President Donald Trump boards Air Force One on Friday before heading  to his golf resort in New Jersey. Photograph: Al Drago/The New York Times

Micheál Martin said US president’s comments on four congresswomen were outrageous

Fine Gael TD Maria Bailey is set to lose the party whip. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Fine Gael to take action against TD following investigation into personal injuries case

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan: promises a “clear response” to the High Court ruling. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Continuous residence decision ‘has alarmed many interested parties’, says Minister

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt, the contenders to succeed Theresa May, have said they want the backstop removed from the withdrawal agreement. The EU has said the withdrawal agreement will not be reopened

Taoiseach stressed the withdrawal agreement cannot be changed

Micheál Martin: provoking a general election in the coming months  would be ’irresponsible’. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fianna Fáil leader says next British prime minister must deal with existing Brexit deal

The Taoiseach has long promised to merge the universal social charge and pay-related social insurance. File photograph: Alan Betson

Varadkar pledge to raise highest tax band would cost €2.3bn in a year

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said a decision on when to hold the referendum, on extending the vote in presidential elections to Irish people living abroad, does not have to be taken until September. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Government urged to postpone poll and focus on Britain’s impending exit from EU

Protesters outside the Department of Agriculture campaign against cruelty to greyhounds. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Practices uncovered in RTÉ Investigates amounted to ‘subsidised cruelty’

Income tax credits for people who retrofit their homes to make them more energy efficient are proposed in a new plan from senior Government officials.  Photograph: Getty Images

New plan from Government officials also suggests increasing carbon tax in Budget 2020

Earlier in 2019, the European Parliament voted to abolish the custom of changing the clocks by an hour in spring and autumn by 2021. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Plan to abolish clock changes may result in two time zones in Ireland post-Brexit

Frank Feighan, a former TD and current senator, has been added to the Sligo-Leitrim ticket. File photograph: PA

Party also added a senator to Sligo-Leitrim ticket

Noel Whelan: “He was a master of the telling phrase, an outstanding communicator.” Photograph: David Sleator

Tributes paid to barrister and political writer who died after short illness

Political writer and barrister Noel Whelan who died on Wednesday. Photograph: The Irish Times

President and Taoiseach lead tributes to a ‘driving force of same sex marriage campaign’

Fresh report from Northern Ireland civil service warns that at least 40,000 jobs would be lost if UK crashes out without  deal.

Minister for Foreign Affairs tells private gathering duo ‘should know better’ – sources

 European Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Ursula von der Leyen says she will ask all states to present male and female candidates

This is not the actual rat seen in the Dáil bar.

The rat has been spotted twice by senior Fianna Fáil members

Tánaiste Simon Coveney with Minister of State for European Affairs Helen McEntee: Mr Coveney promises there will be no infrastructure on the Border. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Coveney refers to non-Border ‘action’ on goods from North as pessimism grows

Tánaiste Simon Coveney: “We are not going to put checks on the Border or close to it.”  Photograph: Henry Nicholls

Control of products moving between North and South to take place away from Border

The rat pictured is not the actual Leinster House rat, which remains at large. Photograph: iStock

‘These things happen... there are plenty of old drains it could have come out of’

Fine Gael councillor John Bailey, who has died aged 74. File photograph: Sportsfile

Bailey was prominent member of Cuala GAA who refereed 1986 All-Ireland hurling final

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald: came in for general criticism for a number of incidents in the past year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Review of SF fall in polls defends policies and refrains from blaming politicians

 Minister of State for Defence Paul Kehoe said there would be ‘huge challenges’ with staffing in the Naval Service throughout the year. Photograph: Sam Boal/

Defence Forces insists two ships docked due to lack of staff while Minister cites maintenance

Eir has raised the prospect of an alternate proposal for the National Broadband Plan. File photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Letter to Bruton says €1 billion broadband claim interferes with procurement process

Gerry Adams: he has rejected suggestions he has sent a signal to Belfast that Mary Lou McDonald needs time, free of the demands for an immediate Border poll, to rebuild in the Republic

Some believe SF must not only point to Government's failings but also to solutions

‘The Government has built its argument on the backstop, the insurance policy to avoid a hard Border, around the Belfast Agreement, insisting its sole concern is protecting the hard-won peace.’

