Tánaiste Simon Coveney has warned of the need for a new government to tackle Covid-19. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Coronavirus: Tánaiste says ‘strong and stable’ new Dáil needs to be formed ‘quickly’

Labour claims a Seanad rule change would allow House to sit without the Taoiseach’s 11 nominees. File photograph: The Irish Times

Government insists Upper House cannot operate unless all 60 Senators in place

Window art creations are beginning to appear as parents home school their children during the coronavirus crisis. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Record daily number of new confirmed cases with clusters of infection in health system

Bríd Smith:  she said the new Bill   applied to  tenants in “rent-a-room” arrangements

Medical examinations for abortion services possible by telemedicine and videoconferencing

A number of TDs expressed concerns about insurance companies refusing to honour claims for loss of business.

Dáil hears concerns about companies refusing to honour claims for loss of business

Dublin Airport Police personnel applauding front-line healthcare workers tonight at Dublin Airport. Photograph: Julien Behal

Grateful nation unites in a show of solidarity with under pressure medical personnel

A public information booklet being launched at Government Buildings on Wednesday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

There have now been a total of 1,819 cases in the State and 19 fatalities

A marathon debate took place in the Dáil with reduced attendance because of coronavirus.

Bill prevents evictions, imposes rent freeze, allows restaurants become takeaways, provides for rehiring of retired staff

The Government has stressed that the legislation must be passed by the weekend and before next week’s Seanad election counts. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Legislation includes €3.7bn support package for housing, health and defence measures

Covid-19 will have an impact on counting with restrictions for social distancing.

Senators appeal to electorate to vote and post ballot papers ahead of March 31st deadline

Queuing to view rental property in Dublin. Emergency legislation to impose a three-month rent freeze and a ban on evictions will be dealt with this week by the Dáil, when it sits on Thursday and by the Seanad on Friday. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Ministers will approve legislation expected to get all-party backing at incorporeal Cabinet meeting

Paul Reid, CEO of the HSE, at a  press conference in Government Buildings on Friday. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell/Irish Times

Tánaiste says people should be confronted over issue to save thousands of lives

Fianna Fáil Limerick TD Niall Collins said that some pubs have “gone rogue” and he called for a directive to be issued to all pubs.

Limerick has some premises open to the horror of the local community, TD said

TDs sit two metres apart at an emergency Dáil sitting  as new legislation is passed in response to the spread of Covid-19. Image: Oireachtas TV.

Bill gives sweeping powers to restrict movement and detain those who don’t self-isolate

TDs and Senators have been urged to have their  votes witnessed at their local authority’s office or with their local Garda superintendent

There are fears the count could be compromised if returning officers contract Covid-19

The Seanad chamber. Photograph: Alan Betson

Constitutionally, Seanad can start operating only when new government is in place

Seanad election candidates have stoppedface-to-face canvassing. File photograph: Alan Betson

National campaign for upper house sees candidates traverse State to meet voters personally

Barristers and solicitors had complained  that they were continuing to work in crowded courts.

There will be no new jury trials for the remainder of the court term

Minister for Health Simon Harris said “individual premises and establishments around the country will have to decide how to respond”. Photograph: Thinkstock

Licensed Vintners Association says there is confusion among publicans as to what action they need to take

Discussions are under way about the possibility of party whips ensuring that only a representative number of TDs need to be in the chamber at the time of any votes on the legislation to avoid members sitting too close to each other. File photograph: Alan Betson

Leinster House introduces social distancing measures, turns canteen into takeaway only

Tánaiste Simon Coveney announcing measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus with Minister for Health Simon Harris and Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan at Government Buildings on Thursday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Nine clusters of cases identified as schools and colleges are closed until March 29th

The recommendation that weddings with more than 100 guests be cancelled follows a significant increase in the number of cases of coronavirus in recent days. Photograph: iStock

Stopping large gatherings expected to slow spread of virus, says chief medical officer

Tesco on  Baggot Street in Dublin on Thursday afternoon after the Government announced a range of measures to tackle the coronavirus outbreak. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister and retailers insist there are sufficient supplies amid coronavirus restrictions

An advanced paramedic demonstrating how the test for  Covid-19 is performed. Photograph: Alan Betson

Postmortems will not be necessary in cases of Covid-19 unless ‘other circumstances are present’

