Houses in a row in Trim, Co Meath. A Senator claimed Meath County Council officials failed to draw up minutes in county development plan. Photograph: iStock

Seanad passes controversial Affordable Housing Bill which moves to Dáil next week

Not  a single case of transmission of Covid-19 has been reported from the driver  testing service. Photograph: Getty Images

Estimated 120,000 learners waiting for theory tests and 72,000 for driving test

The St Vincent’s site is owned by the Religious Sisters of Charity, who plan to gift it to a new body that will run the hospital. File photograph

Varadkar tells Dáil of ‘problems’ with project delayed for years over ownership issues

The Dáil was told about Government supports for the aviation sector, that by the end of June these would amount to €450m. File photograph: Getty

Process expected to be completed early next month with contract to run into early 2022

Leo Varadkar: ‘A hospital that is almost fully funded by the State should have a significant number [on the board] – a majority appointed by the Government in my view.’ File photograph: The Irish Times

Land for building ‘has not been gifted to the State but to a private charity’, says Tánaiste

 A paramedic puts a Covid-19 sample into a rapid antigen test kit. Photograph: Farooq Khan/EPA

Minister of State wrote in April to all departments on report recommendations

Eamon Ryan said it was time to put the Bill into place ‘to set a high bar’ and to begin its implementation. File photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

All political parties backed legislation, as 10 independents oppose

Mr Kelly said the land component of a newly built house in the greater Dublin area is about €53,000 or 16 per cent of the final cost. File photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Labour Bill recommends compulsory purchase of land for current value plus 25 %

Eamon Ó Cuív called for family visits to restart in the State’s prisons. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

TD hits out at ‘another plan’ as Prison Service develops ‘framework’ for easing restrictions

The Government said they prioritised education above all other sectors. File photograph: iStock

Urgent response by Government called for as Covid caused ‘huge disruption’ for children

Mary Lou McDonald said the Government’s scheme of renter protections had ‘failed’. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Sinn Féin renews call for ban on rent hikes, evictions, while charities highlight ‘crisis’

Fine Gael Cllr James Geoghegan, pictured here, and Sinn Féin’s Senator Lynn Boylan are the frontrunners in the race.

Race to fill seat vacated by FG’s Murphy formally under way with 12 candidates

Homeowners from Donegal, Mayo and Clare at protests in Dublin on Tuesday. Photograph: Tom Honan

Government to move ‘closer’ to covering 100% of costs as final bill heads ‘substatially’ above €1bn

 Last month, the Government imposed 10% stamp duty, instead of the normal 1%, for bulk purchases of 10 or more houses in a 12-month period by an individual or corporation. File photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

TD criticises Donohoe for exempting forward purchase agreements from rule change

The administration of second doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine for those in the 60-69 age cohort will be completed three to four weeks earlier than expected, Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said. Photograph: Bloomberg.

Alan Kelly says it is ‘ridiculous’ that inoculation of some of most the vulnerable taking so long

Protesters attending a demonstration in Dublin  demanding  a 100 per cent  redress scheme for homes and properties affected by bricks contaminated with mica. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

State should not be left to foot bills for failings of people who have walked away, Martin says

The Sean Ross Abbey in Roscrea, Tipperary, which was a mother and baby home operated by the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary from 1930 to 1970. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Government to outline opposition to cases including one taken by Philomena Lee

Independent Senator Lynn Ruane has introduced legislation seeking to ban non-disclosure agreements, which she told the Seanad are used across all sectors. FIle photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Minister for Equality to commission research into an issue about which little is known

Appointment ‘is concerning because we have unprecedented commitments in our programme for government around breastfeeding and maternal health’. File photograph: Getty

Concerns expressed in Seanad about post in Safefood filled by possibly unsuitable individual

Independent Senator Michael McDowell said the 3,000 page report by the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes was a piece of substantial work that should be acknowledged. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

Micheal McDowell defends massive effort ‘to uncover a huge scandal’ in Irish history

Stobart Air’s liquidation comes as Lufthansa Technik in Shannon is reported to be conducting a strategic review with implications for some 500 workers. File photograph: Getty

Coalition Senators critical of State response to aviation-sector needs after loss of over 400 jobs

Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris said HEA  report will help the review of access policies. Photograph:  Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

More than 50% of 25-44 year-olds have third-level degree, 40% of population

The report, Social Justice Policy Matters: Education and Covid-19, looks at the impact of the pandemic on primary and post-primary pupils.

