Sinn Féin councillor Malachy Quinn and TD Louise O’Reilly talk to Siobhán Mulligan in Balbriggan. Photograph: Tom Honan

On the canvass with six parties, climate change and broadband also dominate talk

Work continues at the site of the new national children’s hospital at St James’s Hospital in Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Secretary general of health department to outline plans to increase oversight of project

Fine Gael MEP Midlands North-West EU candidate Mairéad McGuinness. Photograph: Tom Honan.

Fine Gael candidate suggests giving religious groups greater access to EU institutions

Richard Greene, chairman of the Alliance for Defence of Family and Marriage,  says the Government is seeking a blank cheque in terms of setting the separation time. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/ THE IRISH TIMES

Arguing against the referendum could result in being pilloried or dismissed in modern Ireland

Fine Gael: achieving value for money for the taxpayer?

Inside Politics: Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe recently gave ‘stark warning’ to Cabinet colleagues about need to control bu(...)

At the formal launch of 221+ CervicalCheck Patient Support Group were, from left, Stephen Teap, Lorraine Walsh and Vicky Phelan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Department of Health pledges it will not delay in dealing with €5m ex-gratia scheme

RTÉ campus at Montrose, Donnybrook. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Move follows review that found freelances have ‘attributes akin to employment’

More than 1,700 passengers on Irish Rail countrywide have made complaints about anti-social behaviour including intimidation, assault and theft. File photograph: The Irish Times

Irish Rail to bring in text alert system for passengers along with increased CCTV

Fianna Fáil councillor Claire O’Connor with party leader Micheál Martin and other local election candidates at the launch of Fianna Fáil’s local election manifesto in Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Fianna Fáil leader launches party’s local election manifesto

Paschal Donohoe:  ‘There is risk, there is complexity in all of this.’  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for Finance going ahead with plan despite several warnings from senior officials

The funding in question was provided by Cosc, an agency under the remit of the Department of Justice.

Demand follows investigation into alleged misuse of funds provided by Cosc

A storm of criticism greeted the Government’s National Broadband Plan on Wednesday as official documents revealed the extent of objections to the project by senior civil servants. File photograph: Getty

Private entity to own network at end of 25-year contract despite €3bn State investment

Fiona O’Reilly (right) with Linda Ahern, from Templeogue and other protesters for better respite and homecare services.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

‘We can be left waiting for the basic right of being able to get up out of bed in the morning’

 Grace and Mathew Drysdale, great great grandchildren of executed 1916 leader Thomas MacDonagh, at  the State commemoration  at Arbour Hill, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

State commemoration at Arbour Hill hears the great challenge is to create a society that enables all citizens to flourish in equal(...)

Fianna Fáil communications spokesman Timmy Dooley said the Cabinet decision to proceed with the €3 billion plan has ‘all the hallmarks of a PR exercise’. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Opposition parties accuse Government of using plan to bolster chances in elections

Ellie Kisyombe: ‘I’m delighted to have submitted my nomination forms to the DCC returning officer.’ File photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Candidate ‘confused’ by party statement after campaigning throughout review process

 Prof Fergal Malone,  master of the Rotunda Hospital. He said in January that previous assurances had been given by the Department of Health but they did not go far enough to address concerns

Move follows doctors’ concerns about inadvertently breaching 12-week limit

Ms Kisyombe will revise her campaign literature to properly reflect her history and circumstances and has  also corrected the chronology of her back-story. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Kisyombe’s candidacy sparked controversy following backstory inconsistencies

IFA president Joe Healy confronting  Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  at a farmers’ protest outside the Cabinet meeting in Cork. Photograph:  John Allen

What is surprising about the Cork dissent is its intensity and the number of topics people are aggrieved about

Nicole Fox Fenlon, known as Coco, died in Dublin last year after suffering a campaign of bullying that prompted her mother to campaign for more stringent laws

Digital harassment, stalking and revenge porn law likely to be named after Nicole Fox Fenlon

An existing offence of sending threatening or indecent messages will be expanded to apply to all threatening, false, indecent and obscene messages using any form of online communications. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Bill agreed by Cabinet will also ban revenge porn and create specific offence of stalking

Parliament Buildings on the Stormont Estate in Belfast. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Micheál Martin had suggested removing petition of concern to ease North deadlock

The process involves having to contact both the birth parents and those whose births were illegally registered, with social workers gathering documents to identify and locate them.

Independent report on illegal birth registration due to Zappone at end of May

A spokesman for the HSE said none of the parties providing specialist input to the HSE in regard to the new National Children’s Hospital had any role in the subsequent decision-making process.

