Fine Gael European election candidate Maria Walsh dancing with party leader and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in Galway. Photograph: Andrew Downes

European candidates Anne Rabbitte and Maria Walsh take to the streets

  On the Campaign trail: Malcolm Byrne of Fianna Fáil canvassing at Bray Dart Station. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Harry McGee goes on the campaign trail with candidates in Ireland South

  Housing  group Raise the Roof  has  morphed into a national campaign. Yet while the housing crisis has worsened,  the crowd expected at Saturday’s march in Dublin will not approach the 100,000 seen during the anti-water charges campaign

Campaigners struggle to exert pressure on Government as Minister keeps low profile

 Fine Gael’s two Dublin candidates for the European elections, Frances Fitzgerald and Mark Durkan, canvassing at St Stephen’s Green Luas stop in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Candidates frame vote as a choice between pro-European stance and Eurosceptic populism

Minister for Communications Richard Bruton is among the advocates for the broadband plan. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Error in cost-benefit analyses by PwC found only in weeks before the decision to proceed

Minister for Finance  Paschal Donohoe: his department’s views on the broadband plan made for extraordinary reading. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Inside Politics: Issue sents party into damage limitation and calls political judgment of Taoiseach into question

Former taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/File

‘Enda the Road’ by Gavan Reilly recounts 2017 Garda whistleblower scandal

Brendan Howlin:  it was “the lowest ebb in my political life in 2016”.  “Many people felt we could not recover.” Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Party keen to see support bounce back after big losses in 2016 general election

 Fianna Fáil’s Barry Cowen says  the Minister for Finance is ‘taking the people of Ireland for mugs with his insistence that no capital projects will be impacted as a result of the costs of the plan’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Fianna Fáil says reported €200m Granahan McCourt investment would be ‘farcical’

Controversial US pastor Steven L Anderson leaves Botswana’s department of immigration in 2016 after being issued a deportation order. Photograph:  STR/AFP/Getty Images

Controversial pastor Steven L Anderson has already been banned from most EU countries

The report by the Court of Auditors  said  Ireland had significantly improved broadband coverage between 2011 and 2017, with more than 90% overall coverage. Photograph: Getty Images

European Court of Auditors puts State in sixth place out of 28 EU states for fast rural broadband with more than 80% coverage

Over the next seven years, 147,000km of fibre will be strung on existing Eir-owned poles, said Minister for Communications Richard Bruton in the Dáil. File photograph: Getty

Utility unsuitable for delivery of service as it ‘won’t work as quickly and could cost more’

Minister for Justice  Charlie Flanagan accepted an amendment tabled by Senator Michael McDowell during a Committee Stage debate.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for Justice accepts McDowell’s amendment to Bill

Ciarán Cuffe said the Green Party was pro-European but had many concerns. ‘We have concerns about the rise in defence spending and the earmarking of €12 billion for defence,’ he said. File photograph: Frank Miller

Party calls for binding carbon budgets in EU to reduce emissions by 55 per cent by 2030

 The installation of  broadband in rural Ireland has proved to be a political hot potato. File photo: Michael Smith/Getty

Allowing Eir remove 300,000 homes from plan increased costs, says Richard Bruton

Minister for Finance and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe rejected advice from a senior civil servant about the broadband plan. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Inside Politics: where did it all go wrong for the broadband plan?

The mortuary at University Hospital Waterford.  Photograph: Patrick Browne

Four hospital consultants wrote second letter in March warning of dire conditions

Fine Gael TD Andrew Doyle – the party’s European candidate for South. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Party launches candidates for European and local elections at event in Moate

World Press Freedom Day: “Lyra ... was fearless, as the women of Derry are fearless, and they will not be intimidated by sinister threats daubed on signposts in the dark of night.” Photograph: PA

Vulnerability of journalists and journalism highlighted at World Press Freedom event

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: ‘The only thing I said was there were different accounts’. Photograph: Michelle Devane/PA Wire

Varadkar says never specifically challenged views of pathologists who criticised poor storage and refrigeration facilities

Ruth Morrissey and her husband Paul outside the Four Courts on Friday at the conclusion of her case. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The  Irish Times

‘An Taoiseach told us none of us would have to go through this but unfortunately I’m the one who had to’

Micheal Martin: “You never hear any pro-EU approach from these parties.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Fianna Fáil leader says his party hopes to win a European seat in each constituency

John Concannon: has been appointed to a new role of vice-president (development) in NUIG. Photograph: Alan Betson

Former civil servant led the Government’s defunct strategic communications unit

John Concannon: has been appointed to a new role of vice-president (development) in NUIG. Photograph: Alan Betson

Former civil servant led the Government’s defunct strategic communications unit

The Human Tissues Bill is also expected to address the issue of living donors, where a healthy person volunteers to donate a kidney to a patient. Photograph: iStock