Loss of learning and income cuts from pandemic to hit disadvantaged pupils hardest

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney at the British Irish Council summit at Lough Erne Resort, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, on Friday. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

If British breach protocol ‘it’d be very problematic and will damage relationships even further’

Simon Coveney: ‘We want to try to get the balance right between protecting the Common Travel Area with the UK and the very real and strong public health evidence.’ Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Department of Health confirms 315 cases of Covid-19 in the State, with 22 in ICU

Former Government minister Des O’Malley. File photograph: Dave Meehan

Former FF minister condemns Gun Plot documentary, podcast series as ‘one-sided’

Micheál Martin’s comments come after Boris Johnson escalated his dispute with the European Union over post-Brexit trading arrangements by warning he would not hesitate to take unilateral action to protect the position of Northern Ireland. Photograph: Paul Faith/Bloomberg

Poots sends Macron copy of Belfast Agreement

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly said he was disappointed that some members of the Opposition opposed the Bill. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Law to allow Government re-impose restrictions passed in Seanad by 24 votes to 12

Duncan smith TD called for leadership at both national and locals levels in order to implement longer term solutions to th issue of housing for Travellers. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw / The Irish Times

TD tells Dáil it took a unique global pandemic for local authorities to use the money

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar told Solidarity TD Mick Barry that the Government would “get the balance right,” with regard to the introduction of its statutory sick pay scheme. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw / The Irish Times

Varadkar hopes to bring legislation to Government ‘sometime this month’

Gloria Nkencho, sister and Francis Nkencho, father of George Nkencho. Humphreys said she had written to the Nkencho family to inform them that  forum is to be established. Photograph: Alan Betson

GSoc appropriate body to investigate shooting as calls renewed for public inquiry

An appearance by a member of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby at an Oxford University event has ‘added insult to injury’ for survivors with questions about its final report, a Minister has said. File photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Minister says member’s appearance at UK event ‘added insult to injury’ for survivors

 Fianna Fáil TD Marc MacSharry: ‘Where I live in Strandhill, there’s so many bollards on the seafront, I’d say had the Nazis done it in France on D-Day, God knows what the outcome of the war would have been.’ File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

State ‘can’t have it both ways’ in call for outdoor summer but closing off open spaces

Rural TDs  called for no further extension of the powers that include provision for a widespread ban on travel and events, and powers to permit gardaí entry to a person’s home in certain circumstances. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Minister asking for ‘blank cheque’ in absence of sunset clause on pandemic measures, Dáil hears

The National Maternity Hospital Holles Street near Merrion Square Dublin. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

TDs express concern about ‘Kafkaesque’ arrangements between companies behind facility

Taoiseach: Too many people on too many councils across the country are objecting to too many housing projects

Micheál Martin accuses Mary Lou McDonald of ‘hypocrisy on a grand scale’on property developments

Sinn Féin TD Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire became emotional as he outlined what happened when his partner Emer had an emergency appointment with the early pregnancy unit. File Photograph: Tom Honan

Ó Laoghaire says Government bid to present hospital access issue as over is ‘a con’

Paschal Donohoe has forcefully defended the local property tax. File photograph: The Irish Times

Minister says PBP ‘for nothing, against everything’ and insists tax is based on fairness

