Senator Pat Casey expressed his frustration that the State does ‘not seem to understand the implications of processes and applications that are not time-bound’. Photograph: iStock

FF Senator ‘frustrated’ at inability of ‘all arms of State’ to decide on infrastructure

Two cars alight and a fallen lamppost blocking the entrance to an estate in Fortunestown, Tallaght at Hallowe’en in 2019. Photograph: Dublin Fire Brigade/Twitter

Burning on rubbish and danger of bonfires also highlighted in run up to Hallowe’en

Some operators are not enforcing the regulations to ensure that only vaccinated patrons are entering their venues, says Donnelly. Photograph: Tom Honan

Compliance by hospitality sector key for restrictions to be avoided, says Taoiseach

Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan said  ‘it would be scandalous if we were fighting against such costs (being paid) but it’s not true’. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Transport says he regrets implication that review costs may not be covered

Minister for Justice Heather Humphreys said she shared the concerns expressed by others over what appeared to be the continuation of inappropriate cancellation and classification of 999 calls since the introduction of the new procedures.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney /Collins Photos Dublin

Heather Humphreys tells TD officials will provide her with information

The Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, one of the authorities involved in checks, has to hold on to the dogs for up to 18 months while legal proceedings take place. File photograph: Getty

Gangs making millions of euro due to ‘lack of enforcement’ regarding animal welfare laws

Israeli and German  fighter jets flying over the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, during a display of cooperation between the two countries and their armies, in Jerusalem on Sunday. Photograph:  Emmanuel Dunand / AFP via Getty Images

TDs warned that ‘mixing anti-Semitism with day-to-day politics is dangerous’

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald speaks to children from across Donegal at Dáil Éireann as they protest to highlight the ongoing mica crisis. Photograph: PA

Taoiseach says issue of crumbling homes will be addressed ‘in very comprehensive way’

Gardaí expressed concern that such a large number of young people were willing to allow their accounts to be used. Photograph: iStock

Marian Harkin says Government could offer amnesty for those caught up in ‘exploitation’

Seanad Leader and Fianna Fail Senator Lisa Chambers said the Minister for Health  had told her his department is drafting a Bill on safe access. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

SF introduces legislation as Senator highlights efforts to ‘intimidate and cause upset’

A woman looks at the floral tributes left outside the Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, where Conservative MP Sir David Amess was killed on Friday Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

TDs observe a minute’s silence in Dáil in tribute to murdered MP

Social Democrats co-leader Catherine Murphy said there was a failure to act on the fact that Covid-19 was an airborne virus. Photograph: Alan Betson

Martin defends anomalies between sectors as TD criticises lack of planning for nightclubs

Sinn Féin TD Chris Andrews accused Dublin Council of ‘neglect’ of its tenants because of ongoing problems that have not been addressed. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Apartments built 12 years ago among number of blocks in ‘shocking condition’

Sinn Féin TD Paul Donnelly highlighted the case of a registered charity which he said has spent the last two years fighting to put a stop to fake clothing collections by criminals using its name and logo. Photograph: Harry McGee

‘I can’t understand why the Garda or the regulator can’t act,’ says Paul Donnelly

Senator Regina Doherty: ‘What’s really bizarre is that the treatment she and her husband received is absolutely okay under the HSE guidelines that were issued on September 13th.’ Photograph: The Irish Times

Senator cites case to highlight ‘discrimination’ against partners in maternity units

‘You lack that basic human ability to put yourself in the shoes of other people, enduring hardship,” Sinn Fein housing spokesman Eoin  Ó Broin said. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Varadkar hits out at ‘classic Sinn Féin tactics’, ‘kind of populism that has destroyed politics’

Concerns over the escalating number of Covid-19 infections, and consequent risks to the health system, have cast doubt on plans to remove almost all restrictions in just over a week’s time.