Cabinet has approved proposals by Minister for Health Simon Harris to publish the general scheme of the Human Tissues Bill

Minister for Health Simon Harris: “If you . . . decide not to vaccinate your children and you send your child to a creche or to a school, you are putting other kids at risk.” Photograph: SON Photo

Minister seeks to spark debate on mandatory vaccination to prevent danger of disease

Members of  Saoradh at an Easter commemoration at Milltown Cemetery in Belfast last Monday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Minister says members of Fingal Battalion Direct Action Group let ‘mask slip’ over weekend

A total of 3,420 nurses were paid between €20,000 and €29,999; 4,818 were paid between €30,000 and €39,999; and 6,573 were paid between €40,000 and €49,999. Photograph: Regis Duvignau

Median nursing salary including overtime was almost €50,000

Michael McDowell: his principal objection is that the Bill will remove from Government one of its most fundamental duties. Photograph: Collins Courts

A group of Senators is engaged in circular debate to filibuster Shane Ross’s divisive Bill

St Mary’s mother and baby home in  Tuam: fifth interim report says the burial locations of hundreds of children who died in the State’s homes remain unknown. Photograph: Paulo Nunes dos Santos/New York Times

Commission of investigation says Galway local authority failed to respond to reports

Peadar Tóibín said on Twitter that the senior official ‘came in shouting ‘f***k off out of this floor, f**k off out of this area and f**k off out of this office before something happens’.

Former Sinn Féin TD says he was told to ‘f**k off’ after not vacating his Dáil office

Fianna Fáil education spokesman Thomas Byrne. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Lower pupil-teacher ratio part of general election manifesto

Independent Senator Michael McDowell, leading opponent of the Judicial Appointments Commission Bill. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Bid to curtail debate on Bill defeated by 26 votes to 24 in the Seanad

Minister for Sport Shane Ross at the committee hearing

Inside Politics: A number of investigations will examine financial matters at the governing body

Investigations mainly revolve around circumstances in which a €100,000 loan was given by former FAI chief executive John Delaney to the football association in April 2017. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

If failure to keep proper accounting records proven, then potential sanctions can be serious

Minister for Sport Shane Ross addresses the Oireachtas Committee on Tuesday. Photograph: Oireachtas.ie screengrab

‘The board is part of the problem’, Shane Ross tells Oireachtas Committee

Sports Ireland ceo John Treacy  at the Oireachtas committee.

Sports Ireland gives details of inquiry as FAI apologises for any ‘disrespect’ to committee

John Delaney: offer to step aside temporarily was greeted with astonishment by members of the parliamentary committee examining governance within the FAI who expected him to step down. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Members of Oireachtas committee say association’s latest action ‘insulting’

John Delaney leaves the Carlton hotel near Dublin Airport on Monday after a meeting with the board of the FAI. Phototgraph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Honorary secretary and honorary treasurer have both resigned from board voluntarily

Former FAI chief executive John Delaney. Photograph: Laura Hutton

FAI board meets on Monday to take ‘urgent steps’ over governance issues

Former Rehab boss Angela Kerins at the Four Courts. Oireachtas committee chairpersons have been told that in the light of the Kerins case, their role was of particular importance. Photograph: Collins Courts

TDs and Senators given extensive legal advice and told to treat witnesses with respect

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said it would be  ‘an immense honour to speak during the centennial of the Dáil, celebrating the deep and enduring friendship between the United States and Ireland’. Photograph: Melissa Lyttle/The New York Times

Veteran Californian Democrat was relected speaker in January 2019

Peter Casey: his views on immigration and Travellers have been portrayed by opponents as ‘dog-whistle’ politics. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Derry man was considering running for Dáil before handing in EU election nomination

Former FAI chief executive John Delaney pictured leaving Leinster House on Wednesday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

FAI officials appear before committee but ex-ceo cites legal obstacles to answering questions

Donal Conway, the president of the Football Association of Ireland (L), and John Delaney, former chief executive, at the Oireachtas commitee hearing. Video grab: Leinster House video

Questions to former chief executive ruled out of order at committee

Sport Ireland CEO John Treacy arrives at Leinster House to appear before committee regarding funding to the FAI. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Suspension of funding by Sport Ireland to football body justified say politicians

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (R) and EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier at a press conference  following talks in Dublin on Monday. Photograph: PAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images

Inside Politics: EU’s chief negotiator sought reassurances Ireland would protect the single market

 John Delaney will appear before an Oireachtas committee to face questions about a €100,000 loan he gave the organisation in 2017. Photograph: ©INPHO/ James Crombie

Association says former chief executive will appear before Oireachtas committee

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

March for Climate Change: students on their way to Leinster House on March 15th. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Political bickering threatens to overshadow Oireachtas committee’s radical proposals