Minister of State for Communications Ossian Smyth did not reveal proposed new salary for National Cyber Security Centre director but said he would discuss it with Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Michael McGrath. File photograph: Tom Honan

Smyth to seek approval for increased salary for role

Consumers need to see ‘immediate and significant reductions in insurance premiums’ but that is not happening, Pearse Doherty warned. Photograph:Gareth Chaney/Collins

Bill introduced to force firms to detail claims costs, awards before Judicial Council guidelines

An image of the new development for Moore Street including a planned archway. Illustration: Hammerson

Angry exchanges over plans for future of Moore Street, O’Connell Street

Members of the Belarusian community in Ireland take part in protest outside the GPO in Dublin last weekend in support of political prisoners including the recently arrested journalist Roman Protasevich. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Dáil motion demands immediate, unconditional release of Protasevich, Sapega

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has been accused of creating a cliff-edge to pandemic support payments despite a Government pledge not to do. Photograph:  Julien Behal Photography.

Martin defends phased plan to reduce PUP, described by TD as an ‘already meagre’ sum

Senator Lynn Ruane called for support for Bill intended to restrict the use of NDAs in the workplace following incidents of sexual harassment. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Women paid as little as €5,000 in severance after abuse then ‘forever silenced’

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly: Pharmacies will be ‘particularly important’ in ‘some of the areas which are further from the vaccination centres’. Photograph: Julien Behal Photography

Production of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in Ireland could begin before end of year, Donnelly says

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly says mandatory hotel quarantine `has worked and is working’. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Some 59 of 178 Covid-19 cases detected in travellers linked to variants of concern

Surfers were having to act as impromptu lifeguards at Lahinch over the weekend, the Seanad was told. File photograph: Getty

Volunteers ‘afraid to leave beach for fear people would die’ in absence of lifeguards

Crowds gathered on South William Street, Dublin, on Sunday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Publicity campaign proposed in Seanad following controversy over gathering of large crowds over the weekend

A referendum is however required to change the voting age for general and presidential elections as well as referendums. Photograph: iStock

Referendum change not required to reduce age to 16 for specific types of election

An application for  the royal sites of ancient Ireland will include the Rock of Cashel in Co Tipperary. File photograph: Laura Hutton

Clare TD criticises failure to include group of monastic sites in application process

HSE  chief executive Paul Reid: ‘we’ve almost 100 per cent of the population over 80 now vaccinated, over 96 per cent of 70-79-year-olds have received their jabs, and over 90 per cent of 60-69 year-olds.’ Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

HSE chief says plan is to have 2.5 million people ‘fully vaccinated by the end of July’

The digital Covid certificate is aimed to help EU residents demonstrate whether they have been vaccinated when travelling within the bloc. File photograph of Terminal 2 at Dublin airport: Brian Lawless/PA

374 new cases of virus reported as Tánaiste warns of possibility of fourth wave

DUP leader Edwin Poots has accused the EU of doing ‘demonstrable harm’ to the peace process. Photograph: Rebecca Black/PA Wire

European Commission currently ‘don’t seem to care for the peace process’, says DUP leader

Stephen Donnelly: ‘Anyone who wants a vaccine should be fully vaccinated by the end of September’. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Fewer doses of Pfizer and AstraZeneca due, with uncertainty around J&J delivery, says Reid

The Tánaiste suggested there will be significant movement with regard to the numbers of people allowed to attend events during the summer when new guidelines are announced on Friday. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Smaller outdoor events to return with up to 200 spectators

Of those who entered hotel quarantine, 173  were found to have been infected with Covid-19, the Dáil heard. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Dáil debates extension until July 31st of system which has housed 4,400 passengers

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Donnelly says little online anti-vaxx false information because ‘constantly called out’

 Paschal Donohoe   arrives for an informal meeting of the Eurogroup in Lisbon: The Minister for Finance says removing  Covid supports now  ‘would be akin to falling at the final hurdle’.  Photograph: Carlos CostA/AFP via Getty