Continued doubt over next phase of reopening on October 22nd due to high case numbers

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe is ‘gaslighting the nation’, said Social Democrats TD Catherine Murphy. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

SF leader says budget gives ‘no answers to big questions in housing, health, cost of living’

Taoiseach Micheál Martin told the Dáil that Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien will introduce a new cap on rent increases in the coming weeks to keep them below the rate of inflation.  Photograph: Mark Marlow/PA Wire

Sinn Féin renews call for three year freeze for 750,000 tenants in rental accommodation

Taoiseach Micheál Martin: ‘[The surgery] has to happen, and it must happen in a timely manner.’ Photograph: Mark Marlow/PA Wire

Adam Terry was first diagnosed with spinal issues when he was 18-months-old

Dublin City Council chief executive Owen Keegan has been criticised over comments he made about student accommodation. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Dublin council chief said he was surprised students’ union had not entered property market

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Michael McGrath. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Photo

Ramped-up spending to cover social welfare, housing, health, education and easing tax burden

The increase is expected to generate €56 million annually. Photograph: iStock

Covid restrictions ‘possibly’ helped increase in tobacco tax revenue by €70 million

Carol Nolan accused the Government of being the government of being  happy ‘to sell out every sector’. Photograph: Tom Honan

Move on corporate tax ‘appeased our EU masters’, and is ‘just the beginning’, says Nolan

Sinn Féin finance spokesman Pearse Doherty. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Budget 2022: Opposition parties accuse Government of being ‘out of touch’ and ‘directionless’

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Michael McGrath at Government Buildings to unveil Budget 2022. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA

Budget 2022: State will be there for people ‘when they most need it’, McGrath says

Minister for Social Protection  Heather Humphreys:  “If we find people who knowingly abused the PUP, we will apply the full rigours of the law against them.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Close to a tenth of claims ineligible for Covid-19 benefit, review finds

The HSE reported 46 cases of gastrointestinal illness in the Gorey area following an incident that exposed about 900,000 people to insufficiently disinfected water supplies after a power and chlorine pump failure. Photograph: iStock

Report states two incidents ‘highlight inadequacies in operational management’

HSE chief executive Paul Reid said “nobody’s proud” of the record waiting list for hospital treatment. Additional investment being put in place will result in an extra 150,000 procedures to “make an initial impact” on the list. Photograph: Getty

Nearly 70 per cent of Covid patients in ICU not vaccinated, says HSE chief Paul Reid

 David Cullinane. The legislation will make it a breach of a media organisation’s licence to ban a member of the NUJ based on their occupation, employer or employment status. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Bill came about after Communicorp banned Irish Times and Currency journalists

Solidarity TD Mick Barry said the scenes at the UCC this week should make Ministers ‘blush if they had any shame’.  File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Thousands of students surviving on rations of dry toast, cereal and coffee, Dáil told

Leo Varadkar said they wanted to ensure that ‘whatever rate is agreed is certain and will not ratchet up over time.’ Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Ireland has ‘received assurances’ it can still charge SMEs 12.5% if earning under €750m

Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe said it is the ‘right decision’, ‘made in the interests of our country’. Photograph Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Firms making less than €750m a year will be taxed at previous rate of 12.5%

Photography in the Dáil chamber is banned and Paul Kehoe said Thomas Gould and  Bríd Smith were taking pictures of the electronic voting board. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

FG TD Paul Kehoe accuses SF TD Thomas Gould, PBP TD Bríd Smith of taking photos in House

Sinn Féin TD Thomas Gould said the national lottery has moved to introduce such a ban and some bookmakers are bringing forward optional bans in limited situations.  Photograph: iStock

Failure to comply with Bill would result in companies concerned losing their licences

As he introduced the Maternity Care (Covid-19) Bill on Wednesday, Aontú TD Peadar Tóibín said ‘a cruel and inhumane restriction policy is still in place in some hospitals’.