Fine Gael Cllr Mary Seery Kearney  with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. File photograph: Mary Seery Kearney/Twitter

Sinn Féin candidate Cllr Paul Hayes excluded from Agricultural panel for lack of expertise

The lobbyists also had 36 separate meetings with Ministers of State across all portfolios. Photograph: iStock

Meetings took place year Dáil debated legislation aimed at combating harmful alcohol consumption

Minister of State for European Affairs Helen McEntee: protocol only comes into effect if trade talks find no other way to avoid a hard border. Photograph:  Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

Dáil debates EU humanitarian crisis of migrants along Turkish-Greek border

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said the Dáil may have to legislate to ensure employees’ rights are maintained if workers are asked to self-isolate to deal with Covid-19. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Taoiseach reveals a Cabinet subcommittee has been established to address outbreak

Wales follows Scotland to set base cost for drink to reduce harmful consumption

The Seanad has 60 seats and is made up of five vocational panels and two university panels.

Seanad has 60 seats and is made up of five vocational panels and two university panels

Fianna Fáil’s Lisa Chambers, who lost her seat in the general election, has secured a party nomination for the Seanad on the Cultural and Educational Panel. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ten former TDs among Fianna Fáil candidates as nominations for vocational panels close

Lynn Boylan: former Sinn Féin MEP for Dublin is one of the party’s seven candidates in the Seanad elections. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Greens select Saoirse McHugh, Pippa Hackett and Pauline O’Reilly

Like in the general election for the Dáil, the Seanad election operates on the PR single transferable vote system but that is one of the few similarities. Photograph: Alan Betson

Membership of the Upper House entitles electorate to vote five times – including for themselves

Against expectations, former Dublin Bay South TD Kate O’Connell has been excluded from the nominations to run for Fine Gael in the Seanad election which takes place next month. File photograph: Eric Luke

Fine Gael’s Kate O’Connell and Michelle Mulherin not selected by party for election

Former FF TD Lisa Chambers will be a candidate in the Seanad elections. File photograph. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Most former Fianna Fáil TDs expected to get on ticket when final decision made

The group Wives and Partners of the Defence Forces marching  to the Dáil last year in protest at  low pay levels for military personnel. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Wide range of candidates for five vocational panels to which 43 Senators are elected

Former FF TD Lisa Chambers  will be a candidate in the Seanad elections. File photograph. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Fianna Fáil confirms nomination of former Mayo TD Lisa Chambers for Seanad election

Former Fianna Fáil TD for Clare Timmy Dooley will contest the upcoming Seanad election. Photograph: James Forde

Former Fianna Fáil TD joins growing number of outgoing TDs in the mix for Seanad seats

Fianna Fáil’s Lisa Chambers and Timmy Dooley are believed to be in the running for a Seanad nomination while Fine Gael’s Seán Kyne (left) was picked by Leo Varadkar. Photographs: Dara Mac Dónaill, Nick Bradshaw and Jason Forde

Glut of former TDs put names forward for Upper House election as deadline looms

The Green Party will next week announce its three nominees who are expected to include outgoing Senator Pippa Hackett

Fine Gael focuses on electing Senators in constituencies with no party representation

The bitter exchanges between the two party leaders followed a lengthy debate and voting on the position of taoiseach. Photographs: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times and Gareth Chaney/Collins

Accusations of ‘diatribe and vitriol’ from one side and of ‘systemic bullying’ from the other

Micheál Martin, outside  Leinster House, outlined, once again, his opposition to working with Sinn Féin. Photograph: Stephen Collins/ Collins Photos

Mary Lou McDonald brands Fianna Fáil ‘arrogant, dismissive, self-righteous’

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar arrives at Aras An Uachtarain to tender his resignation to President Michael D Higgins. Photograph:  Maxwell’s

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald gets highest vote of four party leaders

Re-elected Ceann Comhairle Sean Ó Fearghaíl and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  during the first sitting of the 33rd Dáil in Dublin. Photograph: Maxwell Photography/PA

Ceann Comhairle seeking to strengthen relations between parliaments after Brexit

Seán Ó Fearghaíl highlighted some of the achievements of the last Dáil including the establishment of a budget office to cost proposals, to emulate the congressional office on Capital Hill in the US.