Fiach Kelly: The main threat from a crashout is political and constitutional, not economic

Maria Bailey: withdrew her action against the Dean hotel in Dublin, where she alleged she suffered injuries after falling from a swing in the hotel bar in July 2015. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Taoiseach says FG investigation into swing fall compensation claim is ‘not a public inquiry’

‘We don’t accept that an uninhabitable island can have a 12-mile limit around it,’ said Leo Varadkar, above with Nicola Sturgeon. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Increased level of fishing around tiny islet among Scottish government’s concerns

(From left) First minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon, minister for the cabinet office David Lidington and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar during a press conference a British Irish Council  summit meeting in Manchester. Photograph: PA

‘Agreement won’t be re-opened, without backstop there will be no transition period’

Michael McGrath firmly stated his party’s political philosophy in the Dáil last night

Party finance spokesman criticises Donohoe for locking into budget package figure of €2.8 billion

The Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe, arriving  at the Department of Finance on Tuesday to deliver the  summer economic statement. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Donohoe signals that the tax cuts would not be introduced next year if UK crashes out of EU

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe arriving a press conference  at the  Deptartment of Finance  to deliver the Government’s summer economic statement 2019. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/For The Irish Times

Budget to feature up to €700m in new spending ‘if there is an orderly Brexit’

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: there will be limited room on budget day for any additional spending or tax measures beyond those already signalled. Photograph: PA

Government facing budget deficit if UK crashes out of EU

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan with local election candidates at the launch of the party’s successful campaign. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Smaller parties are now working with Fianna Fáil in ways that should worry Fine Gael

The HSE submitted a paper to Minister for Health Simon Harris’s department outlining ‘savings in the order of €500 million in 2019’. Photograph: Tom Honan

Government warns that significant savings are integral to national service plan

Paschal Donohoe: spending in health will be a ‘significant risk’ if it continues at its current pace for the rest of the year

Inside Politics: Varadkar and his Ministers seek to get one more budget through before election and to deal with Brexit

 Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: his unusually blunt comments will be seen as a warning to Minister for Health Simon Harris to control spending within his sector. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Minister’s comments seen as warning to Simon Harris

School pupils during a global protest for action to tackle climate change, outside the Dáil in Dublin in March. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Plan on climate change contains almost 200 actions to ensure Ireland meets targets

The ‘Climate Action Plan to Tackle Climate Breakdown’ says a new ‘easy pay back’ model for retrofitting homes will be examined by the end of the year. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Government report outlines ‘path’ to achieve net zero-carbon emissions by 2050

Non-residential buildings with more than 20 car spaces will be required to install a minimum number of recharging points  by 2025. Photograph: Getty Images

Pilot scheme on way to allow homeowners sell solar-panel electricity to national grid

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: in the coming weeks he will outline the budget resources available in the case of an orderly Brexit and a disorderly crash-out on October 31st

Paschal Donohoe may table a budget in which spending is significantly curtailed

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe speaking to media about the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council report. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Figures from Department of Health cause ‘deep unease’ within Government

A Citizens’ Assembly on Dublin will examine a number of issues, indicating its remit will be broader than the question of a directly elected mayor for the capital. File photograph: Frank Miller

Government to establish two new assemblies on gender equality and local government

The writs for the polls needed to fill the vacancies created by the election of TDs Frances Fitzgerald, Billy Kelleher, Mick Wallace and Clare Daly to the European Parliament must be moved by January 2nd. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Voting to fill vacancies left by TDs elected to Europe may be moved forward

New Central Bank governor Gabriel Makhlouf  ‘has been appointed under law’. Photograph: Vivek Prakash/Bloomberg via Getty

New Zealand finance official Gabriel Makhlouf facing inquiry over budget hack claims

he byelections are needed fill the vacancies created by the election of four TDs to Europe including Mick Wallace and Clare Daly .

Four Dáil vacancies created following European Parliament elections

Irish Fiscal Advisory Council chairman Séamus Coffey: Government’s medium-term projections for the economy are ‘not credible’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Inside Politics: Irish Fiscal Advisory Council argues there is an over-reliance on corporation tax receipts to cover ‘unplanned’ i(...)

Credit unions are limited to charging customers an interest rate of 1 per cent a month on their personal loans, thus ensuring access to loans at a reasonable rate. File photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Minister plans to allow interest rate rise on personal loans despite Cabinet opposition

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar greets US president Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, at Shannon Airport. Photograph: Arthur Ellis

Government sighs with relief as deflated atmosphere hangs over Doonbeg

Finglas native Cllr Paul McAuliffe, a 10-year veteran of the council, is in line to run for the Dáil in the next general election.

Paul McAuliffe likely to be first Fianna Fáil Lord Mayor in a decade

US president Donald Trump  and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Shannon airport on Wednesday. Mr Varadkar said they also  discussed the taxation in Ireland of large companies. Photograph:  Pool/Getty Images

Varadkar says talks with Trump at Shannon Airport included Ireland’s trade surplus with US

Mary Lou McDonald: her leadership is not yet being questioned. But a poor general election could change that.