Bill to ensure partners can attend for appointments, childbirth, introduced in Dáil

Ceann Comhairle Sean Ó Fearghaíl intervened and said he was ‘decidedly uncomfortable with this line of questioning’ by TD Marc MacSharry. File photograph: Maxwells

Questioning by TD Marc MacSharry comes after criticism of role in private litigation

Mica protestors looking for 100% Redress outside the Dail on Kildare Street.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Darragh O’Brien will pursue those responsible for problems and is considering a construction levy

Senator Eileen Flynn  gave birth to a baby girl last month. Photograph: Alan Betson

Lorraine Clifford-Lee, Eileen Flynn agreement follows Helen McEntee’s Dáil leave deal

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly TD said the restrictions would not be extended, just the legal framework. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

State on course to remove curbs on October 22nd but framework to remain for winter

Mr Gallagher had the Government’s permission to carry out some private legal work still outstanding when he took on the role of Attorney General. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister says Paul Gallagher’s private litigation work ceased on September 25th

Details of a mica compensation scheme will not be published until a “few weeks” after the budget says Simon Coveney. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Mica scheme to be ‘one of the largest support packages ever announced’

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney says he is committed to the construction of a motorway between Limerick and Cork. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Dáil told Ireland only EU country without a motorway between second and third city

Mark Ward warns that the impact of Long Covid on people with neurological conditions will strain the health services. Photograph: Damien Eagers

Mark Ward went from needing a walking stick to running a marathon in Dublin

Attorney General Paul Gallagher. Photograph: Alan Betson

Leaders sharply criticised for allowing Paul Gallagher to represent former INM directors

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Donnelly says he learned of ‘unacceptable’ disposal of body parts via RTÉ broadcast

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney said 450,000 passport books and cards had been processed since the beginning of the year. File photograph: Alan Betson

Minister for Foreign Affairs acknowledges disruption but defends system against criticism

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney said “any future special envoy appointments will involve a competitive and transparent process for how people are invited to apply for those roles”. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Review of role and appointment process to be completed by mid-October - Coveney

Attorney General Paul Gallagher is working in a private capacity in a case in which the State is on the other side. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Róisín Shortall queries Paul Gallagher’s private legal work after Irish Times report

The deadline for returning updated Local Property Tax valuations to the Revenue Commissioners on November 7th. Photograph: iStock

Minister stresses ‘concerning level of non-compliance’ with caps in pressure zones

Taoiseach Micheál Martin (front): ‘There are a lot of accommodation providers and we have to be alert to new groups appearing overnight and that’s an ongoing issue.’ Photograph: Cate McCurry/PA

Social Democrats raise concerns in wake of allegations against founder of charity

Retired Kerry judge James O’Connor. Photograph:  Eamonn Keogh

Former Kerry judge James O’Connor named by TD under Dáil privilege

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has accused Taoiseach Micheál Martin of ‘lacking any credibility’ on the delivery of housing.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

SF leader claims Taoiseach lacks ‘credibility’ on housing; he accuses her of ‘hypocrisy’

Ireland faces  challenges in energy supply with threats of winter power outages, significant gas and electricity price rises and surging energy and water demands from data centres. Photograph: PA

Moratorium on data centre developments would be a ‘blunt policy response’, Ryan says

Patrick Nugent, a 23-year-old banqueting manager in Bunratty, died in the early hours of February 11th, 1984

Judge-led investigation into killing of man in Bunratty began in 2017, completed in 2020

 Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien hit out at the Social Democrats, saying ‘I can’t think of anything the Social Democrats haven’t opposed in some way or other’. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Ó Broin claims Government’s proposals not ambitious, honest, or committed to delivery

Social Democrats TD Catherine Murphy said the planned OECD corporate tax rate of 15 per cent deal is part of a list of serious problems that could affect Ireland’s ability to attract overseas investment. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Taoiseach says lower tax rate was never the key point in attracting overseas investment

Mary Lou McDonald: ‘The human toll of all of this is devastating.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

Tackling waiting lists ‘greatest challenge’ in healthcare in Ireland, says Donnelly

 Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise Leo Varadkar on the proposed pandemic bonus: ‘It’s something we want to do. We think it’s right that the extraordinary work done by so many people is recognised in some way.’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Talks about reward for efforts during pandemic could go beyond budget day, says Tánaiste

The South/South West Hospital Group, which is responsible for the Cork hospital, said in a statement that it has apologised to the 18 families. Photograph: Google Street View

Taoiseach calls incident at Cork University Maternity Hospital ‘cruel and unacceptable’

The closure of the embassy on Baggot Street in Dublin is one of more than 30 across the globe along with a number of consulates. Photograph: Google Street View

