Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney described the deal as a ‘very big achievement’ and believed ‘it is a deal worth supporting’. Photograph: John Thys/AFP via Getty Images

Simon Coveney urges caution but says the deal is significant and worth supporting

Senator Colette Kelleher (C) says a  Bill which would make Traveller history and culture part of the curriculum at primary and secondary school is a ‘milestone’ piece of legislation. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister expresses concerns over the draft legislation as Seanad votes to pass it

Gerard Craughwell (Ind) said his identity on Facebook was stolen last weekend, while  Catherine Noone (FG) said she received a tweet this week saying she ‘should be buried alive’ with a reference to murdered MP Jo Cox. File images: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times/Gareth Chaney/Collins

Gerard Craughwell (Ind) and Catherine Noone (FG) were speaking during a Seanad debate

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar told the Dáil the ‘petition of concern’ mechanism was used to block marriage equality in the North. File photograph:  Paul Faith AFP/Getty Images

Taoiseach says ’petition of concern’ giving veto to one community needs to change

Minister for Education Joe McHugh pointed out that the school curriculum was determined through an extensive process conducted by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, which resulted in the production of syllabuses or specifications for each subject area.  File image: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister says legislation unaltered would mean subject having status above Irish or Maths

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin claimed the Government is ‘in denial’ about the stress and anxiety of families of children and adults with intellectual difficulties.

Martin claims agencies in fear of speaking out because ‘it will be taken out on them’

Sinn Féin TD Maurice Quinlivan: claimed minimum wage decision was a ‘political choice’. Photgraph: Aidan Crawley

Increase of 30c will only be introducted in event of orderly Brexit, Dáil hears

Minister of State for Equality David Stanton said it became apparent when drafting the legislation that in an effort to address one inequality it would create another inequality. Photograph: Collins

Dail considers law for new parental leave measure in addition to existing provisions

Emma DeSouza and her US born husband Jake.Ms DeSouza is considering further legal action. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach backs Emma DeSouza’s case: British law ‘out of step’ with NI peace treaty

The Taoiseach paraphrased the comment of John Henry Newman (pictured) that ‘I drink to the Pope but first I drink to my own conscience’. Photograph:  The Fathers of The Birmingham Oratory/PA Wire

Taoiseach was responding to Labour leader’s call for end to clerics ‘instructing’ politicians

Timmy Hourihane, who was killed in Cork early on Sunday.

Fianna Fáil leader criticises Leo Varadkar for giving ‘personal details’ about Timothy Hourihane

The Taoiseach said while €200 million would be invested in the road in Co Mayo, the new expansion of the Luas line was well under way and the first extended carriages were arriving. Stock image: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Price tag of road has escalated by €70m in 10 months, says Labour senator

Taoisech Leo Varadkar says he will raise the Emma DeSouza case with Boris Johnson . File photogrph: Noel Mullen AFP via Getty Images)

British citizenship laws out of step with Belfast Agreement - Taoiseach

Revenue Commissioners office on Anne Street, Wexford

OPW examining files over the transfer of properties after 15-year row over title deeds

The Bill will also make it illegal for under-18s to sell vaping products. Photograph: PA Wire

Anti-vaping legislation sought as 19 deaths and over 1,000 lung injuries reported in US

Tánaiste Simon  Coveney said considerable progress had been made in the fight against Islamic State militants which remained a significant threat to regional and international security. File photograph: Reuters

Coveney warns Islamic State could ‘fill vacuum’ of instability in region

Minister for Health, Simon Harris: ‘It is my policy objective to make contraception free in 2021 and that is what I would like to see happen.’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Harris receives working group report, but legislation, regulation, negotiation needed

Elderly patients on both sides  are crossing the Border for the same healthcare and treatments. Photograph: iStock

HSE and NHS patients are crossing border for same treatments, Oireachtas told

The Department of Housing was informed two years two years ago of the allegations of criminality at a time when Tánaiste Simon Coveney was minister. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Housing department informed of Dublin protection money operation in 2017

