Sinn Féin spokesperson on housing Eoin Ó Broin introduced a Bill to ensure all developments will have to provide 20 per cent social and affordable housing.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Exemption allows some landowners to only deliver 10% social housing, says Eoin Ó Broin

Independent TD Catherine Connolly said she gets ‘nauseous when people talk about protecting mothers because we’re not protecting mothers, we’re protecting a system that doesn’t want anything to come out’. Photograph: Alan Betson

Independent TD says obstacles are not about mothers but protecting system

The Tánaiste said there was not ‘a single Member in this House who has not said something in an interview, at a meeting or in an email that turned out to be incorrect’. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Varadkar was responding to calls for Minister to correct Dáil record on shared equity scheme

Protesters from Donegal gathering at the Fianna Fail think-in, in Cavan, last week calling for 100% redress for affected mica homeowners.  Photograph: Dominic McGrath/PA Wire

Minister not ruling out 100% redress for owners of homes affected by building defects

A shortfall in power last week left Ireland at risk of blackouts

Two gas-powered plants set to restart in autumn after year of technical problems, Ryan says

President Michael D Higgins at the Quirinal Palace in Rome as part of his four-day visit to the Italian capital. Photograph: Maxwells/PA Wire

Donaldson says many may reach conclusion decision not to attend is based on politics

Simon Harris: ‘Yesterday I was named in this House in my unavoidable absence. What was said in my view was a misuse of Dáil privilege and I want the record of this House to show it was untrue.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Minister ‘strongly considering’ complaint against Matt Carthy to Oireachtas committee

Charity Christian Aid highlighted on Wednesday practices by pharma giant Abbott to exploit a tax loophole using an arrangement similar to the so-called ‘single malt’ system. Photograph: Tim Boyle/Bloomberg

‘Immoral’ system allows multinational avoid tax on €500 million in profits, TD says

Demonstrators at Leinster House on Wednesday, as  the Dáil returns after the summer break. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

FF’s Marc MacSharry votes against his party, likening it to ‘undemocratic totalitarian regime’

People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett said UCD had increased the cost of college accommodation by 20 to 30 per cent and students were being asked to pay up to €15,000 a year. Photograph: Eric Luke

UCD accused in Dáil of charging up to €15,000 a year in ‘rent for profit’

 Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Dáil hears claim Simon Harris was Cabinet member who leaked proposed appointment

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said he had made it ‘very clear’ to colleagues ‘that the deletion of Government records in any form should not happen’. Image: Oireachtas TV

Martin says Minister acted in good faith after McDonald calls practice ‘an abuse of office’

Emirates Team New Zealand (right) competes against Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli during race ten on day seven of the 36th America’s Cup in Auckland on March 17th, 2021. Photograph: Gilles Martin-Raget /AFP via Getty Images

Potential hosting of yacht race worth ‘full consideration’, says Catherine Martin

Next group of candidates will be assessed as part of the State’s international commitment to accept 2,900 refugees from camps in Lebanon, Jordan and Greece by 2025. File photograph: Getty

Minister signals another mission to Lebanon next week to interview 300 Syrian nationals

Policy proposals were advanced at the Labour Party’s think-in in Athy, Co Kildare.

Country ‘remains one of the most centralised states in Europe’, says enterprise spokesman

Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan will amend legislation to give ‘better legal certainty’ to local authorities on the provision of cycle lanes and greenways. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Councils need ‘legal certainty’ following Strand Road controversy, says Ryan

More than 35 per cent of Asian/Asian Irish, 39 per cent of Travellers and more than 40 per cent of Black/Black Irish live in overcrowded accommodation, the report found. Photograph: iStock

Almost half of migrants live in private rental accommodation, ESRI-Ihrec report finds

First Holy Communion celebrants at St Patrick’s Cathedral in 2019. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Kildare bishop urges parishes in his diocese to abide by current official guidelines

Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Tánaiste Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Julien Behal Photography/PA Wire

Up to 200 permitted under regulations, Government says Attorney General advised

Archbishop of Dublin Dermot Farrell: ‘Lack of consistency leads to a lack of credibility.’ Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Archbishop of Dublin advised by Taoiseach against holding Communion and Confirmation

Fr Con Cronin was struck by a Bus Éireann bus after it veered out of control in Monkstown.

Postmortems due on cleric and bus driver who died after bus crashed in Monkstown

Anyone seeking a driving test must first pass a driving theory test and undertake a minimum of 12 driving lessons before they can do a driving test.