Country facing major economic difficulties compounded by Covid-19, violence in Tigray

Minister for Public Expenditure Michael McGrath  said ‘close to 30 cent of every €1 spent on national lottery games’. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister says perception money skewed to ‘certain constituencies’ has to be dealt with

The newly formed anti-corruption unit will lead a drive against substance abuse in the force through random drugs test of 5 per cent of gardaí every year

Measures part of Bill to change operational structure of force in major reform shake-up

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said the Government is looking at issues like an ‘increase in the fuel allowance and increases in pensions and social welfare’. File photograph: The Irish Times

Tánaiste signals ‘pay increases in most parts of the economy in the coming year’

Students protest outside the Dáil  urging the government to take action on the student housing crisis. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Angry exchanges over causes of crisis as students protest outside Dáil

The former minister Mervyn Taylor pictured in 1997. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh

President hails his former cabinet colleague as ‘an icon in the struggle for equality’

Speaking in New York Mr Martin suggested that retail workers are to be included in efforts to reward those on the front-line of Covid-19.  Photograph: iStock

Bonus for public sector could top €1bn, warns Minister for Public Expenditure

Labour TD Ivana Bacik said “we need to ensure renting becomes a long-term, viable and sustainable option for people in Ireland”. Photo: Gareth Chaney / Collins Photos

Labour party Bill aims to make renting ‘long-term, viable, sustainable option’

The cross-party agreed reforms include access based on need and not ability to pay and creation of a single-tier system, rather than public and private. File photograph: The Irish Times

No coronavirus in 2017 when changes proposed and considered ‘urgent and necessary’

Una Ring and Eve McDowell, co-founders of Stalking Ireland, are pictured at Leinster House where Fianna Fáil  Senator Lisa Chambers was discussing the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person (Amendment) (Stalking) Bill. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill

Senator Lisa Chambers brings forward Bill after hearing experiences of women affected by issue

Donegal residents protest outside Leinster House in support of a redress scheme for people affected by mica and pyrite defects in their homes. Photograph: Conor O’Mearain / Collins Photos

McGrath appeals to Opposition not to pass judgment before enhanced proposals issued

Social Democrats TD Holly Cairns appealed to Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly to consider reclassifying partners.  Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Midwifery sections, mainly led by women, should ‘show leadership’ on access - Minister

Stardust fire: 48 young people died on February 14th, 1981. Photograph: The Irish Times

Agreement on legal funding for inquests into 1981 nightclub tragedy comes undone

Tánaiste indicates local companies may be able retain 12.5% tax rate

State would not have certainty on future rate had it signed up to OECD deal, Donohoe says

The price of fuel and heating is set to become a significant political issue this autumn. Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty Images

Tánaiste promises budgetary measures to alleviate impact of increased heating bills

Independent Senator Lynn Ruane: said that in almost two-thirds of cases perpetrators were members of academic staff and 30 per cent of victims were forced to sign non-disclosure agreements. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Minister to sanction institutions that fail to adhere to policies on bullying under new laws

Mr Varadkar was responding to Limerick Fine Gael TD Kieran O’Donnell in the wake of the decision by US president Joe Biden to restore transatlantic flights. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

Tánaiste says Government has ‘hierarchy of routes that are most important’

Labour TD Ivana Bacik: said feedback from renters was that people continued to struggle, find the rent levels ‘soul-destroying and demoralising’ and are under a constant fear of eviction. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Opposition urges Government to back three-year rent freeze to combat rising prices

Taoiseach Micheál Martin attending the UN general assembly with Ireland’s ambassador to the UN, Geraldine Byrne Nason, and  Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney. Photograph: Department of Foreign Affairs/Twitter

Martin cites ‘challenges ahead’ with energy supplies but rules out banning new data centres

Tánaiste and Minister for Enterpriser Leo Varadkar (centre): ‘What has worked for us is having a low rate of corporation profit tax.’ Photograph: Alan Betson/ The Irish Times

Tánaiste says Ireland’s 12.5% rate would remain for businesses with turnover less than €750m

