews says David Frost’s stance on EU is not credible

Antigen testing was proposed for the James Vincent McMorrow outdoor concert in Iveagh Gardens next week, but the proposal was quickly dropped due to opposition from Nphet.  Photograph: Cassandra Hannagan/WireImage

Leading specialists question why testing used in nearly every other country except here

Democratic Unionist Party  leader Edwin Poots  outside  Government Buildings in Dublin on Thursday ahead of his first meeting in the role with Taoiseach  Micheál Martin. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty

NI Protocol a ‘6-1’ defeat for North says party’s new leader during visit to Dublin

A large group of mostly young people gained entry to the Victorian bandstand in Stephen’s Green which had been fenced off to protect it from vandalism and antisocial behaviour. Photograph: Jack Power

Councils get €4m to fund facilities for public gatherings including toilets and bins

Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan: ‘It is extremely important that everyone in the Limerick region continues to adhere to the public health advice.’ Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Chief medical officer urges public health compliance in county as 465 cases reported nationally

Ireland’s property tax is ‘well designed’, says Dr Tom McDonnell of the Nevin Economic Research Institute. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Even out-and-out socialist parties in Europe are in favour of property tax, says economist

Government has signalled that the large fiscal response to the pandemic  will be wound down in the second half of the year as the country opens up and the economy recovers. File photograph: Getty

Additional borrowing of almost €3bn will be required to finance economic stimulus plan

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said that from November of this year all homes would be revalued. File photograph: iStock

Cabinet to cut rate and broaden bands, but 33% of homeowners to see increase in charges

There will be a strong rebound in the economy in the latter half of this year but that does not mean it will lead to a full recovery,  Paschal Donohoe has said. File Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Rebound constitutes ‘vital first step’ of recovery, Minister of Finance says

People enjoying the sunny weather and eased Covid-19 restrictions at the beach in Greystones on Sunday. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Covid support schemes to be wound down gradually with payments cut in three stages

Large crowds of people gathered on South William Street, Dublin, at the weekend. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Government will not take substantial measures to deal with large crowds in cities

Minister for Justice Heather Humphreys believes there remains a substantive threat to the State from organised crime groups operating in, and into, Ireland. Photograph: Julien Behal Photography

Offences Against the State Act to remain in place due to ‘real and persistent’ threats

Sinn Féin Senator Lynn Boylan: ‘Whoever is the candidate in Dublin Bay South, if it’s not myself, I’ll be in there campaigning to make sure that we return a Sinn Féin TD for that constituency.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Byelection is ‘referendum on how Government handled housing crisis’, Senator says

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