PwC hired in 2018 to look at hospital options and in January 2019 for costs overrun review

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone meets survivors of institutions Terri Harrison and Sydney Herdman. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Forum releases recommendations to provide healthcare and other supports to survivors

The tribunal will be open to, among others, those who are part of the 221 group of women involved in the CervicalCheck audit. File photograph: Getty

Cabinet ponders ex-gratia scheme for women affected by non-disclosure of key audits

Katherine Zappone: will bring some key updates on the Mother and Baby Homes Commission Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Inside Politics: Recent polling shows neither Fine Gael nor Fianna Fáil have made significant inroads to justify pulling plug on G(...)

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone received the commission’s report on March 15th and will bring it to Cabinet on Tuesday. Photograph; Nick Bradshaw

Commission likely to have focused on burial arrangements for those who died in the institutions

The HSE’s MyOptions helpline was a cornerstone of the Government’s post-referendum plan. Photograph: Getty

Jane had two different experiences: one when terminations were still illegal, another this year

The HSE report found there is a “lack of individual accountability for the success” of the national children’s  hospital.

Potential for future cost increases remains, according to HSE document

Minister for Health Simon Harris said there  is no funding this year to start work on a national maternity hospital adjacent to the new children’s hospital at the St James’s Hospital site in Dublin. Photograph:  Alan Betson

Minister says there is no provision in this year’s health estimates for project

Minister for Health Simon Harris: stands over the decision. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Simon Harris’s decision to offer free tests out of cycle is a factor in backlog of 80,000

Simon Harris: ‘What the report doesn’t find is that there should be a clear-out of the board, in fact it explicitly recommends against.’  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Minister has power to change board structure in order to strengthen project oversight

Minister for Health Simon Harris: facing questions over decision to offer free out-of-cycle smear tests to women. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Inside Politics: Minister will face questions at committee over whether advice was taken on offering free tests after CervicalChec(...)

Artist’s impression of the new national children’s hospital. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Consultants PwC finds changing builder at this stage would increase final cost of project

EU Brexit chief negotiator Michel Barnier, who will meet Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney and Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe in Dublin on Monday. Photograph: Jean-Francois Monier/AFP/Getty Images

EU negotiator Michel Barnier due in Dublin to discuss no-deal plans with Government

Artist’s impression of the new national children’s hospital. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Roads and higher education projects among those affected, according to documents released under FoI

A member of the group Fingal Battalion Direct Action reading out a statement at Paul Kehoe’s house on Sunday. Photograph: Facebook.

Group has targeted a number of senior politicians in recent months

HSE’s Liam Woods said decision was being taken on the back of financial pressures in the system. Photograph: Alan Betson

HSE letter warns of jobs freeze because of financial pressures

Ellie Kisyombe says she sought asylum immediately after arriving at Dublin airport in 2010. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Allegations of inconsistencies in background history surfaced in February

Minister for Health Simon Harris announced via a tweet last April that any woman who wanted a free out-of-cycle smear test could avail of one. Photograph: Alan Betson

Simon Harris was asked to correct the Dáil record but has stood over his position

Dublin European  election candidates take part in a hustings event in Dublin Chamber on Friday morning. Photograph: Conor McCabe

Alex White and Frances Fitzgerald outline need to prepare for ‘big push’ from Brussels

Prof Gráinne Flannelly: says she warned against the smear test plan and expressed concern labs would not be able to cope, just hours before the plan was announced in April 2018. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Department refusing to reveal messages around announcement of out-of-cycle tests

 Minister for Health, Simon Harris: A spokeswoman for Mr Harris said he would appear before the Oireachtas Committee on Health in the coming days. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Harris claims he was not informed of concerns over free tests by CervicalCheck director

Minister for Health Simon Harris said Dr Gráinne Flannelly had never said that she had given any warning to him about the initiative.

Former head of CervicalCheck says she raised concerns with senior HSE officials

Did Simon Harris announce the free smear-testing measure without consulting the national screening service? Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Inside Politics: Former clinical director of CervicalCheck says she expressed concerns about Government’s plan for free out-of-cyc(...)

Dr Gráinne Flannelly:  says she warned officials, in the hours before the Government announced the plan, that it would have consequences. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA

Former head of CervicalCheck said offer would ‘undermine’ screening programme

A Bill proposed by Sinn Féin finance spokesman Pearse Doherty TD could have unintended consequences,  the Oireachtas Committee on Finance has heard. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins.