British prime minister Theresa May speaks in the UK Parliament in London on Monday.  Photograph: UK Parliament/Mark Duffy/Reuters

Inside Politics: Car crash TV from Westminster is the political anorak’s new Netflix

Eoghan Murphy (left), Minister for Local Government, signed orders setting the day for polling, while Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan (right) will bring proposals to Cabinet about modernising divorce arrangements. Photograph: Alan Betson

Day sets up to be ‘super Friday’ with referendum and plebiscites on three city mayors

John Delaney stepped down  as FAI chief executive and took up a new role as executive vice-president over the weekend.  File photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/File Photo/Reuters

Siptu says pay cuts agreed by workers had not been restored until January

Minister for Health Simon Harris TD: ‘We have a lot to do. It is a 10-year plan.’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Health rejects claims Government has allotted only €20m to scheme in 2019

‘We need to see what happens in Westminster over the coming days and weeks,’ Leo Varadkar said. Photograph:  Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Ireland will be ‘as ready as we can’ for no deal, Simon Coveney says

The key themes of the Fine Gael national conference - and of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s televised speech - were decidedly domestic and there was no shortage of old-fashioned Punch and Judy-style potshots at the party’s  electoral rivals. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Varadkar uses televised conference speech to slam rivals and present election credentials

Manfred Weber has said few European countries want the UK to hold European Parliament elections if Brexit is subject to a long delay. Photograph: Robert Ghement/EPA

Leading candidate to be next European Commission president attends FG conference

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar addresses the Fine Gael national conference

Taoiseach says SF does not respect courts or gardaí during his party’s national conference

DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson has called for the Republic to rejoin the Commonwealth. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Senior unionist says Brexit risks putting up more ‘scaffolding’ around Belfast Agreement

Billy Kelleher: will stand alongside Wexford councillor Malcolm Byrne. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

TD previously suffered surprise loss at a selection convention for European elections

With three of the biggest spending departments not submitting any data, the overall figure could easily exceed €1.5 million. Photograph: Jon Nazca/File Photo/Reuters

Taoiseach’s department was biggest spender with €437,000 on 18 different campaigns

 Donald Tusk (left) at Government Buildings, Dublin for a meeting with Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Theresa May could write to EU seeking Brexit extension on Tuesday

 John Paul Phelan, Minister of State for Local Government and Electoral Reform: only received a handful of submissions from the public on the shape of the electoral commission. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Current Act ‘lacks teeth’ in dealing with online political campaigning and donations

House of Commons speaker John Bercow’s application of 1604 law  is “another instance of an internal Westminster issue that we cannot impact”. Photograph: Parliamentary Recording Unit/EPA

Application of ancient Westminster rule a ‘surprise’ which brings further uncertainty

Billy Kelleher: suffered a shock defeat in a Fianna Fáil selection convention. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

FF and FG figures see no case for holding by-elections ahead of general election

Former minister for finance Richie Ryan who died aged 90. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

Former TD, who has died aged 90, steered fiscal policy during turbulent economic period

Fianna Fáil TD for Louth Declan Breathnach said any return of a border would see the border region go ‘back to El Paso’. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA

Senior Government source said activities of smugglers might be deterred by technology

Declan Breathnach, a Fianna Fáil for Louth, accused the British government of playing “Russian roulette”. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Dáil Deputies in constituencies close to the Border responded to British document

It estimated the cost to women of menstruating ages of such products is equivalent to €208 a year and €8,100 over a lifetime. Photograph: Getty Images

Measure proposed as a way to tackle ‘period poverty’ and ‘normalise menstruation’

Chris Patten, Lord Patten of Barnes, being interviewed by  Harry McGee at NUI Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Ardently pro-European, the veteran Tory has watched in horror as the debacle unfolds

The Government is planning four major measures to try to curb escalating premium costs for drivers and businesses.

Planned move on personal injury awards part of initiative to lower premium costs

Fianna Fáil’s justice spokesman Jim O’Callaghan published the Domestic Violence (Amendment) Bill on Friday along with colleagues Fiona O’Loughlin and Lorraine Clifford-Lee. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fianna Fáil published Domestic Violence (Amendment) Bill to be introduced in Dáil

Robert Watt before the Public Accounts Committee on Thursday

Robert Watt criticised for reportedly saying PAC chairman was trying to ‘control the mob’

A poster for Niall Blaney’s EU election campaign. Image: Facebook

Former Donegal TD Niall Blaney says timing of convention is unreasonable

Robert Watt before the Public Accounts Committee on Thursday

Robert Watt defends response to €450m cost overruns at children’s hospital

Leo Varadkar’s popularity has fallen by eight points in the latest Irish Times poll. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Inside Politics: Fine Gael is down three points to 30 per cent, Fianna Fáil falls one to 24 per cent and Sinn Féin drops three to (...)