Waiting list for driver theory tests could be eliminated, claims FF Senator Diarmuid Wilson

Minister for Education Norma Foley:   she stressed the “huge potential” identified by teachers  and the community for collaboration between schools. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Pilot project involves total of 24 schools in Donegal, Galway, Kerry, Wicklow and Waterford, and will begin in new school term

Garda inquiries into the incident are ongoing. File photograph: The Irish Times

Child playing in garden in Milford area of Buncrana when set upon by the animal

A grow house was located in a shed and 76 cannabis plants ‘at an advanced state of growth’ were seized along with 20 vacuum-packed bags of cannabis herb.

Search of Kilmainhamwood, Co Meath, location yields substantial drugs haul

A screen grab taken from a video showing Belarusian sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya talking on social media. Photograph: ESN/AFP via Getty Images

Krystsina Tsimanouskaya fears reprisals from Lukashenko regime over criticisms

The lifeboat crews made multiple attempts to establish a tow with the Lily B cargo vessel.

Tense 12-hour rescue off Wexford coast last October in force nine winds with 10m waves

Ellen Glynn and Sarah Feeney on RTÉ’s Late Late Show after their ordeal in 2020. File photograph: RTÉ

Cousins rescued 15 hours after setting out on paddle boards from Furbo beach, Co Galway

A fatal  crash occurred at 7.15pm on  August Bank Holiday Monday evening near the intersection of the M7 and M8 motorways south of Portlaoise. File photograph: Google Street View

Driver in his 80s dies and five people are injured after three cars collide on M7

Hazel Chu: “I want to make sure that everyone is agreeable.” She added that she will discuss the matter with the leadership, the executive, “with everyone”. Photograph:  Damien Eagers

Writ expected to be moved in September with contest likely before end of year

‘We’re talking about investing in mental health services and yet we’re closing a centre in my own town in the middle of a pandemic.’ File photograph: Getty

Oireachtas group vows to exert pressure and ensure recommendations are implemented

People will be able to attend for a vaccine shot without an appointment from Friday to bank holiday Monday at certain hours. File photograph: Getty

Thirty-eight locations to open across 26 counties over August bank holiday weekend

The ESRI predicts statutory home support scheme spending of €1.2 billion to €3 billion in 2035. Photograph: Regis Duvignau

Think tank forecasts likely expenditure for statutory homecare and other services

Government sources were adamant that second-level education would resume in the autumn, despite concerns that the wave of Covid cases could grow following the reopening of indoor dining. File photograph: David Sleator

HSE chief asks public to embrace reopening of hospitality safely

HSE chief executive Paul Reid. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell/ The Irish Times

Foley seeks to ‘reassure parents’ that schools are expected to open in September

A Department of Health source said there is ‘concern but not alarm’ at current trends. File photograph: The Irish Times

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly warns Seanad of ‘roaring’ growth in virus infections

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Seanad debates and passes Bill that taxes homes built since 2013 for the first time

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly told the Seanad on Friday ‘we don’t know how bad it’s going to get’. Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

Stephen Donnelly compares possible coronavirus death toll to War of Independence

Oireachtas broadcasting unit employees, who film the proceedings of the Dáil and Seanad, lose their jobs every summer

‘Not good enough’ for State employer to treat people in ‘insignificant manner’, says Doherty


Paul Reid says approximately 5% of overall cases in recent days involved fully vaccinated people

Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien said the Government ‘is putting councils back at the centre’ of delivering social and affordable homes by ‘giving them the biggest budget in the history of the State’. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw / The Irish Times

Senators argue that legislation will strip councillors of key role

Rose Conway-Walsh, Sinn Féin Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Rose Conway-Walsh referenced Rosa Parks when debating Covid-19 vaccination pass

Labour TD Ivana Bacik told the Dáil there was ‘deep frustration’ about the ‘tortuous negotiations’.

Tánaiste calls for ‘open minds’ on ‘best option’ for ownership of site for new hospital

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Young people should minimise social contacts over next few weeks, says Tánaiste

Col Quinlan also recommended that of the 33 men, five of them should also be awarded the Military Medal for Gallantry (MMG), the Irish army’s highest award.

Commanding officer of A Company, Col Pat Quinlan, should receive DSM – review group

Hundreds of people gathered outside the Convention Centre in Dublin on Wednesday night to protest against the Government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Woman charged for public order related offences after city centre demonstration

People will soon be able to eat indoors as Government last night passed legislation allowing indoor dining for the vaccinated.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Minister defends indoor dining legislation as Opposition and FG TDs express concern

A file image of a construction site in  Sandyford,  Dublin. Photograph:  Bloomberg

Donohoe had been unwilling to commit to a housing package without a plan to cut deficit

Independent Danny Healy Rae said he could not implement a policy that would separate families. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Independents warn Government that new hospitality regime will face legal challenge

The Dáil has been told tthat the only vaccines for which individuals arriving in Ireland will not have to go through hotel quarantine are those approved by the EMA. File photograph: Michele Spatari/AFP via Getty

More than 8,000 people have been through system since March, with 376 positive tests