Sinn Féin proposal seeks to stop banks selling problem loans without borrower consent

Pearse Doherty: ‘In no way does it mean a borrower can simply not pay and expect to stay in his or her home.’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Bill designed to protect homeowners is ‘no get-out-of-jail-free card’, says Pearse Doherty

Hermann Kelly at the Irexit Freedom Conference in Dublin in September 2018. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Irish Freedom Party wants to run candidates in the European elections

Mark Griffin, secretary general of the Department of Communications, said officials now believe they have a final cost for the National Broadband Plan. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Government will cap subsidies to prevent repeat of children’s hospital overruns

The secretary general of the Department of Communications Mark Griffin told the Public Accounts Committee the department now believes  it has a final figure for the cost of the National Broadband project. Photograph: PA Wire

Dept of Communications says final figure for cost of plan will go to Government shortly

National Broadband Plan: Ministers had been warned the cost of the project could reach as much as €3 billion. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Varadkar previously confirmed cost had risen to ‘many multiples’ of original estimate

Ibec said its position was strongly influenced by the likely costs and disruption that any deviation from Greenwich Mean Time would involve. Image: iStock

MEPs voted in favour of ending the practice of changing clocks in spring and autumn

The board of the national children’s hospital has invited members of the Public Accounts Committee to visit the construction site.  Photograph:  Brian Lawless/ PA Wire

Board wants to wait until PwC report looking at how cost of hospital rose is completed

“While parliament is not unique with respect to issues of bullying, harassment and sexual harassment, elected members should be held to the highest standard of behaviour due to the role of parliament in society”

Politicians have been warned in a new guide that they must ‘conduct themselves to the highest ethical standards’

Bill Browder has campaigned internationally for sanctions  against Russian officials accused of corruption and human rights abuses. Photograph: Robin Van Lonkhuijsen/EPA

UK-based financier Bill Browder to meet TDs to discuss Irish version of the Magnitsky Act

Prime Minister Theresa May makes a statement on Brexit to the House of Commons. Photograph: House of Commons/PA

Inside Politics: MPs are set to vote on alternatives to Theresa May’s deal

Celine Cawley, who was killed by her husband Eamonn Lillis. Photograph: Eric Luke

Bill preventing killers benefiting from victims’ estate may be deemed unconstitutional

The Fine Gael intention is to link payments such as the pension to the consumer price index this year. File photograph: Getty Images

FG plan would consign people to poverty while claiming to help them, says Willie O’Dea

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

MMA fighter  Conor McGregor taking part in the  St Patrick’s Day Parade in Chicago last week. The Taoiseach, who also took part, has said he would not like to be associated with the athlete’s action. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

Leo Varadkar was accused of snubbing MMA fighter after both marched in Chicago parade

A ‘rough’ sketch is beginning to emerge around how a hard border would be avoided if there is a no-deal Brexit, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Varadkar says ‘rough sketch’ of how to avoid hard border emerging and is like backstop

 Minister for Health Simon Harris:  ‘I think we really need to call on the anti-vaxxers to cop on. We need to call them out.’ Photograph:   Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister says ‘misinformation and nonsense’ commonly spread about vaccines

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar gives a press conference at the end of an EU summit focused on Brexit in Brussels on Friday.  Photograph: Aris Oikonomou/AFP/Getty Images

DUP describes Theresa May’s failure to secure new EU concessions as ‘inexcusable’

Dr Gabriel Scally’s report last year described the open disclosure policy in the health service as deeply contradictory and unsatisfactory. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Dr Gabriel Scally’s latest progress report notes ‘deeply flawed’ HSE policy still in place

Video grab of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar speaking at Government Buildings in Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Michelle Devane/PA Wire

Taoiseach says reported €100,000 loan ‘does seem a bit unusual’

The Government has published  a report laying out a path to reform the State’s 60-year-old gambling laws

Establishment of independent regulator approved by Cabinet

“All the social consequences,  suicides, ruination, people’s careers being destroyed and all the rest that flow from an unregulated gambling industry in this country are there for us all to see,” says Independent Senator  Michael McDowell.

Councillors in Donegal voted to legalise gaming machines, despite risks of addiction

Ambulance staff take a man from outside a mosque following the shootings which left 49 dead in central Christchurch, New Zealand. Photograph:Mark Baker/AP

Simon Coveney: ‘We are countries that have so much in common’

John Kelly (centre), whose brother Michael died during Bloody Sunday, during a press conference in reaction to today’s Bloody Sunday prosecution announcement  in Derry. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Appalling that Britain intends to amend legacy system to protect former state forces – SF

John Kelly (C), whose brother Michael died during Bloody Sunday, speaks during a press conference. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty

DUP’s Gregory Campbell says ‘massive imbalance’ in legacy investigations into Troubles

Cancer patients are being sent home without chemotheraphy due to  lack of beds. Photograph: Alan Betson

Reduced funding also affecting tests on new treatments, Cancer Trials Ireland says

National children’s hospital new board head, Fred Barry, says: “I don’t think it would be good business for the State to stop the works and retender it.” Photograph: Collins