The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar told the Dáil he was aware of the various anonymous briefings but did not think much of them “whether from Downing Street or from my own ranks”. File photograph:  Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images

Varadkar stresses no change in EU position despite UK ‘anonymous briefings’

 Joan Collins told the Dáil  “it’s absolutely outrageous  ...  people are being subjected to this Budget”. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Joan Collins later withdraws remark made during ongoing debate on Budget 2020

The Taoiseach told the Dáil that the carbon tax   aimed to incentivise behavioural change and 27 Nobel prize winners backed the tax. “Carbon tax on its own won’t stop climate change but we won’t stop climate change without it.” Photograph: iStock

Varadkar accuses SF, left-wing parties of being out of touch with facts and science

Asked could there be more criminals or more cases involved, the garda commissioner Drew Harris said: “Investigations are ongoing. This is an incident that does seem like it deserves further attention and further examination and I expect that to happen in terms of our further enquiries in respect to this.”

‘We’re trying to get to the bottom of this,’ Eoghan Murphy says

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin described the tobacco industry as one of the ‘most evil’ sectors. Photograph: Eva Hambach/AFP/Getty Images

Taoiseach agrees more urgency needed to tackle issue but says he must ‘look at the science’

 Pearse Doherty: he  said the budget  failed to ease the pressure on workers and families

Labour claims it is a ‘sham budget’ for health that will do nothing to deal with year-round winter conditions in hospitals

The Dáil voted against an increase in the levy despite calls for a higher levy of between €250m and €400m

Hike in charge on banks increases chances of legal challenge, says Minister

 Extinction Rebellion protestors  outside Leinster House in Dublin on Tuesday evening. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Increasing charge a ‘moment of truth’ for TDs, Minister says

Joan  Burton TD said Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe repeatedly referred to the budget being a Brexit budget, but he “decided to leave the most vulnerable people out of the Brexit considerations”. File photograph: Collins Courts

Budget would mean frustration in many homes as there is ‘absolutely nothing for them’

Sinn Féin spokesperson on finance, Pearse Doherty TD. File photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Sinn Féin says Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil represent ‘cosseted, privileged class’

Fianna Fail’s finance  spokesman Michael McGrath. Photograph: Laura Hutton

‘Party of prudence has become party of recklessness,’ claims Fianna Fáil’s Cowen

The survey also suggested that the number of cars on the road has risen to 2.3 million. Photograph:iStock

Research indicates 2.3 million cars on Irish roads up 200,000 since 2017

Up to 60,000 parents could be entitled to the extra leave. Photograph: iStock

Up to 60,000 parents could benefit from new leave paid at same rate as current benefit

The DSPCA says people should not attempt to get selfies with deer, or feed them. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

People feeding deer unsafe food, and are at risk of injury as rutting season begins

Brid Smith, Richard Boyd Barrett and Gino Kenny at People Before Profit’s launch of its pre-budget document. Photograph: Gareth Chaney

Party’s alternative €8bn budget seeks to tax plane fuel, bank profits and transactions

Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Ireland have suspended promotion of greyhound racing. File photograph: stockexpert

Tourism bodies suspended promotion after report found 6,000 dogs culled annually

Simon Coveney: ‘We cannot support any proposal that suggest one party or indeed a minority could make a decision for the majority on how these proposals would be implemented in the future.’ Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

‘There are a number of fundamental problems with that proposal,’ Coveney says

Jim O’Callaghan said it was apparent some people would opportunistically go to places like Oughterard, “for the purposes of drumming up a racist agenda”. Above, a silent protest march makes its way from Oughterard town to the former Connemara Gateway Hotel. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

A clear Government plan on asylum needed to prevent spread of ‘populist, racist agenda’

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar following a meeting with Swedish prime minister in Stockholm. Photograph: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

Johnson’s proposals create ‘major obstacles’ to deal, says Taoiseach

 Aontú leader Peadar Tóibín said it was a ‘heartbreaking situation’ where a  healthy baby was aborted under the Government’s legislation. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Tóibín claims woman who had pregnancy terminated denied input into review process