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar says the proposed system of access to indoor dining could be used for the arts, leisure, live music and entertainment. File photograph: iStock

GPs insist they have no role in certifying a patient is recovered from Covid

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly  said the HSE ‘aims to increase ICU capacity to 321 by the end of this year and to 446 in the longer term.’ Photograph: Collins

Hospital system ‘close to full capacity’ in recent weeks, says Stephen Donnelly

Sinn Féin health spokesman David Cullinane.  File  photograph: Leah Farrell/

Call for public inquiry is about ‘establishing facts’, SF’s health spokesman says

Cllr Ian McGarvey became the oldest general election candidate when he participated in the 2016 election in Donegal. Photograph: Facebook

The Independent councillor has served Donegal County Council since 2003

Labour  Party leader Alan Kelly said €1.36 billion had been lost by gamblers to gambling firms last year. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Labour leader says effects of addiction often hidden until it’s ‘too late’

Screengrab taken from Oireachtas TV of newly elected Dublin Bay South TD Ivana Bacik taking her seat in the Dáil on Tuesday. Photograph: PA

Ivana Bacik congratulated by rivals on election as she becomes 37th female TD in Dáil

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said  the ‘fundamental objective is to facilitate indoor dining and hospitality in a safe way in line with public health advice’. Photograph: iStock

Taoiseach says Opposition should ‘clearly articulate’ if they do not want sector to reopen

Una Ring, pictured speaking to media outside Cork Circuit Criminal Court. File photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Cork Courts Limited

Campaign by two women leads to drafting of legislation that will be brought to Seanad

A health worker prepares a dose of Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine during mass vaccination in Banda Aceh, Indonesia on Monday.  Photograph: Hotli Simanjuntak/EPA

Minister says issue under consideration but ‘I have no answer today’

Fine Gael Senator Mary Seery Kearney welcomed the changes to require evidence to be given under oath and for cases to be heard in public. File photograph: The Irish Times

Some employers before commission so often they should have ‘bunk beds in the corner’

Labour Senator Mark Wall said Ireland is spending €9.8bn gambling every year, ‘marking us out as the world’s seventh’s biggest spenders on gambling per head’.

Labour Senator warns of advertising impact on children as no 9pm broadcast watershed

Senator Regina Doherty outlined her own recent experience with social media. File photograph: The Irish Times

Fine Gael Senator backs FF colleague’s call to bring forward Online Safety Bill due to abuse

Taoiseach Micheál Martin. It was reported on Sunday that attempts are being made to get the signatures of 10 TDs for a motion of no confidence. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Discontented rule out any imminent move against Micheál Martin

Taoiseach Micheál Martin is ‘unlikely’ to lead Fianna Fáil into the next election, according to the party’s byelection director of elections Jim O’Callaghan. Photograph: The Irish Times

TDs cast doubt on whether Micheál Martin will lead party into next general election

Fianna Fáil Dublin Bay South director of elections Jim O’Callaghan and byelection candidate Deirdre Conroy at the RDS count centre for what was a “shockingly bad result’ for the party. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Taoiseach receives public support from senior Fianna Fáil Ministers

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

 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

Minister of State for Health Anne Rabbitte said she was “shocked” at what she had learned about the issue as she highlighted repeated refusals of the HSE to provide her with the report. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

HSE refused to give Minister report on alleged abuse in Donegal home, Independent TD says

Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris also expects to have a decision on additional funding to help colleges return safely including resources for areas such as extra laboratory space Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

If lectures go ahead ‘safety measures will need to be in place’, says Minister

Sinn Féin justice spokesman Martin Kenny said that An Garda Síochána cannot be trusted to investigate itself. Photograph: Alan Betson

Martin Kenny demands independent investigation into cancellation of thousands of 999 calls

 National Children’s Hospital under construction in January this year. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Doherty accuses Government of ‘hands-off approach’ to price, lack of completion date

Taoiseach Micheál Martin had told the Dáil the measure was necessary to prevent the risk of 2,400 social homes being lost this year if the lease arrangements were not in place. Photograph: Alan Beton

Social Democrats criticise re-instating lower stamp duty rate for institutional investors

Minister for Equality Roderic O’Gorman said ‘pay transparency on its own will not end the pay disparity between men and women’. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Legislation passed by Dáil will apply to all organisations with 250 or more staff

Taoiseach Micheál Martin: The realisation of up to 2,400 social housing units through leasing by funds to local authorities could be jeopardised if the lower stamp duty rate is not reinstated. Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

Micheál Martin and Darragh O’Brien say lower rate key to delivery of 2,400 homes

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly said that the State Claims Agency has advised that additional plaintiffs ‘have made formal requests to transfer their claims to the tribunal from the courts and that more claimants have expressed interest’. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Minister expects additional applications as deadline extended for up to a year

