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

Independent TDs Mick Wallace and Clare Daly: “Increasingly what we deal with in the Irish parliament either comes from Europe directly or Europe is being used as an excuse why we can’t do things that benefit Irish people.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The deputies will aim to bring “Europe home in a timely way” to Irish voters

 Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone: ‘There is still more information out there.’

Commission finds no evidence babies from institution had been ‘sold’ to America

A ballot box for Gola Island, off the west coast of Donegal, is brought to the polling station on the island ahead of the 2016 general election. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Cabinet sanctions ‘money message’ to give effect to move proposed by FF’s Éamon Ó’Cuív

The process will closely follow the process used to appoint Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Mr Justice Frank Clarke in 2017. File photograph: The Irish Times

Minister for Justice secures ‘agreement to note that nomination process be put in place’

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: he  had said a decision on whether to proceed with the plan to roll out high-speed internet access to rural Ireland  would be made by Easter. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister for Communications Richard Bruton says Ministers will not meet Easter timeline outlined by Varadkar

Members of the European Parliament take part in a voting session at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. File image: Reuters/Vincent Kessler

Nominations closed at noon on Monday for Ireland’s three European constituencies

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar visiting the Sikh Temple in  Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, on Sunday, the day after the centenary of the Amritsar massacres in 1919. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Taoiseach says union a win-win as Bertie Ahern and Tony Blair call for second Brexit poll

Midlands North West MEP Luke “Ming” Flanagan: put ad in local newspapers comparing his work with that of constituency colleagues Matt Carthy and Maireád McGuinness. Photograph:  Mick McCormack

Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy at loggerheads with Independent MEP over work record

 British prime minister Theresa May speaks at a press conference after a special EU summit on Brexit at the European Council in Brussels. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Inside politics: Questions remain after FAI and Delaney appear at Oireachtas committee

Former taoiseach Enda Kenny: the VentureWave website lists him  as one of four people on its senior team

Mayo TD will take up his first business-related role since stepping down as taoiseach

Billy Kelleher: he is accused  of not taking the prospect of  taking  two seats in Ireland South  seriously

Councillor candidate claims TD Billy Kelleher is not taking seriously the prospect of the party winning two seats in Ireland South

The Dorchester Hotel in London, owned by the Sultan of Brunei. Photograph:  Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images

Séamus Woulfe decides against going to Dorchester amid controvery over gay rights

Minister for Transport Shane Ross has a testy relationship with Imelda Munster. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Transport action plan accidentally sent to SF transport spokeswoman Imelda Munster

Michel Barnier, EU chief Brexit negotiator, at Government Buildings speaking to media following meeting. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ministers at Dublin meeting are told EU will ‘stand fully behind Ireland’

 Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan: concerned about suggestions banks may have employed unregistered security to assist in executing court orders. Photograph: James Forde

Flanagan to seek approval for requirement that private security firms register with State

Meath West TD Peadar Tóibín: “There needs to be sustainable levels of immigration in this country, it needs to be managed.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Pearse Doherty says former colleague is courting populist views as he launches Aontú

Senator Alice Mary Higgins at her campaign launch in Dublin on Monday. .Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Former SDLP leader Mark Durkan says he would be the only ‘authentic voice’ for NI if elected

Landlords will also be required to copy a tenancy termination notice to the Residential Tenancies Board. File photograph: PA

New measures also tighten rules around ending a tenancy to enable refurbishments

US speaker Nancy Pelosi: renewed efforts to seal a landmark American visa deal for Irish citizens. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

Speaker of House of Representatives to visit Border and meet Taoiseach later in month

 Paschal Donohoe, Minister for Finance, speaks to media on the report of the review of the Local Property Tax  at the Department of the Taoiseach. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Department of Finance outlines options to reform tax to deal with rises in property prices

Angela Merkel: “She really wants to listen, to show support and to listen, and to find out what is the current situation, what is the view of Ireland, and how can we proceed in different scenarios”

German ambassador to Ireland says chancellor’s visit is a show of solidarity with Ireland

The report is said to outline a number of proposed options for dealing with the tax, from cutting the rate to widening the bands.

Changes to Local Property Tax have been deferred for one year

Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow announces the results of a round of voting on alternative Brexit options at the House of Commons on Monday night. Image: Reuters TV via REUTERS

Inside Politics: Taoiseach is expected to press case for a long extension of article 50 negotiating process

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: ‘No one should under-estimate the difficulties that a no-deal will present, for all of us.’  Photograph: Brian Lawless/ PA Wire

Taoiseach to discuss EU single market and open Border with Macron and Merkel

Calls for McGrath to resign after claiming drink-driving checks were ‘over the top’

House of Commons speaker John Bercow is pictured during a debate on a series of indicative proposals tabled in an attempt to find consensus among MPs on Brexit. Photograph: UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/PA Wire.

May to hold five-hour cabinet meeting amid speculation she could seek long delay to Brexit

File photograph: iStock

Revenue would give unused tax credits back to those earning below €16,500 in the policy

‘If judges are taken off the pitch, it could have problems for the practical administration of justice.’ Photograph: Nicolas Nadjar

Chief justice issues warning after Government moves to allow public inquiries

Becky Loftus Dore: she cautions  people against choosing surrogacy in Ireland unless a family member or close friend has agreed to be the surrogate

‘This journey has been so different to any of my own. My husband and I aren’t sitting in bed talking about names’

Fianna Fáil spokesman Barry Cowen said constituencies such as his own of Offaly, where Bord na Móna has a significant presence, could see its industries affected. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Party insisting on funds being reinvested in affected communities during report negotiations

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