The site of the national children’s hospital in Dublin. The €450m overrun in the project, now expected to cost €1.7bn, has led to a major political controversy. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Robert Watt to tell PAC greater cost controls being introduced following hospital overspend

Joanne Hayes leaving the tribunal of enquiry into the Kerry Babies in 1985. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Compensation talks with Department of Justice over wrongful accusations collapse

Denis O’Brien and Angela Kerins both took Supreme Court cases over their treatment by the Oireachtas. While the results were different, the rulings were consistent. Photographs: Collins

Judgment in O’Brien case a strong restatement of privilege enjoyed by TDs and Senators

Catherine Murphy said parliamentary privilege was an important aspect of Ireland’s system of democracy. Photograph: Collins

Businessman says he is disappointed at decision as it suggests TDs could say anything

Minister of state at the department of Industry and Commerce Eddie Collins (third from left, standing) with members of taoiseach Garret Fitzgerald’s cabinet in June 1982. Photograph: The Irish Times

Collins came from ‘Redmondite tradition’, says former taoiseach John Bruton

Emergency services at the  scene at the Department of Health on Baggot Street. Photograph: Conor Pope

Taoiseach asks ‘what kind of oddballs’ send such material, which is ultimately opened by civilian staff

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is pictured with Lithuanian prime minister Saulius Skvernelis during a visit to Hartstown Community School in Dublin on Monday. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin.

British attorney general reported to have changed strategy on controversial backstop

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar speaks to the media following a meeting  with business representatives in Northern Ireland to discuss Brexit. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA

Taoiseach says law to be changed to restore UK-Ireland fishing rights

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD. File Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Government aims to reach UN targets by doubling amount spent on aid in next 10 years

Angela Kerins: was subjected to prolonged questioning about her salary,  pay and  conditions

Kerins case raises fundamental questions as to the extent of the powers of Oireachtas committees

Angela Kerins was questioned at length by the Public Accounts Committee. Photograph: Collins Courts

Approach to hearings involving voluntary organisations led to deep divisions in PAC

The committee hearing in 2015 examined costs, salaries and allowances of voluntary organisations that were in receipt of State funding and Angela Kerins was questioned at length about her salary arrangements at Rehab. File photograph: Collins Courts

Court rules public accounts committee acted outside remit when questioning ex-Rehab chief

Fianna Fáil TD Timmy Dooley said members of all Oireachtas committees will have to take stock of the Supreme Court judgement. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

‘In light of the judgement various different members of all committees will have to take stock of that’

Theresa May told the House of Commons that any Brexit delay would be short

Inside Politics: May accepts Brexit may be delayed as Corbyn relents on second referendum

Chairwoman of the Law Reform Commission, Ms Justice Mary Laffoy, appeared before the Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, along with two of its four Commissioners, Raymond Byrne and Tom O’Malley. File photograph:  Cyril Byrne

Law Reform Commission details report on regulatory powers and corporate offences

Theresa May  and Leo Varadkar at the EU-League of Arab States Summit in  Egypt on Monday. Last week Mr Varakdar said contingency plans were in place to recall Ministers travelling abroad for the St Patrick’s Day celebrations. Photograph:   Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Foreign affairs spokesman says ‘key members’ should remain due to Brexit concerns

The numbers of these types of vehicles have increased sharply in Dublin in the past year. File photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

Minister for Transport Shane Ross says he is keen to understand safety implications

Simon Coveney said putting a time limit to the backstop without saying what would happen after that time limit ran out was a non-runner. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Tánaiste insists withdrawal agreement cannot be reopened to change backstop

 Senator James Reilly said he would be focusing his efforts on regaining a Dáil seat. File photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Senator’s withdrawal clears path for Fitzgerald while FF’s Rabbitte puts name forward

Declan Conway from Waterford. Photograph: Alan Betson

Delegates at the party’s ardfheis give their views on the deal with Fine Gael

 Micheál Martin  at the 2019 Fianna Fáil ardfheis.   Photograph: James Forde

The internal mutterings in Fianna Fáil in recent weeks of the deal have translated into open criticism

Party leader  Micheál Martin told the Fianna Fáil Ardfheis he wanted the Government gone but delegates had to face the ‘harsh reality of this very moment’. Photograph: James Forde for The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil leader says Brexit could not be tackled with ‘politics as usual’

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin told press at  his party’s ardfheis that the continuation of confidence and supply was a ‘no brainer’. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Micheál Martin says deal with Fine Gael not an issue in terms of his leadership

Patrick Hutch leaves the Special Criminal Court after all charges were dropped against him regarding the Regency Hotel murder. Photograph: Padraig O’Reilly

Garda Commissioner to also face questions in relation to trial over David Byrne’s murder

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