Communication is emerging as a main issue for the party as a whole, not just its leaders

Paschal Donohoe is Fine Gael’s director of organisation and will be its director of elections for the general election. Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

Review may result in some general election candidates being taken off tickets, say TDs

 The increase in the Green vote means its current two Dáil seats – Eamon Ryan in Dublin Bay South and Catherine Martin in Dublin Rathdown – are secure.  Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Parties will pore over results in the coming weeks to discern trends for the next general election

Taoiseach claims party will return five MEPs as recount called in Ireland South

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: back in Dublin after an informal meeting of EU heads in Brussels. Photograph: EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images

Inside Politics: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will meet under-fire Fine Gael TD Maria Bailey

Paschal Donohoe: he will also outline how much money he will expect to be able to spend in 2020 if there is an orderly Brexit

Details will be published in mid-June as part of the Summer Economic Statement

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar arriving for  a  European People’s Party (EPP) meeting in Brussels. Photograph: Kenzo Triboullard/AFP

Taoiseach say his focus is on Brexit and on the budget, ‘so nobody need plan for an early election

Leo Varadkar: “The fundamental question when you’re in government is: are you able to govern? So as long as we can do that, we’re in government”

In the RDS on Sunday the Taoiseach again cited Dáil arithmetic as a potential determining factor in the calling of an election

 A number of  newly elected Green Party councillors from the Dublin local authorities with party leader Eamon Ryan. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Fianna Fáil will strengthen its position as the largest party of local government

Fianna Fáil party leader Micheál Martin: The improvement on northside Dublin, allied with more modest improvements south of the Liffey, allows the party look Fine Gael in the eye in the capital. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

Major gains in Dublin demonstrate sustained political recovery of Micheál Martin’s party

Leo Varadkar at the count centre in the RDS, Dublin.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

‘Others could pull the plug on the government’, says Leo Varadkar

Leo Varadkar on Fine Gael’s performance: “It was less than we had expected or hoped for, quite frankly”. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Taoiseach acknowledges party performed below expectations, particularly in Dublin

Eamon Ryan at the local and European election count in the RDS, Dublin. Photograph:  Collins

Taoiseach says FG under-performed against expectations in local elections

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: there is “no need for an election” if the Government can continue to get its agenda through the Oireachtas. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Green leader Eamon Ryan to work with all parties on climate-friendly goals and policies

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald at the RDS, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

SF leader says it was always going to be challenging to top party’s 2014 tally

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar voting in Scoil Thomas, Castleknock on Friday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Green Party has on a massive scale taken Fine Gael’s urban support base

Fianna Fáil  leader Micheál Martin at the Ireland South constituency and local election count in Nemo Rangers Sports Centre in  Cork. Photograph: Provision

Two candidate strategy in Midlands North West appears to have failed spectacularly

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  after voting in Scoil Thomais in Castleknock, Dublin. His Fine Gael party is hoping to make gains in the local elections, although party figures do not expect it to overtake Fianna Fáil as the largest party in local government. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Politicians in the main parties believe 2014 was the high water mark for harder left parties

Fine Gael MEPs Deirdre Clune and Seán Kelly on the campaign trail in Dungarvan, Co Waterford.  Photograph: Patrick Browne.

With Seán Kelly expected to top poll, push for under pressure Deirdre Clune intensifies

Shane Ross is said to have asked that his proposed changes be included before the Judicial Council Bill  is put to the Dáil. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Minister raised the issue during a discussion on the proposed Judicial Council Bill

Fine Gael general secretary Tom Curran with Tánaiste Simon Coveney. Mr Curran is sending a note to the chairs and whips of Fine Gael groups on every local authority outlining the policy. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Party headquarters sends directive to local leaders urging them not to enter pacts

Local election candidate Samantha Long canvasses with Senators Victor Boyhan (left) and Michael McDowell in Dartry, Dublin. Photograph: Laura Hutton

BusConnects, rural broadband and property tax are some of the issues that keep cropping up at Dublin doorsteps

The issue of Government spending has been one of main the topics of the local and European elections, with TDs from all parties reporting voter concern about projects such as the national children’s hospital and the National Broadband Plan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Fine Gael accused of dishonesty over spending on big projects

Regarding climate change Leo Varadkar acknowledged there was “lots to be worried about” but added that there will also be “lots of opportunities”.

It will take a further €30bn to phase out petrol and diesel cars, adds Taoiseach

All of Government Plan to Tackle Climate Disruption will be published by Minister for Climate Action Richard Bruton in the coming weeks.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Departments will be required to account to Dáil and Seanad on carbon reduction

The Minister for Climate Action Richard Bruton: he is expected to publish the All of Government Plan to Tackle Climate Disruption in the coming weeks

Certain buildings will be obliged to install charging points for electric cars by 2025

Anne Rabbitte, Fianna Fáil TD for Galway East: ‘Pressure was put on’ by people who wanted to support Mr Smith and not her, she claimed.