President Michael D Higgins is “anxious we all move forward, with respect, and  will not be commenting further on this matter”. Photograph:  Maxwells/PA Wire

Foreign affairs and Áras crossed wires over invitation, Government sources suggest

Eamon Ryan: he said he no longer expected power shortages this year because  two plants would be back in operation in the winter. Photograph: Getty Images

Ryan says it was made ‘absolutely clear’ to the IDA that power will be in place for major projects

‘I am incredulous that when people contact the HSE, the service provider will say it can give them 21 hours but it does not have anyone to deliver the care.’ Photograph: iStock

Hospital release delays because of shortage of carers as Government develops scheme

Catholic Primate of All Ireland Archbishop Eamon Martin: ‘We were really hopeful and believed the President would be able to attend.’ Photograph: Peter Morrison/PA

‘Of course we would have looked at that’ if aware of issue – Church of Ireland Primate

Sinn Féin spokesperson on housing Eoin Ó Broin introduced a Bill to ensure all developments will have to provide 20 per cent social and affordable housing.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Exemption allows some landowners to only deliver 10% social housing, says Eoin Ó Broin

Independent TD Catherine Connolly said she gets ‘nauseous when people talk about protecting mothers because we’re not protecting mothers, we’re protecting a system that doesn’t want anything to come out’. Photograph: Alan Betson

Independent TD says obstacles are not about mothers but protecting system

The Tánaiste said there was not ‘a single Member in this House who has not said something in an interview, at a meeting or in an email that turned out to be incorrect’. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Varadkar was responding to calls for Minister to correct Dáil record on shared equity scheme

Protesters from Donegal gathering at the Fianna Fail think-in, in Cavan, last week calling for 100% redress for affected mica homeowners.  Photograph: Dominic McGrath/PA Wire

Minister not ruling out 100% redress for owners of homes affected by building defects

A shortfall in power last week left Ireland at risk of blackouts

Two gas-powered plants set to restart in autumn after year of technical problems, Ryan says

President Michael D Higgins at the Quirinal Palace in Rome as part of his four-day visit to the Italian capital. Photograph: Maxwells/PA Wire

Donaldson says many may reach conclusion decision not to attend is based on politics

Simon Harris: ‘Yesterday I was named in this House in my unavoidable absence. What was said in my view was a misuse of Dáil privilege and I want the record of this House to show it was untrue.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Minister ‘strongly considering’ complaint against Matt Carthy to Oireachtas committee

Charity Christian Aid highlighted on Wednesday practices by pharma giant Abbott to exploit a tax loophole using an arrangement similar to the so-called ‘single malt’ system. Photograph: Tim Boyle/Bloomberg

‘Immoral’ system allows multinational avoid tax on €500 million in profits, TD says

Demonstrators at Leinster House on Wednesday, as  the Dáil returns after the summer break. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

FF’s Marc MacSharry votes against his party, likening it to ‘undemocratic totalitarian regime’

People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett said UCD had increased the cost of college accommodation by 20 to 30 per cent and students were being asked to pay up to €15,000 a year. Photograph: Eric Luke

UCD accused in Dáil of charging up to €15,000 a year in ‘rent for profit’

 Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Dáil hears claim Simon Harris was Cabinet member who leaked proposed appointment

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said he had made it ‘very clear’ to colleagues ‘that the deletion of Government records in any form should not happen’. Image: Oireachtas TV

Martin says Minister acted in good faith after McDonald calls practice ‘an abuse of office’

Emirates Team New Zealand (right) competes against Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli during race ten on day seven of the 36th America’s Cup in Auckland on March 17th, 2021. Photograph: Gilles Martin-Raget /AFP via Getty Images

Potential hosting of yacht race worth ‘full consideration’, says Catherine Martin

Next group of candidates will be assessed as part of the State’s international commitment to accept 2,900 refugees from camps in Lebanon, Jordan and Greece by 2025. File photograph: Getty

Minister signals another mission to Lebanon next week to interview 300 Syrian nationals

Policy proposals were advanced at the Labour Party’s think-in in Athy, Co Kildare.

Country ‘remains one of the most centralised states in Europe’, says enterprise spokesman

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