Government will outline plans to phase out payments from the fourth quarter

Palestinians sit around a fire between their families’ destroyed houses in Beit Hanoun town, northern Gaza Strip, on Wednesday. Photograph: Mohammed Saber/EPA

Israel condemns ‘outrageous and baseless’ position contained in Dáil motion

TD Richard Bruton said some of these powers were truly exceptional but acknowledged that ‘we have been living through the most exceptional of circumstances’. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Need to look more forensically at exceptional measures, says Richard Bruton

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald called on Taoiseach Micheál Martin to intervene. File photograph: Gettty Images

Alternative to courts has ‘struck an iceberg’, Mary Lou McDonald tells Micheál Martin

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald said ‘income supports should continue until the autumn at least’and it was ‘unfair to leave them with this level of stress and anxiety’.

Mary Lou McDonald calls on Government to commit to income supports until autumn

The scene of an armed siege at Whitechapel Grove, west Dublin on Tuesday night. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Man in custody after firing from home during armed siege at housing estate in west Dubli

Simon Coveney: Ireland is the first EU country to state this and it could be a message to the global community. Photograph: The Irish Times

‘We need to be honest with what is happening on the ground,’ says Simon Coveney

Minister for Communications Eamon Ryan said he would present the Labour leader’s argument to the relevant experts. File photograph: Getty

Concerns raised over levels of protection after first dose following UK research study

Eamon Ryan: ‘I am confident that Ireland will in due course be in a position to join the European digital green certificate for international travel in Europe.’ File photograph: The Irish Times

Minister warns that return to international air transport must not be ‘stop-start exercise’

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly faced Opposition pressure in the Seanad on Tuesday. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

‘Draconian’ measures criticised by members of the Opposition

Fine Gael Senator Mary Seery Kearney.  File photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

Government commits to paid leave for bereavement, reproductive health treatment

Fianna Fáil Senator Mary Fitzpatrick said the legislation has worked for many women but it ‘has not been perfect’. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Senators raise concern that just one in 10 GPs provide abortion care

Senator Ivana Bacik said  ‘there is a culture of silence around early miscarriage’. Photograph: Alan Betson

Legislation allowing for up to 20 days’ paid leave for women introduced in Seanad

 Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly: ‘It will be some time yet before there is a sufficient level of the entire population fully vaccinated.’ Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Minister says ‘we are ahead of best case scenario’ but Covid-19 situation ‘precarious’

Minister of State Malcolm Noonan said ‘the slots are protected and are unaffected’ by the cuts at Shannon with the possible loss of 126 jobs, and at Cork. Photograph: Arthur Ellis/Press22

Pilots protest over Government’s ‘procrastination’ on reopening international air travel

 Israeli soldiers fire a 155mm self-propelled howitzer towards the Gaza Strip from their position along the border in the southern Israeli city of Sderot on Thursday. Photograph: JACK GUEZ / AFP via Getty Images

Government backbenchers call for recognition of Palestinian state

Minister to share his concerns with officials ‘to see whether we can do anything’. File photograph: Getty

‘Drive-in movies would be as safe as we could get,’ says Minister for Communications

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan insisted the city did not belong to vulture funds or international investors but to the people. Photograph: Julien Behal

Green party leader faces trenchant opposition criticism in Dáil on housing decision

Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris: ‘We’re narrowing the conversation and almost sometimes suggesting their [people with disabilities] educational journey must end when they leave school.’ File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Pupils should be asked what job they would like, not what health service, Harris says

Government sources say that while no ransom demand has been received from the hackers, it is expected that one will arrive soon, and that the leaking of patient data will also begin soon. Photograph: iStock

Leaking of information likely says Humphreys while sources suggest ransom request expected

The Dáil heard that to gain approval the Irish Mixed Martial Arts Association has to apply for membership of the Irish Martial Arts Commission. File photograph: Getty