Anne Rabbitte and Brendan Smith standing in Midlands North West as party chases seats

Anne Rabbitte  at an Ibec-hosted debate in the  Clayton Hotel, Galway earlier this month. Photograph: Michael Dillon

Sprawling Midlands North West opened to two candidates in last week

Climate change is a prominent issue on doorsteps

Inside Politics: A successful local election for the Green Party is predicted by many

Former Rose of Tralee and FG candidate Maria Walsh is standing in the same Midlands North West constituency as MEP and opinion-poll topper  Máiread McGuinness.

Party tells political heavyweight Máiread McGuinness to give counties to running mate

‘This was an evening for the patrons of The Bridge Tavern, a pub I have drank in for 40 years,’ said Nial Ring. Photograph: Google Street View

Two weeks before elections 50 visitors enjoy ‘an evening of refreshments, food and music’

Director of Corporate Enforcement Ian Drennan has previously said he would  release the report  if he was offered protection. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Director of Corporate Enforcement has said he would release report if offered protection

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has said the policy would be difficult to implement. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Implementing tax refund of up to €2,400 would present major difficulties – Donohoe

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe says he has received a ‘lot of different views’ on the €3 billion National Broadband Plan that is set to be announced in the coming weeks. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

US has been lobbying allies to ban Huawei equipment from telecoms infrastructure

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe (left), Minister for Health Simon Harris (centre) and paramedic  Tony Kelly at the opening of a primary care centre on Summerhill in Dublin 1 on Friday.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Minister says sending unvaccinated child to schools or crèches ‘against the public good’

 Minister for Culture Josepha Madigan: issue of night mayors has arisen in her meetings with the pubs and clubs sector. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Extended licensing hours for serving alcohol also considered as part of local election plan

DUP leader Arlene Foster, Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald and deputy leader Michelle O’Neill at  funeral service of journalist Lyra McKee at St Annes Cathedral, Belfast. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Coveney and Bradley set to announce fresh talks to end stalemate

 Solidarity- People Before Profit candidates Gillian Brien (Dublin) and  Adrienne Wallace (South) during a launch by Solidarity- People Before Profit of its European Election campaign. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

People Before Profit launches European campaign and defends 2016 support of British exit from EU

Prof Rob Landers said he had been campaigning  for a new facility for 15 years ‘and suddenly, after a huge negative pressure from the media today, the HSE announces it’s going to start in six months’. time’ Photograph: Eoghan Dalton

HSE tells Minister that plans for a new facility are at an advanced stage

Vlad new pic to support hdline

Top party figures hear suggestions FF chief Micheál Martin building Dáil alliances

Ministers last week consented to the change, which will seek to resolve the issue that arose after the referendum approving same-sex marriage was passed in 2015. File Photograph: Getty

Legal anomaly left male same-sex adoptive parents unable to claim State benefit

Sport Ireland chairman Kieran Mulvey and chief execuitve John Treacy at Leinster House ahead of an Oireachtas committe hearing, last week. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Sport Ireland chair ‘livid’ to learn Deloitte had filed notice with CRO about soccer body

Leo Varadkar during the  Good Friday Way of the Cross procession in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. Fine Gael still leads Fianna Fáil in the opinion polls and the Taoiseach is still a more popular leader than Micheál Martin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Painting the Taoiseach as a creature of spin has been a triumph of spin itself

 Billy Kelleher meets up with Clare hurling legends Brian Lohan and Niall Gilligan  while canvassing in Ennis, Co Clare, for the European elections. Photograph: Eamon Ward

A green revolution and disappointment for Fine Gael are among the predictions for May 24th

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy: “There will be one count – one count in Dublin for the four seats and one count in Ireland South for the five seats.”  Photograph: Tom Honan

Winners of seats arising from UK’s exit plan may visit European Parliament, says Murphy

Journalist Lyra McKee was shot dead overnight during riots in the Creggan area of Derry, Northern Ireland. Photograph: Jess Lowe/AFP/Getty Images

Police appeal for information and help from Creggan community in tracking down killer

Bono and his wife Ali with  US speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl. Photograph: Maxwell Photography/PA Wire

Inside Politics: Presence of Bono for speech by Nancy Pelosi adds to end-of-term atmosphere in Leinster House

A pair of baby shoes with the message ‘Bury us with dignity’ hangs on a wall at the site of the Tuam mother-and-baby home. Photograph: Andy Newman

Tuam home commission dismisses archaeologist’s suggestion of ‘burial vault’

Fine Gael has added Verona Murphy,  the president of the Irish Road Haulage Association (IRHA), to its general election ticket in Wexford. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Verona Murphy joins Ministers of State Kehoe and D’Arcy on ticket in five-seat Dáil constituency

Flowers at the site of a mass grave for children who died in the Tuam mother and baby home. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

‘Shameful’ of Minister to suggest people are not coming forward with information

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