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said the intention behind the scheme was to fast-track the planning system to build homes faster. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

People Before Profit TD says scheme a ‘licence to hoard land, flip land, print money’

Mr Varadkar was responding to Labour leader Brendan Howlin who said the €64bn cost of the bank bailout was almost equivalent to the €66bn spent by all government departments in a year. Photograph: PA Wire

In revealing Dáil exchange Taoiseach says €500,000 salary limit should remain in place

Fewer than half of the 70,000 people living in Ireland who hold UK driving licences have exchanged them for an Irish licence ahead of the October 31st Brexit deadline, the Dáil has heard.  Photograph: Getty Images

Ross appeals to motorists to act before October 31st Brexit deadline

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced the appointment of Catherine Day in the Dáil following Cabinet approval. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Delayed forum to be up and running by end of year following selection of 99 voters

Green Party TD Eamon Ryan: banning journalists from radio stations “has a very poor effect on our democracy”. Photograph: Tom Honan

Varadkar says no one should be banned from airwaves unless for reasons like hate speech

People gather outside the former Connemara Gateway Hotel after a    silent protest march  earlier this month. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Worry in Dáil about message Oughterard decision sends out after Rooskey, Moville

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald said 81 people were on trolleys in University Hospital, Limerick 58 in University Hospital Cork and 50 on trolleys in the Mater. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

SF’s McDonald says last month worst September on record for people left on trolleys

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: ‘We expect the British government to honour that commitment made in the good faith in the withdrawal agreement.’ Photograph: Kevin Hagen/Bloomberg

UK government promised Ireland, EU in 2017 that there would be no hard border – Varadkar

Naomi Nene, a pupil at CBS Dundalk, who participated in the annual Show Racism the Red Card event. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A third of those surveyed in Ireland reported discrimination because of skin colour

 Ruth Coppinger: she said that since the repeal of the Eighth Amendment “some right-wing and religious fundamentalist groups are now targeting the area of sex education, and oppose any change or progress in it”

Coppinger says religious groups targeting sex education; Tóibín claims it is ‘massive mistake’ to remove parental choice on values(...)

An Air Corps aviator plots a course for the Emergency Aeromedical Service helicopter. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Warnings service under threat because of staff retention problems

Pearse Doherty told the Dáil  that  Liberty Insurance quoted him €856 and when he phoned them they could cut it to €814.But when he put all the same details into the company’s website he was given a quote of €571, a reduction of €280 “that they refused to quote on the phone”.  File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Doherty says companies use data mining to implement ‘widespread, extortionate’ dual pricing policy

A report by Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon found that several aspects of how the public services card was used were unlawful. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Data Protection Commissioner stands over her report and is going ahead with enforcement proceedings

Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe: indicated that the Government would give details in October of the contingency measures to be put in place for the Border. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Additional resources will mean ‘temporary deficit’ where surplus otherwise expected

Minister for Social Protection told Fianna Fáil spokesman Willie O’Dea she ‘won’t stand here and have you challenge me and have you telling me I’m telling you lies. I don’t deserve that’. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Fianna Fáil spokesman responds that Regina Doherty would not intimidate him

Green Party Cllr Pippa Hackett (left), pictured last year with party leader Eamon Ryan TD and Grace O’Sullivan, recently elected to the European Parliament. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

No date set but ‘no appetite in Government’ to delay election to replace Grace O’Sullivan

Quinn group executive Kevin Lunney: beaten by a masked gang.

Martin says current taskforce not working amid huge rear and ‘omerta across region’

Accusing the Sinn Féin leader of  hypocrisy, Paschal Donohoe said “Sinn Féin has form in this - you support broadening of tax bases but oppose property tax. You support investment in water infrastructure but are against water charges.”