Irish Mixed Martial Arts Association running into difficulty on approval as governing body

The Dáil was told that negotiations on a financial support package for Aer Lingus is an opportunity to safeguard Shannon’s future. Photograph: Brendan Gleeson

Dáil echoes to criticism from TDs – that move is contrary to regional development policy

The Garda National Cyber Crime Bureau and National Cyber Security Centre are working to ensure health services are restored, the Taoiseach said

Labour leader warns of ‘big problem’ after man was offered procedure by organisation outside State

 Taoiseach Micheál Martin: insists funding has been “significantly increased” for the National Cyber Security Centre this year. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Taoiseach defends threefold increase to €5.1m in funding of agency this year

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly said the  priority for the HSE is patients most in need of urgent care. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister says 2,000 patient-facing systems and 80,000 machines have to be assessed

New planning guidelines will state that all houses and duplexes should be available for sale to individual non-commercial purchasers for at least two years after they are built. File photograph: Alan Betson

Green Ministers reportedly query exemption of apartments from the measure

Proposals from Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe and Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien, pictured above) were criticised by opposition parties a ‘shambles’ and ‘totally laughable’

Concern is expressed that ownership will be concentrated in suburbs

Sinn Fein housing spokesman Eoin O Broin said that to make a serious dent in the affordable housing crisis the Government must spend €2.8 billion annually to build 20,000 social and affordable homes each year for the next five years. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Vote passed after the Government appeared to forget to back its own countermotion

Fire and smoke rise above buildings in Gaza City as Israeli warplanes target a government building early on Tuesday. More than 200 people in Gaza and 10 in Israel have been killed in cross-border rocket exchanges. Photograph: Fatima Shbair/Getty Images.

Martin tells PBP TDs that expulsion of ambassador would ‘would achieve very little’

Cabinet is expected to consider proposals from Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien to reserve 30 per cent of new new developments for first time buyers. File photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

So-called cuckoo funds would be restricted from bulk purchasing in specified developments

Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien has insisted it is an absolute priority to “level the playing pitch” for first time home buyers. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Minister insists it is ‘absolute priority to level playing pitch for first time home buyers’

‘The numbers of Palestinian civilians killed - and a quarter of them children - flies in the face of humanity. It is just not acceptable,’ Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney said. Photograph: Julian Behal

‘Children are never a legitimate target’ Minister says in debate on Israel-Gaza

Speaking in the Seanad, Niall Blaney said  democracy is under attack. File photograph: Tom Honan

Blaney claims there are ‘rumours’ of community monies not being properly spent

Fianna Fáil Senator Malcolm Byrne pointed to the surge in data centres held in Ireland and said that “until we start to treat data like gold, we will not realise the scale of how important this is”. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Data must be considered like ‘gold’ as 30 per cent of EU’s information stored in Ireland

University Hospital Galway has been accused of only giving “half-baked” anomaly scans for women at the 20-week stage of pregnancy. Photograph: The Irish Times

Senator hits out at Galway hospital over ‘half-baked’ anomaly scans for pregnant women

The Nassau Street bombing aftermath in Dublin, 1974. Three bombs exploded in Dublin and one in Monaghan in May 1974. Photograph: Pat Langan/ The Irish Times

47 years after attacks, ‘we are no wiser’ as to role of British state, says FF Senator

It has emerged that the State invested hundreds of millions of euro in funds buying housing units, including €60 million in US fund Urbeo, which bought more than 200 units in two estates in Maynooth. File photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Political divisions over institutional funds and State investment

Simon Coveney: “There are serious questions that need answering as to whether there have been breaches of international law”. Photograph: Getty Images

Minister says international community needs to speak up on Israeli violence

The cyberattack, which began on Friday by a criminal gang, has seen health service data encrypted and possibly stolen. Photograph: Alan Betson

Hospitals reverting to paper-based systems; ‘too early to say’ if patient data compromised

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