Micheál Martin to ask Varadkar to engage in government formation talks in coming days

Minister of State Sean Kyne. Photograph: Éanna Ó Caollaí

He replaces Frankie Feighan as Taoiseach’s nominee after losing Galway West Dáil seat

Independent TD Denis Naughten has formally submitted his nomination papers before the 6pm deadline. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

FF and SF on level pegging in Dáil if incumbent returned

One group, spearheaded by Tipperary Independent Mattie McGrath, is engaging in government talks. File photograph: The Irish Times

Sinn Féin has invited Independents to talks on potential government formation

Fine Gael’s Frank Feighan: he was elected as a TD for Sligo-Leitrim in the  general election

Appointee to succeed Taoiseach’s nominee Frank Feighan, who won Dáil seat

Green Party leader Eamonn Ryan is pictured at Leinster House with the party’s 11 other TDs and its Senator on Tuesday. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Ryan says party will speak to Sinn Féin but left-leaning coalition would be unlikely to last

Several TDs have indicated their interest in the position of Ceann Comhairle. Photograph: Alan Betson

Deadline for applications for speaker of the Dáil job is Wednesday

Dr Cathal O’Connor: ‘About 70 per cent of people will develop a skin cancer in Ireland by the time they’re 70.’

Initiative in Cork, Kerry shows diseases being caught earlier, treated sooner

Notice of Seanad elections in Leinster House. Photograph: Tom Honan

Senator gets nod despite ‘autism’ controversy, as ex-TDs seek election to Upper House

Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty has said that she is retiring from electoral politics. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Regina Doherty, Katherine Zappone and Jan O’Sullivan not seeking to return to electoral politics

 Shane Ross, above,  and Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran went for re-election and both  lost their seats. Independent Minister for Children Katherine Zappone lost hers too. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Perception is they should keep others in check rather than pursuing own policy agenda

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald said a so-called grand coalition between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael would be the “worst outcome” for the electorate. Photographer: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael coalition would be ‘slap in the face’ for voters, Sinn Féin leader says

Mary Lou McDonald: ‘It’s an expensive business that isn’t covered by the expenses that we get.’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Mary Lou McDonald says she funds constituency offices with remainder of salary

Paul Donnelly, Gerry Adams and Pauline Tully arrive for a meeting of Sinn Fein’s new parliamentary team at Buswells Hotel, Dublin, on Thursday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Debut deputies line up for family photo with Mary Lou McDonald and Michelle O’Neill

The Fianna Fáil parliamentary party has given Micheál Martin a mandate to explore coalition options with all parties, except Sinn Féin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Micheál Martin says party is preparing for exploratory talks with Greens and Soc Dems

Unionist senator Ian Marshall: ‘I don’t think it’s reflective of where the political leadership in Sinn Féin is.’ Photograph: Patrick Bolger/Bloomberg

Cullinane’s ‘Up the Ra’ comments undermine peace efforts in NI, says Ian Marshall

Paul Mr Murphy said he believed the group should operate together .Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Rise TD Paul Murphy says ‘far more effective’ to negotiate joint position

The Seanad: nominations for outside bodies close on February 24th while nominations for inside panels close a week later on March 2nd. .

Three Ministers and two prominent Fianna Fáil women expected to be on ticket

The Dublin Bay South constituency has reverted to an all-male line-up after high-profile Fine Gael TD Kate O’Connell lost her seat. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Number elected narrowly beats previous record but disappoints equality advocates

Niamh Smyth Fianna Fail

Cavan-Monaghan – Elected 11th count

Voters pay most attention to top two choices and rarely vote beyond four candidates. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Getty Images

Results show transfers affected 21 constituencies, with Greens benefittng by three seats

Martin Browne came second in the Tipperary constituency, with 12.23 per cent of the first-preference votes.

Tipperary – Elected 8th count

Kieran O’Donnell. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Limerick City candidate elected on eighth count

Niall Collins: Lost his portfolio when it emerged he voted six times for absent party colleague Timmy Dooley, in the so-called  ‘votegate’ scandal. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Limerick County deputy has been re-elected on the fourth count

Malcolm Noonan spent 20 years as a community and environmental activist with Friends of the Earth.