Mary Lou McDonald claims carbon tax does not reduce carbon emissions or change people’s behaviour

Ruth Coppinger points to screen shots of text messages during a press conference at Buswells Hotel in Dublin discussing landlord and tenant relationships prior to her raising the issue again in the Dáil. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Ruth Coppinger says she has received more disclosures, particularly from three women in the Hap sector

Trinity College provost Dr Patrick Prendergast accused the Government of failing to fund third-level colleges when there were ‘red flags all over the place’. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

USI president questions global rankings as provost warns student numbers may be cut

Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty warned that children will ‘never experience a bouncy castle on the island of Ireland ever again’ unless action is taken soon

Michael D’Arcy says he’s doing all he can but ‘it now falls to judges to reduce awards’

The  Lough Ree electricity power plant was closed after the Environmental Protection Agency said it would prosecute the ESB for discharging hot water into the Shannon.

Plant to gradually start electricity generation ‘at prudent levels’ to ensure environmental compliance

A man is silhouetted against the sun as he walks his dog in Whitby, Yorkshire, on Saturday. High temperatures persisted in England over the weekend but this is likely to end from Saturday night into Sunday. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Power restored to 2,000 homes in Munster area

Members of the Naval Service leave the LÉ Samuel Beckett aboard a RIB on a search and recovery mission. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

LÉ Samuel Beckett to play role in State’s bid for UN general assembly seat but FF unhappy

Tánaiste Simon  Coveney also insisted that the position on the operation by Government of the card was ‘rock solid’. He said it would be strongly defended if legally tested.

Government defence of public services card operation ‘rock solid’, Coveney insists

 A couple enjoy the work on show in the Merrion Square Open Art Exhibition. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Fianna Fáil TD criticises ‘unacceptable’ level of payment for artists and performers

Simon Coveney: There are many people who know who these people are and who is behind the brutality and intimidation.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Tánaiste: Attack on Quinn executive ‘a reminder of gangland paramilitary-style punishment beatings of past’

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection Regina Doherty insisted that she is not undermining the Data Protection Commissioner’s office, which ruled that it was illegal to force the public to apply for a PSC for services other than social welfare.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach says parents without card can ‘go through the rigmarole’ of filling in forms

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin highlighted the problems families with autistic children in particular face in trying to get school places. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Taoiseach highlights investment in special needs amid FF accusations of ‘inertia’

Sinn Féin housing spokesman Eoin Ó Broin said homeowners in Dublin and Kildare are facing significant costs to address latent faults uncovered in their properties. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Damien English told to ‘get your head out of the sand’ and help homeowners fix defects

Giving details of the case TD Ruth Coppinger said the woman was renting a ‘bedsit in all but name’ in the Rathmines area. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Landlords seeking ‘sex for rent’ from tenants, Dáil hears

Some of the people taking part during a protest on Monday outside the former Connemara Gateway Hotel in Oughterard, Co Galway.  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Varadkar cites Lisdoonvarna, Wicklow Town as examples where discussions ‘allayed fears’

Independent Farmers Ireland members protest outside Meadow Meats (which is owned by Dawn Meats) in Rathdowney, Co Laois, on Tuesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Creed appeals to protesters to ‘step back for the sake of fellow farmers’

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said gardaí are prohibited by law from asking anybody to produce the card. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Varadkar insists card is “absolutely not IDcard’ as gardaí not allowed to ask for it

 Tánaiste Simon Coveney said the French ‘have committed to ensuring a separate lane in Calais for Irish trucks coming off ships from Dover’. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

French ‘unbelievably helpful’, will have separate lane for Irish trucks from UK at Calais

Protests by farmers continue outside meat processing plants around the country. File image

Taoiseach calls for compromise as total out of work in sector during dispute hits 6,000

Meeting the Taoiseach, Brexit, bus stops and ’violence’ of French education system

Leinster House: when it reopens on Monday, some claim only the Ceann Comhairle and visiting dignitaries will  be allowed  use its refurbished entrance. Photograph: Alan Betson

Claims made that two entrances to be used, one for elected members and one for staff

The unpaid parental leave increases from 18 weeks to 22 next month. Photograph: iStock/Getty

TD makes call as 18 weeks of unpaid parental leave increases to 22 from September