An art installation ‘Frontline workers Honoured’ was displayed in Smithfield Square in Dublin last year. The Government is given active consideration to a bonus for staff for their efforts during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Taoiseach has said.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Labour leader says staff often called heroes for pandemic efforts but have not received a reward

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald accused the Taoiseach of ‘hijacking’ the Finance Bill with a ‘sneaky amendment’ to incentivise cuckoo funds to ‘snap up’ complete estates. File photograph: PA

Government accused of being ‘sneaky’ and performing U-turn on bulk-buying

Minister of State for Education Josepha Madigan who told the Dáil there are very few women her age who have not been subjected to some form of sexual assault in their lifetimes. File Photograph: Julien Behal / PA Wire

Josepha Madigan says few women her age not subjected to some form violence

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said that while Ireland’s incidence of Delta variant cases has ‘been quite low’, the Government will ‘have to take on board international developments’ when planning for larger crowds attending sporting and other large events. Photograph: Julien Behal.

Martin criticises TD’s use of term ‘medical apartheid’ in relation to mooted indoor dining plans

The Taoiseach said his Minister for Housing had introduced a ‘suite of measures’ to address the housing crisis. File photograph: The Irish Times

Outrage at no stamp duty surcharge on bulk-buying if homes leased to local authorities

The Law Society said it has raised issues with the prison service in the past about the impact of security protocols on women solicitors. File photograph: The Irish Times

Access to client dependent on security protocol, but solicitor felt ‘targeted as a woman’

People having an outdoor drink on Essex Street East in Temple Bar, Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Taoiseach cautions against pre-empting outcome of talks with hospitality sector

Minister of State for Health Anne Rabbitte:  ‘The approach will be finalised in due course.’ File photograph: The Irish Times

Appointment to take three-strand approach – service users, providers and public consultation

More than 80 challenges have been lodged to date this year against An Bord Pleanála decisions. File photograph: Getty

Public should have the right to go to court ‘without being unduly affected’, says Minister

Ossian  Smyth said “we’re now looking at 10 years of consistent huge emissions reductions in Ireland to deal with the fact that we didn’t do anything in the last decade. Photograph: Tom Honan for The Irish Times.

Lockdown down emissions reductions were less than hoped for, he warns Seanad

 Pilot festival event at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. Denise Chaila during her performance. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Minister says Bill ‘very timely’ as concerts, theatre, matches begin to start up again

 Senator Ivana Bacik said continued discrimination against women in the workplace “must be meaningfully addressed through enacting this vital piece of legislation without delay”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Women effectively stop getting paid at 4pm every day, Ivana Bacik says as Bill passesSeanad

The Leinster Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final between Kilkenny and Wexford at the weekend was one of the matches behind a paywall on television. Photograph: Tommy Dickson / Inpho

Outrage as three weekend championship hurling matches behind TV paywall

Outdoor dining on Dublin’s Drury Street: The Government has invested €17 million to support publicans and restaurateurs in providing outdoor seating facilities as part of the proposed ‘outdoor summer’. Photograph: Alan Betson

Legislation also gives Government power to appoint five extra High Court judges

Senator Bacik suggested that there were similarities between the ways in which the Church and developers divested themselves of their assets. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Church suffering recurring case of “developer’s wife syndrome” - Bacik

Delta variant is suspected to now account for nearly 70 per cent of new Covid cases in the State

Highly transmissible strain was linked to just 9% of infections three weeks ago

Younger people will be able to receive the AstraZeneca and Janssen Covid-19 vaccines from their local pharmacy from Monday. Photograph: Geoff Caddick/ AFP

Covid-19: Donnelly criticises ‘vitriol’ directed at Nphet following advice on Delta variant

  Minister for Education Norma Foley. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Minister says legislation ‘speaks to opportunity and inclusion for all in education’

Pearse Doherty told the Tánaiste to ‘get real’ on housing policy. File photograph:  Gareth Chaney/Collins

Hostile exchanges as SF claims Government policy ‘blocking, locking’ home buyers

Heather Humphreys said that most of the contracts for local employment have been in place since the 1990s. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Humphreys wants to ‘allay concerns’ jobless will be penalised if they fail to meet targets

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar defended the Government plan for indoor dining only for the vaccinated. Photograph: Damien Eagers/The Irish Times

Tánaiste says Government considering ‘walk-in’ option to receive jab at pharmacies

‘First Holy Communion and Confirmation ceremonies are to be deferred until further notice’.

Varadkar rejects claims that in an ‘off-the-cuff’ remark he had cancelled the ceremonies

There are 8,500 people in the Defence Forces, 1,000 below the established figure, SF told the Dáil. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Minister removes restriction as membership down 60 per cent on 4,000 target

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