New board head says no scope for savings and cites ‘diminishing returns’ at this stage

Michel Barnier at  the  Six Nations rugby match between Ireland and France at the Aviva. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty

Leo Varadkar hosts Michel Barnier at private pre-match dinner in Dublin

The Government has ruled out leasing ships in the event that the route to mainland Europe is affected by Brexit. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Brexit briefing papers show legal complications of managing a crash-out scenario

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan said Ireland has strong counter-terrorism laws which ‘provide for prosecution here of terrorist offences committed outside the State’. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Lisa Smith and her two-year-old child are understood to be in a camp in Syria

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe was escorted out of a jobs event early when he learned of the protest. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Paschal Donohoe attending jobs event in his constituency when he learned of situation

Minister for Culture Josepha Madigan described the political system as ‘archaic’ and said her job was a ‘sacrifice and a privilege’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Josepha Madigan said she spent ‘around five minutes’ with family during midterm

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said there was an ‘epidemic of violence against women’ which ‘needs to stop’. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Government holds special Cabinet meeting on gender equality, ratification of Istanbul Convention

The woman with the Irish accent told ITV: “The people don’t have food. They’re struggling for food and money and everything is expensive, so I don’t know how they’re going to keep living.” Photograph: ITV

A former member of the Air Corps who worked on the Government jet converted to Islam

Robert Watt, the secretary general of the Department of Public Expenditure, finally appeared before the Public Accounts Committee and the Finance Committee on Thursday.

Expenditure head did not want to get in to ‘who knew what when’ on hospital cost

Robert Watt before the Public Accounts Committee on Thursday

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

Mary Coll and Jacqueline Connolly, Clodagh Hawe’s mother and sister, said the commissioner has agreed to a serious case review headed up by the assistant Garda Commissioner Barry O’Brien. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Assistant Garda Commissioner Barry O’Brien to lead team to look into murders

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment  Richard Bruton, as well as Minister for Employment and Social Protection Regina Doherty.

Special Cabinet meeting to take place on International Women’s day on Friday

Paul Murphy: ‘Are we guilty of not ‘telling the truth’ to the working class?’ Photogaph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Inside Politics: Party papers reveal serious differences between leading figures on domestic political strategy

The family of Clodagh Hawe is due to meet Garda Commissioner Drew Harris on Thursday in their bid to get further access to Garda files on the case. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Department of Education says arrangements being made to facilitate family’s request for information

Ellie Kisyombe, still a candidate for Social Democrats in local elections.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Fundamental internal differences exist about policy, the EU and party leadership

Attorney General Séamus Woulfe has heard concerns about the CervicalCheck tribunal from senior judges. File photograph Nick Bradshaw

Simon Harris insists Government has prioritised setting up the legislation

Clodagh Hawe’s mother, Mary Coll (right), sister Jacqueline Connolly (left) and another family member outside Cavan courthouse following an inquest   in December 2017. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Flanagan says officials will examine possible changes to Succession Act

Clodagh Hawe and her three sons were murdered by Alan Hawe before he took his own life in Ballyjamesduff, Co Cavan, in August 2016.

Minister to meet mother and sister of woman murdered, along with three sons, by husband

President Michael D Higgins, who was sworn in for a second seven-year term last November, came under pressure during the presidential election over the allowance. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Confidential draft of report for PAC finds failure of audit group to meet ‘unacceptable’

The Government has come under significant pressure to explain how the cost of the national children’s hospital rose from an estimated €800 million in 2014 to the current figure of €1.73 billion. Photograph:  Collins

Paul Quinn accepts “in hindsight” he should have told PAC about hospital board role at an earlier stage

The Minister for Children Katherine Zappone said the provisions in the Bill in relation to release of birth information are “very serious and complex”. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Adopted people will no longer have to sign an undertaking that they won’t contact their natural parents

Does Jeremy Corbyn recognise the possibility that Theresa May is finally moving in a direction where she could get a Brexit deal over the line? Photograph: DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images

Inside Politics: Does Labour leader recognise possibility that Theresa May could get a deal over the line?

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan:  will seek approval to draft the Land and Conveyancing Law Reform (Amendment) Bill. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Legislation aims to keep distressed borrowers in mortgage arrears living in their homes

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney. Photograph: Hannah McKay/Reuters

Coveney responds to UK threat to import Brazilian beef on a tariff-free quota

Theresa May is welcomed by the president of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker prior to a bilateral meeting on Brexit talks on Wednesday. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

Inside Politics: Brexit talks continue with tentative hopes of breakthrough brokered in middle ground

 Climate change protesters demonstrated outside Leinster House in Dublin earlier this week.   Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

Parties wanted to set impossibly high targets for reducing carbon footprint so Government would not reach them, meeting heard

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