Labour’s Aodhán Ó Riordáin has proposed the introduction of a free book scheme for primary schools. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Senator calls for universal payment for school clothes, footwear and free books

Minister for  Transport Shane Ross and  his wife, Ruth Buchanan, at the RDS: “I do not drive a diesel car as suggested nor have I ever owned a Jaguar.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister defends climate-friendly driving claims and says he is trialing electric vehicles

 The Hyundai Ioniq electric car is the mode of transport   for  the Minister for Climate Action and  Environment Richard Bruton

FF TD John Lahart says Government wants people to change ‘yet their own house is not remotely in order’

Rotunda hospital, location of one of the State’s 15 colposcopy clinics. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Clinical need will determine access to clinics as smear test backlog to be cleared in weeks

The citizens’ assembly meets for its final meeting on the topic of the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution in 2017. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Tender process to commission polling company to select 99 voters on electoral register

Prof Brian MacCraith: his report urged the HSE to move quickly to ensure CervicalCheck becomes a well-structured, strongly-led organisation. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Patients waiting six months told they are HPV negative when actually HPV positive

Lorraine Walsh, whose test results were misdiagnosed, and Stephen Teap, whose wife Irene Teap died of cervical cancer, represent the 221+ patient group that met with Mr Varadkar and Mr Harris. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell/The Irish Times

Taoiseach expected to acknowledge State’s role in repeated failures, errors in Dáil

President of DCU Prof Brian MacCraith (right), alongside HSE director Paul Reid, found that the almost total reliance on a single international supplier of laboratory services for the CervicalCheck national cancer screening programme was a source of ‘significant fragility’ for the programme. Photograph: Michelle Devane/PA Wire

Too few people in CervicalCheck managing too many projects, rapid review finds

Minister for Health Simon Harris. Photograph: Alan Betson

Technical problem uncovered by woman who questioned delay in getting her results

The Health Service Executive has made several significant announcements following publication of a report by Prof Brian MacCraith.

Results of more than 4,000 smear test not affected by ‘major communications failure’

Six months after the HSE’s breastfeeding implementation group drafted a Staff Breastfeeding in the Workplace policy, the document has yet to be implemented. Photograph: iStock

Document proposes encouraging employees to breastfeed until child’s second birthday

One parent was asked questions about what religion the family was and asked for a baptism certificate if there was one. Photograph: Cesar Manso/AFP/Getty

Section preventing schools asking questions will not come into effect for two years

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan said it established a ‘comprehensive framework for dealing with the corrosive legacy of the past’ . Photograph by Crispin Rodwell

Bill rushed through Dáil, Seanad on cooperation with PSNI, UK

Simon Harris described the situation as one of ‘great frustration, annoyance and worry’ for women. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

GPs to receive test results from today following IT glitch as HSE directly contacts ‘small number’ of 800 women

Michael Ring:  ‘We cannot allow other departments to throw everything over to my department.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minister says other departments are foisting issues onto Department of Rural Development

Set to become a university: the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland building on York Street, Dublin 2.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Reforming legislation also increases powers of regulator over English language schools

Minister for Justice and Equality Charlie Flanagan: said he increased the number of judges to ‘ensure the efficient administration of justice’.   Photograph: Tom Honan

District Court judges’ retirement age to increase from 65 to 70

Tánaiste Simon Coveney said progress was being made, but it had been slow. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Tánaiste says PNA has been patient with Government’s slow progress on resolution

Fianna Fáil Brexit spokeswoman Lisa Chambers.  Photograph: Fran Veale

‘We have to look at bigger picture, time beyond Brexit,’ FF’s Lisa Chambers says

Brendan Grace and Noel Whelan

Two very different men ‘both made enormous contributions’ to Irish life

Under the new law a coroner is empowered to direct production of relevant evidence. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Family of women whose deaths became high profiles cases observed as Bill completed

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan said the Judicial Appointments Commission Bill would be delayed at least into the autumn. Photograph: Aoife Moore/PA Wire

Bill unexpectedly passes committee stage after more than 100 hours of Seanad debate

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