Carlow-Kilkenny – Elected 10th count

 Jennifer Murnane O’Connor. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Carlow-Kilkenny – Elected 8th count

Sean Haughey at the Dublin Bay North count in the RDS. Photograph: Eric Luke

Dublin Bay North candidate elected on 14th count

 Ruth Coppinger lost her seat. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Just 1% rise in female representation predicted as parties fail to have ‘balanced ticket’

Joe McHugh. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Donegal – Elected 9th count

Charlie McConalogue

Donegal – Elected 9th count

Fine Gael TD Fergus O’Dowd was always seen as guaranteed to keep his seat. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Louth – Elected on 10th count

Joe O’Brien. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Dublin Fingal – Elected 8th count

 Colm Burke: It is his second Dáil election campaign in three months, having been the party’s candidate in the November byelection. Photograph: Tony O’Connell photography

Cork North-Central – Elected on the 14th count

Mick Barry has often been a provocative and impassioned speaker in the Dáil.

Cork North-Central – Elected on the 14th count

Simon Coveney. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Cork South-Central – Elected 8th count

Sean Sherlock: In the last Dáil, as spokesman on children and youth affairs he contributed frequently on the Scouting Ireland abuse controversy, on childcare costs and provision, and on insurance for creches. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Cork East – Elected on the eighth count

 Richard Bruton: A  prodigious constituency worker. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Dublin Bay North – Elected on the 10th count

John Paul Phelan most recently hit the headlines when he described some members of the Green Party as ‘nutters’. Photograph: Tom Honan for The Irish Times

Carlow-Kilkenny – Elected on the eighth count

Darragh O’Brien has been vociferous in his criticism of the Government’s housing policies. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Dublin Fingal – Elected on the eighth count

Cathal Crowe has worked as political assistant to former MEP Brian Crowley. Photograph: Eamon Ward

Clare candidate elected on the 10th count

Paschal Donohoe: As a party grandee he will have to address the electorate’s rejection of Fine Gael’s spending priorities and policies. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Dublin Central – Elected on the ninth count

John McGuinness: The poll-topping maverick’s views are frequently out of line with the party leadership. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Carlow-Kilkenny – Elected 6th count

David Stanton has a keen interest in parliamentary reform and has criticised poor attendance at Oireachtas committee meetings. Photograph: James Forde/The Irish Times

Cork East – Elected on the eighth count

Michael McGrath will be on the team in any coalition-formation talks. Photograph: Garrett White/ Collins Agency

Cork South-Central – Elected on the eighth count

Jim O Callaghan: he is likely to be on any negotiating team that may be established for government talks.  Photograph: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie

Dublin Bay South - Elected 8th count

Roderic O’Gorman, left, with party leader Eamon Ryan. Election 2020 was his 10th election in 15 years. Photograph: RollingNews.ie

Dublin West candidate is elected on the sixth count

Joan Burton, left, the first female leader of the Labour party, bows out of electoral politics after a career of almost 30 years. Photo: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie

Ross bows out, as Doherty eliminated and Zappone at risk of losing seat

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan: She got caught up in the controversy about the Maria Bailey personal injury claim. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Dublin Rathdown deputy was elected on the eighth count

Heather Humphreys: a  no-nonsense pragmatist, she has been Minister for Business since former tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald resigned in 2018

Cavan-Monaghan candidate elected on the first count

Jack Chambers topped the poll for the Castleknock electoral area in the 2014 local elections. Photograph: Fran Veale/ for The Irish Times

Dublin West – Elected on sixth count

Sinn Féin’s Matt Carthy:  he can be expected to hold a high-profile portfolio as either an opposition spokesman or in government. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Cavan-Monaghan – Elected first count

Solidarity-People Before Profit  politician Richard Boyd Barrett: an outspoken critic of government policy. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Dún Laoghaire – Elected seventh count

Michael Moynihan has been party whip since 2016 and was spokesman on communications, energy and natural resources for the previous five years

Cork North-West candidate elected on the fifth count

Michael Creed was first elected to the Dáil in 1989. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Cork North-West – Elected fifth count

Aindrias Moynihan is one of the few fluent Irish speakers in the Dáil

Cork North-West – Elected fifth count

 Sinn Féin FD Pádraig Mac Lochlainn. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Donegal – Elected on first count

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